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?Diesel Trucks – How Far They Have Come

Diesel trucks these days are not really what they were way back when they were
first built. Be it in terms of performance, look or popularity, they have
endured a long journey in the automotive world as they constantly evolved with
it.
During its time of creation many decades back, the diesel truck was created
with the sole purpose of being a utility vehicle able to transport heavy loads
for long distances with the option of a diesel engine chosen for the sake of
economical purposes. As it grew throughout the years, much of its purpose is
still the same but almost every other thing about it is either new or
different.
Of course, one notable change diesel trucks experience is the one in the looks
department. Then again, which vehicle does not change its design and styling as
the years go by? The more notable changes in diesel trucks are how they perform
today as compared to years back and how they are being used.
These days, a diesel engine simply isn’t enough. Despite its roots indicating that diesel trucks were made to be as
efficient as possible in doing their simple task, these vehicles have grown in
stature and are not only fitted with the technologically advanced common rail
diesel engines but are also turbocharged to give that extra kick in performance
as though their big engines are not good enough.
With more performance inclined diesel trucks available, these vehicles are
being used more widely in off-road activities, an area dominated by SUVs not
that long ago. In fact, diesel trucks have come such a long way that there is a
category for them to compete in the world renowned Dakar Rally.
Apart from the major transformation in terms of performance throughout the
years, diesel, or should they be called turbo-diesel trucks have become
vehicles of fancy. Trucks like the Dodge Ram for example do not sell only on
their insanely huge and probably unnecessary 5.9 liter engine but also their
image, an American muscle image to be exact.
Because of its use or more specifically misuse in this era, diesel trucks are
now in a category of vehicles suffering from a large amount of criticism
because of their efficiency and emissions. If people who only had themselves to
carry stop this trend of using a truck just for the sake of liking it, this
would not be the situation.
Yes, diesel trucks have come a long way indeed. Despite certain changes in what
runs them and how they are utilized, they still are in essence the same kind of
vehicle it was when it first tasted tarmac. For this reason alone, diesel
trucks still have a long road awaiting them ahead.

?Listen To The Voice In Your Head And Purchase Superchips

I think a lot of guys know this problem: You have just bought a new car or truck that is really hot, but after the first drive you recognize that there are a lot of other vehicles nicer than yours. Of course you are not willing to sell it after a few days just to be competitive with the other drivers. And primarily if you do it like this you will recognize after a while that your wallet gets lighter and lighter. So you have to find other ways to pimp your vehicle without spending too much money.

This was the beginning of my search for ways to pimp my truck so that I wouldn’t just be one in the crowd. The first idea was painting my truck with nice graffiti that definitely would get everyone’s attention. But honestly is it really a good plan to make your truck look like a wall where dozens of guys have painted their not very innovative pictures? This was the question I asked myself my answer was: I love this truck and I usually don’t paint things that I love. Remember Tim, would you like a couple pictures on the body of your lovely girlfriend?”” Of course not, so I had to find another way to facilitate the pimping of my truck. So I decided to try and copy a few ideas that I saw on the streets, but the selection was huge. I could see all kinds of truck accessories, every possible variety of alloy rims. I was really impressed of them. But I asked myself again, “”Tim, do you want to have accessories for things you love?”” And then I remembered the day when my lovely girlfriend came home with such a huge earring that I had the impression my lovely girlfriend wanted to start a zoo in our house and this would be serve as a swing for the monkeys. So I decided to continue my research for the best way to create a special truck that will stand out from the other ones.

My next idea was nearly the solution to my nearly endless research. I remembered a nice music video where a few hot girls were standing on the truck bed and dancing with each other. I already wanted to call a company that offers girls, who are available for all kinds of activity, when I asked me again, “”Tim, do you want to have girls on things you really love?”” Oh guys, I think you know my answer to that question. So I screamed just “”Yes”” and continued my call. When my lovely girlfriend arrived and asked me why I was shouting like this, I had to tell her the whole reason. Till know I am angry with myself because I was not able to lie to her. But remember, she is lovely and who can cheat on lovely girls?

You can imagine that she did not agree with my new tuning plan and so I had to continue my search. After a lot of brainstorming and that many soliloquies I just wanted to finish. I turned on my PC, the fastest and easiest way to find any kind of stuff, and I crossed the ultimate solution for getting more horsepower: Superchips MAX MicroTuner. I was convinced of this great product, but before I could make the decision I had to ask myself again,”” Tim, do you really want a tool to make your beloved things go faster?”” And then I remembered last night with my lovely girlfriend and I knew that I have found the solution to all my problems!

?Diesel Trucks – The New Mod Machines

Over the last couple of years, the popularity of car modification or better
known as‘modding’has risen tremendously. This new type of hobby involves adding or changing
parts of the car to enhance either its looks, performance or even both.
Although the modded cars look cool and all, it is still an expensive hobby to
keep up with.

