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2013 Ford F-250 - The Commander

On the Nights and Weekends Plan

Mar 19, 2016
Photographers: Truckin Staff
Many of the custom trucks prowling the show scene, don’t get built in the lavish setting of a truck shop. The vast majority are built afterhours, in the owner’s garage using friends and family members as labor. During tons of late nights and long weekends, many hands hold up a bed, align a hood, or hold a flashlight, while details are figured out or a hidden bolt tightened down. Jose Quintero started fixing up his’13 Super Duty with a few buddies to prepare it for a few local shows. The plan was simply to raise it, paint it, and show it.
However, the more members of Krucial Koncepts who showed up to lend a hand, the more work was added to the plans. The build progressed further along, until it became what you see here. A couple nights and weekends turned into a six-month slog that ended up with every nut and bolt removed, every inch of the truck customized, and every friend egging him on to take the build to the next level.
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The front suspension started life as a stock setup. When the decision was made to lift this beast, all the factory components were ripped off and replaced with a 10-inch Fabtech kit with a four-link, Dirt Logic 4.0 coilovers, D.L. hydraulic bumpstops, and Crown brake lines that were flipped 180 degrees to make the line point down. Custom sway bar endlinks were fabbed up to use the factory link joints to give it more of a factory look, while the ABS and vacuum lines were extended and dropped down to the axle along the back side of the limit strap to hide the lines. Next Gen Suspension and Speed in Fresno, California handled all the suspension work.
In the rear, that Fabtech 10-inch just dominates and is complimented with a custom shock mount setup housing four Dirt Logic 2.25 reservoir shocks, another set of Crown brake lines, and an Atlas 4-inch leaf spring. Custom fabbed lift blocks achieve the rest of the height with the U-bolts running through the top and bottom of the blocks. A set of custom track bars are designed to look like the front four-link, but function like traditional bars due to a swing shackle mounted to the frame. Keeping the Commander firmly planted are a set of 24x14 Intro Torinos wrapped with 37x13.5R24 Toyo Open Country M/T meats.
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The 6.7L got a few bumps from the ceramic-coated H&S EGR delete kit, K&N intake, H&S Mini Max tuner, polished turbo inlet tube, and 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust. Two Kinetic 1800 batteries power it all and keep this Super Duty running down the road.
The exterior received a fair amount of attention. Just about everything was painted, powdercoated, or altered in some way. The front bumper was smoothed and the lower valence removed, which was custom painted. It received a set of chrome tow hooks and a 50-inch Bullfrog LED lightbar powdercoated Candy Blue. Custom-sprayed HID light pods replaced the headlights and their lenses were tinted. Graphics were splashed all over the hood, tailgate, and up both sides, featuring “Commander” fender badges made from billet aluminum. The rear bumper was also smoothed and custom painted, and the spare tire hole was removed, as well. The body was sprayed a combination of House of Kolor Oriental Blue and Sterling Gray Metallic by the talented gun of Teo Garcia of R&G Paint and Body in Clovis, California.
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The interior was just as complex as the exterior. Looney Tunes Car Audio of Clovis, California, installed the equivalent of the Wall of Sound that goes for clarity over ear-blasting decibels, adding two Arc Audio XDi 804 amps, an Arc XDi 200T sub, three 10-inch Audiomobile GTSs under the rear seat, and Focal Performance 165 components in the front and rear. Wiring was handled by Stinger. Custom door panels house the components while the H&S Mini Maxx got a new home in a custom pod. Garcia was again called in for custom paintwork on the dash and center console surfaces, while the seats received a heating and cooling upgrade to go with the custom-tailored black leather. The custom billet parts scattered through the interior were custom cut by Nick Solakian of Savage CNC in Fresno, California.
Nights and weekends used to be a term cell-phone companies used to refer to the free times during which you weren’t charged for airtime. But for Garcia and the boys from Krucial, it meant their nights and weekends were swallowed up for half a year. One look at the finished product, and we were quite happy how far he was able to take this build.
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Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab
Owner and City/State: Jose Quintero; Fresno, California
Club Affiliation: Krucial Koncepts
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Fabtech 10-inch lift with four-link, 4.0 Dirt Logic Coilovers, hydraulic bumpstops, Crown brake lines, custom sway bar endlinks
Rear Suspension: Four Fabtech Dirt Logic 2.25 reservoir shocks, custom traction bars, Atlas leaf springs. All suspension work done at Next Gen Suspension and Speed
Drivetrain:
Engine: 6.7L, H&S EGR delete (ceramic coated), K&N intake, H&S Mini Maxx tuner, polished turbo inlet tube, 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust, two Kinetic 1800 batteries
Body: Front bumper smoothed, AMP steps, Bulldog 50-inch LED lightbar, painted mirrors, custom-painted HID projectors, tinted signals and taillights, full graphics featuring House of Kolor Oriental Blue and Sterling Grey Metallic by R&G Paint and Body, Visalia, California
Interior: Heated and cooled front-seat conversions, dash panels and center console pieces painted by R&G Paint and Body, custom billet panels by Nick Solakian of Savage CNC, custom-made H&S Mini Maxx pod made by Looney Tunes Car Audio, Clovis, California
Stereo: Two Arc Audio XDi 804 amps and one XDi 2000T, three 10-inch Audiomobile GTS under rear seat, Focal Performance 165 components front and rear, custom-made door panels and pillar pods made by Looney Tunes Car Audio
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x14; Intro Torino
Tires: 37x13.50R24; Toyo Open Country M/T
Special Thanks: “To all the shops that made this happen and to my brother Oscar Quintero, Israel Ortiz, and Leo Servin for all their help and hard work."

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