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Readers’ Diesels

Readers’ Diesels

John Lehenbauer
Mar 16, 2018
Photographers: Readers
Photo 2/9   |   Readers Diesels 2006 3500
Power Ram
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Wyatt Blakeman
Hometown: Buffalo, Wyoming
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic
Odometer: 344,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 to 18 mpg
Modifications: Industrial Injection Diesel Performance 125hp injectors, BD Diesel Performance Super B turbocharger, MBRP 5-inch exhaust into 8-inch tip, AFE Power cold-air intake, Banks Power Monster Ram air horn, MADS Electronics Smarty chip, A-pillar–mounted Glowshift Gauges instruments, 17-inch Pacer wheels, 33-inch Toyo Tires Open Country R/T tires, leveling kit, Frontier Truck Gear diamond-plate front and rear bumpers, aftermarket headlights, LED cab and taillights, fender flares, rocker panels and bed Rhino Linings coated, window tint by Unique Performance
Owner says: “This is my first diesel-powered truck, and it’s still a work in progress. I’ve always wanted a project truck to build, and this is it. The odometer has 344,000 miles, but the engine and transmission only have a little more than 100,000. It’s a solid-running truck that puts down 508 hp on the dyno. I plan to install compound turbochargers, more fuel, an AirDog or FASS Fuel Systems lift pump, cylinder head studs, a transmission, and all the other fun stuff when time and money are available. I’m hoping to get 800 to 1,000 hp out of this truck someday.”
Photo 3/9   |   Readers Diesels 1997 F350
Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-350
Owner: Cody Hooper
Hometown: Agua Dulce, California
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic
Odometer: 177,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg towing, 17 mpg average
Modifications: 3.5-inch exhaust, reverse shackle kit, Deaver Springs progressive rear springs, Firestone Ride-Rite air-spring kit with onboard pump, Carrick Customs Heavy Duty Steering kit, 37-inch tires on 17-inch Method Race Wheels, Pioneer Electronics 3,000-watt stereo, Banks Power intercooler, Swamp’s Diesel Performance injectors, Beans Diesel Performance D66 turbocharger, Stage 1 lift pump, three transmission coolers, auxiliary oil cooler, urethane suspension and cab bushings, StopTech high-carbon rotors, custom Centric Parts brake calipers and Fleet Series pads, TS Performance six-position chip with custom tunes
Owner Says: “This is my first diesel, and I’m hooked. Immediately after buying the truck, I pulled it apart and added injectors and an intercooler. I love working on this thing as much as I love driving it. The next step is installing an electronic fuel system and a four-link front suspension.”
Photo 4/9   |   Readers Diesels 2016 Denali
Year/Make/Model: ’16 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
Owner: Claudia Wasilewski
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 8,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Modifications: 22x10 Specialty Forged wheels; 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires; Cognito Motorsports 6-inch lift; Fox Factory shocks; AMP Research PowerSteps; Royalty Core grille; Main Event emblems; color-matched mirrors, flares, handles, grille trim; and custom headlights and taillights (with color changing LEDs)
Owner says: “Since I was a little girl, I’ve had a passion for trucks. Once I got this rig, I knew it wasn’t going to stay stock for long and that I was going fix it up and build it big! I am blessed to have a boyfriend who has helped me every step of the way with my ideas and the build. A huge amount of hours have gone into this truck. I’m proud of the results and that I get to call it my own.”
Photo 5/9   |   Readers Diesels 2010 2500HD
Dmax LMM
Year/Make/Model: ’10 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Jeremy Gudac
Hometown: Vernal, Utah
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 40,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Modifications: SunCoast Diesel Transmissions Stage 5 transmission, AirDog II 165-gph lift pump, 4-inch straight exhaust, 5-inch chrome tip, Bilstein shocks, Dmax Store upper-control-arm kit and tie rods, smoothed and painted (red) calipers, Hertz door speakers, Alpine Electronics head unit and four amplifiers in a custom enclosure, two JL Audio subwoofers in factory leather-wrapped speaker box, Dynamat sound deadening, debadged, smoothed and painted tailgate handle, color-matched front end, custom grille, lightbar, 6000K HIDs (high-beam, low-beam, and fog), 15 percent tinted windows, EFILive programmer with DSP5 selector switch, S&B Filters cold-air intake, Xpel clear bra (on front end), truck coated with CarPro’s CQuartz Finest Reserve, 22-inch BMF Offroad wheels (custom-painted black with 50 percent clear in the spokes), 33x12.50 R22 Toyo Tires Open Country M/T tires, Rhino Linings–coated bed, toolbox, AMP Research PowerSteps and BedXTender, LED interior and exterior lighting, smoked taillights, color-matched bumpers, Jam Handles, modified antenna