For those who have lots of cash to burn, modding true sports cars and roadsters
can be the coolest thing in the world. After all, who wouldn’t dream of riding in one of these perfectly tuned up and tweaked beauties? But
of course, not many of us is that fortunate, and for us, average Joe on the
street, we will have to content ourselves with modding cars like sports sedans,
hatchbacks or any other cars we can get our hands on, such as the diesel truck
in the garage.

Although the diesel truck does not fit in the same category or class as your
everyday cars, but it is still a metal box running on four wheels in the end.
And because of this reason alone, there shouldn’t be any prohibition from modding the truck inside out.

While the usual exterior modification on cars are skirtings, bumpers, hoods and
aftermarket lamps, diesel trucks offer a whole new list of custom changes such
as bed liners for pickups, bull bars or even high-powered halogen lamps for the
complete off-road experience. If that is not enough, add some custom vinyl and
your truck will be a definite showstopper on the road.

On the other hand, for the interior, the modification is pretty much the same
in all types of vehicles except for maybe some minor additions such as the
truck door sills. However, the main aim is always to design the truck so that
it gives a as close as possible similar driving experience as a normal car.
Popular choices of interior modifications include fancy gauges, redesigned
dashboard panels and leather finishes.

If you think that is all you can do to your truck, you are clearly mistaken, my
friend. Because any real motor-heads will be able to tell you right away that
to really show what’s the car worth is by what’s packing under the hood. This is where the real pride and joy of all modders
come from. Although the practice differs slightly from your normal car, the
essence of performance boost remains the same in diesel truck modification
which consists of air intake modules, boost-increase valves, performance
inclined clutches, and the ever essential, turbochargers.

Although the diesel trucks modding culture is already at a respectable level by
itself, it still failed to keep up with other types of cars. Nevertheless, the
public nowadays is more accepting of these new stylish vehicles which resemble
a luxury car than its predecessor which were built to carry heavy loads.

As the world of diesel truck modding continue to grow at a rapid pace, the day
when the road is filled with roaring engines and fancy bodywork‘pimped’trucks is not so far off. Who knows, you could be the proud owner of one of
these babies!

?5 Secrets to Increase the Fuel Economy and Mileage of a Diesel Pickup

This is probably the number one asked question we get every day. More so with the new trucks coming out. They have enough power to satisfy the owner’s needs, but the high price of diesel fuel is keep fuel economy front and center in everyone’s mind. The following tips apply to all diesel trucks including Ford Powerstrokes, Dodge Cummins, and the Chevy/GMC Duramax. They are very basic steps that you can do for little or no money that may help you gain a few miles per gallon. There are many other expensive things like programmers that will dramatically increase horsepower, but we are just looking at relatively inexpensive things the average guy can do to increase his mileage a little without spending a bunch of extra money.

1. Maintenance:

You would think this may be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised by the number of trucks that pass through our shop that run completely different after we give it a full service. If you want the most efficiency out of your diesel pickup, you need to make sure every vehicle system is working properly. I can not stress enough how important clean fuel and air filters are to the proper operation of your truck. If either of those filters are not up to full capacity, your horsepower will suffer. You will have to run the truck much harder to do the same work. A plugged up air filter can rob 15-50 horsepower. Likewise, oil that is way overdue for change loses it’s lubricity and causes extra drag. It simply isn’t doing as good of a job as fresh new oil will. This extra drag robs power. This is also true for transmission, transfer case, and differential oils. If your gears have to spin through thick, broke down sludge, it will rob a little horsepower which in turns lowers the efficiency of the truck as a whole. So in short, get on a maintenance schedule that includes all fluids, filters, and service items. If your truck has 75K+ miles on it and you haven’t ever changed the trans or dif oils, it may be a good time to do a little extra maintenance.

2. Synthetic Lubricants:

Ok, to be honest I have always be skeptical of many of the claims that come on the side of the synthetic lubricant bottles. I have probably had at least two hundred Amsoil salesmen telling me about how great the oil is and if I just swap out all the truck’s oil, I could pick up two or three miles per gallon. Now, I can’t knock either Amsoil or Royal Purple. I have used both for years in many of my performance vehicles and they provide excellent protection. I have no doubts on their superior lubrication abilities in demanding conditions. But what about these mileage claims? Well, believe it or not, they are true! We have had many customers over the years who will bring their truck in for a complete switch over. We changed every bit of oil in the truck to synthetic oils including: engine oil, trans oil, transfer case, and both front and rear differentials. I was finally convinced of the mileage increase when we switched over a few of our customers who run hot shot truck companies. These guys rack up crazy miles every month and wanted to switch to synthetic to be able to extend oil life along with the added protection for such hard working trucks. They also are meticulous about keeping track of mileage. On average, they all picked up two miles per gallon after switching to synthetic. The synthetic oils just do a better job of lubricating the moving parts of the truck therefore providing less drag. Any time we can free up a few horsepower to use to move the load, fuel economy will go up.

