If you've been following the '04.5 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4x4 buildup we call Great White, you'll have already read the "completed" truck feature in the Sept. '06 issue of Off-Road. We detailed the power and drivetrain mods last month in the Oct. '06 issue. In this issue, the suspension, fiberglass, lights, and TireGate are covered. We'll let Great White's builder, Greg Boardman of Desert Racing Concepts (DRC) in Twentynine Palms, California, continue his narrative...
Go Big or Go Home!!"With the power to the ground, it was time to install the KORE of the truck. KORE Suspension offers its Unlimited Series suspension that turns a trailer-pulling truck into a desert-schrallping monster. Cunning and able, with no fear or weakness, Great White would now run with the best of the best. At DRC we use KORE parts on all of our trucks. The Unlimited Series suspension allows us to go above and beyond with a truck. The addition of full fiberglass, produced by world-renowned Glassworks Unlimited, and Toyo Open Country tires held fast with prototype Weld Commando P.R.O. beadlock racing wheels finish off a package that can't be beat.
"Although the KORE Unlimited suspension only allows 3.5 inches of lift, this system offers massive wheel travel in the front and even more in the rear. Not just a lift kit, it's also a serious suspension system proven in professional Baja racing. With Fox shocks and Deaver springs, KORE's Unlimited Series is race-bred and Baja-tested.
"To make the suspension unique and better than the typical commodity lift kit of the past, KORE uses cutting-edge technology and only domestic materials. Billet shock towers, billet control arms, a racing antisway bar, variable-rate coils, stainless brake lines, and quad limit straps make all of this possible. When people ask how good it is, I usually reply, 'You want to go for a ride?' and follow it up with, 'If yer not skeered...'
"A ride follows that starts on the highway and ends up blowing over a berm at 75 mph off into the desert. Seeing is believing with KORE. The only way to know is to go for a ride.
"But KORE is not for everyone. It is a no-compromise, no-limits suspension that allows off-road speeds never before possible in a diesel pickup. Most people think that it's impossible to jump an 8,000-pound truck, but we air them out daily without carnage.
"To help with the control off road, we enlisted the help of Toyo Tires. Toyo has jumped into desert racing with both feet (or is it four tires?). With names like Robby Gordon riding on its rubber, Toyo's become a real contender in the dirt. A 37-inch tire handles the big hits and smoothes out the stutter bumps on a washboard road. With technology that is leading-edge and a tread design that holds tight in the corners, Toyo Open Country A/T tires work great on and off road. Weld Racing Commando P.R.O. beadlock wheels keep the huge meats on the truck, allowing us to go faster and fly farther, corner harder with lower pressures, fearless of rolling off a bead. Aiding in the fast cornering of the truck, the KORE Race Series antisway bar and the KORE/Fox steering damper allow us to rail corners like a freight train.
"Great White now has all it needs to be a desert assassin. With the stock tin limiting the suspension's travel, we turned to Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass fenders and bedsides. At DRC, we have installed hundreds of these panels. With looks that turn heads and performance that withstands a lifetime of abuse, Glassworks fenders are the best. Thirty-seven-inch rubber never looked so good on a truck this size. Great White now has a low profile, a stealthy stance, and chiseled looks straight out of Baja racing.
"To finish off a truck like this, we installed the TireGate from Wilco Products. We at DRC love the TireGate. It allows us to carry a 37-inch spare tire and still have full access to the much needed bed space required in a chase truck. A DRC racing bumper made from 4130 chrome-moly, along with an aluminum skidplate, provides the protection needed for our undercarriage. Sporting the new SolteK HID lighting system from Baja Designs, this truck can achieve speeds at night that only off-road racers have ever seen.
"With a truck like this - a dream truck - DRC has built something that can travel farther, have good fuel economy, cover some of the roughest terrain on the planet, and get you home safely. The Great White Dodge Ram is truly one of the best trucks we've ever built!"