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2011 Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel: Twister

Mother Nature Inspires A One-of-a-Kind Build

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The fate of our vehicles isn’t always clear. Would you believe this ’11 Ram was originally supposed to be a farm truck? That’s exactly what owner Dennis Perry had in mind. But after the truck survived the wrath of a tornado, plans for the would-be workhorse changed. “A building literally collapsed on top of the truck,” he told us. “Every panel on the truck had to be replaced, except for one front fender.”

But as the owner of TS Performance, a trend-setting company known for its flashy, fast, over-the-top shop and race vehicles, Dennis’ passion for rolling in style got the best of him. “It was silly to paint something all over and not do anything cool with it,” he said. So Dennis dropped the truck off at Danny Taylor’s Automotive Art and Design in Louisville, Kentucky, for a custom-tailored paintjob.

With the bodywork complete, Dennis turned his attention to the truck’s stance. An 8-inch suspension lift from Top Gun Customz was chosen for its durability, fit and finish, and ride quality. For an aggressive look and a quiet ride, a set of 37x13.50R22 Nitto Trail Grappler mud terrains got the call. Death metal black BMF Novakane wheels (22x10½ inches) complete the black-on-black tire and wheel combo and cover up the drilled and slotted brake rotors.

As for the 6.7L Cummins under the hood, it received its fair share of upgrades, too. H&S Performance’s Black Maxx tuner provides a 175hp gain, and a dash-mounted monitor keeps an eye on the engine and transmission and has a tire size re-calibration function. An MP-8 module and shimmed fuel rail keep the high-pressure injection system happy, and an AirDog II lift pump keeps low-pressure fuel delivery consistent and uncompromised. A cold-air kit from Advanced Flow Engineering and a 5-inch system from MBRP free up intake and exhaust flow.

To handle both present and future power-adders, Sun Coast Converters’ M3GA competition series 68RFE transmission was installed. And since Dennis is a drag racer through and through, it’s not beyond him to send his ’11 Ram down the track at some point. This explains the long list of competition parts added to the truck—especially the transmission. And thanks to H&S Performance’s transmission software, Dennis can tailor the beefed-up 68RFE’s shifts and torque converter lockup to suit his personal taste.

For a truck that was nearly demolished by Mother Nature, it somehow lived to see another day. Very few people can say their truck survived a tornado—even though the building it was parked in didn’t. After being resurrected from rubble and given a one-off paintjob, lift, ride, and appearance upgrades—not to mention being laced with the latest performance parts—it’s now a rolling work of art.

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