Is the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX Off-road Ready?

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Is the 2021 RAM TRX meant to be rough and rowdy?

In this article, we tell you why it’s more than ready to face the obstacles the trail throws at it.

Suspension Articulation

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Suspension articulation is a term used to determine a 4×4’s capacity to flex. This happens when your vehicle’s rear wheels and tires remain on the ground, despite of their front counterparts moving up the ramp, which matters in rock crawling. It ranges from around 400+ to 1000 Ramp Travel Index score (RTI).

In other words, the higher the front wheels and tires are, while the rear ones don’t lift, the more resilient your vehicle is against rollovers because pressure is firmly applied and supported at the back. As for the latest RAM 1500 TRX, it has an approximately 602 rti, with sway bars disconnected.

Wheelbase Length

Wheelbase length is known once you measure the distance between the front wheels and the rear wheels. More on this when you read our article on the 2021 Ford Bronco.

Short to normal wheelbase length for pickup trucks is around 118 inches. In the case of the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX, its wheelbase is 145.1 inches (with sway bars on) which can fairly rock crawl without the danger of tipping over.

2021 RAM TRX Launch Control

A closer look at Launch Control Button. Photo from Ramtrucks.com

When it comes to baja racing or even dune racing, the newest RAM TRX also has pulled out all the stops. This is because it’s the first pickup truck to have a customizable speed feature that lets you choose how fast you want to be.

The amazing thing about it is meets the set rpm modes in just about 3.9 to 4.5 seconds, that makes it really capable in the racing arena.

Beadlock-capable Wheels

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Photo from Ramtrucks.com

Losing a tire won’t be a problem too because the new RAM TRX gives you an option of having beadlock-capable wheels that are suitable in the 4x4ing field.

Since you may sometimes need to reduce tire pressure to boost tire traction on the trails, its wheel beads or “pins” act as suction cups that provide a vacuum-seal design which prevents a possible tire detach from the wheels, the moment there’s a huge tire pressure drop.

Torsen Differential

One of the things that make the latest RAM TRX stand out from its competitors, is the fact that it’s equipped with a torsen differential. To make it simple, imagine that on a traditional differential setup, one of your 4×4’s wheels approached a slippery surface like mud or snow, making it spin faster than normal speed. When it happens, that particular wheel absorbs more engine power than the rest and eventually leads to your vehicle being stuck.

On the contrary, under a torsen differential setup, the normal speed among the wheels are maintained regardless of the sudden change in surface. Therefore, your vehicle has sufficient stability. For a detailed explanation, visit Learn Engineering’s Channel.

2021 RAM 1500 TRX price

As far as actual cost is concerned, this 4×4 pickup’s standard manufacturer’s price is around $70,000+. However, if you’re aiming for the special edition with the anvil gray paint (that looks like an ashen midnight color), expect to pay $90,265.

2021 RAM 1500 TRX vs 2020 Ford Raptor

The game is on between two respectable pickup brands in the 4x4ing industry. Will the RAM eat the Raptor alive or will it be a David-and-Goliath story on the Raptor’s end? You’ll be the judge of that but here are some quick facts about them.

Conclusion

The latest RAM TRX surely had some changes that somehow made it a new off-road king. Whether its because of the body suspension or its main performance, we can’t wait how its rivals will catch up to it. Don’t be shy to tell us if you’re a new RAM fan or still a Raptor buddy through and through, by commenting below.