Toyo Open Country R/T 285/75R18 first rotation

All Toyo Open Country R/T tires in LT-metric sizes start with 16.4/32″ of total tread depth. This video shows the depth after 3,450 miles on a 2017 Ram/Cummins 2500 regular cab, long bed, with a G56 manual transmission. The reward cross pattern was used.

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Hallmark Nevada flatbed camper mounting

Minor modifications were made to the headache rack supports on the Hillsboro 2000 Series aluminum flatbed, before placing the Hallmark Nevada camper.

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Firestone Destination M/T2 and Transforce AT2

Firestone’s new Destination M/T2

Firestone took a couple big steps forward this year by redesigning two of their light-truck tires that may appeal to the TDR audience: the Destination M/T2 and the Transforce AT2. The previous Destination M/T was a whopping 12-years old and needed an update; even Firestone admits it was very long-in-the-tooth. The new Destination M/T2 retains some family heritage, but the tread, particularly the two center ribs, are noticeably different and more attractive. Every tread block has one long sipe, where the older design had none. The shoulder lugs are a new shape and more pleasing to the eye. Twenty-nine sizes are offered for wheels from 15” to 22”, including many of the most popular 16” to 18” sizes likely to be popular with TDR readers.

The Transforce AT2 will likely be on new Rams soon

The Transforce AT2 targets the other end of the spectrum. It’s a relatively low-void, 4-rib, all-terrain or commercial tire for those that prefer a closed outer rib, which can reduce noise and prevent wear. Many Ram owners are familiar with Firestone’s Transforce line as the OE tire for most late-model trucks, the Transforce HT or the AT. The Transforce AT is the all-terrain upgrade tread that came on my 2017 Tradesman as part of the (AD2) Snow Chief Group. The new AT2 looks very similar to the tire it replaces, but the outer ribs are a bit beefier, and there is some thin (compared to the M/T) shoulder rubber that was not present on the older design. There are 16 sizes, and I bet we will be seeing the updated AT2 on new heavy-duty Rams with the all-terrain tire option.

James Langan

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Source:  Firestone Tire 

Superwinch EXP Series Winches

Physically large with big capability, Superwinch’s new 14, 16, 18,000# winches

At the 2016 SEMA Show Superwinch introduced their new EXP, Expedition Grade, winches in 8, 10, and 12,000# versions. At the 2017 SEMA Show they released the big dogs for the larger, heavier trucks, with new 14, 16, and 18,000# EXP Series winches. We are looking forward to their retail availability.

My last two truck builds both featured the previous generation, 12,500# Superwinch Talon.

James Langan

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Cummins R2.8-Powered Proffitt’s Cruisers 79 Series Land Cruiser Pickup

Custom 79 Series Land Cruiser Pickup

Cummins’ booth at the 2017 SEMA Show was focused on their mighty mite in a crate, the fantastic R2.8 Turbo Diesel. This post is about one of the two cool rigs on display.

This Toyota was IMMACULATE! Looked NEW. Details below.

 

Custom 79 Series (HZJ79 body) Land Cruiser Pickup, by Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers.

-Chassis: 1993 FZJ80 (80 Series)

-Engine: Cummins R2.8

-Transmission: H55F 5-speed manual

-Suspension: 3-link front, 5-link rear

-Locking differentials

-Bilstein shocks

-Rigid lighting

-ARB front bumper

-Warn winch

-Vortex Sprayliner

-Maxxis RAZR MT tires

-60 gallon fuel capacity

James Langan

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Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel

Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers