Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - February 2008
Travis Bishops' '06 GMC just keeps getting better. What initially started as a few bolt-ons led to the truck you see here, and he's not finished. A 4-inch Rancho lift made room for 20-inch Motto wheels and 33-inch Nitto Tire Mud Grapplers. Extra power to turn the tires comes from a K&N cold-air intake, Flowmaster exhaust, and a Superchip programmer. Other additions include some Bushwacker fender flares, a T-Rex grille, PIAA lights, and an interior, which features Kenwood and Kicker audio components. Of course, there's the silver flames, too; those will be even more appropriate when Travis tackles the engine swap he has planned.
David Hubbard's '01 Ford F-250 Platinum Edition rumbles through Alaska with its 7.3L diesel, 8-inch Skyjacker lift, and 37-inch BFG All-Terrains. Heated leather seats are a necessity, but the custom sound system with in-dash DVD-player is just for fun. The addition of a billet grille and driving lights also helps set the two-tone truck apart.
Todd Bowman from Sioux City, Iowa, has built his '01 Ram into an off-road machine. A Skyjacker lift provides 8 inches of suspension. Combine that with a 3-inch body lift, and the Ram has plenty of room for 17x9-inch Helo Maxx 6 wheels and 38.5-inch Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrains. A Flowmaster exhaust and K&N intake, along with 4.56 gears, help the 5.9L V-8 move the tall tires. Inside, Nu Image blue flame gauges, a Pioneer CD player, and a Planet Audio 600-watt amp power a 10-inch JL sub.
Ronnie Merritt's '00 Chevrolet Silverado is riding on a 3/6 Belltech drop, with Nitro shocks, and 22-inch Oasis wheels with Nitto Tire NT420S tires. The exterior of the truck features a shaved tailgate, a roll pan, and a Truckmaster Designs front valance with foglights. Inside the truck are more Escalade pieces, including the gauge cluster and door handles, along with Katzkin seats and painted dash pieces that match his factory Indigo Blue Metallic exterior. Oh, we almost forgot, he also has two 12-inch Kicker subs with 600 watts of power to complement his Memphis audio components. Ronnie's future plans include airbags and more work under the hood, but he's got a great start so far.
Connie Plaissay didn't waste any time customizing this Ford '08 F-350. With only 125 miles on the odometer, the truck was dropped off to have an 8-inch Fabtech Dirt Logic Kit, 38-inch Dick Cepek Fun Country II's, and Fabtech Ladder bars installed. Connie also went monochrome with the truck, replacing the chrome bumpers for black pieces.
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