3. Check Your Boost:

This could probably go under the maintenance topic, but it is so important, it deserves it’s own area for discussion. A lot of people seem uninterested in the boost level of their engine. I hear all the time, “”I don’t need a boost gauge. It serves no purpose, it’s just fun to watch.”” While that may be true most of the time, the real purpose of a boost gauge isn’t just to see how much boost you are making in a performance application. Boost is very important to a turbocharged diesel’s performance. It varies from truck to truck, but boost is in direct relation to how much power your truck is making. Very simply put: more boost = more power. So, why have a boost gauge? If you know your truck for it’s power level is suppose to have 20 psi of boost, you can catch small problems that go unnoticed by most. These small problems are bleeding off boost somewhere in the system and lowering the power output of your engine. The average driver is not going to notice the difference in the seat of their pants between 18 psi and 20 psi.

So many folks will continue to drive around wondering why they aren’t getting as much power and mileage as they used to. If they had a boost gauge they would have a clue to where to start looking. Perhaps there is a loose clamp or torn intercooler boot. Maybe a slight leak in the exhaust piping that drives the turbo. Or perhaps the air filter or fuel filter is starting to get dirty. A loss in boost pressure always is a sign of a problem somewhere on the engine. If you are always keeping an eye on it, you can catch these little problems long before you would normally and consistently have a great running truck. It is not unusual for a truck to come into the shop with the complaint of low power or bad fuel economy and we find it is only making half of the boost it should. Further probing may find a dirty air filter, bad turbo, or a host of other problems. The sad part is the customer has driven the truck around like that for a couple of months because they didn’t really have an idea that they had a problem. It just didn’t seem to run as good as it used to and the problems usually get worse so gradually that they don’t think to start checking for problems. If they had a boost gauge they would have known long before it made it to us.

4. Keep Your RPM’s Down:

As diesel pickups become more popular and more used ones are out there, there are more people than ever switching over from gas engines. The big problem is they are still driving them like a gas engine. And if you want to drive that way, you will not hurt the engine at all, but your fuel economy will suffer. For best fuel economy, diesels in general just like to loaf while doing their work. While the newest trucks are making some impressive horsepower up in the higher rpms, low end torque is where it is at for ultimate fuel economy. If you are trying to scratch out every last mile per gallon, go easy on that throttle pedal. Use only the minimum amount of throttle to get to your desired speed. As quick as you can get your truck in overdrive and let the torque move the load down the road, the better the fuel economy you will get. We have a customer who has a really nice 7.3 Powerstroke that we take care of. He drives the truck very easy and to be honest, you would think the throttle pedal was made of glass and he was afraid of breaking it by pushing to hard. He constantly get 25-26 mpg with that truck. If his son takes it, he can get no better than 18 mpg. Of course his son drives it with a little more spirit than dad does. 😉

5. Let It Breathe:

So in conclusion, if you were to follow all five of these steps outlined above, I would not be surprised to see a two to five mile per gallon gain depending on the present condition of your truck. Perhaps you already are following these steps right now. If you are, good for you. You are in the minority of diesel owners. If you are not, there is not time like today to get started!

To improve the efficiency of the engine, we need to get more air in and more air back out. For a bump in fuel economy I suggest doing a little work on the fresh air intake side of the engine and the exhaust side as well. Now I know I said we were not going to try to spend a bunch of money here trying to get more fuel economy and you’re probably wondering about this one. I would also like to let you know that we carry a full line of performance exhausts and cold air intake kits for all diesel trucks from many different manufacturers. (shameless I know) But to be honest, if you are looking to help out a completely stock truck you may not need to go to all the expense to see some improvement. Don’t get me wrong, a 4″” free flowing exhaust and cold air intake is definitely the best way to go if you have the scratch, but a little diy work may show you some benefit.

First and foremost, any diesel truck that has a catalytic converter will almost always see better performance from removing it. (check your local emission laws first) There are many ways to do this. The cheapest would be to remove it and beat the material out of it. The second would be to cut it out and install a section of the same size pipe you buy from a truck shop. Just getting that out of there will usually net you a mile per gallon or so and a better running truck. For extra credit, you could remove the muffler as well. That also will help a little if you don’t mind the noise. On the intake side, just adding a K&N style free flowing air filter will help out tremendously. These filters will flow more air which usually will lower your exhaust gas temperatures and increases horsepower. We have had customers report a one mile per gallon increase by just doing this swap. It makes sense money wise since you can usually buy a reusable filter like the K&N or S&B for one and half to two times the price of a regular air filter. The second time you would have to change the regular air filter, the performance one is paid for. You are saving money from there on out.

