MegaRaptor™ Conversion Process
The MegaRaptor™ Conversion Process steps below are standard equipment on the MegaRexx Trucks, which run 46in Michelin XZL tires, utilizing aluminum military MRAP wheels. These wheels are rated at twice the strength of normal truck wheels or an aftermarket wheel. (each wheel rated to carry over 10,000lbs!)
Here are the steps we take to convert your truck and what is included.
Here you can see most of the initial tear down being completed. The entire front clip has been removed, along with the bed.
At this point we will send the bed to a different part of the shop where our team that handles the bed conversions get to work!
The chassis will head to another area for the suspension upgrades, and the fiberglass, which has been produced several weeks in advance (so it has plenty of cure time) will be moved to the body area for fitting.
Ready to see it all happen? Let's go!
Bed being prepped
In this picture, the tail light area of the bed is being trimmed for the larger Raptor style tail light.
We weld in additional support pieces, and once complete, the fresh metal gets undercoated prior to the bedsides being installed.
Notice that we do not alter the inside of the bed. You will still have the full functionality of the original bed. In this picture the bedsides have been installed, and secured with stainless steel button head bolts. Later in the build the bed and upper bedsides will be sprayed with LineX.
The large black openings you see are Ford's optional trailer tow package for 5th wheel-gooseneck hitches
Here is that same bed with the bedsides installed and the tail light openings trimmed out, ready to accept the Raptor style tail lights.
The MegaRaptor Conversion Process includes the larger fiberglass panels and hood to accommodate the 46in tires. This allows us to run large tires without a lot of lift, keeping the center of gravity low.
While the bed is undergoing its transformation, the cab and chassis is in another area, have the suspension upgrades. All trucks receive a standard 4.5 in Icon suspension lift, with MegaRexx radius arms and Bilstein shocks.
This is a great setup for most people that are using their trucks primarily for street and mild off road use.
Suspension upgrades are available, as long travel, coilovers, hydro bumpstops, limit straps, etc.
We do offer upgrades to King coil over shocks, long travel suspensions, air bags and other add-ons if you so desire. Tell me about your needs and I will tailor a setup just for you.
Each truck also receives the Icon adjustable track bar as well.
In the meantime, we are working on the fiberglass tilt front hood and front fenders. The head light openings are trimmed so the head lights will fit snug, ready for us to fabricate the halo that holds the hood and allows the tilt to take place.
Pictured to the right is Adam, our CAD designer/fabricator who is laying down some amazing welds. His MIG work is better than most guys TIG!
Adam and I work together to design custom rock rings, bumpers, off road lights and accessories.
Now the truck is looking good, the tilt front end is on, the lights have been installed, and the grill is in.
Time for this build to go make the news!!!!
General info Our conversions start with a tear down of the entire front clip, removal of the bedsides, 4in of lift added to level the truck and longer shocks in the front and rear. The key to a great all around truck is to LIFT the differentials/axles, (with larger tires) so they clear rocks, snow, mud and other obstacles. The tires are also wider than stock, which help to prevent the tire from sinking into mud etc. At the same time, our body allows you to run these larger tires with little lift to keep the center of gravity down low for stability, with a wider track!
The price for our base conversion covers and includes all fiberglass parts, the steel halo that supports the hood and lights and links the tilt mechanism, headlights, tail lights, grill, amber or white lights for the grill, gas shocks that help lift and hold the hood open, the parts that convert the truck to larger tires. When you discuss with us the specific needs we will price your options and current costs for those items. This base price also includes color matched paint for your truck completed by one of the top quality 3rd party body shops we use. Two tones, pearls, and complete repaints are additional.
We reserve the right to change prices based on our suppliers, but once we send you a quote, (good for 10 days) your prices are guaranteed. As the build progresses, you can request change orders along the way. All change orders must be in writing. We can discuss them over the phone, but the actual change order must be in writing which will include any change in the total build cost.
