When it comes to subwoofer enclosure options for the Dodge Ram, no one has more choices than JL Audio. If you want to roll your own, you can select a premolded enclosure for under the rear seat of your Dodge Ram from the company's Vantage series ($150 MSRP), then stuff it with your choice from the almost unlimited number of 10-inch subwoofers available. Quite possibly the best choice comes from JL Audio as well, in the form of the company's well-regarded 10W0 10-inch subwoofer ($110 MSRP), a long excursion design that produces the kind of clean and solid low frequency response for which JL Audio is justifiably famous for.
If you want to go the premium route, JL Audio offers a number of unique models from its Stealthbox line, which combines a molded fiberglass enclosure with a matched JL Audio subwoofer, optimized for the internal volume of the enclosure. While one model is designed to replace the fold-down center console, even on standard cab Rams, the most popular choice is the SB-D-QCRAM10W3 ($500 MSRP), which fits under the rear seat, taking up space that would otherwise go unused. With a 10W3 subwoofer, you'll be amazed at how much bass this box pumps out.
With the growing popularity of in-vehicle video, combined with the fact that the vast majority of Rams are four-door Quad Cabs, it should come as no surprise that they have become popular family vehicles. Knowing this, video manufacturers are addressing this need. While at first glance a drop-down overhead monitor might seem practical, the upright rear seating position makes this a less than viable option. A far better solution comes in the form of headrests with LCD monitors already installed. VizuaLogic is one of the manufacturers who offers replacement headrests with LCD monitors already installed ($500 MSRP). Simply remove the factory headrest (and put them on a shelf in your garage so that when you replace your Ram in a few years, you can replace the LCD headrests) and mount the new headrests, which are available in factory-match cloth and leather trim. It's the quick, easy, and painless way to add rear-seat entertainment to your Ram, making long trips with your kids a pleasure instead of an ordeal.
While everyone wishes they could install an integrated DVD player in-dash with a retractable screen, the reality is that these components remain very expensive and beyond the budget of many enthusiasts. With that in mind, Blaupunkt, by not offering a traditional single-DIN DVD player, offers the DVDME2 ($250 MSRP), the company's second-generation stand-alone player. This versatile unit not only plays DVDs, but also a wide variety of self-recorded music formats, including CD-R and CD-RW MP3 discs.
At a GlanceYears: '02-'04Make: DodgeModel: Ram standard and Quad cabs
In-dash:Chrysler-style 1.5-DIN opening, requires installation kit
Front doors:6x9-inch oval speakers (6.5-inch speakers work as well)
Rear doors (Quad Cab):6x9-inch oval speakers (6.5-inch speakers work as well)
Amplifiers:Under the front seats, under rear seats, on back wall of cab (standard cab applications)