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  • Suspension, Wheels, Tires & Brakes Buyer's Guide - Below Deck

Suspension, Wheels, Tires & Brakes Buyer's Guide - Below Deck

The Latest in Suspension, Wheels, Tires, and Brakes for Diesels Old and New

May 19, 2015
Photo 2/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Mickey Thompson Baja Mtz P3
Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ P3
The new Mickey Thompson [(330) 928-9092; mickeythompsontires.com] Baja MTZ P3 is designed with the latest compound for longer wear and better wet- weather capability, along with its predecessor's excellent mud and loose dirt traction. Siped tread lugs and variable- angle blocks help provide stone ejection and prevent stone drilling. The tire will be available in fitments for 15- to 20-inch wheels.
Photo 3/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Dick Cepek Extreme Country
Dick Cepek Extreme Country
Notched inner and outer lugs, unique chamfers, and Dick Cepek's [dickcepek.com] proven compound set the all-new Extreme Country apart from other mud tires. Greater tread block stability and weight-saving, tensile- cord construction help give the Extreme Country a smoother, quieter on-road ride without sacrificing performance. The Extreme Country will go on sale in sizes up to 35 inches.
Photo 4/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Bfgoodrich All Terrain Ta K02
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
When it comes to tires, few names have as good a reputation as BFGoodrich [(877) 788-8899; bfgoodrichtires.com]. So, when BFG redesigned its aggressive All-Terrain T/A KO2 for 2015, the off-roading world took notice. The all-terrain tire now has 20 percent greater sidewall strength compared to its predecessor, while a longer tread life and increased winter traction help provide long-lasting, surefooted stability in many conditions. It's also E-load-rated and available in sizes up to 35 inches.
Photo 5/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide General Grabber Artic Lt
General Grabber Arctic LT
General Tire [(800) 847-3349; generaltire.com], the company behind the legendary red-letter series, has an all-new winter-specific tire just for its LT customers. The Grabber Arctic LT is a studdable, E-load-rated 3-peak mountain snowflake tire that includes lateral and longitudinal siping to maximize grip while accelerating, braking, and turning. It will be available starting in fall 2015.
Photo 6/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Toyo Open Country Ht Tuff Duty
Toyo Open Country H/T Tuff Duty
If lots of your time is spent on-highway for long stretches of time, check out the Open Country H/T Tuff Duty by Toyo [(800) 442-8696; toyotires.com]. This tire has three-belt internal construction and deep tread depth for long-haul, heavy-duty tasks like towing a trailer, and minimized voids in the tread make it ideal for secure and stable highway driving.
Photo 7/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Nitto Exo Grappler Awt
Nitto Exo Grappler AWT
The Exo Grappler AWT is Nitto Tire's [nittotire.com] entry into the growing LT-specific all-weather tire market. An aggressive tread pattern promises good traction off-road, while large lateral grooves and sipes help increase traction in snow and ice. The AWT is rated with the 3-peak mountain snowflake, meaning it meets strict snow- traction standards.
Photo 8/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Mickey Thompson Mt Metal Series
Mickey Thompson MT Metal Series
There's a bold new look for the MT Metal Series wheels by Mickey Thompson [(330) 928-9092; mickeythompsontires.com]. One of the most eye-catching models in the collection is the MM-366, an eight-spoke design that looks both tough and sporty. The swept-back spokes and lip are finished in matte black, with silver accents on the lip and center cap. It's a seriously cool look, and it's available in 18- and 20-inch fitments for HD trucks.
Photo 9/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Trailhead Heavy Duty Series Beadlock
TrailReady Heavy Duty Series Beadlock
The TrailReady [(425) 353-6776; trbeadlocks.com] Heavy Duty is a "born-as-beadlock" wheel, meaning it was designed from the outset for maximum performance in rocks, mud, and the desert. The HD Series is available in an eight-lug, 20-inch fitment, machined for either OEM or racing hubs, and options include anodized, powdercoated, or polished finishes, with three different clamp ring styles.
Photo 10/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Bmf Wheels Batl
BMF [(888) 313-2580; bmfwheels.com] says this design put the company on the map, and it's not hard to see why. The classic HD truck style is on full display in the 20-inch BATL, but it also features modern touches like embossed BMF script around the rim and a choice between the matte-black "Stealth" or contrasting polished/matte black "Death Metal" finishes. Either would be an excellent choice for your heavy-duty diesel rig.
Photo 11/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Weld Wheels Rekon Hd D55
Weld Wheels Rekon HD D55
There's nothing like a good, classic wheel design such as the Rekon HD D55 by Weld Wheels [(800) 788-9353; weldwheels.com]. It's available in 17- or 19.5-inch sizes, and the D55's 10-hole styling gives both old and new dualies a subtle, understated custom look that's perfect for everyday use. Available in both polished and black finishes, it's a great choice for customers who want to add a little extra flash to their pickups.
