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Sweet Homegrown Diesel Trucks - Diesel Power Readers’ Rides

A 2005 Ford F-350, 2013 Ram 5500, 2008 Ford F-250 and a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500

Jul 5, 2015
Photographers: Readers
Herc
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Ford F-250
Owner: Cory Anderson
Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110W TorqShift five-speed automatic
Odometer: 135,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 16 mpg
Modifications: SCT Livewire programmer with Race tune by Gearhead Automotive Performance, No Limit Fabrication cold-air intake, 4-inch downpipe, 5-inch exhaust, FTE Diesel 7-inch black miter-cut stack, APR head studs, cold-side intercooler pipe upgrade, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter, billet input shaft, TransGo shift kit, SunCoast clutch kit, custom headlamps, tinted brake lamps, 20-inch LED lightbar, 2-inch lamps in front bumper, 2-inch suspension drop with rear blocks removed, 4,800-pound springs in front, custom 2.5-inch traction bars with nameplates, 22x12 American Force Evade FP8 wheels with 2-inch spacers, and 305/45R22 General Grabber UHP tires.
Owner says: “‘Herc’ is the first diesel truck I've owned, and it's been a temperamental one at that. I've owned it for nearly three years. The truck is currently in the middle of a build after the high-pressure fuel pump went ‘kaboom.’ I'm getting a 76mm/62mm compound turbocharger setup and a set of injectors with 75-percent-over tips on them. The build is centered on those two items, but will also be receiving dual fueler injection pumps, heavy-duty pistons, complete head rebuilds, and many other mods that support the project. I'm shooting for 800 hp minimum and the truck will be daily driven. Also, there will be extensive new suspension modifications.”
Photo 2/5   |   2008 Ford F250 Diesel Cory Anderson Readers Ride
Dualie Didn’t Work
Year/Make/Model: 2013 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab
Owner: William Leider
Hometown: Palmer, Alaska
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic
Odometer: 18,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 12 to 15 mpg (empty)
Modifications: EFILive programmer, bed extended by 6 inches to fit the 60-inch cab-to-axle distance, frame cut to match bed length, 40-gallon mid-mount fuel tank to replace the 52-gallon stock tank, steering-column shifter converted to center-console shifter, The Ram Man lockout hubs, Rickson Wheel Manufacturing super single rear wheels, 285/70R19.5 Toyo M608 Load Range H tires, Outback Extreme 8-cfm air compressor mounted on the engine, Kelderman air suspension with four-corner load-levelling with wireless controller, Blue Lake Off-Road front winch bumper, Blue Lake Off-Road rear bumper, Mile Marker hydraulic winch with wireless remote, 40-inch lightbar, gooseneck hitch, 4.88:1 axle ratios, and a custom camper shell for the winter
Owner says: “I needed a pickup truck that was good in 3 feet of fresh snow and could handle a 30,000-pound gooseneck trailer. I had a dualie, and it didn’t work. It's a one of a kind. It makes all 1-tons look like baby trucks.”
Photo 3/5   |   2013 Ram 5500 Diesel Readers Ride William Leider
All Hail
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Ford F-350
Owner: Nick Raudebaugh
Hometown: Erie, Michigan
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 133,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg
Modifications: SCT X4 programmer with custom tunes, S&B cold-air intake, ARP head studs, 4-inch exhaust, upgraded oil cooler, blue spring fuel pressure regulator upgrade, 6.4L banjo bolts, coolant filtration system, Auto Meter A-pillar gauges, 2.5-inch suspension leveling kit, 18-inch Moto Metal wheels, and 35x12.50R18 Toyo Open Country tires
Owner says: “This is my first diesel and I absolutely love it! I can't get enough of the power this truck packs. It sounds amazing and is definitely a head-turner!”
Photo 4/5   |   2005 Ford F350 Diesel Readers Rides Nick Raudebaugh
The Gift of Diesel
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Weston Killian
Hometown: Abilene, Texas
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 160,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city and 19 mpg highway
Modifications: MADS Smarty Jr. programmer, Edge CTS monitor, South Bend Clutch upgrade, K&N cold-air intake, custom 4-inch exhaust, Ranch Hand front bumper, Rancho shocks, and 305/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires on stock wheels
Owner says: “I am an F-16 instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force and have been driving diesel trucks for 10 years now, and I will never go back to a gasser. My wife bought this pickup for me while I was deployed to Iraq because I sold my Power Stroke truck before I left. She picked me up in it when I came home. It was the best welcome home present I could ever ask for, and I pull our 26-foot travel trailer for family camping trips with ease.”
Photo 5/5   |   2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Weston Killian

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