It seems prudent to follow up on the status of a big, lifted 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty SEMA truck that the love-to-hate YouTuber WhistlinDiesel has promised to bash, thrash, and abuse until thoroughly destroyed. He’s basically showing us how to kill your truck, and due to viewers’ maniacal obsession with destruction, these videos get millions of views in a matter of days. Despite his deliberate maltreatment of the big lifted Ford Super Duty, the truck keeps on keepin’ on to perform another hillclimb, jump, donut session, mud-bog pass, farm assignment, or boundary-pushing custom modification. Now you can add to that these insane spiky wheels.
Sure, the F-350 Power Stroke diesel truck had suffered some broken parts during the other shenanigans, but this running tutorial on attempting to kill your truck-and your friends, enemies, or anything else nearby-became legit insane when he swapped the truck’s large, blingy American Force wheels for spiky “wheels.”
We’re not talking spiked lugnuts or traditional tire spikes. We’re talking actual spike-ball-death-wheel reaper contraptions made of 1/4-inch welded steel that fully replaced the wheel-and-tire package. When not mounted to the truck, they’re like tumbleweeds of death and destruction. On it, they’re like powered tumbleweeds of death and destruction.
So, the F-350 is rollin’ not on dubs, but on spikes. Well, rollin’ was how it was theoretically supposed to go; in reality, the spikes sunk into the ground or did other strange things instead of rolling. The situation could be epitomized by the phrase “you’re doing it wrong” because, let’s face it, spherical spike arrays and traditional tires have little in common. Loading a powertrain when the “wheels” won’t turn is also a recipe for how to kill a truck in the most unconventional of ways. The spikes surely have aged the truck—or at least its powertrain—well beyond the 6,000 actual miles on its odometer.
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With some practice, WhistlinDiesel was able to gain momentum and wreak havoc, creating a massive roost and essentially tilling the earth. The spikes eventually bent and some broke off, and a mud bog attempt finally mangled the steering and broke other parts in incredible ways. We’d say don’t try this at home, but it’s not really something many are crazy or motivated enough to try.
Here’s the takeaway: The fact that he could concoct a spiky wheel that actually worked and kind of held up long enough to transform the F-350 into a horror-film death machine deserves at least some sort of slow, scared, terrified, please-don’t-run-me-over clap.