Brandon Davis built a stunning 2007 regular cab Ram
Brandon Davis is a 29-year-old farmer and entrepreneur who is also a gearhead and hot-rodder at heart. He has owned and built several incredible cars and trucks through the years, but this one may be the best of them all. He purchased the hard-to-find 2007 regular cab 6.7L 4WD truck from its original owner, with only two-thousand miles on the odometer. While many would have bolted on some cool goodies and go-fast parts and been happy, Davis had much bigger plans. Four and a half years later, he has a head-turning beast!
Davis immediately removed the cab and bed and stripped the truck down to the frame, removing all the factory suspension mounting points and filling the majority of the factory holes. After the metal work was completed, he sent the chassis over to his good friend John Vincent in Danvers, Illinois, to spray it with a slick satin-black finish. While Davis was working on the chassis he also designed and built a custom suspension system that would become the heart of the build.
Up front, the suspension uses a custom four-link design with chrome-plated link arms and a Panhard bar to keep the axle located under the chassis. The factory coil springs were ditched in favor of a set of King 2.5 Race series coilover shocks with 3.0 finned remote reservoirs to keep them cool. Davis fabricated the mounts and links for the suspension and had virtually every suspension component powdercoated bright blue by J&J Powder Coating in Carlock, Ill. Parts that weren’t powdercoated are either polished stainless steel, polished aluminum, or chromed steel to really make the custom work stand out. Davis built a custom steering linkage for the truck and keeps it pointed in the right direction with the help of a PSC Hydro Assist setup along with a big bore steering box which helps when trying to turn the massive 38x15.50 tires he chose.
Moving to the rear, Davis wanted to ditch the leaf springs and run another set of King Race coilovers, so he went with a set of trailing arms from Signature Metal Fab that were, of course, chrome plated. The King shocks link between the arms and the frame with custom plate steel mounts, while custom mounts are also employed for the link arms at the frame and axle. Like the front, a Panhard bar is employed to keep the axle aligned under the truck and also like the front nearly everything suspension related is powder coated, chromed or polished.
Shock tuning on all four corners of the truck was handled by Envy Motorsports in Simi Valley, Calif., to make sure the truck rode great but could also soak up the bumps and jumps when Davis takes it out to the Silver Lake sand dunes a couple hours away in Michigan. The truck rolls on a set of Fury OffRoad 38x15.50r26 Country Hunter M/T tires that are wrapped around a one-off set of highly polished custom Specialty Forged Elite Concave C711 26x16-inch wheels that work well with the custom suspension.
After the suspension was completed, Davis turned his attention to the driveline and some of the best in the diesel performance world, with the team at Fleece Performance Engineering and Freedom Racing Engines tackling the 6.7L Cummins engine while the crew at Suncoast Diesel attacked the 68RFE transmission. The engine was torn down and given a complete performance rebuild, with the factory Cummins crank swinging a set of Diamond pistons on CP Carrillo rods. The long block is topped with the factory 6.7L Cummins head, which was reworked by the Freedom Racing team for enhanced airflow. Of course, ARP studs and fasteners are used throughout to keep the engine together even when Davis flogs it.
Cooling is handled by a Mishimoto radiator that replaced the stocker, while a matching Mishimoto intercooler replaces the factory intercooler to handle more boost and keep the intake charge cool. Air is drawn into the engine through a Fleece air filter and intake that feeds a Fleece S470 turbocharger before it sends the compressed charge through the Mishimoto intercooler and over to a Jamo polished stainless steel intake manifold.
Spent gases are expelled through a Steed Speed machined T4 exhaust manifold that the S470 is mounted directly to. After spooling the turbine in the Fleece turbo, they are sent along to the tailpipe through a highly polished 5-inch stainless steel Jamo exhaust system.
To keep up with the airflow the S470 supplies to the 6.7L Cummins, Davis went with a pair of 12mm stroker CP3 high-pressure fuel pumps from Fleece. The dual CP3S are fed a constant dose of diesel fuel from an Airdog 4G pump and filter system mounted on the frame rail using powdercoated brackets. High-pressure fuel from the CP3S is channeled into the engine through a set of 250-over Dynomite Diesel Performance fuel injectors. Electronically, the whole package is wrapped up with tuning from Ryan Milliken at Hardway Performance. Davis estimates that the Cummins delivers around 850 horsepower and about 1,600 lb-ft of torque to the wheels.
A factory Dodge 68RFE transmission would not handle the power Davis’ truck is now making, so the team at Suncoast rebuilt it to their high-performance 68RFE transmission standards, with performance clutches and other performance upgrades internally, in addition to billet shafts to send the power through the unit. A Suncoast billet Sfi-approved flex plate links the Cummins engine to the transmission through a Suncoast triple-disc, 2,200rpm stall billet torque converter. To make it match the truck, Davis had the transmission case powdercoated in bright blue and capped it with a Sc-machined, powdercoated Mag-hytec deep transmission pan. Power from the trans
is delivered to the front and rear axles through a factory transfer case that was stripped down and powdercoated silver before it was reassembled and installed. Custom chrome-plated driveshafts send the power to the dressed up front and rear axle assemblies, which are both stuffed with Yukon differentials and 4.56 gears.
