Load Range F Toyos, a 1,700 mile evaluation

Toyo’s New Load Range ***F*** Open Country Tire Line Backgrounder Torque, horsepower, and tow/haul ratings in our so-called light-trucks have been soaring toward the stratosphere for several years. The competition between the North American diesel pickup manufactures to one-up the other has never been stronger. They have passed the 900 lb-ft barrier and are marching toward the next big hurdle; … Read More

Big tires, odometer error, and mpg

Recently a friend emailed this miles-per-gallon question: I’m scratching my head here on fuel and mileage numbers. If I do the math for gallons of fuel consumed (fuel filter life % gauge) and odo I get about 16 mpg. But the Ram’s EVIC dash display says 11 MPG. With 4.30:1 gears and 37-inch tires, I know ALL the numbers are inaccurate. How … Read More

Overland Expo West 2016

Overland Expo West 2016  Camping and Adventure Travel Exposition At Mormon Lake, Arizona Overland Expo West is the premiere annual gathering for overland and backcountry travel, an event more important than the SEMA Show for those seeking vehicle-supported adventures. The educational, hands-on, gear shopping, and social opportunities are almost endless, plus it is open to the public, and includes motorcycles. … Read More

VW’s “Clean Diesel” Scam

Prelude As a longtime diesel aficionado, I have some thoughts about the recent revelation regarding Volkswagen’s intentional cheating on emissions tests, allowing vehicles to apparently meet standards when they actually did not while traveling on public roads. Looking Back Before Looking Forward We have already passed the crossroads for light-duty diesel acceptance in the USA. The overly belabored weaknesses of 1970s and 1980s G.M. … Read More