If you’ve been reading this magazine long enough, the name Robbie Bryant probably sounds familiar. Not only is he the frontman for KEG Media, one of the industry leaders for creating custom car and truck renderings, but he’s also the visionary behind several past Truckin cover builds. His most recent F-150 project, Enkore, rode on a massive 18-inch lift and 46-inch tires, so this time he decided to go the opposite direction -- down. After searching for the right canvas, Robbie picked up a 2010 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dualie and got to work creating something that can only be described as evil on wheels.
It all began with an unassuming stock Ram 3500 Mega Cab, which was taken directly to the fabrication experts at Art Busche Designs in Irving, Texas. The truck’s factory-fresh suspension was tossed into the parts bin, and replaced with an array of custom-built components. Up front, it received custom uniball spindles and custom tubular control arms, while a new bridged back half was fabricated from plate steel. The back half was then fitted with a four-link with Watts link, and the rear axle was narrowed to tuck the wheels further into the newly tubbed bed. Firestone ’bags and Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks were installed at all four corners, and the entire system was wired to a Dakota Digital air ride controller located in the truck’s headliner. Now that the truck was ready to lay frame, it was topped off with six 24-inch American Force Drag wheels and Toyo tires.
The Ram’s new stance was sinister, but the glossy factory paint was much too bright for this build. Robbie called up his friend Dustin De Leon of Dallas, Texas, and they agreed that a matte black finish was just what the Ram truck needed. 3M matte-black vinyl was wrapped around every one of the Ram’s body panels, and RaceMesh Gothic black grille inserts were installed up front. RetroShop sent out a set of blacked-out projector headlights and foglights, and the factory taillights and running lights were wrapped with matte black tint. Finally, a Truxedo tonneau cover was chosen to conceal the notched, tubbed, and carpeted sheetmetal bed floor.
Now that the Ram Mega Cab looked the part, Robbie wanted to give it some added power to back up its tough exterior. Back in his hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Robbie took the truck to Injected Speed Shop, where the 6.7L Cummins engine was upgraded. An H&S Performance boost tube, H&S intake manifold, and S&B Filters cold-air intake help it breathe, and the stock turbo was boosted to 38 psi. A Snow Performance water-methanol system keeps EGTs down, and a Flo-Pro 5-inch exhaust lets you hear the diesel mill roar. After installing an ATS Diesel-built transmission and H&S Mini Maxx tuner, the truck reached a potent 650 hp and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. You might not expect it, but this ’bagged behemoth is more than capable of embarrassing sports cars off the line.
Inside the Mega Cab, Roadwire black leather seat covers were installed at ESD Auto Salon, also in Fort Smith, adding refinement and luxury. Then, the sound system was revamped with a Stack head unit, Kicker 6.5-inch component speakers, Kicker amps, and a 12-inch Kicker solo-baric subwoofer under the rear seats. Just like the rest of the truck, it has been kept clean and simple with dark undertones.
Cruising the streets of Fort Smith in Project BlackOut, Robbie has no regrets about the build. It’s constantly turning heads, scaring children, and instilling a healthy dose of fear in bystanders. After all, it’s only natural to fear a truck this sinister. Robbie would like to thank all the companies that sponsored the project, Art Busche Designs, Injected Speed Shop, ESD Auto Salon, and of course his wife, Keena, for always having his back throughout the build.
|Inside the Build|
|Year Make Model:|| 2010 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dualie|
|Owner and City/State:|| Robbie Bryant • Fort Smith, Arkansas|
|Type:|| 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel|
|Induction:|| Stock turbo at 38 psi, H&S Performance boost tube, H&S Maxx Flow intake manifold, S&B Filters cold-air intake|
|Exhaust:|| Flo-Pro 5-inch turbo back|
|Cooling:|| Snow Performance Stage 3 water-methanol|
|Engine Management:|| H&S Mini Maxx tuner|
|Output:|| 650 hp, 1,300 lb-ft of torque|
|Built by:|| Injected Speed Shop • Fort Smith, Arkansas|
|Transmission:|| ATS Diesel Stage 2–built 68RFE automatic|
|Rearend:|| Narrowed with Moser axles and Yukon gears|
|Front suspension:|| Art Busche Designs custom uniball spindles, custom tubular control arms, Firestone ’bags, Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks, Dakota Digital air-ride controller and sensors|
|Rear suspension:|| Art Busche Designs custom back half with gooseneck bridge and hideaway ball, custom four-link with Watts link, Firestone ’bags over axle, Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:|| 24x8.25 American Force Drag|
|Tires:|| 285/40R24 Toyo Proxes|