As the project was coming to completion, Davis had Vincent spray the bottom of the cab and bed with Dupont bright white and clear to match the rest of the paint. They even shot the inside of the truck bed and buffed it out like the rest of the exterior. Then Davis reassembled all the parts and pieces using polished stainless steel hardware for the suspension and new factory hardware elsewhere. Once everything was installed and put back together, he reinstalled the factory interior and had the headliner and pillar covers upholstered in charcoal gray suede by Van Hook Upholstery. Davis has plans for more interior upgrades, including a big stereo system, but for now he makes do with the factory seating and tunes.
Davis has had the truck featured in several manufacturer booths at major diesel events like the SEMA show, the Ultimate Callout Challenge, and the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza, where it has drawn huge crowds and accolades from all who check it out. He was honored to make the top five at the SEMA Battle of the Builders in the 4x4 Off Road category in 2016 even before everything on the truck was completed. He has also won several other awards since then. Davis will continue to show the truck at major diesel events, so if you happen to see it, take the time to take a closer look. The details are stunning and we’re sure you will be happy that you did. While like most gearheads Davis will probably never say the truck is complete, his 4 1/2 years of work on this rig were certainly time well spent, and this amazing truck shows that all the hard work was worth it! UDBG
Brandon Davis’ regular cab Dodge Ram is anything but regular thanks to around 850 horsepower under the hood, a wild custom suspension, and quite possibly more polishing, paint, powdercoating, and chrome than we have ever seen on a truck!
The front of the truck is pushed aloft using a set of King 2.5 Race coilover shocks with massive 3.0 finned race reservoirs and powdercoated coil springs. Note that even the non-friction surfaces of the SSBC Barbarian rotors have been powdercoated to match the rest of the suspension components.
Looking at the front of the truck from a low angle it is hard to know where to focus your attention. It features a painted Mercenary Off Road bumper with a Warn VR 12000 winch tucked inside, as well as powdercoated front axle and suspension components and a chrome-plated custom steering linkage that Davis fabricated himself.
A chrome-plated Panhard bar is employed to keep the rear axle properly aligned under the truck. In this shot you can also see the braided stainless brake lines and polished SSBC brake calipers.
The low view from the rear is certainly impressive with the powdercoated axle assembly, custom machined Mag-hytec diff cover, and the highly polished Jamo stainless steel exhaust system. You can also see that the frame was smoothed and painted with a satin black finish and the bottom side of the bed and cab were treated to Dupont bright white base coat and clear coat to match the top side of the truck.
With the custom suspension and flawless paint it would be a shame to pop the hood and find a stock engine. Fortunately, Davis turned to the experts at Fleece Performance Engineering and Freedom Racing Engines to light the wick on his 6.7L Cummins.
Davis fabricated the custom four-link control arms that locate the axle under the truck, then had the parts chrome plated. Stainless braided brake lines send fluid to polished SSBC Barbarian calipers to whoa down the beast in style.
Looking under the rear of the truck you’ll find that the rear suspension is just as awe inspiring as the front with a chrome plated solid steel drive shaft running parallel to the chrome plated Signature Metal Fab trailing arms. Of course everything is complimented by the bright blue powder coating slathered on nearly every component under the chassis.
Suncoast Diesel built the Dodge 68RFE with stout internal components, including billet shafts, to handle the power from the beefed-up 6.7L Cummins. You’ll notice that Davis had the transmission case and Mag-hytec pan powdercoated to match the suspension components.
The truck has a great stance with the custom lift paired with a set of custom-machined, highly polished, one-off Specialty Forged Elite Concave 26x16-inch wheels wrapped in Fury Off-road 38x15.50r26 Country Hunter M/T tires. You can see the King coilover shocks and smooth painted fender liners easily, too.
Like the front, the rear is lifted with a pair of King 2.5 Race series coilover shocks with 3.0 remote finned reservoirs to keep the shock fluid cool. Note the smoothed and painted factory frame rails.
Up front, a Mishimoto intercooler replaced the factory unit to help keep intake temps down for better performance and to be able to handle high boost from the Fleece S470 turbo.
Looking at the driver side of the engine, you can see the Mishimoto radiator and hoses that slightly obscure the dual Fleece 12mm stoker CP3S. You can also see the Jamo polished stainless steel intake manifold that carries the pressurized intake charge down into the cylinder head.
The factory exhaust manifold and turbo were ditched in favor of a Steed Speed machined manifold and Fleece S470 turbocharger, intake, and air filter. If you look closely you will also notice the Fleece rear freeze plug coolant bypass for high-rpm safety, as well as ARP head studs to keep the high-flowing 6.7L head firmly in place.