GROUND & POUND

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road­ing ter­rain on the globe? Ocotillo Wells is a well-known des­ti­na­tion for hard­core off-road­ers. It’s a harsh desert en­vi­ron­ment that serves up myr­iad ter­rain con­fig­u­ra­tions and is very near to the Anza Bor­rego State Park, yet an­other beau­ti­ful yet pun­ish­ing des­ti­na­tion for off-road en­thu­si­asts of all stripes. “It was very ex­cit­ing see­ing the pro­gres­sion in the truck’s ride and han­dling as the shocks were be­ing ad­justed,” Comen­sky says. “Ev­ery lit­tle change in the shocks re­sulted in a no­tice­able change in how the truck drove.”

The wheels this truck wears were pro­vided by Per­for­mance Ma­chine and fea­ture forged bead­locks with OMF rings, and are wound with off-road stan­dard Toyo Open Coun­try R/TS sized 37x13.5. EMF rod ends and Carli ball joints were added up front to keep the steer­ing re­spon­sive af­ter the raft of sus­pen­sion mod­i­fi­ca­tions. A Mopar “Big Box” steer­ing up­grade was also added to pre­clude fail­ure of the no­to­ri­ous fac­tory unit. Be­hind the wheels, EBC brakes fed by Carli braided lines pro­vide for emer­gency speed mod­u­la­tion.

No­tably, the 6.7L has not been sub­jected to any me­chan­i­cal al­ter­ations aside from an S&B air fil­ter and 4-inch Flo Pro ex­haust. Yet, any­way. The driv­e­train

 This is where most of the magic hap­pened, up un­der the truck. Carli Sus­pen­sions per­formed R&D for the en­tire sus­pen­sion front and rear. Up in the front you’ve got Carli 3-inch pro­gres­sive springs wind­ing around King 3.5-inch re­mote-reser­voir shocks. Ex­ten­sive real-world test­ing was per­formed in the harsh So­cal deserts to get the valv­ing ex­actly where it needed to be.  Run­ning gear is made up of 17-inch Per­for­mance Ma­chine truck wheels and 37-inch Toyo Open Coun­try M/TS. The wheels con­ceal up­graded EBC brakes front and rear.  In ad­di­tion to the spring-and-shock up­grade, the front sus­pen­sion also sports a Carli ball joints and EMF rod ends. Con­sid­er­ing the ex­treme off-road use this truck would be see­ing, a Thuren Fabri­ca­tion axle truss was added to mit­i­gate stresses from the larger tires and keep the gears spin­ning with pur­pose.

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