The SEMA Show is known for wild and crazy rides. This is one of the only times a year that you will see extreme vehicle builds from all over the country. With all of these extreme vehicle builds, the builders are forced to push the boundaries a little further if they want to gain any real attention. As a result, you end up with a number of over the top one off custom vehicles that cost way too much for what they are, but give us, the enthusiast, something to drool over. This year standing head and shoulders above all other trucks at the SEMA Show was this bad boy.
We ran an article on June 6th announcing this build was taking place. It was obvious that this was going to be a very unique custom vehicle but the rendering and progress at that point didn’t indicate how over the top. The owner Dave Sparks from Diesel Sellerz was replacing his truck and decided to build something pretty extreme. We would say that he achieved this goal because this truck is oversized in just about every aspect.
The truck started out as a 2012 RAM Quad Cab. Then the guys over at Mega X 2 grafted in a mega cab to make the 6 door conversion. The frame is all factory frame section. RAM’s frame is modular and what Mega X 2 does is use factory pieces to extend the frame at factory joints. According to Mega X 2, the frame is about 5 feet longer than a quad cab long bed.
After a few different designs, the guys at Diesel Power Gear (DPG) ended up creating a custom 5 link suspension system to give the truck the right amount of wheel travel and performance. The truck is held in the air thanks to FOA coilover in the front and a leaf spring/block combination in the rear.
The suspension is connected to AxleTech International 4,000 series axles. If you aren’t familiar with AxleTech, don’t worry. They aren’t your usual run of the mill stock axles. These guys build some of the biggest and strongest axles in the industry. They are usually on large equipment like dump trucks, heavy agriculture equipment, and military vehicles. The 4,000 series axle has a standard ring and pinion in the center of the differential and then a set of planetary gears at that the end of the axles to further reduce the gear ratio. The combination of all the gearing leads to a final gear ratio of 6.84:1,
One of the cool aspects of this build which isn’t readily noticeable is that the front and rear axles are the same. The rear axle’s steering is not functional, but within the next few weeks they plan on giving the truck quad steering. For a truck with a wheel base of roughly 218 inches, the quad steer is certainly the logical choice for anyone thinking about actually driving this, (which Sparks will.)
If you look closely at the side profile of the truck, you will notice that the front axle is not centered in the wheel well. Even with 18 inches of lift, the massive Goodyear 365/80R20’s (roughly 43 inches tall) mounted on 20×10 Hutchinson Industries wheels were interfering with the fenders. So, they moved the front axle about 6 inches forward.
The fenders themselves aren’t stock. They are FiberwerX fiberglass baja inspired fenders. They feature a 4 inch bulge and the wheel well is 2.5 inches higher than stock. To give the truck a more factory look, the guys had to slightly modify the Fusion front bumper to get it to line up with the fender. The headlights are Eco-Tint head lights that have an LED ring that changes color with the push of a button. To finish off the front of the truck, the factory grille was ditched and a Racemesh Trucks front grill with integrated LED lights was installed.
Under the hood rests the 6.7 Cummins that has been slightly modified. The engine is running all ARP studs, Industrial Injection’s 100 hp injectors and modified CP3 pump, Fleece Performance’s 64mm turbo, H&S Performance tuner, and Diamond Eye Performance exhaust which feed the DPG dual stacks.
The stacks are mounted inside of the bed instead of through the fender like the rendering. The massive spare tire is mounted in between the stacks. Just behind the spare, a DPG headache rack which is outfitted with DPG LED lights was mounted. The bed, top of the roof, door handles, mirrors and front and rear bumpers have all been coated by Gardit’s Truck Liner.
After reaching up over our heads to open the door, we were posed with an interesting question. How do we get up and into this truck? The original plan was to weld together two sets of AMP Research power running boards. Unfortunately, with how oversized the extreme this truck is, they would fit between the body and the suspension links. To get into this truck, they actually have to jump and pull themselves into it. If they had, had another week to work prior to the show, they would have been able to figure out a solution. As it is, they were actually grinding and working on the truck up until the show opened.
On the inside, the seats are all factory RAM seats. The front row feature two caption chairs, the middle row is a set of 40/20/40 front seats and the rear are mega cab rear seats. All of them are wrapped in factory black leather. Up in the head liner there are three sun roofs.
Once the driver is in the vehicle there are a few extra controls/sensors they have at their disposal. Under the steering wheel, a set of Ford factory upfitter switches control all the led lighting and other accessories. A Titan Fuel Tanks module and the H&S tuner are mounted to the front windshield so the driver can keep an eye on everything.
Under the driver’s seat is a Little Larry’s switch panel. These switches control the 4 wheel drive system. There is an AxleTech T600 air shift drop box (transfer case) mounted mid truck that send power to the front and rear axles. The T600 is a two-speed box (high/low). The driveshafts coming out of the T600 are massive and actually require 1710 joint (think semi truck).
Pretty much no matter where you look, there is something pretty unique about this truck and as a total package it is nothing but over the top. We look forward to running into these guys at a show and hopefully will be able to convince them we need a ride in this awesome truck!