From heavy duty truck used in construction, farming and landscaping to the impractical fun of tricked out lifted trucks, you’ll find a 4×4 truck means something very different to different people. Let’s explore three different enthusiast categories and how each has evolved in recent years.
Heavy Duty 4×4 Trucks
If you are simply browsing the internet for information for real, practical advice on labor vehicles, you may be surprised to learn how the truck industry keeps splintering into more and more specialized fields. There once was a time when single heavy duty diesel could often be seen performing radically different jobs for different industries.
Today you will instead find modified or customized 4×4 trucks for each industry. Specialized flatbeds are used for construction hauling and all kinds of different load structures exist for landscaping trucks. Not too long ago, these needed to be after market modifications. Now major manufacturers provide a generous selection of carefully designed and implement versions straight from the factory.
Fun 4×4 Trucks
From roadster style lowered trucks meant for on-road racing to the pure goofy fun of huge jacked up trucks, there’s no shortage of novelty 4×4 trucks out there these days. Unlike the heavy duty truck industry, however, a majority of the most colorful designs and functions in this area are still after market customizations designed and implement by enthusiasts.
However, even these after market modifications have led to an flourishing new industry. Someone has to manufacturer the parts and tools for these modifications, right? And as more specialized parts became more readily available, the enthusiast creativity only grew and expanded. If you go to a truck show or truck parade these days, you may be really startled to learn the crazy stuff people do with their 4×4 modifications. Jacked up four wheel steering capable of some pretty radical maneuvers is now commonplace.
My favorite of the 4×4 enthusiast categories, classic trucks provide a purity of mechanics you just can’t find at your dealer today. From the more distinct and shapely body types (more than just the grill told you who manufactured the truck) to the easy-to-understand pure mechanics of those old hearty engines, a classic truck is the best way to understand just why trucks can be such a fascinating and rich hobby to explore.
So if you are looking for a way to master your truck mechanics or you’re just looking for a little more fun with that 4×4 of yours, consider stretching your time and interest into one of the other enthusiast categories to fully appreciate all that can be done with a 4×4 truck.
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