Super Duty trucks were built to be lifted. Just look at them. A big, broad frontend, large fenders, and proportions the designers knew would look good high up in the air -- it’s the perfect formula. Known for lifting more than their fair share of Fords, the crew at Full Flex Customs, in Spring, Texas, is responsible for this colossal example. One thing that’s hard to wrap your mind around is just how clean the 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty is. The matte gray wrap with big black wheels is just so subtle -- until the bright orange -- powdercoated suspension smacks you in the face. We’re not sure if a ¾-ton diesel can be classy, especially when the engineers built it to be a working pickup, but if it can, this one should have VIP parking at valet.

Carlos Bustamante owns the pink slip to this bad boy, and the Conroe, Texas, native arrived at Full Flex Customs with one simple request: help me build an incredible Super Duty that still looks high-end. The Full Flex team was up to the challenge and quickly got to work tearing down the stock suspension. In its place now resides a monster 16-inch Bulletproof Suspension that features bright orange powdercoating, Icon/Bulletproof coilovers and bypass shocks, and massive Atlas leaf springs out back with Full Flex’s own traction bars. Thanks to the elevated ride height, the Full Flex guys had plenty of room to bolt on LRG’s new 24x12 wheel design, the LRG 101. Those giant hoops are mounted inside equally large 40-inch Toyo M/T tires. The look really sets off the Super Duty while slotted and drilled EBC rotors and Orange Stuff pads bring all that rotating mass to a halt.

Moving on to the Power Stroke turbodiesel, the Full Flex Customs crew worked tirelessly to get the most power and torque out of the 6.7L. With the addition of an H&S cool-air intake, H&S Mini Maxx, H&S Pyro, and MBRP 5-inch exhaust, the diesel is now pumping out more than 525 hp and nearly 940 lb-ft of torque. When we asked Carlos about the performance, his eyes lit up and he told us, “Adding the H&S tuner and the other parts to maximize horsepower was the best mod I did.” We can stand behind a guy who needs his truck to go fast and look good doing it. The installation of a 50-gallon Transfer Flow fuel tank allows Carlos to cruise for hours on end. G2 front and rear differential covers provide extra gear oil capacity for improved cooling and add to the suspension’s beefy appearance.

Get the truck high up in the air. Check. Make it run like a scalded dog. Check. Now the Full Flex guys looked at ways to make the Ford look the part of a classy but colossal rig. Up front, an Iron Cross bumper was bolted in place to protect the leading edge, but truth be told, Carlos should be able to see anything coming his way thanks to two 40-inch Rigid Industries lightbars mounted inside the Racemesh Trucks grille. Also lighting up the highway at night is a set of custom HID headlights from Reckless Rydes and Rigid Dually lights in the Iron Cross bumper. Providing a view for slower traffic, the rear showcases a matching Iron Cross bumper, Monster Hook in the powdercoated hitch, and an UnderCover LUX lid. Sealing the deal of a truly classy ride, Ikon Wraps, in San Antonio, applied the Arlon matte gray vinyl wrap. AMP Research power running boards help Carlos make the leap up into the lifted Super Duty.

Inside the cabin, the stock leather seats were retained. However, the headliner and visors were wrapped in black suede by Junior’s Upholstery, and several of the dash pieces were painted orange to break up the sea of black. PowerBass audio is found throughout the factory locations, and Reckless Rydes built a sub enclosure under the rear seat to house two PowerBass 10-inch subs. A Hornblasters train horn setup rounds out the requisite lifted truck upgrades.

As you would imagine, Carlos is stoked with the end result. He has a truck that can still get muddy when the moment presents itself, yet when cleaned up, it looks right at home on a redneck red carpet.

He has a truck that can still get muddy when the moment presents itself, yet when cleaned up, it looks right at home on a redneck red carpet.


2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Carlos Bustamante
City/State:Conroe, Texas
ENGINE
Type: 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8
Induction: H&S cool-air intake
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch exhaust
Tuner: H&S Mini Maxx
Built By: Full Flex Customs
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Six-speed auto
Brakes: EBC drilled/slotted rotors and Orange Stuff pads
CHASSIS
Front Suspension: 16-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift, Icon/Bulletproof coilovers and bypass shocks
Rear Suspension: Atlas leaf springs, Full Flex Customs traction bars, Icon/Bulletproof bypass shocks
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: 24x12 LRG 101
Tires: 40x15.50R24LT Toyo Open Country M/T