Owner says: I love the magazine! I have been building my ’10 Chevrolet since I purchased it brand-new. It has been fun to build. I wanted a truck that would look good and run hard but still be practical. The truck is stored in a temperature-controlled garage, rarely sees wet roads, and has never been on dirt.”
Photo 6/9   |   Readers Diesels 2006 F250 Lariat
Power Stroke II
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Ford F-250 Lariat
Owner: Scott Penton
Hometown: Deland, Florida
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic
Odometer: 92,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14.5 mpg
Modifications: Barder Turbo Service 66mm Stage II turbocharger upgrade, ARP cylinder-head studs, 155/30 injectors, Nations Starter & Alternator 200-amp alternator, upgraded STC fitting, 8-inch custom four-link lift, adjustable track bars, eight rock lights, custom powdercoated 8-inch lift rear springs, blue-spring fuel modification, SCT programmer with tuning by Quick Tricks Automotive, Sinister Diesel coolant filter, HornBlasters Conductor’s 540 Nightmare Edition train horn with Viair compressor, AMP Research PowerSteps, Kenwood in-dash touchscreen head unit, Infinity Reference speakers: four 6x8s (replacing the stock Ford speakers) and four tweeters (custom mounted flush in the doors), two Rockford Fosgate 12-inch subwoofers powered by a 1,200-watt amplifier, Kicker 800-watt amplifier, 4-inch turbocharger-back exhaust, 37x12.50 R20 Nitto Trail Grappler tires, Moto Metal wheels, Mag-Hytec rear differential cover (powdercoated Sutter Gold to match rest of the truck’s Sutter Gold) and deep transmission pan, ’08 mirror upgrade
Owner says: “Currently, the truck is running the Looney Wild Tune by Vivian at Quick Tricks Automotive, turning out 450 hp and 970 lb-ft of torque. This was made possible by the Barder Turbo Service Stage II 66mm turbo upgrade and the 155/30 injectors installed in the engine.”
Photo 7/9   |   Readers Diesels 2006 2500HD
It’s Only Money
Year/Make/Model: ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Andrew Maldonado
Hometown: Hinesville, Georgia
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 220,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Modifications: ’06 Ford F-250 Dana 60 straight-axle conversion; custom 11-inch lift front and 8-inch rear; 18-inch Ford wheels; 37x12.50 R18 Nitto Terra Grappler tires; 3.73 gears; custom paint; 10 percent window tint; S&B Filters cold-air intake; Sinister Diesel PCV reroute; four-core radiator; AirDog II 165-gph lift pump; ARP cylinder-head studs; Pacific Performance Engineering high-flow racing up-pipes, downpipes, and exhaust manifolds; 5-inch into 7-inch tubing; EFILive programmer; DSP5 selector switch; transmission tune
Owner says: “I’m going to add bigger injectors, dual CP3 injection pumps, new ECM calibration, and a Stage 2 transmission. Then I’ll beef up the transfer case so I can hopefully reach as close as I can to 1,000 hp.”
Photo 8/9   |   Readers Diesels 2016 Canyon
Year/Make/Model: ’16 GMC Canyon
Owner: Anthony Padovano
Hometown: Hartford, Wisconsin
Engine: 2.8L Duramax I-4
Transmission: 6L50 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 15,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg
Modifications: AFE Power cold-air intake, charge pipes, side-exit exhaust, differential cover, custom intercooler, Rough Country 6-inch lift
Owner says: “All the work has been done by me. Saying I’m going to keep it stock doesn’t work for me.”
Photo 9/9   |   Readers Diesels Vw Golf
High-MPG Diesel
Year/Make/Model: ’03 Volkswagen Golf
Owner: John Pouncey
Hometown: Burbank, California
Engine: 1.9L R4 TDI
Transmission: 02J five-speed manual
Odometer: 110,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 48 mpg
Modifications: UltraGauge, Panzer Plate with side skirts
Owner says: “I’m a longtime Diesel Power reader. I purchased the Golf as a fun, fuel-efficient commuter. It gets 48 mpg, which is pretty sweet, and it’s not a Prius. I plan to add an ECM tune and bigger injectors, and I hope to keep the transmission happy. This will do until I finally purchase my dream truck, powered by a 7.3L Power Stroke.”



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