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ODSS Rudy’s Spring Truck Jam 2021
Finally! On April 23 and April 25, “life” for diesel drag racers took another giant leap toward returning to the normal that was lost in 2020. For the first time in more than a year, Outlaw Diesel Super Series trucks and cars took to the eighth mile at Piedmont Dragway in Burlington, North Carolina, to
K.J. JonesApr 28, 2021
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Best Truck Bed Organizers
Figuratively speaking, there are thousands of different upgrades that can be performed on pickup trucks, new or old. Enhancing their utilitarian mettle is something we always cosign, and there’s no better place to start than in a rig’s bed. To haul cargo as efficiently as possible essentially is the reason why trucks have beds. As
K.J. JonesMar 31, 2021
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Best Upfitter Switches
Let’s talk about “upfitting;” a term that isn’t necessarily “new” to the truck scene, but, it’s definitely being used more often, especially since the advent of overlanding. Upfitting is a hybrid type of word–a cross between upgrading and outfitting—that describes taking a stock rig and setting it up with accessories and gear that are necessary
K.J. JonesMar 29, 2021
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Truck Bed Sizes
With truck cabs covered in an earlier report, we now shift our focus to their beds, with hope of taking some of the confusion out of how the cargo boxes behind the cockpit are categorized, based on their size. Similar to the way that cabs are described, for example “Quad Cab” is used for identifying
K.J. JonesMar 25, 2021
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Truck Cabs
One of the really cool things about pickup trucks is the wide variety of brands and models (past and present) that are currently on the road, or even parked in garages and barns, waiting to become project builds. Trucks vary in size, drivetrain, suspension, levels of capability, and many other qualities. However, one component—the cab—is
K.J. JonesMar 25, 2021
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Check Out This Rare International Loadstar Crew Cab For Sale
We have to be honest in that we don’t really know all that much about classic International Loadstar trucks. But we do know International didn’t make too many 4×4 crew-cab Loadstar trucks in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, so this one is probably pretty rare. We dig the look of them and appreciate any classic
Christian HazelMar 17, 2021
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10 Best Transmissions on TruckTrend.com
In the immediate wake of our rundown on best engine builds, it’s only right that we follow it with a collection of 10 of our best transmission articles, because, of course, transmissions—manual or automatic—are the second major component in a truck’s driveline. TruckTrend’s scribes have written a litany of tech stories about automatic and manual
K.J. JonesMar 12, 2021
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10 Best Engine Builds on TruckTrend.com
Gasoline engines, or diesel, electric, and other alternatively fueled powerplants: In the big picture, it doesn’t matter what type of engine a truck uses. The facts are, a motor of some sort is necessary to propel the vehicle, and there is an infinite number of platforms and combinations that can be used for making it
K.J. JonesMar 10, 2021
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Best Diesel Injection Articles on TruckTrend.com
With no spark involved in a diesel engine’s combustion, air and fuel are the lone ingredients that make the process happen, and copious amounts of each are very essential if you want to have any chance of increasing an oil burner’s performance. For most diesel engines, increasing intake-air pressure and volume is best achieved by
K.J. JonesMar 5, 2021
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Top 10 Sled Pull Articles on TruckTrend.com
 In the diesel hobby, three competitions are considered sacred and serve as the benchmarks for evaluating engines’ and/or vehicles’ performance. Starting from the back and working forward, the third most popular contest is held on the chassis dyno, where rear-wheel horsepower and highly revered torque are measured. Next is drag racing, typically on eighth-mile racetracks.
K.J. JonesMar 2, 2021
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Ford to Recall Some 2020-2021 F-Series Trucks
Windshield Not Secure A heads up for Ford truck owners: The company is preparing to issue two recalls for problems concerning 2020 and 2021 F-Series pickups. The first recall, #20C06, involves windshields that are not properly secured to the body. It affects 2021 Ford F-150s assembled in Dearborn, Michigan, between October 27, 2020, and February
K.J. JonesFeb 24, 2021
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Top 10 Nitrous Oxide Articles on TruckTrend.com
We close out our look at power adders with this breakdown of the top 10 nitrous oxide articles that have appeared on trucktrend.com. In high-performance applications, nitrous oxide, also known as “spray,” “juice,” “nitrous,” or the uber-generic “NOS (nawwws),” is pound for pound the most inexpensive upgrade for increasing engine performance. For those who are
K.J. JonesFeb 24, 2021
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Top 10 Supercharger Articles on TruckTrend.com
Superchargers or turbochargers, which is better? It is an ages-old question in the world of high performance, and it typically garners passionate—not always accurate—opinions whenever it is posed to hard-core gearheads. And we’re not trying to settle that score right now. As a follow-up to our rundown of turbocharger stories, we now turn our attention
K.J. JonesFeb 19, 2021
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Top 10 Turbo Articles on TruckTrend.com
There are many different segments in the truck hobby. However, two of the most popular areas—especially when it comes to modifying—are “show,” which emphasizes parts and procedures that change (hopefully improve) a rig’s interior and/or exterior appearance, and “go,” which essentially deals with drivetrain treatments that help improve a truck’s performance. Looking directly at engine
K.J. JonesFeb 18, 2021
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Top 10 Truck Carnage Articles on TruckTrend.com
Truck carnage articles. Reports about catastrophic failure. There’s really not a lot to elaborate about. Mechanical or other devastation of a truck and/or engine is something we don’t particularly “like” to see. But photos and videos of truck carnage—even intentional destructive shenanigans—still have a way of captivating us whenever we see them. When it comes
K.J. JonesJan 25, 2021
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Top 10 Truck Racing Articles on TruckTrend.com
Competitiveness is a quality that is inherent in all humans. Yes, it may be stronger in some people than it is in others, but competition at any level is almost impossible to deny, nonetheless. Thankfully, racing, one-on-one, or in group form, was created long ago (according to information sourced from Google, 1895), and to date,
K.J. JonesJan 22, 2021
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Top 10 Big- Block Engines on TruckTrend.com
We really hope you’re enjoying the retrospective looks we’re taking at popular vehicles and topics that have been covered by MotorTrend Group’s truck brands. Our “top-10” rundowns are very popular, so we’re going to continue scouring archives and compiling these lists. General Motors’ LS-Series V-8 engine is probably the most widely used powerplant for custom
K.J. JonesJan 21, 2021
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Top 10 Ford Excursion Stories on TruckTrend.com
With turnabout being fair play and all, it’s only right that we give Ford’s Excursion equal time, with a collection of 10 reports about the massive sport-utility rig that were originally published in Truckin, TruckTrend, Diesel Power, and 8-Lug magazines. If you faithfully follow our top-10 rundowns, you’ve already read the story highlighting Chevy’s Suburban.
K.J. JonesJan 15, 2021
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Top 10 Custom Chevy Suburbans on TruckTrend.com
With Chevrolet’s all-new 2021 Suburban—highlighted by the return of a diesel engine to the poweretrain lineup—finally in dealership showrooms, we think now is a perfect time to shine the spotlight on the iconic long-roof rig. Introduced in 1935, Suburban is the ultimate family truckster, incorporating elements of sedan, van, and pickup truck into one vehicle.
K.J. JonesJan 6, 2021
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1949 Dodge Power Wagon Restomodded With Cummins Power
When you think of the Dodge Power Wagon, the extremely capable and surprisingly comfortable heavy-duty Ram 2500 pickup likely comes to mind. But the Power Wagon nameplate is hardly new; it was first used after World War II, when Dodge realized there was a civilian market for go-anywhere, heavy-duty trucks. Want to mix some of that new Power
Kelly LinDec 24, 2020
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