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Vision at Hand- Superchip’s iHawk Phone-Based Monitoring and Gauge System

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Years ago, when NASA had its eye on the moon, computers were used to crunch the numbers and keep watch on the missions. These computers were so large they filled entire buildings and teams of scientists were deployed just to program them to play solitaire. Nowadays, even the most basic smartphones have more computing power than the giants from the ‘60s. The same can be said for modern vehicles relying more and more on computers to not only control the engine, braking and other functions, but to read every aspect of how your vehicle is running, not just the basic gauges. All of this can be accessed and now, thanks to the folks at Superchips, it’s all available on your phone!

The new iHawk from Superchips is an OBDII wireless Bluetooth Linq module that works in conjunction with your iOS device to act not only as a gauge monitoring system but as a portable dyno, code scanner, data logger, drag strip, notification center and more. Once you plug in the iHawk, download the free app and link it up, you can start selecting parameters to monitor by way of analog or digital gauge readouts. One of the best aspects of viewing from your phone is the easy manipulation of different gauges. You caneven swipe through various screens to showcase all of the important information you need.


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Shooting a Wild Pre Runner Vegas Style!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Part of what makes our jobs as automotive journalists so enjoyable is exploring with different shoot locations, props and scenes. Last Sunday evening I was fortunate enough to click off images of Jay Johnsons amazing pre-runner F-150 set against various Las Vegas backdrops. Bright lights and water shows were just a few of the Vegas staples we employed in this 3 hour shoot. Look for a full feature coming up in Street Trucks where we print the results of our adventure. (http://www NULL.motortopia

The SEMA Thrash

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It’s here again. That time of year when we stay up at all hours of the night welding, grinding, sanding, blocking, priming, painting, wrenching and flat out falling over. Sema preparation tests us to the core every year but its all worth it when we roll a freshly finished project onto the show floor in Vegas. Check us out at SEMA this year at booth #22693 in Central Hall where we show off some killer trucks and hit the halls to report on the latest tricks and trends of the custom truck scene and industry. From tackling the massive show during the day to industry functions at night it stands to be one insane week hitting the rev limiter all the way.

NEW!! Street Trucks Pinstripe Shirts Available

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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Visit (http://minitruckerstore NULL.html) to get your Street Trucks Official Merchandise now! Check out the NEW pinstripe shirt available (see image) in all sizes. Also get some stickers and a flex fit hat.

430 Horsepower and SMOG Legal? GMPP E-ROD

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

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The Lowdown on GM Performance Part’s E-ROD LS3 – Finding a Solution to SMOG Problems

For those of us that are looking to accomplish a complete motor swap in our trucks or a brand new build with the goal of more power and reliability, modern LS-based motors are currently the best ticket. They offer great control over power and reliability and are considered to be our generations SBC. The Small Block Chevrolet (SBC) engine has long been a staple of the customizing community. The engine has remained relatively unchanged for decades and thousands of parts are available for the SBC in case you want some added power. If you are looking to get past the 300 or 400 horsepower range however you would have to build up the engine greatly. This usually consists of a new performance parts including a hot camshaft, forged pistons, ported heads, etc.. The list goes on and the dent in the wallet deepens. But no matter how you cut it, once a emissions control referee pops the hood and sees a different motor that has been built up, red flags go off at the inspection and your truck will most likely only see the streets while sitting atop a trailer. A solution is needed that offers the best of both worlds, power and emissions compliance.


Street Trucks on Truck U TV

Monday, July 12th, 2010

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Street Trucks Appears on Truck U TV-Airing Sunday Morning-7/11 with reruns throughout the week on Speed Channel.

Street Trucks Magazine Editors were featured on Truck U TV with a spotlight on Street Trucks Magazine Project Trucks at Surf City Garage in Huntington Beach, CA.


Classic Industries 5 Simple Tips for Classic Truck Restoration

Friday, July 9th, 2010

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Huntington Beach, Calif. -A top quality restoration doesn’t happen overnight and with many summer projects in full swing, Classic Industries, the recognized leader in GM restoration parts and accessories, offers five simple tips to help make your at-home truck restoration project painless.