This truck is the result of what happens when you have a plan for your truck, and you go through with it. Dubbed project Soul Stealer, this massive and richly detailed ’15 Ram Sport Quad Cab, owned by Steve Burkett, has made the rounds of almost every local custom car and truck show—always winning awards. The build list on this truck is longer than most, as the intention was to take it to SEMA 2017. That is exactly what happened; it was a part of the RBP booth. And this was not Steve’s first rodeo, either, he appeared in Truckin way back in 2012 with an ’08 GMC Yukon riding on 26-inch Lexani wheels.
In this pre-SEMA buildup, Steve still had a ways to go with a sound system and interior swap next on the build list. He called up Rezurxn Speed and Marine in Hesperia, California. In their capable hands, the Ram would finally be as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. The plan of attack was to tear the inside of the truck down and build it back up. Next, the truck would wired for sound and have an entire cattle’s herd of leather in the interior. However, it wouldn’t be simple. After some light discussion, Steve settled with Rezurxn owner Paul Ferris to build a blow-through speaker box and do up the interior with custom boxes for speakers, amps, and anything else that needed to be tidied up.
So follow along to Rezurxn Speed and Marine while they strip the interior of this ’15 Ram Sport Quad Cab 4x4 and give it a bevy of audio parts from AudioControl, Lanzar Pro, Ohio Generator, Orion, a six-pack of Reikken batteries to power it, and FatMat Rattle Trap sound deadener to insulate it all. Watch as the Rezurxn team transforms the interior with new seats, custom door panels, and a custom SPOD install to control all the preexisting exterior lighting and the newly installed LEDs.
| Here is a small sampling of what went into this audio install: Two Orion HCCA 15-inch subs installed into a custom blow-through going from the bed to the cab, two Orion HCCA 5000 monoblock amps set into a custom box under the rear seats, a total of 12 Orion XTW250FD 1 1/4-inch 320W MAX XTR tweeters will join eight Orion 6 1/2-inch door speakers, boosted by an AudioControl DM 810 DSP Processor, powered by six Reikken Batteries.
| Our ’16 RAM was being transformed for SEMA, so by the time this photographer caught up with the build at Rezurxn the seats, carpet, door panels, and headliner had been stripped out. They had laid down a layer of FatMat Rattle Trap sound deadener, too. The pros at Rezurxn painstakingly laid it down so the graphic matched from seam to seam.
| A blow-through speaker box built by Rezurxn starts in the bed and comes through into the back of the cab. To do that, they stripped the covering on the rear wall of the cab and relocated some electronics. The factory door lock module directly in the middle would only need to be flipped on its two-bolt bracket, and they measured our box and cut the cab and bed.
| This box was custom made in-house at Rezurxn to hold the two Orion 15-inch subs. It is built in two pieces with the box itself amplifying the sound, like any sub box does. The step-down that our installer Jesse is holding will poke through to the cab. An accordion boot seal will bridge the area between the cab and bed, and the box will rest on top.
| Our custom Ram’s tonneau cover had to remove before cutting into the bed. Jesse will lay the box in the bed and trace it to get the blow-through dimensions.
| The box itself was measured against the back of the cab to trace a template out, which was roughly 1-inch taller than the box to accommodate the accordion boot seal.
| Jesse quickly cut out the bed using an air saw and used the cut out portion of the bed to transfer the cut line to the inside of the cab.
| Inside the cab, the cutting went just as quickly with the air saw. With two gaping holes in the truck, there was no turning back now! Our Ram was going to get its blow-through box soon!
| The edges of the inside and the outside of both cuts were sanded smooth to accept the accordion boot seal for the box to rest on. The small D-shaped hole on the lower right had a plastic grommet before that Jesse will cut to fit and reinstall.
| Here, the accordion boot seal is installed. The 3-inch-wide flexible rubber seal not only protects the box but also keep the elements out of the cab. It was first test fit and cut to size. They laid down a quick layer of spray adhesive to keep it locked in place, so it won’t slide out when the sub box is installed.
| They removed the panels to prepare to cut the door panels, install the Orion tweeters and 6 1/2-inch speakers, remove the window regulator and frame, and line the door itself with more Rattle Trap insulator.
| Both of the front door panels are ready to be altered for the speaker array. The wood frame was cut from a piece of MDF and is solid all the way around. As you can see, the speaker array will take up most of the door panel.
| Our door panel is coming along. The speaker mounting rings were cut out from MDF, too, and mounted inside the framework. These Orion 6.5s kick out 1400 watts apiece and must be solidly mounted.
| The rear door panels were done a bit differently due to the layout behind the panel. They first made a template of cardboard (above) and cut it from MDF (below). The speakers would be mounted directly to them.
| The wood frames received a metal mesh screen that will later be engraved with the Orion logo. All four panels got the same treatment with this custom metal strip.
| Here is the final product. Our door panels were sprayed textured black, the Orion 6.5s and tweeters were mounted in their custom frames with a vinyl backing. The panel itself will be backlit with a blue LED strip that matches the exterior paint.
| A total of 12 tweeters were used: eight in the doors alone and the other four spread all over the cab in the factory locations. This one was placed in the upper left driver’s side of the dash.
| With the doors all cut and wired our installer Jesse moved to the Orion HCCA amps. A custom box was built to house the two amps, and their wiring, keeping everything nice and clean. The whole thing would fit neatly under the rear seats.
| The finished amp box matches all the other custom work on the doors and in the bed. Sprayed textured black with lights, it looks amazing. When the rear seats are in use, only the rectangular lighted area will be seen peeking out right in the middle.
| Back in the bed, our box was mocked up into place, but not installed, so our battery rack could be mocked up as well. Six Reikken batteries would be lined up side to side to give this system the power it so desperately needs. A MDF box was built and texture coated just like the sub box. A seventh Reikken battery went into the stock location in the engine bay.
| All of the dress up pieces custom made for the doors, including the amp box and sub box, were made in-house at Rezurxn. This Orion logo destined for the back of the sub box was made in-house, too.
| Both the sub box and the battery box were installed into their final locations with all their dress up pieces. They were wired for both power and lights. These custom touches really set off the bed itself, and separate a good shop from a truly creative one. It’s these touches that will help our truck owner win awards at shows and get noticed at SEMA.
| With everything properly wired with Lanzar Pro cables and the power flowing correctly, Jesse had to adjust the levels in all the speakers using the AudioControl DM 810 DSP Processor, mounted under the passenger seat for easy access, and his trusty shop laptop connected with a USB cable.
| With all of our speakers and batteries in place, the Rezurxn team moved to engine. A heavy-duty alternator from Ohio Generator will help power this complicated system. At 12 volts, 300 amps, and more than 4,800 watts, it should be stout enough to keep up with the power demands of our Ram.
| This SPOD unit will be installed in the engine bay, tucked up on the firewall, and control the existing LED lightbars and pods around the exterior. It also controls the interior LEDs on the door panels and all the LEDs on both the blow-through and battery boxes.
| With the audio all buttoned up, they reinstalled the interior carpet and headliner. With every other inch of this rig completely custom, the interior wouldn’t be complete without these custom skinned seats! The custom seats were installed by Ridin Dirty Upholstery out of Hawthorn, California.
| Our ’15 RAM was ready to hit the streets with its new booming sound system, courtesy of Rezurxn Speed and Marine. Its Orion-based sound system is now integrated into the interior with custom lighting and dress up pieces, as well as a six-pack of Reikken batteries and an Ohio Generator heavy-duty alternator to power it all! It’ll make a splash at SEMA 2017 for sure!