Somewhere between the stone-stock Super Dutys on the dealer's lot and the sky-high fairground cruisers that flip over doing U-turns are trucks like this one: just tall enough, just powerful enough, and just enough tire height to get the job done. No, they won't haul any county fair trophies home, but they will haul what counts, where it counts.
Those who take their Super Dutys on the trails know what we mean: Stock-sized tires don't provide enough grip or floatation to go very far and, at the other end of the spectrum, too-tall trucks often end up shiny side down. If you're after dirt performance, your sweet spot is somewhere in the middle.
We were stoked to find John Klump's '03 F-250 Super Duty, because it's a prime example of what we're talking about. Built by BTW Performance in Azusa, California, the Klumpmobile boasts a very capable set of 38-inch Kumho tires, 4.56 axle gears spinning Auburn limited-slip differentials, and a 10.5-inch Donahoe Racing Edge front suspension damped by Fabtech's take-apart, tunable Dirt Logic shocks.
We put the metallic-gray SD through its paces on the highway, in the mud, and finally through deep sand and over the rocks. It licked the plate clean and asked for more. We think BTW hit a performance bull's-eye with this one. Check out the rest of the details - we think you'll agree.