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2012 Ram 2500 - Bionic

The Link Between Man and Machine

Maxwell Matthewson
Sep 25, 2013
Photographers: Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson
Professional freestyle motocross rider Cody Elkins of Weatherford, Oklahoma, has built several customs trucks. His most recent was a killer 2012 GMC Sierra that graced our cover in August of 2012. Just like in his motocross career, he is always trying to outdo himself. This time around, his goal was to build the biggest and baddest ¾-ton Ram ever. He began with a 2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab Laramie and immediately began the transformation.
Two days after buying it, Cody started tearing the truck down. The first thing to go was the interior. All of the plastic pieces were ripped out and sent to Ryan's Sheetmetal Designs. With the cab empty, the inside was covered in Quiet Ride insulation to cut down on road noise and heat. All the stock leather was replaced with custom-stitched Alea leather. The headliner and pillars went to Hix Design, in Norman, Oklahoma, to be wrapped in Ultra suede. Cody's friend Jeff Ray of Solar Ray's, in Weatherford, Oklahoma, built the massive subwoofer enclosure in the Mega Cab portion of the cab, which houses four Kicker L7 12-inch subwoofers and four Kicker ix1000.1 amps. Cody then installed two Kicker ix500.4 amps, six sets of QS6.5 components in the doors and kick panels. Kicker's Front Row crossover system controls the whole system. To finish off the electronics, a Bluetooth-capable Escort radar detector and jammer was disassembled and flush-mounted in the dash.
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While the truck was still torn down, Cody began work on making the 6.7L turbodiesel a bit burlier. This started by installing an H&S Performance EGR delete, intake manifold, and Mini Max programmer. An S&B cold-air intake and ram-air scoop help get air into the engine and a 5-inch Flo-Pro downpipe and 5-inch RBP exhaust help get the air out. Lastly, Cody installed Mag-Hytec differential covers and transmission pan to keep the truck's fluids cool during scorching Oklahoma summers.
Once the truck was driveable again, Cody took it down to B&C Offroad, in Pasadena, Texas, to start working on the custom lift. Wanting to go big, Cody settled on a 14-inch Third Coast Suspension lift. But since he hauls his bike and gear all over the country, Cody needed the adjustability of air. The lift was custom designed with components from Air Lift, including four Firestone 'bags, four Viair 480c compressors, two five-gallon air tanks, and Air Lift's Autopilot V2 to manage the whole system. The back has a four-link like the front, but a massive Watt's link keeps the axle centered. The suspension was finished off with six chrome shocks and two steering stabilizers from Wicked Shocks. Toyo 40x15.50R22 Open Country M/T tires are wrapped around 22x12-inch American Force Independence wheels and give the truck a menacing stance. With the suspension complete, Cody headed back to Oklahoma to finish the build.
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On his way back home, Cody stopped in Troy, Texas, at Ryan's Sheetmetal Designs. This is where all of the interior and exterior sheetmetal pieces were designed and built for the interior, body, grille, bumpers, and suspension. To protect his riding gear, an Undercover bed rug Lux tonneau cover was installed on the truck. Finally, while all of this was going on, the headlights, taillights, and foglights were sent to Plain and Simple by Design, in Pasadena, Texas, to be retrofitted with HID projectors and LEDs.
Cody designed and built this truck in less than four months with the help of family, friends, and sponsors. To follow all of Cody's builds and motocross shenanigans, check him out at,, or on Instagram and Twitter at @codyelkins.
"Just like in his motocross career, Cody is always trying to outdo himself. This time around, his goal was to build the biggest and baddest 3/4-ton Ram ever."
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
2012 Ram 2500
Owner and City/State:
Cody Elkins • Weatherford, Oklahoma
Type: 6.7L Turbodiesel
Induction: S&B Intake, H&S Performance EGR delete and intake manifold
Exhaust: Flo-Pro muffler, 5-inch RBP exhaust
Engine Management: H&S Performance Mini Maxx tuner
Output: 700 hp, 1,150 lb-ft of torque
Built by: Cody Elkins
Front suspension: 14-inch Third Coast Suspension with custom airbags, chrome Wicked shocks
Rear suspension: 14-inch Third Coast Suspension four-link, Watt's Link, custom airbags, chrome Wicked shocks
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x12-inch American Force Independence
Tires: Toyo Open Country M/T 40x15.50R22


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