Tweaking Your Truck

By: David H. Urmann

Trucks have two ways of being customized. One way is for the looks; the other is for the performance. There are different types of accessories for these kinds of upgrades.

Truck owners and enthusiasts have been known to modify their vehicles to get what they want for their driving experience. There are two paths to upgrading and personalizing their trucks. One path is to improve the look and features of the body and the interior, making changes to personalize the appearance of the truck. The other path to take is to improve the power and performance of the truck, to get the most out of the engine. Whatever choice of improvement is made, the way to get the modification wanted for the owner's truck is through the use of truck accessories.

When it comes to improving the look and features of the truck, one normally starts with the exterior. One major upgrade to the truck's looks is to change up or add a tonneau or bed cover. There are three types of cover for your truck's bed. There is the cloth or vinyl type of cover, which is just tied to the bed's sides with a rope that is sewn into the edges of the tonneau and strapped to clips or snaps along the bed's body. Next is the roll-up type, which is a plastic or fabric cover rolled into a container near the cab and stretched out over and secured to the end of the bed. The last and most popular type of tonneau is the hard plastic or fiberglass kind. It is a solid cover that stretches the length of the bed, and is securely locked at the edge. This is considered to be the favorite choice of truckers upgrading their truck's looks since the fiberglass tonneau looks best compared to the other types of tonneau.

The other accessories to upgrade the looks of the truck are grill guards, which protect the front end of the truck. Nerf bars, which run alongside and under the truck's body, thus serving as a small step between the doors of the cab and the ground and also serves as protection from rocks underneath which the truck may pass. Running boards, which are small boards that run under and alongside the cab. These serve as a step where additional passengers may stand on while the truck is running. These accessories plus roof racks, toolboxes, winches among other things are the accessories needed to upgrade the look of one's truck.

To upgrade the performance of trucks, on the other hand, needs a different set of accessories. To begin, custom mufflers and pipes to increase the horsepower of the engine is a good way to start. Then performance chips and programmers is a good upgrade to tell your engine's computer that you need more power. This is because the chip will be able to modify your engine to provide better performance be it with more power, cleaner emissions or lower fuel consumption.

With customizing your truck, there is really no limit to what you can choose to do. It depends on the life you lead and the needs you have from your vehicle. After all, you accessorize your truck to give it the features you want. Tweak the look, and tweak the performance. Tweak your truck.

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