The passion for trucks manifests itself in many forms, and that came through loud and clear in this year's Readers' Rides roundup. We have vintage submissions, late-model pickups, and some rare birds, such as an Isuzu VehiCross. (When's the last time you saw one of those?) It doesn't take radical customization or crazy stunts to get into Readers' Rides, just a love for your truck and a few minutes of your time to take some pictures and send in a writeup. Plan ahead, and you could be featured in Readers' Rides 2015.
1999 Isuzu VehiCross
Jo Birch -- San Diego, California
This '99 Isuzu VehiCross takes the prize as one of the rarest late models on our list. Although there's not exactly abundant afermarket support for this futuristic-looking SUV, that didn't stop Birch from going all out with the upgrades. The VehiCross is li ed 4 inches in the front with torsion bar re-keying, a custom differential drop and crossmember, and 4.5-inch rear ARB Old Man Emu coil springs and spacers. The front wheelwells were custom-cut and finished for extra off -road clearance. Birch had to go off script for some of the other upgrades, including a one-off rock bumper and headlight guard pieced together and fabricated off various parts found on eBay, a custom hood insert off a Camaro, a three-piece skidplate set off a Trooper, a custom exhaust with a Flowmaster muffl er, and custom rock rails. To make sure the VehiCross is ready for whatever off -road action it encounters in Moab or SoCal, the drivetrain features custom driveshafs, 4.77 gears, front and rear lockers, heavyduty tie rods, and adjustable rear links. You've got to appreciate that level of dedication!
2006 Dodge Ram 3500
Roy Gendreau -- Windsor, Connecticut
New England doesn't have a reputation as "truck country," but some of the coolest rigs we've seen in Readers' Rides have come from the Northeast. Roy Gendreau added a set of chrome-plated exhaust stacks to his 2006 Ram 3500 dualie, along with a diamond plate toolbox, running boards, and an Edge Insight performance monitor. He uses the truck to tow his fifth-wheel camper trailer -- and just to "show off ." The eight-year-old rig has only 30,000 miles on it, ensuring it will be towing for many years to come.
1992 Toyota SR-5 Pickup
Chris Stubb -- Washington State
We're not sure what's louder on Chris Stubb's '92 Toyota pickup: the exhaust or the paint job. With the 3.0-liter V-6 running a straight-pipe exhaust with no cat, other drivers are sure to hear him coming, and with its 7-inch HID off -road lights, nobody can use the excuse "We didn't see you coming." Other upgrades to Chris' truck include a 4-inch lift with 32-inch BFGoodrich KM2 tires, a K&N intake, a Smittybilt bumper, and tube steps.
1977 Dodge W200 Power Wagon
John O'Leary -- Harper's Ferry, West Virginia
Originating just aft er World War II, the Power Wagon has been part of off-road lore for decades. John O'Leary's Power Wagon splits the difference between the original and modern versions. His brother purchased it in 1990 at the Letterkenny Army/Navy Depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. John bought it in 2000. It works around the homestead for snow plowing, firewood hauling, and mud racing. An 8-inch lift, Spicer 60 front and rear axles, and 4.56 Detroit TrueTrac axles make sure it's ready for whatever terrain it encounters.
1997 Chevrolet C1500
Mike Moore -- Seaford, Virginia
The GMT400 pickups from 1988-1998 are some of the most timeless-looking trucks of the modern era, with their clean, simple lines. Mike Moore's 1997 C1500 might not be the craziest custom of all time, but he uses it for its intended purpose: work. Despite having nearly 260,000 miles on its clock, the truck looks practically showroom-clean, with custom touches including chrome wheelwell accents, roof marker lights, a Rough Country 2-inch lift , and a Flowmaster muffler.
