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2012 Diesel Power Challenge Entrants

You Decide The Trucks of Diesel Power Challenge

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It’s getting close to Diesel Power Challenge time again, our yearly event that pits the best diesels from around the country against each other in one place, at one time, to settle who is the baddest in the land. Competitors will be going after last year’s winner, Rocky Horn, in his ’97 Ford F-350 (pictured), and you can bet he’s not willing to give up the title without a fight. Here’s where all you readers out there come in—the trucks that get selected for the 2012 Diesel Power Challenge will be up to you! Pick your top three Dodges, Fords, and GMs, and send in the voting form on page 73. Whoever gets the most votes will be making the trip to face off. Before you ask, the voting has to be three of each make, and you can only vote for a truck once—although you can cut out and send in multiple voting forms. No photocopies of the original form will be counted—the voting has to be through an actual magazine form.

Now, let’s get to the competitors! For Fords this year, we have a bunch of 6.4L trucks, an 1,100hp Canadian 6.0L, and a few engine swaps for those who are fans of the Fummins. General Motors diehards have a bunch of twin-turbo’d, dual CP3 vehicles to pick from, a couple of dyno destroyers, and a serious sled puller or two. The Ram crowd is the most diverse of the bunch, with a 12-second manual-transmission Dodge, a VP44 truck, and two triple-turbo common-rails. Pick the rides you like most and send in your votes by April 1, 2012.

The Fords: Blue Oval Brigade

Robert Coronado Simi Valley, California
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke (1,000 hp and 1,800 lb-ft)
Turbos: Elite Diesel High Power
Electronics: SCT Innovative
Injection System: Elite Diesel lift pump, injection pump, 110hp nozzles
Injectables: Nitrous Express two-stage with progressive controller
Intake/Exhaust System: No Limit intake, 5-inch exhaust
Transmission: Elite Diesel 5R110 with Sun Coast converter
Suspension: 6-inch lift with Fox shocks
Tires: 37x13.50R18 Toyo Open Country M/T
Wheels: 18x10 Pro Comp
Differential: Stock with 3.73 gears

Craig Briggs Pasadena, Maryland
Vehicle: 2010 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke (1,200 hp and 1,800 lb-ft)
Turbos: Bullseye Power 75mm double BatMoWheel
Electronics: SCT by Innovative Diesel
Injection System: AirDog II lift pump, Rudy’s Dual Fuelers, 100-percent nozzles
Injectables: Cold Fusion two-stage
Intake/Exhaust System: Custom intake, MBRP 5-inch exhaust
Transmission: Sun Coast converter and transmission
Suspension: Rancho 9000 shocks
Tires: Nitto NT420
Wheels: Stock
Differential: 3.55 gears

Name: Aaron Rudolph
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, pull, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke (1,000 hp and 2,200 lb-ft)
Turbos: Elite Diesel Tow Power with Spearco intercooler
Electronics: Innovative Diesel and KEM
Injection System: AirDog II, Rudy’s Diesel injection pump, 110hp nozzles
Injectables: Custom nitrous system
Intake/Exhaust System: S&B intake with MBRP exhaust
Transmission: Rudy’s Diesel transmission with Sun Coast converter
Suspension: 2-inch lowering kit
Tires: 33x12.00R20 Nitto
Wheels: Fuel Hostage
Differential: 3.73 gears

Shawn Ellerton Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Vehicle: 2006 Ford F-350 dualie
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, pull, wrench
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke (1,100 hp and 1,800 lb-ft)
Turbos: 66mm/83mm compound with BD Diesel intercooler
Electronics: SCT with Innovative Diesel tunes
Injection System: FASS lift pump, Elite Diesel twin HPOPs and injectors
Injectables: Custom three-stage nitrous system
Intake/Exhaust System: AFE intake and exhaust systems
Transmission: NADP race transmission and converter
Suspension: Leveling kit with Rancho 9000 shocks and traction bars
Tires: 275/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
Wheels: Stock 17-inch wheels
Differential: Stock

