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 |  Jul 04 2013, 3:52 PM

1. Ram Air Suspension

2014 Ram 1500

If it’s good enough for highway tractors, then why not for light-duty pickups? That must have been the thinking at Ram when the brand introduced a class-exclusive airbag suspension system to the Ram 1500. The bags are now available on the 2500 and 3500 as well, bringing added capability to the brand’s heavy duties.

So what do airbags offer that traditional suspension can’t? First off, air bag systems can self level the truck once weight has been loaded which regulates weight distribution, helping to the keep the truck stable.

Next, at highway speeds the Ram lowers itself by 0.6 inches to improve the trucks aerodynamics. Finally, five different heights can be chosen depending on the circumstances the truck is put in, ranging from “park mode” which lowers the truck to help with entry and exit from parking garages or easy loading, right up to “off-road 2″ which lifts the trucks for added ground clearance.

  • Soyntgo4it

    Air suspension what a joke. Worst idea ever!

  • BulkZerker

    Guess you never put anything in the bed… or on a flatbed.

  • In2Trux

    You see Air Ride suspensions in the sweetest Hot Rods and in the most luxurious cars. Why don’t you like yours?

  • BigPaul

    I Air ride on the back of my ride only. It’s a hybrid system I dreamed up on my own using a four link and a watts linkage. I use four bags and they are staged to provide unparalleled carrying capacity and a very smooth ride. The quad bag system works with the ZO8 sway bar the Dime came with. The four link is reversed and the shocks are where they should be because of the reverse four link. A ride height sensor keeps the bumper at the same height no mater the load. The Currie nine inch carries one ton with ease. I loaded an old Detroit Series 92 V6 diesel in the back tied it down and drove away with about six co-workers scratching their heads trying to figure out how. I can park my truck in places my buddies with their One Ton Duallies cannot and they are blown away when I hitch my 12 foot trailer on the back, with the bed full of camping gear and drive to the camp grounds, pulling the hills faster and easier than they can. The LQ4 makes that happen. Air Ride rocks, all you have to do is think it through to the ultimate use, YOU wish to use it for. All this and 28 Miles to the gallon when commuting. Getting rid of that damned V6 was the best thing I have ever done.

  • Bilbo

    If OEMs didn’t jack up the bed height trucks wouldn’t need a step.

  • nitebell

    Nice job Ford, backup cameras have been around for a long time, too bad you mounted a fragile camera in the tailgate that gets slammed constantly, Oh I get it, you’ll charge $1,500 dollars to replace it one month after the warranty ends.