The Facts You Need To Know About Mud Bogging Trucks

If you are a fun off-road sports fan and you find it thrilling to have a good time, you can have a great experience by riding mud bogging trucks. These vehicles are popular particularly in Canada and the United States. Riding them is a very exhilarating experience. The mud bogging sport combines the thrill of racing, the fun that comes from off-road racing, the love of performance vehicles and the love that little boys have of playing in the mud, which many adults still have.

This sport was introduced in the 1970s when lovers of off-road racing started competing against each other in muddy, boggy and dirty areas that they could find and this was mostly in swampy areas of North Carolina. Mud bogging is now an organized competition since organizers of motorsports shows picked up on it. They started including large pits filled with mud for racing in their shows and the sport became popular for both racers and spectators. This popular event is usually arranged on a monthly or yearly basis and at certain places, the competitions are held on a weekly basis. These events are great for a weekend out with your friends or your family.

The goal of the mud bogging sport is to try your best to drive through huge mud puddles. The person who is able to drive all the way through a huge mud puddle becomes the winner. If a number of drivers make their way through, the driver who took the shortest time is considered to be the winner. These trucks are usually four wheel drive since it is not possible for two wheel drives to make it through the huge mud puddles.

Mud bogging trucks also have a strong engine that is able to provide the needed power to take them through the puddles. They usually have special modifications such as very large wheels so that they can be more efficient in accomplishing the task. The mud bogging sport continues to grow each year and competitors engage in interesting actions to ensure that they become winners. For example, they modify the body of the vehicles and some even alter the tires in certain ways.

Most competitors attach lift kits on their trucks, which serve the purpose of giving the vehicles the needed elevation that allows them to clear off the mud. The other common alteration made in these trucks is the installation of larger tires that have deeper tracks. They give the vehicles more traction and enhance the chances of a driver becoming a winner in the sport. These vehicles are also turbo charged and have nitrous injections. They are like monster trucks on steroids.

The trucks are usually very attractive since they usually have shiny and sleek bodies that are in the best conditions. They then battle out in the filthy mud and come out covered in it and even if one does not become the winner, the entertainment offered is great. Bog tracks can be of various kinds; some are open, others hilly and others flat. The length of these tracks can be up to 300 feet and this is usually determined by the amount of space that the arena allows.

Nowadays, mud bogging competitions are usually held along with events that feature the driving of monster trucks since the trucks are highly similar. Equipping mud bogging trucks with the right accessories is essential in ensuring that the trucks will be able to navigate through sticky mud puddles. You can start off with the tires by ensuring you get the tires that are able to handle deep holes filled with muck.

The best tires are those that contain aggressive treads. Spaced out tread patterns allow the truck to be able to throw out the mud better. Another helpful idea is to get larger and wider tires since the rig will be able to hold on to more ground. The other thing that you should do is to seal up the electrical system. You can use vulcanizing silicone to seal up exposed areas like the distributor and other engine parts that will fail to work if they come into contact with water.

The other component that mud should contain for increased efficiency is a bigger gear box. It will be able to push the tires better and you can choose to get after market gear box packages. After installing bigger gear boxes, you should ensure that you grease them well in order to prevent damage. You should also consider modifying the intake system so that it will not suck in water. One way to do this is through the installation of a snorkel system, which will make it possible for the intake system to breathe in fresh air.

The other modification that you can do to a mud bogging truck is to secure the radiator. You can move it to the back of the truck so that its chances of getting damaged are reduced. In order to keep it from getting overheated, you can connect an electric fan to it. To increase traction, you can get a set of locking hubs that will allow the transmission to turn the front wheels as they turn the back wheels. This will give the truck more power to move through obstacles.

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Altec Bucket Trucks

If you’re in the market for a new or used bucket truck, certainly you have come across Altec. Altec bucket trucks are the largest and most popular cherry pickers and digger trucks on the market. They are known for quality work and having parts that are easy to find and come at a reasonable price. Whether you’re involved in data, sign and light, or forestry and used bucket trucks, digger derricks or aerial lifts, you have more than likely worked on an Altec truck.

Although Altec has been in business over 70 years, they have been on the cutting edge of line truck technology. Because they have been able to adapt and meet consumer demands, they have been able to grow into the manufacturer they are today. Altec’s product lines are suitable for pretty much any budget or use. These lines range from the Hi-Line Series (150′ height) to the F-Set (mounted tool set on the cab chasis). They’re product lines are designed for each niche.

The F-Set product line has different versions under it, not unlike the Hi-Line series. Each product line has a variation that can cater to the needs of different industries and types of work. There is also the Altec L-Series which boasts the L36A Articulating Over-center Aerial Device that has a height of 42′ and can reach 28′ on its sides. The main draw from the L36A is that is a very versatile piece of equipment. It doesn’t need outriggers and it has much more storage than most models.

Altec is easily the largest and most popular manufacturer of bucket trucks but, the competition is increasing their quality, affordability, and market share. Why? My thinking is because there isn’t much big brand competition. I feel that Altec is in such big control of the market for new and used utility trucks that any competition will show an immediate effect on their sales. It is my guess that Altec’s buckets are some 90% of the U.S. market and the rest of the manufacturers are forced to compete or try to gain share internationally.

Where other brands fall short, Altec picks up the slack. They are and have been, the leading manufacturer of bucket trucks, digger derricks, and aerial lifts. Not only do they produce quality equipment that keep your business running, they have parts that are readily available and at a lower price than the rest. When you own an or a Fleet, you own a solid investment that will most definitely bring you a return on investment. Altec comes highly recommended by Southwest Equipment in Lewisville, TX.

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Parallel Parking Your Semi Truck

Have you parked your truck yet? If you have been dreading it like I know a lot of truck drivers do the first time, I have some tips for you which may help you prepare for that big parking moment.
Parallel parking is one of the hardest parking manoeuvres, perhaps the most difficult in fact, even for motorists driving standard cars, let alone those sporting tones of weight and an oversized haul.

Being able to do this manoeuver will most certainly increase your confidence as a Semi truck driver, with sufficient tuition, patience and enough practice there is no reason why one day you might be able to parallel park a semi-truck with confidence and efficiency. After getting yourself a CDL licence (USA) or HGV (UK) it’s a daunting experience being behind the wheels of a bulky powerful truck, trying to park in a cramped high street to make your deliveries you will need to at some point in your career perform a parallel park into a tight spot.

A few tips that will help you when you are parking your semi-truck:

Before manoeuvring, ensure that the vehicle is straight and both parts are aligned. When reversing the truck use the mirrors often, take it slowly use the mirrors as your guide. When a V shape is created between the truck and trailer you are at the right angle, halt the truck now.
Perform a full right turn, back it up till your trailer is aligned with the cab. At all times you need to check the mirrors, double check your alignment then halt, return the steering wheel and wheels to their normal position facing forwards.

Continue to reverse, perform a full lock to the left ensuring that both parts of the truck are in line with one another, try to avoid clipping the curb and. Should your vehicle not be straight or you’re not happy with its position, just pull the truck forwards and backwards steering slightly to position the vehicle, relax and pull the hand brake up.

You may have a different technique than this one, if it works for you then stick with it. Don’t go changing a good thing. Just remember to take it slowly, check your mirrors and look out for pedestrians and other motorists. Driving such a big vehicle means you have a duty of care not just as a truck driver but as a motorist.

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