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2002 Ford F250 - Off-Roading In Hi-Fi

This Is How The West Coast Rocks

John Mata Jr.
Nov 1, 2008
Photographers: Dan Ward, Bob Ryder
Photo 2/15   |   2002 Ford F250 left Front Angle
You'd never imagine the magnitude of audio arsenal located within the cab and bed of this '02 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Even if you experienced the tidal wave of sound firsthand, we can't really say how much of it you'd actually remember. The decibel force is probably powerful enough to disrupt any sort of regular brain activity. Before you decide to pop your head in to listen, think back to this as a forewarning. In all seriousness, anything more than a pounding earache or a dislocated eyeball would be a highly unlikely injury to endure. Sure, this truck has much more to offer than its booming sound system, but it's definitely the highlight of its character.
Of course, there is more to Ernest Jerry Garcia's (yes, that's his real name) Super Duty than pure ear candy. The truck is also quite easy on the eyes, which never hurts when it's time to bring home a few tro-phies and a feature spread in the World's Leading Truck Publication. (We really are a humbled and grounded group of guys. Really.)
Getting back to Ernest's Ford, the front end has been refreshed with an '05-up front clip, fully stocked with Stull billet grille inserts. Bushwacker fender flares and Road Armor front and rear bumpers transformed the truck's faade into that of a rugged mud maniac. A Raider Lowrider tonneau cover provides the many components of electric ecstasy with security from the elements and many envious sticky fingers. Full Blown Kustoms, in Eugene, Oregon, sprayed a few coats of Fast Back Blue above the white and orange paint scheme. A few other accessories, such as tinted taillights-and most importantly-PIAA auxiliary lights, also grace the hauler's exterior.
We actually stumbled across Ernest's truck as it was basking under the high beams of PIAA's booth during last year's SEMA event. In all fairness, we couldn't help but notice the truck's towering stance and the 5,000-degree radiation emanating from the lamps, which for most people, shines directly at eye level. The bullying exterior of Ernest's lifted Super Duty appears to be suitable for one thing-to roll over almost anything in its path. After looking at the truck's 10-1/2-inch lift, it is safe to assume the Ford is a success in the off-road category. Ernest knew exactly what he wanted in a lift kit, all he had to do was holler at his fellow Oregonian truck friends, Revtek, for a little suspension elevation. Revtek designed a completely custom setup, which features nitrogen-charged Edelbrock reservoir shocks and an entire lineup of specialized goodies. The game was taken to another level-once Ernest strayed away from the shelves of the local truck shop and the pages of a mail order catalog. Not many people choose to have a fully one-off suspension built for their very first custom build.
Photo 6/15   |   2002 Ford F250 american Racing Wheels
With a freshly unique suspension setup underneath his feet, Ernest needed a set of wheels and tires to complement the appeal of his off-road rippin' rig. A set of 20-inch American Racing wheels, complete with a foursome of 40x15.5x22 Toyo M/T rubbers, fell precisely into place. Now that the major chassis components were well taken care of, Ernest turned to BTL Auto Sports for a few luxury items. There is no need to worry about any type of mishap going wrong while climbing over rocks, hills, or even multi-storied buildings, since TrailReady beadlocks were installed to keep the truck in secure contact with the ground below. A Hellwig sway bar and PSC hydraulic assist steering system have also been bolted to the truck's undercarriage for additional rock-crushing comfort. At this point, most off-road dips and dives must feel like minor highway turbulence-nothing a little V-10 couldn't conquer. Yep, a V-10. You didn't think Ernest would go through the trouble of enhancing his Super Duty's suspension if he wasn't packing some serious heat under the hood? As if that monster wasn't powerful enough, a Kenne Bell supercharger was thrown into the mix for a resulting 6-pound boost. Once the truck is in motion, you'll see Ernest's truck whip right by you, before you are knocked over by the accompanying rushing wall of wind, and then taunted by the sonic roar from the 3-inch MagnaFlow exhaust system.
Speaking of noise, now seems a good time to deliver on the audio-erotica tease previously mentioned. After one look inside of the truck, a rush of adrenaline should suddenly bolt through your system. Fiberglass, paint, and speakers have devoured the entire extended cab-certainly a mainstay in the tradition of tricked-out trucks, but there is something special about the message behind Ernest's creation.
Bishop Customs from Sherwood, Oregon, installed the Memphis Audio components that are featured throughout the cab and the bed of the truck. However, Memphis, Tennessee, is also given a nod to in the form of airbrushed murals of legendary musicians that have a connection to the cradle of rock 'n' roll. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles have made a positive impact on the music we listen to on a daily basis; although their music probably never sounded better than through the 30-plus speakers in Ernest's Super Duty.
The Cab system features one Memphis M Class Msync 6-1/2-inch speaker and one M3 10-inch sub, which are located in each of the four doors. One Memphis 5004 amp, and two 300 series amps deliver more than enough power to the speakers, respectively. In the center channel, one pair of M Class Msync 5-1/4-inch speakers is connected to one 150 Memphis amp, and another pair of Msync 8-inch subwoofers have been mounted in near the floor. Four 15-inch Memphis Mojo subs have been dropped into the custom fiberglass console and are powered by a solitary Memphis Mojo 4KW amp.
Underneath the tonneau cover lays another completely insane audio extravaganza. Six pairs of Memphis Msync 5-1/4-inch speakers have been secured onto the underside of the bed lid, as well as their two Memphis 5004 amplifier counterparts. Seven more 15-inch subs (two M Class, and five power reference series D4s) have been wired to two more amps-another 5004 and a 2500. Five Kinetik HC2400 batteries have been wedged into the bed, which are used strictly for audio purposes only. A bank of ten 1-Farad Memphis caps and two Wrangler 260-amp alternators have also been added, which keep the 13,750-watt sound system from blowing the Super Duty into planetary orbit. A Pioneer Z2 in-dash navi receiver serves as the control hub for the heart-pounding audio-video system; which, by now, should make even the most demanding audiophiles rather jealous.
It's nice to know a truck of this stature is the result of a first stab at custom building. Not only did Ernest make sure that quality heavily outweighed quantity, as far as modifications are concerned, it seems he didn't mind going crazy on certain facets of the build. Sometimes it's nice to have top-notch detail work, which will surely stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Ernest's Super Duty has striking good looks, as well as a booming smooth voice to match. What else could be expected from an off-road custom that was built on the West Coast?


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