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Rudy’s Diesel Tack­les the Very First Cus­tom Built 2017 Ford Su­per Duty

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - Text: Kyle Tobin Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Tobin

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

In­tense la­bor went into sand­ing the fac­tory gloss down to re­place it with a matte fin­ish for the sig­na­ture Rudy’s look.

The front clip and tail­gate were not left out of the de­tailed paint­work; the gloss grille insert up front and Plat­inum logo panel in back were blacked out and glossed to add depth to the black-on-black paintjob.

Ru­dolph had his crew re­move every piece of trim on the truck while they were paint­ing it. Then, to add a unique style and con­trast to the fin­ish, they went with a gloss black fin­ish on the em­blems, mir­ror caps and door han­dles to off­set the sea of satin/m

Lights, cam­era, ac­tion! Be­tween the well-lit bed and cam­eras sur­round­ing the truck for a 360-de­gree view, get­ting around a job site or a park­ing lot won’t be prob­lem.

The cabin of the F-250 Plat­inum is trimmed in lux­u­ri­ous leather that’s even in­cor­po­rated into the dash, leav­ing noth­ing for Ru­dolph to cus­tom­ize in the well-fur­nished in­te­rior. The sky’s the limit as you look up through the mas­sive dou­ble moon­roof from wi

Mas­sive King re­mote-reser­voir coilover shocks re­place the fac­tory units up front and give the truck added height. With a Davis Of­froad fourlink kit, the rugged front end is ready to take on any chal­lenge ahead.

The brand-new, bolt-on Davis Of­froad four-link kit is rugged and ready to take on any chal­lenge ahead. No­tice that the link arms and coil springs are pow­der-coated in Rudy’s blue to give the matte-black beast a splash of color.

Dual King steer­ing sta­bi­liz­ers help to keep the big truck pointed in the proper di­rec­tion on or off the road.

Ford’s in­te­grated tail­gate step and han­dle has been im­proved on the 2017 model to make for eas­ier de­ploy­ment and easy ac­cess to the bed, and it’s es­pe­cially help­ful for the lifted truck.

When stock the Power Stroke is rated at 440 horse­power. With a lit­tle ex­tra kick from a TS Per­for­mance Striker mod­ule in­te­grated to de­liver ad­di­tional fuel when needed, the en­gine now de­liv­ers around 500 hp.

Davis Of­froad trac­tion bars and King smooth body reser­voir shocks work in tan­dem with the fac­tory leaf springs to sta­bi­lize the solid rear end and pre­vent the Power Stroke en­gine from twist­ing up the leaf springs when­ever Ru­dolph mashes the loud pedal. Th

Aaron Ru­dolph wasn’t in­tim­i­dated by tak­ing on the brand-new 2017 F-250; he was able to turn out a great look­ing, off-road per­for­mance-minded truck as the first cus­tom of the model year.

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