2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab - Rugged Ram
Off-Road Ready With Limo Luxury
While combing the halls at last year's SEMA show, we were struck by a Mega Cab at the Dodge display that had all of the right ingredients for a feature. Unlike many of the SEMA feature vehicles that go out of their way to grab your attention with insane graphics and eardrum-splitting stereo, this rugged LEER Mega Cab exuded an understated elegance. After a thorough examination, we were jealous of its limo-like appointments and were determined to align our schedules for a photo shoot.
LEER, known for its tonneau covers and truck caps, built this Mega Cab to show off its newest tonneau, the 800 series. This new tonneau is one of the few exterior modifications, with the exception of a billet Precision Grille, Reflexxion ram air hood, and Amp Research retractable steps. Then of course there's the paint. The talented crew at RPC Motorsports in Downey, California, handled the entire build of the truck, including the paint. After laying down DuPont Go Mango orange above black, RPC divided the two with a silver double arch.
To get the right stance for such an adventurous truck required a little help from Superlift and Air Lift. Superlift added six inches of clearance, while Air Lift's Road Tamer helped smooth things out.
Taking advantage of the new space in the wheelwells, 20-inch Boyd Coddington Havoc wheels were wrapped with 37x13.5-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts to ensure that any off-road jaunts are met with plenty of traction.
Spinning the Toyos is a 5.7L Hemi backed by a Jet Performance Products transmission. With every other facet of the truck being modified, the Hemi wasn't about to get left behind. A Superchips programmer helps make the most of the CGS intake and Gibson headers and exhaust. A set of Baer brakes helps tame the extra power and rotational mass.
Inside the Mega Cab is an interior fit for a limousine. The driver (or chauffeur) is treated to a Nu Image gauge face, carbon-fiber-trimmed door panels, and an Audiovox head unit and 10-inch DVD monitor. Taking care of the route is the factory navigation system framed by more carbon fiber. Rear seat passengers each get their own Katzkin-upholstered power bucket seat that match the two up front, and a carbon-fiber-trimmed tray folds down from the back of each front seat. Each of those trays is quite a reach from the rear seats, since the Mega Cab allows for more rear legroom than the ultra-luxe Maybach that inspired this custom. Keeping with the luxury theme, the guys at RPC Motorsports also built center consoles both front and rear, with the rear housing a PS2 that displays on 7-inch Audiovox monitors in the front seat headrests. The rear console also houses the Jensen amps that power the 12-inch subs mounted behind each rear seat and another Audiovox monitor that motorizes up and faces the rear of the truck. Finally, all of the passengers get to enjoy the Webasto Grandview sunroof that opens up nearly the entire roof for a panoramic view of the sky.
LEER built this Mega Cab to showcase that its products can be used to create vehicles with limo-level comfort and outdoor ruggedness. Judging by the time we've spent with the vehicle, they've hit their mark. The folks at LEER were very happy with the quality of all of the work that went into this Mega Cab, and would like to thank Webasto, Superlift, Toyo, Amp Research, Audiovox, Gibson, Precision Grille, Reflexxion, and RPC Motorsports for making their concept come to fruition.