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Written by Deanne Deluna | Photos: Erik Anderson

With off-road in his blood, Josh Ellison, has been pushing the limits his whole life, one lifted custom at a time.

As Royalty Core Truck Grilles and Accessories’ president, he’s in charge of making sure the aftermarket truck parts company stays an industry leader in cutting edge design and unmatched quality, so he knows what it takes to build a kick ass truck. “I’ve been building, designing and drawing vehicles since I was 9 years old,” he says. “I’ve personally owned about 40 trucks and all of them were lifted customs. My first SEMA vehicle was built back in 2007 and since then, I’ve built countless others.”

"I needed a truck that would pull up, unload the UTV, fire up the outdoor speakers, crank up the bass dial, turn on the accent lighting and just have fun, while being up and ready for any challenge."

When he’s not busy running Royalty Core, he’s having fun with his ATVs and motorcycles and wanted to build the ultimate play vehicle for all his weekend excursions, thus “Above The Law” was born. “I needed a truck that would pull up, unload the UTV, fire up the outdoor speakers, crank up the bass dial, turn on the accent lighting and just have fun, while being up and ready for any challenge,” he describes about the build’s true intentions. To live up Ellison’s demands, he opted for a King Ranch F-350 and began turning his vision into reality.

One look at the truck and you know you it’s all business, ready to tear up the road for any weekend adventure you undertake. If you have this bad boy trailing behind you, its menacing front façade – which includes a one-off Fusion Heavy Duty Reinforced front bumper, with a custom cutout design that boasts an original Royalty Core RC2X Dual LED Grille with Chrome Diamond Mesh that’s fused with Vision-X ultra-bright LED lighting, a Warn winch and a Cervinis ram-air hood – will make you want to switch lanes. And when you don’t get out of its way, its boisterous HornBlasters Train Horn will alert you of your mistake. But the growl coming from the MBRP Dual Exhaust Kit with 8” black tips will definitely warn you that it’s coming behind you and gives its V8 engine some added power (in conjunction with an Edge Evolution CTS programmer, H&S intercooler pipe kit and S & B Filters intake).

And as it passes you by, you can’t help but notice how it towers over every other car on the road thanks to a custom, color-matched 15” Bulletproof Suspensions lift complete with Icon Bulletproof Reservoir shocks and springs that all combine to give it a dominant presence anywhere it goes. To add to its can’t-be-missed exterior, the truck is painted a brilliant Ruby Red (with a baked-on ceramic coating that gives a subtle deep gloss finish), and a set color-matched of 24” Hostile Black Hammered Wheels that feature a custom design on the dish wall with real smoke airbrushing inside 40” Interco M16 tires. A complete Kicker sound system provides the soundtrack for any commute and a set of waterproof exterior speakers keeps the music bumping during off-road trips.

Since Ellison’s passion revolves around all things off-road, he decided to adorn the truck with a one-of-a-kind bed and roof rack that helps transport his Polaris ATV side-by-side. “I thought of possible designs for the truck for a few months and sketched ideas with my 12-year-old son on the weekends,” he says. “When I was ready, I described all the details to my buddies at KEG Media and they brought it to full color, but I kept the custom UTV rack off the rendering to keep it hush until I revealed it at SEMA.”

Because of the extent of the massive build (almost $172K worth of mods were included), the entire process took about a year, but it was well worth it since the truck received the 2014 SEMA Founders Award given by Bushwacker and made national news. “The details in this build are unreal and all quality!” he says. “There’s always hurdles that get in the way of building vehicles, but as long as you remain patient and make the right decisions, things will come together.”

So far “Above The Law” has been on smaller off-road trips and has even mastered large river rock boulders, but has yet to see any extreme terrain. But you better believe that this machine can definitely get it done, and Ellison is looking forward to lots of family time fun on any terrain imaginable!

