Reality Trucks

Published in the February 2009 Issue February 2009

FREE SUBSCRIPTION: This is becoming one of our favorite sections. Real trucks, purpose-built on a paycheck budget. If you'd like to submit your truck for Reality Trucks, send your name, hometown and state and description of your truck, along with high-resolution photos, to Remember, if your truck is published, you get a free one-year subscription to Diesel Tech.

Brad Ball
Rigby, ID

It's getting hard to find these Gen 1 Dodges around, especially in this good of shape. This 1993 Cummins has 146,000 original miles and is sitting on a 2.5-inch level kit. Underhood modifications consist of Bully Dog injectors and fuel pin, 3-inch intercooler tubes and air horn, a custom K&N intake, 4-inch turbo back exhaust with Magnaflow muffler and a QTP exhaust cutout. The pump has been completely worked over and the timing has been advanced. It's all backed with a Suncoast transmission with a Mag Hytec deep tranny pan.

James Frailey
Tooele, UT

Now that's a clean looking Ford. This 1996 Ford F-350 Power Stroke sits on a 4" lift at 35" Toyo M/T's wrapped around 18" MKW wheels. Under the hood is a freshly rebuilt 7.3L powered by Stage II injectors, a K&N intake, 5" straight exhaust, ported heads, and a custom fuel system, Fluidamper, and ARP head studs. A 6.0L intercooler has been added along with a radiator from a later model 7.3L with electric fans. James says that an upgraded turbocharger, transmission, and better HPOP are on the list of things to do.

Curtis Lovejoy
Ventura, CA

This 2005 Chevrolet Duramax has been outfitted with a Cognito 2/3-inch leveling kit with Cognito upper control arms, Bilstein shocks, Cognito pitman support brace and Fabtech tie-rods and it's sitting on 285 BFG All-terrains.

Performance has been upped with custom EFI Live tunes from SoCal Diesel and an MBRP T-304 stainless turbo exhaust system resides in the undercarriage. Lovejoy uses Autometer pyrometer and boost gauges mounted overhead in a SoCal Diesel console pod to monitor all the inner workings of his not-so-stock Duramax.

Fil CastaƱeda
Winchester, VA

Now this looks like a rig we'd like to spend some time at the dunes in. A 6.0L Power Stroke with an AFE intake, Magnaflow exhaust, SCT SF3 Tuner, powers this 2005 Ford F250 Superduty FX4. Engine vitals are monitored on an Edge Attitude display. The trans was beefed up with a Precision converter, which sends power to 4.88 gears and 38-inch rubber. It's sitting on an 8-inch Fabtech lift using King coil-over springs and Bilstein shocks.

Jeremy Pulse
Moore, MT

Are you thinking the same thing we're thinking? Yeah, this `07 Dodge Mega Cab is a beast. Sitting on a 6-inch Superlift suspension kit and 37-inch Mickey Thompson rubber wrapped-around Moto Metal wheels, this is one nice-looking rig, especially with the Throttle Down Kustoms track bar and Mayhem front and rear bumpers. Horsepower has been boosted through use of an Edge Juice with Attitude display monitor, 5-inch Diamond Eye exhaust and a Banks Power intercooler.

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