GROUND & POUND

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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.

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