June 2012 : TOP RIDE Buck and Amy's 2008 Speedway Blue X-Runner The Story Behind the Ride: I'm generally not one to keep any vehicle very long. Usually I would get a vehicle, mod it, then leave it for the next one. Almost thirty and counting now. Things changed while owning a 2001 Dodge Dakota R/T. Thought I had the baddest truck out there. That is until we got almost 100k out of it and the gremlins came out. One thing after another starts to break or just have problems. I've seen an X-Runner here and there show up since they came out in 2005 and I thought it was a pretty cool truck. After fixing the ole' Dak yet again... It was time to get something else before the next gremlin showed up. After all these previous vehicles, thought it was finally time for something new. After looking and looking I finally decided that it should be an X-Runner. Amy couldn't believe it. We have had a variety if vehicles, but for the most part I've been a Mopar or NoCar kind of guy. We searched everywhere (mostly Amy) for an X-Runner and realized that these are not the easiest things to find brand new without just ordering one. Finally there see three within a reasonable drive. RR, BSP, an pd SWB spread out in three stealerships. We didn't want black because I'd OCD to the point of killing myself trying to keep it clean since it would show everything. We've had enough red vehicles. The SWB was the winner! So in December of 2008, we haggled the salesmen, kept the gremlins away long enough to make the take and we were off in our brand new '08 SWB X-Runner. Then another member (WayneR) told us about the greatest cyber place on earth known as XRU. One thing led to another an the mod bug got the both of us. Along the way, we have been to a lot of great meets, met a variety of people, and even became a vendor to help keep the mods alive. Been a great ride and don't plan to stop anytime soon. Performance Modifications: ] TRD CAI ] Optima battery ] UniChip Programmer ] URD 3” stainless catback ] TRD Short Shifter Suspension & Chassis: ] XII Performance Track Ready Kit Plus (coils, steal leaf springs, front/rear sway bars, QA1s) ] URD Track Bar Interior: ] Sickspeed Weighted Shift Knob ] Black Cat Customs Gauge Face with XII Performance ] Skull Mirror Painted SWB ] Craven Speed Smart Phone A-Pillar Holder ] Grey Weather Tech Mats ] Coupe Vinyl Carbon Fiber Sill Plates w/X-Runner and XII Performance Laser Cut in the Center. ] Eclipse AVN6620 Head Unit ] JL Audio 500/1 Monoblock Amp ] JL Audio 10w6 ] SubXClosure Wrapped in Grey/Black Leather Exterior: ] Chrome 18" KMC 650 Slides with Michelin Pilots ] Stock X-Runner Rims with Hankook RS3 for the Track ] Tinted Tails & 3rd Brake Light ] SPEC-D Halo Projectors ] T-Rex Custom Recessed Billet Front Grilles ] TruXedo Lo Pro QT Tonneu Cover ] Pin-striping on Hood and Tailgate by "Doctor D" ] 6" Stainless Antenna ] Coupe Plexiglas Cover for the TRD CAI "XII Performance" Future Modifications: ] 4 Wheel Big Brake Kit (Manufacturer TBD) ] NST Pulleys ] Bump Steer Kit ] Coil-overs ] Four-Link ] Supercharger ] “Coupe” Aluminum Deep Oil Sump (7 ½ quarts) ] Better Front Seats Congratulations Buck and Amy and great work on the truck! -- As this months Top Ride winner Buck and Amy will also be receiving a prize package courtesy of Black Cat Customs.