Photo 12/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide American Force Titan
American Force Titan
Custom dualie trucks need love, too, and for that, there's American Force [(888) 360-6701; americanforcewheels.com]. The manufacturer has a large line of dualie wheels (including 19.5-inch fitments) in a variety of styles. The Titan, made from 6061-T6 forged aluminum, is polished to a mirror finish. It's available in sizes up to 26 inches (including the aforementioned 19.5x6.75-inch fitment), and all come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.
Photo 13/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Center Line Wilderness Series Wolverine
Center Line Wilderness Series Wolverine
Designed for the high stress of running tall tires in tough situations, Center Line's [(800) 345-8671; centerlinewheels.com] Wilderness Series forged wheels are made from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and have a load rating of up to 3,200 pounds per wheel. The Wolverine is a modern design available in mirror-finished aluminum or triple-plated chrome, with an optional beadlock ring for added off-road performance.
Photo 14/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Hawk Performance Brake Pads
Hawk Performance Brake Pads
Brake pads with Ferro-Carbon by Hawk Performance [(800) 542-0972; hawkperformance.com] provide quiet, clean stopping power for even the biggest of trucks. The material helps dissipate heat efficiently, giving an extra level of confidence when hauling a big load or towing a trailer. Available for Cummins, Power Stroke, and Duramax-specific applications, Hawk's pads are a reasonably priced upgrade over the stock parts.
Photo 15/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Wilwood Tc6r Big Brake Front Brake Kit
Wilwood TC6R Big Brake Front Brake Kit
The TC6R Big Brake Kit by Wilwood [(805) 388-1188; wilwood.com] for '01 to '10 GM heavy-duty diesel trucks replaces the stock front brakes with 16-inch-diameter slotted rotors and six-piston calipers for excellent stopping power. The great styling might scream sports car, but the heat-dissipating brakes are also excellent for towing applications. The system is compatible with stock master cylinders and retains full ABS functionality.
Photo 16/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Stoptech Sport Slotted Rotors
StopTech Sport Slotted Rotors
For additional temperature control over stock brake rotors, it might be a good idea to consider StopTech [(310) 933-1100; stoptech.com] Sport slotted rotors. Formerly known as Power Slot rotors, StopTech Sport rotors keep their predecessors' great appearance, with slots that prevent brake-pad glazing, add bite, and improve brake performance in both wet and dry conditions. The slots also help extract gases and dust that can build up between the pad and rotor, meaning brake performance is consistent even in heavy use.
Photo 17/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Skyjacker Lift Kit
Skyjacker 6-inch Lift for '11 to '15 GM 2500HD
With new steering knuckles, CV axle spacers, brake-line extensions, and differential relocation brackets, the Skyjacker [(318) 388-0816; skyjacker.com] 6-inch lift kit for the '11 to '15 Chevrolet/GMC 2500HD trucks is so much more than longer shocks and springs. The kit's attention to every aspect of the truck (including steering, brakes, suspension, and drivetrain) means your GM truck will drive and ride well, while being able to run big 35-inch tires.
Photo 18/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Pacbrake Amp Air Suspension Kit
PacBrake AMP Air Suspension Kit
Hard-core towing and hauling experts know the value of a good set of air springs. The PacBrake [(800) 663-0096; pacbrake.com] airbags, available for many late-model and classic trucks, work in conjunction with your rig's existing suspension components, helping to reduce rear sag and sway, headlight misalignment, and bottoming out when towing or carrying heavy loads. You can find applications for most late-model Cummins, Power Stroke, and Duramax-powered diesel trucks.
Photo 19/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Carli Suspension Starter System
Photo 20/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Carli Suspension Starter System
Carli Suspension 2.5-inch Starter System
The Ford Super Duty 2.5-inch Starter System by Carli Suspension [(888) 992-2754; carlisuspension.com] is a great way to add a little more elevation to your Blue Oval truck while still enjoying great ride quality and capability. The system includes custom-tuned Bilstein 5100 shocks, Carli front coil springs, six-leaf progressive rear springs, and an adjustable track bar for better wheel travel and ground clearance. The kit enables you to run 35-inch tires under your Super Duty for even more off-road capability, and the suspension pieces are rated for the same payload and towing as stock.
Photo 21/21   |   Suspension Wheels Tires Brakes Buyers Guide Energy Suspension Hyper Flex Bushings
Energy Suspension Hyper-Flex Bushings
Showroom-stock rubber bushings and engine mounts can wear out, and if that's the case for your truck, it might be time to upgrade to polyurethane. Hyper-Flex bushings by Energy Suspension [(888) 913-6374; energysuspension.com] are designed for the abuse that comes from towing, hauling, and off-roading, providing more secure handling, reducing unwanted vibrations, and giving better control in a variety of situations. The Hyper-Flex Master Set is available in a variety of heavy-duty applications, and they'll even help you get your hot rod or autocrosser sorted out as well.