Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Time For Spring Cleaning

    Ok, so spring is finally here (if you believe the reports). With the change of the seasons comes a renewed love of your truck. It has gotten you to work on days that you should not have been driving, gotten the kids to school when the district thought a “snow day” wasn’t needed, all of the appointments that just didn’t care about the weather and it has done so without fail or complaint. So now, it is time to show it the love it deserves.

    Spring flowers in truck

    Start with a good washing. Magnesium Chloride (mag chloride) has been used since the '90s, and does a great job keeping our roads safe during the winter, but there is a downside to this corrosive chemical. It must be washed immediately from cars and trucks, including the undercarriages, to prevent corrosion of electrical wires, nuts, brake parts and even suspension parts. Now, be honest, did you wash your truck after every snow storm? I’m betting no. So get in there and clean it up and inspect everything. Ball joints, tie rod ends, link kits (these tend to go first), and change them out as needed. You may even need to do some touch up on the undercoating at this point.

    Let’s move on to some of the no brainers … Change the oil. Even if you didn’t drive it much this winter, it still needs fresh oil and a filter. Check the air filter. If you are using a paper filter, it is time to change it to a washable type, which offers better mileage, longer life and better performance. If you are already running a K&N, or another performance filter, it is time for a cleaning (cleaning kit #KNN99-5000 $9.32). This kit will wash and treat your filter many times over, so you should still have some on the self. Check the mileage since the last tune up, and perform as needed.

    Gloved hand pouring oil

    The winter months have done a number on the exterior of your truck, and now is the time to address it. It’s already good and clean, and I’m betting in need of a good wax and polishing. Use a good wax, and spend the time to polish it right. If you’re not comfortable doing this step yourself, there is nothing wrong with taking it to a professional, well worth the investment. During this step, you should polish up any chrome that has suffered during the winter. Tires and wheels. These, more than anything else (just my opinion), make or break the truck. Do the wheels need to be polished? Are they chrome with a little rust starting to show? Are they painted, and in need of some touch up? All of these things are easy to take care of yourself, and provide an instant improvement to your trucks appearance. Clean and shine up the tires, and you'll be ready to roll in style.

    All that is left is cleaning up the interior. Vacuum and shampoo the carpet. There are many automotive carpet shampoos on the market, and most do a good job. Don’t forget to leave the windows open for a while so the carpet can dry. A good leather cleaner and protectant are a must. The leather can dry out even faster in the cold, dry winters. Wipe down the dash, door panels and any other hard surfaces, and you can call this done.

    Now that the truck is clean and ready to go, it deserves a night on the town. Take it out and show it off some. And don’t worry, you can get it muddy next weekend.

  • What is Mudding? (Getting Dirty With Friends!)

    So, what is mudding you ask … Great question. Urban Dictionary defines mudding: to go out in the mud in the back of a truck or jeep or other 4x4 vehicle and spin in the mud until all the occupants are covered in mud.

    Muddy tire tracks

    Not bad, but mudding is so much more than that. It’s the camaraderie of friendly competition. It’s the satisfaction of helping a friend and then beating him into the dirt. It’s taking a weekend with friends and family and just playing. Playing like you did when you were a kid, but now you have bigger and louder toys.

    There are different kinds of mudding, but lets get rid of the thought that mudding is the same as off-roading. It is not rock crawling, it is not winding through the back country on a trail in your closest national forest with your friends, it is simply family and friends getting together to play in the mud.

    Let’s forget about the snow and ice for a few minutes and put ourselves back in our shorts and tee shirts, tipping back our favorite adult beverage (soda, lemonade, high quality H2O…).

    What does it mean to go mudding?

    Have you ever seen a big muddy pit and wanted to drive through it, spinning your tires and making the mud sling everywhere? Do you embrace your truck being caked in layer upon layer of dirt? Do you cry a little when you have to wash it? Then you might be into mudding.

    Mud bogging (also known as mud racing, mud running, mud drags, or MUDDING) is a form of off-road motorsport popular in Canada and the United States in which the goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of a set length. I, however think it has more to do with its simplest form, mudding just means driving through its slimy, grimy namesake, MUD.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not all fun and games. There is a great deal of skill that goes into this sport. From the building to the driving to the repairs (ok, it is all fun and games). You have to have the right equipment, understand the nuances of the track, the mud and your truck. You have to be able to give it your all, and still remember that we are all here for fun.

    Mudding can be tricky for the simple fact that you don't always know what's hidden under the mud, rocks, tree trunks, anything you can imagine. There are also many types of mud, from thin and soupy to thick and slimy. In fact, driving in two different kinds of mud can be as different as driving on sand and ice. Each type of gunk presents its own challenges and requires variations in your driving technique.

    One of the keys to mudding is maintaining a steady speed the whole way through. How fast you drive when mudding really depends upon the type of mud you're in and your vehicle. The important thing is to assess the terrain and make a safe judgment about your speed. While you can go mudding with just about any tire, specially designed mud terrain tires are the best (and look the coolest). Mud terrain tires have extra-large lugs, with wider and deeper spaces in between them. This arrangement keeps mud from getting stuck in between the lugs, allowing you to maintain your traction, and speed.

