The Facelifted Exterior and Interior bring the biggest changes, by far. Inside the cabin of this “5th Gen”, you’ll find a level of luxury elevated to a level yet to be touched by any other HD truck manufacturer. Leather-wrapped elegance in a virtually silent cockpit topped with a massive touchscreen adorning the dashboard. Think Range Rover Meets Tesla; we’re impressed!
In question for quite a while was the exterior facelift; people had their concerns from concept to release. The color matched exterior of this truck put all those concerns to rest. No easy feat, Ram ensured the exterior redesigned matched the fit and finish of the interior feeling both grown up and dressed to impress all while keeping the look and feel of an HD truck.
The part for which you’re here – the suspension… This truck was equipped with the Auto-Leveling Air Assist from the factory. Despite all the aesthetic refinement to the platform, this truck rode horribly off the showroom floor – not surprising respective to the truck’s payload capability. First thing’s first, we have a production system tailored to the 2013-18 predecessor and the suspension appeared similar in all press. A local customer picked up the first 2019 off the lot and dropped it at our shop before his 2nd fill-up. We won’t bore you with the details – the new platform is strikingly similar, suspension-wise, to the 2013-18. We went to work and were impressed with the steering and suspension changes outlined in the video above.
Everything installed with relative ease. The Adjustable Track Bar and Torsion Sway Bars needed a tweak to work on both platforms, changes noted and game-plan formulated. The exhaust on this rig is so massive, we needed to change the hardware on the Radius Drops as we could not fit a standard nut between the frame and exhaust. All in all, the front was the best we could’ve hoped for requiring only minimal tweaks to existing products while showing massive improvements in the overall factory design – namely the steering and track bar bracket (see the video for more details).
In the rear, the Full Progressive Leaf Spring Packs (Auto-Leveling Air Assist Springs), Airbag Spacers, and Leveling Sensor Drops bolted directly in. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Ram relocated the air tank and it no longer interfered with our Radius Arm Drops or the Amp Power Steps.
Wheel and tire fitment remains the same as the previous years. Fuel provided our customer a set of 20×9″ Podium Wheels – we wrapped these in 37×13.5″ Nitto Ridge Grapplers requiring minor trimming to clear.
Overall, we’re beyond happy with the new RAM. In the day and age of manufacturers neutering vehicles into crossover aesthetics with concern only for fuel economy, it’s refreshing to see a truck that looks and acts like a truck. We’re Excited to get a 1500, 2500 and 3500 (standard leaf spring) for the next round!