After appearing on multiple truck magazine covers with his previous build, Austin O'Krinsky was forced to look himself in the mirror and decide whether or not he'd step up and create another show-worthy prize. As the vice president of Extreme Off-Road in Katy, Texas, Austin's 9-5 is helping people see their custom vision come to fruition, so it came as no surprise that he took a few minutes to dream up his own wild project. Wanting a look that was different from his red Chevy HD, he went to the local Ford dealership and signed the papers for a 2011 Ford F-250. With less than 150 miles on the odometer, the truck was rolled into the back of the shop where a five-month journey was waiting for it.
Doing things a little backwards on this build, Austin dropped the truck off to Coupland Signs in La Porte, Texas. Chuck Coupland is a talented airbrush artist, and after Austin gave him some color ideas and themes for the airbrushing, Chuck got to work. Using his Sata airbrush gun, Chuck began applying purple and silver skulls, flowing smoke, and automotive parts along the sides on the Super Duty. Residing on the hood, four horsemen are riding through a graveyard towards the Extreme Off-Road logo, adding to the eerie feel of the skulls and other underworld creatures. Several specific characters also made it onto the sides of Austin's Ford, including a female skeleton in the likeness of Austin's fiancé Merita, a winged engine piston, and a very angry flying spark plug. Attention to detail is incredible, and looking at the artwork for extended periods always yields something new you've missed the time before. Covering the truck in clear to preserve the graphics, David Kinsey stepped in and added the final touch.
With the truck back at Extreme Off-Road, the skilled fabricators began removing the factory suspension and painting the frame gloss black. Once the R&D was handled on the Kelderman 10- to 12-inch air-ride lift kit, it was then stripped down and powdercoated purple. Installation quickly got underway and the Extreme team added the optional chromed Sway-a-Way dual bypass shocks, chromed steering stabilizers, and capped each axle with a powdercoated Mag-Hytec diff cover. One push of the Kelderman air-ride switch allows Austin to instantly adjust his ride height, and even at the lowest setting, he can clear the 40-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires with ease. Picking up a set of 22x14-inch Fuel Off-Road Octane wheels, Austin couldn't leave them alone and had them painted and airbrushed with skulls, smoke, and other underworld creatures. The extra care taken to customize the wheels is proof that Austin's truck won't be confused with any other. Large machined spikes cover the front and rear four-link bolts. These subtle additions really make you appreciate the thought that went into this build. Finishing off the exterior, black Recon projector headlights and LED taillights were installed, an RBP grille was bolted in place, as were front and rear Road Armor bumpers complete with PIAA driving lights and front-mount winch. A Pace Edwards Full Metal tonneau cover keeps items in the bed safe and secure.
Simple and sanitary, the Super Duty’s interior features two-tone leather and suede Katzkin
Bass can both be felt and heard thanks to three JL Audio amps powering two JL Audio 13.5-i
Attention to detail is incredible, and looking at the artwork for extended periods always
Despite the intricate exterior, Austin left the interior very functional and enjoyable. Two-tone leather and suede seat covers from Katzkin take care of the seating surfaces, while suede wraps the headliner and visors. Gone are the fake wood accents, which have been painted black, and the only other mods to the dash include the installation of a JVC navigation head unit, H&S tuner, and the Accuair air-ride controller. Any seat is the best seat in the house thanks to three JL Audio amps powering two JL Audio 13.5-inch subs mounted behind the rear seat, along with a quartet of Hertz 6.5-inch components in each door providing the mids and highs. Rear passengers can watch video courtesy of Myron and Davis front headrests.
Straight from the factory, the new 6.7L is no slouch with 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. But much like the wheels, suspension, and audio, Austin wasn't satisfied with factory hardware. In went a new H&S Performance Black Maxx tuner, along with an aFe intake, and 5-inch exhaust from FloPro. Helping the 40-inch tires get going stoplight-to-stoplight, 4.88 gears were installed front and rear.
It can't be emphasized enough how meticulous the Extreme crew was when completing their latest showpiece. Driven on a regular basis, Austin tells us, "The truck rides great with the big lift, and best of all, people always quickly get out of my way." We don't blame them, after all, what better thing to do when seeing the four horsemen coming after you.
Inside the Build
2011 Ford F-250
Austin O'Krinsky | Katy, Texas
Type: 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel
Induction: aFe intake, factory turbo
Exhaust: 5-inch ProFlo, DPF delete
Engine management: H&S Black Maxx tuner
Output: 540 hp and 960 lb-ft
Built by: Extreme Off-Road
Transmission: TorqShift six-speed auto
Rearend: 4.88 gears and Mag-Hytec cover
Front suspension: Kelderman 10- to 12-inch lift with airbags and Sway-a-Way shocks
Rear suspension: Kelderman 10- to 12-inch lift with airbags and Sway-a-Way shocks
Brakes: Factory Ford
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Fuel Off-Road 22x14-inch custom painted with airbrushed skulls
Tires: Toyo Open Country M/T 40x15.50R22