Mini-Feature: Brett Allen’s 2014 Ram 2500

Brett Allen is a guy that knew what he wanted in his truck, and then went for it. A native of Idaho, he helps run a shop called Northwest Diesel in Post Falls, Idaho, and is proud to have a truck that stands out in the crowd. We reached out to him after finding it posted on Instagram, and found out the whole scoop of its evolution.

“I bought my first diesel in 2007 and just tinkered with it and never stopped,” he said. “I love the power and reliability and longevity of diesel. It makes a huge difference. Work, play, it does whatever.”

Brett bought the truck new, and turned it into a monster on four wheels.

These days, Brett is rocking a 2014 crew cab Cummins that he initially purchased with only mild intentions. But we all know how that goes! “This current rig is my daily driver,” he said. “I kept it stock and then lifted it, and started adding more and more to it. I bought it brand new in 2014.”

Over time, Brett determined what he wanted to do with the truck. “The plan was to make it the biggest one around and do whatever I want with it,” he said. “I mostly use it for advertisement, taking it to shows and dyno events.”

So Brett did what any man would with a new truck and gave it a massive overhaul. The vehicle is lifted 12 inches up with a modified BDS Suspension kit, and rolls on 40-inch Toyo M/Ts with 20×12 Hostile Sprocket wheels. “I love the Toyos,” said Brett. “Their size and quality is great. They could use some more off-roading, but they wear great and make the right amount of road noise. I expect them to last a long time – my last set went over 47,000 miles and still had half the tread left!”

Brett says the truck now makes between 600 and 700 horsepower, thanks to a compound turbo system and fueling upgrade.

On other parts of the truck, Brett removed the Fox shocks and replaced them with Bilstein tow-inch-diameter units with remote reservoirs. He uses Firestone Ride-Rite air bags in the back, which is raked 1.5 inches up from the front to balance out when he goes towing.

“I’ve got front and rear Road Armor bumpers, and the front has a Warn 12,500-pound winch and a set of 3×3 AnzoUSA pod lights,” said Brett. “These lights take a lot of abuse, and they waterproof, too. I’ve never had a problem with them.”

Also up front is the stout 6.7-liter Cummins engine, which Brett has outfitted with some major upgrades. “I did the Pusher Intakes compound turbo system,” he said. “It now has the S475 up top with a TurboTimeUSA 67mm VGT, and the stock one below. The injectors are 30-percent over, and get fed with a Fleece drop-in lift pump and Industrial Injection CP3 Bag of Parts. The Pusher system has perfect fit and finish and has gotten me up to mid-600 horsepower now with all the other upgrades. And it all stays tight and right with ARP 2000 head studs. It’s clamped down and I never have to worry about it.”

Along with some tuning by Hardway Performance and a dual-disc South Bend clutch, Brett can drive and tow with confidence in his beastly Ram truck. “My favorite part about it is the turbo whistle,” he said. “The sound it makes is unlike anything else.”

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David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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