Ram Truck Modifications: Make Your Truck Truly Yours

November 9th, 2016 by

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New Ram truck? How will you make it feel more like your truck and look less like other trucks on the road? Luckily, there are a lot of ways for Ram truck owners to tweak engine performance, enhance off-roading capabilities or add some style. Keep reading.

Engine Performance

Cold Air Intake

A cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive option to make a truck perform better. Typically aftermarket cold air intakes move the engine’s air source to a location within the engine compartment with direct access to cold air outside of the hot compartment. This allows for cooler air to be sucked into the combustion chambers bringing more oxygen into the engine which allows for more power.

Performance Chip

Truck performance can also be enhanced by modifying, replacing or tuning a truck’s factory computer chip in the vehicle’s electronic control unit. Chips control a vehicle’s engine electronic control unit, which controls engine functions like spark timing, fuel injection, electronic throttle control, poppet valve timing, boost control (in turbocharged engines), the Anti-lock braking system and the automatic transmission. Modifying or replacing a vehicle’s factory chip can increase power because it overrides or replaces the original chip’s limits to power, torque and fuel emissions. Some chip replacements can void a factory warranty, so check with your service department before making changes to the chip.

Custom Exhaust

Another way to increase a truck’s performance and sound is by adding a bigger exhaust. When an exhaust is replaced by a bigger exhaust, the engine is able to discharge exhaust at a faster rate, thus reducing back pressure and increasing horsepower.

There are different types of aftermarket exhausts including dual exhausts, chrome and polished exhaust systems. The right one for your truck depends on your truck’s specs and what you want the exhaust to add– performance, style, sound, or all three.

Off-Roading

Suspension

Off-roading modifications are common for trucks, because a lot of truck drivers love testing the limits of their truck. Because of this, upgrading a truck’s suspension is a common modification for those who want to off-road with the highest level of capability.

Upgrading the suspension can add more capability, durability, and stability to your truck on and off-road. A vehicle’s suspension can maximize traction between the tires and the road. Therefore, upgrading to a more capable suspension will allow for a smoother and safer off-road ride. It is considered both a safety feature for off-roading, and an additional performance feature as well.

Tires and Wheels

Tires and wheels are another common and fairly easy truck component to modify. Upgrading to larger wheels and tires can increase a truck’s ability to crawl through any terrain off-road. Also, tires with bigger treads or taller sidewalls, such as off-road tires, all weather, or all terrain tires can increase tire traction, which can be very helpful when driving through different types of terrain.

Winch

Adding a winch to your truck is common and almost imperative if you plan on testing out deep mud holes or unusually difficult terrains. This system, is attached to the front of your truck and has a rope and/or chain. If stuck, winches can help you get pulled out easier and they also make it much easier for you to help another vehicle that is stuck.

Lights

Lights, lights, and more lights. Fog lights, LED light bars, off-roading lights, and more. Lights can add performance, convenience, and style to your truck. An LED light bar added to your truck and looks great as well as adding a lot more light for nighttime off-roading. Fog lights are another customizable light option and they are available in different colored lights ranging from neon to bright white. Light mods are usually pretty affordable and easier DIY projects compared to other truck mods.

If you need a new Ram truck to add these or other modifications to, you are in luck. Check out our Ram inventory here, or come down to Kendall Ram and check out all of our trucks person.

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