Amidst all the ostentatious bling and ridiculousness of the SEMA Show’s central hall, it’s super easy to miss some really outstanding builds. A true testament to a vehicle’s placement and uniqueness is that, with a short description, you can say Oh yeah, I know exactly which vehicle you’re talking about. Case in point: lowered black Super Duty on 28s in the Ford booth. With those 10 words, we all remember that truck. Keeping that in mind, we jumped on the opportunity to investigate this custom giant showcased in the vast blue-tinted mystical OE Ford territory. The MAD Edition ’17 Ford F-350 Super Duty dualie, built by Chris Mangum and his team at Mangum Automotive Designs (MAD Industries) of Costa Mesa, California, was the first modified and only ’17 dualie to be featured in the Ford booth at SEMA. How was it received? It snagged the Ford Project Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding 2016 project vehicles.
| A set of Anzo drop-in replacement LED foglights put out 1,000 lumen each and look factory installed.
Mangum has worked closely with Ford for years, so taking delivery of the brand-new ’17 Super Duty in July was all but routine for the seasoned team at MAD Industries. The goal was to essentially merge two attitudes of the Lariat 4x4 Crew Cab Power Stroke dualie into one cohesive package: a blacked-out, menacing, ready-to-work beast with a luxurious, comfortable demeanor that’s ready to entertain, roll in style on ginormous wheels, and coddle the prissiest of occupants. Goal achieved? We think so.
Year/Make/Model: ’17 Ford F-350 4x4 Crew Cab Dualie
Owner/Builder: Chris Mangum/MAD Industries
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: TorqShift 6R140 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 300 miles
Exhaust: Gibson Performance Dual Extreme 4-inch
Wheels: Direct bolt-on 28x8.25 Fuel Off-Road Wheels FF19 One Piece 6061-T6 Forged Dually
Tires: 305/30R28 Fuel Off-Road Gripper A/T
Fun Fact: Ford said yes to the 28s, showing OEs aren’t so uptight after all! And who mounted the tires? Ballers Inc. of Compton, California.
| To keep inside temperatures down during those desert runs out to Arizona, top-of-the-line 3M Crystalline Automotive Window Film was installed on all the glass, including the windshield and panoramic sunroof.
| The center console, dash and door panel plastics, and other interior plastic pieces were custom painted in Jet Black and Candy Red accents, perfectly complementing the exterior. The complete headliner, panoramic moonroof shade, and all pillars were changed to black.
| The steering wheel was covered in matching black leather and features alternating charcoal and red handstitching.
| SRP Racing machined a set of clear-anodized billet-aluminum racing pedals in satin black that add a subtle custom touch to the cockpit.
| To keep the pilot’s driving record in good standing during hours of operation, an AL Priority Quint system—the smallest and most powerful laser defense and parking system available—was neatly installed in the front and rear of the F-350. An EnfoTrace GPS tracking system gives clear visibility to the stealthy truck’s whereabouts.
| The MAD Industries custom interior features high-end black leather appointed Roadwire seat covers, accented in perforated black suede inserts with detailed charcoal and red contrast stitching. Lloyd custom-fit Classic loop floormats keep the carpet pristine. To bring the interior sound to high-end dynamic audio, a Focal FLAX Audio System, designed by the Source AV Design Group, was installed by the talented crew at Beach Auto Sound. Finally, keeping both young and old rear seat occupants entertained on long hauls, a set of Rosen AV7950H 7-inch HDMI headrest monitors was installed in the driver and passenger headrests and look like a factory option.
| The complete blacked-out, high-gloss exterior base and Candy Blood Red graphic detail paint were provided by BASF, using the company’s R-M Onyx HD Waterborne Basecoat line. It was skillfully applied by LGE-CTS Motorsports.
| Crown Suspension and Deaver Spring worked with Mangum to drop the ride height to perfection while maintaining superb ride quality and towing capabilities—the way it was meant to be.
| 2017 Ford F350 Dualie Headlights
| MAD called on LightWurkz to perform custom work on the OE Quad Beam LED headlights. The first challenge for LightWurkz was to carefully disassemble the units, knowing a replacement set was not an option. This was a tall order, but the company pulled it off flawlessly. The complete interior of the quad beams got the full matte black treatment, while tinted amber and daytime running lamp reflectors added to the uniqueness. A custom red LED system illuminates the quad beam LED headlights, complete with a remote wireless option. LightWurkz also rewired the parking lights with upgraded LEDs to make them brighter and help them stand out. Diode Dynamics supplied switchback turn signals and HP5 Cool White LED bulbs.
| 2017 Ford F350 Dualie Grille
| Rigid Industries supplied SR-Q and Q2 Hypersport LED lights, which the MAD crew fit seamlessly in the front grille, under the dualie fenders, and on either side of the rear hitch, eliminating any blind spots.
| To take the exterior detail over the top, Mangum removed all the gritty textured trim plastics, including the grille components and mirrors, and smoothed and painted them all Jet Black to match the truck basecoat. Several chrome pieces, like the logos, were accented in black chrome.
| Ceramic Pro 9H Nano-Ceramic protective paint coating was applied to the complete exterior for a flawless, carefree finish. On top of that, to keep the front end, hood, headlights, and mirrors clear of rock chips and imperfections, Nano-Fusion Protection Film was provided and installed by Invisishield.
| 2017 Ford F350 Dualie Wheel
| Mangum and Fuel Off-Road Wheels planned for months to showcase Fuel’s first set of 28-inch FF19 One Piece 6061-T6 Forged Dually Wheels, manufactured by MHT Luxury Alloys. These massive 28x8.25 deep concave beauties are custom finished in Gloss Black and Candy Red. Beneath the 10-lug appearance is a direct bolt-on eight-lug pattern; no adapters were used. The enormous rollers were wrapped in 305/30R28 Fuel Off-Road Gripper A/T front and rear dualie tires, which are the first and only rated 28-inch dualie tire. You can get this wheel and tire combo, but be ready for some sticker shock. Satin black MGP Caliper Covers with satin MAD logos shield the massive factory calipers.
| AMP Research steps, equipped with the company’s LED entrance and exit lighting, were fitted neatly under the Crew Cab.
| Naturally, the F-350 is ready for work, and since it will be pulling a gooseneck car hauler, a rear air-ride setup from Firestone maintains proper ride height and comfort while towing. A Ford Accessories 18K fifth-wheel hitch and trailer hitch with 1 7/8-inch gooseneck ball allow for multiple towing options. Looking classy and keeping all gear safely under cover with ease of access, a Pace Edwards BedLocker electric tonneau cover has the added bonus of working seamlessly with the fifth-wheel setup. With hands-free operation, the cover can open or close in less than 30 seconds with the push of a remote’s button. Not to be overlooked, the bed is protected by Line-X Platinum spray for the ultimate protection against extreme debris and damaging UV rays.
| The 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel, as delivered from Dearborn, maintains the factory warranty and is perfectly equipped for daily duty, hauling, and towing. The notable bolt-on comes in the form of a sleek, black Gibson Performance Dual Extreme 4-inch stainless steel DPF-back exhaust system with 6-inch ceramic-coated tips exiting behind the rear tires. Amsoil synthetic fluids replace all the factory-filled fluids, and a set of Odyssey Extreme batteries ensures the Power Stroke fires up every time.