Life is about connections and when it comes to building wild trucks with a dream list of parts, magazines have a lot of inside contacts at their disposal to make it happen. When they do roll out a new project, articles follow about installing all sorts of aftermarket products with one thing in common: They are the best of the best. A few readers have enough extra cash to replicate a high-dollar magazine truck, but for those that consider any day you make more than you spent a good one although they are too far and few between, we present to you Budget Bowtie Build. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Dmax’ Category
Bang-for-Buck Factor: When a significant other warns if your truck sits a centimeter higher without doing something to make it easier to get in and out of the cab, it would be followed by a call to a divorce attorney, the value of a set of quality running boards goes through the roof. Finding an affordable set that would serve the function of a traditional running board while still looking good was handled with a call to Go Rhino! for a set of black Dominator III side steps. (more…)
Bang-for-Buck Factor: The popularity of EFILive has grown immensely in the Duramax community in the past few years. Allowing users access and adjustability to an extensive list of parameters has given tuners the opportunity to really delve into the factory computer and develop some pretty amazing tunes. While EFILive has opened many doors, the average person with no knowledge or interest in writing custom files may not be willing to start messing with calibrations that if adjusted wrong, could end with a $60,000 paper weight in the driveway. (more…)
Those miserable days when people had to actually watch commercials or even worse, not only remember to set the timer on a VCR, but actually figure out how to successfully record a television program have ended with the popularity of a Digital Video Recorder, also known as the DVR. Those without a DVR don’t know how amazing it is to have the ability to pause a live show for a bathroom break or have an entire season of a series recorded with one click. (more…)
Late Model Chevy Diesel at Its Finest
The long-awaited redesign of GM pickups has resulted in some great-looking diesels over the past few years. Introduced in mid-year 2007, the new GM pickup, complete with the 6.6L Duramax and Allison six-speed automatic, has made a great platform from which to build some cool-looking and fast-moving diesels. Just ask Sean Baisden of Simi Valley, California. Sean traded off his ’05 Duramax in favor of the new-bodied ’08 model and set to work building a cool custom that made its debut at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Nitto’s New Trail Grappler M/T
It’s no secret diesels owners use their trucks. That is essentially what sets them apart from other truck enthusiasts. They use them for both work and play, and in many cases that play can including sled pulling or off-roading. To get maximum grip from a vehicle that weighs upwards of 8,000 pounds, you need a serious tire that not only has a D or E load rating, but also has the grip and stamina to handle the abuse that sled pulling and off-roading can dish out.
Nitto Tire USA has been in the truck enthusiast tire market for quite some time. It has the reputation for developing specialty niche-oriented tires to meet specific applications. Its first foray into the off-road market was its successful Terra Grappler line. A few years later, it also introduced the Mud Grappler series of tires for the hard-core off-roader.
Style and Function Are Melded on This Late-Model Chevy
By Kevin Wilson
Photography: Kevin Wilson
Not long ago, when lowered late-model Chevys were all the rage, the hot look was a monochrome treatment with body-colored bumpers, door handles, roll pan and tonneau. Since that time, styling trends have come and gone, but the monochrome treatment still gets a lot of attention. Just ask Jason Arce whose basic white, ’08 Chevy turns a lot of heads. Not only is it quick, his truck is a perfect example of what the monochrome treatment looks like on a late-model diesel.
The ingredients for Jason’s recipe are simple: big lift, big powdercoated wheels, shaved emblems, and a clean approach to building the truck. As a sales rep for ATS in Avarda, Colorado, Jason’s Chevy is also a rolling business card that shows customers just what can be accomplished with a late-model, GM Duramax truck.
An In-Depth Look at the Latest Tuner From Diablosport
By Chris Neprasch
Photography: Chris Neprasch
We’ve entered a level of technology in electronics where it seems like everything is capable of performing multiple tasks. You can order a pizza online from the same cell phone you use to make calls and check the weather. For fitness gurus, wristwatches cannot only tell the time, they can calculate heart rate, calories burned and distance traveled. And now, a downloader can do more than install a program into your truck’s computer.
The Trinity from Diablosport is one of these new generation diesel tuners. Along with re-flashing the ECM, it can read engine parameters, clear trouble codes and provide a virtual drag strip on any open stretch of road. The Trinity has a large touch-screen display to serve as the command center for all of the functions and can even tune gas and diesel vehicles with one application number. To get a better feel for how far tuners have come, we ordered a Trinity to see how well it performs a few of the advertised key features. Here’s the breakdown of our experiences with Diablosport’s Trinity.