Replaced original after doing so on previously owned Dakota. The Ram will be used to tow an RV. I sensed more body roll, similar to the Dakota, along with the towing need. The appearance did not affect my decision because of its location. There were no paint defects and the quality of the unit was vastly improved over the stock unit. My estimate is the stock unit was hollow and weighed about 4-6 lbs rather than the replacement, which was about 10-12 lbs. The performance is improved, as I had to do an avoidance maneuver and the truck responded well. The 2012 Ram is a very good unit except for the extremely light steering feel. I am hopeful the new unit will help with me reducing what I feel is overcorrection as road conditions dictate. I would recommend this upgrade and I am considering replacing the front, too.