So how do you make a truck both stand out and blend in at the same time? While you might think these opposing ideas are impossible to get together into one design, designer Tim Nicolau has done just that. His 2013 Ram 2500 4x4 takes bold design and upgrades and pairs them with a Realtree truck wrap to make the truck stand out while being able to blend in when you want to.
Starting with the most obvious feature, the entire truck is wrapped in camo thanks to CamoWraps.com and their Team Realtree Max 4 camo. Everything except for the bumpers, windows, and fender flares got the treatment and the parts that didn’t get wrapped got a flat black paint job that looks amazing next to the camo.
The body isn’t the only part of the truck that got the camo treatment. To take the camo to another level, Nicolau had nearly every piece of the suspension hydro-dipped in camo, which means the following are all now covered in paint: headlight pods, rear sway bars, shock mounts, upper ’bag mounts, lower ’bag mounts, the shock brackets, axle mounting brackets, steering stabilizer bracket, trailing arms, end links, chassis mount, diff covers, and almost every other suspension-related piece. Heck, even the wheels were hydro-dipped so the effect is complete from front to back.
With all this camo you’d expect the truck to be gaudy and overdone, but the black pieces like the bumper, steps, fender flares, roll bar, and roof rack give the truck a nice balance that, like we said at the beginning, allows it to stand out and blend in at the same time.
Moving inside the Ram you’ll find a lot more camo hiding in plain sight. Nicolau had the dash, door panels, vents, and even the center console hydro dipped so they could have the same treatment as the exterior. The seats are a simple two-tone leather from Katzkin, and the headrest features a Team Realtree logo.
Above we mentioned that the bag mounts were treated in camo, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that the truck has a 5/6-inch lift kit with a programmable AccuAir touchpad interface. These are linked to a set of Firestone airbags that are fed by two 3-gallon air tanks. Smoothing things out are Fox 2.0 Factory Series Smooth Body shocks with remote reservoirs. All this means the Ram sits pretty and higher than most but still fully usable and safe on the streets.
Other upgrades for this camo king include Plain & Simple LED headlights and taillights with Rigid dualie lights. For some extra visibility when it’s needed, you’ll find a 40 and 20-inch LED lightbar up gront, a 50-inch lightbar in the back, and 30-inch bars on either side. There’s a Royalty Core Twin Mesh grille up front behind the Fab Fours bumper, and mounted to the black bumper is a Warn 5,000-pound winch.
There’s an in-bed sliding truck vault, a larger fuel tank, and Bushwacker Fender Flares on the sides. For the rubber on this truck there’s 20x12 American Force FP8 wheels wrapped in 35/12.5-20 Toyo Open Country tires.
As for power, the truck has its stock 6.7L Cummins diesel engine with an H&S Performance Tuner added on, a K&N airbox up front and an MBRP 5-inch exhaust in the rear.
All in all, this is one tough truck that is just the right balance between over done and just right.