?Diesel Trucks – As High Performance Vehicles

Back in the day, diesel trucks were basically utility vehicles which allowed
transportation of heavy or large cargo from point A to point B. However, times
have changed and the trucks of today are a far cry from the ones which graced
the roads a few decades back.
Although getting more and more different from every aspect of a vehicle, diesel
trucks are evolving particularly in the performance department. It has changed
to a point where some of these trucks are being recognized as high performance
vehicles.
Usually, around 3 liters of cubic capacity in a truck’s diesel engine is about enough to get the truck moving on all terrains and
carrying different types of loads. But while trucks grew bigger and got
heavier, their engines grew massively larger than it needs to cope with the
car’s growth. Nowadays, a 5 liter engine is just about enough and anything above 6
liters does not really buy you any bragging rights.
Many trucks are boosted performance-wise by turbochargers. Although not
something common in the trucks of old, turbos have become more of a necessity
in diesel trucks than an option. It has come to a point as though a diesel
truck isn’t really a truck unless it has a turbocharger under its belly to get it racing
under rough and rugged situations.
Under the hood, additions made to enhance the vehicles performance include
having a common-rail diesel engine instead of the regular diesel, higher grade
air filters and intake modules as well as advanced intercooler systems.
Quite simply, all diesel trucks these days are built to be able to conquer all
types of off-road terrain and cruise at high speeds on motorways. These tasks
used to be done more commonly in SUVs and roadsters respectively but it seems
diesel trucks want a kick out of it and by the looks of it, truck owners seem
to be enjoying it.
This is also helped by the fact that diesel trucks these days have their cabin
designed to be very much like the cabin of a normal car. Not the usual truck
interior, this new type of look and feel of it gives the driver a sense of
assurance and confidence in the truck’s capabilities and performance level.
All in all, the experience of truck driving has evolved to a stage where one
can outrun any sports sedan on a good day behind the wheel of a diesel truck.
With performance levels of diesel trucks constantly on a rise, there is no
worry of people losing interest in diesel trucks as there is always a
population of drivers with the need for speed.

?International Trucks – Miles Ahead in Customer Satisfaction!

The interesting logo of the International Truck and Engine Corporation inspires confidence in truckers and truck lovers across over 90 countries around the world. The company manufactures automotive trucks, buses, school buses, diesel engines and chassis. It also designs and manufactures private diesel engines for SUVs, pick-up trucks and vans. Like other reputable companies such as Ford, Isuzu and GMC Navistar International also manufactures rental trucks for Budget Rental Truck.

The International Harvesting Company was formed in 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, as a result of the merger of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and the Deering Harvester Company. In the following three decades the company diversified to include manufacturing of farming equipment, gar turbines, construction equipment, trucks, buses and allied components. It was in the mid 1980s that the company began to downsize and concentrated its operations on International truck and engine manufacturing. It retained its original logo and also its excellent reputation in customer satisfaction. The Navistar International Corporation is the parent company of the International Truck and Engine Company.

Today International truck and engine are regarded as the best and assure customer satisfaction each and every time. International Truck and Engine Corporation understands the financial constraints that customers often face and hence has a subsidiary, Navistar Financial Corporation that takes care of this aspect. It also sells through its wide and diverse International truck dealers network new as well as used trucks. Whatever the choice the customer is always guaranteed the utmost level of satisfaction in service.

The diesel range of International engines have now been named ‘Maxxforce’. Thus the name of the truck engine will be Maxxforce, followed by the approximate number of the engine’s displacement. The company endeavors to provide its truckers the best driving experience and hence offers interior packages to suit the driver’s needs. The International Chrome Package for International Class 8 trucks offer a trendy look and reliable service with top grade 304, non-magnetic, non-corroding stainless steel.

Medium and heavy duty International trucks are used in many different vocations and markets such as hauling freight, construction, pickup and delivery, over the road, military, corporate, school buses, emergency services, utility and governments. Some of the heavy duty and medium duty trucks offered by International include the International 9900, International CityStar, International ProStar, International DuraStar, International PayStar and International TranStar

It has always been International Truck and Engine Corporation’s effort to provide their customers the very best service. They have even designed the International WorkStar in a multi-piece manner, which essentially means that in case of any damage only one part will have to be replaced rather than the whole unit. International truck parts are available easily and are characterized by their superior quality and reliability.

The International truck dealers network ensures that truckers are able to find the parts they want in minimum time. International won the 2006 JD Power Award and has the highest customer satisfaction rate among Vocational Class 8 customers. When it comes to brand loyalty International is far beyond its competitors and 91% International vocational truck drivers say that they would replace their current truck only with an International because of the superior performance of the trucks and excellent customer service.

