Exclusive Content
Original Shows, Motorsports and Live Events
Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
  • |
  • |
  • Readers’ Diesels: Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and GMC diesel trucks

Readers’ Diesels: Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and GMC diesel trucks

Diesels and More

John Lehenbauer
Nov 18, 2016
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Ford Front Passenger Side
No More Duals
Year/Make/Model: ’01 Ford F-350
Owner: Caylon Golden
Hometown: Lebanon, Tennessee
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 317,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 to 15 mpg
Modifications: Power Hungry Performance Hydra chip with tuning by Tyrant Diesel, Full Force Diesel Performance 250/200cc injectors, ARP head and main studs, Comp Cams 910 valvesprings, Modified (66mm compressor wheel/76mm exhaust wheel) Holset H2e turbocharger, B.A.E. Operations headers, Irate Diesel Performance regulated-return–style fuel system, 3.5-inch leveling kit, and 22x12.25 milled Alcoa super-single wheels with 325/50/22 Toyo A/T tires
Owner says: “I bought this truck as a bone-stock dualie in May 2011. In February 2012, I was broadsided in the bed. The bed was destroyed and the Dana 80 rearend and the frame were bent. Over the next year and a half, I rebuilt the truck as a single-rear wheel with an ’08 interior. Since being back together, the truck has seen countless power setups. The current configuration makes just shy of 600 hp. This truck is my daily driver and spends more than half its life hooked to my 32-foot gooseneck trailer hauling farm equipment, steel, or one of my 750-plus-horsepower 7.3L-powered race trucks. My future plans are to install ’05 axles with full air-ride suspension, a little more fuel, and a BorgWarner S364.5/S480 compound-turbocharger setup. In the end, I would like a nearly smoke-free 700hp tow rig.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Dodge Red Front Driver Side
Old School
Year/Make/Model: ’90 Dodge D250
Owner: Jason Gunn
Hometown: Athens, Tennessee
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 727 three-speed automatic
Odometer: 110,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city, 19 mpg highway
Modifications: 5x0.12 injectors, 16 degrees of timing, Denny T Performance fuel pin, Diamond Eye Performance 4-inch exhaust, BD Diesel Performance 16cm2 turbo housing, custom cold-air intake, and seats out of a second-generation Dodge Ram
Owner says: “I bought this truck with the idea of restoring it. After driving it for five years, I decided it was time to start. I painted parts of the engine, the outside, and the whole frame. The inside was completely gutted and redone. I have truly enjoyed this project. I drive it some on the weekends and love taking it to truck shows.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Ford Front Driver Side
Red Widow
Year/Make/Model: ’14 Ford F-250
Owner: Kevin Lohr
Hometown: Garrettsville/Bethesda, Ohio
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 Torqshift six-speed automatic
Odometer: 35,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 24 mpg
Modifications: Confederate Diesel BorgWarner S366 Pro turbocharger with billet compressor wheel, dash-mounted H&S Motorsports Mini Maxx race tuner with Midwest Diesel and Auto tuning, AFE Power Stage 2 cold-air intake and 5-inch straight-piped exhaust with 6-inch powdercoated Ruby Red tip, Industrial Injection 33-percent-over-stock CP4 injection pump (after having two Bosch stock pumps grenade), PureFlow AirDog II-4G lift pump, Pro Comp ladder bars, Snyder Performance Engineering Full Lock Diff kit, Snow Performance MPG-Max water-methanol injection kit, color-matched emblems, and Recon Super Duty illuminated doorsills and side emblems
Owner says: “I can’t say enough about my pride and joy. I am very impressed with how far it has come along from the time when it was stock, especially with being a single-pump, single-turbo setup. I am looking to either go for connecting rods or a built transmission and then some slightly bigger sticks…but as she sits, she is a tough one to stay out of that skinny pedal!”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Jeep Wrangler Front Passenger Side
One-Ton Wrangler
Year/Make/Model: ’89 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: TJ Burke
Hometown: West Bend, Wisconsin
Engine: 3.9L Cummins 4BT I-4
Transmission: M5OD five-speed manual
Odometer: 1,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg
