04/10/14

Jeep Cherokee Dakar Concept Debuts

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From Chrysler:

The Jeep Cherokee Dakar is the most extreme Cherokee ever. The Silver Steel Satin Gloss exterior skin is strikingly set off with prototype Flame Red graphics that encircle the window and wrap around the black hood graphic. The Trailhawk 17-inch polished Satin clear coat wheels feature two large Flame Red pockets, with the Cherokee nameplate also changed to a Flame Red hue.

Front-end features are enhanced by two prototype Flame Red inserts on the traditional Jeep seven-slot grille, as well as through a prototype lower fascia trim. Cherokee Dakar is fortified for off-road action, equipped with Jeep Performance Parts rock rails, an oil pan skid plate, front suspension skid plate, two-piece fuel tank and underbody skid plates. Continue reading

04/2/14

Toyota Tacoma Cummins Diesel Coming 2017?

toyota-tacoma-cummins-diesel-2-8-engineIndustry insiders have revealed that we should expect to see a Cummins diesel engine in the 2016 Toyota Tundra. According to WardsAuto, Toyota is considering the 5.0L Cummins diesel engine in the next generation Tundra, which is the same power plant that will be used in the next generation Nissan Titan. Nissan is also playing with a 2.8L Cummins diesel in their Frontier, which begs the question - will we see the 2.8L Cummins in the Toyota Tacoma?

If the diesel Frontier is more than a concept then we should expect to see it available shortly after the 2015 Titan. Following these timelines it’d make sense that Toyota would release a diesel Tacoma in 2017. It’s pretty obvious that Toyota is watching the mid-sized diesel market from a distance. Similarly to Dodge & Cummins, Toyota scrapped their mid-sized diesel engine project in 2007/2008 when the global economy entered into the recession. Continue reading

03/18/14

2017 Jeep Wrangler Concept Art

It looks like our speculation on the next generation 2017 Jeep Wrangler is taking shape. Allpar recently released this 2017 Jeep Wrangler concept art by Jack Ratchett, which follows many of the concepts we think Jeep will use in the new Wrangler. This includes a more aerodynamic body and a stretched two door, but there’s one major exception: Allpar believes that Jeep is working on an IFS for the next generation Wrangler. Say it ain’t so!

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03/5/14

10 Must Have Off Road Interior Accessories

If you’re a gear head like me, then you know the importance of investing in quality products that facilitate performance. Sure, there’s all the external upgrades that go with building a 4×4, but what about the interior?

Here is a compilation of 10 must have interior accessories for any off road rig. This is by no means an end all list since you’ll have to decide what’s best for you and your rig.

bed-liner-jeep-tjBed Liner/Heavy Duty Floor Mats - Using truck bed liner with rubber floor mats is a great way to ruggedize your vehicle. It doesn’t take long to notice that your carpet is the most susceptible portion of your interior. Mud gets caked into the fabric and tools tear the seams, so much for that new car smell! Bed lining your interior keeps odors to a minimum and makes clean up easy – all you need is a pressure washer to tidy things up!

Generally, there are  two ways to apply bed liner – with a paint roller and brush, or with a spray gun. I went the old fashion way on my TJ and am happy with the way it turned out. But be warned – using a roller and brush can get a little sloppy, which means it can thicken and come out blotchy if you’re not careful applying it evenly. Spray guns typically guarantee a smoother appearance, and time savings, but are more expensive up front. You’ll have to decide which is right for you! Continue reading

02/25/14

Nissan Adds Cummins Diesel to Frontier

The midsize diesel pickup market is about to get more competitive with Nissan combining a 2.8L Cummins diesel engine with the Frontier! It’s pretty clear that Nissan is going all in with Cummins for their next generation Titan and Frontier. Cummins has been working with the Department of Energy and Nissan in developing a high efficiency 2.8L diesel engine since 2010, and originally slated the 2.8L to go into the Titan. Now that the Titan is receiving a 5.0L Cummins, it makes sense for Nissan to use the 2.8L in the Frontier.
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02/12/14

Chevy’s Answer to the Raptor – The Reaper

The Ford Raptor has been in the competition’s sights ever since it hit the streets in 2010. At first the Raptor was played off; most assumed that it’d follow the footsteps of the Lightning and fade away into a short lived fad. Fortunately the Raptor proved the naysayers wrong, and became the vehicle with the lowest turnover rate in Ford’s fleet. Now it’s created a new niche within the truck segment – the performance pickup.

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So the pressure has been on GM, Chrysler, and Toyota to answer to the Raptor. Toyota recently unveiled a half hearted attempt with the TRD Pro Series, Dodge has the RAM Runner kit, but what about Ford’s nemesis Chevrolet? We’ve seen the Chevrolet ZR2 and All Terrain concepts from GM, but nothing solid – until now.

Meet “The Reaper” – a supercharged 2014 Silverado power house built by Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive. Although no production details have been released, the Reaper could be Chevy’s answer to the Raptor, but does it have enough to be the elusive “Raptor Killer”?  Continue reading

02/10/14

Coming Soon | The 2.8L Duramax Diesel Engine

chevrolet-2-8L-diesel-engineIf you’re a pickup fan then keep your eye out for the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado with the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine! GM has perfected this small diesel engine overseas, and is finally bringing it home inside the 2016 Colorado and GMC Canyon!

Meet the 2.8L Duramax – the engine that’s been pushing Chevrolet’s international sales in Thailand. This four cylinder workhorse will not only output 200hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, but will also hit a 27 MPG average by current estimates.

Impressive, no? Chevrolet says they’ve added enhancements to the 2.8L Duramax to handle the increased power from the first-gen 2.5L Duramax, and have completely redesigned other components to improve the 2.8L’s durability. Upgrades to the 2.8L Duramax include a new common-rail system that is capable of up to 29,000 PSI as well as water-cooling for the turbocharger and turbine housing.  Continue reading

02/6/14

2015 Toyota TRD Pro Series Unveiled

There were a lot of expectations that came with Toyota’s new TRD Pro series of trucks and SUV’s. The question on everbody’s mind was how far would Toyota take the concept, and would it be their answer to the unrivaled Ford Raptor?

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Today we got our first taste of the Toyota TRD Pro series at the Chicago Auto Show. The Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner all received the TRD Pro trim line, which at first glance looks great, but what does the package include? Continue reading