?Diesel Trucks – The New Mod Machines

“Modding” or car modification has become an increasingly popular hobby among
car enthusiasts. Modding refers to enhancing either the aesthetic value or
performance of a car by adding certain parts.
The most popular choices of cars that motor heads usually modify are sedans and
hatchbacks and those who have thicker wallets are capable of tuning
high-performance cars. Diesel trucks, however, are beginning to be more
prominent in the modding scene.
Although some people do not associate trucks with cars, they are both
essentially similar; both of them have four wheels, a motor and can get you
from point A to point B. This allows them to be modified similarly to cars with
no limitations, no matter whether it’s the interior, exterior or motor that is being modified.
In fact, the modification scope of trucks is much wider compared to cars. While
typical exterior modifications for cars comprise of spoilers, skirtings, fog
lights and neon lights there are various additional options for trucks. To add
the off-road, heavy-duty result for trucks, owners can add bull bars, bed
liners for pickups and high-powered halogen lights to their machines. If these
parts ere added on performance cars or sedans, it would just look ludicrous!
Interior modifications of trucks would be similar to those in almost any
automobile, with the exception of some minor parts like truck door sills. The
similarity in interiors between cars and trucks greatly increases the appeal of
trucks among the general public because they would enjoy the fact that driving
a truck feels similar to driving a car. Modifications such as custom gauges,
unique dashboard panels and leather upholstery can be used in trucks, similarly
to how they are applied in cars.
Although modders always compete to have a better looking interior and exterior,
the true battle is fought in the engine bay. Diesel engines require slightly
different modifications compared to typical petrol engines but essentially,
modders add air intake modules, boost increase valves, sport clutches and even
turbochargers to their diesel engines, similar to what they would add to their
petrol power plants.
Although diesel trucks are becoming increasingly popular in the modding world,
they still have a long way to go before becoming as prominent as other types of
automobiles. Nevertheless, their appeal among car enthusiasts is swelling as
today’s trucks are designed not only to serve their purpose as heavy-duty transport
vehicles but also to look more attractive, keeping in mind the aesthetic
value.
It would be no surprise to see more and more fancy-looking diesel trucks with
boisterously loud engines soon as trucks are becoming more prominent in the
modding scene. In fact, these unique trucks may appeal so much to you that you
may even decide to buy your own diesel truck and modify it yourself!

?5 Burly Pickup Trucks You Can Buy Now

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, what sort of ride do you have in mind? A hybrid? A sedan? A roadster? Or something else?

One segment of the passenger vehicle spectrum that took a beating in 2008 is rebounding in 2009 thanks to lower gas prices and several new models offered. Yes, the large pickup truck segment is back and is certainly something you’ll want to consider if you are a contractor, sportsmen, enthusiast or family person who needs the room and portability of pickup.

These days, there are five models of trucks being sold in the North American market, six if you include the GMC Sierra, a twin to the Chevrolet Silverado. Let’s take a look at the Big Five, in order of annual sales:

Ford F-150 – For 32 consecutive years the Ford F-Series has been the best selling truck in America. Heck, for the past 27 years it has been the best selling passenger vehicle, period. And for good reason: the truck is well made, offers more than 40 different cab and trim configurations, and has excellent towing capacity as well as off road capabilities when the 4×4 model is selected. The Ford was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Chevrolet Silverado – Too bad that General Motors simply doesn’t drop the Silverado’s twin, the GMC Sierra, and makes Silverados available at GMC dealers. If they did, the Silverado would outsell the Ford. But, they don’t so the Silverado must be content with being in second place. However, the truck isn’t necessarily inferior to the Ford as it offers good fuel economy, a nice selection of engines and transmissions, and is a real workhorse for no matter who drives it, Mom or contractor. The twins were redesigned for the 2008 model year.

Dodge Ram 1500 — Who said third place is a bad place to be? Years ago, before the Ram took on its big truck persona, the truck was barely a blip on the radar. Today, Dodge sells more than 300,000 Rams annually thanks to its unique rear coil springs, RamBox storage compartment, comfortable interior and very good handling. Nice engine choices are available including a 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel for heavy duty models. The Dodge was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Toyota Tundra – Before its most recent update, the Tundra was a wannabe in the highly competitive big truck class. No more. Today, the beefy Tundra matches up against all comers in areas of towing, braking, off road use, hauling, etc. Sales aren’t what Toyota wants them to be, but the quality is there and with discounts, the price may just be right. Toyota redid the Tundra for the 2008 model year.

Nissan Titan – Available in either crew or quad cab, the Titan is a much more limited model than its competitors. Only one engine choice, a 5.6L V8 is available, and it has fewer trim configurations than what competitors offer. But, the interior is quite comfortable and the engine is a beast. Nissan introduced the Titan for the 2004 model year and is expected to base its next generation model on the Dodge Ram platform.

Perhaps the best option for consumers today is to shop around. Cut rate financing and cash back options make buying a pick up truck an attractive option, one that could provide just the right amount of utility for families, sportsmen and workers.

?Diesel Truck MPG – Beating Gasoline Engines For More Miles Per Gallon

Often times the diesel engine truck is used to haul very heavy items, opting to pick a diesel engine will not only benefit for the heavy load, but it will also help with the miles per gallon (mpg). Diesel truck mpg is much better than that of gasoline engines. While regular unleaded gasoline runs more smoothly and is easier to find, the engine that runs on diesel fuel should still be considered when buying a new truck.

