FRESH OUT OF THE BOX
Rudy’s Diesel Tackles the Very First Custom Built 2017 Ford Super Duty
The First Custom Built 2017 Ford Super Duty
Rudy’s Diesel Performance & Offroad have become synonymous with some of the sharpest looking custom trucks on (or off) the road, so Aaron Rudolph’s brand new 2017 Ford F-250 Platinum Super Duty would have to equal or surpass the high bar they have already set. Being the first custom of Ford’s ’17 model year, there wasn’t an abundance of parts available, but that wouldn’t stop Rudolph or his crew from tying in the styling of their Rudy’s Edition Fords as well as melding in new performance upgrades. A solid starting point can make or break a build, so Rudolph went all out with the Platinum edition and stocked it with every option available to truly showcase what Ford was offering this coming year. A clean, cutting-edge look was the goal for this already sharp new truck, but the shop’s off-road performance would also be at the fore as rudolph planned to delve into the suspension with some brand-new toys.
Keeping with the established look Rudolph has crafted with his Rudy’s Edition trucks, show trucks, and as his personal trucks, the first thing the crew attacked as the untouched F-250 rolled into the shop was a complete disassembly. Not only was every piece of exterior trim, emblems and the grille removed, but the doors, cab and bed were also disassembled so that the crew could rework the factory paint. Every bit of the factory clearcoat was sanded down and resprayed with a matte clear coat for the unique and iconic Rudy’s look. In Rudy’s usual meticulous manner, the grille, door handles, mirror caps, and every other piece of trim were sprayed a color-matched black, albeit finished in a gloss clearcoat. Between the predominant matte black and splashes of gloss, the Rudy’s crew took this black-on-black paintjob and gave it some character and definition.
Equipped with the dark, rich Platinum leather seats that make you feel you should
never leave the comfort of your truck, this interior didn’t need any work. With SYNC and a Sony sound system at your fingertips, it’s like the truck is begging you to stay inside. The full 360-view camera setup, as well as a high and low mounted rear view camera coupled with lane changing sensors and a trailer guidance system, provides more feedback about the truck’s surroundings than the starship Enterprise. As he looks around at the wood trim, or up through the twin panel moonroof, Rudolph is glad he opted for basically every option in the book, allowing the truck to tempt him and his family into the lush Platinum interior. But with a rugged sprayed in bedliner in the well-lit bed, this truck can still haul a load and tools while occupants enjoy the comfort inside.
A luxurious interior and stellar exterior does not complete a Rudy’s custom product. Davis Offroad just released a new four-link bolt-on kit for the 2017 Super Duty that offers a large range of alignment and height adjustments for the heavily bolstered suspension set up. A set of Davis Offroad slider style traction bars was also installed to further stabilize the rig. With Rudolph’s attention to detail shining again, each of the suspension components were powdercoated the famous Rudy’s Blue. For suspension damping, 2.5-inch King remote reservoir coilover shocks were installed up front with matching King smooth body reservoir shocks and stock leaf springs in the back. With this rugged and articulate suspension equipped, some stout and grippy
wheels and tires would need to be selected. American Force 22x11 SS8 Trax smooth lip wheels in a gloss black and machined finish, plus a custom Rudy’s Diesel engraving in the lip, where bolted on with 35X12.50R22LT Toyo M/T Open Country tires to handle any road or any trail Rudolph chooses.
To improve upon the 440 horsepower (rated) 6.7L Power Stroke engine the Rudy’s crew installed a TS Performance Stryker module to deliver additional fuel to the engine on demand helping the engine to put out around 500 horsepower to make the truck even more enjoyable. This striking and capable rig will turn heads as it tackles anything from a country road to an off-road park’s playground. With painstaking attention to detail in the paint and trim and the use of the best in cutting-edge suspension components, the team at Rudy’s Diesel turned out another top-notch show truck with the newest tool in Ford’s workshop. UDBG