You just bought a brand-new Ford F-250 crew cab Super Duty, now what do you do with it? Give it a modest lift and tune the engine to get as much horsepower as you can out of it for superior towing performance? That's what most people would do, but thankfully Ricky Villarreal isn't like most people. He wanted a truck unlike any other to drive around the streets of Houston, Texas. With help from the army of fabricators at Ekstensive Metalworks, he was able to make the image in his mind come to reality.
So how exactly do you make a truck lay body when it was never really made to? You start by ripping into the front suspension. First, removing the factory I-beams and building a whole new tubular subframe. Second, to cancel out any camber problems, custom upper and lower control arms were made and GM 1-ton 3-inch drop spindles from DJM were fit into place. Ekstensive also used GM rotors and calipers in the front to go with the drop spindles.
In the rear, the guys at Ekstensive had to shorten the axles and housing to make it tuck the huge 28s that this monster sits on. With the axle housing cut down, Moser custom axles shafts were installed. For the rear suspension, a custom four-link with a wishbone was used for maximum lay-ability. To finish off the underbody work, the factory oil pan and transmission housing had to be shaved and a new 38-gallon fuel cell built. They also installed Firestone 'bags at all four corners.
Moving to the wheels and tires, Ricky wanted wheels that were as custom as the rest of his truck, so he went with a one-off set of Asanti 28-inch eight-lug wheels. But Ricky didn't like the huge center cap that came on the eight-lugs, so Ekstensive had Asanti fabricate the wheel with a small center cap. It's these extra steps that set Ekstensive aside from other custom shops. For tires, they used the new Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico tires sized 295/25R28. This keeps Ricky's Super Duty extra low to the Texas asphalt.
The factory 6.4L PowerStroke diesel is so powerful and refined that the only thing Ricky had to add was a Bully Dog power programmer and a K&N performance intake. But the factory sound system was another story. Wanting his truck to look and sound incredible, Ricky had John Burgess, owner of Twisted Interiors, install a complete front to back, top to bottom sound system. Starting with a Pioneer 7-inch touch screen head unit, John installed two Rockford Fosgate amps, a Rockford equalizer, eight 6 1/2-inch Rockford separates, and a 15-inch Rockford Fosgate sub in a custom center console enclosure. To say this system bumps is an understatement. Having only one in-dash monitor was not going to cut it, so John installed six more 7-inch monitors; one in each door and two in the head rests of the front seats. This way, you can see whatever is being shown no matter where you're sitting. All of these electronics draw a lot of juice, so Ekstensive installed two Kinetik high current power cells under the bed.
Finally, the body of the truck went under the knife and had a set of Escalade door handles and a Grant Kustoms roll pan installed. This was followed up with a coat of PPG silver and white paint and a unique PPG gray graphic outlined in PPG gold done by Patrick Reed.
As you can imagine, Ricky is very proud of his Super Duty. He wanted to thank Ekstensive for all of their hard work and for getting the truck done in one month total, as well as all the company's who contributed to make his truck extra nice. We are sure that Ricky's truck is the talk of the town and that his Aftermath buddy's give it two thumbs up.
With that huge Power Stroke sitting mere inches off the ground, during our photoshoot, the
A fiberglass enclosure holds the 15-inch Rockford Fosgate sub and serves as the center con
Custom 28-inch Asanti wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion 295/25R28 tires.