If a consumer is in the market for a new truck and they need to haul heavy loads regularly, that person should probably stick with diesel. Since diesel trucks can get better mileage (for they are built to go 250,000 miles more) they are ideal for heavy loads and many trips back and forth. Because of all these reasons, and although diesel trucks tend to cost more, they will end up being well worth the money in the long run.

One reason diesel fuel might have a higher cost than most gas is that it has higher energy content than gasoline, and diesel performance is usually better in terms of engine output. These reasons also mean that vehicles running on diesel put less global-warming pollution into the air. Thanks to its higher energy content and its efficient combustion process, diesel performance enables cars and trucks to travel at least 30% farther on a gallon of fuel than comparable gasoline models. The improved efficiency of diesel engines can also help reduce oil consumption.

Many dealerships are not offering a choice of either a diesel engine or a gasoline engine. While both are equal in different ways, the diesel engines have less keep up. Gasoline engines need a tune up every thirty thousand miles, while a diesel engine can go much longer without a tune up.

General Motors, Ford and many other companies are doing extensive research on putting forth a car that does not run on gasoline, but currently there are many consumers that are opting for a diesel engine over a gasoline engine. While most gasoline engines are a standard in cars, in order to keep diesel truck mpg down, a lot of companies are making the diesel engine a standard in most trucks. Hybrid trucks are also becoming quite a popular commodity as well, but until the price of hybrid trucks goes down, the diesel truck will still be one of the best choices.

?Hybrid Versus Gas Cars – What’s Better For You?

Hybrid vehicles have become very popular. According to J.D. Power and Associates, sales of hybrid and diesel powered cars will triple by 2015.

Hybrid cars are more fuel-efficient than regular gasoline engine vehicles, which is better for the environment. These vehicles are more fuel efficient, in short, because of its engine structure. Hybrid cars use a gasoline engine as well as an electric engine, which allow it to get better gas mileage.

Toyota has been leading the way in hybrid engine technology with its Prius line of cars. Toyota’s Camry and Highlander also are available with hybrid engines. Other major car companies such as General Motors, Honda and Ford have added hybrid vehicle to its line-up of vehicles.

Yet for all the touted benefits of a hybrid car, it’s a difficult decision when choosing between a hybrid and a regular car. Things like price, repair costs and performance factor into the decision-making process when deciding between a hybrid and a gas-powered car.

To help you decide, which car is right for you, we have compiled a list a several factors to consider before you purchase your car.

SelectionMost of the major car manufactures do not have hybrid versions of all vehicle models. As noted earlier, Toyota has hybrids for the following: Prius, Camry, Highlander. Honda has hybrids for the Accord, Civic and Insight.

By choosing a hybrid, you will limit your choice of cars and trucks you can buy. The good thing is that most car companies have hybrids for their best-selling vehicles.

PerformanceHybrids have a reputation of taking a little longer to accelerate from a stop. Thanks to advances in engineering, the torque on hybrid engines has been improved over the years. For people that are looking for a more performance-based vehicle they may want a gas engine instead of a hybrid.

EnvironmentHere is where the hybrid out performs traditional gas engine cars. The hybrid gets better gas mileage than traditional vehicles. For instance, the 2011 Toyota Prius gets an estimated 51/48 miles per gallon. By comparison the 2011 Toyota Corolla gets an estimated 26/35 miles per gallon.

When deciding what type of vehicle is right for you, be sure to calculate your regular driving distances in a week to see how much you would save by purchasing a hybrid.

CostCost is obviously one of the more important factors in helping you decide which vehicle to purchase. In terms of sticker price, hybrid vehicles are typically a little more expensive than traditional vehicles.

For instance, the 2011 Toyota Camry starts at $19,720 while the Toyota Camry hybrid starts at $26,575. This is obviously an important factor in deciding, which vehicle is right for you.

In terms of repair costs, hybrid repair costs are similar to that of regular cars. Repairs to a hybrids battery can be a little pricy costing a few thousand dollars to replace.

?Diesel Truck Exhaust Stacks, The Hottest Thing On The Road

Exhaust stacks are the hottest item in the diesel performance aftermarket. Diesel exhaust stacks look great and are functional. In this Article I will attempt to address the functionality of truck exhaust stacks and the different variations of truck exhaust stacks that are available. First I will address the main companies making exhaust stack systems.

MBRP Inc. is the manufacturer of the MBRP Smokers exhaust stacks. The MBRP Smokers exhaust stacks were designed to give the aggressive Big Rig look and the classic MBRP sound. MBRP has both turbo back exhaust stacks systems and universal bed kits that go through the bed and connect onto the stock exhaust system offering the look at a reasonable price. Both the turbo back exhaust stack system and the universal “”T”” Pipe bed kit are made of stainless steel. The Turbo back exhaust stacks are mandrel bent and will give maximum exhaust flow, fuel mileage gain, power increase, and minimize the EGT’s. The diesel exhaust stack “”T”” pipe bed kits are more for looks, although there still will be a performance gain. MBRP offer 4, 5 and 6 inch exhaust stacks and have the options of a straight cut, mitre or angle cut, a curved end or turn out tip, and bull hauler stacks. These stack variations come in either 36 inch or 48 inches long. There is also an aluminum checker plate cover over the “”T”” pipe in the bed, it give a nice complete finished look and will keep the hot “”T”” pipe from touching anything.

