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2007 Dodge 2500 Mega Cab - Over Achiever

Posted in Project Vehicles on April 1, 2010
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Photographers: Robin Stover

Let's begin by noting what Edwin Sargenti's '07 Dodge 2500 Mega Cab doesn't have. It doesn't have a flashy look-at-me paint job, sky-high lift, or an expanse of glittering chrome doo-dads. But even without those things, the truck is a definite attention-grabber. How can this be? Well, it has an assortment of very cool mods that truck fans can appreciate, from a mega-flexy, durable suspension to a handy longbed conversion, to functional flared fiberglass fenders, to a power-oozing Cummins diesel engine.

One of the first things that captures your attention about the truck is its fiberglass front fenders and bedsides. They're made by Glassworks Unlimited, and the front fenders have a 4-inch flare and a 2-inch rise. The bedsides have the same rise, but a 41/2-inch flare. Speaking of the bed, the truck has a longbed conversion by the folks over at Innovative Customs. From the factory, all Mega Cab trucks are equipped with a shortbed. The team at Innovative Customs extends the frame and fits a longbed so you have more room to haul cargo.

The truck was designed to shine off-highway as well as work hard. Not only is it incredibly capable and durable in the dirt, it's set up to tow just about anything, and its bed tells a story of a variety of hauled cargo. Trust us, we know. The truck's owner is a friend of ours, we've used it for various bolt-on stories, and we've borrowed it to tow and haul. It's the overachiever of trucks.

So what makes it work so well? Read on.

Owner/Hometown: Edwin Sargenti/Salinas, California
Vehicle/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Estimated value: $75,000

Sargenti's rig has a Wayne Hanson Original front bumper, and it houses a Warn 16.5ti thermometric winch, a pair of Pro Comp HID lights, and a duo of Baja Designs LaPaz lights. Out back is a Fab Fours rear bumper that has integrated steps and a pair of 3/4-inch D-ring recovery points. Other exterior mods include AMP Research Power Steps and a B&W Turnover Ball hitch system.

Type: Cummins 5.9L turbodiesel I-6
Aspiration: ATS Aurora 3000 turbocharger; aFe intercooler, intake, 4-in turbo-back exhaust; ATS exhaust manifold
Output, hp/torque (estimated): N/A

Transmission: Race Series NADP Heavy Hauler
Transfer Case: NP271E

Front: KORE Performance Technical Series 51/2-in lift, Race Series antisway bar
Rear: KORE Performance Technical Series 51/2-in lift, Deaver springs, Air Lift air bags

Front: American Axle 91/4/TracRite electric locker
Rear: American Axle 111/2/Detroit Truetrac
Ring and pinion: Randy's Ring & Pinion 4.56:1

Wheels: 17-inch Weld Racing
Tires: 37x13.50-17 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw

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