Those cannons you might hear blasting from the wakeboard tower of Wet Sounds' floating product showcase mark the debut of this somewhat new company. Wet Sounds is a speaker manufacturer that specializes in marine applications and has teamed with Mitek (makers of MTX, etc.) to distribute its model of wakeboard tower speakers. In addition to sponsoring various wakeboarding events, the company decided to build a boat and truck that it could use to market its wares - the result of which you see splashed across these pages.
Let's start with the truck. What we have is a 2005 Ford Super Duty. You may have noticed that the truck stands tall. This is thanks to the crew at Truck Toyz in McAllen, Texas, who installed a Rize Industries 8-inch lift kit incorporating its awesome four-link kit. Up front are a Rize dual-steering stabilizer that uses Donahoe Racing shocks and 2-1/2-inch spring spacers from Donahoe. The rear has Rize floating traction bars and dual shock kits, and Donahoe soft-ride springs and shocks. Truck Toyz also installed a custom CV driveshaft. All in all, what they ended up with was a 10-1/2-inch lift that clears 40-inch Toyo Mud Terrain tires rolling with MKW Off-Road M26 22x11-inch wheels. Stepping up would be a chore without the Amp Research Power Steps. While under the truck, you might notice that the underside was painted semi-gloss black and that all the pinch welds were blacked out. Kopriva Body Works in Houston handled that.
Speaking of Kopriva, Dave Kopriva repainted the front bumper and added a new billet grille and three-piece billet bumper inset and removed all the truck's moldings and factory decals. A set of IcedOutEmz 22" emblems resurrect some bling. Kopriva sprayed Rhino Tuff bedliner on the bed and the wheelwells to protect them from the rattle and rumble of the elements. The motorized tonneau from Pace Edwards slides open with the press of a button on a key fob to reveal the Rhino Tuff-protected bedliner.
Inside the truck is an audio and video system headed up by an Alpine CDA-9833 AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM Satellite source unit that feeds Arc Audio Chip Foose-series amplifiers and speakers. FD 6000 6-1/2-inch component speakers replace the factory drivers in the front doors, while FD 5725's reside in the back doors. The rear seats were moved forward to accommodate two 12-inch FD 12D4 subwoofers. And an FD4150 and an FD 1200.1 amplifier power the highs and lows, respectively, from their custom locations in what used to be the truck's load floor. A capacitor and fuse block also share the amp rack. An Autopage alarm protects limo-tinted windows (tread carefully in California, Tim) and the rest of the truck. The rear sliding window was replaced by a one-piece unit emblazoned with the Wet Sounds logo.
Of course, the truck comprises only half this presentation. Hitched to the back of the pickup is a 23-foot wakeboarding boat: a 2006 MB Sports B52 V23 team edition. But this is no run-of-the-mill runabout. MB Sports only makes a certain number of hulls each year in order to allow for enough time to customize each boat. Wet Sounds' model is white with a red pinstriped, black tribal puzzle graphic.