3 Ways To Build It Right


3 ways to build it right

Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide, Oct./Nov., 2014 Feature – “Three Ways To Build It Right” 2014 Ford F-250 Premium XLT & 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD

Words by: UDB (Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide)

Outlaw Diesel Performance’s 2014 Ford F-250 6.7L PowerStroke

At 23, John Roberson is the owner of Greenfield, Indiana’s Outlaw Diesel Performance, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since he’s been working on trucks since he was 16. Besides selling and installing aftermarket parts, ODP does anything from routine maintenance to performance overhauls.

Starting with a 3” Rough Country lift kit with Ride Rite supplemental air bags, 35” Toyo Open Country M/T tires on 22” BMF Novakane wheels were fitted. AMP Research Power Steps makes ingress and egress much easier, especially lifted.

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Upgrading the powertrain, an S&B cold air S&B and a 5” aluminized Flo-Pro exhaust were installed, along with a power programmer. This was enough of a boost that he didn’t need to go further, according to John, while still being able to use the stock transmission.

Splitting the headlight housings, he painted them black and used LED bulbs. John then smoked the taillights with a mix of black and clear coat. Removing the tow hooks, he replaced them with a 40” Rigid Industries LED light bar, hooking it up to the factory upfitter switch. Color-matching the grille, bumpers, badges and door handles, it gave his F-250 a factory-like appearance that works well.

Katzkin black leather seat covers, WeatherTech floor mats, Kicker speakers and amps, and interior LEDs finished off Roberson’s ride in fine style.

Richie’s Truck and Auto 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Duramax

About 20 years ago, Rich Strube’s hobby became his profession when he opened Richie’s Truck and Auto in Hicksville, New York. As a truck builder, Rich needs to drive something that gets noticed while reinforcing the messages that his shop does high quality work.

To give this 2011 Chevy 2500 HD the look he was after, Cognito’s 7”/9” suspension system was employed, but not before he had it, the caliper covers and the Mag-Hytec differential color all powder coated red to stand out. Fox 2.0 shocks with remote reservoirs, Kryptonite tie rods and custom fabricated 7.5’-long traction bars were also used. Black 18X9 Fuel Maverick wheels were then matched with 34X12.5-18 Nitto Terra Grappler tires.

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An aFe Stage 2 intake system, Mishimoto intercooler, DHD intake manifold, and a 150TI FASS lift pump were selected along with a power programmer, and a Snow Performance water-methanol injection kit.

The six-speed Allison automatic transmission was opened up and upgraded with Sun Coast parts, and the 409 stainless steel MBRP 4” dual exhaust was the final touch on a truck that’s run a 14.2-second pass at 89 MPH in the quarter-mile, not bad for a pickup weighing 8,900 pounds!

A T-Rex grille, four Rigid Industries Dually lights in the front bumper and Rigid SRQ backup lights at the rear, were joined by more Rigid lights under the bed for illuminating the pickup box at night. The bed was also sprayed with Rhino Liner to prevent scratches and scrapes.

If experience is a good teacher, then Rich Strube is a master when it comes to trucks.

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