Posted: April 13, 2013
Reaching For The Stars
After Building Custom Vehicles For High Profile Clientele, Pro Motorsports Decided To Build A Shop Truck Just For ThemselvesBy Dan Sanchez
Jim Lewis of Pro Motorsports combined his passion for customizing vehicles, and his love of sports, to create a unique company that caters to athletes and stars. With six locations spanning across the U.S., it’s not often Lewis has time to create a cool and customized vehicle for himself. But one of the vehicles he created for this year’s SEMA show was his own shop truck.
Being a high-profile vehicle builder, just any shop truck wouldn’t do, So Lewis decided to modify a Ford Raptor with a host of aftermarket accessories. “The Ford Raptor is one of the best half-ton trucks on the planet,” says Lewis. “We especially like the ride, Ford’s Sync system, and the extra room in the back seat for passengers.”
With that in mind, Lewis added a Leer cap, to not only protect cargo in the bed, but because he also likes the way it enhances the appearance of the vehicle. “We’ve been using Leer and other products from the Truck Accessories Group for a little more than a decade,” says Lewis. “My clients don’t know much about certain products and just tell me they want the best on their vehicles. So we’ve aligned ourselves with what we think are some of the best products and companies on the market. The TAG brands have never let us down. Their customer service is great and the quality is unsurpassed.”
But aside from the Leer 100XQcap, the Raptor also incorporates a set of BMF 20-inch wheels mounted on a set of Nitto, 35-inch diameter Trail Grappler tires. The factory front bumper was replaced with an N-Fab tube-style bumper that incorporates a 38-inch LED light bar from Rigid Industries. Lewis also added a larger 52-inch LED light bar to the top of the Raptor’s roof, using N-Fab roof brackets.
Anzo aftermarket headlamps and tail lamps also made it easy to give the truck a customized appearance, as did replacing the factory grille with a T-Rex black mesh grille. AMP Research electronic steps make it easy to get in and out of the cab. Inside, the roomy Raptor features a NAV-TV, Rockford Fosgate amplifiers and speakers, and an Escort radar detector. But while the inside of the cab may be quiet, the menacing sound the 6.2Liter V-8 makes when it approaches, comes from a Gibson, Metal Militia exhaust system.
Although Lewis gets praise from many of his high-profile clients, he was very grateful for the comments he received on the Raptor at the SEMA show. “Putting together a truck like this doesn’t just happen easily,” he says. “I thank every manufacturer that participated and helped make it a reality.”