Devoted Daily: Jared Traylor’s Silver Bullet Ram

During our stop at the 2018 edition of the TS Performance Outlaw Diesel Drag Racing event, the pit area was full of trucks, trailers, semis, and even stacker trailer rigs lined up. But, like any sport, it must have the support to maintain its run year after year. By support, we mean the butts in the seats watching these events unfold and witness history on the drag strip. One supporter, in particular, is Jared Traylor, and it turns out Traylor has a ride of his own.

During some downtime, we strolled over to a few trucks that were on display where we first witnessed Traylor’s pickup truck. The pickup in question was his silver 2005 Dodge Ram. As you may know, most of the trucks we write about seem to be heavily modified. In this case, we branch out into something a little more reserved and easier on parts.

Traylor sends out special thank you’s to Adrian Forkum and Daniel Hargrove for their help and influence to this build.

“I have always been fascinated by the diesel engines and their performance,” said Traylor. “I have, fortunately, surrounded myself with a ton of great people that have pushed me to the purchase of this truck and I’m glad I have. Now that I finally own a diesel after being drawn to them has been an experience. Every day when I wake up to go to work, I know it’s going to pay off when I can finally build my dream truck.”

Although the truck is mostly stock, Traylor, like any of us, has plans for the future. “With my involvement with the industry, I’ve started to gather information from experts and friends for my future plans,” said Traylor. “One of the first plans of attack is an upgraded turbocharger. The S467.7 turbocharger with a second-gen style swap makes great power and you can not beat that sound.”

One of the most dreaded and most expensive parts to building a truck is the drivetrain. In what seems to be a large stepping stone for Traylor in his quest for big horsepower, it will be worth saving up the money now, rather than risk sacrificing more parts by leaving it stock and pushing it over the edge. “I’m building a transmission before I get too crazy with the truck,” said Traylor. “Everyone knows if you’re trying to make power, that’s usually the first part to let go.”

Traylor enjoys cleaning up his truck and taking it to events and showing off his work in progress.

Lucky for Traylor, in 2016, a family friend decided they didn’t need their truck anymore. Now, going on three years later, Traylor owns what is the beginning of a dream come true. “My first truck, a 6.0-liter, 2002 Chevrolet 3/4-ton, while it was great to me, but it was in the way of my passion,” said Traylor. “Fortunately for me, I then owned a 76,000-mile one-owner Dodge Ram.”

Traylor surrounds himself with people that are enthusiasts and he uses that for his drive to excel more and more in diesel performance.

When you buy a truck, a lot comes to mind. Where did the truck come from, what has this truck been through, and how long will it last? “I know I wanted a truck in this configuration,” said Traylor. “It meant a lot to me knowing I was trading for a truck that was bone stock and completely safeguarded.” From the day ownership changed, the “Silver Bullet” is on its way to great things.

Traylor’s everyday routine includes taking care of the state of Tennessee. In his career with the Tennessee Department Of Transportation, he is required to be able to work odd hours. Flooding, snow, ice, or anything that would keep Tennesseans from commuting on the roads, Traylor needs a reliable mode of transportation to get him to work at any time any day, but nobody said it couldn’t look voluptuous too.

Among the other color matched parts, Traylor lacks the rear bumper but it is in the works.

The Silver Bullet

Traylor’s Ram may lack lead in its pencil now, but for now, it’s going to continue to look great. It rides on a Rough Country suspension to clear the larger wheels and tires. “Currently, I’m running Rough Country spacers in the front suspension,” said Traylor. “Although it looks great, I’m wanting to pull the spacers out to lower the truck back down.”

Until then, the suspension clears a set of 33×12.5R22-inch Toyo Open Country AT2’s. The tires are wrapping up a set of brand new Fuell Off-Road wheels. The Fuel Forged FF19 wheels are a towering 22×12 and make the look of this truck really come together.

The falling Kentucky sun made for some great pictures heading into the final minutes of the TS Outlaw event.

“I wanted a forged wheel for a while and knew the 22×12 would be a good happy medium for me and the truck since it’s not lifted,” said Traylor. “Of course, after I got the wheels, I saw my friend Adrian’s truck with 24-inch wheels and I’ve suddenly changed my mind on what I want. I want to keep the Toyo tires because they are, in my experience, the perfect all-terrain tire but still looks very aggressive.”

Whether it is cruising the streets of Tennessee or at diesel truck events across the country, Traylor’s truck isn’t only for looks. The interior of the truck is meticulously maintained and filled with enough speakers to generate a concert experience. “I enjoy music as much as anybody, but I wanted to take it to another level,” said Traylor. “Paired with my JVC Double Din head unit are JL Audio door speakers and two 10-inch subwoofers.”

Like the outside, Traylor keeps his Ram religiously clean. Traylor uses a Smarty MADS Smarty Touch unit to monitor all of the engine and transmission's important parameters.

To be congruent with the wheels and tires, Traylor added a billet grille to the front of his Ram, as well as have the truck color matched. Including in the color match are the mirrors, front and rear door handles, front bumper, and had the hood and bed repainted. Now, after hours of prep and paint, the truck is what it is today, pristine.

The Future Of The Silver Bullet

The chrome backed headlights are complimented nicely with the silver color of the truck with the polished Fuel Off-Road wheels.

As you know, the future holds great upgrades. “I’m upgrading the transmission to a full SunCoast Diesel Transmission 48RE,” said Traylor. “I’ll be including billet input and output shafts along with a billet flexplate. Behind that will house a Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc converter which should easily withstand 750 to 800 horsepower.”

Overall, we are pleased to have met Mr. Traylor and witness a dream in progress. This article shows that with hard work and dedication, you can eventually have a dream build of your own. For more information and to follow Traylor’s ongoing build, be sure and check him out on his Instagram. What are your thoughts on the Silver Bullet? Let us know in the comments below.

 

About the author

Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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