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Truckin Throwdown 2015 Part 1 - Meet the Competitors - Presented by EBC Brakes

Part One - Vehicle Spotlight

Jul 23, 2015
Photographers: Sean Haggai, Jeremy Cook, KJ Jones, Anthony Soos
Another edition of the Truckin Throwdown has come and gone, and 2015 has only grown to be bigger and badder than years past. Our competitors had been culled from a large list of loyal readers who signed up and were ready to put themselves and their trucks to the test. The five event series consisted of the Show 'n' Shine, Slalom, Stop Box, quarter-mile Drags, and Autocross course, each offering a total of 10 points apiece. EBC Brakes returned as the title sponsor, but this year we were able to add Magnuson Products and Belltech Sport Trucks on to the sponsor list as well. With the track lined up, the competitors ready to thrash, all that was left was to get our set of custom-designed trophies from Phil Cholette, our favorite Canadian machinist over at PhilbuiltDesigns.com, and have ourselves a Throwdown!
Photo 2/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
The competitors came from all walks of life and a variety of age ranges, and their trucks could not have been more different. All had brought serious firepower with them in the form of tighter suspensions, lowering kits, intakes, custom exhaust setups, even a few superchargers! All the guys were here to win, but at the end of the day all we saw was a group of friends who met at the track to challenge each other and have a few laughs in the process.
Photo 3/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown First Place Trophy
Take a closer look at the 2015 cast of drivers and what they have done to their trucks and get a glimpse into how much fun we had with these very enthusiastic readers flogging their trucks up and down the track!
2015 Truckin Throwdown Competitor Capsules
Photo 4/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza 05 Gmc Sierra
1 - 2005 GMC Sierra
Owner/City/State: Alex Esparza - Van Nuys, CA
This '05 Sierra sported a 6.0-liter that was stroked out to 408 ci, with a BorgWarner 84mm Turbo, Holey Hi-Ram intake, and ID 2000 injectors. All that extra power is put to the ground through a 4180 tranny built by MP Transmissions, and a Circle D 3,400-stall converter that was built by New Era Tuning. Keeping this beast from getting squirrely are Calvert CalTracs traction bars, Belltech Street Performance shocks, control arms, flip kit and spindles all by DJM. EBC brakes and pads provide stopping power, while 275/45R20 MSH Racemaster tires mounted up to 17x19.5 Racestar wheels provide plenty of contact patch.
Photo 5/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza 05 Gmc Sierra
Photo 6/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza 05 Gmc Sierra
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Alex Esparza - Van Nuys, CA
Year/Make/Model: '05 GMC Sierra
Engine: 6.0L stroked out to 408 ci, BorgWarner 84mm turbo, Holley Hi-Ram Intake, ID2000 Injectors, Calvert CalTracs Traction Bars
Trans: Built 4180 by MP transmissions, Circle D 3,400-stall converter, built and tuned by Alex at New Era Tuning
Rearend: 4.10 with TruTrac Locker
Suspension Mods: Belltech Street Performance shocks, DJM Control Arms, DJM Flip kit with spindles
Brakes: EBC Rotors and Pads
Wheels: 20-inch '14 OEM
Tires: MSH Racemaster 275/45R20
Mods: HD Hood/color matched
Photo 7/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown George Dias 2002 Ford F150 Lightning
2 - 2002 Ford F-150 Lightning
Owner/City/State: George Dias - Oakdale, California
George Dias and his '02 Lightning have competed in numerous autocross events, including Good Guys, Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car, and SCA just to name a few. The Lightning's supercharged V-8 gets an extra boost from a ZEX nitrous system, an SCT tuner, and a Flowmaster exhaust. The suspension is all business with front Ground Force 2-inch drop springs, Bilstein HPS 1000 shocks, a Hotchkis front sway bar, and a NAPA adjustable camber kit. In the rear are a set of Ground Force 4-inch drop shackles, a Hotchkis sway bar, Lakewood traction bars, QA1 shocks, and Belltech shock extensions. Rubber meets the road with 295/45R18 Nitto NT05 tires.
