2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 4WD - Transcendence
An Exceptional Truck for an Exceptional Lifestyle
In order to be truly extraordinary, you must reject the norm and go far beyond what everyone else has done. That’s exactly what Don Lemier of Naples, Florida, set out to do in every aspect of his life. After establishing his career path of being an endodontist, he had to find a ride to fit his extraordinary personality. He arrived at a dealership in Ft. Myers and found a four-wheel-drive 2012 Ford F-250 Lariat 4WD. It was love at first sight, and Don brought the truck home immediately. “I live in Naples where everybody has a nice ride,” Don tells us, “so I had to put in some work to make my new truck something unique.” Based on word of mouth and his stellar reputation, Don enlisted Jordan Tadysak of Wicked Customs to manufacture the perfect truck for Don’s needs.
A complete overhaul of a brand-new Ford F-250 is not exactly common, but Jordan and the Wicked crew were more than prepared for it. The suspension was given a complete makeover, starting with the custom 7.5-inch Wicked Suspension factory-style lift. True four-link control arms were added along with 2.0 chrome bypass Wicked shocks in the front. The rear saw direct-bolt-on 2.5 chrome Wicked shocks with double reservoirs added. The direct bolt-in kit was used to avoid cutting or welding into the factory-fresh truck. A 2.5 chrome steering stabilizer with mount-supporting Mag-Hytec cover was also installed, along with color-matched front and rear driveshafts. A Wicked adjustable track bar was mounted as the frame and axle were painted and smoothed. With the added weight of the new suspension components, the brakes had to be upgraded. To meet this need, Wicked installed a TCE Wilwood front and rear Big Brake kit with stainless steel brake lines.
Once the suspension was in place, the Wicked crew got down and dirty on the exterior. Already exhibiting a sleek and intimidating look, the Ford was given touchups that included color-matched Fab Fours front and rear bumpers and color-matched foglight bezels. A 12,000-pound winch was incorporated into the front bumper, and its brackets and rollers were color-matched. The Ford’s two-tone stock body was stripped down and given a tuxedo black paintjob, and a Wicked-built color-matched mesh grille was added with smoothed cowl, mirrors, tailgate handle, and door keypad. Finally, the vehicle was completely de-badged for a smooth look, and AMP Research steps were bolted on for easier entry.
Recon lighting was added throughout the Ford F-250 Super Duty, starting with the HID headlamps and moving on to the mirror lights, third brake light, interior lights, LED dome light, and taillights. Rigid Industries fender lighting was added to illuminate the suspension components while driving. Rigid Industries was also used for the SR Series backup lights. The lighting system was rounded off with a Fab Fours foglight kit with HIDs.
The 6.7L Power Stroke had more than enough power on its own to rip up the streets of Naples, so it remains untouched. The interior was slightly upgraded with WeatherTech floor mats, a custom color-matched gauge pod, and PlasmaGlow switches. A HornBlasters four-piece train horn kit was installed using a 5-gallon tank and a 444 Viair compressor. When it came time to select the perfect wheel, Jordan and Don agreed on 24x12 polished American Force Bison wheels with American Force spikes milled for a flush look, and wrapped them in 37x13.50R22 Toyo M/T rubber.
Don wishes to thank the entire Wicked Customs team for transforming his new truck into the extraordinary vision he had for it. A special thank you to his wife for, as he puts it, “spending all the money on this.” As Southwest Florida braces itself for the appearance of this killer custom Ford, Don will enjoy every opportunity he gets to roam the streets in his new Super Duty.