Firestone Destination M/T2 and Transforce AT2

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 … Read More

Superwinch EXP Series 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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

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