Modifications: Engine: 3,800-rpm governor spring, Holset HX35 turbocharger, custom exhaust manifold with external wastegate, front-mounted intercooler, custom-built intake plenum, custom-built three-link front suspension with coil springs, Dana 60 front axle, GM 14-bolt rear axle with disc brakes, rear traction bars, 37-inch tires, Smittybilt 9,500-pound winch, custom dash with Intellitronix digital gauges, and factory-replacement seats from Quadratec
Owner says: “I built this Jeep over the course of two years. I built the chassis with “builder” parts from Ballistic Fabrication and was never let down with the quality of its parts. Off-the-shelf, bolt-on parts for this Jeep are few and far between, but that’s what made it fun. The project changed courses more than once, but I am very happy with the end result. I ended up with a fun Jeep that can be daily driven, as well as a fairly capable trail rig.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Ram Front Driver Side Camper
Year/Make/Model: ’16 Ram 3500
Owner: James Cunningham
Hometown: Delta, Vancouver B.C., Canada
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: G56 six-speed manual
Odometer: 8,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Zone Offroad Products 2-inch leveling kit, Lakesea Tyres Crocodile Off Road Exreme MT tires, Fuel Vector wheels, AirLift WirelessOne air suspension, Bushwacker fender flares, and Torklift International front and rear camper tie-downs
Owner says: “It all started from a blank canvas. I love this truck. It is under warranty for the engine, but I want to make upgrades like an Edge Products programmer, air intake, and such. But we’ll see what the future holds for Haul!”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Gmc Passenger Side
Colorado Denali
Year/Make/Model: ’15 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Austin Jessop
Hometown: Colorado City, Arizona
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LML V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 1,500 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Modifications: Powdercoated Cognito Motorsports 4- to 6-inch variable lift kit (set at 5 inches), 22x10 American Force Fallout wheels with powdercoated face plates, 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires, tinted windows, Husky Liners floormats, painted door handles, foglight covers, and mirrors
Owner says: “I started out with a 24-valve Cummins-powered truck, then I bought an ’03 Chevrolet with a Duramax that dyno’d at 600 hp. Ever since then, I’ve been a Duramax guy. So I bought this truck, and it is a real head turner. It’s fun watching people’s reactions to it, especially those of my buddies.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Ram Driver Side
12-Valve Addiction
Year/Make/Model: ’97 Dodge 2500
Owner: Curtis Rumrill
Hometown: Hanover, Massachusetts
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 325,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway
Modifications: Industrial Injection 50-percent-over injectors, Injen Technology cold-air intake, 4-inch exhaust into 6-inch Aussie stacks, and 2-inch leveling kit
Owner says: “This is my first diesel, and it has become an addiction! I’ve had to do a lot of bodywork, but now that it is mostly done I will be installing more go-fast parts. It’s my daily driver, so it’s taken many, many weekends to get her where she’s at.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Rides Diesel Chevy Front Passenger Side
Year/Make/Model: ’05 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owner: Nick Hanna
Hometown: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LLY V-8
Transmission: Allison five-speed automatic
Odometer: 189,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: ARP head studs, Fel-Pro head gaskets, Pacific Performance Engineering race-fuel valve, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Duramax LBZ turbocharger mouthpiece with resonator delete plug, BD Diesel Performance Full Bore exhaust manifold, Edge Products Evolution CTS programmer, 4-inch straight pipe into side-dump exhaust, Caterpillar fuel filter, PureFlow AirDog Raptor 150-gph lift pump, Detroit 871 3-micron filter, SuspensionMAXX MAXXCam torsion keys, 35-inch BFGoodrich A/T tires, and Pacific Performance Engineering rear differential cover
Owner says: “I bought this truck in the spring of 2014 with the intention of using it as my daily driver and doing some towing. But about two weeks after I bought it, I found out the head gaskets were blown. With the help of a family friend, we did the head gaskets and studs. I’ve been slowly adding to it since then, and I hope to do a transmission build and either install a bigger turbocharger or compound turbos, as well as a 6-inch suspension lift.