Who: Phil Landra
Where: Fairchild AFB, Washington
What: '03 Dodge Dakota "Sport"
Phil's Dakota Sport X has a Cervinis Sniper body kit, Reflections cowl-induction hood, Pearl White PPG paint, 17-inch Milanni "Bitchen 554" wheels on 275x55R17 Toyos, and a soft tonneau by Checkmate products. As far as the motor, he went with the 3.9L just to be different. A MagnaFlow after-cat exhaust, K&N cold-air system, Power Tower, and touch of nitrous oxide really help to get the Dodge moving. A five-speed manual trans and the typical 10-bolt make up the rest of the drivetrain, but with a set of Richmond 4.56 pro gears in the differential, the truck launches pretty hard. On the interior, he's added a Panasonic 9800 head unit, Boston mids and tweets, JL 10-inch subs, and two 800-watt Kenwood amps. A PlayStation II and a Lanzar 7-inch TFT monitor enhance game play and movies. The lighting is by APC and the multicolor underbody LEDs are made by Plasmaglow. In the last four shows attended, Phil's won three Best Truck awards and one Best Neon Display - out of 380 import cars! He hopes to add some cool graphics later, but that won't be until he gets home from his deployment.
The Way I Want It
Who: Brandon Lincecum
Where: Georgetown, Louisiana
What: Chevy S-10
Brandon got his frame-layin' S-10 up to par with Belltech 2-inch spindles, a Suicidedoors.com six-link suspension, and Firestone airbags. Air pressure, 145 pounds worth, quickly inflates the 'bags through an AIM switch box and 1/2-inch air lines. Two VIAIR 450c chrome compressors and 10 gallons of storage operates the 2500-series 'bags on each corner and a big truck air horn. Sitting under the Checkmate flush fiberglass bedcover is tube work the covers the notch and rolling stock. A smoothed tailgate handle, roll pan, and Goodmark cowl-induction hood finish off the smoothing tricks. KMC Stealths on 225/40R18s fit under the frame layer, and make for a little wheel tuckin'.
Who: Aaron Wilbert
Where: Clyde, Ohio
What: '01 GMC Sonoma
Aaron's GMC sports a Goodmark cowl-induction hood, Street Scene Speed Grille, mirrors, step shaver, and roll pan. Out back are Drawtite's hinged bed cover and carpet kit. Eurolite on all four corners and PIAA super-white bulbs make up the lighting. Colorado Custom's Empire II billet wheels in Toyo tires take care of the rolling stock. The altitude is courtesy of a Belltech 2/4 drop.
Fight The Good Fight
Who: Chris & Kathy Carton
Where: Warren, Vermont
What: '96 Dodge Dakota SLT CC
Chris was told that he couldn't get a feature in a magazine because you need at least a minimum of 18 inches of wheel diameter as part of the criteria. But Chris held out and built his truck based on the way he felt it should be done. He started with a bug guard and dual exhaust, and he's been adding ever since. Chris likes power, so he put on a ProCharger with intercooler, MSD ignition system, Mopar headers and Y-pipe, JET Stage II module, Mopar Magnum engine controller, ACCEL coil and wires, 24-pound injectors, Walbro inline fuel pump, and electric cooling fan. The exterior received a shave of the wiper cowl, third brake light, stake holes, rear taillights, and door handles. Additions to the body are '92 Deville rear lights, AAR Quality Fiberglass ram hood, roll pan, and Bushwacker fender flares. The rolling stock is comprised of OG 16-inch wire wheels wrapped in BFG 205/55R16. Fight the good fight, Chris.
Who: Jason Fisher
Where: Elderado, Ohio
What: '90 Ford Ranger
Jason took his '90 Ford Ranger and put a 2-inch drop knuckle on it. He lowered the rear to level the truck and added a few more mods. A billet grille and clear corners finish off the front end. Euro taillights, a roll pan, and a leather tonneau cover smooth out the rear. To top off the Ranger, the windows were tinted, and pinstriped flames give the truck its stealth appeal. Of course, it needed to rumble, so a custom 3-inch exhaust and Flowmaster muffler fit the bill.
The Best Way In
We get a ton of Readers' Rides entries sent to us. A lot of you guys complain about not being able to land a feature. The problem is that there are so many trucks and so little time. This is why we have this section in the mag. It's a mini feature, if you will. We challenge you to make the best of your Readers' Rides input. There are three elements that we use in order to qualify a Readers' Rides insertion. They are:1. Path of least resistance2. Amount of information3. Quality of the picture
We Will Go Over These Elements One At A Time.
1. Path of least resistance: This is basically the assembled presentation of your submission. Keep it simple. Bullet-point the products you want listed. If you have a cool story, make it short and sweet. Be prepared not to get your images back. If you have a computer, give not only a hard copy of the text but a disk containing the text and possibly the digital image (when applicable).
2. Amount of information: When you read Readers' Rides, look at how much text is used in the edit. If your truck has a ton of modifications, make your list of bullet-pointed mods in order of priority (put the important stuff first). Make sure you supply your name, where you live, and the year, make, and model of your truck.
3. Quality of picture: This one is a little more detailed, but here are some basic guidelines for shooting your truck. For one, make sure your truck isn't parked under a bunch of shade. You want even light to cover the truck. Put the sun at your back so the truck doesn't cast a shadow on itself. Pay attention to the background. Make sure you pick a spot with a cool background (stay away from telephone poles). Position your truck so the grille and bed are lighted evenly for the shot; this is called the front-three-quarter position. If your truck is low, shoot the truck with the camera position low. If your truck is lifted, try to keep the horizon line right about in the middle of the truck body.
Remember: This is your chance to shine. You can pave the way to having your truck in the Readers' Rides segment with ease if you follow these fundamentals.