Making the build even more stressful, the truck was picked up from B&T Customs at the end of September, with only four weeks left to make it to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show. Inside of the Go Nuts shop, the entire suspension was removed and set aside. In its place went a fully adjustable air-ride setup from Kelderman Air Ride. Twelve inches of air-ride flexibility are at the Shommer's disposal, thanks to the Kelderman kit, but that didn't stop them from upgrading the kit at Go Nuts. Pat and Patrick teamed up together to add top supports to the airbag mounts so that the fittings and air line are completely hidden. Tracing the air line and wiring became even more difficult upon closer examination when the Go Nuts team hid the lines inside of the large Dodge framerails. Each piece of the Kelderman Air Ride suspension system that was not chromed was powdercoated purple to match the paint scheme. One of the cleanest compressor and valve setups we had seen, Patrick built a box to fit perfectly between the rear framerails that houses all four of the air compressors, full set of valves and pressure switches, along with the digital air-ride computer. Bilstein 7100 chromed shocks absorb the bumps in the front and rear, and are affixed to the suspension, courtesy of CNC-machined billet brackets by Source Too Machine. Every bit of the frame and axles were Rhino-lined, which made the chrome and purple paint stand out even more. Patrick wanted huge wheels on the Ram, and the biggest he could find with a matching off-road tire were 24x10-inch DUB Big Homie wheels, wrapped in new Kumho Road Venture MT off-road 38/14R24 tires. Stopping the large rolling mass are braided, stainless lines and slotted rotors from Power Slot.
Powering the Mega Cab is the finest diesel engine from Dodge, the Cummins 5.9L I-6 turbo. Go Nuts equipped the Dodge with a Bully Dog Outlook programmer, Bully Dog air intake, and 5-inch Bully Dog exhaust. Helping the front driveshaft connect easier, it was lengthened 1-1/2 inches by Fry Machine. Three batteries supply juice to the truck and help the audio system pound out the tunes. The audio system was also expertly installed by Go Nuts. Inside of the stock location, an Eclipse AVN-6600 sends frequencies to three Kicker amplifiers. One SX900.4 and two SX 1250.1 amps are controlled by an SXRC. Mounted on pillars inside of the bed, the Kicker amps were painted purple to match. The amps push Kicker components into each door and four Kicker 12-inch L7 subwoofers. The sub box fits behind the large Mega Cab seat and the seat itself can still be fully reclined-a nice feature for those who want a back massage in 100-percent comfort. Go Nuts also added 7-inch Eclipse monitors into each headrest and one in the passenger-side airbag location. An iPod with holster was installed, along with two Xbox 360 Programing solutions, and a 70GB harddrive for music and movie storage. Keeping with the custom theme, many of the accent trim pieces were painted purple by Martin's Auto Body and make for a nice contrast on the gray-leather upholstery.
With only hours before it was time to hit the road to Las Vegas, the Go Nuts Dodge was completed. This truck was more than just wheels and tires, Pat, Patrick, and the Go Nuts crew opted to showcase the shop's talents and provide a rolling calling card for other customers to see and appreciate it. With the cat out of the bag, you can expect to see great things coming out of the Go Nuts roll-up doors, as we already have other projects started and up on the racks. Special thanks go to Patrick, Rigo, Jim, Jane, and Bailey.