When you launch an 8,000-pound rig 4 or 5 feet in the air, you better have some serious da
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
The OEM 350 was swapped for a TBI 454 mated with ceramic-coated Doug Thorley headers, dual
After cutting the sheetmetal, Toby Lavender and the Triple-X Traction crew made wraparound
The front end was treated to a TeraFlex CRD Dana 60 fitted with an ARB Locker, Longfield 3
Systems management from the driver seat is at arm's length. The Lowrance GPS provides navi
Out back, a full-floating Dynatrac 60 was paired with 35-spline chromoly axles and a Detro