Ok, with that said, the cost of conversion includes moving the front axle forward 1.5in to allow the larger tires to clear the firewall. The Mega has additional fabrication work done on the firewall.
Next, we add the steel halo to the front of the truck that supports the tilt hood, the headlights, and the grill. On top of the halo goes our one piece tilt hood.
The hood is held closed by internal rubber lockdowns, used on Freightliner semi trucks. Easy to snap down and hidden from view.
Every component is hand fitted with close attention to detail, fit and finish. The rear bedsides are bolted to the frame with stainless steel nuts and bolts. The underside of the fenders are undercoated. There are steel struts that secure the outer fenders, just like the original truck but much heavier. Galvanized 3/4in steel tubing is used.
Once the conversion of the body is complete, the nitrogen gas shocks are added to support the tilt hood when open. The windshield washer squirters are added onto the wiper arms. The front cowl is trimmed to fit the hood with a close fit.
The radio whip, that is attached to the right front hood hinge, is kept in place by trimming the hinge and retaining the antenna support.
On trucks that are converted to the MEGA option, the fenders and hood have 3" of the wheel well removed to allow the 46in tires. The fiberglass is so thick in that area that no other mods need to be done. There is no lip or return on the MEGAs to allow mud, snow, sand to fall off the wheel wells.
Once back from paint, the body washers that hold the hood and fenders are replaced with aluminum anodized pieces. The headlights are the Anzo switchbacks, that are white around edges, and they turn yellow with a turn signal is activated.
Last the rims/tires are installed. The truck is road tested, and adjusted. Final prep takes place to detail your completed truck, ready for pickup from our shop in Tucson Arizona.
There are other options that you can add, such as high end EBC brakes, programmers, exhaust, lights, spare tire carriers, bumpers, winches, etc. Just ask and we will quote your requests.
A typical conversion takes about 2-3 months, once we accept your truck into our lineup. It may take a month or more before we have an opening due to demand.
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MegaRexx™ - The MegaRaptor Conversion Process uses diesel power for the MegaRexx. The MEGAs need the power and torque of the diesel to deal with the larger military wheels and tires, 46in Michelins running on MRAP aluminum wheels. Re-gearing to 4:88 gears highly recommended.
The MRAP wheels are rated at 10,000lbs. The tires are also "G" rated so weight is no issue for a MEGA. These rims are broken down, cleaned, sanded, and painted. Then the 46in tires are mounted. We balance them for smooth operation on the highway on a special machine designed exclusively by Hunter for these large radial tires.
Please note 2 items: We purchase military tires that were bought by the Armed Services. They are new, still have the nibbles on them, but they may be 5 year old. We do not use any tires that have sat out in the sun that have cracks or dryrot. If you wish to purchase brand new Michelins, we will try to locate them, but are often on back order as the military takes priority. There is no age limit of a tired deemed by
DOT. If they are stored inside, they can last 50 years.
Next, we do NOT run, nor will we sell or install any bias ply tires like Mickey Thompson Crawlers, Swampers, or other jumbo mud tires as they bounce when on the highway. Those tire are strictly for slow speeds and off road use.
MegaRexx Trucks have the speedometer corrected via a calibration programmer for each truck, made by Hypertech. All builds include this unit.
Before we lay up the fiberglass for a MEGA, we note on the layup schedule to add nearly twice the glass in the fender area to be trimmed. The fiberglass is so thick in that area that no other mods need to be done. There is no lip or return on the MEGAs to allow mud, snow, sand to fall off the wheel wells.
There are endless options that can be added to a MegaRexx™. Push bumpers, desert bumpers, deer guards, electric steps by Amp Research, spare tire carriers, off road lights, inverters, whatever you can dream, we can build.
You final cost will be determined by your specific needs. Each truck is a custom build. No two trucks are identical. You start with a base conversion, and then add your options. We will quote your build prior to your order so there are no surprise cost overruns.
During the build you can add/delete items to your build via a change order. Simply send us a request by email, and we will send back a written change order with the associated cost or credit.
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