2012 Ram 3500 Dualie - Over The Top
"I Always Say I'm Going To Keep It Stock"
What Ken Philippe really wanted when he bought his '12 Ram 3500 dualie was something that could tow his toy hauler and boat on vacations. He had every intention of keeping the truck completely stock, the way it came from the factory. But, as Ken's history has shown, he has a hard time leaving things alone.
"I always say I'm going to keep it stock, but that never happens," Ken told us. When he did decide to go all out on the truck, his motive was to create something he hadn't seen before…something that looks clean from a distance, but the closer you get the more the intricate details reveal themselves. A man with a better talent for intricate details we have yet to find.
The truck is a Mega Cab four-wheel drive with dualie wheels on the back. It runs down the road with a 6.7L Cummins that has an estimated 350 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque. To boost the power from the factory settings, Ken installed an Edge Evolution programmer.
"I always say I'm going to keep it stock, but that never happens," When he did decide to go all out on the truck, his motive was to create something he hadn't seen before."
The air suspension is a Kelderman air-ride setup than can lift the truck up between 6 and 12 inches at the press of a button or two. Controllers in the cab and air tanks under the bed allow the airbags to fill, dump, and refill on demand. Sway-A-Way shocks with custom mounts keep the ride smooth.
With the truck in the air, the wheelwells were filled with one-off 22-inch wheels from Advanced Design Fabrication and 37-inch Toyo Mud Terrain tires. The wheels are airbrushed with skull designs that carry throughout the truck in unexpected places, like the frame, driveshaft, and more. Sile Airbrush Studios did the fancy airbrush work. A Tire Gate rear tire holder keeps a spare wheel and tire available should they be needed.
The front and rear bumpers have benefited from the addition of lights from Vision X. And just so you know, Ken actually uses the truck to do some work. It's got a big ole drop-down receiver hitch on the back.