How To Kill Your Truck (and Maybe Others): 2017 Ford F-350 with Spiky Wheels
Literally a Tireless Invention
It seems prudent to follow up on the status of a big, lifted 2017 Ford F-350 SEMA truck that the love-to-hate YouTuber WhistlinDiesel has promised to bash, thrash, and abuse until thoroughly destroyed. He's basically showing us how to kill your truck, and due to viewers' maniacal obsession with destruction, these videos get millions of views in a matter of days. In fact, he recently posted five more videos of his various exploits behind the wheel. Despite his deliberate maltreatment of the big lifted Ford Super Duty, the truck keeps on keepin' on to perform another hillclimb, jump, donut session, mud-bog pass, farm assignment, or custom modification (think 48 volts through the 24-volt Any Level hydraulic lift system).
Sure, the F-350 Power Stroke diesel truck had suffered some broken parts during the shenanigans, but this running tutorial on attempting to kill your truckâand your friends, enemies, or anything else nearbyâbecame legit insane when he swapped the large, blingy American Force wheels for spiky "wheels." We're not talking spiked lugnuts or traditional tire spikes. We're talking actual spike-ball-death-wheel reaper contraptions made of 1/4-inch welded steel that fully replaced the wheel-and-tire package. When not mounted to the truck, they're like tumbleweeds of death and destruction.
Rollin' on dubs? No. Rollin' on spikes. Well, rollin' was how it was theoretically supposed to go; in reality, the spikes sunk into the ground or did other strange things instead of rolling. The situation could be epitomized by the phrase "you're doing it wrong" because, let's face it, spikes and traditional tires have absolutely no common characteristics. Loading a powertrain when the "wheels" won't turn is also a recipe for how to kill a truck in the most unconventional of ways. The spikes had to have aged truck well beyond its 6,000 actual miles.
With some practice, he was able to gain momentum and wreak havoc, creating a massive roost and essentially tilling the earth. The spikes eventually bent and some broke off, and a mud bog attempt finally mangled the steering and broke other parts in incredible ways. We'd say don't try this at home, but it's not really something many are crazy or motivated enough to try.
We know there's no way the spike Reaper wheels are going to revolutionize the industry. (But maybe we'll see it at SEMA someday?) We all had an inkling it would instead turn into yet another lesson on how to kill your truck. This helped the truck shuffle farther along its mortal coil, but WhistlinDiesel (and us) won't be satisfied until she's dead dead in grandiose fashion.
Here's the takeaway: The fact that he could concoct a spiky wheel that actually worked and kind of held up long enough to transform the F-350 into a horror-film death machine deserves at least some sort of slow, scared, terrified, please-don't-run-me-over clap.