GROUND & POUND
to fit 3.5-inch diameter shocks under the truck with minimal modification. On the newer radius-arm trucks, you’re limited to 2.5 diameter shocks unless you perform significant modifications to the truck’s frame.”
Comensky also felt that the older truck allowed for a better platform to showcase CJC’S suspension and steering products. When this truck was purchased, options for the newer models were scarce.
That truck: It’s a 2010 Ram 2500 he located in the primordial rain forests of Central Oregon. He and his wife, Lauren, flew to its location and proceeded to drive it down the winding West Coast.
Comensky and CJC have a special working relationship with Carli Suspension, and this project truck was born partially out of that partnership. “Carli was also looking for a truck to prototype their long-arm system,” Comensky says. “And this truck was the perfect candidate.” This project marks the fourth time CJC has been involved in the prototyping R&D process. The first stop was at Carli’s Corona, California, headquarters, a long freeway slog from CJC’S Bellflower HQ.
The suspension setup consists of Carli 3-inch linearrate coil springs up front sheathing custom-tuned King 3.5-inch remote reservoir shocks. The rear is suspended by Carli full progressive leaf springs (manufactured by Deaver), which are damped by custom-tuned King 3.0 quad-tube bypass shocks. These dampers are attached to the frame via Carlifabricated upper shock mounts welded directly to the chassis.
According to Comensky, the most challenging and tedious, but also the most rewarding, part of the build was dialing in the shock tuning. CJC and Carli made numerous treks south and east to Ocotillo Wells to perform the in-action parts of the R&D. Remember when we said Socal offers some of the best off-
“The fact that this truck could handle 70 mph through large whoops and stay composed was pretty impressive in my opinion. The truck’s suspension is capable of doing more off-road than what I’d say is safe without a roll cage.”—cole Comensky The Ram’s front end has been updated with a Mercenary Offroad bumper, late-model grille and headlights, and a Baja Designs XL80 six-lamp array.
The front bumper conceals a Warn M12000 winch fitted with a Factor 55 Flatlink shackle mount in case the truck needs to perform some heavy lifting.