Photo 8/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown George Dias 2002 Ford F150 Lightning
Photo 9/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown George Dias 2002 Ford F150 Lightning
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2002 Ford F-150 Lightning
Owner and City/State: George Dias - Oakdale, California
Engine: 5.4, 330 ci, ported Eaton Supercharger, K&N FIPK Boost By-Pass, NGK TR-6 spark plugs, ZEX nitrous oxide system, SCT Tuner, Custom Tuning by Amazon Tuning Solutions (Mooresville, NC)
Trans: Four-speed Automatic (4R100) with 4.5-inch aluminum drive shaft
Rearend: 9.75-inch ring gear with limited slip diff, 3.73:1 ratio
Suspension: (F) Hotchkis sway bar, Bilstein HPS 1000 shocks, Ground Force 2-inch drop springs, rubber isolators deleted, NAPA adjustable camber bolt kit. (R) Hotchkis sway bar, corner grip Panhard bar
Brakes: Baer drilled and slotted rotors with EBC brake pads
Wheels: 18x9.5 in SVT cast aluminum wheels painted black
Tires: 295/45R18 Nitto NT05 tires
Mods: Harwood 3-inch cowl, Gaylord's Lids Speedsturr Tonneau Cover, Matrix LED lights
Photo 10/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Javier Hernandez 2004 Chevy Silverado
3 - 2004 Chevy Silverado
Owner/City/State: Javier Hernandez - Anaheim, CA
Javier and his 6.0L-powered '04 shortbed belong to Orange County Street Trucks and race on a regular basis. A stock bottom end with an Edelbrock Super Vic Jr. intake with elbow, Alkycontrol single nozzle meth kit, springs and cam by Jerrett Faggart Racing, a 3.5-inch MagnaFlow exhaust, 4l80E trans built by MP Transmissions, 3.73 gears with an Eaton Truetrac locker, Calvert nine-way adjustable shocks and EBC brakes round out this wolf in stock clothing. Rolling on a set of Race Star 93 Truck Star Wheels 17x7 (f), 17x9.5 (r) mounted to 235/60R17 Nitto 421Q and 325/45R17 M&H Racemaster drag radials respectively.
Photo 11/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Javier Hernandez 2004 Chevy Silverado
Photo 12/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Javier Hernandez 2004 Chevy Silverado
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Javier Hernandez - Anaheim, CA
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500
Engine: 6.0L LQ4 346 ci, stock bottom end, 6.0L LQ4 with Edelbrock Super Vic Jr. intake manifold and intake, elbow, stock 78mm throttle-body, stock 317 heads, COMP Cams pushrods, LS9 head gaskets, ARP head studs, cam and springs by Jarrett Faggart Racing, T4 KB racing turbo kit with Borg Warner s475 on 20 psi, 3.5-inch MagnaFlow system, Alkycontrol single nozzle meth kit, switched to return style fuel system and added Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator, Bosch 127-pound injectors, dual Walbro 450 pumps, running on E85, Taylor Spark Plug Wires with NGK BR7EF plugs, factory computer, custom tuned by Ryne Cunningham Motorsports
Trans: 4L80 rebuilt by MP transmissions (Santa Fe Springs, CA) with shift kit and Yank Performance Pro Truck Series multi disk 3600
Rearend: GM 8.5 stock 3.73 gears with Eaton TrueTrac
Suspension: Front: McGaughys 16-inch spindle, QA1 stocker star shocks Rear: McGaughys flip kit, McGaughys C-Notch kit, McGaughys helper bags, Smith Assassin traction bars, Calvert Racing 9-way adjustable shocks
Brakes: EBC brake pads
Wheels: 17x7 and 17x9.5 Race Star industries 93 Truck Star Wheels
Tires: (F) Nitto 421Q 235/60R17 (R) M&H Racemaster Drag Radials 325/45R17
Exterior: Stock sleeper look, white powdercoated turbo, valve cover, and alternator by New Year Metal Polishing (Santa Ana, CA)
Photo 13/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Dan Glauser 1969 Chevy C10
4 - 1969 Chevy C10
Owner/City/State: Dan Glauser - Mesa, Arizona
Dan Glauser and his fully built '69 C10 found out about Throwdown 2015 a few weeks after the deadline had passed, and he was put onto the list of alternates. But as is bound to happen, a few early entrants dropped out and he stepped up to fill their spot and we were stoked that he did. His two-tone blue-and-white C10 was more than just a show queen as it was packing an LS motor mated to a 75mm turbo, LS9 head gaskets, with a 3,500-stall converter and posi drive. Keeping the C10 ground-bound is a set of Nitto NT05R's mounted to Budnik wheels.
