3 Ways to Make Your Short Bed Truck and Your Horse Trailer Play Nice

All-terrain and SUV truck models grow in popularity, but the dimensions of particular vehicles pose problems for horse haulers.  A truck bed of limited size creates issues for those pulling gooseneck and bumper-pull trailers.

Trends turn heads but they may turnover trailers that don’t play nice.  Ensure trailer setups equal success, minding the following fixes.


Short Bed with a Gooseneck

The shape of gooseneck trailers keep haulers focused on limitations of steering, braking, and maintaining control of the vehicle.  A primary concern is attaching the trailer far enough forward on the truck for optimal balance.

If the trailer nose is too wide, a gap between it and the cab grows larger during sharp turns.  Some haulers break rear windows, miscalculating how trailers will react during turns.

Place the ball head hitch directly over the rear axle, or a few inches in front of it, to maintain balance and make it easier to steer.

Extended Coupler

Trailer couplers give haulers added room between the truck and trailer.  Latch and unlatch a trailer without climbing into the truck bed.  Installing in little time, the coupler fits standard, round trailer tubes.  Find models with 9 and 16-inch extensions. Continue reading


What Not To Do When Tuning Your Car

Car tuning is big business in the United States. Tuning parts and accessories are a sought-after commodity in the motor industry here. That’s because car owners are keen to get the best out of their vehicles and are willing to spend whatever is necessary to do so.

From the factory, your car will have got deliberately limited so that the car would pass strict emissions and safety laws. Carmakers do build high-performance cars from time to time. But those cars tend to get quite expensive to buy, which is why many folks prefer to go down the DIY route instead.



As you are reading this article today, I am going to assume that you own a car and want to tune it up. But before you do so, it is important you know that there are right ways and wrong ways to tune your car.

The following will reveal what you shouldn’t do when tuning up your car for bigger power gains!

Don’t just rely on the advice of Internet forums

A lot of people on the Internet like to assume that they are experts in a particular field. Car forums are the worst for this problem. That’s because you will have large groups of people that think they know everything about cars.

The truth is; most of the time they don’t! They might read about something on a website or take what their buddies say to them as fact. Are the people dishing out advice and “helpful” information experienced auto mechanics? If they aren’t, I don’t recommend doing what people on the Internet tell you to do! Continue reading

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Learn Why An Italian Tune-Up Can Work Wonders For Your Motor!

Growing numbers of people are buying cars and getting on the road each year. All these motorists expect their vehicles to work without any issues. And thanks to modern engine technology, that goal get achieved for the most part.

It’s no secret that cars these days are more reliable than ones built say twenty or thirty years ago. It’s also worth noting that oil firms make oils that can better withstand hotter temperatures.

But there is one problem with today’s cars that a lot of people don’t even realize is an issue. I am, of course, talking about people that use their cars only for short journeys. I’m talking about people that seldom drive outside of their local town or city.


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You might well be asking yourself why that is such a problem?

After all, shorter journeys are good for our wallets and the environment, right? Well, it turns out that only driving short journeys is a bad idea for car engines! Cars that only do local journeys tend to have a buildup of carbon inside their engines.

Carbon is a by-product of the combustion process, in case you were wondering. When car engines have a thick carbon buildup, engine performance gets degraded. And the carbon buildup can decrease fuel efficiency too.

It can also cause all sorts of problems like sticking or ticking valves, for example. Even doing an engine flush before putting in some fresh oil doesn’t solve the problem. At this point, most people think the only option is to pay for an expensive engine rebuild. But there is a little-known option that is cheaper and easier to do. That’s right – an Italian tune-up!

What is an Italian tune-up?

The origin of the Italian tune-up comes from the Italian supercar maker Ferrari. The story goes that Ferrari owners don’t drive their cars hard for most of the time. And so an excess buildup of carbon affects engine performance (this we already know, of course).

So what happens when a customer brings their car to Ferrari and reports such issues? The technicians would take the customer’s car to a racing track. They would then drive the car hard around it for several laps. Because the engine is working hard and is quite hot by this point, the excess carbon inside the engine gets burnt off.

According to the head technician at the Thames Motor Group, it’s a quicker and cheaper way to fix such problems. It’s much better than the alternative: stripping the engine down and “de-coking” the engine parts by hand.

Can an Italian tune-up damage my motor?

Is your engine otherwise healthy? Do you service and maintain it when you’re supposed to? If so, it is not likely that your car’s engine will get damaged from an Italian tune-up.

But if you drive an old clunker which is falling apart, there will always be a chance that you might cause engine damage. To be honest, you don’t need to have access to a racing circuit to perform an Italian tune-up.

Just take a drive down your local Interstate highway and drive using lower gears to make the engine rev higher. I know this will use more gas, but it’s only a temporary thing to fix your car. Good luck!

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