Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
US
Pocketmags Digital Magazines

DECADE IN THE MAKING

THE EVOLUTION OF XDP’S CUMMINS-POWERED MONSTER TRUCK

PHOTOS BY ADAM BLATTENBERG AND XDP

Whether it be through truck-pulling, drag racing, monster trucks or any other form of motorsport, compression ignition lovers have always been willing to do whatever possible to push diesel performance into the mainstream.

Surprisingly, things weren’t always that way for Dave Radzierez, driver of the XDP monster truck. Long before he was into hot-rodding diesels, he worked them every day in the excavating business but otherwise avoided the stinky, noisy oil-burners in any of his personal vehicles. Nevertheless, as fate would have it, he found himself driving a loner 12-valve while his V-10 Dodge dually was in the shop back in the late 1990s.

At that point, everything changed. He immediately traded up for a diesel and, two years later, upgraded injectors, added a larger turbo, installed an exhaust and made 424 hp on a local chassis dyno—a big number in 1998.

Pulling Truck to Monster Truck

From there, tinkering with diesels progressed to Dave helping friends and acquaintances set up their trucks to sled pull, followed by him building a game-changing truck of his own: the first center-drive, tilt-body Super Stock puller in the modern era. He called it “How Do You Like Me Now?”

DECADE IN THE MAKING

2017 RAM 2500 HEAVY DUTY

OWNER: Dave Radzierez

HOMETOWN: Citrus Springs, Florida

ENGINE: D&J Precision Machine Enforcer-series 6.7L Cummins

SHORT BLOCK: 6.7L-based block sleeved and cut for ire-rings, HD girdle, deck plate, ARP 9/16-inch main studs, X-beam tool steel +1-inch rods, 15:1 compression FSR billet pistons, billet lat tappet cam, Hamilton billet lifters, 7/16-inch HD pushrods

HEAD: D&J Precision Machine Stage 3 common-rail head with 1.500-inch super alloy intake valves, 1.450-inch super alloy exhaust valves, oversized intake and exhaust valve seats, 115 ppi valve springs with titanium retainers, 5-axis port job cut for ire-rings, bronze guides, threaded freeze plugs, ARP 9/16-inch head studs, billet replacement intake manifold

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Diesel World - July 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - July 2019
$5.99
Or 599 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 1.25 per issue
SAVE
79%
$14.99
Or 1499 points

View Issues

About Diesel World

Diesel World July 2019, Look Inside : The New 2020 Silverado, How to build your own Power Stroke, Common Rail vs. Mechanical Injection, And More....