Archive for April, 2011

Installing LED Replacement Lighting From Recon

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Recon Truck Accessories has quickly become a household name in the light-duty diesel aftermarket––and for good reason. Recon manufactures some of the highest-quality replacement LED and lighting products in the industry. And the company’s lighting is a simple upgrade for nearly any kind of diesel pickup. (more…)

Installing Yukon Gear’s Spin Free Hub Kit

Monday, April 18th, 2011

It seems that in the truck world, some ideas seem to come and go with regularity. One of them is locking hubs on 4×4 trucks. The very first 4×4 trucks didn’t have locking hubs, and then engineers decided to add that option. The advantage of this new innovation was that users could unlock the front axles to reduce drag, thus improving mileage, reducing parts wear and even improving steering ease. (more…)

Big-Rig Racing – - Why? Because You Can

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Two big triple-axle rigs prepare for burnouts. There were classes for all kinds of trucks, and all kinds showed up for a day at the track.

Imagine the spectacle: Two triple-axle Peterbilt trash compactor trucks edge into the burnout box and light up the tires, building to a fine crescendo of white smoke. They stage, the Christmas tree counts down, Detroit Diesel engines rage, black smoke blasts from the stacks and the two are off––rear ends hopping, lumbering down the track in slow motion, turbos whining like a dental drill, with dueling train horns blasting back and forth all the way down the track. OK, so they’re not exactly fast. But take it from us: You haven’t lived until you see it for yourself. (more…)

H&S Performance’s Wild Super Duty

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

“Go Big or Go Home!” That’s a well-worn phrase that applies to a small percentage of diesel owners. And you can tell who these people are at first glance: Their trucks sport big lifts and big tires and plenty of bling. But very few of these trucks have the big power to back up the big image, unless you check with Bentley Hugie, of Saint George, Utah. His big, orange 2008 Super Duty is not only an eye-catcher, but he’s also got the horsepower and torque to back it up. (more…)

Putting the Clean Into Clean Diesel

Friday, April 8th, 2011

We’re fans of many things, some of which are big fun, big power, huge miles per gallon numbers … and VWs. I know what you’re thinking, but how can you not like the things? Way back when we had a number of VWs, from off-road competition-ready cars to what was then termed a “Cal” bug. Heck, we even had a VW van that we worked construction out of. All of them were fun, but this 2010 Jetta TDI is not only fun and comfortable to drive; it gets insanely good mpg numbers, too in the neighborhood of 50 mpg highway, right off the showroom floor. (more…)

Cummins-Powered Little Red Express

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Back in the mid- to late-1970s, despite an Arab oil embargo that all but killed the muscle car market, Dodge continued to pitch new products to young buyers by recognizing their need for vehicle personalization. The “adult toy” campaign was rooted in such vehicles as the Dodge Dart Swinger and Dodge Adventurer pickup, so the company came up with limited production trucks such as the Warlock. (more…)