GROUND & POUND
roading terrain on the globe? Ocotillo Wells is a well-known destination for hardcore off-roaders. It’s a harsh desert environment that serves up myriad terrain configurations and is very near to the Anza Borrego State Park, yet another beautiful yet punishing destination for off-road enthusiasts of all stripes. “It was very exciting seeing the progression in the truck’s ride and handling as the shocks were being adjusted,” Comensky says. “Every little change in the shocks resulted in a noticeable change in how the truck drove.”
The wheels this truck wears were provided by Performance Machine and feature forged beadlocks with OMF rings, and are wound with off-road standard Toyo Open Country R/TS sized 37x13.5. EMF rod ends and Carli ball joints were added up front to keep the steering responsive after the raft of suspension modifications. A Mopar “Big Box” steering upgrade was also added to preclude failure of the notorious factory unit. Behind the wheels, EBC brakes fed by Carli braided lines provide for emergency speed modulation.
Notably, the 6.7L has not been subjected to any mechanical alterations aside from an S&B air filter and 4-inch Flo Pro exhaust. Yet, anyway. The drivetrain
This is where most of the magic happened, up under the truck. Carli Suspensions performed R&D for the entire suspension front and rear. Up in the front you’ve got Carli 3-inch progressive springs winding around King 3.5-inch remote-reservoir shocks. Extensive real-world testing was performed in the harsh Socal deserts to get the valving exactly where it needed to be. Running gear is made up of 17-inch Performance Machine truck wheels and 37-inch Toyo Open Country M/TS. The wheels conceal upgraded EBC brakes front and rear. In addition to the spring-and-shock upgrade, the front suspension also sports a Carli ball joints and EMF rod ends. Considering the extreme off-road use this truck would be seeing, a Thuren Fabrication axle truss was added to mitigate stresses from the larger tires and keep the gears spinning with purpose.