2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab - Mega-Force

Travis Reif Put His Shop And Crew To The Test Building This '07 Dodge Mega Cab In Less Than 90 Days

Galen Armenta
May 1, 2008
Photographers: Galen Armenta
Photo 2/15   |   2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab front Right View
\Whenever someone says the words "work truck," we instantly think of a truck with tools in the bed, scratches in the paint, and an interior littered with soda bottles and Twinkie wrappers. However, this picture isn't always an accurate one.
Travis Reif, owner of The Custom Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, spends most of his days building customers' rides or cruising the Strip showing off his latest creation. For this build, he chose an '07 Dodge 3500 Mega Cab. The catch was that Travis had only 90 days to complete the project in time for the SEMA Show, where the Dodge was to showcase his and his crew's talent.
Photo 3/15   |   2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab right Side View
Travis has always liked big trucks. He purchased this Dodge Ram because the truck was big enough for his tastes and because its size was just what was needed to help draw attention to his shop. With the help of his crew, Travis launched his Dodge into a realm beyond the typical "work truck." To make the truck bigger, The Custom Shop installed a modified Full Throttle suspension lift that gave Travis enough height to clear 40s without having to install a body lift. King coilovers were used instead of a replacement spring and shock in the front, and the rear was handled by Deaver Spring leaf packs and King shocks incorporated into the suspension setup. Custom-made traction bars sport a deep red finish that blends with other red suspension features, while a few gallons of fresh black paint was applied to the remaining chassis equipment. The look of the black frame with the red suspension components sets off the chrome finish of the 22-inch Ion Forged wheels surrounded by 40x15.5R22LT Toyo M/T tires.
Powering Travis's Ram is the legendary 5.9-liter Cummins Turbodiesel. Of course, a big lifted Dodge can't have a stock engine, so Travis installed an aFe Stage 2 intake manifold kit with a Bully Dog management system that allows him on-the-fly adjustability for pumping up the power numbers. Also included in the performance upgrades is a 4-inch, ceramic-coated, Banks exhaust system that allows the engine to breath better and sound intimidating. The combination of upgrades helps the Cummins engine produce over 400 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.
On the outside, the Dodge looks just as mean as its performance numbers indicate. Travis had his guys install a set of AMP Research Power Steps and Night Runner black headlights. The graphics begin over the factory red paint, where House of Kolor Black was mixed with a grip of red metalflake and laid down over almost the entire length of the truck. Adding a little more pop to the Dodge's looks is a second set of flames of HOK Pagan Gold sprayed over Orion Silver intertwined with the black flames.
Inside the crew cab, gray leather and suede covers the factory seating, while a set of Auto Meter A-pillar gauges helps keep track of the turbo boost and transmission and exhaust gas temperatures. For tunes, Travis rocks out to a Fosgate-powered sound system with MB Quart replacement door speakers. A custom fiberglass sub enclosure wrapped in suede was mounted behind the rear seats to hold a pair of JL Audio subs. Finishing the interior, Travis modified the center dash bezel to house an Eclipse DVD/nav unit and color-matched some of the plastic pieces to give the interior a splash of color.
With only hours before it was time to hit the road for SEMA, The Custom Shop Dodge was completed. This truck is more than just wheels and tires: Travis and crew opted to showcase their talents and display a rolling calling card for show attendees to see and appreciate. Now that the cat is out of the bag, you can expect to see great things coming out of The Custom Shop's roll-up doors because they already have other projects started and up on the racks.
The 411
Owner/hometown:
Travis Reif / Las Vegas, Nevada
Year/make/model:
'07 Dodge 3500 Mega Cab
Engine/drivetrain:
5.9L Cummins Turbodiesel / aFe Stage 2 intake system / Bully Dog Performance Management Tool / ceramic-coated, 4-inch, Banks exhaust system / custom front and rear drivelines
By: The Custom Shop, Las Vegas, Nevada / Adam's Driveline, Las Vegas, Nevada
Rims:
Front & Rear: 22x10 Ion Forged Terminator
Tires:
Front & Rear: 40x15.50R22LT Toyo Open Country M/T
Suspension:
Front: Full Throttle Suspension 10-inch lift / modified Full Throttle front link arms and steering linkage for additional 2 inches of lift / King 3.0 coilovers with piggyback reservoirs / custom steering-stabilizer bar with two King 3.0 shocks
Rear: Deaver 12-inch-lift leaf springs / two King 2.5 shocks / Firestone 2600 air springs / custom-made airbag brackets / custom-made traction bars
Accessories: Two-way RidePro air-valve assembly / Viair 400 compressor / 3-gallon air tank / 3/8-inch DOT air line / Mag-Hytec front and rear differential covers
Chassis: N/A
By: The Custom Shop
Body Mods:
AMP Research Power Steps / dechromed and painted grille and front and rear bumper / Dodge Ram SRT Night Runner headlights / smoked rear taillights
By: The Custom Shop / Shelton Designs, Las Vegas, Nevada
Custom Paint:
House of Kolor Pagan Gold, Orion Silver, Black, red metalflake, Roman Red, and Silver
By: Shelton Designs
Interior:
Factory seating wrapped in leather and suede / suede headliner / painted plastic trim on dash, door panels, and center console / three-gauge A-pillar pod / Auto Meter Pyro and transmission temperature gauges and boost gauge
By: The Custom Shop
Audio/video:
Eclipse AVN5495 DVD/nav with 6.5-inch-wide TFT display with touch-control screen / two sets of MB Quart PCE-216 6.5-inch speakers / painted Rockford Fosgate T8004 800-watt four-channel amp and T10001bd 1,000-watt mono amplifier / two JL Audio 12W6 speakers / custom fiberglass subwoofer enclosure and amplifier rack wrapped in suede / modified center dash trim
By: The Custom Shop / Shelton Designs / West Lake Audio, Las Vegas, Nevada
Club:
N/A
Special Thanks:
The crew at The Custom Shop, wife Teri, sons Tanner and Tyler

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