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2019 Ram 1500 Shows Up In Chicago With Mopar Goodies

Well, that didn't take long.

Fresh off its reveal at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has rolled into Chicago wearing a small selection of its 200-plus planned Mopar products. The menu in the Windy City begins with a 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport 4x4 painted in Flame Red. From there, Mopar takes over by giving it a 2-inch suspension lift, off-road wheel flares, and 18-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain off-road tires. But, as they say, that's not all.

While some truck owners take pleasure in modifying their rigs in the pursuit of off-roading nirvana, others beef up their pickups to ensure their arrival at the work site or to other leisure activities. For those owners, Mopar has fitted the 1500 with what it calls Ram Rack—an adjustable rack that allows secure transportation of larger items above the truck's roof and bed. Here, the rack is used for kayaks, though we're sure it could come in handy for any light recreational equipment to support your weekend escape. The 1500 is also fitted with Mopar running boards and a bed step to better aid owners in loading the Ram Rack or to simply make it less of a climb to access the lifted truck's cab and bed.

It's not all show and no go, either. Mopar has developed a new cold-air intake system it calls "Ram Airflow," which can be fitted to 5.7-liter V8 models beginning later this year. Like any CAI, Ram Airflow allows the 1500's V8 to more easily breathe in copious amounts of atmosphere as it beats out its 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. A Mopar cat-back exhaust further enhances the V8's volumetric throughput by reducing restriction while giving it a pleasant burble at the same time. The look is finished off with Katzkin leather seats, Mopar floor mats, and aluminum door sill guards emblazoned with RAM—you know, just in case you forget which brand of truck you're driving.

If you're looking to go whole hog on your new Ram, Mopar offers up graphics packages to visually set off your 1500 from the pack—but do you really want to be that guy? The real modifications speak for themselves. Don't ruin it.

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