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    July 2012 Derek "SonicHD" Atkins '03 HD #1497

    .....July's NHTOC TOTM winner is Derek "SonicHD" Atkins with a '03 HD #1497 Congratulations Derek.....


    Question # 1: What sparked your interests in the Harley trucks? Specifically your HD Truck?

    I first saw the (supercharged) Harley truck when they were new, at the Portland International Auto show and fell in love with them instantly. I think I spent more time going over that truck than any other vehicle at the show, even the exotics. But back then, I was about 20 years old, and making about $10 an hour, so a $40k truck was certainly a pipe dream!



    Question # 2: Any interesting stories behind the history of vehicles you've owned leading up to the HD truck or how you got it?

    Nothing really interesting with previous rides; Iíve always been a 4x4 guy, lots of mud up here in the rainy NW which is always fun to play in. So I guess Iíll use this question to go into how I acquired my HDÖ Back in Jan í08 I owned a Sonic Blue 2003 Ford Ranger 4x4 that I bought new, and had highly modified over the years. It was lifted with some BFG mud terrains, and had a 4.0L V6, which that combo was getting me about 13/15 mpg at the time the gas prices were first starting to go sky high (that summer, premium was at $4.60ish/gal in my area). I was walking out of a grocery store one day, and picked up an Auto Mart mag on my way out (the freebie auto for sale ads).

    I wasnít looking for a new ride, I was about 3 months from paying off my Ranger, but looking through the mag, I saw a DSG í02 HD truck that was going for $18k and had about 90,000 miles. The mileage was more than I liked, and I wanted the í03 anniversary edition, IMO their just a little more special. But seeing that truck at that price, it got the gears in my head turning. Now they were in a price range I could afford! (I was making a little more than $10 an hour by them LOL) I loved my little Ranger, but it only had 2 seats (plus the jumpers in the ex-cab, but those arenít really seats) there were many times I could have used more room. And, quite frankly I was ready for something different. And hell, gas was going up so high, I figured Iíd rather have something a bit more ďfunĒ to drive if I was going to get that kind of crappy mileage.

    So my search started. I found one down in Sacramento (10 hours south) I almost bit on, but there was something about it I had a bad feeling about, so I left it there. A couple weeks later, I found an all-black bone stock í03 up in Puyallup, WA (3 hours north) that had 50k on it. After a lot of conversation with the dealer, I spent a weekend stripping my Ranger of its mods, and drove it up there and traded it in. I made it just in time, another family that was also looking at it showed up 30min later to purchase it, but I just beat them. I owned that truck from Feb í08 until the end of July í11 when I was laid off at work. The economy finally caught up to me. I was head man at my company, and had a lot of good relationships with my contractors, so instead of starting over somewhere else at a measly pay, I decided to start my own business and continue on. But I needed money to do so. So I stripped the HD of all its mods, sold them off on the forums and used that cash to get things going. I traded the truck for a 2010 E250 Cargo Van, for the business.

    Fast forward a few months to Janí12 and I came across the truck I own now for sale on LR. I loved the way it looked (I wasnít really into the Shamu previously, but with the hood, tonneau and 22ís it looked sick!) the price was decent, and it already had a lot of mods, which saves in the long run. I didnít really want to start over from scratch again. I made a deal with the owner for an even better price that I wonít mention, he just had to get rid of it at that point. The business is doing well already, so I scooped it up, and shipped it from Arkansas to Oregon. It was pretty filthy when I got it, had been neglected for a bit. But the paint and body was perfect, so that was the main thing. I can clean it up no problem.



    Question # 3: Give me a rough list of the mods that have been done to your truck. I know you've got a lot done, so you can just list your favorites if you'd like!

