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2001 Ford F-250 and 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 - Two Roads

Meeting at the same place

Dec 8, 2014
Photographers: Les Bridrawn
Custom trucks can be built in a variety of ways. Take a new truck and start to work it into the perfect fit, or take an existing beater with more than a few miles on it and start the hacking process. Many factors come into play like budget, a preference of a certain model, or whether the build is going to be for show purposes or as a daily driver.
Striker Worktrucks out of Merlin, Oregon, designed both of these trucks to show home and professional builders how two trucks can come out of the same shop, be built for different purposes, but have similar outcomes. The Striker Black Ram was born as a spankin’ new ’12 Ram 2500 that was specially ordered from the factory as a longbed, single cab, 6.7L Cummins, dualie 2x4, that did not exist out in nature. The Aussie Rocket was a ’01 Ford F-250 extended cab ¾-ton that was at the end of its life, putting in over 200,000 miles as a contractor’s truck bought for peanuts at an auction in Los Angeles. The exercise was to build two top-notch trucks using kits from Striker’s catalog and show that with a little thought and planning, any truck can be built up to be a real stunner.
In the case of the Striker Ram, a customer was researching shops to build a custom truck and found Striker for their innovative kits. The customer was very specific about the design of the truck, the color, and the overall look. One of the more challenging requests was that all the add-ons had to serve a function, and not just be a design aspect.
Photo 2/14   |   2012 Dodge Ram Passenger Side View
Chassis mods were minimal, at the request of the customer, as the frame was lightly C-notched in the rear, the rear axle was dropped under the leaves, and the front coils received a slight chopping. The axles were fitted with in-house fabricated spacers to accommodate the custom 26-inch Trigger wheels from American Force and Pirelli P Zero tires.
The hood got treated to a newly designed Striker Ram fiberglass hood that directs airflow right over the K&N cold-air intake. A Striker diamond-patterned grille kit was added to let in a little more cool air. The custom roof scoop has a functioning door in the headliner that is operated by a switch mounted on the center console. A rear cab spoiler wing was fabricated to flow right into the roof scoop to make the truck a little more aerodynamic. The custom-made side exhaust helps boost horsepower by reducing backpressure and produces a distinctive note. The pipes are custom-made and bent to match the shape of the dualie fenders with a heat shield that was color matched and installed.
The interior begins with Recaro Sport Topline seats done up in black leather with suede inserts that were cut down to fit the cab. A one-off center console was shaped from foam and molded fiberglass to fit the design of the interior and seats. A heated and cooled cupholder system that is ringed with LEDs came from an Audi Q5 just to make the interior that much more involved—but the customer is always right!
The bed was worked to have all-aluminum rail caps with a drop channel to grab water runoff and direct it to a custom drainage system. A Gaylord’s X-2000-powered entry system hoists up a custom bedlid, which flows into the tailgate wing forming a seamless transition. A smooth tailgate rounds out the rear end. Paintwork was handled in-house and done up in Planet Color’s Classic Black, which does not color shift in the sunlight, garage light, or any other light; it just stays as black as black can be.
Photo 3/14   |   2012 Dodge Ram Interior
Photo 4/14   |   2012 Dodge Ram Headlights
Inside the Build
Owner and City/State: Jason Hulst, Merlin, Oregon.
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Ram 2500
Engine
Type: 6.7L Cummins
Chassis
Front Suspension: Cut coils
Rear Suspension: Springs de-arched, flipped rear housing over leaves
Body
Mods: Fiberglass hood, mesh grille, lower bumper upgrade, shaved door handles with poppers, functioning custom roof scoop, rear cab spoiler wing, aluminum bedlid with frame and bedlid hinges with Gaylord’s X-2000 powered lid, custom water drainage system integrated into bed, aluminum rear tailgate wing, smoothed thumb-grab on fuel filler door, rear bumper cover with integrated LED license plate light, smoothed tailgate with deleted Ram logo, custom side exhaust pipes with color-matched heat shield
Interior
