In preparation for a Readers' Rides extravaganza, we're asking all of you, specially those who are serving in our military, who have not sent in pictures of your truck, to please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll have more rides than ever to check out in an upcoming issue and it's up to you to make sure your pride and joy is among the chosen few. Remember to take high-resolution photos and try to find a good background.
Nick Stalbaum's '03 Chevy Silverado SS makes us drool each time we look at it. Nick installed a 3-4 Belltech drop kit, 22-inch Driv Moonshine wheels, and SSBC slotted rotors for better handling capabilities. To get the big wheels turning, the stock 6.0L monster was treated to a 3-inch exhaust system, an AEM cold air intake, Pacesetter long tube headers, and Flex-A-Lite e-fans. Inside the cab is a complete assortment of 12-volt goods, such as a Pioneer in-dash DVD player, two 12-inch Memphis Audio subs, and an Audiobahn amp to kick out the jams while ripping up the asphalt. Future plans include a turbo or supercharger, and a ram air hood and roll pan to upgrade the Bow Tie's exterior.
Long Time Reader, First Time Sender
Twenty-eight-year-old, Ryan Massa, from Blue Point, Long Island tells us that he has been reading Truckin' since he was 15, and that he used our tech stories to help him lower his S-10 Blazer. Since he never sent in any photos of his old ride, he figured that now was as good a time as any to show off his '02 Chevy Tahoe Z71. He bought it last year with only 31,000 clicks on the odometer, and since then, he has installed a ReadyLift 21/2-inch lift kit, 20-inch Chevy SS wheels and 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grappler tires. The black Grillecraft grille is an understated accessory, but the HID headlights, and complete audio system featuring an Optima yellow-top cell, and Alpine and Pioneer components surely grab people's attention. Thanks for your dedication, Ryan!
Fire In The House
Kevin Trout, representing the Line-X facility of Central Ohio, in Columbus, sent in a few photos of this hot '07 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson edition. Brandon Collins applied the real-fire paint, and the Line-X crew added a few extra exterior modifications in the way of Recon LED running lights, bed lights, and a rear 'line of fire' light bar. The spokes of the 22-inch Rockstar 410 wheels have been covered with the same color orange Line-X coating as the bed. A Street and Performance Power Tower throttle-body spacer, a Hypertech Max Energy programmer, and an AEM intake were brought in to extract a few more hp from the engine. All of the modifications made to this truck were done in-house at the Line-X facility, and Kevin would like to stress the fact that their locations can do much more than spray bedliners.
Tony Duran converted his '88 Chevy 1500 to mimic the luxurious style that the Cadillac brand has been world renowned for. The white-pearl paint, the '00 Escalade front clip, and the shaved door and tailgate handles definitely make for a high score in restyling points. The truck has received a conservative drop atop its fresh set of 24-inch wheels, and the interior has been outfitted with five monitors, including a 20-inch screen on the dash. A PS3 has also been hooked up for the maximum amount of in-cab excitement. Looks like Tony plans to spend as much time as possible with his freshly pimped-out ride.
Rick Esparza is from the small town of Waelder, Texas, and he admits that life moves at a snail's pace there, but he loves it that way. It gives him even more time to admire and appreciate his '07 Chevy Silverado. This truck is the first new vehicle that Rick has ever owned, and what a great one to start out with! So far, Rick has bolted on a set of 26-inch Velocity wheels, ARE tonneau cover, and a nice helping of chrome accessories. For performance sake, a K&N intake, a dual Flowmaster exhaust system, and a Superchips Flashpaq programmer get the wheels turning at blurring, illegal speeds. Rick has big plans for his truck, but to quickly eliminate as much of the fender gap as possible, he hopes to order a Ground Force lowering kit sooner rather than later.
Bryan Remolinio, from Cranford, New Jersey, has been wrenching on his '07 Dodge Ram 1500 for almost two years now, but he is nowhere near done with it. So far, he has shaved the factory tailgate spoiler, color-matched the door handles, mirrors, and the factory air dam, and added a SRT-10 hood. A set of 20-inch Rozzi wheels and Cooper Discoverer H/T tires make excellent ground contact while the 3-inch dual after-cat Magnaflow exhaust and K&N intake system help propel the Ram forward. Bryan decked out the interior with a Kenwood in-dash DVD receiver that has been wired up to Boston Acoustics components, a Bazooka bass tube, and a Sony Xplod amp. The truck will more than likely receive a 4/6 drop courtesy of a full air suspension setup soon with a full custom paintjob not too far behind.