Grand Rock truck exhaust systems make chrome exhaust stacks for trucks and big rigs. Chrome exhaust stacks are also very durable and have the mirror finish that many look for. Grand Rocks Chrome exhaust stacks come in 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 inch sizes. Grand Rock also offers their chrome universal Powerflow “”T”” pipe bed kit for those who are just looking for the big rig look and a small performance gain. They also offer a turbo back chrome exhaust stack system for those looking for all out performance and looks. Chrome exhaust stack systems are very durable and are a lot less expensive. Chrome exhaust stacks look great and are a great value.

Most people that buy truck exhaust stacks have them for either looks or performance gains and maximum exhaust flow. Some though have exhaust stacks for functional reasons. Imagine having a flatbed that you use to haul things day in and day out. Wouldn’t it be nice to get the exhaust up above everything you are working on so you aren’t constantly choking on exhaust fumes. In conclusion, truck exhaust stacks are functional and look great, and above all, add to performance, economy, and help keep temperatures down so that your expensive truck will last longer than you need it to.

Exhaust Stacks are a great way to increase power and Chrome Exhaust Stacks will give you the look you want on your truck.

?5 Burly Pickup Trucks You Can Buy Now

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, what sort of ride do you have in mind? A hybrid? A sedan? A roadster? Or something else?

One segment of the passenger vehicle spectrum that took a beating in 2008 is rebounding in 2009 thanks to lower gas prices and several new models offered. Yes, the large pickup truck segment is back and is certainly something you’ll want to consider if you are a contractor, sportsmen, enthusiast or family person who needs the room and portability of pickup.

These days, there are five models of trucks being sold in the North American market, six if you include the GMC Sierra, a twin to the Chevrolet Silverado. Let’s take a look at the Big Five, in order of annual sales:

Ford F-150 – For 32 consecutive years the Ford F-Series has been the best selling truck in America. Heck, for the past 27 years it has been the best selling passenger vehicle, period. And for good reason: the truck is well made, offers more than 40 different cab and trim configurations, and has excellent towing capacity as well as off road capabilities when the 4×4 model is selected. The Ford was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Chevrolet Silverado – Too bad that General Motors simply doesn’t drop the Silverado’s twin, the GMC Sierra, and makes Silverados available at GMC dealers. If they did, the Silverado would outsell the Ford. But, they don’t so the Silverado must be content with being in second place. However, the truck isn’t necessarily inferior to the Ford as it offers good fuel economy, a nice selection of engines and transmissions, and is a real workhorse for no matter who drives it, Mom or contractor. The twins were redesigned for the 2008 model year.

Dodge Ram 1500 — Who said third place is a bad place to be? Years ago, before the Ram took on its big truck persona, the truck was barely a blip on the radar. Today, Dodge sells more than 300,000 Rams annually thanks to its unique rear coil springs, RamBox storage compartment, comfortable interior and very good handling. Nice engine choices are available including a 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel for heavy duty models. The Dodge was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Toyota Tundra – Before its most recent update, the Tundra was a wannabe in the highly competitive big truck class. No more. Today, the beefy Tundra matches up against all comers in areas of towing, braking, off road use, hauling, etc. Sales aren’t what Toyota wants them to be, but the quality is there and with discounts, the price may just be right. Toyota redid the Tundra for the 2008 model year.

Nissan Titan – Available in either crew or quad cab, the Titan is a much more limited model than its competitors. Only one engine choice, a 5.6L V8 is available, and it has fewer trim configurations than what competitors offer. But, the interior is quite comfortable and the engine is a beast. Nissan introduced the Titan for the 2004 model year and is expected to base its next generation model on the Dodge Ram platform.

Perhaps the best option for consumers today is to shop around. Cut rate financing and cash back options make buying a pick up truck an attractive option, one that could provide just the right amount of utility for families, sportsmen and workers.

?Diesel Pulling Trucks – What Are They?

Diesel pulling trucks are a different kind of species in the automobile jungle. They are big like wrestling stars and they gulp diesel like hungry kids. Trucks cannot be judged by the characteristics that we normally use to assess the vehicles, such as sleekness in structure and fuel efficiency. They are normally rated by their overall efficiency and functional durability. The longer the time a truck can go on without getting repair work, the better will be the rating of the truck. Since trucks are used to carry heavier items to longer distances, its ability to pull the heavy containers continuously for long periods and distances is also a rating aspect.

