In preparation for a Readers' Rides extravaganza, we're asking all you, especially those of you 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.
Die Hard For Diesel
The '08 Ford F-350 that you see here belongs to Scott Gaither, from Placerville, California. A Fabtech leveling kit brings the front end just high enough to fit 20-inch MKW M26 rollers and 35-inch Toyo Mud Terrain rubber. The stock 6.4L engine received a little help from an S&B intake, and the factory sound system pumps out better signals with JL Audio speakers that are powered by a Soundstream amp. Lower frequencies are reached with a set of 10-inch MTX subs and an Orion competition amp. This is just Scott's daily driven diesel rig, maybe he'll share some of his photos of his 'big' trucks later down the line.
Juan Garza, from Dallas, Texas, bought his '00 Chevy Silverado with a salvaged title in 2004, but from the looks of things, Juan made the very best of the situation. A Belltech 3-4 drop kit and an Air Lift Ride Control setup have been coupled for great ride handling and the luxury of an adjustable suspension. Twenty-two-inch Moto Metal wheels and 265/35R22 Lexani tires make for an impressive rolling combo underneath the Chevy's lowered stance. Under the hood, Juan installed a K&N FIPK, a Hypertech programmer, an Optima RedTop battery, and topped all of it off with a Flowmaster exhaust. A Tahoe grille shell was fused to the Silverado's front end, and a set of Cadillac door handles took the place of the old, untreated pieces. Great work, Juan!
Don't Fear The Reaper
It's tough to make out the mural on the tailgate in this photo, but there is a creepy looking Grim Reaper that is hovering over the airbrushed gravesites of Toyota, Dodge, and Ford. The '01 Chevy Silverado's owner, Larry Boatman, feels that his MagnaCharger-equipped 5.3L will smoke almost any truck around his area. Not only is this Bow Tie supercharged, but it has been loaded up with a new Comp Cams' camshaft, valve springs, and push rods, but to really spice things up, a water/methanol injection system was also thrown into the mix. After proper tuning, the truck was delivering an impressive 450 hp to the rear wheels. A 4L60E tranny had to be rebuilt at this point, but it was beefed up with high performance bands, clutches, and a shift kit that had this truck leaving black rubber streaks all over the roads.