From the day Todd Farrand purchased his Cummins-powered 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, he wanted to fit the truck with minimal lift and 40-inch tires. It would end up taking several years for that to happen. “The truck was the tow rig for the toys (a Jeep),” Farrand says. When it did happen, it took place in stages and actually included even-larger 41.5-inch tires. “I cut into the body two years into the loan process to fit some 38-inch tires and wheels a friend had laying around. It was a scary thing to do, but it paid off well in the end,” he goes on to say.
"The original tow rig this started out as has become more capable than my off-road rig is. It also has air conditioning and leather seats."
Eventually, Farrand says he started building with the intent to fit a 40-inch tire. “The finished Dodge Ram 2500 truck was going to be debuted at the fullsize run in Moab 2013. The gears and fender trimming was done with the 40s in mind. At the last minute, a friend offered up some 41.5-inch Pit Bull Rockers, so of course I said ‘heck yes.’ To my dismay, they were about four inches taller than the 40s I had, so out came the saw again. I trimmed out as much as I could as fast as I could. It looked great. I would find out that the trimming would be not enough, though. The rocks of Moab showed how much the truck needed some bumpstops. We managed to hit all the trails that week and make it home with minimal damage to the fenders,” Farrand says.
Farrand owns Mercenary Offroad in Camarillo, California, so he clearly has the skills to undertake a project like this. As a matter of fact, he probably could’ve whipped up a tall suspension lift that would’ve made fitting the big tires much quicker and easier. But fitting large tires with a minimal amount of lift has its benefits, including a low center of gravity. It’s definitely the hard way to fit larger tires, though, due to the mandatory sheetmetal modifications.
In the end, the Dodge Ram 2500 turned out great, with big tires, minimal lift, a wicked stance, and some impressive functional accessories. We’ve seen the truck in action on several Moab-area trails and we can attest to the fact that it works very well. And the truck turns heads. “When finding me in a crowd, my friends tell people to look for the truck and trailer with bigger tires on the tow rig than the wheeler,” he says, referring to his Jeep that rolls on 35s. He sums up the Ram by saying, “The original tow rig this started out as has become more capable than my off-road rig is. It also has air conditioning and leather seats.”
|2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab|
|Stomping grounds:||Camarillo, California|
|Build time:||Two weeks|
|Engine:||Cummins 5.9L I-6 turbodiesel|
|Transmission:||48RE four-speed automatic|
|Low range ratio(s):||.72:1|
|Front axle/differential:||AAM 9.25, Mercenary Offroad diff cover/Yukon 4.56, open|
|Rear axle/differential:||AAM 11.5, Mercenary Offroad diff cover/Yukon 4.56, ARB Air Locker|
|Front:||Carli Suspension 3-in-lift coil springs, control arms, track bar, limiting straps, 10-in-travel King 3.0 remote-reservoir shocks, FOA 2.5 bumpstops|
|Rear:||Carli Add a Pack leaf springs, 10-in-travel King 2.5 piggyback shocks|
|Steering:||PSC Motorsports steering box, pitman arm, hydraulic ram, T-style linkage|
|Tires:||41.5x13.50R20LT Pit Bull Rocker|
|Wheels:||20x9.5 TrailReady beadlock|
|Armor:||Mercenary Offroad A-Bomb front bumper, Mercenary Offroad A-Bomb High-Clearance Wraparound rear bumper|
|Cool stuff:||Significantly modified sheetmetal, bed-mounted spare tire, Warn VR12000 winch, dual Baja Designs OnX lightbars|