Anyone with a wife, a girlfriend, or a brother into modernistic dance has heard of the cable TV show Trading Spaces. In the show, two neighbors trade houses for two days and redecorate one room with the help of a designer. The homeowners aren't allowed to know what's going on inside their house until the two days are over and their room has been completely redone. The good part is that most of the time the designers get totally carried away and turn the rooms into crap you wouldn't even want to pass through, let alone live in.
Since we're pretty liberal here at 4-Wheel & Off-Road, we figured why not rip off their show and do a similar treatment with trucks? We found two suckers--er, willing volunteers--to trade vehicles with each other. Guy number one would take guy number two's truck to whichever shop we told him to for modifications, and vice versa.
Rig number one, an '01 F-250 Super Duty crew cab with the Power Stroke diesel, would go to 4-Wheel Parts Performance Center in San Marcos, California, where "designer" Jay Miller would spin the wrenches. Four Wheel Parts makes over about one of these a day, so we felt confident they could whip up a package that would make it look better, ride nicer, do better off-road, and make more power.
Rig number two, an '80-something Chevy crew cab that didn't even have the decency to leave the factory with a front axle and a transfer case, would go to Zeus & Apollo's House of Automotive Repair and Pornography, where "designer" Zeus (we didn't ask) would, as he put it, extract the natural essence of the dualie. Whatever, dude.