AEV Upgrades For 2016 Ram 2500, Part 2 - Steps & ProtectionPosted in Project Vehicles on August 8, 2016
In the last installment we had OC Motorsports in Costa Mesa, California, increase the ride height of our 2016 Ram 2500 with an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 3-inch DualSport suspension system and 37x12.50R17 General Grabber tires mounted on AEV Salta HD wheels. This time around we had OC Motorsports make entry much easier with a set of Amp Research PowerStep electrically actuated steps. We also beefed up the front end and the axles with an AEV Ram Premium front bumper and AEV differential covers. The owner has put several thousand miles on the truck with the new modifications. Check out the “How’s It Work?” sidebar for a review of the completed project and the solutions to a few hiccups we encountered that are indicative of what you can expect when modifying a 2016 Ram 3/4- or 1-ton.
How’s It Work?
Overall, the owner is really happy with the truck. He loves the way it rides (he claims the ride is smoother than stock) and the way it looks, and he reports that the fuel mileage didn’t change much, if at all. He also tells us that complete strangers often walk up to talk to him about his truck. Two separate individuals even offered to buy the AEV front bumper from him on the spot. Sorry, no sale.
The AEV front bumper doesn’t work with the 2016-up forward parking assist. The sensor’s field of view is too wide. It picks up the tow hook/D-ring protrusions in the bumper as an obstacle, which constantly throws the alarm. The fix is to replace the factory collision module with one from a Jeep WK module, allowing the forward parking-assist system to be deactivated without throwing a light in the dash. The computer can be purchased from OC Motorsports or your local dealer. It plugs right in place of the factory Ram unit.
The AMP Research PowerSteps allow for much easier entry without sacrificing ground clearance. When the doors close, they automatically tuck up neatly under the body. They are a smart addition for those who need a step up in both lifted and stock vehicles. Steps are available for many different vehicles.
The factory tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) was initially throwing a fit over the lower pressures we were running in the 37x12.50R17 General Grabber tires, but AEV has cracked the Ram code so the ProCal unit can correct the issue now. Apparently it was not a problem on the 2015 and older trucks. Now you can upload the flash just like normal to drop the TPMS monitor down from the 70 psi it wants to see. We reset this truck to 35 psi to match the Load Range D tires. The one caveat is that it is not a driveway plug-and-play, at least not completely. We loaded the 35 psi threshold in, and that’s what showed on the dash display. However, to get the system to turn off the warning lamp and not display the tire pressure screen every time you turn on the vehicle, you need to call or visit the Ram dealership and get your vehicle’s four-digit PIN. The local dealer had no trouble resetting the TPMS threshold and was able to turn off the warning light on our truck.