Exhaling

15734_Tahoe_Denali_EscaladeOne great addition to your tow vehicle is the addition of a performance exhaust system. A performance exhaust system will allow your truck to breathe easier by allowing the exhaust to flow more freely by removing restriction from the exhaust. He performance exhaust system will give you a boost in power to help get your load moving and help keep it going at speed on those nightmare grades as well as giving you better fuel economy which we all enjoy. They also make you truck sound much cooler if you are into that.

A free flowing exhaust has even more benefits for our turbo diesel engines. The freer flowing exhaust systems will help the turbo’s spool up faster allowing you to make more power faster and reduce dangerous exhaust temperatures on long grades.

Our gasoline burning truck can also benefit from other reflowing exhaust products available to them. One of these products is the use of high flow aftermarket catalytic converters and shorty tube headers. Be sure to check with your states laws governing the use of these products as many are not approved for many states. Although this can be a hassle it is worth the effort.M-F_22761_PIC_4_1_72

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Inhaling

air intake system

air intake system

It was explained to me decades ago by people that are much wiser than I that an engine is nothing more than an air pump, the more air you can get in and out of the engine the more power potential you have. That being said one of the major corks in your trucks power potential is the air filtration system of your truck.
The factory has many things to consider when building a vehicle for sale to the general public. We have all wondered why the factory compromises a part on their vehicles when it is obvious to us there is a better way to do something. Many of the compromises have to do with cost. If you can save $1 on 1,000,000 vehicles you saved $1,000,000 off the bottom line. The other compromise may have to do with looks, comfort or in the case of the air intake system it has mainly to do with engine noise.
Many of the car buying public will be annoyed by the sound of the engine inhaling air and would shy away from a vehicle simply because it is loud. Most of your enthusiasts are not bothered by a little hissing sound and would gladly hear a little noise and have more power. That is where the aftermarket company’s have stepped in and created high flow air intake systems for nearly everything on the road. Almost all of these intake systems advertise horse power and fuel economy gains by increasing the air flowFJ Intake 54-81162
Even if you a bothered by noise or the cost of a high flow intake system there are products on the market that are low cost and simply replace your paper air filter element with a high flow gauze type air filter element. This drop in air filter elements will free up small amounts of power and economy on all gas and diesel engines. The reason the factory doesn’t use these types of filters is mainly cost. The gauze type filters are usually two or three times the cost of a paper filter. The cost of the high flow filters is offset because most are reusable. Simply remove it, wash it and oil it or just reinstall no cost
replacement air filter element

replacement air filter element

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Free Wheeling

 Dynatrac.FreeSpin.cutawayOne of the problems that are plaguing the newer Ford and Dodge 4×4 trucks owners is the failure of the unit bearing front wheel bearings. These unit bearings have a high failure rate among trucks that see a lot of off-road use and heavy towing. These unit bearings are not serviceable and have to be replaced as a unit (thus the name) which can be quite costly especially out on the road.

Dynatrac has come up with a solution for this problem. Dynatrac’s Free Spin Kit will convert from the unit bearing to a simple and much stronger spindle with replaceable wheel bearings and seals as well as   options for upgraded 35 spline stub axles and locking hubs for the Dodge trucks providing you with not only more strength but better fuel economy to boot. The use of the Dynatrac Free Spin Kit will allow Dodge owners the ability to run a locker in their front axles without any drivability issues because of the ability to now run manual locking hubs.Free-Spin

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Cover Your Rear

40-2046MBOne of the forgotten parts on many trucks is the rear axle. The rear axle is many times forgotten about when it comes time for servicing your truck. The rear axle takes a beating especially when towing those heavy trailers up long grades. There is a lot of friction building up tons of heat in the rear and it has no form of cooling except for the hot under vehicle air that passes over it.

One of the easiest ways to help your axle run cooler is to add an aluminum differential cover. Many vehicle manufactures have seen the benefit f the aluminum cover and have now added them to them to their trucks from the factory. Although the factory has seen the light the oem covers leave little to be desired compared to many of the aftermarket covers.

