1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Red Machine

Don’t Let the Paint Fool You. This Truck Gets Wheeled Hard!

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

Since the demise of the Comanche in 1992, people have been clamoring for a Jeep pickup. What if we told you that the 1993-2002 Dodge Ram is basically a Jeep truck. Hear us out. They come with a 318 or 360 engine and basically use a scaled-up version of the suspension found under the Comanche, all with a full frame and solid axles. Brian Bohrer is a Jeep guy, but when it came time to build a truck he started with a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 rather than a Comanche or J truck.

Brian took the truck to Luke Shuman at Hazzard Fab.Worx, where they turned the 1/2-ton Ram into a rockcrawling monster worthy of the Jeep name. A custom coilover suspension, 1-ton axles, a supercharged V-8, and 42-inch Krawlers are just the tip of the iceberg on this truck, which is oozing with trick little features from nose to tail. The red paint had just finished drying when we caught up with Brian on Pritchett Canyon, where the truck made its maiden voyage during this year’s Easter Jeep Safari. We are happy to report that the Jeepers accepted Brian, and his truck, as one of their own.

Tech Specs

1996 Dodge Ram 1500
>Drivetrain
Engine: Supercharged 5.9L Magnum V-8
Transmission: 46RE 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Advance Adapters Atlas II
Axles: Dana 60 with ARB Air Locker, 4.88 gears, and chromoly axleshafts (front and rear)
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Custom Hazzard Fab.Worx 4-link with Fox coilovers, Fox air bumps, and Currie Antirock sway bars (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 42x14.50R20 BFGoodrich Krawler KX on 20x9.5 TrailReady beadlocks
Steering: PSC orbital valve, pump, reservoir, and double-ended hydraulic ram
Lighting: ARB Intensity LED Lights, 20-inch Rigid E-Series light bar
Other Stuff: Warn 9.5xp winch, MSD ignition, Corbeau seats, PRP harnesses, Smittybilt fridge, DeeZee bed box, Memphis Audio wakeboard speakers, Hi-Lift jack, spare 1350 CV drivelines, Hazzard Fab.Worx skidplates