A Common Rail That Looks as Good as It Runs

May 24th, 2011

Text and Photos by Kevin Wilson

Most automotive enthusiasts can be divided into two camps: show and go. Diesel folks are kind of the same way, although there is more emphasis on go, rather than show. And what sets diesel truck owners apart from regular automotive enthusiasts is the utility of their vehicles.

However, some diesel owners want both show and go. Just ask Kyle Depriest, of Sun City, Arizona, who wanted a truck that not only had plenty of beans, he also wanted one that would be just at home at a show or cruise night. The end result is what you see here.

Kyle started with a bone-stock gray Dodge 2500 Quad Cab––a clean canvas on which to start his project. Kyle is no stranger to diesels, having owned a `97 Ford F-250 with a 7.3-liter Power Stroke as his introduction into the world of diesel trucks, thanks to his dad.

“I have always had a love and interest in diesel trucks,” Kyle admitted. “This is my first totally custom truck, and it will not be my last. I’m hooked for life on diesels.”

The first modification was to give the truck the proper 4×4 stance with a 6-inch Superlift suspension kit. Rancho RS500 shocks are used at each corner to control wheel hop. A set of 20×10-inch Moto Metal wheels wrapped with 35-inch Mickey Thompson ATZ tires were then added all the way around.

While the paint scheme is over the top on this truck, Kyle opted to keep the mods under the hood semi-mild to improve reliability. The 5.9L Common Rail was first fitted with an aFe intake system. Exhaust is routed out through a 4-inch turbo-back system that culminates in a single bed-mounted 8-inch stack.

Helping to push plenty of smoke out of that stack is a combination of goodies. The stock injectors were replaced with 90hp Dynomite Diesel Performance units, while more fuel and timing were added via the stacked combo of a Diablo Sport Predator downloader and Diablo Sport Power Puck.

To control EGTs and keep things cool under load, a Snow Performance MPG-Max Boost Cooler system was installed; this system also helps boost horsepower and torque and improve mileage. The system utilizes a high-volume pump mounted under the truck and a 7-gallon, bed-mounted tank. Three nozzles deliver the water/methanol mix via the stock intake.

With the mechanicals out of the way, Kyle turned his attention to giving the Dodge an all-new appearance. He asked Rob Olin, of Olin Designs, in Phoenix, Arizona, for ideas and application of those concepts. Kyle admits her turned Rob loose on the truck and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The graphics use “Victory Red” and silver, with the silver sporting a custom “brushed” affect. The truck also has a cool airbrushed skull mural on the tailgate. Plenty of clear coat seals the deal.

After the truck rolled out of the paint booth, a black-painted billet grille was added up front, along with a set of Amp Research Power Steps. Helping with better night vision is a set of Ion HID lights. The finishing touch was a set of train horns underneath that work in conjunction with a Viair compressor and air tank.

On the inside, the big Dodge retains its utilitarian heritage by keeping the cloth interior, but some creature comforts have been added along the way. The most obvious addition is a Pioneer head unit with a 7-inch video screen that is the control center for the truck’s 800-watt sound system.

Distinctive Industries of Peoria, Arizona, did all the stereo work, including the installation of twin 10-inch Kicker subwoofers under the rear seat to add the thump. Other interior goodies include a trio of Auto Meter gauges mounted on an A-pillar pod and the Snow Performance MPG Max controller on the dash.

So, if you’re a diesel enthusiast, I guess you can have your cake and eat it, too. There’s nothing wrong with having a head-turning truck that can also roast the tires at will.

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