Larry Morris’ Black Beauty
Like many gearheads, 25-year-old Larry Morris has been into cars and trucks his whole life, but he didn’t get into diesel performance until about four years ago when he started working at Flyin’ Diesel Performance. After building some huge ( 22 inches of lift huge!!!—ed.) lifted diesel trucks he decided to stay closer to the ground and go fast. Morris’ current rig is a 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab that he started building about 10 months ago. He wanted the truck to be fast and look good but he also wanted it to be capable of being his daily driver.
Being fast and having a lot of power go hand in hand, but many diesel enthusiasts have had reliability issues with the 68RFE Ram transmission at more-than-stock power levels, so Morris opted to replace the 68RFE with a fully built 48RE transmission swap that was handled by Jon Morris and Ross Dunagan at Flyin’ Diesel Performance in Kerrville, Texas.
The 6.7L Cummins under the hood of Morris’ Ram sports an H&S Motorsports turbo kit with a Steed Speed manifold, H&S 369SXE turbocharger and a Turbosmart wastegate. The compressed intake charge is fed into the engine through an H&S high-flow intake manifold while additional fuel delivery over stock is provided by a pair of H&S CP3S that receive plenty of wellfiltered fuel from a FASS 150 fuel system. To dress up the engine Morris had many of the components powdercoated in a bright teal color before reinstalling the engine in the truck.
High-pressure fuel is delivered into each cylinder through a set of 150% over S&S Diesel Motorsport fuel injectors. Internally, the 6.7L Cummins retains stock rods and pistons but the pushrods and valve springs were replaced with high-performance units from Hamilton Cams. ARP CA625 head studs keep the factory Cummins head securely fastened to the block while a Fleece Performance Engineering coolant bypass and overflow tank help keep the engine from boiling over. Custom tuning was handled by TSD in San Antonio to help the truck put 850 hp to the rear tires.
Morris no longer works for Flyin’ Diesel Performance since he moved back to Youngstown, Ohio, and started his own shop, Nxt Up Motorsports, specializing in wheels, tires, suspension and performance for trucks. To dress up the Ram and give him the look he wanted, he installed a 3-inch BDS lift kit with Fox remote reservoir shocks to clear the big 24x12-inch Specialty Forged wheels that are wrapped in low-profile Nitto tires. If you happen to see this great looking Ram on the street or on the track, be warned that a serious beast lies below the skin of this Black Beauty! UDBG
READER'S RIDE Text: UDBG Staff Photography: Larry Morris
Morris debadged the truck and tinted the windows to give it a sleek look, especially when combined with the mild lift and Specialty Forged/nitto rollers.
The team at Flyin’ Diesel Performance pulled the 6.7L Cummins out of the truck to dress it up in custom powdercoated teal and give it a healthy dose of power-based upgrades including Hamilton springs, an H&S intake manifold and turbo setup and a Steed Speed exhaust manifold.
A Turbosmart wastegate sits atop the Steed Speed exhaust manifold to keep boost levels in the safe range for the H&S Borgwarner 369SXE turbo.
Looking closely at the driver side of the Cummins engine you can see the top H&S CP3 as well as the powdercoated H&S high-flow intake manifold.
The hard tonneau cover keeps valuables and/or tools and supplies out of the view of curious onlookers, while smoked taillights with a chrome accent blend well with the deep, dark nature of Morris’ Ram.
Lifting the hood of Morris’ Ram reveals a great-looking Cummins that delivers 850 hp to the rear wheels to get the big Ram moving down the street or strip with authority.
The interior is stock, but it is a Laramie package so it is still a very nice place to enjoy the view as things fly by faster than they should in a big truck like this. Notice the triple gauge pod on the A-pillar with an Edge CTS2 as well as Autometer boost and transmission temp gauges to help keep an eye on the truck’s performance.