DETROIT – Forget about throwing down the gauntlet – Chrysler LLC is shaking a 380-hp spring-loaded, chrome-plated fist in the faces of its fullsize pickup competitors. Engine enhancements aside, the ’09 Dodge Ram makes new rules for styling and utility, while breaking a rule – a big one – on the engineering front. Chrysler’s flagship truck features a coil-spring rear suspension instead of the time-honored leaf-spring setup that has served pickup owners well for generations. Now, tongues ...

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