2016 Ram 3500 Dualie Hallowed
Gloom-’n’-Doom ’16 Ram 3500
Something wicked this way comes. And by wicked, we mean cool, mixed with a healthy dose of dark and sinister, thanks to the ominous, ghastly, custom-airbrushed paint. Indeed, the ’16 Ram 3500 Mega Cab dualie owned by Joey Chavarria is a sight to behold—a whole lotta truck with those dualie hips and Mega Cab configuration—for which pictures just don’t do justice. Yes, it’s built for shows, but it’s also used like a truck and actually daily driven, if you can imagine! When asked what went wrong during the build, it became more of a question of what didn’t go wrong. Luckily, we can now relish in what went right in the finished product, which took patience and a whole lotta money.
First, let’s talk about the obvious—that paintjob! Many owners choose to wrap their trucks in a variety of styles, ranging from subtle, full-color changes to over-the-top graphics. It’s arguably the easiest route to a customized exterior, and a trend that’s here to stay. Custom airbrush paint, however, is not as common today. It’s super labor intensive, often takes tons of time, involves mega amounts of skill, and requires upkeep. The payoff? A depth, dimension, and shine that can’t be beat, and an exterior that’s nothing short of a unique piece of artwork.
Joey bought the truck bone-stock, brand-new in February 2016 with the intent of building it into a badass show truck. Shortly thereafter, on April 1, the truck’s sheetmetal was heavily damaged in a hailstorm that ravaged Joey’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas. We can’t think of a nastier joke for Mother Nature to pull on April Fools’ Day. A Mega Cab dualie has a lot of real estate to cover when it comes to custom airbrush paint, and while it may have taken half a year to get it completely right, the guys at A.I. Designs, Champion Media, and Herrera Paint and Body got the job done, turning the rendering into reality.
While you can’t deny the paint is what sets Joey’s truck apart from the rest, it’s actually not his favorite part of the build. The part that makes him smile the most is the 12-inch Bulletproof Suspension cantilever suspension setup, installed by No Limitz Customz after all the paint had been completed. Clad with remote-reservoir shocks and coilovers tuned for a perfect ride, the finishing touch to the well-performing kit is the Prismatic Powders Illusion Purple powdercoating. The lift allows room for 40-inch Interco tires and the suitable 24-inch American Force wheels—all six of them. Bodyguard bumpers, Monster hooks, OLB lighting, and a Royalty Core grille step up the exterior’s utility and looks, while AMP Research retractable steps make the foot-high lift manageable for passengers.
The Ram’s interior is comfortable set up from the factory, but Joey wasn’t about to leave it completely stock, especially given that’s where he’ll be spending most of his time. The purple theme continues into the cabin, with custom color-matched door panels, center console, and sub box. Music amplification comes courtesy of MB Quart speakers and subwoofers, and Hifonics amplifiers.
The distinguishable Ram made its debut at the Lone Star Throwdown show, elevating itself above the heavy custom truck lineup found in the state of Texas. We look forward to seeing it at some big shows throughout the year, and since this is Joey’s first truck and first build, we can only imagine what’s in store for his future projects.
SpecSheetYear/Make/Model: ’16 Ram 3500 Dualie
Owner: Joey Chavarria
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Odometer: 6,000 miles
Engine Management: Edge Products programmer
Suspension: Custom one-off Bulletproof Suspension 12-inch cantilever powdercoated Prismatic Powders Illusion Purple
Interior: Custer center console, door panels, and subwoofer box; Hifonics amplifiers; MB Quart speakers and subwoofers
Exterior/Accessories: Royalty Core grille, front and rear Bodyguard A2L bumpers, Monster Hooks hooks, AMP Research steps, custom headlights built by No Limitz Customz, all off-road lighting and accent lighting provided by OLB (Offroad LED Bars) and controlled by Switch-Pros, Go Recon taillights, Transfer Flow fuel tank, UnderCover bedcover, CargoGlide slide, HornBlasters horns, R1 Concepts brakes, BOLT locks
Paint/Wrap: Everything on the exterior has been color-matched to either the custom paint or the factory color; airbrush paint work rendering by Truck Guru Designs and painted by A.I. Designs, Champion Media, and Herrera Paint and Body
Wheels: 24-inch American Force Glides color-matched to the truck’s factory gray
Tires: 40x14.50R24 Interco SS-M16
Special Thanks: The crew at No Limitz Customz, (Cris Payne) Truck Guru project management, Truck Guru Rendering and Design, Bulletproof Suspension, American Force Wheels, Interco Tires, Gen Y Hitch, HornBlasters, Bodyguard Truck Accessories, OLB Lighting, Prismatic Powders, MagnaFlow Exhaust, CargoGlide, UnderCover Truck Lids, Hifonics, MB Quart, Edge Products, Switch-Pros, AMP Research, Monster Hooks, Royalty Core Grilles, Transfer Flow, Recon Lights, A.I. Designs, Champion Media, Herrera Paint and Body
Fun Fact: Joey chatted with 8-Lug while at a Metallica concert. Thanks for the invite. Ahem!