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A SMART Heavy-Duty Truck Tarp

We were contacted by Load Control Systems a few weeks ago about their product TarpX. Intrigued, we did a little investigating. Here’s the low-down on TarpX.

TarpX on a full-size truck.

  • TarpX is a combination of a simple tarp and a basic tie-down system.
  • It’s available for pickups with small, medium, and large beds, as well as many trailers.
  • TarpX goes on simply in a few minutes, and there are no snapping bungees, no ropes to untangle, no junk falling out of the rig, no flapping blue tarp.
  • It’s always with you because it is an all-in-one system that stores under the seat.

SnowSport Snow Plow Perfect For Part-Time Plowing

If you live in an area that sees harsh winter conditions, then you know what a hassle it can be to dig out your driveway after a heavy dump of snow. Even if you have a snow blower, it still takes a considerable amount of time to clear a good-sized parking lot or drive

Custom Made Wooden Shift Knob

Every once in a while we get a chance to talk about a cool product made by someone we know. Nick, one of the members of TundraNetwork, has been making his own wooden shift knobs for his Tundra, and when he posted some photos of the shift knobs on his TundraNetwork profile, we had to ask about them.

A custom Cherry wooden shift knob in a Tundra.

Here’s what Nick has to say:

Q: How did you become interested in woodworking and when did automotive accessories become part of your repertoire?

Leveling Out A Heavy Load – Air Bag Suspensions

Heavy duty suspension systems are a key component of being able to tow large trailers or haul massive amounts of cargo safely and with full control. Springs which are designed to facilitate this kind of driving while fully loaded are able to maintain their height under the mass of whatever is being moved. This keeps a truck level and helps the entire suspension system perform at its best without sacrificing any control while cornering or braking. Unfortunately, in order to exhibit this characteristic, heavy springs must be extremely stiff, which makes the vehicle subject to a harsher, bouncier ride when not under load.

Uneven load.Leveled out rear load.Sagging rear end.Leveled out rear load.

From left to right, a visual explanation of the benefits of an air-lift suspension system.

Air springs have been used in place of coil and leaf springs for decades

ARB Sahara Bumper and Bull Bar for the Toyota Tundra

ARB announced a new “modular” Sahara bumper bull-bar combo unit for the 2007-and-up Toyota Tundra just after Thanksgiving, and we completely missed the announcement (until now). ARB, for anyone who doesn’t know, is an Australian company with a (deserved) reputation for building top-quality off road gear. They’re especially well-known for their solid steel winch bumpers that offer a great mounting surface for a winch, Hi-Lift jacking points, and enough steel to blast thru almost any obstacle.

The new Sahara bar offers a chrome hoop top bar that installs above the bumper. The idea is that the grill and hood (and the radiator underneath) aren’t quite protected by the solid steel bumper, so adding the hoop bar is a way to protect some more of the truck’s vitals. Of course the hoop bar looks pretty good, so that’s another reason to consider it.

The Sahara Bar from ARB is now available on the 2007 and up Toyota Tundra. You can find them at