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Good Looking 8-Lug Trucks

Dec 26, 2014
Photo 2/8   |   2005 Ford F 250
King Ranch Custom
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Ford F-250
Owner: Ab Eskander
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Odometer: 103,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: ARP head studs; EGR delete; AFE Stage 2 dry intake; MBRP performance turbo-back 4-inch exhaust to 6-inch tip; SCT LiveWire programmer; Sinister Diesel coolant filter; oil cooler and water pump upgrade; Bully Dog monitor; 10-inch Fabtech lift; Fox Racing shocks; 37x13.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T tires; custom-painted 20x12 Fuel Nutz wheels; custom-painted Ranch Hand bumpers on the front and rear; LED spotlight cubes on the front as well as two for foglights and two LED cubes for reverse; Rigid Industries A Series in all wheelwells and bed; custom-painted headlights and ’08 taillights; LED blinkers and reverse lights; Recon lightbar and cab lights; custom-painted fender flares; Pioneer touchscreen; Kenwood system; Amp Research power steps; Cobra CB radio; Omega train horns
Owner says: “I want to add an ’08 tailgate as well as ’08 tow mirrors. Performance-wise, I want a PowerMax turbo intake elbow from Sinister Diesel, injectors, and many more performance parts.”
Photo 3/8   |   1997 Ford F 250
That’ll Be a Dollar…
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Ford F-250
Owner: Aaron Fouse
Hometown: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Odometer: 162,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 22 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Mods: Peterbilt intake, 5-inch exhaust, and upgraded torque converter
Owner says: “I originally bought this pickup for work, but now it’s my big baby. It embodies what a real truck is and looks like. This truck is as reliable as the sun, and if I got a dollar for every time someone asked to buy it with cash, I’d be rich.”
Photo 4/8   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500
No Trailer Queen Here
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
Owner: Chase Shrum
Odometer: 170,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 19 mpg
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Mods: 12-inch Top Gun Customz long-arm lift, ’09 Dodge steering upgrade, DirtLogic 2.5 shocks, stabilizer steering box brace, full-billet Sun Coast transmission, Mag-Hytec pan converter and flexplate, 24x12 American Force Recon wheels, 38-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires, custom headlights, everything painted to match, shaved tailgate, 5-inch Flo-Pro straight pipe, S&B intake, Smarty TNT, Flex-a-lite electric fans, and AirDog 165-gph lift pump
Owner says: “All the performance work was done by Central Florida Diesel Performance. It runs a 14.3 in the quarter-mile. I drive it every day, and it pulls a trailer—no trailer queen here!”
Photo 5/8   |   2000 Ford F 350
Stormtrooper
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Ford F-350 XLT crew cab longbed
Owner: Pat Meyer
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Odometer: 150,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 15 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF6 six-speed manual
Mods: 8-inch Fabtech lift (13 inches overall), 5:13 gears, 44x19.5x16.5 TSL Boggers, Bushwacker cut-out fender flares, Ranch Hand front and rear bumper, SCT-tuned, 6637 intake, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, ’11 tow mirrors, Lariat seats, on-board air hooked to semi horns
Owner says: “This is my dream truck. I have wanted a monster truck ever since I was little growing up watching Bigfoot and Grave Digger, and now I have one. Contrary to what it looks like, I don’t mud with it. I love this truck way too much and spent too much money to have something break. I’ll occasionally go trail riding, but it’s mostly a show truck.”
Photo 6/8   |   2008 Ford F 350
Forever Ford
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-350 Harley-Davidson edition
Owner: Aaron Wilson
Hometown: Columbia City, Indiana
Odometer: 75,700 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 16 mpg
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Mods: Zone Offroad 6-inch radius-arm lift with dual front steering stabilizers, S&B cold-air intake, KMC XD Series 22x12 Rockstar wheels, 37x13.5x22 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Owner says: “I’ve always been a Ford guy. My first diesel was an ’03 6.0L, and it performed flawlessly. Due to job security issues, I was forced to sell it. After a few years, I was able to find this ’08. The truck was stock for a little while, but I had to change its stance. I will always be a proud Ford truck owner and will continue with modifications.”
Photo 7/8   |   1999 Ford F 250
Sergeant First Class
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-250
Owner: Michael Sass
Hometown: Streator, Illinois
Odometer: 184,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 16 mpg
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Mods: TS Performance six-position chip, K&N air intake, 4-inch MBRP turbo-back exhaust, Garrett turbo, GlowShift gauges, MST chrome wheels, 35-inch Bridgestone Dueler A/T tires
Owner says: “In Afghanistan, everything is diesel. I drove a diesel Toyota HiLux from time to time and rode in various MRAP army vehicles. When I returned home, I purchased this ’99 F-250 with a 7.3L Power Stroke.”
Photo 8/8   |   2006 Chevy Silverado
New York LBZ
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Josiah Swim
Hometown: Theresa, New York
Odometer: 142,000 miles 
Fuel Economy: 17 to 21 mpg
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Mods: Airaid intake, MBRP 4-inch turbo-back exhaust with high-flow muffler, Merchant Automotive pump rub kit, Merchant Automotive turbo muffler delete, Rancho RS5000 shocks, 265/75/R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires on KMC XD Enduro Black 16-inch wheels, black Line-X rocker panels, Better Built toolbox, Cardone hydroboost, Racor fuel filter, Rotella ELC (extended life coolant), Rotella T6 synthetic motor oil, and full-synthetic Castrol Transynd automatic transmission fluid
Owner says: “I picked the truck up used and abused before a military move. It towed my family goods through the entire Appalachian highway route (steep grades and all)—from Georgia to Upstate New York (Ft. Drum)—and did great despite lack of maintenance from the previous owner. Now, she’s all fixed up and on her way to entry-level performance. The work was done by myself and Flyin’ Ryan Diesel Performance shop.”

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