Chevrolet recently pitted its newest HD Silverado against competitors from Ram and Ford in a series of tests administered by third-party company AMCI. The videos test frame torsion strength, passing power, and braking performance. To check out the videos, visit

The new Mopar Ram Runner kit is Ram’s answer to Ford’s Raptor. Powered by a 5.7L Hemi and packing taller tires, a wider stance, and 14 inches of suspension travel, the Ram Runner is built for high-speed off-road performance. The suspension kit is available for a price of $13,270 and with the bumper, tire carrier, and fiberglass fenders and bedsides the total climbs to $17,900. You could build one with a new Ram for about $40,000. Ram and Mopar are both sponsors of the 2011 TORC short-course off-road race series, where you can see the Mopar Ram Runner as the official pace truck of the events.

By The Numbers

1,405: Miles driven by Editor Dan Ward and Feature Editor Brandan Gillogly en route to Sacramento to shoot features, to Danger Zone in Visalia to shoot features and show coverage, back to Sacramento to shoot the cover, and then home to Orange County.

4: Number of energy drinks consumed over the three-day trip.

2: Chocolate-dipped cones downed by Truckin’ staff members at Suzie Burger in Sacramento. Highly recommended.

0:: Number of boats shot while in Sacramento, despite our Facebook posting on April Fools’ Day stating otherwise.

2: Trips to auto parts stores to get our project C1500 running after the alternator died and the battery drained.

230,XXX: Miles on said ’89 C1500.