GROUND & POUND

A DODGE HD BUILT FOR OFF-ROAD DOM­I­NA­TION

Diesel World - - Contents - BY FRANK STROUD PHO­TOS BY BH PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Every­body is sell­ing some­thing. Grandpa used to say it all the time, and you know what? He was dead right.

The fact of the mat­ter is that each new gen­er­a­tion of car or truck does of­fer a buf­fet of tech­ni­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal im­prove­ments. The dark side of this deal is that many im­prove­ments are of­ten to prob­lems that didn’t nec­es­sar­ily ex­ist. And if your dealer could sell you a new truck ev­ery sin­gle year, he would.

Hav­ing said that, a brand-new truck is some­thing ev­ery­one can ap­pre­ci­ate, but a brand-new Ram HD is not what would fit the bill for Cole Comenksy of Bellflower in sunny South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Comen­sky is the owner of CJC Off Road, a com­pany he founded as an off-road en­thu­si­ast for off-road en­thu­si­asts. CJC stocks all man­ner of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing hard­ware aimed at those to whom the edge of the pave­ment calls. They stand by their work and the prod­ucts they sell; af­ter all, as they say, “If we sell it, chances are we run it.”

We should also men­tion, with no small about of bias, that South­ern Cal­i­for­nia is home to some of the best off-road ter­rain in the lower 48 states, if not the world. Dirt wheel­ing, rock crawl­ing, hill climb­ing—if you thirst for it, So­cal has got it.

Comen­sky and CJC have ex­pe­ri­ence with the heavy­duty Dodge plat­forms, hav­ing built sev­eral ex­am­ples from 1994 on­ward. And Comen­sky prefers the older mod­els to the new. He ex­plains: “With the older, pre­ra­dius-arm sus­pen­sion on th­ese trucks, it’s pos­si­ble

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