The Dodge Ram 1500 is one of the most popular pickups in America today, and with good reason. Ever since receiving a major overhaul in the mid-90's, these trucks have flourished as an American icon of pickup excellence. Thanks to its impressive towing power and comfortable interior styling, trucks in this line are some of the best that money can buy.
Here at RealTruck, we offer a full range of Dodge Ram 1500 accessories to trick out your truck. You can browse through our selection conveniently and find products for the exact year of your Ram as well. We want to make things as easy as pie, although we've never fully understood that expression. We are almost as big of fans of pie as we are of trucks though, so we'll roll with it.
Looking for more information about your truck? Hopefully we can answer some of the questions you might have before you start shopping for accessories here. We'll break down some useful technical info, and maybe, just maybe, we'll throw in a sweet apple pie recipe too.
Over the course of the line's history, the Dodge Ram has gone through several different iterations. The most recent model of the Ram was introduced off the assembly line in 2009 and received a number of important updates. Shortly thereafter in late 2010, Chrysler began selling the Ram truck brand with "Dodge" dropped from its moniker. This was done as part of Chrysler rebranding the Ram as its own vehicle line; in a practical sense it's still essentially a Dodge, although it's no longer marketed as such.
What didn't change was Dodge's commitment to quality. The ride quality of the most recent Ram received a nice upgrade thanks to better rear suspension. The available engines were also given more power (which you can never have too much of). The automotive press also gave the vehicle high marks for its comfortable interior and smooth drivability, offering a much easier and less traditionally pickup-esque ride than its competition. Its luxurious surround sound speaker system is nothing to sneeze at either, and if you're anything like us, you like blasting your jams while you drive.
With the most recent revision of the Ram 1500 line (the 2012 model year as of this writing), consumers have their choice from ten different models, including the entry level ST and mid-range SLT all the way up to the top of the line Laramie. The most bare-bones package option offers basic amenities like air conditioning and standard safety features, doing away with anything extraneous to give you a solid, no-frills work truck. The Sport trim is similar, but introduces a few nice upgrades like bucket seats and a grille painted to match the truck's body finish. More options become available at the SLT level, like a navigation system, DVD player, and satellite radio.The high end Laramie allows you to step up to a 5.7L V8 engine with plenty of power to take on any job. Thanks to a newly updated six-speed transmission, it also gets better fuel efficiency than before.
Other features of the most recent iteration of the Ram 1500 include a rear back-up camera to make sure you don't take out anything (or anyone) on accident while putting it in reverse. Whichever configuration you choose, there's no way to go wrong with the Ram. It's a solidly built and well appointed truck that should more than meet the needs of most truck owners.
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Prior to 2009, the Ram 1500 had last received a redesign in 2002. That year, Dodge rolled out the third generation of this popular pickup truck line, keeping what made past iterations great while making some key refinements. Throughout this six year period, numerous enhancements were made year to year, demonstrating that Dodge was in no way content to sit still while their competition passed them by.
During this time, three models-the ST, SLT, and SLT Plus-were initially offered, along with a Sport package option for the SLT and SLT Plus. A year after the initial redesign, in 2003 the SLT Plus was swapped out for the Laramie, which is still the namesake of the Ram's top level luxury package to this day. In fact, the '03 model year proved itself to be a big one for the Ram 1500. A 345HP Hemi V8 was rolled out to take the place of the older 5.9L V8 option. An automatic five-speed transmission was also offered for both the 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8 engines, providing greater efficiency over the four-speed option. This was also the year that off-road and Work Special packages were brought to the market.
This era in the Ram's illustrious history also rolled out with a choice of having a truck with a Quad cab. Later on in 2006, the suitably named Mega cab was added to the mix. This cab was dramatically larger than any that was previously offered in this line, featuring an extremely roomy interior.
For a truck owner scouring the used market for a deal, Ram 1500's from this time period are still excellent options and are well worth your consideration. Noted for their superior attention to interior detail and smooth drivability, they're quality trucks with plenty of power without sacrificing comfort.
The second generation of the Dodge Ram 1500 extended from '94 to '01. This marked the point when Dodge began labeling their truck lines with four-digit numerals (1500, 2500, and 3500).In many respects the company kept things simple with this truck when it initially launched, offering a lone standard cab along with four different trim levels. According to Dodge, however, it offered the most interior space of any full-size truck on the market at the time. More cabs and a greater selection of package options were added later as the years progressed. A quad cab option was rolled out during the '98 model year, offering greater interior space.
The array of engines offered was extensive, ranging from a 3.9L V6 at the low end, all the way up to a monstrous 8L V10. At the time, this was both the largest and the most powerful gas-powered engine any truck at the time was equipped with. At 300 HP, it was an absolute beast of a machine. Interestingly, the '94 Ram 1500 was the first truck of its kind to feature driver side airbags.
1981 marked the beginning of something great. And by that, we mean that was the first year that Dodge began naming their super rad full-size pickup truck the Ram. The Dodge Ram D150 and W150 models were essentially updated versions of the long-running Dodge D (two-wheel drive) and W (four-wheel drive) Series trucks. An entry level truck called the Ram 150 Miser was also introduced until 1984, when its name was changed to the Dodge Ram D/W 100, and then changed again in 1990 to the Dodge Ram 150S.The inaugural Ram trucks were lighter, and for the time, more modern in their visual design than the Dodge pickups they replaced. Named after the ram logo used on Dodge hood ornaments back in the early 1930s, 40s, and 50s, the new moniker evoked an image of a rugged and powerful vehicle that could handle any job and all types of terrain.
These trucks can be found with either 6.5' or 8' beds, as well as standard, club, and crew cabs. Two different bed styles, Utiline and Sweptline, were also produced. The Utiline design had a narrower width, while the Sweptline had a more streamlined and up to date appearance. They were also produced in two and four wheel drive variants, with 4WD models being dubbed Power Rams.
Four different models were initially on offer, ranging from the bare bones Custom through the top of the line Royal SE which came loaded with all the extra amenities one could have asked for.