Mods: Custom center console shaped from foam and molded fiberglass to fit the interior design, upholstered to match seats, two sets of Audi Q5 heated and cooled cupholders with edges ringed with LEDs
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26-inch American Force Trigger Wheels
Tires: 305/30/26 Pirelli P Zero Nero
Photo 8/14   |   2001 Ford F 250 Front View Headlights
Coming from a more humble beginning, the F-250 had to first get cleaned up from its years of being driven hard and put away wet. Having been a work truck, there were a few dents to smooth, some concrete drips had to be forcibly removed, before Striker (operated by father-and-son duo Paul and Jason) set to work transforming this formerly rough stone into the gem that it is now. The engine and tranny were left in their natural state to show that when a little TLC is given to a POS, it can be transformed into a BAT (badass truck).
The hood was chucked and replaced with one of their fiberglass twin hoodscoop kits and fitted with a diamond-patterned grille, with the Ford logo swapped for a Striker one. The lower bumper cover was traded for another Striker product with a lower splitter and smoothed upper front bumper panels. Color-matched headlight buckets sit ahead of Striker fiberglass fender flares that have billet fender vents.
Showing the extent of their kits, a fiberglass windshield visor was added, so was a Striker windshield cowl, and a polycarbonate LED cab light kit sits in front of a rear cab spoiler wing. A frontend bracket kit was fit to replace the stock sheetmetal with ’11-up body panels. The doors received the Striker treatment with a billet door handle kit replacing the stock parts. Wanting to show off a little, the Hulst boys first shaved the handles, and then added their kit, which has the handles meeting suicide-style.
Photo 9/14   |   2001 Ford F 250 Rear Side View
The inside of the cab was done up in red leather upholstery with reshaped ’06 Super Duty seats. All plastic parts, including the dash, were painted red to match the supple cow skin with new red carpets and a matching headliner to complete the rosy appearance. The interior was handled by Harr’s Upholstery in Shady Cove, Oregon.
The rear half received a full upgrade in the form of fiberglass rear fenders with airscoops, color-matched rear bumper and handle, and LED lights in the license plate. The bed first got a set of aluminum tubs going over the wheelwells and received the royal treatment in oak slats that line the bed floor with a custom-shaped wood toolbox that sits behind the cab. All woodwork was done by Larson’s Cabinet Factory in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Paintwork was handled in-house with Planet Color Alpine White, normally found on Mini Coopers, with Satin Red vinyl stripes (also a Striker kit) along the rockers, all sitting below a clearcoat.
“The mission of these kits is to show people that you can transform almost any truck from a fresh, off-the-lot current model to a near dead work truck into a bitchin showpiece on a budget,” Jason says. “We’ve had people come back to us and say that these kits can be installed over a weekend, minus paint and finish of course.” We’d say, “mission accomplished.”
Photo 10/14   |   2001 Ford F 250 Interior 1
Photo 14/14   |   2001 Ford F 250 Pinelli Tire
Inside the Build
Owner and City/State: Jason Hulst, Merlin, Oregon.
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Ford F-250 Super Cab
Engine
Type: 7.3L PowerStroke with Bully Dog Tuner
Chassis
Differential: Striker aluminum cover
Front Suspension: Cut coils and 3-inch dropped beams
Rear Suspension: De-arched
Body
Mods: Fiberglass hoodscoop, grille replaced with diamond-patterned kit, kit for lower bumper cover with lower splitter, smoothed upper bumper panels, fiberglass windshield cowl kit, fiberglass windshield visor kit, polycarbonate LED roof light kit, front bracket kit to fit ’11-up sheetmetal, shaved door handles with billet replacement handle kit, billet fender vents kit, painted headlight buckets, fiberglass front and rear fender flare kit, fiberglass side rear fender intake scoops, side rocker stripes kit in red, aluminum rear wheeltubs, custom inlaid wood bed floor, custom in-bed wood toolbox (all kits are Striker products)
Interior
Mods: Reshaped ’06 Super Duty seats covered in red leather with red carpets and headliner done by Harr’s Upholstery, all plastic painted red to match seats
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26-inch American Force one-offs for Striker
Tires: 305/30/26 Pirelli P Zero

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