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Readers’ Diesels

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Mar 6, 2017
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels Ford Excursion


Year/Make/Model: ’02 Ford Excursion
Owner: David Pyle
Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Odometer: 96,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg, 12 mpg towing
Modifications: Skyjacker Suspensions add-a-leafs (front), Top Gun Customz 1.5-inch lift blocks (rear), Bilstein shocks and steering damper, Hellwig Products sway bars (front and rear), Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs (rear), TS Performance six-position chip, Ford F-550 31-row transmission cooler, AFE Power cold-air intake, Banks Power Techni-Cooler, CFM Plus Diesel Products intake, Banks Power 4-inch exhaust with Power Elbow, Auto Meter Competition Instruments gauges, Hawk Performance brake rotors
Owner says: “I use this truck to haul the wife, grandkids, and camping gear and to tow my 10,000-pound toy hauler. Thanks, Diesel Power magazine, for all the improvements that came from your articles and advertisements. A new turbo is next.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels Chevrolet

Just Another Farm Truck

Year/Make/Model: ’02 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Wade Yingling
Hometown: Mount Sterling, Illinois
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LB7 V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 199,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 16 mpg
Modifications: EFILive by Bob at Duramax Tuner, S&S Diesel Motorsports 35-percent-over injectors and 10mm CP3 injection pump, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, Edge Products CTS monitor, Auto Meter Competition Instruments boost and pyrometer gauges, Pacific Performance Engineering boost valve, ported-and-polished intake horn, cold-air intake, 5-inch exhaust, 3-inch downpipe, triple-disc torque converter, SunCoast Diesel Transmission GMAX-5 clutches, transmission built by Maul’s Shop, Dirty Hooker Diesel centerlink steering-stabilizer bracket, Fabtech Motorsports heavy-duty tie rods, Merchant Automotive transfer case brace, Longhorn Fab Shop traction bars, 2-inch leveling kit, Add-a-Leaf helper spring (rear), 16x8 Eagle Alloy wheels, 33-inch Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 tires
Owner says: “This is my first truck. It was handed down to me from my dad, and I could never get rid of it. It was bone-stock when I got it when I was 15 years old. My future plans are to add a new set of wheels and tires, an intercooler, head studs, and a billet-wheel BorgWarner S475–over-stock compound-turbocharger setup.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels Dodge Ram


Year/Make/Model: ’04 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Alex Weatherford
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Odometer: 141,000
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 19 mpg highway
Modifications: Airaid 3-inch cold-air intake, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems lift pump, 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust with 8-inch tip, dual-disc clutch, Auto Meter Competition Instruments boost and EGT gauges, 3-inch leveling kit, Ranch Hand front bumper, Edge Products EZ Module, Mads Smarty S06 programmer, 20x12 Red Dirt Road wheels, 33-inch Comforser CF3000 tires, 360-degree LED lighting
Owner says: “My rig may not be worth much, but it is reliable and a great eye-catcher.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels Ford

Second ’Stroke

Year/Make/Model: ’11 Ford F-350
Owner: Connor Kachuk
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 6R140 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 90,000 miles on body, 6,200 miles on powertrain
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Modifications: ’15 6.7L Ford engine and transmission, H&S Performance Mini Maxx programmer with custom tunes, AFE Power cold-air intake, MBRP 4-inch exhaust, Fabtech Motorsports/Precision Metal Fabrication 8-inch lift, painted headlights, Paramount Automotive grille, dual 40-inch LED lightbars, and two Rigid Industries Q-Series flood lights
Owner says: “I bought the truck from an older gentleman who kept it stock. The first upgrades included a leveling kit, aftermarket wheels and tires, a programmer, and a cold-air intake. That sufficed for a few years while I finished school, then I wanted more power. So I threw on a BorgWarner 467.7 turbocharger with lots of fuel and hoped for the best. To make a long story short, my stock engine and transmissions were not up to the task of handling 700-plus horsepower and more than 1,400 lb-ft of torque and eventually gave up. I expected it to break at some point. As a replacement, I installed a brand-new 6.7L engine and transmission with just a basic tune and focused on the “PowerJoke’s” aesthetics.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels Black Chevrolet

A Hard-Core Diesel Fan

Year/Make/Model:’13 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Cam Chaney
Hometown: Houston, Missouri
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LML V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 48,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 18 mpg combined
Modifications: Stock engine and transmission
Owner says: “I bought the truck brand-new with 17 miles on the odometer. My goal is to keep this truck for at least 15 years without having to do major work. We already have a truck with an ’05 6.6L Duramax LLY V-8 engine in our family, and it is all stock except for having an ’06 Duramax LBZ mouthpiece. Eventually, I would like to get the ’13 Silverado 2500HD tuned and add some parts to increase the life of the engine.”
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Arctic Cat 700
Owner: Cam Chaney
Hometown: Houston, Missouri
Engine: Lombardini LDW-702 I-2 diesel
Transmission: Arctic Cat CVT
Odometer: 1,000 miles
Fuel Economy: About 45 mpg
Modifications: Injectors turned up, timing advanced 2-3 degrees, TEAM Industries clutches
Owner says: I bought the ATV new in 2008 and fell in love with it as soon as I heard it run for the first time. It’s one of the only red diesel-powered ATVs I have seen in the U.S. It can pull all our small trailers around with ease and is limited more by traction than pulling power. I would love to get a turbocharger installed in the future.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels Silver Dodge Ram

Silver Square Body

Year/Make/Model: ’93 Dodge Ram D350 LE
Owner: Matthew Mackiewicz
Hometown: Torrington, Connecticut
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 46RH four-speed automatic
Odometer: 326,800 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 to 23 mpg
Modifications: Modified airbox, 3-inch straight pipe with side exit before the rear wheels
Owner says: “I bought this truck from the original owner. It was sitting in a field for a few years and needed some TLC. My father and I went through the truck from bumper to bumper to get it mechanically sound. I haven’t had any issues; the engine has never been touched and runs very strong. My next plan is to redo the interior and get new rims and tires.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels White Ram

Land Yacht

Year/Make/Model: ’12 Ram 2500
Owner: James Hamilton
Hometown: Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 53,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 to 16 mpg
Modifications: Carli Suspension control arms and adjustable track bar, Hell Bent Steel 2.5-inch leveling kit, Bilstein 5100 shocks, 20x10 BMF Novakane wheels, 325/60 R20 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires, Pioneer AVH-X4800BS head unit, EFILive emissions-compliant tuning by Calibrated Power Solutions, all lights converted to LED, custom license plate
Owner says: “I bought this truck in June 2015 with only 13,568 miles on it, and it was in completely stock trim. I drove it for six months, then I started to throw everything on it at once. Five days a week, the truck is hooked to a dump trailer for work and driven all over the Midwest, and it has never missed a beat.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels Black Ford


Year/Make/Model: ’08 Ford F-250
Owner: Daryl Lane
Hometown: West Hurley, New York
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: ZF6 six-speed manual
Odometer: 100,500 miles
Fuel Economy: N/A
Modifications: Rough Country Suspension Systems 6-inch lift, 37x13.50 R18 Nitto Mud Grapplers, Fabtech Motorsports full-floating traction bars, South Bend Clutch 3650 dual-disc clutch, Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust 5-inch exhaust with 6-inch tip, Sinister Diesel intercooler tubing, SCT X4 programmer, LED headlights and marker lights
Owner says: “I have had this truck for a while and have broken a lot of things. I guess you’ve got to pay if you want to play. I will continue to build my truck. It is not only a neck breaker but a workhorse and toy.”