We've told you how much we love our long-term road test '09 Dodge Ram 1500. Unfortunately, we have to keep it stock and just keep you posted on how the vehicle delivers in its stock configuration, but we just know that a few bolt-ons would allow it to perform even better. Well, we just happened to know of someone with a similar truck that was willing to see how the venerable 5.7L Hemi V-8 could benefit from improved breathing and better handling.
Enter MagnaFlow and Airaid with high-flowing components to improve the power and mileage of the Hemi and Ground Force for a simple coil spring 2/3 drop kit. In addition to the new suspension, we also had to do something about its lackluster, factory 17-inch wheels. We visited tirerack.com and ordered a set of KMC wheels and General Grabber UPH tires with TPMS sensors installed so that the owner could switch easily between sets of wheels. The owner uses the truck to haul heavy Harleys, so we went with a tall, cushy sidewall on the 20-inch General tires that are similar diameter to the stock tires to keep a factory ride, while improving handling. General tires have great grip, are quiet on the highway, and the price point is just right for this economy.