Diesel pulling trucks are utilized for a variety of purposes. These are basically used for taking heavy loads of goods from one place to another safely. These are used in construction industry for taking the construction equipment and materials from one worksite to another. These are also used for carrying raw materials from various sites to factories in various industries. And then, take various finished products from the factories to shops. Companies that function in logistics sector also make use of these trucks.

In the United States of America, there are mainly four companies engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of diesel pulling trucks. These companies are Ford Motors, General Motors, Dodge, and Toyota. Recently there was a legislation change regarding the emission standard of these vehicles. Earlier, it was found that the level of air pollution and noise caused by the big trucks are too high for comfort. As a result, the companies are manufacturing trucks that comply with the newly formed tighter emission standards. But all the companies have succeeded in incorporating the required changes without affecting its pulling efficiency and mileage.

Of the four companies that manufacture diesel pulling trucks, Ford Motors make the trucks in the United States. The same can be said about Toyota trucks. At the same time, Dodge trucks are made in Mexico. General Motors create these trucks from their factory in Canada. Because of these widely known facts, some truck watchers have termed trucks made by Ford Motors and Toyota as truly American products. The trucks command tremendous loyalty from satisfied customers. A truck has to be solid and be able to survive arduous journeys.

But there are several criticisms regarding the new models of diesel pulling trucks. Although the noise level and air pollution levels are considerably decreased, the critics argue that, the trucks have become less convenient for its fundamental function: that of carrying goods. Some blame it on decrease in storage space, while some blame it on increased height of the career platform. But everybody agrees that the new trucks are more fuel-efficient and have better speed.

?How to Save Diesel Fuel – Converting Your Truck to Run on Water

If you drive a truck, you will be experiencing a higher cost every time you go to the diesel pump at the gas station. With the high global crude oil prices, the prices of diesel are climbing with the same alarming rate. Most truck drivers are blue collar workers. It is a challenge for everyone to figure out how to save diesel fuel. One of the most unique answers to that question is converting your truck to run on water.

There has been news report online that you can actually use water as an alternative fuel to diesel. This is done by installing a device that extracts hydrogen gas (H2) from water and channeling it into the engine air intake system. When H2 is mixed with conventional diesel and burnt in the combustion chambers, it has the ability to increase the power output. Theoretically, with the same amount of fuel used and a higher engine power, you are improving your truck mileage therefore saving costs.

The challenge is, how do you separate hydrogen gas from water? You use a process call electrolysis. Water is an element made out of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen. That is why the chemical name for water is H2O. By delivering electricity current through water, it will separate the hydrogen or “”Brown gas”” from water. Brown gas is a highly combustible gas and can be used to power your truck.

To convert your truck to run on water is by install an electrolysis device. You can make the device by yourself with parts easily available from a hardware store. What you will need is some hand tools and good instructional guides. The guides are easily available from the internet. Installing the device is not too difficult. Generally, the guides come with step by step instruction with pictures. What you will need is some patience and the dedication to finish the project. With the current sky rocketing fuel prices, any idea that can save diesel cost will be a blessing.

?Hino Trucks

Hino Motors, LTD, or as it is known in the trucking world, Hino, manufactures diesel trucks and buses. The Japan based company has been the country’s leading provider of medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks for the past 32 years. This company is a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. It is not surprising to see this brand in the Dakar Rally. Since 1991, Hino has provided vehicles for the event and has always finished in the top 10 for the Camion Category.

Hino has a very colorful history with its roots going back to the very founding of the Tokyo Gas Industry Company in 1910. The very first vehicle produced by the company was in 1913. In 1937 the Tokyo Gas Company and Tokyo Electric Power merged together to form the automobile division of Tokyo Automobile Industry. In 1941 the company’s name was officially changed to the Diesel Motor Industry Company and eventually became known as Isuzu Motors. The very next year in 1942 Hino was born.

The trucks are modeled into two different categories. The light duty trucks include the models 145, 165 and 185. Medium duty trucks include the 238, 258, 268 and 338 models. These models have a GVW range from 23,000 to 33,000 pounds. MDT trucks also feature an 8L J08 engine which is becoming very popular. Engine compartments are very roomy and all gauges can be accessed very easily from the driver’s seat. These features, not to mention the three person cab, are helping to make Hino one of the most popularly chosen truck brands in the world for light to medium duty loads.

Add to this the fact that Hino Trucks 2008 lineup features a proven DPR (diesel particulate reduction) system that meets all United States Environmental Protection Agency diesel emission regulations and it is not at all surprising that these trucks are highly appreciated throughout not only the United States, but globally as well. Using the same technology that was implemented to meet the 2005 emissions regulations in Japan, this new lineup is only adding to the billions of revenue producing miles on this system. Trucks with this emission system can be found in all Class 4 through 7 models. If you are searching for a truck from this manufacturer, new and used Hino trucks are easily found with a simple online search or by contacting a dealer in your area.

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