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Reader's Diesels of the Month - May 2015

Homegrown Diesels

Apr 23, 2015
Photographers: Readers
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Maximum Attitude
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Jessica Goza
Hometown: McArthur, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 29,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 21 mpg; 14 to 16 mpg (towing)
Modifications: H&S Mini Maxx programmer, Industrial Injection compound turbocharger kit, 20-percent-over injectors, dual CP3 injection pumps, ARP head studs, SunCoast race transmission build, 5-inch Flo-Pro exhaust, Air Dog II lift pump fuel system, 6-inch Fabtech suspension lift, Fabtech tie rods, 18-inch Fuel Boost wheels, 35x12.50R18 Toyo M/T tires, Bushwacker fender flares, N-Fab nerf steps, Winch Ready bumper, and Rigid Industries LED lamps
Owner says: “This is my ’11 Chevy 2500HD that I bought brand-new with just 6 miles on the odometer and have been modifying ever since. Since adding the compound kit, I’ve been having lots more fun driving this truck and listening to the loud whistle of the turbos. MAXimum Attitude is my daily driver and horse hauler, and once the snow melts, she will also be hauling my husband’s custom-built race/pull truck to diesel events. I plan to hook her up to a sled for the first time as well!”
Photo 2/9   |   2011 Chevy Silverado 2500
Fully Built
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jason Dillingham
Hometown: St. Joseph, Illinois
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 140,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Fully balanced 5.9L Cummins engine, Carrillo rods, coated pistons, ported and polished head, side-draft intake, Inconel valves, Hamilton valvesprings, Exergy 100-percent-over injectors, Bullseye Power 66mm over S488 Double BatMoWheel compound turbos, FASS fuel system, and full transmission build with billet shafts and triple-disc torque converter
Owner says: “Every nut and bolt has been touched. Modifications include all the mentioned drivetrain upgrades, plus a complete stereo installation, custom gauges, and new paint.”
Photo 3/9   |   2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Ready to Race
Year/Make/Model: 1998½ Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Kyle Mireiter
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 252,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 17 mpg
Modifications: MADS Smarty programmer, Bully Dog 220hp injectors, FASS 90-gph lift pump, Redline Diesel Power Stage 5 transmission build, custom air intake, AFE intake manifold, and 5-inch straight-pipe exhaust
Owner says: “I’m 15 years old, and this Ram 2500 is my first vehicle. I’ve been interested in diesel drag racing for a very long time. My dad (Karl Mireiter) has been racing his truck since 2003, and I’ve always wanted to race diesel trucks since I first watched him do it.”
Photo 4/9   |   1998 Dodge Ram 2500
The Diesel Life
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Ford F-250
Owner: David Norman
Hometown: Live Oak, Florida
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 175,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 19 mpg; 14 to 15 mpg (towing)
Modifications: K&N panel filter, Superchips programmer, and HornBlasters air horns
Photo 5/9   |   2000 Ford F 250 And 1999 Mercedes Benz E300td
Year/Make/Model: 1999 Mercedes-Benz E300TD
Engine: 3.0L OM606 I-6
Transmission: 5G-Tronic five-speed automatic
Odometer: 205,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 28 to 30 mpg
Modifications: Stock
Owner says: “Since I was a little child, I’ve always been fascinated by the sound and power of diesel engines in trains, 18-wheelers, tractors, heavy equipment, cars, and such. To this day, I roll the window down to hear a purring diesel and its whistling turbo. Other diesel-powered vehicles I’ve owned are an ’83 Mazda B2200 pickup, ’83 Nissan Sentra, ’83 Mercedes-Benz E300TD, ’86 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL, and a ’91 Tiffin Allegro 31-foot motorhome with a 5.9L Cummins.”
Custom Power
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Garrett Gutshall
Hometown: Adrian, Missouri
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
Odometer: 219,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Edge Juice with Attitude programmer with Hot Unlock tune; GlowShift pillar gauges for exhaust temperature, fuel pressure, and boost; cold-air intake; custom exhaust; updated intake elbow; high-pressure lift pump; South Bend 450hp clutch; and 17x9.5 Vision wheels
Owner says: “I bought the truck completely stock four years ago when I was a junior in high school. I have been customizing it ever since.”
Photo 6/9   |   2001 Dodge Ram 2500
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Bruce Behnke
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 162,399 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 19 mpg
Modifications: Bully Dog Triple Dog programmer, K&N cold-air intake, Banks Power High-Ram intake, Summit Racing dual electric fans, MBRP 5-inch exhaust with 6-inch turn-down tip, Recon roof lamps, AFE front and rear differential covers, LMC replacement front headlamps and front bumper, 4-inch Jack-It suspension lift, Rancho shocks, 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic Lock wheels, and 325/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler tires
Owner says: “I feel I’m one of the luckiest car/truck guys in the world to have two of the best American-made vehicles. It shows that hard work can pay off. It also helps when your wife makes more money than you. The Dodge is my daily driver for about six miles to work and back, every day, and I will never sell it. Everything I have listed above I have purchased only because I’ve either read about or seen it in Diesel Power. In the future, I want to install gauges and will be getting a fifth-wheel hitch in the years to come.”
Photo 7/9   |   2004 Dodge Ram 3500
Double Duty
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-250
Owner: Kevin Herner
Hometown: Austintown, Ohio
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110W five-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 12 to 13 mpg (city); 19 to 22 mpg (highway); 14 to 16 mpg (towing)
Modifications: H&S Mini Maxx programmer; S&B cold-air intake; MBRP Cool Duals exhaust; AirDog fuel system; AeroShield fold-down wind deflector; Pace Edwards hard tonneau cover; Reese 15K fifth-wheel hitch; 4-inch Superlift suspension lift; Superlift traction bars; 20x9 Mickey Thompson Classic Big Rig wheels; Mickey Thompson 35x12.50R20 Baja ATZ tires; Westin stainless steel bull bar; six 5-inch KC Hilites lamps; and Putco stainless grab handles, mirror covers, door handles, and running boards
Owner says: “This is not only my everyday driver, but it pulls double duty from April through the end of October towing my ’12 Keystone Cougar 38-foot fifth-wheel camper. Most people have nice trucks that are just that, but this one plays just as hard as it looks.”
Photo 8/9   |   2008 Ford F 250
No Fear
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Ford F-250
Owner: Nick Roppe
Hometown: Lake Park, Minnesota
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 TorqShift five-speed automatic
Odometer: 129,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: Edge Juice with Attitude programmer, tuning by Innovative Diesel Performance, ARP head studs, “blue spring” fuel pressure regulator upgrade, coolant filter kit, 4-inch MBRP downpipe, straight-pipe exhaust, Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2-inch lift mini spring pack in the front suspension, and Firestone Ride-Rite airbags in the rear
Owner says: “This is my first diesel and, despite the taboo associated with the 6.0L engine, when I got the chance to purchase the truck, I had to have it. It is daily driven and is my toy-tugger, people-hauler, grocery-getter and weekend hot rod—all while averaging about 16 mpg. I can’t imagine driving anything else, and you can’t beat the sound. I’ve been a little conservative with my go-fast parts and power-adders up until now, because of the truck’s lack of head studs. However, a recent trip to the shop to replace an injector quickly turned into three injectors, a new FICM, and a complete rebuild, with ARP head studs.”
Photo 9/9   |   2003 Ford F 250



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