Reality Trucks

Published in the August 2009 Issue August 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.


Tom Walker Jr.
Gillette, WY

WalkerWith a fully-built LB7 Duramax under the hood, we'd suggest not messing with this truck on the street. This 2001 Sierra has been hopped up with cut pistons, TTS connecting rods, ARP head and main studs, 31.5 percent over MDE injectors, a Borg Warner S472 turbo, PPE Dual Fuelers, Fass 150 fuel system, EFI Live tuning software, and methanol injection. Power is sent through a Stage IV Suncoast transmission outfitted with a 1057 converter. Walker has also added PPE's pitman arm and idler braces.


Scott O'Hagan
New Waverly, TX

O'HaganNicknamed `The Bus,' this yellow 2005 Dodge Cummins is sitting on a 5-inch Pro Comp lift with 20-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler tries. It's powered by an Industrial Injection Super Phatshaft 66 turbo, AFE Stage II intake, an HTS trans with a Sun Coast torque converter and BD Power flex plate, Fass 95-150, MBRP exhaust, Armstrong Performance 90hp injectors, Smarty TNT and TS Performance MP-8. Other mods include a Hellman Performance fuel filter delete, Hamilton Diesel valve springs and push rods, ARP head studs, GDP grid heater delete, and a Nitrous Express nitrous system. Best dyno run and track pass is 702hp and a 12.1 at 110mph. Not bad for a lifted truck sitting on 35s.


Mike Meyer
Las Vegas, NV.

MeyerSweet LMM, right? Yeah, that's what we thought. Sitting on 20-inch KMC Rockstars and 285/55 Nitto Dune Grapplers this 2008 Silverado has been modified to the fullest extent with Cognito 60-inch traction bars, Billstien 5100 shocks, 2-inch rear drop shackles, Pac-Brake tie-rod sleeves, and Cognito center link braces. Under the hood you'll find PPE Dual CP3's, lift, race valve, and ported fuel fittings. There is also an S&B intake, 5-inch turbo back exhaust into a 5-inch single stack, EFI Live tuning, and a Suncoast Stage IV transmission with their 1058 converter. In the cab is a set of Autometer GS series gauges, an AeroForce scan gauge, two 10-inch JL Audio W3's and a 500-watt amplifier.


Luke Cartwright
Bellvue, NE

CartwrightThere might be thousands of Super Duty's out there, but this is one we'd be proud to drive around. This early 99 F250 sits on a 5-inch suspension lift and 35-inch Toyo MT tires; wheels are 18-inch Gear Wheels. There is a set of Rough Country Dual Stabilizers, billet grill inserts, Recon LED taillights, and a fully functional ram air hood. Performance has been improved with a Bully dog intake, DP Tuner programmed pcm, Autometer gauges, West Coast Diesel flip switch, and a MBRP 4-inch exhaust.

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