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2016 Ram 3500 with 6.7 Cummins and G56 Manual Transmission

Beyond the Bolt-Ons

Some truck enthusiasts have a pure passion for building a flawless custom truck, while others prefer to build a truck built for speed and performance. Rarely do you find someone destined and capable of handling both of those in a single build. Sabastian Luna was determined to acheive this feat by the age of twenty-three. Sebastian's parents were born in Mexico but relocated to Chicago, Illinois where he and his brother were born. "We lived in the north suburbs our entire lives," Sebastian stated.

When Sebastian turned twenty, and having owned a couple trucks already, he found a 2012 Ram Megacab out of Austin, Texas. He and his father drove to Texas to pick up the diesel but when they arrived, the truck's 4x4 was inoperable. The general manager of the dealership felt so bad that they drove that far that he offered up any used truck on the lot for that same price. He chose a '14 Ram Megacab and brought it home. After two years of searching for the right custom parts, he found Tyler at TruckWurx and brought him the Ram for the performance work. While adding all the additional horsepower, the truck went through four transmission failures until Sebastian decided it was time for a change. "I had already been looking for a replacement for a couple months," Sebastian adds, "This time I wanted a manual transmission to avoid all the problems I had been having." He found the exact truck he dreamed of, a 2016 Ram dually with the manual transmission located in North Carolina. Sebastian made the 800 mile drive by himself to the dealership to pick up his new rig.

The very next day back in Chicago, the brand new Ram was torn apart and he, his brother, and his father added the bumpers, grille, engine deletes and the intake was installed. A couple weeks later, Sebastian drove back to Texas to pick up the 26-inch American Force wheels by the only place that had them in stock. Sebastian called a tuner and told him he wanted a super-aggressive tune and told him if it blows up, he would be responsible. The saying is, if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Well once again disaster struck as eight months into owning the brand new Ram, the engine blew.

Sebastian decided he was either going to go big or go home, so he trailered the dually to Tyler at Truckwurx in Louisiana. It sat there for a couple of months while Sebastian and Tyler brainstormed what would be next. Tyler and his crew started with a tear down, initially removing the engine. They stripped the engine down and prepped for paint. Luckily the cylinders were not damaged by the valve that failed previously, so the cylinders were honed keeping stock bore size. The block and transmission were sent to paint to stay on theme and were also sprayed Metallic blue.

Once the motor was flawlessly built, the exterior needed to be as impressive as under the hood. Sebastian's father had a friend that had done some custom painting. Sebastian called up Tyler and asked if it would be possible to get the new Ram into SEMA based on what the plans were. Thirty minutes later, Tyler called back and said "You're in!" Kyle from Kaotik and Pasquale from Spike teamed up for a perfect blend of blue with metal flake that lit up when the sun hit it. Tyler and the painters worked on the dually simultaneously trying to get the rig finished for the show in Vegas.

Sebastian proudly displayed the finished Ram dually in the American Force booth at SEMA and fulfilled his dream of not only owning a full custom truck but also being prominently featured at the largest show of the year. Sebastian wishes to thank his parents Gonzalo and Maria for all their help and support, because without them none of this would have been possible. His goal was to reach his dreams at twenty-three but with all the hard work and perseverance he was able to achieve it at twenty-two years old.

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 2016 Ram 3500 dually
Owner and City/State: Sebastian Luna; Chicago, Illinois
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Full Throttle Suspension 10-inch lift, Front FTS 2.5 coilovers, FTS 2.0 remote reservoir shocks
Rear Suspension: full four-link conversion, Full Throttle Suspension FTS 2.5 coilovers
Drivetrain:
Engine: 6.7 Cummins, Carrillo Forged rods, Mahle pistons, ARP bolts, No Limit cam, Industrial injection head, 200% S&S diesel injectors, dual high pressure fuel pumps, 260 GPH lift pump, G&R diesel dump, stainless diesel compound turbo kit, Mishimoto intercooler, Fleece regulated return and coolant tank, Manton pushrods, Fleece rocker bridges
Transmission: G56 standard transmission, South Bend clutch
Body/Paint: Custom Color Shop aka Epic Colorz Blue Iris Pearl, Little Daddy Roth Bad Azzz Blue baby flake, shaved antenna, relocated XM antenna, tailgate light bar frenched in, custom headlights by 314 Customs, Bodyguard front and rear bumpers, PTM with chrome inserts, bodywork done by Spike Body Werks of Geneva, Illinois and Kaotik Kustoms
Interior: custom gauge cluster in pillar, painted interior pieces, custom shifter
Stereo: factory head unit, Kenwood XR-600 DSP amplifier, Kenwood Excelon XR-1800 components, Kenwood XR-1000 amplifier, Kenwood Excelon XRW-10F shallow-mount subwoofers, ADS Maestro interface
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x8.25; American Force Super Dually
Tires: 40x15.50R26 & 40x13.50R26; Fury Offroad
Special Thanks: My parents Gonzalo and Maria, my brother Max, my friends who were there with us along the way, Nester Pasillas, the entire team at TruckWurx especially Hector who was there every night busting his butt, Dennis for the engine build, Brandon from Elite Treatment, and Tyler for believing in me and bringing my dream to reality

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