“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ”
I dig Carl G. Jung. He got the human condition. We are not easily defined or simple creatures. You remember “the Jungian thing” from Full Metal Jacket; my man wearing a pin for peace, writing Born to Kill on his lid. We are, in fact, the beings that seek individuation by putting yet another set of Torque Thrust IIs on our 4th gen Camaros. The duality of man. I want to be different, just like everyone else.
Jung felt that artists have no free will, but are compelled to create. They are merely conduits to the next “normal.” I mean, there had to be the first hot rodder to build a slammed C10. “Really dude, a farm truck that lays frame? pshhhhh. DUMB.” But the truth is it was inevitable. Now they fall off trees like apples. Because, well, they look awesome. But you can only do so many variations on a theme. There can only be so many little deuce coupes. Or pro street ‘56 F100s. Or ‘51 Mercs.
The *play instinct* was too strong to ignore for this one. The idea has been in my brain for a while. A lowered late model street truck on mud tires, specifically my ‘09 Ram R/T on M/Ts. It was not a question of “well yeah, but what’s it good for?” It is an answer to “how freaking rad would that look?”
And the answer is VERY.
Yes, that’s my formerly white ‘09 Ram. What started as a relatively simple roll pan replacement turned into a summer long re-imagination of “the object I love.” It’s unique, for sure. Me and Kcoxphoto(top photo belongs to him) have posted a few pics on social media the last couple days, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Although I have been informed by one astute Mickey Thompson fan via IG that “you’ll need at least 5 more inches of travel to off-road,” and a dude on Facebook literally wanted to fight me when I asked him how useful all his truck’s suspension travel was on those Home Depot runs.
I gave my idea to Maxwell Sullivan a couple months ago, and he did a few quick renderings for me. After doing some googling I settled on 3M’s new “matte brown metallic” color. It’s so rad in person. Pictures don’t do it justice. Keith and Mat at Ice Nine really pushed me to do a two tone, and while I fought it at first I’m glad we ended up going that route. Max drew it up and Jeff at The Wrap Mafia pretty much followed the concept to a T. I’ll do a write up on the wrap itself soon. It’s insane the lengths Jeff went to...you just don’t wrap a white vehicle. He freaking blew the entire thing apart, hypercars don’t get wraps this detailed. I wasn’t gonna go “shop truck” crazy, but Jeff subtly embossed the BDW Nation logo on the tailgate, a nod to my boy Woodson. RIP.
I need better pics of the wrap details. They’re coming.
I decided on the Mickey Thompson Deegan 38 Mud Terrains because, uh, they look gnarly. I wanted the wildest tire I could get and have the truck stay “drivable.” The Deegans are known to be a relatively thin M/T, and the overall height on the 305/55/r20 isn’t much more than what the Ram came with stock. It was still a pretty big risk as these tires have the big off road lugs, the truck has a 2/4 drop, and it’s not like I could go to a forum and ask “will it fit?” As Kyle from Mickey Thompson said: “I’ve never seen our Deegan 38 tires on a truck like this...it looks sick!”
The wheels are a 20x9 Laramie style knock-off. Again...a little bit different. The SRT10 wheels are most definitely rad, but EVERYONE does them. I had Mike at CandS PowderCoat apply the color. He mixed it, even named it “Woodson Brown,” again after the late Brown Dog. I had actually decided to go bronze when I was thinking the truck was going to either stay white or change to grey, and was concerned it was going to be a little much with the matte brown. But I dig it.
And for its final act: The damn thing is still fun to drive. It doesn’t launch quite like it did on the Nitto 420s, but it still has 400hp and 4.10 gears. Same killer exhaust. I had the stock spindles out just in case, but don’t need ‘em. I’ve put a few hundred miles on it; freeway, side streets, dirt roads, down in Detroit, and it’s all good. A bit noisy, but relatively composed. At full lock theres a little rub, but nothing crazy.
(Also shoutout to Marc at AutoLavish. He usually details supercars, but has given both the truck and my new Scat Pack his touch. Thanks man!)
The Duality of Truck. 1/3 sport truck, 1/3 muscle car, 1/3 off roader. Wait, what’s dual mean again?
So all these crazy truck styles have names. Not all of them flattering, but whatever. SoCal, Cen-Cal, Hawaiian, Bro-truck. I’m thinking a lowered 2wd truck on M/Ts should be called the Detroit Drop. Yeah?
The thing breaks necks. Slamming brakes. WOT to catch up. Lane changes to get closer. The thumb ups are out and phones are snapping pics. I’ve driven it to the work at the prototype shop the last few days and everyone from the the young guys to the old timers to the girl that almost tripped over a speed bump while walking and staring are definitely digging it. Which makes me happy. Life is too short to drive boring cars.
If only I could figure out a way to retrofit the ZF 8 speed...hmmmmm.....