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2014-ram-2500The crew at 5 Knights Custom Accessories out of Lubbock, Texas, has been working on custom vehicles since they were all old enough to turn a wrench. They’re all gearheads and they love what they do. 5 Knights is a full service accessory shop with a collision center as well, which means they have the ability to tackle just about any job. With a humbling amount of recent success, 5 Knights decided they needed a good project truck to show off their passion for building custom trucks as well as their high skill in doing so. At the time, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show was just around the corner so 5 Knights deemed it the perfect opportunity to build something over the top and reveal it at the show in Las Vegas.

They chose a brand spanking new 2014 Ram 2500 equipped with the 6.7L Cummins Diesel powerplant. Being their first SEMA build they weren’t about to build something haphazard. “Our vision for this build was to stay practical with lift size, but still build a well-rounded truck.” Says Aaron Kennemur from 5 Knights. “We tried to find somewhat of a balance between “that’s badass but I can’t use a truck like that” and “that’s badass, and usable.’”

And by usable he means oil field usable. This truck, as cleanly done as it is, is a work truck. After all the glamour of SEMA is over, it will live the rest of its days working hard in the oil fields of Texas. So a good balance between off-road capable work truck and show truck had to be created.

The 8-inch lift, massive 24-inch wheels wrapped in equally massive 38-inch tires along with all the custom paint and powder coat really sets this truck apart from the crowd. It’s going to be one of the nicest trucks working the Texas oil fields we’re sure. DW

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Build Sheet

2014 Ram 2500 4×4 Mega Cab Short Bed

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  • Engine: 6.7L Cummins
  • aFe Cold Air Intake
  • aFe 5-inch Aluminized Exhaust
  • Transmission: Stock 68RFE
  • Suspension:
  • BDS 8-inch Lift Kit (Powder Coated to Match Truck)
  • Fox Shocks
  • aFe Differential Covers
  • Wheels: 24×12 American Force Whiskey SF8s (Custom Color Matched)
  • Tires: 38×13.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers
  • Exterior:
  • Fusion Bumpers Front and Rear (Painted to Match)
  • Royalty Core RC2 Grille
  • Lund Fender Flares
  • Custom Paint by 5 Knights
  • Ameraguard Spray-on Bedliner
  • Lighting:
  • Four 4-inch Rigid E-Series
  • Four Rigid SRQ-2s
  • One 54-inch Rigid RDS
  • Six Pod Rocklight Kit
  • Headlights: (Fabricated by 5 Knights)
  •    5 Knights Logo Etched HID Bi-Xenon Projectors
  •    Colorshift LED Halos
  •    Custom Paint
  •    Two Rigid D2 Duallys Inside
  • Taillights: Recon Smoked LED
  • Miscellaneous:
  • AMP Research Power Steps
  • Diamond Stitch Pleat Two-Tone Leather Seats
  • Hydro-Dipped Wood Grain Interior Trim
  • JL Audio Speakers and Amplifiers
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Under the hood lies a 6.7L Cummins. It’s mostly stock but benefits from a few smartly chosen mods to help wake up the already strong powerplant.

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An aFe Power Intake filters clean air for the variable vane Holset Turbo to compress into the six cylinders while a 5-inch exhaust, also from aFe Power provides a free-flowing exit and a healthy exhaust tone.

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Inside the seats were treated to diamond stitched two-tone leather. Look close at all the plastic trim as it as well as the steering wheel were hydro dipped using an exotic wood grain finish. This wood finish adds a unique bit of class to the interior. It’s a touch we can’t remember seeing before in a custom truck.

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Getting the Ram to a more suitable height was done utilizing an 8-inch kit from BDS

Getting the Ram to a more suitable height was done utilizing an 8-inch kit from BDS. The kit replaces the factory radius arm design and replaces it with a four-link. The four-link allows for better suspension geometry and also reduces castor changes over bumps. This allows for better control of the truck especially when off road. All suspension parts, including the axles, were powder coated red to match the body.

Fox Shocks were used to control wheel travel on all four corners. Notice the dual-rate coil springs

Fox Shocks were used to control wheel travel on all four corners. Notice the dual-rate coil springs. They will also aid in keeping the 7,500-plus-lb truck riding smooth no matter the terrain.

back Hornblasters 4 Trumpet air horn kit will definitely keep other drivers alert

Out back a Hornblasters 4 Trumpet air horn kit will definitely keep other drivers alert should the need arise. A G2 differential cover keeps the differential cool and lubed up.

Rolling stock is a set of American Force 24x12 inch Whiskey SF8s with a custom red finish, wrapped in 38-inch tall Nitto Trail Grapplers.

Rolling stock is a set of American Force 24×12 inch Whiskey SF8s with a custom red finish, wrapped in 38-inch tall Nitto Trail Grapplers.

With the Ram’s altered height adding a set of AMP Research Power Steps was a must.

With the Ram’s altered height adding a set of AMP Research Power Steps was a must.

Rigid LEDs are found just about everywhere you look on 5 Knights’ SEMA Ram.

Rigid LEDs are found just about everywhere you look on 5 Knights’ SEMA Ram.

Up top sits a massive 54-inch RDS Series Rigid LED Bar mounted with Rigid’s roof mount kit.

Up top sits a massive 54-inch RDS Series Rigid LED Bar mounted with Rigid’s roof mount kit.

4 Rigid SRQ-2’s (top) are frenched into the rocker panels with AMP’s step lights below.

4 Rigid SRQ-2’s (top) are frenched into the rocker panels with AMP’s step lights below.

Fusion bumpers, color matched by 5 Kings, protect the front and rear of the truck. Up front a Royalty Core RC1 grille replaced the stock plastic unit.

Fusion bumpers, color matched by 5 Kings, protect the front and rear of the truck. Up front a Royalty Core RC1 grille replaced the stock plastic unit.

The custom headlights were created by 5 Knights and are feature packed. A set of Rigid Dually’s were installed along with Colorshift LED halos. The HID bi-xenon projectors also have the 5 Knights logo etched in.

The custom headlights were created by 5 Knights and are feature packed. A set of Rigid Dually’s were installed along with Colorshift LED halos. The HID bi-xenon projectors also have the 5 Knights logo etched in.

Mounted on the Fusion front bumper are four Rigid 4-inch E Series lights.

Mounted on the Fusion front bumper are four Rigid 4-inch E Series lights.