For instance the G/2 Axle & Gear’s new Brute Differential covers have some awesome features. Besides having a beautiful black powder coat finish this extremely heavy duty extra oil capacity cover has cast in internal cooling fins and ball milled external cooling fins to remove the maximum amount of heat as possible.40-2046MB-3

This cover features a magnetic dip stick that uses super powerful rare earth magnets to make checking the oil level a snap and pulls the tiniest metal particles from the oil preventing potential bearing damage. This G/2 Differential cover also has a a magnetic leak free drain plug, convenient filler plug and an oil level port to make cover removal unnecessary for servicing the differential. Since removal is no longer necessary the G/2 Differential Covers have a one-piece O ring imbedded into a precision machined mating service for a 100% leak free seal but is reusable just in case you do desire removing the cover.40-2046MB-2

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Air Bag Cradle

AirBagCradleOne of the slickest things I have seen enter the towing products world in a long time is this slick new product from Daystar.

This Air Bag Cradle from Daystar is designed to fit all common 6” diameter air bags from all popular manufactures. The Daystar Air Bag Cradle is designed to prevent the damaged to your air bags caused by placing your truck on a lift for servicing without disconnecting the bags. Forgetting to disconnect the air bag when the suspension is unloaded will cause the weight of the hanging axle to tear the air bags apart. This also happens to trucks that are used for on and off roading.  Many times off roading will articulate the suspension tearing the bags as well as jumping the truck.

The Daystar Air Bag Cradle will allow the air bag to separate from its lower mount point and return to proper alignment itself when the axle returns to normal ride height without any assistance on your part.

The super thick polyurethane is designed to cradle the lower portion of the air bag keeping it properly aligned and the high durometer plastic like polyurethane will not split or tear even with the highest loads.

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Getting Flap

ImageMud flaps help protect your trailer and vehicle in tow from getting damaged from rocks and other debris that get thrown up from your tires. This debris can really do some damage to your trailer decreasing the future value and giving a place for rust to start. Imagine towing your show car down a gravel road on an open trailer!

Mud flaps are also mandatory in many states on lifted vehicles to prevent damage to other vehicles on the road. Yes, you are responsible to damage you cause to other vehicles (even little rock chips). The law in many states requires mud flaps to cover just below the center of the tire to be legal. So to be effective the mud flaps must extend below the center of the tire.

There are many types of mud flaps on the market today. There are light -weight polymer and heavier rubber. Though they are lighter, polymer guards are plenty durable. However, for a vehicle that’s going to be spending time on rough road conditions, it’s probably better to go with heavy-duty rubber, which is more popular for recreational vehicles like light trucks and, of course, Jeeps.

 

There are permanent mounted types and others that are removable for temporary use. These are great for show trucks that must have mud flaps to be legal for road use and can be easily removed at the show for a cleaner look. These removable mud flaps are also popular for the occasional tower to protect their trailers and remove when not towing.

 

The permanent style mud flaps are usually less obtrusive and are usually factory looking or molded into the body lines of the vehicle for a more streamlined look.

 

Mud flaps not only protect your trailer they also protect your own vehicle from rocks as well. If you go off roading often or travel back roads you will notice tons of little paint chips behind the wheels of our vehicle. A good set of mud flaps can prevent all this.

 

Mud flaps are also a good opportunity to inject your truck with a little bit of vanity. Beyond color choices, you can choose to go with a mud flap plated with stainless steel or chrome (though these will be more expensive, they do look nice). If you really want to tart up your Jeep and who doesn’t, when you get right down to it? —you can spring even further for customized mud flaps, which will let you add a logo or other personalized details.

 

 

 Mud Flaps help protect your trailer and vehicle in tow from getting damaged from rocks and other debris that get thrown up from your tires. This debris can really do some damage to your trailer decreasing the future value and giving a place for rust to start. Imagine towing your show car down a gravel road on an open trailer!

Mud flaps are also mandatory in many states on lifted vehicles to prevent damage to other vehicles on the road. Yes, you are responsible to damage you cause to other vehicles (even little rock chips). The law in many states requires mud flaps to cover just below the center of the tire to be legal. So to be effective the mud flaps must extend below the center of the tire.

