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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Toxic Diesel Performance

This 1949 7.3L Powerstroke HOT ROD was made out of three trucks. And then some. Mitchell Allread knows what it takes to win a stop of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, and it shows in his 1949 Ford F5 build. The attention to detail here is unreal - and inspirational. You know, for our own never-ending builds.

2.8L Cummins Powered Jeep

Kenny Hauk, the owner and founder of Hauk Designs, came from a family of builders. At a young age, his father Ken taught him the value of quality workmanship, stressing the right way, although never the easiest, is always the best way. He instilled in his attention to detail and taught him how to build things that last.

Kenny spent his adolescent years in the construction field, working with stone and wood, building custom homes. His transportation to and from work was a Jeep Wrangler, which started his passion for Jeeps and off-roading. Wanting to improve the off-road capability of his Wrangler, Kenny began buying parts for his Jeep. However, he quickly became disappointed with the poor quality and craftsmanship of the aftermarket parts that were available. After several disappointing purchases, he began forming parts himself in his parent's garage. Soon many of his off-roading friends began requesting custom parts for their Jeeps. Then in 2006, Kenny found himself unemployed along with thousands of others in the construction field. Kenny turned this seemingly unfortunate circumstance into an opportunity to redirect his passion and hobby into a full-time business.

Kenny began devoting his full attention to designing durable, high-quality products to meet his own high standards for the Jeep market, from his award-winning cast aluminum snorkel that revolutionized the market for Jeep intake systems, to the number one selling undercarriage skid plate system in the world. 

Hauk Designs LLC was formed with one simple goal: to build the best turnkey 4x4's on the planet; and they have done just that. Starting with the Hauk designed River Raider Truck, they set a new standard in the Jeep industry with Chrysler even imitating the design later with the release of the JK-8 freedom kit.  This was followed by the LS-powered Dune Raider with its signature chopped top, slant back, hotrod look that Hauk is now known for. 

In 2013 Hauk and his build team debuted the worlds first 24-valve Cummins diesel JK wrangler, called project Torque that set new records in JK performance. Hauk Designs is also featured on the television show, Road Hauks on the History Channel.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

How to Make Your Truck Run Better

Hailing from the great white north in Canada—Donavan Harris is a two-time UCC competitor that finished in fourth-place overall in both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Ultimate Callout Challenge. While his overall position was the same each year Harris certainly improved in his sophomore season posting two podium finishes including a third-place finish on the drag strip and a second place finish on the pull track.

Harris has been racing diesel trucks since 2009 and has won and placed well at events all over North America including five consecutive years winning the Canadian Pro Street Championships and the 2010 NHRDA World Finals Pro Street class. Team Armor owns the two fastest diesel trucks in Canada and with the help of his small family-like team and their never-say-die attitude behind the truck and the team efforts; he hopes to do better in the 2018 UCC competition. The UCC competition truck is a 2008 standard cab 4WD Dodge Ram that has gone on a serious diet to shed weight and improve performance. It boasts a stout 6.7L Cummins engine under the hood that is backed by a built Dodge 48RE transmission.

In the 2016 UCC Harris’ best individual event finish was 4th place in the sled pull, but he and his team made tremendous improvements for the 2017 competition where he finished in 3rd on the drag strip with the best pass of 9.520 seconds at 143.51 MPH and 2nd on the pull track with a hook of 312.11 feet. Unfortunately, he finished down the order in 10th place on the dyno while putting 1,625 HP and 2,182 lbs-ft of torque to the rollers for a combined 3,807 horsepower leaving him in 4th overall for the second year in a row. But the taste of the podium Harris received in Indy at the 2017 Ultimate Callout Challenge in the drag race and sled pull individual competitions has only whet his appetite to climb to the top of the podium for the overall competition in 2018. With the help and support of his partners and sponsors Armor Inc., Dynomite Diesel Products, D&J Precision Machine, DPC Converters, FASS Fuel Systems, Flo~Pro Exhaust, Mishimoto, Nitrous Outlet, Snow Performance, TS Performance and Yukon Gear & Axle the little team from Canada looks to come to Indianapolis and continue to build on their current success and move up in the overall standings.

Will the Canadians step up their dyno performance to match the other front-runners in the competition? If they can pull it off and manage to finish on the podium in each event they have a good chance at knocking Lavon Miller and the Firepunk team off the top step of the podium. To find out what happens to be there at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on May 4th-6th, 2018 and see it all unfold life and in person.