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ICON Vehicle Dynamics Ford Raptor Billet Control Arms and 3.0-inch Coilover Shocks
In Part 1 of our “Faster Raptor” series in which we’re updating our first-generation 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, we walked through the process of installing a new set of 3.0-inch coilover shocks and billet-aluminum front upper control arms from ICON Vehicle Dynamics. The performance gains from shelving the factory front shocks were immediately noticeable
Jason GondermanDec 5, 2019

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Ford F-150 Raptor KC M-Rack and Gravity Pro-6 Lights Install
The whole “overland” craze has exploded in popularity over the course of the past several years and is currently showing no signs of slowing down. Eager to jump on that bandwagon, we decided early on in the build process of our first-generation 2013 Ford F-150 Raptor this was the direction in which we’d be taking
Jason GondermanNov 29, 2019
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Modernizing a 7.3L Power Stroke with Today’s Technology in Turbocharging, Injection, and Programming
Through the course of many years, Ford’s 7.3L Power Stroke engine has earned itself a reputation for being a reliable workhorse. Even though the engine hasn’t been produced in nearly 16 years, it still has a die-hard following in the diesel community. It is not unheard of for truck owners to sell their newer model
John LehenbauerNov 27, 2019
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Trail-Ready Tundra, Part Three
If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve made great strides in improving our 2014 Toyota Tundra Overland Project, which is a joint effort between Truckin and Fuel Offroad. Starting with a slightly used 2014, we got the suspension performance and stance right with a BDS upper arm and Fox coilover kit. We added
Jeremy CookNov 27, 2019
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Truck Performance: The Execution of an Action
Performance can be a broad term when talking about cars and trucks. It’s often used when evaluating different categories like top speed, acceleration, fuel economy, ride, handling, and so on. And let’s not forget about high performance, the heavy-duty stuff that performs better than the rest. More often than not, folks labeling the performance of
Alex SteeleNov 27, 2019
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Sporting Support One of the most famous names in performance seating will add a new, off-road–optimized model to its lineup. The Recaro Cross Sportster ORV is a new, ergonomically designed seat that will replace the Cross Sportster, keeping that seat’s supportive structure and excellent bolsters and adding more robust upholstery materials to resist water, dirt,
Brett T. EvansNov 25, 2019
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TOTYl Ressurection is Back!
Some of you may remember a few years back when we dragged this beaten-down 1997 Ford F-150 Lariat out of the parking lot and gave it a new life. The truck is significant because it’s the actual truck that Ford delivered to MotorTrend magazine back in 1996 for testing. This truck won the coveted Truck
Jeremy CookNov 19, 2019
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Diesel tech Q&A
Aisin vs. 68RFE QUESTION: I’ve been thinking about buying a single-rear-wheel ’12 Ram 3500 with the high-output 6.7L Cummins engine, and I’m wondering if it comes with the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. Also, what’s the difference between the Aisin and the regular six-speed transmission? Willy Sandborn via email ANSWER: No, the ’12 Ram 3500s were
Bruce W. SmithOct 31, 2019
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2014 Toyota Tundra- Trail Ready Tundra: Part Two
Last month we introduced you to our overland-style Tundra build that we’re putting together with Thomas Hale from Fuel Offroad. We already adjusted the altitude and suspension travel with the help of a BDS and Fox coilover kit and 35-inch Fuel Gripper XT tires. This month we took the next step and added bumpers, side
Jeremy CookOct 25, 2019
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Works Best Under Pressure
ProCharger and TBR Garage have come to the rescue with more power for both better performance and increased trailer pulling. Our performance dilemma was our 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab that we use for towing. Since the vehicle was purchased new with its 315hp 5.3 LS engine, six-speed automatic, 3.42 gears, and trailer towing
Bob MehlhoffOct 22, 2019
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Shop Class: Powertrain Placement
Engines, transmissions, differentials, and drive axle(s) are universal components common to pretty much all mass-produced internal-combustion automobiles, but an assortment of powertrain configurations has long been part of automotive design. The engine produces the mechanical power. The transmission uses variable gearing of different ratios to make the power usable at the street, under a wide
Alex SteeleOct 22, 2019
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2003 Chevy Silverado- Project Over/Under
We’re finally calling it done. The $500 work truck we picked up well over a year ago has had all manner of work done to it, and the miles we have put on it both on and off road are proof of the quality of work we performed on the truck as well a testament
Team TruckinOct 21, 2019
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Your Diesel Questions Asked and Answered
EcoDiesel Reflash QUESTION: I live in Texas and bought a 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6–powered ’15 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit from a friend in California. Since the situation between FCA and the EPA began, I have been receiving mailers telling me to contact my local Dodge/Jeep dealer to have the emissions-software reflash done to the ECM and
Bruce W. SmithOct 7, 2019
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1995 2WD F-350 Dualie Gets Leveled and A Front-End Upgrade
Age takes its toll on every vehicle, and miles just speed up the aging process. That’s definitely the way it typically works for trucks that see regular duty on streets, highways, farms, and anywhere else they can be driven. Our ’95 Ford F-350, Big White, is a prime example of a rig that’s experiencing both.
Bruce W. SmithOct 4, 2019
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ICON Vehicle Dynamics Ford Raptor Billet Control Arms and 3.0-inch Coilover Shocks
The Ford SVT Raptor was the first production pickup built to tackle the untamed desert of the Southwest United States and Baja, Mexico. Until its debut in 2009, the Ford Special Vehicles Team (SVT) was all about high-performance street machines, so this was new and exciting territory. Ford engineers did an impressive job, and the
Jason GondermanOct 3, 2019
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Tech Install: 2002 Silverado 2500HD BDS Recoil Traction Bars
We’re all familiar with the concept of traction bars, or at least we should be. For those who aren’t, here’s a quick refresher. As torque is applied to the drive wheels of a vehicle, those wheels turn and propel the vehicle forward. If the rear axle of said vehicle is suspended by leaf springs, which
Jason GondermanOct 2, 2019
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Tech: Ford 6.0L Power Stroke Garrett PowerMax Turbo Install
Diesel engines need two things to make power: air and fuel. We know that’s grossly oversimplified, but it’s true. If you increase the engine’s ability to ingest air, you can add more fuel and thus make more power. On a diesel engine, that often means adding a different (or another) turbocharger. While there are lots
Jason GondermanOct 2, 2019
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Trail Ready Tundra: Part One
We don’t get to do a lot of Toyota tech around here. It’s not because we don’t want to. We love Toyotas—just look at this month’s cover truck. The main reason is there’s simply less Toyotas that are being modified than the Big Three, and less of them out there in the first place. But
Jeremy CookOct 1, 2019
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Better In Bed
We all have a lot of things to haul around. For truck owners, sometimes it means we end up hauling around a variety of items, including other people’s stuff. However, the factory bed in your truck may not be the best option for you if you’re looking to make hauling things easier. The LTA Manufacturing
Bryan FrossSep 30, 2019
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Raising the Bar Spirited driving can cause axlehop in many modern trucks, which in turn can cause excessive wear on driveshafts, axles, and other driveline and suspension components. HSP Diesel can prevent axlehop with its line of traction bars, now available for the ’01-to-’16 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. HSP claims these traction
Brett T. EvansSep 26, 2019
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Sailun Terramax HLT Tires: Low-Priced Performance
There’s a common saying that even if you’re the most strident penny-pincher, you should still shell out on things that separate you from the ground: shoes, mattresses, and tires. There’s a lot of wisdom in that idea—those goods dictate health, wellness, and safety, so it’s worth not skimping on ‘em. But, in the case of
Brett T. EvansSep 20, 2019
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