It’s safe to say that a handful of modified Ram 1500 TRXs and other customized Ram 1500 trucks will claw their way into the 2021 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The TRX especially is new, and comes from the factory with a blower and tons of power, making it a natural candidate for upgrades. While the full breadth of the aftermarket’s attention to the Ram family at SEMA will become clearer when the show actually happens, we do know to look for the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX RexRunner and the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concepts, both of which sprung from Mopar’s imagination and will rest their haunches in the Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) booth among other Mopar builds, products, and accessories.
The Ram 1500 RexRunner Concept Goes Full Mopar
The 702-hp, 650-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi powering the Ram TRX RexRunner is upfitted with Mopar parts and has been customized with a handful of subtle details. Mopar Blue accents—including the hood and roof stripe, Ram grille, TRX bedside graphics, lower bedside stripe, and tow hooks on all four corners—contrast the Ash Gray paint and black side stripe.
The RexRunner has custom front and rear metal skid plates, and the aft piece has laser-etched Mopar lettering. The front skid plate allegedly increases the approach angle by 2.3 degrees for a total of 32.5 degrees. The front features a clean carbon-fiber-esque lower valance with Mopar written across it, under which resides the skid plate. Blue tow hooks anchor each corner. As for other custom touches, there’s also a custom flip-top fuel-filler door for added exterior bonus points.
The most prominent bed feature is the RamBar nestled nicely where the cab and bed join. Mounted to this accessory bar is a pair of concept 14-inch TYRI rectangular LED lights, making the pitch black midnight desert come alive as if the noon of day thanks to 4,300 lumens. A spare 37-inch Toyo Open Country tire mounted to a custom-designed black 18×9 Black Rhino Chamber wheel dominates the open bed. There’s no tailgate, but we’re guessing that’s just for easier viewing of the bed bits.
In addition to the RamBar, the RexRunner TRX features some other Mopar products: a bed extender that flips inward, black spray-in bedliner, bed-mounted spare-tire carrier, rock rails, black five-inch dual exhaust tips, retractable bed step, and stainless-steel pedal covers with black rubber pads.
For easy cleaning, the interior features molded one-piece door panels and a vinyl floor from the Tradesman model. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the RexRunner unleashed in the local Nevada desert after its release from doing duties at Sema.
New Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Concept—Same As the Old One?
The idea of a Ram Outdoorsman should sound familiar. Once upon a time, there was a Ram 1500 Outdoorsman package you could buy It went away with the introduction of the latest fifth-gen Ram 1500 in 2018. Are Ram and Mopar just paying homage to the trim (after all, we now have the BackCountry), or is this concept hinting at the Outdoorsman’s return to the 1500 lineup?
The 2021 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman concept, based on a Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4×4, reiterates the concept that trucks serve a dual purpose: they work hard during the week and can play harder during the weekend. The Outdoorsman therefore is as functional on the job site as it is fit for the camp site.
The multi-purpose Ram 1500 concept has a mild lift thanks to the Mopar 2.0-inch lift kit with Fox shocks. Rolling stock consists of 20×9 Black Rhino wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich tires. It’s a combination that looks natural on the black fade-to-blue Outdoorsman. Mopar tube steps assist entry and egress.
On the inside of the Outdoorsman, a deployable work surface slides out of the center console armrest area, providing an additional foot or so of work space. Mopar Blue Katzkin leather on the front bucket seats and rear bench seat adds a quick punch of Mopar Blue to the interior, solidified by Outdoorsman and Mopar custom embroidered seat logos. Another cool interior detail is Mopar Blue armrest stitching. An unnoticed tidbit is the RamVac on-board vacuum under the rear bench seat.
The pinnacle of the Outdoorsman is the concept aluminum Mopar bed rack system that can carry all things work and play. Lighting on all four corners of the rack is provided by 2-inch TYRI LED lights (because loading and unloading in the dark is awfully frustrating). There’s even a third brake light on the rear crossbar of the rack, in case your gear blocks the regular one atop the cab. The fun continues under the bed rack. A modified Expertec bed-slide system, mounted to the bed floor, provides two rolling panels that extend for easy loading and unloading. Items can be secured to the panels via custom T-track rails and mounts.
A custom Mopar RamGate task-bench insert mounted on the inside of the tailgate features various conversion charts, and angle finder, and a concept T-track mounting system, making the tailgate work space even more effective and efficient.
Source: Read Full Article