GEAR: 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch “Above The Law”

  • Bulletproof Suspensions 15” custom lift kit
  • Atlas leafs
  • Rear Icon Bulletproof reservoir shocks, secondary front Icon Bulletproof remote reservoir shocks and Icon Bulletproof reservoir shock dual steering stabilizer kit
Wheels & Tires
  • Hostile Hammered 24x12 wheels
  • Interco SS-M16 40x14.50R24LT tires
  • 32 V&V Concepts custom machined spiked chrome lug nuts
Exterior Hood
  • Cervini’s Auto Design Super Duty Type IV Ram Air Hood
  • Chrome Royalty Core Diamond Mesh in ram scoop
  • Backlit Red LED Ram Scoop with on/off dash switch
  • Custom Fusion Bumpers (front and rear)
  • Line-X design with black chrome bolts accenting side to side
  • Royalty Core chrome diamond mesh installed in cut outs
  • Warn Zeon 12 winch
  • Fusion Bumpers billet aluminum machined fairlead
  • (4) Monster Hooks MH-SW1B gloss black bumper hooks (2 Front and 2 Back)
Train Horn
  • Horn Blasters train horn kit
  • Viair air compressor
  • Red LED accent lighting with on/off switch
Headlights & Tail Lights
  • Spyder Auto LED black headlights and tail lights
  • Recon smoked cab clearance LED Lights, Cab LED tail light, and mirror LED lights
Line-X coating
  • Line-X Bed Liner protective clear coat on truck bed
  • Bed rails, tailgate exterior design, back cab design, rocker panels, bumpers design, shackles, vents, hood design, underneath hood, headache rack, UTV rack, folding ramps, Train Horn mounts
Stereo System
  • Kicker KX1200.1 amp
  • (2) Kicker KX400.4 amps
  • (8) Kicker interior mid-range speakers
  • Kicker door and dash tweeters w/ fabricated dash tweeter boxes w/ ruby red diamond mesh grilles
  • (2) Kicker Comp RT 12” Subs
  • (8) Kicker Marine Tower Speakers mounted in tower cans on rack
  • Bass Quick Dial Knob
  • Red LED accent lighting
  • Custom painted ruby red diamond mesh grilles w/ name plates
  • Fabricated Dual 12” subwoofer enclosure
  • Vision X LED XPI-27M roof top dual 50 “ LED light bars
  • Vision X XPI-18M Bumper top mount 35” LED light bar
  • Vision X MIL-RXP1210T front bumper square fog LED lights
  • Vision X XIL-OP220KIT rear bumper spot LED lights
  • Vision X XIL-LPX910 12” grille LED light bars
  • Vision X XPI-6 12” UTV headache rack side mount LED light bars
  • MBRP Dual Exhaust Kit/MBRP dual 8” black tips
  • (2) YELLOWTOP Optima Batteries
  • S & B Filters cold air intake system
  • Edge CTS Evolution touchscreen programmer
  • H & S Motorsports chrome intercooler pipe kit
Custom Modifications & Accessories
  • Royalty Core custom RC2X Dual LED grille
  • Royalty Core RC88 Double Frame Construction Headache Rack w/ Diamond Mesh
  • Custom painted ruby red, Line-X Design, dual LED spot light mounts, on/off mounts w/ rubber spacer for UTV rack, fabricated back bars with mounts for 8 Kicker Marine speakers, wired internally
  • Custom 6061 T6 billet aluminum reinforced UTV rack w/ reinforced folding ramps
  • Trifer Tint on sunroof, windows and front windshield
  • Pacific Metal Polishing T304 SS Royalty Core diamond mesh and badges throughout
  • Custom T304 12g stainless steel side and tailgate PowerStroke badges
  • N-Touch Detailing Ultimate Detail ceramic protectant coating
  • Mag-Hytec differential front cover, back cover, and transmission cover
  • AVS smoke window visors and hood visor deflector kit
  • Husky Liners Heavy Duty Floor Mats (front/rear)

Royalty Core | • Bulletproof Suspensions | • Atla Suspension | • Hostile Wheels | • Interco Tire | • V&V Concepts | • Cervini | • Fusion Bumpers | • Line-X | • Warn | • Monster Hooks | • Horn Blasters | • Viair | • Spyder Auto | • Recon Motorsports | • Kicker | • Vision X | • MBRP | • Optima | • S&B Filters | • Edge | • H&S Motorsports | • Trifer Tint | • Pacific Metal Polishing | • N-Touch Detailing | • Mag-Hytec | • AMP Research | • Husky Liners |

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