Pickup truck culture in the USA is stronger than ever. That's because pickup trucks are no longer only the work vehicles that they used to be. Today's contemporary pickups are at-home household machines, capable of transporting six adults in luxury whilst at the same time carrying 3000 pounds of cargo, which doesn't incorporate the trailer attached into the back. They're big, strong, and the people who drive them do so with crazy amounts of gratification.
Pickups have evolved with the times, and in defense of the truckin' faithful out there, therefore has got the pickup truck aftermarket. What is unfortunate is that many owners fall back to a number of the truck trends of yesterday when it is time and so they ruin them in doing.
I'm not speaking about committed custom show trucks or the machines that people build to actually perform a particular function. I am speaking about the truck owners who decide that any of the subsequent six modifications are a good idea for their daily-driven pickup. Maybe they made more sense once upon a period when trucks were primitive rude, cheap and fun.
1. Tremendous lifts
Nothing can stop a pickup truck with an increased suspension. Except if the axles and framework get wrapped up on snow. Or a 25mph corner. Or any sort of gradient that must be traversed. Lifting a truck means up to go mud bogging was an enjoyable thing to do, and it still is - on trucks which are not used daily. Is anyone installing $10,000 value of suspension and lift kits on a $40,000 daily driver then actually driving through the mud? Rather, they are taking a massively expensive truck, increasing the center of gravity dangerously large (maybe not great for on-road driving and badly not good for off-roading), inflicting all kinds of stress to driveline components, and adding a significant amount of horsepower-robbing weight.
2. Big wheels
Cars affect as much as it will truck to be fair. Big, heavy wheels suck horsepower like a parasite, but at least with cars people can opt for a non-refundable tire to maintain some degree of jelqing operation (albeit at the expense of ride quality). Truck owners must stick with a tire to encourage the truck mass, and that leads to a circumstance. That is why: big wheels on trucks require tires which are too low-profile to be useful off-road, yet too high-profile to provide any valid on-road advantages for a three-tonne car or truck.
3. Aggressive off-road tires
For folks who find themselves on dirt roads, trails, or open countryside, there is a good tire very important for traction. Notice I said great off-road tire, not a huge cleated rubber monster that could claw off the face a rock statue. Every man I know did this, although This type of setup is fine to get a pickup.
Aside from the center of gravity tires also unlike a good system, tire whine never sounds great, and are noisy on the sidewalk. Aside from that, such competitive tires are not appropriate for sidewalk and they are shockingly bad from the wet. And though you may think on plowed roads that are hard-pack, they'd be helpful for snow they're as easy as slicks.
4. Bed caps
This one is hard for me to cover, partly because that reddish F-250 was mine (yesI thought the cap was cool) but also because my father nevertheless believes caps are trendy, for example, one he simply put on his new 2015 Chevy Silverado. I have since discovered caps to be counter-productive into the point of having a pickup. Why limit your capability? With a cap over the bed, forget about pitching snowmobiles or the dirt bikes at the hauling or back anything of moderate size. Get a van, if you'd like enclosed cargo space. If you want four-wheel drive or don't like vans, get an SUV. At least then you can have the option of extra seats in case you wish to take everyone out to dinner. Sorry for the revelation if you are reading this dad. Caps on pickup trucks make as much sense as eating chocolate cake to drink.
5. Straight-pipe exhaust
When American automobiles were choked with emissions, lopping off half the exhaust for a sound along with flow was trivial, if marginally illegal. I really don't see people doing this to new pickups (yet) but as five-year-old F-150s and Dodge Rams fall to younger generations, the hacksaws emerge and the mufflers move bye-bye. At least they're cutting following the catalytic converters (most of the time), but apparently, they don't understand that modern motors are designed to function best with a bit of back pressure. Often times, such backyard modifications decrease horsepower and fuel economy on modern pickups, which aggressive V8 noise is more reminiscent of a 1970s Cadillac with curb feelers and rust - plenty of rust. Not anybody there JimBob.
6. Rolling Coal
Believe it or not, there are lots of diesel pickup owners tweaking their trucks specifically to roll coal. They're mucking with the air-fuel mixture, thus creating all sorts of soot and smoke out the exhaust under hard throttle. I won't give the whole speech on it being asinine, (because smokey burnouts aren't much different and people love them to death), however, I will say this: Such modifications generally reduce fuel economy, create excess carbon from the valve train, also send soot directly into the engine. All to place on a tiny smoke show that nobody finds amusing. Hey diesel owners - just spin the tires like men and women if you would like to show other motorists smoke your truck can create. Your motor - and maybe some bystanders - will thank you.