8-Lug Readers’ Rides - May 2014
Caleb Egner is a 16-year-old resident of small-town Ohio, and although he has only had his license a few months, he’s already working hard to pay off this 1999 Ford F-350. He originally got the Ford F-350 at age 14 and has been showing cattle to pay for the truck, insurance, fuel, and parts on his own. If that’s not enough, he has already installed Alliant Power injectors, a 4-inch downpipe, a 5-inch Diamond Eye exhaust, an S&B intake, and a new transmission. Caleb also lifted the truck with a 2.5-inch leveling kit up front, and a 3-inch add-a-leaf out back. It rides on a set of black Dick Cepek Torque wheels. His future plans include a Garrett 38R ball-bearing turbo, water-methanol injection system, and CFM intake manifold.
Garrick Sweeney sent us this photo of his 1991½ Dodge W250 Cummins with only 81,000 original miles. The truck belonged to an old farmer, and Garrick pleaded with him for six years before he was finally allowed to buy it. Since buying the Dodge, Garrick has added several power mods, including a cold-air intake, 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust, Holset HX35 turbo, 50hp injectors, Denny T Stage II fuel pin, 366 governor spring, and a maxed-out fuel pump. The truck rides on a 2.5-inch Skyjacker lift, 18x10-inch Moto Metal 962 wheels, and 33x13.50 Mickey Thompson MTZ tires. The truck has also been repainted with Inferno Red Crystal pearl paint and has been fully restored inside and out.
David LaPierre drives this blacked-out 2009 Ford F-350 to his carpentry job every day. The truck rides on a Rize Industries 8-inch four-link lift kit with dual remote-reservoir King shocks. It rolls on 22x11-inch XD Series Monster wheels and 40x15.50R22 Toyo mud-terrain tires. Cosmetic upgrades include smoked taillights and side markers, HID headlights, limo tint, and Bushwacker fender flares. To add power to the 6.4L Power Stroke, David installed an H&S intake, MBRP exhaust, Spartan DashDAQ tuner, and AFE intercooler. The transmission was also fully built with a Sun Coast torque converter.
Scott Audibert lives in Lubbock, Texas, and has gradually built his 2003 Ram 2500 into a power-packed sleeper. Its 5.9L Cummins makes a massive 650 hp to the tire, thanks to a long list of mods: 62/475 twin turbos at 70 psi, 100hp injectors, a Motorsport Diesel Stroker CP3 injection pump, a Sun Coast race-built 48RE automatic transmission, a Hamilton Diesel ported and polished O-ringed head, Hamilton Diesel pushrods and springs, an HTT intercooler, and a Smarty UDC tune by Coffman Customs. Cosmetically, the truck has been kept clean and simple with a 2-inch leveling kit, rear helper ’bags, HID projector headlights, an SRT-10 hood, a Ranch Hand rear bumper, 20-inch wheels, and 35x12.50R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires. Scott’s future plans for the truck include dual CP3 injection pumps to cross the 750hp threshold.
Jeremy Fitch of New Caney, Texas, chose to modernize the look of his 2001 Ford F-250 with a 2010 front clip swap, custom steel bumper, and Recon LED lighting all around. For clearance off-road, he bolted on a 6-inch Skyjacker lift, 20-inch ATX Series wheels, and 37-inch Nitto tires. The Ford F-250’s 7.3L diesel has an AFE Stage II intake, 7-inch dual stack MBRP exhaust, SCT Livewire TS programmer with custom tune, and Edge CTS monitor. There’s nothing better than blasting your favorite song with the windows down, so Jeremy added a Pioneer double-DIN head unit, Memphis Audio 1,000-watt amp, two 12-inch Clarion subwoofers, and a set of 6x9 Focal speakers.
Jason Marincic says his 2007 Ram 1500 Mega Cab often confuses bystanders, since it appears to be a 1/2-ton with eight-lug wheels. What many people don’t know is that underneath it all, the 1500 Mega Cab trucks are simply 2500s with gas engines and softer spring rates. Jason began by modifying his truck with a K&N cold-air intake, Airaid throttle-body spacer, and 3-inch Flowmaster side-exit exhaust. To handle the rough Wyoming backroads, he installed a ReadyLift leveling kit, 20x10-inch Raceline Renegade 8 wheels, and 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grappler tires. He also added functionality to his truck with AMP Research PowerSteps, a Delta Champion toolbox, diamond-plate bedrail covers, a Stampede bug guard, and a set of Alpine speakers. Jason’s future plans include a new grille, headlights and taillights, and a tuner.
Andrew Daniel built his 2009 Ram 2500 with one purpose in mind: toughness. The truck handles tough Canadian winters with ease thanks to a 5-inch Zone Offroad lift with Fox shocks, Superlift dual steering stabilizers, 20x9 Fuel Boost wheels, and 35x12.50R20 Nitto Mud Grappler tires. If he does get stuck, the Warn VR12000 wirelessly operated winch bolted to his Tough Country Legend front bumper will pull him to safety. Out back, Andrew added an Iron Bull rear bumper and taillight guards, as well as a custom-fabricated spider web headache rack. Six PIAA lights on the front bumper light up the road ahead, and an Airaid intake, MBRP exhaust, and Bully Dog GT tuner up the Cummins’ power output. Small details like LED interior lighting and an Alpine sound system make the truck’s interior a nicer place to be.