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 john.mata@sorc.com. 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.

Bad Bow Tie in Black
Darren Hicks has put in some serious work into his '89 Chevy Stepside. He wanted to slam his truck as close to the ground as possible, and he finally did so with the help of a complete 'bag job, complete with three Viair 480 compressors, Slam 'bags, 1/2-inch lines, and a custom C-notch. Since a lowered stance must be complemented with a fresh set of wheels, Darren selected a set of dark, 22-inch Bonspeed hoops to roll on. Pajaro Valley Collision, in Watsonville, California, tackled the project that had been a top priority to Darren for some time. Enjoy your truck, Darren. It's definitely a keeper.

RIDE OF THE MONTH

Ramming In Red
Jay Krautheim, from Lehigh Acres, Florida, sent in some great photos of his '02 Dodge Ram 1500, which clearly show his love for big, bad trucks. His ride has been jacked six inches into the sky with the help of Fabtech components, a 3-inch body lift, 22x11-inch American Racing wheels, and 40-inch Toyo M/T tires. Inside the cab, Jay has dipped his seats in luxurious leather, and has wired up two 10-inch MTX Audio subwoofers, and an Alpine amp to power them underneath the rear seats. A functional ram-air hood, TYC taillights, and a Lund roll pan are just a few of the eye-catching mods that have been peppered onto the Ram's exterior.

Keepin' It Custom
Jayson Wallace had a '78 Chevy C10 that he was in the process of improving, until a drunk driver ran him off of the road, completely totaling his square body. Luckily, Jayson stumbled across this '89 Chevy Stepside, and he didn't waste much time before he started customizing it. Since Jayson is a fan of low trucks, he dropped his ride 5/9 with the help of Belltech components, and only saw it fit to stuff a set of 18-inch Boyd Coddington Magneto wheels with drag radials under the fenders for good measure. Jayson doesn't subscribe to the 'slow and low' way of thinking, so he threw a 350ci engine under the hood and built it up with a Holley throttle-body spacer, Volant intake, ceramic coated headers, a JET chip, and aluminum valve covers for cosmetic appeal. Keep up the great work!

Another Conversion
We've received quite a few emails from guys all over telling us that they are now just getting into trucks after spending years tinkering around with other types of vehicles. DJ Policarpio, from Antioch, California, is just one of the converts in question. He admits that up until mid-'08, he spent his time modifying imports, or 'rice rockets' as the Truckin' world likes to refer to them as, but once he got his hands on an '08 Nissan Titan, his world changed forever. What started out as a purchase of a 'daily driven stuff getter' quickly turned into an obsession. We're flattered to tell you that DJ sourced Truckin' magazine as playing a pivotal role in making a custom truck fanatic out of him, "One day I was in a bookstore killing time and picked up a copy of your magazine. Needless to say, I was intrigued with what all you could do to a truck like lifting or lowering one, and they actually started looking good to me." Thanks for the compliment, DJ, and we're glad we could be an inspiration to you. Now, please tell us you've given up those imports cold turkey!

A Girl's Ride
Mike Malcom sent in some photos of a blacked out '06 Ford F-150 STX that we instantly took a liking to. We read further into Mike's email and realized that the truck doesn't belong to him at all. In fact, the low-down Ford belongs to his girlfriend, who only had it in bone stock condition, except for tinted windows, when they met. At least Mike has been an influential source in getting the F-150 to look and perform its best. Belltech 3-inch drop coils and a rear flip kit took care of the altitude adjustment, and a set of 24x10-inch Giovanna Canelli luxury wheels were paired with 275/30ZR24 Nitto INVO tires. LMC projector headlights replaced the boring OE housings, and an HID lighting system has been installed, sending the weak halogen bulbs to the curb. To further increase the truck's cosmetic appearance, a set of Street Scene power conversion mirrors, and an FX2 lower valence make their presence known at first glance. Future plans include notching the frame to lower the rear a few inches more, and possibly even cutting to the chase by 'bagging and body-dropping the Ford.