Friday, February 13, 2009

Diesel Owners Get Tapped for Feature Photo Shoot

Don & Erin Brooks of Mesa, Arizona, are living their dream. As proud owners of a tricked out 2005 Ford Excursion 6.0 Power Stroke Diesel 4x4 "Eddie Bauer" Edition, they’re still on a high from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in January where their vehicle was displayed in the Soundstream Audio booth. Evidently the truck caught more than a few eyeballs, and has been slated for a photo shoot by Truckin’ magazine.

As soon as they learned that their AMSOIL-lubricated diesel had been tagged for a shoot, they let us know. We decided to take the opportunity to find out a little more about the Brooks' diesel passions.

AMSOIL: What is it that you like about diesels and diesel power?
DB: Love the torque and power of a diesel. I have always been into making whatever I owned faster, louder and different from the crowd. Once I drove my first diesel I was hooked and have had one ever since.

AMSOIL: When did you first get into turning wrenches and tooling?
DB: I started tinkering on bicycles and dirt bikes at a young age and then it turned towards sand rails and then trucks, performance, audio and customizing.

AMSOIL: Is Erin into it, too? Or does she just enjoy your finished handiwork?
DB: My wife Erin is into what I do almost as much as I am. There have been countless late nights with Erin helping me finish up last minute projects before a show or photo shoot.

She is very understanding about all the time and $$ invested in our ride as long as she comes before the truck. I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world for having "the Perfect Woman."

Favorite color: Orange
Favorite music: Rock/Alternative and some rap music
Favorite season: Dunes season!!! AZ is a great year round place to be.
Favorite place: Imperial Sand Dunes
Biggest lesson learned from parents? Life moves fast, so take every opportunity and enjoy life to the fullest no matter what gets thrown in your way.

Don and Erin have five kids, and what's especially heartwarming is that this truck is not relegated to a garage, just for shows, but is their daily ride. Here are a few more details about the vehicle's modifications.

Paint: Custom tribal graphics featuring "House of Kolor" paint. Black and pewter separated by a tribal pearl orange with silver pearl floating bubbles.
Interior: Custom, is fully wrapped in black, pewter, silver, and orange suede, to match exterior. 2-tone leather seating, black wool carpet from Mercedes Benz.
Lift kit: 8" Donahoe Racing Soft Ride Kit
Shocks: Fox Racing Chrome 2.0 res. shocks with steel braided lines, custom billet shock clamps;
Steering Stabilizer: Fox Racing
Tires: Toyo Tires Open Country M/T's 37"x13.50" R24 tires
Wheels: Customs from Weld Racing 24"x12" - Weld Racing made only 4 sets of these EVER!Grille: Rolling Big Power blacked out with chrome star
Lighting: Harley Davidson blacked out headlight housings with Xenon 8000k HID bulbs with 8000k bulbs in fogs also, carbon fiber tailights, Recon dancing strobe lights
Exhaust: MBRP - 4" turbo back, strait piped all powder coated black with 6" black tip
Mag: Hytec front and rear differential covers and deep sump transmission cover
Programmer - Bully Dog Performance PMT unit
AMSOIL Synthetic 12 TBN 15W-40 Diesel Motor Oil
AMSOIL Synthetic Universal Automatic Transmission Fluid
AMSOIL Severe Gear SAE 75W-140 Synthetic Extreme Pressure Lubricant
AMSOIL Severe Gear SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Extreme Pressure Lubricant
AMSOIL Diesel Concentrate Cold Flow Improver Performance Diesel Fuel Additive
Ryno Mfg. billet rear view mirror
Ryno Mfg. 14" Rockstar drop hitch receiver
Ryno Mfg. 5" billet Ultimate receiver ball
AMP Research power steps

Add to this an audio/visual sound system to die for, and you have one incredible truck. No wonder they're turning heads wherever they go.

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