2013 Audi Q7 SUV

2013 Audi Q7

Ken Freund
June 15, 2012

For 2013, the full-size Audi Q7 seven-passenger/three-row SUV returns with a number of updates. The V-8 engine option has been dropped, replaced by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with two power levels. Base engines are rated at 280 horsepower, while the upgraded version is rated 333 horsepower. Audi uses... Read more »

DynoMax VT Muffler Systems

Dynomax Aftermaket Muffler

Ken Freund
May 16, 2012

Aftermarket exhaust systems are popular among towing enthusiasts, as they can boost power and fuel economy. Their altered backpressure chacteristics may also allow your engine to run better, which is especially important for vehicles towing heavy trailers. But many aftermarket exhausts also produce an... Read more »

Differential Cooling

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

May 15, 2012

I recently heard that it is a good idea to have additional cooling capacity for my 2010 RAM 2500 rear differential. My truck is a 2010 Dodge RAM 2500 diesel and I tow a 32-foot Wildcat fifth- wheel that is around 10-to-12 thousand pounds. Is this something that makes sense or just hype to sell these... Read more »

2013 Ram 1500 Pickup

2013 Ram 1500

Ken Freund
May 13, 2012

Starting with a 20-percent gain in gas mileage, a new V-6, eight-speed automatic transmissions, air suspensions, and a more carlike interior, the 2013 Ram 1500 trucks have received some notable upgrades. The former 3.7-liter base V-6 was replaced by a Pentastar V-6 rated 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft... Read more »

2013 Ford Super Duty Platinum

2013 Ford Super Duty

Ken Freund
April 13, 2012

Ford has just announced a new range-topping model in the new 2013 Super Duty Platinum. Platinum Super Duty trucks will be available as crew cabs in the F-250, F-250, and F-450 models. Platinum pickups get a unique satin-chrome grille with mesh inserts and several “Platinum” designations on the body.... Read more »

Torklift’s Stable Load Offers Simple Stability

F) In this application, it was necessary to trim the pad by three-eighths of an inch.

Bill and Jenn Gehr
March 21, 2012

A) Before the new rubber pads were installed a baseline measurement of rear height was established. B) WD-40 is sprayed on the factory contact pads prior to removal. C) A pry bar is used to remove the factory contact pads. D) Stable Load pads are installed in the frame bracket with the anti-rotational... Read more »

2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Nissan Armada Exterior

Ken Freund
March 14, 2012

In this time of downsizing, many large sport-utility vehicles are being eliminated and replaced with smaller, lighter crossover vehicles that have little towing capacity. Nissan’s Armada is still a large, truck-based SUV made in Mississippi with serious towing capability. Power comes from a 317-horsepower,... Read more »

2012 Volkswagen Touareg SUV

2012 Vokswagen Touareg

February 2, 2012

Volkswagen’s Toureg is a five-passenger SUV offered with four trim levels: Sport, Lux, Executive and Hybrid. All except the hybrids are available with a choice of either a gasoline V6 or turbodiesel TDI V6 engine. The 3.6-liter gasoline V6 is rated 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The 3.0-liter... Read more »

Performance Corner: ATS Torque Converters & Co-Pilot Controller

Five Star Torque COnverter

Ken Freund
January 16, 2012

With today’s heavier loads, the torque converter and automatic transmission combination have become an Achilles’ Heel on many tow vehicles. To solve this problem, ATS has developed its Five Star Torque Converter, which combines all of the features of a traditional torque converter with the innovative... Read more »

2012 Ford Expedition SUV

2012 Ford Expedition

Ken Freund
January 12, 2012

Ford’s Expedition is one of the few full-size SUVs available which are suitable to carry a large family and tow a heavy trailer. Expedition’s standard 5.4L V8 delivers enough power to tow up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. When the road goes from dry to snowy, icy or gravel covered, the available... Read more »

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