Archive for March, 2011

Small Money Yields Big Results With Creativity

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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…)

Increasing Practicality Without Draining the Bank

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Product: Go Rhino! Dominator III Side Steps

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…)

Make 437 RWHP For Less Than $900

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Product: Custom-Tuned ECM

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…)

Big Power Highlights the Annual Dyno Extravaganza

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Industrial Injection’s annual Dyno Day brought out some heavy hitter from all across the West.

For their second year in a row Industrial Injection held their famous dyno event, bringing in some of the highest horsepower trucks in the western region. With some aggressive advertising and good old fashioned word-of-mouth, the folks at Industrial were able to make this event even bigger and better than the last. With two dynos on site, they were able to test over 50 trucks, most of which were in the mid 400 horsepower plus range, which lends credence to the belief the diesel aftermarket industry is still alive and strong in the central Utah area. (more…)

Scosche’s BlueFusion Offers Updated Technology In Minutes

Monday, March 14th, 2011

With Scosche’s Bluefusion, truck owners can see the caller ID display on the factory head unit, have the caller’s voice play through the OEM speakers and stream music, all wirelessly.

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…)

A Surplus 6.2L Blazer Gets a Banks Sidewinder Turbo Kit

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

A great entry-level diesel vehicle that is found readily on the government auctions is that mid-80s K5 Blazer with the 6.2L diesel.

Anyone over the age of 50 recalls the old “Jeep for $100” ads that used to be found in the back of such magazines as Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. What they failed to mention the Jeeps were in crates with some assembly required. However, there is still a great market for used military vehicles. And these trucks are usually inexpensive and most are diesel powered. (more…)

Aisles of Smiles

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Having attended the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas for more than 20 years, I’d like to think I’ve seen it all. Every year, the show features a lot of exhibitors, cool customs rides and miles of aisles full of new products. This year had all the usual SEMA Show elements, with one added feature I haven’t seen in nearly two years, smiles. (more…)