"This past year during my winter break in Vermont," says Michael, "the truck had to battle through over 12 inches of snow."

With the R/T's dropped suspension and performance tires, we can only imagine what that trip must have been like.

Rapid Facts
Owner: Michael Thomas - Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Model: 1998 Dakota R/T Extended Cab
Color: Intense Blue
Engine/Mods: 5.9L, Flowmaster muffler, 3-inch exhaust pipes, Accel 8mm plug wires, Autolite Platinum plugs, JBA headers and downpipe, dual 4x24-inch tips, MP cold air intake, ECU, valve covers, 180-degree thermostat, F&B throttle body
Transmission/Mods: Four-speed auto, Precision Industries torque converter, custom shift kit
Driveline/Mods: Stock
Suspension Mods: Ground Force 2-inch drop coils, 2-inch Western Chassis lower control arms, C-section, 5-inch shackles, Monroe Reflex shocks, Energy Suspension front and rear sway-bar bushings, 17x9 stock wheels, 275/40/17 BFGoodrich G-Force tires, total drop: 4 inches front/5 inches rear
Body Mods: Stillen front fascia, Street Scene roll pan, PIAA Super White bulbs, Auto Syndicate clear corner lenses, painted rear lamp bezels, painted mirrors, door handles, rain runners, third brake light, wiper cowl, shaved V8 emblems, R/T badges removed, custom grille inserts, Quality Custom tonneau cover
Interior/Mods: Painted dash trim, electronic control, center console, 4x50-watt Precision power amp, JL Audio 8-inch W6 subwoofer, Polk Audio 5.24-inch components, Razo pedals, APC white-face gauges, Clifford alarm system, Bedrug bedliner, Cannon floor mat

Performance
Ryan Schebo Went For The Viper Look
Inspired: Dodge's sizzling V10 sports car may be the envy of every Mopar head without the means to own one, but that doesn't mean the spirit of America's premier roadster can't be assimilated onto other platforms. Ryan Schebo of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has a serious fondness for the Viper's attributes; however, living on a young man's budget doesn't offer the discretionary income demanded of most Viper buyers. So, Ryan settled for the next best thing-he "Viperized" his '99 Dakota R/T in looks, if not in total performance.

Although Ryan's Dakota sports a Flame Red topcoat, he prefers to call the truck's overall color scheme "ketchup and mustard." It's a saucy mix inspired, he says, from a '96 Viper.

Wherever it came from, this all-American muscle truck looks pretty tasty to us.

Rapid Facts
Owner: Ryan Schebo - Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Model: '99 Dakota R/T Extended Cab
Color: Flame Red
Engine/Mods: 5.9L, MSD ignition, MP headers, 3-inch tailpipe
Transmission/Mods: Four-speed automatic
Driveline/Mods: Stock
Suspension/Mods: Western Chassis lower control arms and shackles, Doetsche front and rear shocks, front and rear Kenny Brown X-Brace, 17x9 wheels, 255/55/17 tires
Body/Mods:" Street Scene front spoiler, Viper and "RT/8" decals
Interior/Mods: Black leather Dodge Viper seats ('98 GTS), Wheel Skinz red leather wheel cover, Lloyds Dakota floor mats, dual 10-inch MTX subwoofers, MTX amp, Bedrug, Checkmate CheckerPro flush-mount tonneau cover