AEV EcoDiesel 1500

America Expedition Vehicles’ EcoDiesel 1500 The enthusiasts at American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) have been focused on the heavy-duty Ram Cummins platforms in recent years, but they have now waved their magic wand over a 2017 1500 EcoDiesel. The results are easy on the eyes. AEV’s modular Premium Front Bumper rides on a prototype AEV 4” DualSport suspension, with 325/60R20 BFG … Read More

Toyo Introduces Load Range F Light Truck Tires

Link: Toyo LR ~F~ 1,700 Mile Evaluation New ***load range F*** flotation sizes in the Toyo Open County M/T, R/T, and A/T II tire lines! This is big news! Torque and power ratings continue climbing in new heavy-duty pickups, which are capable of hauling and pulling massive loads. RoadTraveler.net will be reviewing a set as soon as possible.  

Warn Winches, Epic Recovery Kit, 2016 SEMA Show

Warn Truck owners have been waiting for Warn to offer the safer and lighter synthetic winch rope on their Heavy Weight Series winches; that day has come. Warn’s Spydura or Spydura Pro rope now comes on their M12-S, M15-S, and 16.5ti-s winches, which also have Warn’s Epic Hook and a polished Hawse fairlead. A few years ago Warn introduced their … Read More

SEMA 2016

This 2016 SEMA Show post is centered around diesel pickups, and towing and hauling. Originally written for and published in my Still Plays With Trucks column, for the Turbo Diesel Register magazine.  Was it Ford’s Year to Shine At SEMA? The publisher of the Turbo Diesel Register suggested that I gauge enthusiasm for the new 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks based on … Read More

Superwinch, Expedition Grade, SEMA Show 2016

  Superwinch Superwinch unveiled their new EXP Series “Expedition Grade” winches in 8-, 10-, and 12,000-pound ratings. They will be available in integrated and non-intergraded solenoid box versions, with either wire or synthetic rope. Features include: an operation status/temp light on the winch face, an auto clutch, LED lighting for the two auxiliary power ports, sockets, and drum/rope area, wired … Read More

Traction Tires from the 2016 SEMA Show

A few tires that got my attention at the 2016 SEMA Show. Cooper STT PRO 40” We really live in a super-sized America, maybe world? Tires that would have been almost monster truck worthy a few decades ago are now produced in highway-rated, easy to balance radial designs. Cooper introduced their fantastically rugged, yet tame on-road, Discoverer STT PRO in a … Read More

Power Tank Worthington 6-pound propane bracket

NEW from Power Tank, I don’t think it’s even on their website yet! Power Tank part number BKT-2287, a stainless steel bracket for a Worthington aluminum 6-pound propane tank (#299494), and part of my endless Arctic trip prep. Surely I will use extra fuel keeping the camper thawed, and until now I’d not found a practical solution for carrying extra … Read More

Mickey and Danny Thompson at 400 MPH

Want to drive fast? Really fast? My interest in Mickey Thompson Tires has always been related to off-road truck rubber. I’m not a racer or a car guy, I focus on four-wheel-drives and motos. However, I did speak briefly with Mr. Danny Thompson at the SEMA Show a couple years ago as he prepared for his attempt at the record, and just stumbled upon these two … Read More

VW 2.0L TDI Customer Goodwill

Recently we received VW’s TDI Customer Goodwill package in the mail. -$500 Visa card -$500 VW dealership card -Roadside assistance for three years To activate the cards the registered owner must take the package to a Volkswagen dealership, with proof of ownership, driver’s license, and the car. After the vehicle’s odometer is recorded and eligibility confirmed, the goodwill package is activated. Our loyalty cards are … Read More

Bosch Warned VW To Not Use Software

Maybe it’s in our nature, or possibly our cultures, to survive by winning at all cost, including cheating? Though most learn that dishonesty is not the way, in theory if not in practice. As my friend Mike commented, the ethics of the VW emissions cheating situation aside, didn’t the perpetrators think they would  get caught someday? They should have… http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/09/27/reports-volkswagen-emmissions/72923064/ … Read More

Are Diesel Cars Doomed In The USA?

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe VW’s despicable deceit will hurt the future market for diesel cars in the USA, like GM’s pathetic first attempt to make light-duty automotive diesels decades ago? The action was very different, but could a generally negative public perception of diesel power return? This article argues yes. http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/why-volkswagens-diesel-betrayal-different The author makes valid points about alternative technologies getting better, heck, even gasoline-powered cars … Read More