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Lowered Truck Problems
As a follow-up to our recent article on lifted-truck problems, we continue our discussion about pickups’ stance with a look at the other popular height adjustment: lowering. Contrary to popular belief, dropping a rig down low isn’t always done for show. Performance improvements such as better aerodynamics and traction can come with lowering a suspension,
K.J. JonesApr 30, 2021

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Powering Our Silverado Project With Odyssey Extreme Series Batteries
It’s not the most glamorous part of any project, but a high-quality battery is arguably one of the most important. From starting the engine to powering accessories, a truck’s battery is one of the hardest-working components. Add in the stress from starting a high-performance, high-compression diesel engine; the added demands of high-power electrical accessories such
Jason GondermanApr 28, 2021
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Lifted Truck Problems
Forget performance, fuel economy and capability for a moment. For some truck enthusiasts, “stance” rules all, especially when it comes to dialing in a customized rig’s look and attitude. Be it lifted or lowered, the position in which a rig sits…in relation to distance from the ground, of course…can make or break its legitimacy in
K.J. JonesApr 26, 2021
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What Is a Salvage Title?
“Salvage title” is a term we’re hearing a lot more frequently in the used-truck space, as weather phenomenons such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods have caused major damage to rigs all across the U.S. What Is a Salvage Title? Like a standard vehicle title, it is the document that affirms ownership and the status of
K.J. JonesApr 23, 2021
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How to Look Up and Decode a Truck’s VIN
Although we don’t have any hard data confirming exactly when vehicles were issued identification numbers for the first time, there’s no arguing the fact that the manufacturer-generated vehicle identification number has been around for many, many years. “What’s the VIN?” This is a frequently asked question (about cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) in the automotive space.
K.J. JonesApr 19, 2021
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What Is a Throttle Response Control Module?
If you drive a new truck, especially a diesel-powered rig, you’ve definitely experienced it: the very short lapse of time between the moment you step down on the throttle pedal and when the truck actually progresses or moves. This brief void is commonly referred to as throttle lag, and it’s one of the most annoying
K.J. JonesApr 9, 2021
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What Is a Gooseneck Trailer?
For most hardcore pickup owners and people who buy light- or heavy-duty rigs, “towing capability” matters … a lot! In our opinion, a truck’s mettle hasn’t really been tested until a trailer is hooked to its hitch and then dragged between two points, safely, and without mechanical catastrophe. Trailers are built for moving almost anything
K.J. JonesApr 6, 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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What Is Compression Ignition?
Let’s discuss something that is well known by diesel mechanics and hard-core enthusiasts but may not be fully understood by new diesel owners or people who may have heard the term “compression ignition” when engines are being discussed but ultimately are clueless about the descriptor’s true definition. What is compression ignition? Compression ignition basically is
K.J. JonesMar 23, 2021
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How to Cure Jeep JK Wrangler Hood Flutter
Are you tired of watching the hood of your JK Wrangler flutter and jump as you go down the highway? Does it distract you to the point of wanting to cinch it down with a ratchet strap? Here’s the deal. The factory JK rubber hood latches are quite soft and have a lot of stretch
Christian HazelMar 12, 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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How to Change Your Jeep’s Automatic Transmission Fluid
For us, there really isn’t a maintenance job we like doing less than changing the fluid and filter in an automatic transmission. Even if you’re blessed with an automatic that has a transmission pan with a drain plug, it’s frustrating. And if your tranny pan doesn’t have a drain plug, be prepared for ATF to
Christian HazelMar 11, 2021
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How to Buy a Willys Flatfender Jeep
We’re amazed at the popularity explosion early CJ Jeeps are currently enjoying, specifically the WWII-era Willys MB and Ford GPW, early Willys CJ-2A, CJ-3A, and Korean War-era M38 Jeeps. Known more affectionately by their nickname, flatfender or flattie, these early Jeeps have long been a crowd favorite for modification, but now a new movements has
Christian HazelMar 10, 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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Review: The Truth Behind Sy-Klone’s Snorkel Pre-Filter
For those of you who have a snorkel on your 4×4 and have braved all the snorkel jokes out there about how deep the gutter to your local mall is, we know you are the enlightened ones. Of course, you know that snorkels have benefit beyond deep water crossings. You know that snorkels, such as
Sean P. HolmanMar 8, 2021
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How to Choose the Best Tires for Your SUV
Not everybody comes to the table with the inherent knowledge of what does and doesn’t make a good tire. Often when shopping for new tires for your car, truck, or SUV, price is the one and only determining factor. But we’re here to tell you that price should be far from the first consideration when
Christian HazelMar 6, 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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Dometic CCF-T Ford F-150 Console Fridge Install and Review
Dometic, one of the leaders in vehicle fridges, just released the new CCF-T drop-in console fridge for the popular 2015–2020 Ford F-150 and 2018–current Ford Expedition. (You know Dometic from its exceptional line of overlanding fridges or the refrigerator in your RV.) This is a similar unit to the ones you can add from the
Sean P. HolmanFeb 27, 2021
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