Originally unveiled last year, the Recruit is a “proof-of-concept image vehicle” that was designed to show how the company can improve the truck’s off-road performance while also maintaining factory ride and handling characteristics.
As part of the transformation process, the truck was given a rugged makeover as it was equipped with AEV bumpers, a snorkel and extended fender flares. The company didn’t stop there as they also installed a ventilated hood, LED auxiliary lights and power retractable running boards.
More practical upgrades occur underneath as the Ram has been outfitted with a 4-inch DualSport-SC suspension system which works with the truck’s Air Ride suspension. It features longer Bilstein shocks and special spacer brackets – among other things. AEV says these changes give the suspension an additional 3 inches (76 mm) of upward travel and an extra 1.5 inches (38 mm) downward of travel.
To ensure the truck can tackle the toughest terrain, the company installed a front skidplate and 18-inch beadlock wheels with BFGoodrich KM2 mud-terrains. The truck has also has cast-aluminum tow loops and a Warn Zeon 10-S winch.
While the upgrades are nice, Ram recently confirmed plans to put the Rebel TRX concept into production. The concept was introduced two years ago featured a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 575 hp (428 kW / 583 PS).
Besides the almighty engine, the concept had an off-road focused suspension with adjustable coilover shocks and 40 percent more travel. The truck was also outfitted with 37-inch tires and a Dynatrac Pro 60 rear axle featuring an electronically limited slip differential.