Photo 14/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Dan Glauser 1969 Chevy C10
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Dan Glauser - Mesa, Arizona
Year/Make/Model: 1969 Chevy C10
Engine: LS, 75mm turbo, 90mm throttle-body, LS9 head gaskets, 90lb injectors, Daniel Crower Racing Cam, Edelbrock Proflow Intake
Trans: 3,500-stall converter, shift kit, turbo 400
Rearend: Posi drive
Suspension: Tubular suspension, large sway bars
Brakes: Baer GP rotors, front 12-inch, rear 10-inch
Wheels: 19x10 and 20x10 Budnik
Tires: 305/35R19 and 315/35R20 Nitto NT05R
Photo 15/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Matt Ochoa 2005 Gmc Canyon
5 - 2005 GMC Canyon
Owner/City/State: Matt Ochoa - Sacramento, California
Followers of Throwdown in the recent past may remember Matt Ochoa and his '05 Canyon from the 2012 event. The inline-five ran into a little mechanical failure back then and vowed to get back to Throwdown! A little perseverance and a lot of late night repair sessions got it back on the road and back into Throwdown 2015! A whole bunch of performance is crammed into that engine bay, with forged pistons, a custom STS turbo kit, Snow Performance boost cooler, while a fully built 4l65 feeds a Truetrac diff with 3:73 gears. Naake Suspension along with QA1 coilovers and shocks keep this pit bull pug of a truck running true.
Photo 16/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Matt Ochoa 2005 Gmc Canyon
Photo 17/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Matt Ochoa 2005 Gmc Canyon
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Matt Ochoa - Sacramento, CA
Year/Make/Model: 2005 GMC Canyon
Engine: 3.5L inline-five, forged pistons, R&R rods, ported heads, custom STS turbo kit, 60-pound injectors, Walbro 416 fuel pump, Aeromotive FPR, Snow Performance Stage 2 boost cooler with water meth injection system, tuned by Mark Romans
Trans: Fully built 4l65 by West Coast Transmissions in Sacramento
Rearend: Eaton Tru Trac differential 3:73 gears
Suspension: Naake Suspension, QA1 front coilovers, QA1 rear shocks, custom leaf springs, custom traction bar
Brakes: Custom Wilwood 4-piston calipers and 12.8 rotors
Wheels: 18x8.5 GFX-OR7
Tires: (F) 295/35/18 and (R) 295/45/18 Nitto NTO5
Mods: SS front bumper, SS roll pan, billet door handles. Custom aluminum flush tonneau cover and wing by AIM (Woodland, CA)
Photo 18/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Luis Beto Rodriguez 2014 Chevy Silverado
6 - 2014 Chevy Silverado
Owner/City/State: Luis "Beto" Rodriguez - Anaheim, California
Another name that Throwdown followers might remember is Beto Rodriguez in his blacked out '14 Silverado. Not only is he a serious competitor, his truck's silhouette appeared as the 2015 logo. Taking winning seriously, this '14 is equipped with a Whipple supercharger, Comp Cams performance cam, Kooks long-tube headers, and a Circle D 3,000-stall converter on the 6L80E trans. Lowered on a DJM 4/7 inch lowering kit installed by Crespo Suspension, and rolling on stock 18-inch wheels mounted to 235/60R18 Bridgestone Dueler tires. So when this black bomber rolls up next to you at the starting line you better know what you're doing.
Photo 19/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Luis Beto Rodriguez 2014 Chevy Silverado
Photo 20/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Luis Beto Rodriguez 2014 Chevy Silverado
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Luis "Beto" Rodriguez - Anaheim, CA
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Chevy Silverado
Engine: 5.3L with a Whipple supercharger, Kooks long-tube headers, Comp Cams performance cam, Volant Exhaust
Trans: 6L80E transmission with a Circle D 3,000-stall converter
Rearend: Stock 308
Suspension: DJM 4/7-inch lowering kit
Brakes: EBC
Wheels: 18-inch stock Chevy
Tires: 235/60R18 Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Photo 21/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Eric Carillo 1993 Ford F150 Lightning
7 - 1993 Ford Lightning
Owner/City/State: Eric Carrillo - Compton, California
Another late addition to the roster, Eric Carillo brought a real threat with a first-gen Lightning boasting over 900 hp! Helping the '93 achieve such a lofty number was 5.0L Coyote swap, a Kenne Bell supercharger, Dynomax Exhaust, B&M shifter, Optima Battery, and Curry rearend. Eric brought a level of competitiveness that saw him walking the dragstrip with a shuffle and stomp cadence to test the track surface. This laid-back guy with the soft-spoken demeanor switched gears when it came time to race, but his right foot got the best of him and he hit more than a few cones, which affected his totals a little.
