2014 Ram 2500 Mega Cab – The Tank
Family-Fun Mega Cab
Truck enthusiasts generally choose between Chevy and Ford when deciding which truck to build. However, 37-year-old Mark Osborne of Sherwood, Arkansas, went in a different direction, deciding on a new coil-sprung (rather than leaf-sprung) ’14 Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab, dubbed The Tank. Not settling on just any Mega Cab, Mark had a specific color and a specific package in mind, including a front bench seat for himself and his kids. “I’m from the school where I want my kids right next to me when I drive,” Mark tells 8-Lug. “I’m a family man to the core.”
After receiving the package and color he desired, the next step for Mark was to establish the Mega as his own. The first thing on the list was to make entering and exiting the Ram easier, so Shop Manager Brooks Swenson of AC Sport of North Little Rock, Arkansas, installed AMP Research retractable steps. An Undercover bedcover was added to clean up the rear. While the truck was at AC Sport, the interior leather was removed and Katzkin tan and alligator hide were mixed together and installed for a custom look throughout the cabin.
When it came time to pick the wheels that would work perfectly for Mark’s vision, he decided on a set of 22-inch BMF Novakanes wrapped in 37x13.50R22LT Toyo Open Country M/T tires. They were chosen based on the exact offset needed for the perfect stance. Once the wheels were ordered, the lifting of the Ram commenced. A BDS Suspension 6-inch lift with dual shocks and every option available made just enough room for the new wheels and made sure Mark’s Ram was taller than all stock trucks.
AC Sport was again enlisted for adding the new bumpers to the Ram. Mark’s vision was to rid the Laramie of all the stock chrome for a smoother and less flashy feel. Front and rear Fab Fours bumpers, along with a Warn 18,000-pound winch, achieved the look Mark wanted. Royalty Core added a custom grille and designed a creative emblem for the tailgate. Mark is an avid sport shooter and spends a lot of his spare time shooting guns, so he wanted to carry his hobby over to his truck.
Mark wishes to thank Brooks at AC Sport, along with the entire crew, for spending many hours making sure everything was perfect. He also wishes to thank his family for their understanding during all those late-night hours spent working on the truck. As the owner of Southern Coating & Nameplate, a company that provides decals and other printing needs for major companies throughout the country, Mark is a very busy man. For that reason, he values every moment he and his kids can enjoy The Tank.