One of the things we love to see is a custom truck completely flat on the ground with a killer set of wheels that look literally sucked up into the fenders. The stance can be hard to achieve, with some trucks being more difficult to work on than others. The main issue in achieving that in-the-weeds look is the diameter of the wheels and tires chosen. Fitting fairly diminutive 20-inch or 22-inch wheels under a fullsize truck does not require anywhere near the amount of modifications that a 24-, 26- or even 28-inch wheel and tire combination would need to clear.
With that in mind, we present you with Lead Sled, our '09 Ram in reborn form. Over the last four years, the truck has seen three sets of wheels and tires, plus two different suspension systems. Add to that, two custom paintjobs, plus a fender bender or two, and our poor Ram was in need of a serious makeover to feel like the tough truck it once was. For our first installment, we traveled to Houston, Texas, to see Bill Carlton and the crew at Ekstensive Metalworks. Ekstensive has been getting big trucks to lay low for years and we were certain that if there was a crew that could help us, it was the boys in Texas. A short 24-hour road trip later and we were standing with Mr. Carlton in one of the service bays at Ekstensive running down what we wanted to achieve with the truck while he just kept nodding his head and saying, "I got it man, quit worrying about it." He was right, and now our truck is one of the lowest and sickest-looking late-model Rams in the country. This is how they did it.
Our Honest Opinion
With any suspension modification comes the test drive and alignment. Both were handled with aplomb, but we weren't satisfied. Editor Dan Ward and Contributing Editor Harley Camilleri loaded up the truck after a healthy lunch with the Ektensive Crew and drive straight home from Houston, Texas. From point A to point B, we drove 24 hours straight to the tune of 1,540 miles in a truck that had been together for only a matter of hours. If that isn't a testament to quality work, then we don't know what is. The new custom air suspension allowed us to hug the road with a ride that was head and shoulders above anything else we had on the Dodge to date. Plus, the "thumbs up" factor was raised considerably judging buy the amount we dreiceved on our way home.