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500-horse Daily Driven Show Puller

Rod­ney “Smoke” Chris­tine of York, Penn­syl­va­nia, has al­ways been a mo­tor­head. He cam­paigned a late-model dirt car lo­cally for years. To haul his dirt rac­ers, he bought a 2006 Ram 3500 du­ally, and not be­ing one to leave any­thing stock for long, he and his wife Julie, along with plenty of help from Young's Diesel Per­for­mance and Smokey Hol­low Per­for­mance, started to cus­tomize the truck to fit their needs and wants. To­day, the dirt racer is long gone but the diesel is alive and well.

Smoke’s du­ally rides at stock height, but is fit­ted with a set of 17-inch Ul­tra wheels wrapped with 35-inch Mud Claw rub­ber. Luck­ily, the truck boasts 3:73 gear­ing for bet­ter free­way mileage. Also help­ing with mileage and keep­ing the en­gine at the proper temps both in cold and hot weather is a set of Flex-a-lite cool­ing fans that re­place the power-rob­bing stock fan and fan clutch assem­bly.

Speak­ing of power, Smoke bought the truck be­cause it came with the bul­let­proof 5.9L Cum­mins. And based on his knowl­edge of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween mod­i­fi­ca­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity, he opted to use tried-and-true meth­ods to turn up the power on the Cum­mins. On the air side of things, the stock Holset turbo gets fresh air from an afe in­take sys­tem and in­take man­i­fold. Ex­haust is routed out via a turbo-back afe ex­haust that cul­mi­nates in a 5-inch stack.

Fu­el­ing is cour­tesy of an Air­dog sys­tem, which pushes clean fuel for­ward to an In­dus­trial In­jec­tion CP3. From there, it goes into the en­gine via 120-horse in­jec­tors.

To cut down on the smoke and add an­other quick 300 horses, Smoke added a ZEX ni­trous fog­ger sys­tem. A func­tional ram-air hood helps re­duce un­der-hood heat while an elec­tric wa­ter pump keeps a con­stant flow of coolant go­ing through the en­gine.

Back­ing up the Cum­mins is an ATS trans in­stalled and up­graded slightly by Young’s Diesel Per­for­mance of Brogue, Penn­syl­va­nia. Young’s also had cus­tom front and rear drive­shafts made for the Ram as ex­tra added in­sur­ance dur­ing sled pulling.

Vis­ually, the truck is an eye-catcher, fea­tur­ing a cus­tom wrap and graph­ics pack­age from Sha­ef­fer Signs of York and Lambo-style doors cour­tesy of Smokey Hol­low Per­for­mance. A fiber­glass ram-air hood routes fresh air into the en­gine bay. There are plenty of sub­tle and not-so-sub­tle cus­tom touches on the truck, in­clud­ing a pol­ished alu­minum en­gine cover un­der the hood, di­a­mond plate roll pan and trick sled-stop square-tube bumpers, Re­con light­ing all the way around and a tri-fold ton­neau cover that ac­com­mo­dates both the in-bed tool­box and stack.

On the in­side, things are just as cus­tom. A bil­let pedal kit cov­ers the stocker and bil­let switches are mounted in the dash to ac­ti­vate dif­fer­ent sys­tems on the truck, such as the NOS sys­tem and trans torque con­verter lock. A dash-mounted Edge tuner helps keep track of


vitals and of­fers dif­fer­ent power lev­els. Seat­ing is cus­tom two-tone leather, while a stock pre­mium head unit pushes sig­nals to a 2,000-watt am­pli­fier, In­fin­ity speak­ers and two 12-inch sub­woofers.

“I used to use this truck as my hauler for my late-model dirt car,” Smoke ad­mits. “But now, it’s just my daily driver and I use it for sled pulls on the week­end now and then.” UDBG

Un­derneath the cus­tom en­gine cover/ra­di­a­tor shroud is a 500-horse 5.9L Cum­mins.

An afe ex­haust man­i­fold helps spool the stock Holset turbo.

Among the wildest mods on the truck are the Lambo-style doors in­stalled by Smokey Hol­low Per­for­mance.

The in­te­rior fea­tures cus­tom two-tone leather seat­ing sur­faces.

The truck rides at stock height but has plenty of clear­ance for 35-inch Mud Claw tires mounted on 17-inch Ul­tra wheels.

The truck is pep­pered with Su­per­man em­blems, in­clud­ing one on the cus­tom-ma­chined rear end cover.

In true Dodge retro form, the du­ally sports a “Su­per Bee” tail stripe with the Cum­mins logo in­side.

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