After spending a couple days in the rugged hills of Utah scraping dust out of every unprotected orifice, we’ve managed to clean off our USB ports (among other things) and upload most of the footage from our awesome experience.
Although the Moab Easter Safari is usually thought of as a “Jeep® thing,” the Mopar Underground team hauled out some serious Ram power especially for the event, including the Ram Power Wagon and a modified Ram 1500 dubbed Ram Runner. Both trucks were outfitted with genuine Mopar accessories and both did such a terrifying phenomenal job of dominating the desert that our shorts were way past the help of any consumer-grade stain removers. First to hit the trail was the 5.7L HEMI® -equipped Power Wagon, tuned by Mopar to handle the rigors of Moab with a 4-inch suspension lift, 40-14.5R/17 BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain tires, Rock-Slide Engineering sill guards, and custom front and rear bumpers. Coasting the dunes right beside it was the Ram Runner, sporting a prototype of the heavy-duty off-road suspension that Mopar plans to offer later this year. Designed specifically for crawling the desert, Ram Runner’s custom Mopar suspension featured front and rear 3″ diameter internal bypass Fox shocks, 6061 T6 billet aluminum upper A-arms with high-angle ball joints that allow for 14″ of wheel travel, high-angle CV joints combined with splined axles made of 300 M tool steel and 1.00-inch diameter high-angle tie rods, and 4130 chromed moly steel lower control arms. For body reinforcement, Mopar also added a custom tubular Baja bumper, aluminum skid plate combination that housed four high-powered, LED off-road lights, and a six-point roll cage.
Since we have the sweetest jobs in the world, we were able to log serious hours behind the respective wheels of these behemoths and captured most of the action on camera. Hit the jump to check out our first round of coverage and stay tuned for some raw video footage (we have to edit out the expletives).
For the full gallery, check out the official 2010 Moab Safari set on Flickr.