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2012 Ram 2500 - Beast Mode

From Straight Stock to Straight Beast

Phil Gordon
Jun 8, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
When 22-year-old Joey Rodriguez went to the new car dealership, he had only one vehicle in mind. As a child, he had watched closely as his father, a diesel racer, worked on Dodge trucks. “I remember being about 12 years old and seeing what I thought was a monster truck.” Joey tells Truckin. That truck was a lifted Dodge diesel truck and given the reputation and durability of the Dodge, Rodriguez knew the only direction to go was a Dodge diesel.
Rodriguez began his search and found a stock 2012 Ram. He was unsure whether to turn his new truck into a racer, like his father’s ride, or a lifted custom truck. Lifted truck won, and he sent his new truck to Kent at Krazy Kustomz. A month later, he got the Dodge back with a towering 10-inch lift from stock.
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He saved enough money to get the frame and undercarriage powdercoated and chromed to show off the new suspension. The next step was easy. Rodriguez improved the giddy-up under the hood. He worked diligently in his backyard, adding part after part and increasing the already tough diesel motor to more than 1,000 horsepower.
For the outside, Rodriguez enlisted Wally at Wally’s Collision Center to spray a solid white coat over the new Dodge, and his friend Bubba came in and laid down the silver leafing and graphics flowing over the sleek body. Music was next. Biggie from Beats by Bigs added a custom stereo system that his neighbors can now complain about. To make sure the cabin was completed comfortably and correctly, Rodriguez took the reins by removing the back window to ensure the suede headliner could be installed perfectly. The stock seats were removed and wrapped in the unique style of Katzkin leather. Wally made sure all the plastic pieces were also color matched to the exterior.
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Rodriguez wishes to thank his father, brother, Kent with Krazy Kustomz, Wally at Wally’s Collison Center, Bubba, Biggie with Beats by Bigs, and Preston the CenCal Machinist for all their help making a true beast out of Beast Mode. He debuted the complete truck recently and was filled with pride for all the attention it received. We’re sure glad he picked the show-truck route over a drag truck!
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Ram 2500
Owner and City/State: Joey Rodriguez; Delano, California
Club Affiliation: Aftermath
Suspension: Krazy Kustomz 10-inch fully chromed, powdercoated lift, Slam Specialties helper ’bags in rear
Shocks: Powdercoated Shocker Yellow dual Fox shocks
Engine: 6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel with second-gen swap, Blackmarket performance s475 turbo, Blackmarket air intake, 150hp industrial injection injectors, 625 ARP headstuds, 85 percent over industrial injection cp3, 165gph airdog lift pump, H&S mini max tuner and turbo back straight pipe
Transmission: Mega Jr. Suncoast transmission
Rearend: 488 gears front and rear
Body: Graphics drawn by Bubba include free-hand pinstripe on hood and tailgate, silver leafing laid on graphics, custom green to match undercarriage, silver leafing by Wally at Wally’s Collision Center, full color-matched plastic, front and rear Fusion bumpers, Showtime Metal Works grille, 20-inch Rigid lightbar in grille, 50-inch Rigid lightbar on roof with four 4-inch Rigid lights in each bumper, Undercover bed cover
Interior: Katzkin leather seat covers, black suede headliner, color-matched plastic, Auto Meter boost, EGT and transmission pillar gauges
Stereo: Custom cut-through box ported with two 12-inch SSX Treo subwoofers, 800-watt Massive amplifier, two Massive voice amplifiers, 14 Focal midrange and highs throughout
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: American Force 24x14 SF8 Evades
Tires: 37x13.50R24LT Toyo Open Country