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Diesel Power Readers' Rides

May 6, 2016
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/8   |   001 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD Sean Lindenberger And 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Patrick Lujan Rides
Whistlin’ Dixie
Year/Make/Model: ’06 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Sean Lindenberger
Hometown: San Diego, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 98,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: EFILive programmer with tuning by Steve Schmitzer; Pacific Performance Engineering Dual Fueler twin CP3 injection pump kit; Exergy Performance injectors; AirDog 250-gph lift pump; Inglewood Transmission Stage 4 Allison 1000 build, transfer case brace, and pump rub kit; Pro Comp 8-inch suspension lift; T&B Racing traction bars; Fabtech tie rods; Rancho 9000 shocks; 20x12 LRG wheels; and 305/45R20 Nitto NT420S tires
Owner says: “My work requires towing high-end sports cars to events, and having a built engine with twin CP3 injection pumps helps me do just that.”
El Niño
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Patrick Lujan
Hometown: San Diego, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 144,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg Modifications: EFILive programmer with tuning by Steve Schmitzer, BorgWarner S375 turbocharger, HSP Diesel intercooler pipes, Derale intercooler, Precision Industries torque converter, Raybestos GPZ friction plates, Diesel Addiction transfer case brace, Pacific Performance Engineering transfer case brace and shallow transmission pan, BT DieselWorks lockup box and pump rub kit, lowering shackles, overload-spring delete, Rancho 9000 shocks, CalTracs traction bars, 22x10 Moto Metal MO976 wheels, and 305/40R22 Nitto NT420S tires
Owner says: “My truck runs 7.7 seconds in the eighth-mile, and with my never-ending build, I can relate to people who pay for child support.”
Photo 3/8   |   002 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Chad Cadnum Rides
Like New
Year/Make/Model: ’01 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chad Cadnum
Hometown: Bayview, Idaho
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV4500 six-speed manual
Odometer: 332,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: K&N cold-air intake, 75hp injector nozzles, injection pump upgrade, AirDog lift pump, and MBRP 4-inch exhaust
Owner says: “I purchased this truck in Ohio while I was working there and drove it off the lot with just 4 miles on the odometer. The whole front end was redone with a new track bar, hubs, bearings, tie-rod ends, ball joints, shocks, and brakes. This has been a great truck!”
Photo 4/8   |   003 1931 Ford Model A Cummins Diesel Engine Swap Jason Walters
Worth It
Year/Make/Model: ’31 Ford Model A
Owner: Jason Walters
Hometown: Bluffton, South Carolina
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Chrysler 46RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 1,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 29 mpg
Modifications: Turbocharger upgrade, 90hp injectors, fuel pin, governor spring kit, lift pump, 4x2-inch channeled frame, 4-inch cab chop, four-link rear suspension, and rear air springs
Owner says: “Building this project was a long and tedious process that took four years to complete. I couldn’t be happier with the way it came out and how it drives.”
Photo 5/8   |   004 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Jason Walters
USA Quality
Year/Make/Model: ’13 Ram 2500
Owner: Jason Walters
Hometown: Bluffton, South Carolina
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 30,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Custom tuning by PPEI, Carli Suspension 6-inch radius-arm conversion lift, King Off-Road 2.5 shocks, Deaver Suspension leaf springs, torsion sway bar, Baja Designs LED lights, 20x12 Fuel wheels, 37x13.50R20 Toyo Open Country R/T tires, and AMP Research PowerSteps
Owner says: “I have built lots of trucks over the years, but this is by far my favorite one. I can’t say enough about the quality of the ride with the Carli suspension system. It’s well worth the money to buy quality parts made in the USA.”
Photo 6/8   |   005 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Diesel Marc Nunes
The Big Girl
Year/Make/Model: ’12 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Marc Nunes
Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 58,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 19 mpg
Modifications: S&B Filters cold-air intake, five custom tunes by Kory Willis at PPEI, Pacific Performance Engineering deep transmission pan, Mag-Hytec rear differential cover, Cognito Motorsports 4- to 6-inch suspension lift and Uniball upper control arms, Fox shocks and steering stabilizer, pitman arm idler support brackets, and heavy duty tie rods
Owner says: “This truck is beyond fun to drive! I set out to build the front end as strong as possible while maintaining the best ride. I also wanted powerful but reliable tunes. The only weak link left is the transmission, but that’s next on my list of things to do.”
Photo 7/8   |   006 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Taylor Whitman
Renegade Soul
Year/Make/Model: ’04 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Taylor Whitman
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 188,000 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: AFE cold air intake; MADS Smarty S-06 PoD programmer; Edge Products CTS2 monitor; 60hp injectors; engine bored 0.020 over; cryogenically treated rods; ceramic-coated pistons with Teflon-coated skirts; ARP 425 head studs, rod bolts, and main studs; ATS Diesel Performance transmission shift kit; Enterprise Engine Performance water bypass kit; FASS 95-gph lift pump; fuel-bowl delete; and Diamond Eye Performance 4-inch exhaust
Owner says: “This truck is only half done. There’s so much more to come. A fully built transmission, compound turbochargers, and a fresh paintjob are in the works. I’m very proud of how far it’s come and excited to see how well it does on the dyno when it’s complete!”
Photo 8/8   |   007 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Kevin Borough
Babe the Blue Ox
Year/Make/Model: ’07 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Kevin Borough
Hometown: Stafford, Virginia
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 58,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 to 20 mpg
Modifications: EFILive programmer with tuning by Anarchy Diesel, CFM Plus intake manifold, Maximized Performance Inc. compound-turbocharger kit with BorgWarner S475 over stock turbo, Hamilton Cams springs and pushrods, ARP 425 head studs, custom coolant bypass, Farmboys Diesel Performance 5-inch exhaust, fully built transmission by TRE Diesel Performance, reverse suspension lowering, and CalTracs traction bars
Owner says: “I got my truck back in high school but never got to drive it much at college because of the small streets in Annapolis, Maryland. During my senior year, the engine dropped a valve on cylinder number six. That set me back a bit but made room for more upgrades—and left me with a great coffee table piece. It hasn’t failed me since then and is really a true sleeper.”

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