2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins - Light Speed
An Emergency Dodge Customized Inside And Out
Living in Florida can just about make an entrepreneur out of anyone. If you're not in the midst of hurricane season, you're usually preparing for it or cleaning up after it. Needless to say, there is always work to be done.
Troy Tyler of Pompano Beach owns TTS RV and repairs campers and horse trailers for a living, but has a unique responsibility when the weather goes south. He delivers the fuel needed to power every Home Depot's generator from Key West to West Palm Beach, nearly a 250-mile span. This vital task consists of long working hours and all-night drives, where being visible is key.
After driving a tractor-trailer for 13 years, Troy was no stranger to operating a well-lit rig. Driving a noticeable emergency vehicle, especially at night, was the main goal. So he began installing light emitting diodes (LEDs) and accessories everywhere he deemed important. A frame-mounted Sleekster light bar was added up front, along with LEDs spanning across the front bumper's bottom fascia. Eight LEDs were installed on the sides of the headache rack and two additional lights face the rear of the truck. The rear is illuminated by a 60-inch span of LED tailgate lights, an LED center-mounted below the tailgate handle, and a flamed third brake light. LEDs were also mounted in each fenderwell and on both sides of each outer rear fender flare. Troy even installed eight Knight Rider lights inside the ram-air hood scoop, behind a custom plexiglass cover.
Blue LEDs even made their way into the interior and are mounted under the seats. Additional cosmetics consist of blue pedal replacements from RS-1 Tuning, blue-flamed climate controls and a Galaxy CB radio. A Sony Xplode CD player replaces the factory unit and 10-inch MTX subs powered by a 400-watt amplifier sit under the back seats.
With his foremost duties consisting of towing everything from a camper, car, or hundreds of gallons of fuel, Troy knew he needed to get more grunt out of the factory Cummins. So, he went with one of the most trusted names in diesel performance and reliability, Gale Banks Engineering. In addition to ordering a Six-Gun bundle, he also opted for a Banks intercooler. The larger intercooler from Banks replaced the factory unit, which had come apart at the seams while towing a trailer. To preserve his 48RE transmission's life, Troy also decided to install a Banks billet torque converter. He believes the truck will be his faithful workhorse for years to come and stated that, unlike his previous dualie, this truck is with him until it dies.
Because Troy knew he would be spending a lot of long nights driving the truck, he did what he could to improve the 1-ton's ride comfort and towing capabilities. Air springs were installed in the rear and a 2-inch leveling kit from Hell Bent Steel was utilized up front, along with Superlift shocks at all four corners. A dual steering stabilizer from Superlift was also installed to limit front tire shimmy caused by the 19 1/2-inch American Force wheels he was running.
Troy has definitely made exceptional use of all the available aftermarket accessories for his truck. Nearly every modification done to the Dodge was necessary for him to continue both of his professions safely, and the truck's looks are just as appealing inside as they are outside. We think the finished product was well worth it, and resembles a smaller version of the big rig Troy used to drive.