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Written by Deanne Deluna | Photos: Brian McGee

Jay may be more of a self-proclaimed fishing addict rather than being a hardcore auto enthusiast.

But thanks to his good friend Topo, aka The Widebody King, of TS Designs, he’s caught the customizing bug and has created a feature-worthy build on his first try.

After having seen Topo’s own personal stretched Ram 3500 Mega Cab, Jay decided he needed his own show-worthy beast and went out to buy one. “The build wasn't even going to happen,” he says. “I just wanted a truck to tow my boat on the weekends to the dock and back home. I chose the Mega Cab after seeing Topo’s stretched Mega Cab Dually pulling 3-4 cars like nothing and decided it was the perfect truck for my weekend fishing trips.”

To get a Mega Cab like Topo’s (with an 8’ bed), he shipped his truck to LongbedMyTruck out in Salt Lake City, UT, who extended the driveline from the standard 6’ bed to 8’. But unlike Topo’s own Mega Cab that’s rimmed up with 26s, Jay decided he wanted to lift it. “I wanted it lifted with the ‘clean but functional’ look and not overly done. I wanted to pull my boat to the docks and look good while towing them.”

Since he didn’t know much about customizing trucks, he did some research on the web to see what other builds were out there. “I had been to the SEMA Show back in 2013 and 2014, but I never saw a Mega Cab lifted, stretched and all done up. The build started with an 8” BDS long-arm suspension, then the 24” Forgiato wheels wrapped in 37x13.50R24 Toyo Open Country M/T tires were chosen. Since I wanted an aggressive look, I got an aftermarket hood with the scoop and then the bumpers, but there was still something missing to me,” Jay describes. “Topo had Lue AWC Grills make me a sick grille and that’s when everything started coming together, slowly but surely. The hardest part about this build was getting the damn parts! Patience is the key. Some parts would be backordered, and I’m not kidding you, it would be months before I got it. All you can do is wait.”

Since he bought the truck last December, it’s been at three different shops (including Big Bear Customs in Salinas, CA and TS Designs), and he still hasn’t been able to drive it. “There were always a few changes here and there during the build, so as of now she's at Outlaw Offroad in Santa Ana, CA, getting a King Shocks coilover upgrade, with the bypass instead of the springs, and a double shock setup.Topo and his crew were the ones that added the chrome to the suspension, and he helped me get the wheels and tires and installed the Fusion bumpers and Lue AWC Grills grille.”

Most of the products for the build came out of Jay’s pocket since he didn’t go out and look for sponsorships, which is something he hopes to do for any future builds. “Looking at it, I'm satisfied with the outcome and the journey from start to finish. Meeting new people in the industry and building relationships for future business. The journey is very satisfying knowing you have good friends and people around you help making it possible. Building a truck is like putting a puzzle together, but without the team it can't be done.”

GEAR: 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually

  • Stretched driveline to accommodate 8’ bed
  • Fusion front and rear bumpers
  • Lue AWC Grills
  • Mag-Hytec differential covers
  • Suspension
  • 8” BDS long-arm lift powder coated and chromed
  • Kings shocks
  • K&N Filter system
  • Edge Juice with attitude CTS tuner
  • (2) Wurton 50” LED light bars
  • (4) Rigid Industries E2 LED lights
Wheels & Tires
  • 24” Forgiato Duro Forata Dually wheels
  • 37x13.50R24 LT Toyo Open Country M/T tires
  • (2) 12” Rockford Fosgate T2 subwoofers
  • (4) Morel Hybrid series speakers
  • (2) JL Audio 1200/1 amplifiers
  • (1) JL Audio XDV600/6v2 amplifier

LongBedMyTruck | • Forgiato | • Toyo | • Outlaw Offroad | • TS Designs | • Big Bear Customs |

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