Limited edition. Exclusive. Upper Class. All of these are words for describing something elite, or superior. Ford uses another word to let everyone know which trucks are the crème de la crème -- Platinum. The highest level in the Ford F-series lineup, a Platinum has all of the option boxes checked and it’s decked out with the finest gadgets Ford can stuff in a fullsize truck. For most of us, a Platinum Ford F-250 would be cherished and driven with care while being as proud as can be of the new ride. For Rene Gamez of Fort Worth, Texas, a Platinum was just the starting point for his latest project. With sky-high aspirations and the deep pockets to back it up, Rene picked up the White Platinum tri-coat F-250 and then made the drive down to Katy, Texas, where he handed the keys off to Extreme Offroad.
Extreme Offroad is no stranger to Truckin magazine, as their builds have popped up with increased frequency over the last three years, but for Rene’s 2013 Ford F-250 Platinum, a different approach would be taken to achieve elite status. Familiar to the Extreme techs, a big lift was planned with plenty of powdercoating and chrome plating, however, the truck would remain its factory pearl white. Simple and clean, such is the case with understated exclusivity. Bolt by bolt, the truck was torn down and prepped for its new life as one of Texas’ most exclusive builds.
With the truck placed securely on a two-post lift, a Kelderman air-ride 10-12-inch lift kit was installed, but not before it was powdercoated white and black. Fox reservoir shocks help damp the ride, while Mag-Hytec aluminum diff covers cap off the larger gears. Up high, the Super Duty was ready to receive its extra-large rolling stock, and the Extreme team pulled out all of the stops with a set of 24x14-inch American Force Bravo SF8 two-tone truck rims wrapped in Toyo’s latest monster-sized tire, the 40x15.50R24 Open Country M/T. We’ve been telling Toyo for years to make this tire and Rene had one of the first sets in the nation. Stepping up their game, the Extreme guys bolted on a set of huge 15-inch Wilwood big brakes with black powdercoated six-piston calipers. A big truck needs big brakes, and Rene’s stops like it’s got factory truck rims and tires.
The leading edge of the 2013 Ford F-250 Platinum Super Duty makes a bold initial statement by way of a painted Fab Fours bumper with a 20-inch Rigid Industries LED lightbar, Flog Julz billet D-rings, Warn winch, and Rigid Industries mesh grille with built-in 30-inch LED lightbar. Additional lighting is provided by a 50-inch Rigid LED lightbar mounted above the windshield and painted headlight housings from Plain an Simple that have been equipped with LEDs and HID projectors. Out back, the signature Platinum tailgate panel that is always brushed silver was painted black to better match the theme, and Plain an Simple LED taillights, matching Fab Fours rear bumper, and a Monster Hook hitch insert complete the rear view. Keeping the big pickup functional, Amp Research powered running boards help make climbing up in the truck a doable task, while a Bed Rug and Pace Edwards tonneau keep the bed protected. Details such as the F-250 badges on the front fenders swapped in favor of glowing units from Recon, along with smoked Recon markers help the all-white Ford really stand apart from other big Texas trucks.
Inside, the luxury theme continues as the Extreme crew added white diamond-stitched suede inserts to the heated and cooled Alea leather seats, wrapped the center console in matching suede, painted the dash and gauge cluster, and even wrapped the pillars and headliner in black suede. Two Rockford Fosgate 12-inch P3S subs are mounted under the rear seats, along with Rockford amps, which also power the Rockford components in each door. Rene also has the ability to turn his 6.7L-powered Ford into a 4WD hot rod with the touch a button on the Bully Dog diesel tuner. An aFe cool-air intake and MagnaFlow DPF-back black exhaust help bring torque levels to four digits.
One man’s pursuit to have the most luxurious and still off-road-capable Super Duty resulted in the creation of one of Texas’ best lifted trucks. Rene loves the end result and based on the reaction he received at the SEMA show, he’s not alone.
|Inside the Build|
|Year Make Model:|| 2013 Ford F-250 Platinum|
|Owner and City/State:|| Rene Gamez • Fort Worth, Texas|
|Type:|| 6.7L Power Stroke V-8|
|Induction:|| aFe intake|
|Exhaust:|| Magnaflow DPF-back|
|Tuner:|| Bully Dog|
|Built by:|| Extreme OffRoad|
|Transmission:|| TorqShift six-speed|
|Rearend:|| G2 4.88 gears|
|Brakes:|| Willwood 15-inch rotors with six-piston calipers|
|Front suspension:|| 10-12-inch Kelderman air-ride|
|Rear suspension:|| 10-12-inch Kelderman air-ride|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:|| 24x14 American Force Bravo SF8|
|Tires:|| 40x15.50R24 Toyo Open County M/T|
The front end is all business thanks to a Fab Fours bumper, Flog Julz D-rings, and plenty
At the 2013 SEMA Show