Photo 22/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Eric Carillo 1993 Ford F150 Lightning
Photo 23/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Eric Carillo 1993 Ford F150 Lightning
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Eric Carrillo - Compton, California
Year/Make/Model: 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning
Engine: 5.0L Coyote swap, Dynomax Exhaust, B&M shifter, Optima Battery, Curry rearend, Kenne Bell Supercharger
Trans: E4OD electronically controlled four-speed automatic
Rearend: 456 gears
Suspension: Coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood
Wheels: 275/35R24 and 405/25R24 Pirelli
Tires: 24x10 and 24x16 Intro
Photo 24/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Steve Komlos 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
8 - 2004 Chevy Silverado1500
Owner/City/State: Steve Komlos - Monrovia, CA
When pulling up to a light next to this '04 1500 with Steve Komlos at the helm, you might think it's just another well-maintained truck with your normal everyday driver. But you'd be wrong. With 11:1 compression, COMP Cams custom ground camshaft, Mahle pistons and rings, a Circle D 3400-stall converter, McGaughys flip kit and C-notch, this stock-ish-looking truck has loads of hidden muscle. Taking a lowered stance with DJM 3-inch lowering control arms with Hotchkis sway bars, Calvert Racing traction bars and Belltech shocks. Putting rubber to road is a set of Nitto NT-05s wrapped around 18x8 factory wheels.
Photo 25/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Steve Komlos 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Photo 26/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Steve Komlos 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Stephen Komlos - Monrovia, CA
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Engine: 6.0L LQ9, 370ci, 11:1 compression, COMP Cams, custom grind camshaft, valvesprings, and pushrods, ported and polished heads, Mahle pistons and rings, ARP hardware, Cal Speed long tube headers, Cherry Bomb 3-inch exhaust, 4-inch cold air intake, LS1 electric fans, nitrous outlet plate kit, turned with HP tuners
Trans: 4L80E, Circle D Performance 3400 Torque Converter, 30K Trans Cooler
Rearend: 4:10 gears, Eaton Truetrac differential
Suspension: DJM 3-inch lowering control arms, McGaughys 6-inch flip kit and c-notch, Hotchkis sway bars, Calvert Racing traction bars, Belltech shocks
Brakes: EBC Green Stuff and EBC slotted rotors, Russell braided stainless lines
Wheels: 18x8 Factory Titan
Tires: 295/45R18 Nitto NT-05
Mods: Auto Meter trans temp gauge, Innovate Motorsports wideband
Photo 27/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Rene Rodriguez 2014 Chevy Silverado Ltz Z71
9- 2014 Chevy Silverado LTZ Z71
Owner/City/State: Rene Rodriguez - Anaheim, California
Rene and his '14 Z71 were easily pushing the most sheetmetal up and down the track, but that did not stop him from being one of the most entertaining competitors at Throwdown 2015. He flung all 5,000-plus pounds around every corner with ease. Power comes out of the stock 5.3-liter, regulated only by Rene's very heavy right foot and tendency to leave little room between the bottom of the pedal and the floorboard. 7-inch Belltech drop spindles, with 4-inch DJM arms and a bridge notch barely make enough room for the 26x9 and 26x12 Raceline wheels taking up the entire wheelwell.
Photo 28/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Rene Rodriguez 2014 Chevy Silverado Ltz Z71
Photo 29/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Rene Rodriguez 2014 Chevy Silverado Ltz Z71
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Rene Rodriguez, Anaheim CA
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Chevy Silverado
Engine: 5.3-liter, new Era tune, Borla exhaust
Rearend: 3.08 rear axle ratio
Suspension: 7-inch Belltech Drop Spindles, 4-inch DJM arms, bridge notch, Crespo Suspension
Brakes: R1 Concepts E Line Rotors
Wheels: (F) 26x9 and (R) 26x12 Raceline
Tires: 255/30/26 and 305/30/26 Diablo
Mods: Essential Lites LED lights
Photo 30/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Carlos Cortez 1995 Ford Lightning
10- 1995 Ford Lightning
Owner/City/State: Carlos Cortez - El Monte, California
Carlos Cortez and his '95 Lightning have beer racing around as part of Team Billet, ripping up pavement at track days, showing up to meets and club events, and generally getting a lot of looks on the street.
Power pumps out from its 5.8-liter, producing a little over the stock 240 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque thanks to a K&N cold air filter setup, MSD Super Conductor plug wires, and deleted cats. All the rockin' and rollin' is handled by a set of Belltech shocks and a set of sway bar locks. Rolling stock takes the form of 24x10 Intro Twisted Rally wheels shod in grippy 285/35R24 Saffiro SF800 tires.
Photo 31/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Carlos Cortez 1995 Ford Lightning
Photo 32/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Carlos Cortez 1995 Ford Lightning
Inside the Build
Name/City/State: Carlos Cortez - Anaheim, California
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Ford Lightning
Engine: 5.8-liter, K&N Filter, MSD Super Conductor Plug Wires
Rearend: Limited slip diff, 4.10:1
Suspension: Belltech shocks, sway bar locks
Brakes: EBC rotors and pads
Wheels: 24x10 Intro Twisted Rally, with spiked lugs
Tires: 285/35R24 Saffiro SF800
Photo 36/42   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown 1995 Ford Lightning

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