20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicOctober 8, 2013, Auburn Hills, Mich. – It’s SEMA season. Today Chrysler Group LLC released sketches of select Mopar-modified vehicles that are headed for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The show takes place Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We developed these Mopar-modified vehicles to inspire ultimate customization,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “With catalogs full of proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories, Mopar is a one-stop shop for factory-engineered personalization.”

BDS-Suspension-Dodge-Ram-9-4-13Coldwater, MI — BDS Suspension ups the ante with new 3″ performance suspension systems for late model Dodge Ram 2500/3500 truck. If you want to improve off-road trail performance without sacrificing on-road drivability this system is designed for you allowing you to install up to 35” tires.

The kit features diesel or gas specific ProRide coil springs. Gas vehicles utilize single rate coils for improved ride quality while the diesel trucks feature the newly released dual rate coil springs for impressive performance across all terrains.

New heavy duty tubular upper and lower control arms reposition the front axle and adjust for proper caster and pinion angles. The arms feature durometer specific polyurethane bushings with greasable ends to long lasting performance.

Chrysler-Diffs-Cover-6-27-13-FullNORTH BRANCH, Minn. — Over the last 40 years, millions of Chrysler, AMC, and Jeep vehicles have used these differentials, propelling these high-performance vehicles to victory on the street, in drag racing, and other forms of racing. After years of use, these differentials require rebuilding, and of course aftermarket suppliers offer ring and pinion and other parts to upgrade these axles.

In this Workbench series title, the focus is on the disassembly, inspection, and step-by-step rebuild of the most popular high-performance differentials. Axles and differentials are not incredibly complex components, but there are some specific steps to follow for rebuilding, upgrading, and setting them up properly, and this book demystifies the process
and explains it in detail. A book dedicated to the Dana, Chrysler with and without Sure-Grip, and AMC axles has never been published before.

This book will also feature extensive gear and application charts, so the reader selects the correct gear ratio for a particular vehicle and application. Special coverage is therefore dedicated to ring-and-pinion gears. In addition, selecting the best aftermarket and production axle shafts is covered as well as modifying and upgrading the differential housings.

MaxTrac-Dodge-Ram-Lift-Spindles-6-5-13MaxTrac Suspension recently added a new application to its extensive lineup of affordable 2WD lift systems. These new spindles fit the 2002-2008 Ram 2500/3500 2WD trucks, achieving 3.5 inches of lift and clearing many 35-inch-tall tire designations.

This simple bolt-on design requires no cutting or welding, keeping install time to less than 3 hours. The one-piece spindles are made from cast ductile-iron and have a black e-coat for corrosion protection. Also included are extended DOT-approved braided steel brake lines, instructions and all necessary hardware. MaxTrac backs the spindles with a limited lifetime warranty.

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram Truck brand today donated 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks and $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“The impact of Superstorm Sandy was widespread and the road to recovery will be long for many families,” said Neal Litvack, Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross. “Through the generosity of its partners such as Ram and Chrysler Group, the American Red Cross is responding with shelter, food and emotional support, helping families and communities with their most critical needs now, and as they begin to move toward recovery.”

Adrian, MI (November, 2012) – VWerks, an off road parts manufacturer and specialty vehicle builder, debuted at the 2012 SEMA Show a new vehicle program, the Ram Baja KTS Series. Designed to merge high speed desert racing technology with jaw-dropping looks and daily-driver comfort, this exclusive new truck challenges the Ford Raptor for high-speed supremacy. Available in two different stages, the Ram KTS series was designed to cross any terrain at full throttle while the Ram Baja is aimed for truck enthusiasts who want the KTS’s menacing looks and stance, but don’t need long-travel race ready suspension.

“The Ford Raptor has been very successful and there hasn’t been a new, easily accessible Ram counterpart,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. “Whether you want an actual high speed desert racer, or an aggressive looking truck to drive you to and from work, VWerks has an option for you.”

October 12, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – When the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show takes place in Las Vegas, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, enthusiasts will see 24 “Moparized” Chrysler Group LLC vehicles on display at the ultimate aftermarket show.

Unique Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT® and FIAT® brand vehicles outfitted with more than 500 Mopar® performance parts and accessories will pack Chrysler Group’s 15,300-square-foot exhibit at the SEMA Show.

“The SEMA show is the perfect place for us to showcase our vast portfolio of proven, quality-tested Mopar performance parts and accessories,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar®, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We hope that show-goers look at each of these vehicles and get inspired to customize and accessorize their rides.”

Bark River, Mich. — Three races, three more wins for Mopar® and Ram Truck, as Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Luke Johnson were all victorious on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Bark River (Mich.) International Raceway with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series.

“Congratulations to Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Luke Johnson for winning today at Bark River,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The 2012 TORC season has been another outstanding one for Mopar Ram Truck drivers. The Mopar Ram combination continues to lead the field in each of the three PRO classes. We can’t wait to get back to the track tomorrow to battle for more wins.”

