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Today’s trucks from the factory are well equipped for all kinds of use, but if you are in the market for some additional off-road capabilities to tackle the unknowns of the wilderness as well as some added looks, there are some easy additions available to you. Recently, we found ourselves pondering ideas of changing up
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
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.
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
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
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
The handling characteristics of a truck are an important part of its overall driving dynamics. Being behind the wheel should be an enjoyable time, and there should not be any question about how your vehicle will handle. However, many trucks are not always stable through turns, especially when they are towing or carrying a load
By now, you’ve probably seen the previous article that began our Lifted versus Lowered one-day makeover tech stories. If not, go back to last month’s issue, check it out, and then continue right back here. In this edition, we take a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, which has spent most of its time as a family driver,
There are a lot of things in life that need addressing that we as humans simply brush off because it’s either inconvenient or we don’t think we need to do it. Take going to the dentist for example. We all hate doing it, yet if we do we live a much happier and healthier life.
When we left off, we were halfway through the process of installing a coilover conversion lift kit from BDS Suspension on our 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. We began with a nearly worn out suspension with more than 200,000 miles on it and either refurbished or replaced all of it. We tossed the factory upper control
“Mom’s grocery getter” is a term we throw around that loosely describes that other vehicle that is part of your household. Not the commuter, not the tow pig, you know–the other one. It’s not even necessary that the mom of the family drive it. It’s usually some form of SUV, and it’s even cooler when
Longtime readers will definitely recognize our ’04 Ford Super Duty project. Over the last few years, we’ve updated the 6.0L Power Stroke engine, added a stellar audio system, filled the bed area with storage solutions, and tried out various grille and bumper combinations. And that 6.0L statement combined with the mention of leaf springs in
One of our favorite things to do around here at Truckin is take a very new, stock truck and alter the stance in one direction or the other. This month, we chose to take a bone-stock ’18 Sierra 2500 HD and lift it up—way up! The first call we made was to CST Performance Suspension
What once was old is now becoming cool again. Music from the 1980s, clothes from the 1990s, and trucks from the early 2000s. Well, at least that’s how it’s going in our world. New trucks are expensive, and if you want to modify them at all, the price tag shoots up to levels that our
If you read last month’s issue of Truckin, you know Project 71 BRBN is underway. The nearly five-decades-old Chevrolet has undoubtedly seen its share of good roads and bad during its lifetime. Now, it has modern suspension components underneath to handle all future travels courtesy of QA1 and CPP. This month, we bring you once
Lowboy Motorsports, in Mesa, AZ, is now offering an under-bed C-Notch that can be shipped in pieces, ready to weld in by a local fabricator near you or in your own garage if you possess the skills to do so.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, which meant in order to stand out Carlos Zapata needed to go bigger than anything he had ever done. Born and raised in Dallas, Carlos was part of a migrant worker family that did a lot of traveling. From picking oranges in Florida to working sugar beets in