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2006 Dodge Ram - Holy Grail

Ultimate Adventure Gear

Dan Ward
Apr 1, 2007
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/23   |   2006 Dodge Ram left View
If Indiana Jones lived in 2007 and needed the ultimate adventure setup, this is what he would use to search for ancient artifacts. Need to outrun a heard of horses in the deepest of sand dunes? No worries, the 750hp rail will get you out of trouble. Or, how about cruising the dig site in style? Yeah, the flame-painted Rhyno will do the trick. And then there is the problem of carting around all of that gear and crew from Atlantis to the Valley of the Crescent Moon...Oh wait, that is no problem with the lifted diesel Mega Cab. With half a million dollars rolling around the Nevada desert, Travis Reif, owner of The Custom Truck Shop, in Las Vegas, would have no problem transporting Indiana anywhere he needed to go. As for the Holy Grail, this just might be the automotive equivalent.
Photo 3/23   |   Forty-inch Toyo tires are mounted onto 22x12-inch Weld Velociti 6 chrome wheels and add the perfect amount of flair to the blacked-out Mega Cab.
Travis decided for 2007 he'd roll big with every toy in his garage painted to match and customized beyond belief. Travis has had his fair share of cool custom trucks but never had the ultimate toy collection. It all started with an '06 Tatum Black Widow Spyder sand car. Complete with a full, carbon-fiber body, polished billet front A-arms, chrome-molly chassis, with disc brakes, the 750hp turbocharged Mazda rotary-powered rail is unbelievable. Mike Porter, of Redline Performance in Anaheim, California, built the three-rotor engine equipped with a Mendola sequential shifting transmission and Porsche 934 CV-axles. King Off-Road bypass shocks help to cushion the 25 inches of wheel travel, and the sand car even has four leather seats with an Alpine CD/XM head unit. Custom prototype wheels were made by Weld with Extreme 16.50-17 Dominator tires, and provide traction out back. The custom, candy paintjob is really what Travis loved the most about the rail; especially when the red flames revealed the carbon-fiber body panels through the clear paint. Transporting the killer rail in style was a challenge, and so much so, no other trailer company wanted to make what Travis saw as the ultimate hauler. Designed from the ground up, The Custom Truck Shop crew made a trip to a local metal supplier and bought as much 2x6-inch steel tubing as possible. After 252 hours of labor, Travis' team had a trailer with triple torsion axles, four-wheel brakes, every weld ground smooth, recessed LED lighting, and custom, Pearl Red Metallic paint by B&B Collision. Now, the trailer measures 20x8-1/2 feet with a 5-foot diamond-plate tongue to accommodate Travis' '85 Honda 70cc ATC. The most awesome thing about this trailer is the triple-axle duallief setup. Fitted with a total of 12 16-inch Weld Velociti 6 wheels with Toyo 225/60R16 tires, this may be the sickest trailer being towed to the desert.
Photo 4/23   |   More than 70 hours were spent perfecting the doorjambs by Chris Shelton Designs.
Spraying the beautiful flame licks along the sides of the Dodge was Travis' good friend and electrician by trade, Chris Shelton, of Shelton Designs. By using the Dodge Pearl Red Metallic basecoat, Chris applied the House of Kolor Pagan Gold, Black, and Red flake flames to the truck in a makeshift paintbooth inside of the shop. Chris then painted the handles, mirrors, grille, and interior trim; only this time, black was the color of choice for the de-chromed look. To complete the blacked-out look, '06 Dodge Night Runner headlights were added, then the Dodge Ram emblem was given a matted finish, and smoked taillights rounded out the dark theme.
Photo 8/23   |   2006 Dodge Ram left Side
Inside of the Mega Cab, The Custom Truck Shop took a clean-and-classy approach, rather than an over-the-top one. Black suede now adorns the gray leather, a black-suede headliner added elegance, and custom-embroidered headrests sport The Custom Truck Shop logos. An Eclipse DVD/navigation head unit sends signals to two Rockford Fosgate amps, which power four sets of MB Quartz components, and two JL Audio 12W6 subwoofers. The subs and amps were mounted behind the back seat and were wrapped in suede. Careful measuring before building the box allows the back seat to still fully recline. Also, the Rockford amps were painted to match the body. No longer wood, the plastic trim was smoothed and painted red to give the interior some color. Exclusive Window Tint performed the limo tint to keep the Las Vegas sun out of the Dodge Ram.
Photo 9/23   |   2006 Dodge Ram screen
Finishing off the truck was the addition of a custom rack in the bed designed to house Travis' painted-to-match '06 Yamaha Rhino. Made out of 1-3/4-inch tubing, The Custom Truck Shop spent 55 hours designing, fabricating, and welding the awesome bed rack. Twelve-foot aluminum ramps fold out of the bed and angle out at 25 degrees. The Rhino has no problem climbing up to the top of its perch, while the airbags on the Mega Cab keep the suspension nice and level. Of course, if Travis was going to stick a Rhino in the back of his custom Dodge truck, the Rhino had better to be custom, as well. Using custom-machined billet A-arms, the Rhino has 6 more inches of travel. Four King Off-Road coilovers were used to provide maximum cushioning and four HD Gorilla axles with QA1 rod ends give the Rhino plenty of strength. Powering the side-by-side is a five- valve 660cc Yamaha engine with a Mountain Performance supercharger and intercooler running 10-psi boost to blast the Rhino to 70 mph. The Custom Truck Shop designed the custom four seat configuration complete with removable rear section so the bed can still be accessed for engine tuning. Beard Seats in Anaheim, California, provided the suede-covered seats with custom embroidery and Crow four-point harnesses. Three Eagle Eye HID driving lights are mounted onto the front bumper, fabbed up by The Custom Truck Shop. Chris Shelton was called upon again to paint the Rhino in matching Candy Apple Red and Pagan Gold. Finishing off the look, Weld custom-made a set of forged 13x8-inch wheels with Hoosier Dirt Track tires. A bumpin' sound system and GPS can also be found inside of the Rhino.
Photo 10/23   |   2006 Dodge Ram amps
Calling it a success after this year's SEMA Show, Travis plans on enjoying the amazing setup and experiencing custom-toy nirvana every time the sun shines. With the projects completed, the guys at The Custom Truck Shop, in Las Vegas, could take a break, but one that is very brief. You may be wondering, what's next? The word on the street is, a paint-matched boat could be the final piece of this dream setup. Indiana Jones would be proud.
Photo 17/23   |   2006 Dodge Ram left Side
In love with his desert toy, Travis was content until he saw Truckin' issue No. 11 of '06, where Justin Veit painted his '05 Super Duty to match his '03 Tatum Spyder. After that, it was a race to find eternal life from custom-toy bliss. A quick trip to the Dodge dealership had a new '06 Dodge Mega Cab diesel delivered to The Custom Truck Shop, in Las Vegas, where Travis and his team began to tear it down and to rebuild it. Starting with the suspension, The Custom Truck Shop team removed the factory setup and added several Full Throttle Suspension pieces to create 10 inches of elevation. Three-inch King Off-Road coilovers smooth out the Nevada desert and dual, 2-inch King steering stabilizers make commanding the Mega Cab much easier. Out back, the crew at The Custom Truck Shop used 10-inch Deaver springs and a custom airbag bracket to raise the Dodge. Large, 1-3/4-inch traction bars helped to stabilize the rearend, and again, King Off-Road shocks were used. Hy-Tech Prototype differential covers provided better cooling and better looks, as did the red powdercoating on each of the suspension components. Filling the new fender gap are 40-inch Toyo tires with forged, one-piece 22x12-inch Weld Velociti 6 chrome wheels.


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