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#Blessed: 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 Lonestar Edition

Written by Kristie Real | Photos: Dale Martin

Everyday, while we go on about our lives, there’s a man or woman in uniform serving our country and protecting our freedom somewhere in the world.

close up image of dodge ram 2500's shocks and suspension

But this fact gets overlooked on a daily basis, which is why we need to show our appreciati on to those who sacrifice their lives for our freedom day in and day out - not just on specific holidays throughout the year. We are truly blessed to have these brave men and women fighting for our country, so it’s equally rewarding when we hear of one of them getting blessed tenfold.

close up image of dodge ram 2500's grill and headlights

Take for instance Justin Jarvis, the winner of KEG Media’s 2015 SEMA “Dream Truck Build” giveaway. The 26-year-old E-5 Army Sergeant is stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, (currently doing a tour in Kuwait) and is an avid truck enthusiast. When he’s not on base or performing his various military duties, Jarvis is doing something to his truck. “My hobbies include working on my truck, cleaning it and going to all kinds of shows and fundraisers to meet other truck guys,” he mentions.

close up of American Force hyper fp8 wheels

“I love off-roading and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in customized vehicles, because honestly, who likes stock?”

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Although we are the blessed ones for having Jarvis fight for our nation, it was Jarvis who ended up being blessed from the customization gods, winning one of the most coveted prizes in the industry. The “Dream Truck Build” not only covered all parts and labor, but also flew him to Las Vegas for SEMA and gave him free swag – which is why he’s nicknamed his 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Lonestar Edition #Blessed.

external image of dodge ram 2500

After a random selection of entries, Keg Media chose the 7-year active military service member based on his passion for trucks and the industry, his service, and philanthropic work for other veterans. “We did a random selection of 25 people before I chose the winner,” owner of Keg Media Robbie Bryant admits. “Then I personally called each one to learn more about them. Justin’s story was a great one; he was just a nice, genuine guy. He wanted to build his truck to take to events and promote issues that are important for veterans. It was great working with him and I can honestly say I’ve made a lifelong friend!”

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In fact, just a year before, Jarvis ended up in a bad accident that nearly took his life and wrecked his prized 2011 Ford F-150, which he spent 30K of his hard earned money to fix up. After buying the Ram with the insurance money, he was complacent with it being stock. But all that would chance thanks to Keg Media.

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“I thought I would never own something that fancy again,” he says. “I couldn’t believe how lucky I was when Robbie called me the first time to tell me I had made the cut of the top 25 candidates. I was honestly amazed that I won the giveaway!”

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Thanks to the support from the industry, Robbie was able to secure a laundry list of some the biggest and best brands, making sure the winner of the contest would have a top-notch build. While Keg Media would provide the rendering of the vehicle, Complete Customs would turn it into a reality using parts and accessories from the likes of American Force Wheels, Toyo Tires, Bulletproof Suspension, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Fusion Bumpers, plainANsimple, Gibson Exhaust, Roadwire leather, Rack Works and Kicker – just to name a few.

Even though the sponsors were already lined up, Robbie wanted to make this truck a reflection of Jarvis and collaborated with him on the design. “I told him that I wanted a nice, rich royal blue-looking color incorporated and I was sent a bunch of new American Force wheel designs to choose from, which was a hard decision; there were just so many! Then Eric from ECD Customs called me to get some info on the exterior design, but I gave him free reign on the wrap and love what he came up with.” According to Robbie, it’s the wrap that really gets the truck attention thanks to its American Flag-inspired graphics that screams with pride for the nation Jarvis fights for.

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Once the Dodge was shipped to Complete Customs for the two-month makeover, Jarvis was anxious to see the end result, which he says was even better than the initial call from Robbie announcing his contest victory. “Walking over to Central Hall at SEMA had to be the most anxious feeling I’ve ever felt,” he details. “I was in complete shock of how it all turned out! It was better than expected and more than I could ever dream of. It was truly an amazing moment for me.”

Since then, Jarvis has amassed quite a social media following of admirers of the build and of his own commitment to our nation and veterans. He’s been to several shows, where he’s taken home many awards, in addition to getting to know amazing people in the industry all because of a social media contest he was at first hesitant to enter. “I feel I owe Robbie so much and I’ll never be able to repay him for the gift he’s given me. He has truly made two of my goals become a reality – building a SEMA vehicle and having it published in print.”

External rear shot of Dodge Ram 2500
Gear : 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Lonestar Edition aka #Blessed
    Wheels & Tires
  • 22x14 American Force Hyper FP8 Wheels
  • 40x15.50R22 Toyo Open Country M/T Tires

  • Performance
  • R1 Concept Rotors
  • MGP Custom Caliper Covers w/ “SEMA Dream Truck Build Giveaway” Engraved
  • Bully Dog GT Monitor
  • 5 PPEI Tunes w/ 5-Position Switch
  • S&B Cold Air Intake
  • Flo~Pro Turbo Back Exhaust

  • Suspension
  • 12” Bulletproof Suspension Lift
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics Shocks and Coilovers
  • Atlas Rear Leaf Springs
  • Custom-built Front and Rear Driveshafts by Brandon Everly of Driveline Plus
  • Suspension Parts Powder Coated Blueberry w/ Prismatic Powder by ePowderCoating, LLC

  • Exterior
  • Custom Wrap by ECD Customs Using Avery Dennison Wrap Material
  • Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares
  • Rack Works Roof Rack
  • Fusion Front and Rear Bumpers
  • Undercover Truck Lids Elite XL Series Bed Cover

  • Recovery
  • (1) Giant Monster Hooks Trailer Receiver Hook
  • (4) Monster Hooks Swivel Hooks Powder Coated Blueberry

  • Lighting
  • (2) OLB 50’’ LED Light Bars
  • (8) OLB LED Pods
  • (4) OLB 6’’ LED Light Bars
  • (2) OLB 10’’ LED Light Bars
  • (1) OLB 12’’ LED Light Bars
  • 8-piece RGB Rock Light Kit
  • plainANsimple Retrofitted Headlights w/ RGB Halos and LED Pod
  • 314 Customs Retrofitted Tailights Wrapped To Match Truck w/ Sequential LEDs and Projector Reverse Light

  • Accessories
  • BedRug bed liner
  • Hornblasters Conductor’s Special Setup w/ 5-gallon Air Tank
  • (2) 440cc Viair Air Compressors
  • Gravel Empire Custom Front Grille
  • (2) Optima Red Top Batteries
  • Bluetooth Ride Controller Setup
  • Undercover Truck Lids Swing Storage Cases

  • Interior
  • Roadwire Custom Black Leather w/ Blue Stitching Accents
  • Lund All-Weather Floor Mats

  • Sound
  • Kicker VSS PRAMCQ13 Multi-Channel Amplifier and Powered Subwoofer System

Justin Jarvis
Instagram | @justin_cumminsdiesel

Keg Media kegmedia.com | Facebook /kegmedia | Instagram @kegmedia

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