Words and Photos by: Dan Ward
I’ve had the opportunity to drive across our great country many times. Each time there has been a trailer attached to the truck, ranging from a 6,500-pound single-car hauler to a fully loaded 36-foot enclosed with two show trucks shoved inside. One of my fondest memories was the summer of 2007 when I got the keys to one of the first completely redesigned 2008 Ford F-450 King Ranch tow rigs. The big reason why that trip was so much fun was because of how nice the Ford F-450 was.
It towed effortlessly, passed with authority, and it did it all in complete luxury. After admiring Michael O’Krinsky’s 2014 Ford F-450 Platinum, it turns out that 2008 King Ranch was merely adequate transportation. Michael’s latest project seen here definitely elevates the road trip hauler game to new heights.
Michael is the father to two Truckin magazine feature alums, Austin and Jordan O’Krinsky. He’s also responsible for opening the doors to Extreme Offroad in Katy, Texas, one of Texas’ premier truck and performance shops. When it came time to start a new project, he knew this one had to one-up his previous Super Duty, Escalade, F-150, and CTS-V builds.
What he also wanted was a road trip–friendly truck to haul their new 40-foot dovetail gooseneck trailer loaded with a few of their high-caliber custom show trucks.To fill these needs, he walked into the local Ford dealership in Katy and left with a 2014 Ford F-450 Platinum. What ensued next was typical Extreme Offroad protocol — a new truck arrives and a custom truck leaves.
On a Ford F-450, everything is big and heavy, and to satisfy the lifted truck look and heavy-duty tow rating of the Ford Super Duty, the Extreme crew bolted on an adjustable Kelderman air-ride suspension that can be driven at 4-6 inches of additional lift. To add good looks to the package, the entire suspension was powdercoated white, and to help dampen the ride, Fox reservoir shocks were bolted in place. Tire Dealer’s Warehouse (TDW) supplied the 35-inch Toyo Open Country A/T II Xtreme tires, which were securely mounted to powdercoated-black 22-inch American Force Liberty dualie wheels.
The look perfectly offsets the sea of White Diamond tri-coat found all over the Super Duty exterior. For added towing power, Extreme added an aFe Stage II intake, MagnaFlow stainless exhaust, and Bully Dog diesel tuner. Now the 6.7L Power Stroke can pass slow-moving traffic at a rapid pace.
A few well-chosen parts helped the Super Duty ride and tow better, but overall, the Ford F-450 didn’t really stand out amongst the other Texas-sized Ford pickups cruising around the Lone Star state. To take the all-white hauler to the next level, the front end was completely made over by way of a Road Armor bumper, Plain an Simple LED and HID headlights, and Rigid Industries mesh grille with 30-inch Rigid LED lightbar in place. Inside the Road Armor bumper, four Rigid Dually flood lights were added along with a 20-inch LED lightbar to illuminate the darkest road into a safe place to travel.
A matching Road Armor bumper was installed out back and fitted with Rigid Dually lights and a Monster Hook hitch insert. Smoked Recon taillights indicate Michael’s driving intentions to trailing motorists. Helping to keep the Super Duty a genuine workhorse, a retractable Retrax bed cover was bolted on, as were Undercover Swing Cases for valuable storage, and Amp Research steps for ease of ingress and egress.
Opening the driver door reveals an interior more commonly found in a high-end Range Rover than a truck that can tow 24,700 pounds. White stitching was added to the edges of the Alea black leather seat covers, and a white diamond-stitch pattern was sewn into the suede seat inserts for a luxurious feel. Many of the dash plastics were painted white, including the gauge surround, and Weather Tech mats were slipped in place to protect the carpet. The center console lid and the headliner were both wrapped in black suede.
It was important for Michael to create a truck that properly represented the quality and capabilities of the shop he’s invested so much time, effort, and money to establish. Equally important, he also wanted to show the boys that dad leads the way and when they need their trucks hauled to an event, he’s got the rig for the job. As for this family patriarch, all he needs is a destination because his Ford F-450 has what it takes to handle whatever is thrown at it.
|Inside the Build|
|Year Make Model:||2014 Ford F-450|
|Owner and City/State:||Michael O’Krinsky • Katy, Texas|
|Type:||6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel|
|Induction:||aFe Stage II intake|
|Exhaust:||MagnaFlow stainless exhaust|
|Tuner:||Bullydog GT tuner|
|Built by:||Extreme Offroad|
|Front suspension:||4-6-inch Kelderman air-ride suspension|
|Rear suspension:||4-6-inch Kelderman air-ride suspension|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:||22×8.25 American Force Liberty|
|Tires:||LT325/50R22 Toyo Open Country A/T II Xtreme|
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