Crandon, Wis. — Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren picked up two more wins for Mopar® and Ram Truck on Sunday, June 17, with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series during the Brush Run races at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin. Caddell was victorious in PRO Light, while MacCachren won the 19th Annual Chairman’s Cup Challenge, a non-points special event that pitted PRO 2 drivers again PRO 4 drivers at the conclusion of the weekend.

“Congratulations to Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren for winning today at Crandon,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The beginning of the 2012 season has been another outstanding one for Mopar Ram Truck drivers. The power that the Mopar engines produce and the reliability of the Ram Truck is second to none. We look forward to returning to the track in a few weeks in Chicago to battle for more victories.”

Caddell, who lined up 10th on the grid in PRO Light in his Mopar Ram, used a strong launch on the famed “Land Rush” standing start, and was running fourth coming into the first turn on the opening lap. He charged to the outside of Keegan Kincaid to take the third spot before the first lap was completed. On the second circuit, Caddell was able to work his way past Randy Eller to move into the runner-up position. The native of Graham, Wash., inherited the lead during the mandatory competition caution on the fifth lap, after early race leader C.J. Greaves was penalized one position for jumping the initial start.

Concord, N.C. — Andrew Caddell, Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies helped Mopar® and Ram Truck wrap up a very successful start to the 2012 Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series season on Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, as each picked up a victory, to bring the brands’ win total to five for the weekend.

“What a great way to start the TORC season for Mopar and Ram, with two victories on Friday, along with Andrew Caddell, Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies winning tonight,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The competition is tough, but the power of our Mopar engines keeps our drivers up front. The 2012 season is shaping up to be another memorable one for Mopar and Ram in the TORC Series.”

Caddell, who opened the season with a win on Friday night in his Mopar Ram for Jenkins Brothers Racing in PRO Light, started on the outside of the third row in the finale at Charlotte, after a six-truck invert. He gained two spots on the start and worked his way up to second by the fourth circuit. The native of Graham, Wash. nearly took the lead from Luke Johnson, who also pilots a Mopar-powered Ram, on the sixth lap.

Caddell lost six positions on lap-7 while running second, after the third-place truck got into the back of him, causing him to spin. The second-generation driver would gain one spot back, before the mandatory competition caution flag flew on the ninth-lap. He restarted sixth and was up to third just one lap later. By the 12th circuit, Caddell was all over Johnson, who had taken the lead a lap earlier. Caddell went three-wide with Johnson and Ross Hoek coming off turn-four of the oval on lap-13, again nearly taking the top spot.

Caddell used a strong run on the high side of the back straightaway to power his way past Johnson to take the lead with four laps remaining. He extended his lead over the final three laps to score the win over Johnson, who earned his best-career TORC finish in second.

“What a great weekend,” said Caddell. “It was awesome racing Luke (Johnson) for the lead. I got into him a couple of times and I felt bad about that. This Mopar Ram was hooked up out there all weekend. To come out and get two in-a-row with a new truck this year, along with having Mopar and Ram on board, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

In PRO 4, Ricky Johnson started the 18-lap main event in sixth after also winning on Friday in his Mopar Ram. The reigning class champion picked up two positions on the opening lap and was fifth by lap-5. Johnson got by Adrian Cenni for second on the sixth circuit and began to track down leader Johnny Greaves.

Johnson would inherit the lead right before the competition caution flew on the ninth-lap, when Greaves pulled off the track with a mechanical problem. On the restart, the native of El Cajon, Calif. quickly pulled away and would pace the remainder of the 18-lap contest to score his second win of the season and sixth straight going back to last season.

“I have to thank my whole team, everyone does such a great job,” said Johnson. “It was an awesome race out there. Adrian (Cenni) drove a great race. We got together that one time and he had to go in and change a tire and we were able to stay out and finish. Our Mopar Ram was very strong again tonight and this is a great way to open the season.”

Menzies, who led a majority of the PRO 2 race on Friday in his Mopar Ram before a late race spin, lined up fourth in the finale on Saturday night and battled Caddell in the early going for the third spot. The Las Vegas native used a strong move to go from fourth to second on the fourth-lap, setting his sights on leader Chad Hord. Menzies battled Hord for the top spot on the seventh lap, and inched ahead when a full course yellow appeared after Caddell got upside while running fourth.

Menzies lined up second on the ensuing restart and used the low side of the track on the eighth lap to take the lead following a side-by-side battle with Hord in the infield section of the course. Menzies would lead the final 10 circuits to score his first win of the season and the second of his career at Charlotte.

“We had a fast truck all weekend,” said Menzies. “I led the whole thing on Friday and messed up at the end. We knew we would come back strong and I wanted to win this for my whole team. They certainly deserved it. It feels great to be on the top of the podium with our Mopar Ram.”

Mike Jenkins finished fifth in PRO 4 in a Ram-bodied truck and was sixth in PRO 2. Caddell, who was filling in for his teammate Rob MacCachren finished ninth after getting upside down on the seventh lap in his Mopar Ram in PRO 2, after running as high as third in the early portion of the race.

The Traxxas TORC Series returns to action on May 26–27 at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich., with two rounds of racing. For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series, visit www.torcseries.com.