Reality Trucks

Published in the April 2009 Issue April 2009 Column

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.

P.T. Deon
Langhorne, PA

This 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty Centennial Model is powered by a 6.0L Power Stroke tuned with SCT by Long Island Diesel. There is also a 4-inch Magnaflow dual exhaust system under the truck and set of Autometer gauges inside. It sits on a 4-inch suspension lift and Ranchero shocks. The truck rolls on Hankook Dynapro M/T tires and Weld Racing wheels.

Ryan Hart
Grande Prairie, Alberta

This 2007 5.9 Cummins is definitely easy on the eyes. With a custom 6-foot expandable quad deck on the bed, you know it gets used like any real truck should. Under the hood youâ_Tll find an AFE Stage 2 intake, a Dr. Preformance Nitro chip and a complete turbo back exhaust system. In the cab is a set of Phantom 2 gauges. The truck has a 3-inch leveling kit along with rear air bags to handle the heaviest of loads. Seventeen-inch Moto Metal wheels with 33-inch BFG A/T tires finish off the look and stance.

John Vencius
Cheyenne, WY

Now that looks like a truck that could get just about any job done. This 2002 F350 is powered by the reliable 7.3L Power Stroke. Aftermarket parts include a Tymar intake, Wicked Wheel turbo compressor wheel, MBRP t-304 stainless exhaust, ITP Diesel regulated fuel return, AirDog fuel kit, DP-Tuner F5 chip and a Fluidampr harmonic balancer. It sits on a 2.5-inch leveling kit and Bilsteins shocks. The front axle was upgraded with a Dynatrac Free-spin hub conversion kit and BFG All-Terrain KO 285 tires plant the power to the pavement.

John Simmons
Park Hills, MO

In just a year of owning this 2007 Dodge, Simmons has already surpassed the 650 hp mark and still is not slowing down. Mods include a Smarty TNT-R in conjunction with a DiabloSport Pressure Box, Flux 2.5 injectors, an Airdog 150, Floor-It Stage 3 CP3, 3-stage nitrous system, Snow Performance water/methanol kit, Andy's Garage intake, Aurora 5000 turbo, Banks intercooler and 5-inch exhaust. Itâ_Ts backed with a BD Power transmission with Goerend billet shafts. It's sitting on a Fabtech 4-inch lift and Toyo 33-inch tires wrapped around Dick Cepek DC1 wheels.

Richard Haltom
Houston, TX

Ummm. What can you say? This is one mean-looking Ford. This 2004 2WD F250 is sitting on 22-inch Panther Juice wheels and 305/40R22 Kumho tires. The truck has been lowered just far enough to keep from dragging frame. There is a full A/V system inside with a Kenwood DVD unit, 15.4-inch Directed Electronics flip-down monitor, 4 Rockford Fosgate amps and Focal components front and rear. The real beauty of the truck sits under the hood, where Hellman Performance swapped in a 2003 common rail Cummins motor between the frame rails. Modifications include an S365/S475 compound turbo setup, MaxSpool cam, DDP injectors, Fass 150/180, TS-MP8 and Smarty box tuning. There is also a full built Dodge 48RE transmission backing the power.

Nathan Newhard
Nazareth, PA

This 2001 Chevrolet 2500HD means business. Sporting a 2-inch lift kit and American Racing Mojave Teflon coated wheels wrapped with 285 BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, it definitely has that look every guy wants. The 6.6L Duramax under the hood has been improved with a Volant cold air intake, MBRP 4-inch turbo back Cool Dual exhaust system and an Edge Juice with Attitude display monitor.

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