Bigger Tires with Less Lift
It's rare that you'll see a featured truck with such minimal suspension modifications as Todd Farrand's 2005 Ram 2500. With true-to-size 41.5-inch-tall Pit Bull Rocker radials on TrailReady beadlocks riding under factory sheetmetal, this truck is outfitted with only 2 inches of lift … thanks to a large amount of sheetmetal cutting by Mercenary Offroad to make the tires fit. While the low-slung Dodge has a short list of modifications, it was easily one of the most gawked-at trucks on our recent Fullsize Invasion trail ride in Moab, Utah. The giant tires combined with a cutting-edge front bumper made every Cummins truck fan look twice, and no doubt inspired a few guys to go home, grind off some sheetmetal, and drop their trucks a few inches.
While Todd is still finding a few more points to trim, he went home after a week in Moab with three out of four fenders still looking pretty clean and void of tire-induced crunches.
Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Quad Cab
Owner: Todd Farrand
Chassis: Factory Ram 2500
Engine: 5.9L Cummins turbo diesel, 60-horsepower injectors, DiabloSport Power Puck, Bully Dog air intake
Transmission/T-case: 48RE automatic transmission/NP271 T-case
Front axle: Dynatrac ball joints, 4.56 gears, Mercenary Offroad diff cover
Rear axle: ARB locker, 4.56 gears, Mercenary Offroad diff cover
Suspension: KORE progressive rate coils, Bilstein 5100 shocks, no sway bar, KORE mini packs in rear
Steering: PSC hydraulic steering kit with new steering box with larger sector shaft
Tires/Wheels: 41.5-inch Pit Bull radials/ 20x9.5 TrailReady beadlocks
Interior: Stock leather and suede interior
Other Parts: Mercenary Offroad A-Bomb front bumper, Warn 12,000-pound VR winch with wireless remote, Factor 55 ProLink cable end, custom Mercenary Offroad through-the-bedside exhaust, extensive sheetmetal trimming, dual Optima Yellow Top batteries