2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax: Powerfully Authentic

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Sadly, the current state of humanity is living in fear, but the world needed to slow down to gain perspective on the pillars that matter most in life: family, health, and mindfulness. For me, purging and reducing unnecessary – or old- goods bring clarity to help focus on other essential tasks. With that, I decided to use the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax to clean up the yards, shed, and remake the garage into a garage gym. As well, I lent a hand to neighbors as they too were purging. So, let’s say that our local recycling center is now my best friend.

Aesthetically, the Tundra TRD Pro is a paragon of excellence with conspicuous TRD design statements. The pickup arrived in Incredible Hulk mode with its Army Green camo and TRD frame looking chiseled like Greek gods. The merits of the latest Tundra TRD Pro are intriguing. They include a black grille frame, a new hood scoop, revised springs, new shocks and rims, and suspension upgrades consisting of new TRD-tuned Fox 2.5” front and rear internal-bypass shocks, and an additional 1.5” of front wheel travel and 2” rear wheel travel from the springs.  The TRD dual exhaust system in black is pretty throaty, and the black-highlighted LED fog lights and headlights are TRD originals. You will see TRD bolstered all over and throughout the green-machined Tundra. Speaking of which, I initially would not have considered a green pickup truck, but I enjoyed this specific hue as well as everyone else who came into contact with it. [Read more…]

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali 4WD Crew Cab

GMC is on the ground floor making headways with the Sierra pickup, including the recent news of a collaboration with Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor to unleash a 250-model limited-edition Harley-Davidson branded GMC Sierra which is bad to the bone. Inspired by Harley’s famed Fat Boy model, expect over 65 edition-specific enhancements that make this unique, custom truck one of the toughest on the block.

Ironically, when the broadcast passed by my desk regarding H-D and GMC, I was currently testing the 2020 Sierra 2500 Denali 4WD Crew Cab with the all-powerful Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel engine and Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Quite naturally, I focused on heavy lifting, incorporating multiple roundtrip excursions to my local landscaping supply center for firewood and gravel loads. I also had to remove a few dead trees in the yard, which was easy work for the truck in comparison to its top-end capabilities. Additionally, my collegiate football mentees were home on winter break and needed work, so the four jumped inside the crew cab to join me and were amazed by the head and legroom in the rear. The new Sierra Heavy Duty features a longer wheelbase and a more domineering hood line in comparison to the model it replaces. [Read more…]

F-150 Oil Separators Tested and Explained

Does Your F-150 Need a Catch Can?

In this episode of AmericanTrucks’ (AT) ‘What’s Up With That?’ YouTube Series, Justin Dugan performs a continuous effectiveness test on oil separators using his 2017 F-150 Raptor. An oil separator — sometimes referred to as a ‘catch can’ — is installed in-line with a vehicle’s positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system to trap blow-by. Since forced-induction engines are prone to blow-by, where increased cylinder pressures force oil past the piston rings into the engine’s crankcase, an oil separator is beneficial in capturing oily vapors to prevent coking on intake valves. Catch cans can be extremely useful in maintaining and safeguarding direct-injected engines that lack supplemental port injection, such as the 2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost as well as 2015-2017 2.7L (Nano) EcoBoost.

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2019 Ram 1500 Pickup: Half-Ton Workaholic

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

We had an impeccable experience with the Ram Brand in Phoenix, Arizona recently for their national press launch of the talented 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. Built from more high-strength steel than Superman himself the latest Ram workhorse has been fortified with a 12,750-pound trailer tow capacity and 2,300-pound payload capability from a newfangled body that is longer, stronger, tougher, lighter, wider, and far more accomplished. [Read more…]