Project Trucks: CJ’s Vendetta SickSeven
If you’re into trucks and active Instagram, chances are you’ve come across photos of CJ Dunlap’s 2013 Ford F250 Super Duty dubbed Vendetta_sickseven in recent months. The truck itself has a following of nearly 55,000 on Instagram and is featured by countless truck pages on a weekly basis. We met up with CJ out in Vegas following the 2014 SEMA Show to get a close up look at this beast and see it in action out in the desert.

CJ’s built a few trucks over the years, starting out young at age 16 with a Toyota Tundra before moving up to this Super Duty. His goal all along was to building show worthy trucks and with the Ford he saw the opportunity to turn it into a SEMA-worthy show truck. After picking up the 2013 Ford Super Duty new CJ began modding it and documenting the build as he built a following online. Also know as the #flowerstroke truck the tuxedo black paint has a number of red accents and rose covered “V” vinyl graphics from Pixelwerks on the bedsides to continue the Vendetta theme. The Vendetta sickseven is running the BDS 8” 4-Link Long Arm System stretched to 10.5”. Additionally Fox 2.0 shocks, Hellwig sway bars, BDS dual steering stabilizer, and a set of Full Flex Customs traction bars were installed to give this truck its extra altitude and performance. With the lift installed this truck has room for 37×13.50×22 Toyo M/Ts mounted up on 22×14 TIS 535B (-44 offset) wheels.

Up front the truck has run a few different bumper setups over the last year, but currently has a color matched factory bumper with with a pair of 40” Offroad LED Bars stuffed in the center along with 3” cubes in the fog light spots. The factory grille was swapped out for a All-Wired custom unit that mounts a pair of 12” light bars. A custom set of projector headlights from Rekless Rydes was installed to carry over the rose theme. Outback a Street Scene roll pan was installed along with a hidden hitch mount holding a Monster Hook and Recon smoked LED taillights. The bed is spray lined and features an auxiliary 60-gallon Titan transfer tank. Stepping up into the cab are a set of Amp Research and inside this truck features black leather seats and a custom wrapped dash. The Sony sounds system is run off a pair of Odyssey batteries what pull double duty powering the assortment of light bars. Along with the other mods to the truck the stock 6.7L Powerstroke received a S&B performance intake, H&S Performance mini maxx programmer and a Flo-Pro straight pipe exhaust system. Great job by CJ with the Vendetta Sickseven build, we’ve heard he’s already planning out his next build so make sure to keep an eye out for what he has to come. For more on this truck head to BDS’s Facebook Page or check out the truck’s account on Instagram.


SEMA Trucks: Big Truck Mafia’s Project Super Duty

Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

While there has been a trend at SEMA to over accessorize to the point its the norm and to be expected, there’s a lot to say for a tastefully built, super clean, build that uses a cohesive theme throughout like the 2013 Ford Super Duty owned by Austin Mayfield of Big Truck Mafia (BTM). Dubbed “The Heist”, this F250 was parked just outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center grabbing attention and welcoming attendees all week long. Built by Austin with assistance of Arkansas Customs out of Springdale, AR the truck features a number of purpose built components all wrapped up into a killer package.

Up front the familiar front end of this Ford was been transformed with the help of a BTM built mesh LED grill, colormatched Axis Automotive dual projection headlights, BTM front bumper and an assortment of Rigid LED lights. Up top dual roof mounted 50” Rigid e-series and sr-series light bars shine up the night. The extra altitude comes from a BDS 8” 4-link conversion kit using dual Fox 2.0 shocks, and BDS dual 9500 steering stabilizer setup. For wheels and tires, Austin went to Fuel Offroad running a set of their 38×15.50×22 Mud Gripper MTs mounted on 22×12 Deep Lip Nutz. A set of Amp Research retractable steps were installed for easy access into the truck and offer a clean out of sight appearance. Inside, the cab features a custom painted dash accents, a suede headliner and Katzkin leather seats. The exterior of the truck was wrapped with 3M matte gray aluminum vinyl for a cool color that pops when the light hits it. Out back the Heist features a BTM built rear bumper, Recon taillights, and a Undercover tonneau cover. A Bedrug bed liner was installed and pair of Swing Cases maximize the bed storage.

The 6.7L Power Stroke wasn’t neglected, it features and H&S Performance intake, H&S mini maxx tuner, custom exhaust with a BTM exhaust tip. Optima batteries give a extra juice to help power the lights and electronics keeping this Super Duty rolling down the highway. Great work to Austin and the team from Arkansas Customs for turning this concept into reality. To see more on this truck, follow Big Truck Mafia on Instagram and check out the BDS Facebook Page.