Is the Mopar ‘Brodozer’ More Capable Than the Ram Rebel?
It’s no secret that you can load up your Ram Rebel pickup truck with aftermarket goodies. If you start with a factory base model and add on off-road customization to suit your fancy, the possibilities really only end where the funding stops. This Mopar “Brodozer” is a Mopar off-road Ram build. Mopar took a Big Horn trim Ram 1500 pickup truck and added a bunch of aftermarket off-road accessories. But is it actually more capable than the factory version of the off-road Ram 1500 pickup truck? How does the Brodozer stand up to the Ram Rebel?
Mopar accessories on a Big Horn Ram 1500
To make this custom Ram Rebel pickup truck, Mopar went for it. However, they started with a solid foundation. Beginning with a 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn, Mopar added $12 grand worth of aftermarket off-road accessories, according to PickupTrucks.com. The mid-level Big Horn trim was optioned out with 4×4, a ‘Sport Appearance Package’ accented with black, and the ‘Level 2 Equipment Group.’
The equipment group added automatic climate control, signal mirrors, a damped tailgate, a media hub, power-adjustable seats and pedals, remote start, and heated seats and steering wheel. It also includes the Uconnect infotainment and navigation with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. And then Mopar probably thought “let’s throw in the 5.7 liter V8 Hemi engine. You know, to make it extra formidable.”
How much does the off-road Ram 1500 cost?
With the 4×4 Ram 1500 Big Horn crew cab, you’re looking at a starting price of $52,585––according to PickupTrucks.com. Then, you add about $12,000 worth of Mopar aftermarket off-road accessories. Between that and all the factory options that were added to this custom Ram Rebel imitator, you’re looking at a hefty price tag.
The 2019 Ram Rebel, according to Ram Trucks, starts at $47,990. That is, of course, without the options package. However, it does include the V8 Hemi.
Mopar off-road Ram build
In order to build out this custom Ram Rebel pickup truck competitor, Mopar added a long list of aftermarket off-road accessories. Truck accessories like a 2-inch lift kit include both front and rear shocks, spring bouncers, upper control arms, a track bar bracket, and jounce spacers. According to PickupTrucks.com, this custom Mopar off-road Ram build also features 18-inch beadlock wheels “wrapped in chunky off-road tires, which is what used to be standard on the Ram 1500 Rebel.”
Additionally, we see more aftermarket off-road accessories like fender flares and off-road runners. Mopar mounted four of the 5 inch LED lights on the ‘RamBar’ truck accessory bar. However, the folks over at PickupTrucks.com weren’t sold on their “aft” positioning. Still, they are plenty bright enough to “light up the night in true supernova fashion. Plus, there’s the nice finishing touch of the Mopar hood graphic. And an exhaust kit that gives the off-roading bros the ‘HERE I AM’ exhaust note they are looking for. The Mopar off-road Ram build looks––and sounds––formidable, indeed.
Is the custom Ram Rebel knockoff better than the real thing?
Even with all these expensive aftermarket off-road accessories, the Mopar build is lacking in some key areas. If you are actually planning to off-road in your truck, you’ll really miss the standard electronic locking differential, the underbody skid plates, off-road tuned suspension, and Bilstein remote-reservoir shock absorbers.
Plus, you won’t get the special Rebel interior. You can also get into a Ram Rebel for significantly less money. Overall, even PickupTrucks.com says “the Mopar accessories here are really meant more for dressing up on the road than driving off into the wilderness.”