2017 Ford F450- The Alpha Dually
When the name of your vehicle starts with the word "Alpha", you better have something unique that helps creates a trend or at least something better than most. Josh Burnett succeeded with his 2017 Ford F-450 Platinum dually in both of those categories. Josh grew up in East Texas and custom trucks were just a way of life. The first time he remembers seeing a custom truck was at the age of ten, "I remember my family friend Shawn Hickey coming by my house with his custom Ford truck," Josh says, "I don't even know why, I just know he stopped by, and I was mesmerized."
Growing up in a very low-income area, Josh couldn't afford a truck to drive and call his own, so he learned what he could about trucks and began building them for other people to earn money. At fifteen, Josh purchased his first truck, a Dodge Ram that was a "piece of junk." He continued learning more about custom trucks and building them for all his friends. Josh eventually went through about sixty different vehicles before walking into the dealership in Decatur, Texas, and purchasing his 2017 Ford F-450.
In the past, Josh had been commissioned to build trucks for the SEMA show, but as luck would have it, the trucks weren't able to make it. Once he got his new Ford Platinum home, he decided to guarantee this build would make that long trip. Josh started to search around for companies to help with the build or add him to their booth. The first company to take interest was American Force Wheels out of Miami, Florida. A set of 28-inch American Force Fury were chosen out of their newest catalog by Josh to outfit the rig.
He enlisted Stephen Bayles from B&C Off-Road in Pasadena, Texas, to handle all the heavy work of lifting the brand-new F-450. Fury Off-Road Tires got on board and the tires were sent to Josh, but they didn't work on the wheels he had purchased. This was the very first Ford F-450 that was lifted with 28-inch wheels and it came with quite a bit of trial and error. Josh used B&C Off-Road as a hub for all the parts to arrive. The hard-working crew there added every piece that arrived including the Fusion Bumpers and the Gravel Empire Grille. The process took five grueling weeks of nonstop work to get the brand-new Ford Platinum where he felt it should be. The crew turned over a finished product to Josh just hours before the transport was set to pick it up.
With one week to go, Josh realized that Fury tires were too wide for the American Force wheels and just wouldn't fit. Josh scrambled and ended up with 53-inch tractor tires in order to make it to the Las Vegas show. "When you're the first one to do something," Josh adds, "it doesn't always work like you planned it to." Within that short time, they turned the lift up to 20 inches and mounted the massive tires and called it the "Alpha Dualie."
Josh wishes to thank his beautiful wife, Tiffany, for putting up with him being consumed with the "SEMA crunch." A special thanks goes to Jeff Isbell for driving in the middle of the night to meet him with the trailer to pick up the tires and deliver them. Josh wants to thank Josh Knight, Dustin Skrillen, Josh and Travis Herzig, as well as the rest of the 3P crew for all their hard work on Alpha Dualie. Most importantly, he wishes to give thanks to the crew at American Force for being the first company to believe in him and keep him on track throughout the build.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2017 Ford F-450 Platinum Dualie
Owner and City/State: Josh and Tiffany Burnett, Fort Worth, Texas
Chassis: 20-inch custom 3rd Coast Suspension by B&C Off-Road
Front Suspension: King coilovers, King double bypass remote-reservoir, shocks linked to 3rd Coast subframe, custom crossover steering with dual remote-reservoir steering stabilizers
Rear Suspension: 3rd Coast Scorpion shackle hanger leaf-spring setup, remote-reservoir King shocks, massive traction bars to 3rd Coast subframe
Engine: 6.7L powerstroke diesel, EzLynk shift on the fly programmer, PPEI tunes via PPEI (250 HP), DPF Delete by Jake's Custom Diesel, Rudy's polished 5-inch exhaust system, Sinister Diesel intake
Transmission: Ford factory torque shift with re-indexed transfer case for proper front driveshaft alignment, custom front driveshaft
Body/Paint: Custom-painted headlights, mirrors, switchbacks, emblems and Go Recon cab lights by Precision Retrofits, bumpers by Fusion Bumpers with Plashlights LED cubes, Plashlights rock lights, RGB strips in link bars and grille all installed by Nate D's Customs, Royal Hooks polished hooks front and rear, Gravel Empire Grille, Hornblasters train horn kit, Gen-Y receiver hitch and step
Interior: Retro Customs iPad dash kit, EzLynk controller and ride controller installed
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 28x8.25; American Force Fury dualie wheels
Tires: 53-inch; BKT tires
Special Thanks: Stephen Bayles, B&C Off-Road, Jakes Custom Diesels, Nate D's Customs, Infinite Rule Security, Truck Guru, Joel at American Force Wheels, Off-Road Life Apparel, 3POffroad, Big-Tex Trailers, Fury Off-Road Tires