One Up Offroad’s suspension...
One Up Offroad’s suspension kits are fnely crafted, and Eric’s attention to detail is on par.
“I have always been fascinated by custom vehicles—particularly diesel trucks because of their power and performance,” Eric Ramsey of Beavercreek, Ohio, told us. The dreams eventually became a reality for Eric. “Growing up reading truck magazines and building a truck worthy of being featured in one of them has always been a goal of mine,” he explained. “After many years of watching custom car shows and attending several events, I was inspired to build my own.” This ’03 Ford F-350 Lariat is the result.
But Eric didn’t just want to build a nice truck; he wanted to have something that was very special. He was determined to use the finest parts and install them with the utmost attention to detail, to live up to the dreams he had envisioned for many years. But on another note, Eric was also clear that he wanted to be able to drive the truck every day for work, take it off-road every so often, and tow his toys.
A Top Gun Customz steering stabilizer keeps the Ford tracking straight down the road.
The suspension is probably the one thing that gets pointed to the most at truck shows, and that’s understandable. The One Up Offroad 12-inch 400 Series suspension system is set at 16 inches of lift using a three-link front suspension that attaches to a center cradle. This system drops the transfer case and driveline 3 inches (with a 20-degree clock ring). OUO rear traction bars and blocks are used in the back.
Race Runner 2.5 remote reservoir...
Race Runner 2.5 remote reservoir coilover shocks keep the ride smooth in this F-350.
Toyo Open Country M/T tires...
Toyo Open Country M/T tires are mated to black RBP R91 wheels for the perfect combination of form and function.
The wheel choice was black RBP R91s in a 20-inch size while the tires are 40-inch Toyo Open Countrys. A Top Gun Customz front stabilizer system adds dramatically to the ride quality of the truck. Race Runner 2.5 remote reservoir rear shocks on the front and 16-inch Top Gun Customz Black Ops edition 2.25 remote reservoir shocks on the rear smooth out any rough patches on the road.
The front bumper is off an ’05 Super Duty, painted black to match the RBP studded grille. The rear bumper is from an ’08 Super Duty.
The 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine sports a Garrett turbo with a Wix filter, RBP 4-inch exhaust (with a 5-inch tip from RBP), an SCT 150 tune, and a BD Diesel Boost Fooler.
You might think that with such a nicely detailed truck Eric would be happy to rest on his laurels for a few years, but you’d be wrong. He’s already been upgrading the truck since our photo shoot. He’s added some graphics and the OUO rear airbag system, with more plans in the works. He’s living the dream, that’s for sure.
Eric Ramsey always dreamed...
Eric Ramsey always dreamed about building a show truck he could drive every day (even off-road) and made it a reality.
Eric and his wife Sandy drove...
Eric and his wife Sandy drove 200 miles from Beavercreek, Ohio, to Terre Haute, Indiana, to attend the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza…and for an 8-Lug photo shoot!