MEGA DISAS­TER

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fi­nally on its way to Idaho, Canale couldn’t wait to get the keys and start driv­ing it.

Forced Up­grades

Af­ter fi­nally get­ting the truck and driv­ing it for a few days, Canale no­ticed smoke com­ing out of the ex­haust at idle. As­sum­ing it was just the cold morn­ing weather, he let it go for a bit. But the prob­lem just kept get­ting worse. He de­ter­mined maybe a cou­ple of the in­jec­tors were bad and needed re­placed, so a new set of 180hp in­jec­tors were in­stalled. But the smoke never cleared up. At this point there could only be one other is­sue: bent rods. A com­pres­sion test was per­formed and it quickly showed that three of the six cylin­ders had an is­sue—disas­ter num­ber two.

The en­gine ob­vi­ously had to be torn down for full in­spec­tion, where he found all six con­nect­ing rods were bent. Un­for­tu­nately, Canale had never planned on do­ing an en­gine build when he bought the truck and in fact it was the real rea­son he sold his ’06. The pre­vi­ous owner had told him it ran flaw­lessly and the trans­mis­sion tun­ing just needed some di­al­ing in. With Canale’s con­nec­tions in the af­ter­mar­ket, it didn’t take long to get the overhaul un­der­way.

 Matte-black Amer­i­can Force 22x12 Evo 8 wheels wrapped in Toyo M/T 35-inch tires of­fer an ag­gres­sive look paired with the mono­tone charcoal gray paint.

 The fac­tory sus­pen­sion has been up­graded with a full Carli Sus­pen­sion 2.0 kit; the re­place­ment ra­dius arms, coil springs and Fox 2.0 shock ab­sorbers of­fer an ex­cel­lent ride with enough height to clear 35-inch tires.

 This 2011 4th Gen truck looks killer but hasn’t been over­done. A sim­ple paint-matched front clip, some blacked-out Anzo head­lights and the Bushwacker fender flares make for a bold but classy look.

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