For many of you, what we're about to tell you isn't really a secret. For others, it may come as a shock, so please don't go rioting in the streets. Having looked back over this year's issues, it's easy to see that we really like the ‘09-'14 Ram 1500s. With their fresh skin, coil-sprung rear suspension, and three cab choices, there isn't a lot of room to find fault. Our main complaint stems more from our addiction to customization, for which there seems to be no cure. To calm our nerves and make us feel better, we keep on the path to sanity by continually turning out cool trucks to show you what's available for your rig.

With a 2012 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4X4 at our disposal, we decided to upgrade it via a mild suspension lift, knobby rubber, and a set of slick wheels. The goal was to create something that rode nice during the daily grind, and was able to whisk us away to far off destinations yet could still maintain the utilitarian nature of the truck. Thanks to the folks at Rough Country suspension and Dick Cepek tires and wheels, we accomplished exactly that. Ram trucks just seem to sit higher and have better fender clearance by design, so it didn't require much lift to clear some decent tires. As a matter of fact, making room for the 35x12.50R20LT Dick Cepek Mud Country tires enveloping Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 wheels only required a 4-inch suspension lift from Rough Country. Not too tall, but just right for normal usage.

Handling the installation of this Rough Country kit on our Ram was Industrial Motoring in Anaheim, California. The crew at Industrial have what it takes to get any job done right. Depending on the day, Industrial's guys can be found pumping up the power on a long-travel Raptor, lifting a 3⁄4-ton turbo-diesel truck, adding glitzy wheels to a new BMW, or getting a Ferrari 458 to hug the ground over a set of racing coilover shocks. Now that's a shop we can enjoy ourselves at!

SOURCE
Rough Country Suspension Systems
1400 Morgan Road
Dyersburg
TN  38024
800-222-7023
http://www.roughcountry.com
Industrial Motoring
2380 E. Orangethorpe Avenue
Anaheim
CA  92806
714-871-2905
http://www.industrialmotoring.co
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Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels
4600 Prosper Drive
Stow
OH  44224
330-928-9092
http://www.dickcepek.com