This doesn't seem right. If the chassis and driveline were sourced from a Kodiak truck, wouldn't it be a detuned Duramax? It'd seem kind of silly to throw in the old 6.5 just so it had a common engine to the military forces it never operates with. » 8/29/14 11:16am Friday 11:16am

It's still pretty measly compared to bigger diesels (8 liters and up). Farm equipment and over-the-road trucks are typically in the 1500-2500 ft-lb range. I'd suspect locomotives may be closer to the 3,500 or higher mark, but that's just a wild-ass-guess. » 8/25/14 5:47pm 8/25/14 5:47pm

A very real problem with aluminum is that it has a lower modulus of elasticity than steel. What does this means is that aluminum does not have as much fatigue resistance as steel and may be more prone to fracturing in the long run if careful considerations weren't made for it such as forming or reinforcing body panels… » 8/22/14 11:24am 8/22/14 11:24am

Good call. Getting to Roswell (from Salt Lake City) was one of the worst drives I have ever done. Granted, New Mexico has OK highways for going East-West, not so much for North-South. I can't count how many small towns I had to slow down for and how many different highways I jumped on to go South through that state.… » 8/15/14 5:20pm 8/15/14 5:20pm

While farm equipment still isn't radio controlled (although some have been dabbling with automation), they sure are a lot further along than they were ten years ago, let alone 80. Today tractors and combines are equipped with more technology than a Tesla (No, I'm not talking about keeping in touch with the social… » 8/14/14 3:03pm 8/14/14 3:03pm

The local news interviewed some drivers in the area about their input on the cars. They bring up some valid points about the wing (which hangs down on the right side) blocking much of the view of the driver and that these cars idle in the 30-45 mph range. A friend of mine who races dirt track also brought up a valid… » 8/11/14 8:16am 8/11/14 8:16am

Do the same if you ever work with ag equipment and travel to another country, "I was performing training at the dealerships." Just make sure you clean your shoes well before you leave for home and there will be no concern about what cattle farm you visited... » 8/08/14 12:23pm 8/08/14 12:23pm

Arguably the chassis flex actually makes the ride worse. Because it is an undampened (and therefore uncontrolled) movement of the truck, it makes the rear less stable over rough surfaces. No different than how my '85 C10 dances (tail end wanders) over rail road tracks because the frame is so flexible. » 8/07/14 4:24pm 8/07/14 4:24pm