    Some things to keep in mind when you are headed out to play in the mud:

    • Don't 4-wheel by yourself.
    • Only use your tow hooks and your hitch for recovery points.
    • Don't get water in the air intake, you can hydro lock your engine.
    • Test some spots to make sure the mud isn't too deep.
    • Don't use chain as a recovery strap.
    • Tell someone where you are going and have a way to communicate with the outside world if everyone gets stuck.
    • Have a good jack.

    If you have ever been to a mudding event, you know it is as fun to watch as it is to drive. Having learned to drive in an old Jeep, and having owned more Jeeps and trucks then I care to think about, I can tell you how wrong that thinking is. Go play in the mud, and if you or your loved ones come home clean, go out again and do it right this time.

  • The Wheels & Tires of Your Dreams

    So you are ready to pay some attention to the corners of your truck. There is no bigger style impact for your truck then tires and wheels.

    Showroom tires

    From mild to wild, we have your tire dreams in stock at BuyAutoTruck Accessories. From racing slicks to stylish street tires to aggressive 4x4 off road tires made by the likes of Dick Cepek and Toyo will keep you rolling safely through your next adventure. Match them up with your favorite wheels from Raptor, Sota, BMF, Dick Cepek, Mickey Thompson, Moto, Method Race Wheels and KMC for that perfect look.Sota Lug Nuts Finish them off with lug nuts and locks by McGard, Gorilla and Sota to keep them safe and sound.

    As long as we are in the area, hubs by Warn, Rugged Ridge and MileMarker, tire chains from Pewag Glacier and a flat repair kit by ARB USA will make sure you get back safely from your off road experience.

    And, if you need them, we have wheel covers by ProMaxx, wheel spacers from Rugged Ridge and wheel chocks by Camco.  What ever your needs are, we have the products you are looking for at the prices you want.

  • What Women Really Want

    Ok, this one took some research …  I spoke with some of my friends who drive, and love their trucks and asked them why. Funny, a few could not give a better answer then “I just do.”

    Woman in old truck

    What’s funnier is that I completely understand that reasoning. I did get lots of good reasons as well, and most of those came down to safety. The higher stance of a truck makes it easier to see over the traffic. This is still the case even though the newer F-150s have a lower overall stance than their predecessors.

    Some said that they love the feeling of invincibility. Lots of metal, big and strong and never going to get stuck. We all know that any truck can get stuck if you try hard enough, but I learned a long time ago that you cannot argue feelings. Putting your truck into four wheel drive is a lot easier than it was 20 years ago, no hubs to lock, just push a button and go.

    Trucks are a lot tougher then a BMW Z4 and are much more suited for hauling around kids and equipment. 3 kids in the back seat, throw their gear in the back and you are off to the next stop. Newer trucks have come a long way in the comfort department as well. Many have vanity mirrors, standard running boards, softer seats and even DVD players to occupy the passengers in the back seat. They also have pedals that adjust for smaller drivers. Sure a minivan would work, but who wants to be seen in a minivan? Most truck interiors are nice as or nicer than a lot of the new cars on the market today, so you do not have to give up any of the comfort you are accustomed to.

    I was told that “I need one.” This I had to check on. I went to the obvious place for research: the Internet. It seems that in the USA, female equestrians represent over 80 percent of all those who are devoted to the field, a shift from a previously male-dominated sport that has taken place over the last 30 years or so. So, this also makes sense. The presence of women is continually growing in traditionally male dominated work areas, so again, I would have to agree.

    Lastly, I heard things like “I like the ride,” “I’m an outdoorsy kind of woman” and my personal favorite, “I like surprising men that I’m a truck girl.” Trucks have a place in our past, our present and the future. Most truck manufacturers see this, and are really starting to build and market their trucks for this growing audience of truck buyer.

  • Types of Tonneau Covers

    Tonneau covers. There are many covers out there, but which one is right for you? It’s not always about price, but more about functionality. These break down into 2 different categories.

    Soft Covers: Vinyl

    Snap and snap-less covers are by far the least expensive way to go, and they let you use all of your truck bed when needed. If you are living in an area with great weather most of the time, and you don’t want to spend a lot, these are a great way to go. Just remember, they are difficult (at best) when it is cold or snowy out.

    Roll-up covers offer a tighter fit, are easier to use and install. Again, the cover rolls out of the way when you need to use your truck as a truck. They do tend to cost more, but with the stronger materials being used, they will last and look better, longer.

    Hard Covers:  Fiberglass, Abs Plastic or Aluminum

    Hinged covers tend to be the strongest and the most secured covers you can get. Weather is no longer an issue, but you can lose some of the use of the bed (they can be removed, when needed). They also give your truck a smooth classy look. Just think of it as turning your bed into a big lockable trunk.

    Folding hard covers give you a little bit of both tonneau worlds. These covers use panels made of ABS plastic that give all of the benefits and security of a hard cover, but then fold out of the way to let you have access to the bed.

    Retracting hard covers are the cover of covers. They have it all. Style, strength and security. All of the benefits of the hinged cover. Weather stays out, and cargo stays in. All of the benefits of a soft cover, it rolls up and out of the way when you need your truck to be a truck. The only thing to keep in mind is that sometimes they can freeze up if you live in a cold weather climate.

    Budget, function and looks all need to be looked at before you make your decision.

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