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Engle Bros. Fab welds in a smooth roll pan from Grant Fab
We’re finally making some moves on our recently acquired 1995 Chevy C1500. If you recall, we picked up a pretty worn out standard cab short bed, and so far, we’ve only done what was necessary to get it back on the road. Then we added a smooth lid from Snug Top, which instantly improved the
Jeremy CookMay 26, 2020

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Can Truckin Make a Toyota Highlander Cool? Day Two!
Check Out Day One of This Toyota Highlander Build! If you’ve been following along, you know that we may have been going a little stir crazy here at home and decided to scribble a little outside the Truckin lines and see if we could take an ordinary egg-shaped crossover SUV and make it cool. In
Jeremy CookMay 21, 2020
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Can Truckin Make a Toyota Highlander Cool?
While staying at home, most of us have projects in the garage or driveway, and for some of us, there might actually be some time to work on it. But for a lot of us, having the excess cash lying around to take the next step just might not be an option right now. Depending
Jeremy CookMay 18, 2020
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Installing Cragars and Skinny Whitewalls on our 1964 “GMC”
Since we’re still stuck at home, we’re forging on with our ’64 “GMC.” We began in the last installment by installing a custom-built tube grille insert from Glory Grilles, and if you want a short history of the truck, be sure to check out that story. The second part of the first phase of our
Jeremy CookMay 11, 2020
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Hellwig Helper Springs & Bilstein 8112 Shocks
We constantly scour the internet in search of the newest and coolest parts for your trucks. This week, we’re taking a look at two products that are near and dear to our hearts, and we think you’ll love them, too. 2020 Ford Ranger Hellwig Helper Spring Hellwig Suspension Products has just released a new helper
Jason GondermanMay 4, 2020
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BDS Suspension 2020 Ram, Tundra, and Ranger Lift Kits
We constantly scour the internet in search of the newest and coolest parts for your trucks. This week, we’re taking a look at three new lift kits from the suspension company that’s one of the most prolific when it comes to releasing new products: BDS Suspension. 2020 Ram 2500 3-Inch Radius Arm Kit There are
Jason GondermanApr 28, 2020
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Installing a 3.5-inch Readylift kit on a ’09-’14 Ford F-150
If you’ve been reading Truckin for a while, then you know that we’re not the type that lets a lot of time go by in between projects. After wrapping up a couple lifted GM builds, we figured it was high time to get a Ford in the mix. We happened to have a bone stock
Jeremy CookApr 27, 2020
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Finishing Up Our GM 2500HD with EBC Brakes
More on this 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4×4 Project Installing a 6.5-Inch Lift on a GM 2500HD Completing our 6.5-inch Lift on a GM 2500HD Our 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4×4 had humble beginnings, but it’s come a long way in a short time. We started with a bone stock, extremely clean truck and called upon some of
Jeremy CookApr 27, 2020
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Completing our 6.5-inch Lift on a GM 2500HD
When we last left off, we had our very clean and very stock 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD 4×4 out in Simi Valley, California, at Powerhouse Performance, where Thomas Stevens and the crew installed the 6.5-inch front lift kit from BDS Suspension, complete with Fox 2.0 performance shocks. If you haven’t seen that story yet,
Jeremy CookApr 23, 2020
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Installing a 6.5-Inch Lift on a GM 2500HD
One of our favorite trucks to get our hands on is a late(ish)-model GM truck. With a rich aftermarket of just about anything you can imagine, the sky is really the limit once we get one in our possession. In this case, a pristine 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4×4 landed in our lap, and we
Jeremy CookApr 17, 2020
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Fixing the Silverado HD’s Weak Link
GM’s late-model pickup steering system is a notorious weak link. While sufficient for stock highway use, as soon as any larger tire is added, any off-roading is done, or the power output is increased at all, failure becomes imminent. On Sierra and Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks, as with our Silverado 2500HD, there are a
Jason GondermanApr 10, 2020
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How To: Installing Bilstein’s 5100 Series Adjustable Front Struts, Rear Shocks for 2013 to 2020 Chevy Colorado
More on This Colorado’s Upgrades! Eliminating Sway Installing Kleinn Air Horns’ Biggest Train Horn Kit Install AMP Research Automatic Running Boards SDP’s Compound Turbos Make Loads of Power One of the most consistent things throughout the truck hobby  is the fact that most hardcore enthusiasts—especially those who actually own pickups—typically are open to “modifying” their
K.J. JonesMar 20, 2020
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ICON Vehicle Dynamics Ford Raptor Hydraulic Bumpstops
If you’ve ever hit a speedbump or gutter a little too quickly—and haven’t we all—then you no doubt know the value of a good suspension bumpstop. Most vehicles these days use a microcellular jounce, which is basically an advanced foam rubber. In most situations this type of suspension stopper is perfectly adequate. However, when you
Jason GondermanMar 10, 2020
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Upgrading a New to Us 2015 Ford F-150 with Shocks, Wheels & Tires
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
Grant CoxJan 21, 2020
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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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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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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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Eliminating Sway: Improving a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado’s Handling with a Hellwig Rear Sway Bar Kit
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
John LehenbauerSep 10, 2019
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Suburban Refurbin’
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,
Bryan FrossSep 3, 2019
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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

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