Let There Be Light
The Stryker spotlight system offers HID tech-nology that translates into 500,000 candlepower (it'll throw light for almost a half mile) while drawing only 5.5 amps from the electrical system. Likewise, the remote-control capability allows for more than 360-degree rotation from inside your truck. Each black, white, or chrome unit can be permanently or magnetically mounted and lists for under $300.
Lock Up Your Tail
Master Lock's line of truck locks is specifically made for people who use their pickups for work and personal duty and worry about tailgate theft. This tailgate locking system prevents a tailgate from being separated from the bed attach points. The small lock retails for about $30 and installs in seconds.
Mind Your Own Business
The Truck Office is designed specifically for those who need their pickup to also serve as an office. Options include power inverters, printers, laptop housing, lockable storage, filing cabinet, slideout drawers, and more. The unit will fit in Ford and GM extended- or crew-cab models and weighs about 200 pounds. Each Truck Office starts at around $2000 but can climb quickly depending on how you customize.
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Secure storage is always a concern when pulling up to or leaving your truck overnight at a work site, but UnderCover has designed a clever swingout storage case that effectively acts like a lockable saddlebag in your pickup's bed. It's easy to install, secure, and lightweight, and it won't get in the way of plywood or plank materials. Figure less than $400 for two.
Top 5 coolest trucks
1. TerraStar 4x4
The latest version of International's downsized TerraStar is now offered with heavy-duty AWD capability. Taking advantage of the limited competition in Class 4 and 5 (only Ford's F-450/550 and Ram Truck's 4500/5500 are doing well in that category), International's new "little" trucks might be an indication the company is one step closer to eventually offering light-duty pickups. Regardless, the TerraStars are likely to do quite well with the strong 6.4-liter V-8 MaxxForce 7 turbodiesel and Allison 1000 transmission. Output is rated at 300 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.
2. Ram HD 5500
This 5500 Ram HD chassis cab Quad Cab has some major body mods behind the cab. How can you tell this isn't a one-ton? The front tow hooks, and the DEF filler tube (3/4- and one-tons don't come with either, but 4500/5500s do). The truck uses Switch-N-Go's hydraulically controlled cantilever platform, which will swing out and lower any cargo, resting it behind the truck. The custom, detachable bed was from a one-ton Ram HD 3500 and was resectioned to fit the 5500 frame.
3. A Clean Econoline Pickup
This classic is actually an Econoline van from the early 1960s in one of our favorite configurations-the pickup. Almost 20 percent of Econoline vans had a pickup bed when they were first introduced in 1961. This one has a 144-cubic-inch I-6 that sits between the two front seats. It was built at Ford's Lorain Assembly Plant in Lorain, Ohio, and cost less than $2000 when new.
4. Bulletproof SSV
SSV's Avenger is a tactical armored transport that started life as a shortened Super Duty F-450. It has a custom reinforced frame and suspension, and fully armored body. Driver and passenger doors have gun ports. The roof can be ordered with a gun turret or ceiling hatch. With all the bulletproof plating, the Avenger probably weighs in at around 13,000 pounds and has a payload near 2500. SSV will also armor and reinforce normal SUVs.
5. The Prius of Work Trucks
This flat-faced cargo hauler from Hino (owned by Toyota) is the first serious medium-duty entry to offer a parallel diesel/hybrid powertrain in a volume vehicle. The 5.0-liter I-4 turbodiesel is mated to a battery-powered electric-drive system (210 hp/440 lb-ft) that offers 20-percent-better fuel economy in normal loaded driving, meeting or exceeding all 2012 emissions levels without the need for urea injection. This is exactly the kind of technology that could