    Iíve already done a lot to this truck in the 6months Iíve owned it, changed a lot of things and cleaned it up. It now has: JLP ram air, BA2400 MAF, MP BIG-O TB, C&L plenum, Posi ported Eaton, 2.8/6lb pulleys, MP idler bracket with new idlers, MarkVIII efan/MAD controller, JLP IC and Coolant tanks, Haybale ĺĒ IC lines with Jabsco pump, Fluidyne heat exchanger, EGR, EVAP and PCV deletes, Bassani catback, Punisher VB, PI2400 stall, Lowered with Hotchkiss springs and 2Ē shackles out back, 2Ē springs up front, JLP traction bars painted silver, adjustable Strange shocks, LFP steering stabilizer, no sway bars. Fresh tires installed 3 days ago, Nitto 420s 275/40/22 front, 305/40/22 rear. Pioneer touch screen inside, with JL stealthbox, JL speakers. Gauges, etc. Harwood hood, Speedsturr tonneau, bedrug. Dats Ttrahís retrofitted projector headlights. Getting a new dyno tune. The truck runs good, I donít know who tuned it or anything about the tune but I have changed things since anyway.



    Question # 4: Tell us a little about yourself. Your other hobbies, your job, your favorite past time, whatever!

    Iíll be 31 on the 18th of July, Iím a glass subcontractor (mainly high end custom shower enclosures) among other things. Got married Feb 2011 on the beach in Hawaii, no kids yet. Iím way too busy with work, (12-16 hour days are the norm, but I donít do weekends) but when Iím not, I like to fiddle with the truck, play some golf, occasionally some basketball, though my knees arenít so into it anymore. Ride my other Harley (matching í03 Sportster). Spend time with the wife at the beach or anywhere else we can get out to on the weekends.



    Question # 5: You've been a member on the site for a while now, what is one of the best things you like about the site that keeps you around?

    I like that itís strictly HDís, not a combo site like the others; though I like LR too. I have met some great people on the forums; some will probably be friends for life.



    Question # 6: What is one suggestion to help make the site a better place?

    I donít have any complaints on the site, its set up well, easy to find the info I need and a wealth of it, and the people are great! It would just be nice if there were a little more activity. Thereís about 8 or so local HDís I hang with from LR, but none spend much time, if at all on NHTOC



    Question # 7: This is where I normally ask about where you decided on your screen name and any specific reason for choosing it?

    When I had my Sonic Blue Ranger, I was on Ford Truck World as SonicRanger. There was quite a large and active local chapter and when I got the HD, I wanted people (not just the local chapter) to still recognize who I was, so I changed it to SonicHD, and then just used that SN on the other forums I went on. The Harley isnít sonic blue, so now I just figured the ďsonicĒ could stand for speed. I donít have the imagination I used to LOL



    Question # 8: Almost at the end, what is in the future for your truck?, so whatís the next plan of attack for your trucks future?!

    Since its getting tuned next week, Iíll probably leave it as is (as far as engine mods) until Im ready to go built with a KB in the next couple years. Unless Im forced to ;-)



    Question 9: Last and final question, just an open end question for if you had anything else you wanted to mention that I didn't have a question for...here's the place to go at it! Your web site link, a plug for something, etc. etc. whatever you want to throw in!

    I think I pretty much sums it up!

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    Very nice ride indeed.

    Congrat's on TOTM bro'! You deserve it.

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    Very nice...congrats!!!!



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    ... But it SCREAMS like a raped monkey at wot

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    congrats on totm
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    congratulations. Love the look with the hood and headlights.

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    congrads

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    Great looking truck. Congrats!

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    Congrats! Well Deserved!

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    congrats! Nice truck!
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    Good Job! Sweet that you had the opportunity to own two HD's

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    badass HD congra......WHY because is a shamu HD lol

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    Congrats!! ... very nice ride!

    I am in South Sound ... you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by '02 H-D #677 View Post
    Congrats!! ... very nice ride!

    I am in South Sound ... you?
    Newberg a lil SW of Portland. I was up there running at Bremerton 3 weeks ago

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    How are those HID headlights? I've never seen that style before. Congrats on TOTM, it looks very clean and the paint appear flawless

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCBQQSTN View Post
    How are those HID headlights? I've never seen that style before. Congrats on TOTM, it looks very clean and the paint appear flawless
    He bought those from Dat's Trah when he sold his truck. There was a whole thread about how he retro-fitted them from either Lexus or BMW lights...I forget which ones. IIRC he tried a bunch of different ones and finally settled on these which came out real good.

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