When you're 14 years old and living on a farm in rural South Dakota, life at times can seem a little, uh, dull. But when you're holding the pink slip to a 4x4 with dual exhaust and a longbed and your girl says, "You've got the coolest truck in the whole school," life doesn't get much better. Thus were the formative years of Todd Kasma.?>
With wicked South Dakota winters, Todd received a crash course on forging through the snow. Fast-forward a few decades and Todd now needed a rig that would fit the family, survival gear, and a few friends and also have room to sleep in the back when needed.
Upon acquisition, the Snowburban was no wilder than your typical crumb-cruncher-toting SUV. But its soccer-mom stigma couldn't last long when the keys fell into the hands of a buildup maniac with a heavy right foot. When he shoehorned a Chevy 454 between the framerails and mounted a set of 36-inch Swampers, the OEM Dana 44 and 10-bolt axles strained under the additional load. A pair of Dana 60s with CTM joints and chromoly axles solved the issue for a while, but a new set of 38s and an increasingly excitable skinny pedal saw their demise as well. Eventually Todd ran into Toby Lavender of Triple-X Traction in Seaside, California, and they made plans for the ultimate snow rig.
Engine: TBI 454 V8
Transfer case: NP241
Front Axle: TeraFlex CRD Dana 60 fitted with ARB locker, Longfield 300M Super Axles, and 4.88 Yukon gears
Rear Axle: Full-floating Dynatrac 60 paired with 35-spline chromoly axles and Detroit locker
Springs & Such: Leaf springs with Sway-A-Way shocks front and rear, rear traction bar
Tires & Wheels: 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws on Stazworks 16x20 dual beadlocks
Other Stuff: Onboard air, roof rack, Warn 15,000-pound winch, Lowrance GPS, Doug Thorley headers, Optima YellowTop batteries, Painless Wiring harness, dual electric fans