1989 GMC Sierra 3500 4x4
Lance Tapia -- West Jordan, Utah
We're not sure what looks more menacing: a slammed dualie crew cab or a lift ed dualie. Lance Tapia makes a good case for the latt er with his 1989 GMC Sierra 3500 4x4. Powered by a factory 454 big-block and a trusty TH400 automatic transmission, the truck has a Dana 60 front and Dana 70 rear axle, an 8-inch Skyjacker lift , and massive 315/75R16 Falken Wildpeak A/T tires. We don't know if Lance is a big football fan or not, but if we had to venture a guess at his favorite team, we'd pick the Raiders. What do you think?
2013 F-150 Ford Raptor SVT
Benjamin Biller -- Cleveland, Texas
This SuperCrew Raptor is loaded with mods. Benjamin Biller leveled the truck by raising the front suspension to the mid-perch and then added a camber kit from Specialty Products Leveled. There's also SDHQ frame reinforcement, Saints Off road Bravo LED front and rear bumper, PIAA lights, Volant intake, American Racing headers, DeeZee EZ Down tailgate, Dynolock tailgate locker, RetraxPro rollaway bed locker, BedRug, AMP Research power running boards, WeatherTech Extreme Duty fl oor mats, and Vortec mudfl aps. Ben also added two Stereo Integrity 12-inch subwoofers inside.
2007 Toyota Tundra
Andrew Baskett -- Johnson City, Tennessee
Andrew Baskett got this 2007 Toyota Tundra for his 16th birthday and has given it plenty of custom work since. The truck rides on Nitto Terra Grappler tires on 18-inch XD Monster wheels with a 3-inch Ready Lift spacer lift , and it has an MBRP exhaust and K&N intake. Andrew installed custom headlights, an Expedition One front bumper, and PIAA driving lights. Exterior upgrades include Bushwacker pocket fender fl ares, a custom skidplate, and a powdercoated rear bumper. He says he loves his truck and never plans to sell it.
2013 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Michael and Anthony Santoro -- Lakewood, California
The Toyota Tundra gets some more love in our roundup with the Santoro brothers' Barcelona Red 2013 Tundra CrewMax. The truck has running boards, an AMP Research Bed Step, an integrated rearview camera in the tailgate, a Rhino-lined bed, and a Bakflip tonneau cover. The exterior got chrome wheel covers, door handles, and mirror covers. The Tundra is the Santoro brothers' first new vehicle and is used mainly as a weekend driver for errands to Home Depot or hauling large items for friends and family.
2005 Chevrolet Colorado
Dan Cronin -- Clearwater, Florida
We love it when we see a truck owner depart from the beaten path of customization. That's what Dan Cronin did with his 2005 Chevy Colorado. Riding on old-school Rally wheels with Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 raised white-letter tires, this Colorado pays further homage to the glory days of hot rodding with a Reflexxion cowl induction hood with two silver stripes. Further custom touches include Street Scene mirrors, a Belltech rear anti-rollbar, a Dynomax Turbo muffler, a billet bow tie on the grille, and a locking gas cap.
2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71 4x4
Joel Mathers -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Most full-size trucks today are extended or crew-cab models, but some traditionalists like the straightforwardness of good ol' regular cabs. Joel Mathers bucked the trend when he bought his 2010 GMC Sierra Z71. A regular-cab long bed, its configuration is more common on fl eet and work trucks, but there's no mistaking this truck for the cable guy's. The Sierra has a Rough Country leveling kit, a K&N intake, and 33-inch Nitto Terra Grappler tires on XD Thump wheels. Joel calls his truck an "all-around workhorse and toy."
1976 Ford Bronco
Ben Silva -- Harlingen, Texas
We love Ford Broncos of all vintages, but our favoriteis the first-generation body style from the 1960s and '70s. Ben Silva has an awesome example of the model with his blue 1976. Riding on a 5.5-inch lift with 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires, this Bronco is powered by a 1984 Mustang GT 302-cubic-inch V-8. Ben uses it as a daily driver, to haul his and his daughter's kayaks, and on road trips home to see his family. It might not be as big as a full-size pickup, but it's got plenty of practicality for Silva, who says, "Who needs a pickup?"