2012 Ram 2500 - Six Shooter
Andrew's Longhorn Ram 2500
We all have to get from one place to another, but there are those of us who take pride in that journey and want to stand out from the crowd. Andrew Lowe was one of those people and definitely wanted to make a statement of his own. He had a few ideas up his sleeve when he decided to build his unique version of transportation, and this beauty of a beast you see before you is a prime example of what it means to be different. Not only does this rugged Ram look good, it does everything a truck should do—and does it with style.
Andrew wanted to build a truck with the full intention of taking it to Las Vegas for the world-renowned SEMA show. As most know, it takes a lot to stand out at such an event. People from all over the world attend, and there are eyes and cameras everywhere. In order to stay ahead of the pack, Andrew knew what type of truck he wanted. So he headed over to his local Dodge dealership and picked up a brand-new '12 Ram 2500 4x4 with the Laramie Longhorn package.
It wasn't long after he left the lot that Andrew and his buddies over at Showtime Metal Works went to town on it. First on the list was to lift the truck a little higher off the ground to make room for the three-piece 24x12 RBP Revolver wheels wrapped in 38x13.5x24 Nitto Trail Grappler rubber. An 8-inch lift seemed to be the right choice, so a Stage 4 lift kit from Top Gun Customz was ordered up and sent to Allied Powder Coating of Houston, Texas, to be covered in DuPont Glacier White Powder.
From there, the install began with the painting of the axles. The front springs were swapped out and Top Gun Customz long arms were added to increase articulation. Night Hawk 2.65 reservoir shocks were added at each corner to eat up the bumps along with a Top Gun dual steering stabilizer up front. In the rear, new leaf packs and blocks were added along with drop shackles, with Top Gun Customz trailing bars holding everything together. To help with towing, a set of Firestone helper bags was added and coupled with a pair of Viair 480c compressors. To keep the fluids in check, PML differential covers were added front and rear. With the suspension installed, Asfir skidplates were mounted below the engine and transfer case to protect them from anything that got in the way. Before everything was wrapped up and the wheels were mounted, EBC slotted rotors were bolted up for a little better braking performance.
Now that the truck was reaching for the sky, Andrew knew it was time to get down to business. Engine performance was next on the list. To keep the air/fuel mixture temps down, a Cry02 injection system was added along with the K&N intake system that feeds the 6.7L Cummins. This lowers the incoming air temperature and greatly increases the intercooler's performance. With such a system installed, the crew was able to crank up the power with a new Holset hybrid turbo along with MBRP boost tubes and an AirDog fuel pump, allowing them to crank the boost up to 38 psi. The setup is controlled via an Edge Juice system (complete with color touch-screen interface on the dash), and the exhaust flows through a MagnaFlow twin-tip black exhaust system exiting from the stock location.
Once all the power goodies were installed, it was time to move on to the exterior of the truck and give it a look that matched the tall stance and big power it was pushing. Gracing the front of the truck is a set of Anzo HID horseshoe headlights and an RBP RX-3 chrome grille. The rugged front end is completed with a Road Armor Stealth bumper housing Rigid LED dualie spotlights and a Westin 11K winch. On the side of the truck, the antenna was shaved, and to protect the paint and add to the rugged appearance, a set of Prestige pocket-style fender flares was added. Heading to the rear of the truck, you find a set of Anzo taillights sitting on top of a Road Armor Stealth rear bumper. Underneath the Retrax retractable bedcover, a Bedrug covers the surface of the bed and is topped off with a BedSlide. It's also inside this plush bed area where you will find the Cry02 bottle mounted up with a billet aluminum rack.
Once all the accessories were added, the truck headed to the paint booth where Extreme Customs of Houston, Texas, worked its paint magic with products from DuPont to bring the rendering from Darryl Tracy to life. Andrew wanted the truck to carry on the Western theme the Longhorn edition had, so he brought the colors out into the paint scheme with shades of tan and brown all throughout the graphics.
Speaking of graphics, they decided to bring back a little cowboy action you'd find in any old Western TV show, except they brought them back from the dead. Look up close and you'll see a couple of undead cowboys battling it out in a rough and rugged landscape that definitely embodies the look of the Old West in Texas. With the truck now riding tall and the paint shining in the sun, the interior and audio were addressed. The Longhorn interior was removed to allow for the installation of the Boom Mat sound-deadening material and the enhancement of the stock Alpine audio system with the addition of the Alpine Type R components in doors and a Type R sub under the seat. Once everything was put back together, the interior was finished off with a few billet touches.
With so much attention to detail, not only did Andrew accomplish his goal of taking the truck all the way to Sin City for SEMA, but it was a big hit with everyone who walked by it in Vegas. Maybe it was the power, maybe it was the suspension and rolling attire, or maybe it was the killer graphics of the undead cowboys that made this truck a dead giveaway as a winner at any show. No matter the reason for admiration, this Ram 2500 definitely makes a statement and stands out from a crowd of people who would take pride in choosing this mode of transportation for any journey.