MADE IN TEXAS
The cabin trim remains factory spec, but the stereo was pumped up by Extreme Offroad & Performance in Katy, Texas, with a full complement of Kicker hardware: Q-class component speakers in custom pods mounted to the doors, dual 12-inch Comp RT subs in a custom enclosure in the rear. The bed also features a Bedslide and power Retrax tonneau cover to seal it off from the elements when it isn’t work or show time. In the photos you’ll see another quartet of Kicker subs mounted on custom nerf bar bolted to the slide.
Out of everything he and the STMW team overcame and accomplished during the course of the build, Stephens is most proud of the fact that it came together entirely in his home state. “The truck was never sent out of state,” he says. “The suspension was built and installed by STMW in Texas. Audio and paint in Texas. Performance in Texas. Photo shoot in Texas. Harvey couldn’t stop us.”
Today the Super Duty is not Tyler Stephens’ only ride, but it does see use on a regular basis. “It’s not daily driven but I do use it,” he says. “I would say it’s used as a truck—i took it to the ranch a few weeks ago, put feed in the back of it. I use the heck out of that Bedslide. And we drive it to every show.”
Interestingly, Stephens doesn’t seem to be your typical truck modifier who can’t bring himself to call a project “done.” Aside from some possible lighting upgrades to the factory lamps, he feels that this truck project is pretty well complete. “It’s perfect,” he says. “I like it the way it is. To be honest, I can’t think of anything else to do to it.”
Combined with the 40-inch tires, Eibach coils wound over 12-inch-travel dampers and 12-inch-travel smooth-body reserve shocks help hoist this beast a good three feet into the air. The STMW lift has an array of custom-fabricated bits that hold it all together, including CNC’D lower coilover mounts and a CNC’D tapered sleeve for the axle end of the heavy duty track bar.