2009 Ram 1500 - Acrophobia

Helping Resolve a Fear of Heights

Maxwell Matthewson
Aug 28, 2013
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Acrophobia is the irrational fear of heights as described by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. To remedy this condition, the AcrophobiA truck club brings all of their trucks closer to terra firma so no one gets scared. Tony Velaski of Theodore, Alabama, is a member of the Acro club and took the philosophy of "lower is better" to heart. This caused him to take his 2009 Ram 1500 to a lower level.
Tony drove his Ram around static-dropped for a while, but with each show he attended, he got the itch for more mods. The first thing he needed was a lower stance. This was accomplished via Michigan Metal Works arms and spindles up front. For an equally impressive stance in the rear, a MMW cantilevered six-link was installed. An AccuAir VU4 valve block controls the four Slam Specialties SS-8 'bags. To finish up the chassis, a set of 24-inch Raceline AL-5 wheels were shod in Nitto NT420 tires, size 285/35R24, and bolted on with spike lug nuts.
Rather than going wild on the exterior, Tony went with the “less is more” mentality. A pair of Anzo projector headlights borders a T-Rex billet grille. Recon smoked LED taillights alert fellow drivers of Tony's braking intentions. In the bed, McClarys Metalworks in Bay Minette, Alabama, fabricated wheeltubs and a notch to give the rear axle breathing room when aired out.
As opposed to the exterior, inside the Quad Cab, Tony did go wild with the modifications because he will spend the majority of the time inside and he thought he might as well make it nice. Just about every piece of plastic was removed and sent to be smoothed and painted silver or black by Mike Hathaway. The ugly factory steering wheel was tossed in favor of a Budnik Famosa steering wheel that matches the wheels. To contrast all the silver, black carpet covers the floor and the seats were wrapped in black leather with suede inserts and silver double stitching. To fill the void between the front seats, Dan Dotlow created a custom fiberglass center console that houses three Memphis Audio 10-inch subs. The rest of the audio consists of four Memphis Audio 6x9-inch speakers in the doors. A Pioneer head unit gives Tony control over the audio system.
With his truck finally finished, Tony loves to cruise in his laid-out Ram all over the South. Tony wanted to send a huge shout-out to all the guys that helped him along the way, to all the sponsors on the build, and finally to his family.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2009 Ram 1500
Owner and City/State: Tony Velaski • Theodore, Alabama
Type: 5.7L Hemi
Induction: K&N cold-air intake
Exhaust: Borla 3-inch
Output: 390 hp and 407 lb-ft
Transmission: 545RFE five-speed
Rearend: 3.92 gears
Front suspension: Michigan Metal Works arms and spindles, Slam Specialties SS-8 'bags
Rear suspension: MMW cantilevered six-link, Slam Specialties SS-8 'bags
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24x9-inch Raceline AL-5
Tires: 285/35R24 Nitto NT420



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