You can tell a lot about people from how they build their trucks. With a quick glance, it's fairly easy to place a build in a certain category. This requires prejudging, which although looked down upon, is pretty standard practice in today's society. Everyone has things that they like or dislike; it's part of human nature. This list of preferences makes up an individual's personality. Personalities are put into categories, and this is where prejudgment comes from.
Mixing components from one category with another that has conflicting traits makes for a sum of controversy. This controversy breaks the code of a label, giving these builders individuality. Doing it and being successful at it, however, are two different things. These labels all have their own style, and botching a mixed style just makes for an ugly build. But when you get it right, you actually create a new category. Although not totally exceptional, Ryan Hagel and his '02 Chevy 2500 HD are definitely on the road to new styling - stereo equipment and dirt are without a doubt two conflicting elements.
RCD's 8-inch lift kit props up the '02 HD so that a set of Pro Comp 37x13.50/17 X-Terrain tires fits under it. A set of Bilstein 7100 shocks attached to Camburg Engineering's dual shock hoop kit up front tames the massive rubber. The differentials are equipped with a 4.56:1 gear ratio to keep the engine in its sweet spot. Another 100 hp was added by way of a Whipple supercharger and Borla's 3-inch stainless rear-exit dual-exhaust system.
Ryan didn't leave safety out, either. A one-off Twisted Tin custom rollcage snakes around the interior, keeping the truck frame rigid. A front bumper and skidplate were fabbed to match the interior cage. An aluminum center console accents the skidplate adapted to the front of the prerunner bumper. Stitchcraft in Huntington Beach, California, covered the four Sparco Milano seats in graphite-colored suede. A Sparco Flash 5 quick-disconnect steering wheel finishes off the hard-core off-roader in Ryan's truck.
From there, the truck takes a turn to the street side. A Grill Craft grille insert replaces the mouthpiece. APC clear corners up front and smoked rear lights by Wet Works Graphics cover the illumination. A Sir Michaels all-steel roll pan replaces the rear bumper and contains a set of wide flush-mounted backup lights; it, too, was prepped and sprayed by the techs at Wet Works. Modern Image Sign Works covered the sides of the truck in tribal-style graphics, along with the names of the sponsors that helped Ryan get the truck up to snuff.
Entertainment, as the final step, was performed with the same amount of care as the rest of the build. Beach Auto Sound in Huntington Beach, California, installed a Clarion head unit with a touch-screen 7-inch flip-up monitor to fill the area where the original head unit once sat. Additionally, a DVD/CD player and 5-inch center console-mounted display keep the front full with plenty of video. Another 7-inch monitor is attached to the rollcage's structure bar running behind the front seats, allowing rear passengers to partake in the visual festivities. Four 10-inch subs are mounted in a custom enclosure behind the rear seats. Each passenger has his/her own stereo speakers, a set of mid/high splits in the door, and a custom center console. A set of Audiobahn amps pumps out big watts to the sound system.
We realize that the five-0h make it hard to have a decent tailgate party. If you hang with this guy, that party could be just about anywhere. Ryan, just make sure all the windows are up when you hit the silty stuff.