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2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab: The Reaper

A Menacing, Manual Dualie

Brad Stillwell
Jun 1, 2015
Photographers: Brad Stillwell
Trucks are a dime a dozen in Midland, Texas. Fun fact: There are actually more fullsize trucks in the city of Midland than there are cars. If this simple statistic isn’t enough, would you believe that almost half of those trucks are driven by the ladies? Kenda Proper is one of those ladies, but her four-wheel-drive, Cummins-powered ’06 Dodge Ram is far from ladylike.
Kenda and her husband originally bought the patriot blue dualie out of necessity. They needed something powerful and dependable enough to pull a 40-foot gooseneck trailer loaded down with their race trucks and gear to diesel races and truck shows across the southern United States. It wasn’t long before Kenda was bitten by the custom truck bug and realized a stock Mega Cab wasn’t for her—she had to do something to make her truck stand out. “I wanted to build a truck that would turn heads at shows,” she says. “Women can build jaw-dropping trucks, too.”
Photo 2/24   |   Kenda’s daughter, Aubree, is the proud owner of Li’l Reaper, a Power Wheels Dodge dualie sporting an identical wrap to the real-life Mega Cab.
Since the Ram is used for hauling, it was only natural that the first item on the to-do list was to get more power out of the 5.9L Cummins powerplant. To get the diesel breathing better, Kenda installed a custom, 4-inch exhaust that splits into dual 5-inch pipes mated to giant 10-inch tips. With the truck breathing more easily, she had Hardway Performance build a set of custom engine tunes that can be engaged on the fly by way of a CSP5 switch from SoCal Diesel. As you’d expect, the truck had more power than the stock automatic could reliably handle. After the Dodge grenaded a handful of transmissions, Kenda decided to have a more durable transmission installed, going with a mildly modified G56 six-speed manual paired with a Valair dual-disc clutch. “I’m more confident in the truck since moving to the manual. I know it can handle everything I throw at it,” she says.
With the truck performing the way she wanted, it was time to move on to the cosmetics. Kenda went with a Rough Country suspension lift, raising the front 7.5 inches and elevating the rear 5 inches. Green powdercoated coil springs add color to the undercarriage. She installed a set of Rough Country steering stabilizers to keep her rig running spot-on down the road. Naturally, a new set of wheels and tires were next on the list. As you can see, the 20-inch Fuel Mavericks go perfectly with the 38-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires. Kenda finished off the look by installing a set of Iron Cross bumpers.
Photo 3/24   |   The Rok-Tek grille, combined with the Iron Cross bumper and 24-inch LED lightbar, gives the Reaper a sleek front-end look while adding protection.
This truck is big—Texas big. But, despite the sheer size of it, the wrap is what really catches people’s attention. Kenda wanted to make a statement with the Dodge. She jotted down a handful of ideas she wanted to incorporate and then contacted vehicle wrap guru David Lay at Graffix Xpress in nearby Odessa. The two of them worked together for hours to develop the sinister look you see here. The final piece of the puzzle was coming up with a name that fit the truck. Kenda solicited the help of her friends and followers on Facebook and, after numerous suggestions, Reaper was the name that stuck.
Reaper can be seen at various shows around Texas and the southern United States in the spring and summer. Kenda said her favorite thing is when kids come up to the truck at shows and start asking questions about it, not realizing she is the owner. When they realize a “girl” owns the truck, it’s icing on the cake. “Dad! A girl owns that truck. That’s so cool!”
“It makes all the hard work I put into the truck worth it,” Kenda smiles. Kenda proved women can do everything men can do in the truck world when she built the Reaper. You go girl!
Photo 4/24   |   2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab Dually Rear Driver
SpecBox
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 four-wheel-drive Mega Cab dualie
Owner: Kenda Proper
Hometown: Midland, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Exhaust: 4-inch downpipe to dual 5-inch pipes with 10-inch tips
Engine Management: EFILive by Ryan Milliken at Hardway Performance, SoCal Diesel CSP5 switch
Horsepower: 440 hp (est.)
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual swap done at Power Source Diesel in Big Spring, Texas
Suspension (Front/Rear): 5-inch Rough Country with 2.5-inch front leveling kit
Interior/Audio/Visual: Trim pieces wrapped to match truck, 7-inch Kenwood deck fiberglassed into stock radio bezel
Exterior/Accessories: Custom wrap done by Graffix Xpress; Recon LED headlights, cab lights and fender markers; N-Fab bedlined side steps; Iron Cross Automotive front and rear bumpers; Rok-Tek Fabrication custom front grille; custom powdercoated Metallugz.com spike lug nuts; Rigid Industries LED cube lights in bumper
Wheels: 20-inch Fuel Maverick
Tires: 38x13.5R20 Toyo Open Country M/T
Odometer: 120,450 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 15 mpg (est.)
Special Thanks: Power Source Diesel in Big Spring Texas, Hardway Performance, Graffix Xpress, Da Drop Shop, Rok-Tek Fabrication, Toyo Tires, Fuel Offroad, IGotACummins.Com, RamNation
Fun Fact: “The truck is used to pull equipment trailers for my detail business on a daily basis. I also pull our 40-foot gooseneck car hauler to races and events, pulling two drag trucks at a time.”
Photo 5/24   |   The image on the hood, which is Kenda’s favorite part of the wrap, will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Photo 15/24   |   2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab Dually Front

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