Nomad Brings Versatility

Lenny Reed builds the "Swiss Army Knife" of diesel pickups

Published in the July 2018 Issue July 2018 Cummins Steve Janes


            It’s called the Nomad. And it’s designed to go anywhere, do anything—basically looking for greener pastures.

            Lenny Reed at Dynomite Diesel Products in Hayden, ID, has been driving and building diesel trucks for nearly two decades. His first, a 1994 Dodge Ram, launched him on a career of building diesel trucks for about every purpose imaginable. Over the years he has build well over 100 trucks … so many that he admits he’s lost count.

            One of his current projects is the Nomad—built to be a daily driver with the versatility of a Swiss Army Knife. It can cruise down the road, tow a heavy load or switch into ATV mode.

            And once it reaches its full potential, just like most of his other past vehicles, he will sell it and move onto the next project.

            The Nomad started out as a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 with coil springs all around—no leafs in the rear. Reed started working on in during the winter of 2016 and has since given it a totally different look. He added DDP Eco-Green injectors, then a Diesel Power Products installation of a full AEV Suspension, a Perfection Auto Body (Pinehurst, ID) install of AEV bumpers and flares, and tuning by Jarid Vollmer at Breakout Tuning.

            Then came a full stereo with navigation and sound deadening by Spokane Audio Video, a Nitro gear and axle (4.88 front and rear) with ARB front and rear, and 40-inch Cooper STT Pro tires (Perfection Tire in Coeur d’Alene).

            Next, a Carli Suspension Front Axle Truss was installed at Dynomite Diesel, plus a B&W Goose Kneck with 5th Wheel Companion Hitch, and PSC Hydraulic Assist Steering.

            The Nomad has been a joint project among Dynomite Diesel and all of the companies listed above.

            All told, Reed has invested nearly $90,000 into the Nomad (including the price of the vehicle. But it’s exactly what he wanted—a vehicle that could be used year-round in every type of application.

The Nomad has proven to be extremely reliable while off-road, towing, and daily driving. It is factory-reliable while being capable of handling any task asked of it.

The Nomad may have been looking for greener pastures … but it certainly is feasting on a variety of driving terrain.


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