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