Erik Clausen Cantua Creek, California
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke (1,000 hp and 1,800 lb-ft)
Turbos: Elite Diesel High Power, Banks intercooler
Electronics: SCT, KEM
Injection System: Elite Diesel lift pump, Industrial Injection Dragon Flow, Elite Diesel 110hp nozzles
Injectables: NX two-stage
Intake/Exhaust System: Custom intake, Flo-Pro 5-inch exhaust
Transmission: Elite Diesel racing transmission with Sun Coast converter
Suspension: Four-link coilover front and rear, providing 8 inches of lift
Tires: 37x13.50R22 Interco
Wheels: 22x12 American Force
Differential: 4.33 gears
Other: Elite Diesel pistons, Stage I camshaft, Stage II heads, six-piston calipers

Mike Dillehay Moorpark, California
2008 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, pull, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke (1,100 hp and 2,000 lb-ft)
Turbos: Elite Diesel/Precision Turbo three-stage; 63mm/76mm/106mm, No Limit Fabrication intercooler
Electronics: Custom tuning
Injection System: Elite Diesel lift pump, dual injection pumps, and 150hp nozzles
Injectables: None
Intake/Exhaust System: No Limit intake, MagnaFlow 5-inch stainless exhaust
Transmission: Elite Diesel race transmission with Sun Coast converter
Suspension: Lowered 2 inches, traction bars
Tires: 33x12.50R20 Mickey Thompson ATZ
Wheels: 20x9 BMF Novakane
Differential: 3.55
Other: Elite Diesel fly-cut pistons, camshaft, and ported heads

Greg Lance Green Acres, Washington
Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-350
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, pull, wrench
Engine: 5.9L Cummins common-rail (900 hp and 1,600 lb-ft)
Turbos: 66mm over 80mm with Banks intercooler
Electronics: Smarty SSR
Injection System: AirDog 200-gph lift pump, Industrial Injection Dragon Fire injection pump, 150hp nozzles
Injectables: None
Intake/Exhaust System: S&B intake with Diamond Eye 4-inch exhaust
Transmission: Brian’s Truck Shop 4R100
Suspension: Bilstein shocks
Tires: 285/70R17
Wheels: N/A
Differential: 3.73 gears with Detroit Truetrac

John Garner Mound, Minnesota
Vehicle: 1978 Ford F-350 dualie
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, wrench
Engine: 5.9L Cummins common-rail (650 hp and 1,400 lb-ft)
Turbos: Aurora 3000/5000 turbos, ’03 Ford intercooler
Electronics: TST
Injection System: Dual FASS lift pumps, ATS dual CP3s, Dynomite Diesel 90hp nozzles
Injectables: None
Intake/Exhaust System: ATS intake with a custom exhaust
Transmission: ATS Stage 6 4R100 with an ATS Five Star converter
Suspension: 6-inch lift with Bilstein shocks
Tires: 37x13.50R22 Kumho Mud Terrain
Wheels: Alcoa
Differential: Dana 60 front, Dana 80 rear

John Walker Rexburg, Idaho
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-350
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag, tow, pull, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke (1,009 hp and 2,000 lb-ft)
Turbos: Custom three-stage compounds
Electronics: Custom
Injection System: AirDog II lift pump, Industrial Injection Dragon Fire pump and 45-lpm nozzles
Injectables: None
Intake/Exhaust System: Custom intake, Flo-Pro exhaust
Transmission: Custom-built transmission with billet-steel shafts, Precision Industries converter
Suspension: 6-inch lift with Bilstein shocks
Tires: 38x13.50R24 Nitto TKTK
Wheels: 24-inch MKW
Differential: 3.73 gears

Mark Vanadia Mendham, New Jersey
Vehicle: 2006 Ford F-350
Driver Experience: Dyno, tow, wrench
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke (550 hp and 950 lb-ft)
Turbos: Bullseye non-VGT, Banks intercooler
Electronics: SCT
Injection System: AirDog II lift pump, 205cc injectors
Injectables: Snow Performance water-methanol
Intake/Exhaust System: S&B intake and MBRP exhaust
Transmission: Sun Coast transmission and converter
Suspension: Icon 10-inch lift
Tires: 38-inch Kumho
Wheels: 24-inch Fuel
Differential: 3.73 gears

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