When we mention a recreational escape, visions of a Woodstock-like weekend of drugs, alcohol, and sex may come to mind, but what’s the fun in those reckless activities? Richard Haltom of Dayton, Texas, took a much more responsible and rewarding approach to breaking the chains attached to the daily grind. With the key to his 600 hp supercharged 2012 Ram R/T in his hand, all it takes for Richard to forget deadlines, budgets, and early mornings is a romp of the throttle. Sights on the horizon, the road’s lines quickly get blurred as speeds increase exponentially and the dreariness of Monday through Friday becomes a memory.

Not enough people are building standard cab Ram trucks, and after a quick glance at Richard’s R/T, we have no idea why performance truck enthusiasts aren’t knocking down the doors of Ram dealerships. Sporty looks, dialed-in stance, unique wheel and brake package, and yes, before you ask, it’s got a Hemi -- and a supercharger, water/meth, and long-tube headers -- what’s not to love? As a habitual truck tinkerer, Richard picked up the new project less than a year ago and in that short time has transformed the Ram into a street/strip assassin.

An off-the-shelf lowering kit didn’t provide the amount of drop Richard was seeking, so he took things into his own hands using modified McGaughys Suspension lowering coils in the front and rear. After some tweaking, the final result saw the Ram come down three and five inches respectively. Wanting a legit sport truck and not just a lowered street cruiser, QA1 adjustable shocks and big Hellwig sway bars were bolted on front and rear, while adjustable Spohn link bars and Panhard bar allows for proper suspension geometry. The next step was the all-important wheel selection, and Richard veered from the common Chinese cast wheels and ordered a set of custom-made ADV.1 5.0 one-piece forged wheels. Not only do the wheels look exotic, they’re also lighter and stronger than a cast wheel. Bringing the Ram to a neck-snapping halt is a giant brake package from Rotora. With the multi-spoke wheel design and the massive Rotora brakes blatantly visible, the combo looks imported from Europe not from Detroit.

The goal for the Ram was never to stop at lowering it over bigger wheels, which is exactly why Richard ordered a Grant Kustoms weld-in roll pan, Mopar body kit, and ’13 Ram projector headlights and LED taillights from retroshop.us. GRC Custom Paint, in Kenefick, Texas, handled modifying the Mopar body kit to fit the standard cab, shaved the emblems, and added a solid black stripe on the hood. A SnugTop tonneau cover was added, along with a Mopar BedRug kit complete with fire extinguisher, and billet R/T badges created by Down South Kustoms. Under the tonneau cover is a low-profile toolbox that stealthily houses a large methanol tank and air tank for the Nathan K5LA train horns. The setup is as clean and detailed as the rest of the truck.

Inside the standard cab, two-tone leather Katzkin seat covers wrap the R/T seats, while Alcantara suede is found on the headliner. Richard retained the factory head unit but had Rick Paul of League City, Texas, add a Rockford Fosgate 3SIXTY.3 OEM audio controller, which allows the head unit to control a pair of Mosconi AS amps. Powerful amplifiers are required to fully enjoy the Focal mids and highs in each door and 12-inch JL Audio sub installed in an enclosure behind the seat. A real trick mod is the 1-inch Focal tweeters housed in Shok Industries billet tweeter pods. One of our favorite additions is the hand-stitched D-shaped leather and suede steering wheel from Auto Dynamics West. A triple A-pillar pod from Auto Meter contains matching boost, fuel pressure, and air/fuel ratio Autometer gauges.

We’ve saved the best of this build for last -- it’s officially time to talk about the Hemi engine. On it’s own, the 390hp 5.7L Hemi is impressive, especially in a two-door truck, but just like the rest of the Ram project, stock parts weren’t good enough. KP Racing added a ported and polished SRT8 6.1L Hemi intake manifold and a polished ProCharger P1SC supercharger. Polished aluminum tubing from the intercooler to the 87mm throttle body was handled by EFI West, and a scratch-built water/meth system was plumbed for cooling air inlet temps. American Racing Headers’ long tubes discharge the exhaust into 3-inch Magnaflow stainless mufflers for an unmistakable Mopar rumble. Other engine upgrades include a large Turbosmart blow-off valve, polished DC Power 250A alternator, machined valve covers, billet cap covers from Billet Technology, and plenty of stainless braided hoses with A/N fittings. It may look all-show, but after a ride in Richard’s Ram, we can assure you it’s got plenty of go.

At shows, you may mistake the R/T for a stock truck with a simple lowering kit and wheels, which is kind of the point. Under the radar and built with a purpose, this Ram is about the details -- well, details and a supercharged Hemi that blasts away a long day’s worries.

Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2012 Ram R/T
Owner and City/State: Richard Haltom • Dayton, Texas

Engine
Type: 5.7L Hemi
Induction: ProCharger P1SC with 8 psi, 6.1L SRT8 intake manifold, 87mm throttle body, water/meth injection
Fuel Injection: 60 lb/hr injectors
Exhaust: American Racing Headers 1⅞-inch long-tube headers, X-pipe, 3-inch tubing with Magnaflow stainless mufflers
Tuning: AJ at Arrington Performance/shophemi.com
Built by: KP Racing
Output: 515 rwhp and 507 lb-ft

Drivetrain
Transmission: 65RFE auto with 2,600-stall converter
Rearend: 4.10 gears

Chassis
Front suspension: McGaughys 3-inch modified coil spring, QA1 adjustable shocks, Hellwig sway bar
Rear suspension: McGaughys 5-inch modified coil spring, QA1 adjustable shocks, Hellwig sway bar, Spohn adjustable link bar and Panhard bar
Brakes: Rotora 16-inch rotors and eight-piston calipers (F) and Rotora 15-inch rotors and four-piston calipers (R)

Wheels &Tiresa
Wheels: 22x10 ADV.1 5.0
Tires: 305/40R22 Pirelli Scorpion Zero Assimetrico