There are many types of mud flaps on the market today. There are light -weight polymer and heavier rubber. Though they are lighter, polymer guards are plenty durable. However, for a vehicle that’s going to be spending time on rough road conditions, it’s probably better to go with heavy-duty rubber, which is more popular for recreational vehicles like light trucks and, of course, Jeeps.

 

There are permanent mounted types and others that are removable for temporary use. These are great for show trucks that must have mud flaps to be legal for road use and can be easily removed at the show for a cleaner look. These removable mud flaps are also popular for the occasional tower to protect their trailers and remove when not towing.

 

The permanent style mud flaps are usually less obtrusive and are usually factory looking or molded into the body lines of the vehicle for a more streamlined look.

 

Mud flaps not only protect your trailer they also protect your own vehicle from rocks as well. If you go off roading often or travel back roads you will notice tons of little paint chips behind the wheels of our vehicle. A good set of mud flaps can prevent all this.

 

Mud flaps are also a good opportunity to inject your truck with a little bit of vanity. Beyond color choices, you can choose to go with a mud flap plated with stainless steel or chrome (though these will be more expensive, they do look nice). If you really want to tart up your Jeep and who doesn’t, when you get right down to it? —you can spring even further for customized mud flaps, which will let you add a logo or other personalized details. And don’t forget the world famous Yosemite Sam Back Off mud flaps!Image

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Keeping Your Cool While The Heat Is On

One of the worst enemies of your trucks automatic transmissions is heat. The additional heat created from towing compounds this problem and can cause an early demise of your trucks automatic transmission. This is one of the reasons that many heavy service trucks are preferred with manual transmissions.

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Transmission Pan

One of the easiest ways to combat this heat buildup is to replace the factory transmission pan with a higher capacity aftermarket aluminum transmission pan. The higher capacity, some time up to an additional gallon allows the hot fluid to spend more time in the pan. The more time the fluid spends in the pan the more heat it will lose through the pans ability to radiate heat into the air. The more fins the pan has the faster the pan will disburse the heat into the air similar to a radiator.

Many of the aftermarket pans have options like magnetic drain plugs to remove material from the transmission fluid and additional bungs for transmission temperature gauges.

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Transmission Coolers

Many vehicles that come from the factory with a tow package will come equipped with a small external transmission oil cooler mounted up near the radiator. These factory transmission coolers most of the time are barley adequate for towing a bass boat up a grade much less a big enclosed trailer filled with toys.

There are many types of aftermarket coolers on the market; many of these coolers have BTU ratings and or weight recommendations which can be confusing at times. Always combine your vehicles curb weight as well as your trailers weight to see if your cooler is close to matching your coolers capacity. I always recommend the largest cooler you can fit in to a given space. You cannot go too large a cooler.

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Transmission Fluid

When it comes time to change your transmission fluid don’t let price guide your decisions. Saving $50 on cheep trans fluid can and probably will turn in to a $1,500 trans rebuild down the road and usually in the middle of nowhere so you can usually add a hefty tow bill on top of that as well.

It is always to go with O.E.M or a quality aftermarket manufacture with a good track record. Many vehicles O.E.M. fluid is synthetic which I highly recommend but first check with your builder or the manufacture to see if your transmission is compatible with synthetic fluids, many are not so be careful.

Many company’s offer both high grade mineral based and synthetic fluids like Lucas Oil which I have had great success with.

For You 4X4 Guys

For all you guys out there with 4 wheel drive vehicles don’t forget your transfer case. Weather you use the 4 wheel drive or not the transfer cases is still turning as you are going down the road. The modern transfer cases have a pump in it that pumps fluid to the top of it to keep the bearings cool and lubricated. The early transfer cases have no pumps and rely on splash oiling.

Most transfer cases have no source for cooling other than what can be radiated out through the case and what they can radiate into the transmission case. Because of this lack of cooling I always recommend a synthetic oil in the transfer case as synthetic oil will not break down with excessive heat.

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