Howdy y'all,

I just saw your most recent cover truck (the burgundy Raptor), and I heard that it burned down. Do y'all know if this is true? I can't find anything online about it.


Thanks,
randy singer
Houston, Texas

Randy,
While we can neither confirm nor deny that the maroon Raptor from the cover of Issue 13 of 2013 burned to the ground, we can say that truck is HOT. Like toasty hot. Probably one of the baddest, most legit Raptors we have seen and it is absolutely toasty. But again, we can't say whether or not it burned down in a fiery pile in the desert. Sorry Randy.


Hey Truckin crew,

I've got to say that I absolutely love the magazine! I've been an avid follower and subscriber for the past 7 years since I was 14 years old and am just beginning to learn and become deeply interested in trucks and their customization. I love the variety of custom trucks in your publication. The only problem I have is the new dual cover. It's a great idea for sure, but while you're trying to attract new readers with the lifted covers ONLY on the newsstands, lifted subscribers like myself are missing out on covers like Bionic, the 2012 Ram HD built by Cody Elkins (my personal favorite from the recent past, especially because I am from Oklahoma). Why not keep the dual cover but alternate which one hits the newsstands and which one hits the mail? Just an idea from a loyal follower!


Thanks,
James Hamilton
Stillwater, Oklahoma.

James,
That is a good idea. The problem is lifted covers currently sell much better on the newsstands than the lowered trucks. We researched our demographics and found that the majority of our subscribers are lowered truck enthusiasts. While this isn't an absolute, we figured that the subscribers that enjoy lifted trucks can also buy the newsstand issue if they feel so inclined. Thanks for your feedback!


Lucky Dog


Not every dog is lucky enough to be able to read the World's Greatest Truck Magazine. But Mya's owner Brooke lets her read every issue of Truckin. Of course, only after Brooke has read it. The pair live in Waterboro, Maine, and love the magazine. Thanks for the picture Brooke!


We recently posted a poll on Facebook and asked you what is the biggest size wheel that is acceptable on a truck. Below are some of the responses. Remember, if you want to participate in this, head on over to facebook.com/truckinmag and click that "Like" button.

Patrick Cheek: Nothing bigger than 20s!!!
Brandon Byrd: Go big or go home! Keep up the good work y'all.
Vince Upton: Anything over 22s is too big.
Luis Alvarez: 26s are OK on some trucks, but 28s are kind of pushing it for me.
Andrew Trevino: A wheel can never be too big. If you can make it fit and look nice with your truck, then it's always the perfect size.


Dear Truckin,

What did y'all have to do to Project Novakane to fit those 20x9 BMF Novakanes? Is it a special offset? Did you have to do internal work to the truck? Did it just fit as is? I have an '02 Chevy Silverado regular cab with a 4/7 drop and I am being told they won't work. Please get back to me with some sort of help! I really like the look of that truck and would love to run those wheels on mine!
Matt Jasek
Katy, Texas

Hey Matt,

For Novakane, we literally took the 20x9-inch wheels out of the box and bolted them right onto the lowered Sierra. It was tight, but they did fit and looked awesome. We rolled the front fenders for added clearance, but even with a 275/40R20 Nitto tire, there wasn't much rubbing at all. Here is an early shot of the truck with a 4/7 drop (McGaughys 2-inch drop spindle, Hotchkis 2-inch drop coil, rear McGaughys flip kit, and Hotchkis drop-leaf pack). There was no control arm or spindle mod to make the wheels fit. Once we went crazy with the suspension (as it sits in the mag now), we did add new upper and lower control arms, but that was more to lower the truck down on coilovers and to suck in the wheels for that mean look. If you really want those wheels, just order them for your Silverado and don't tell them it's lowered. Good luck.


Hey there, Truckin,

I've got big plans for my truck in the future, but I was hoping I could see a rendering of the truck for me to work towards that goal. Do you know anyone I could contact that would do this service for me? Love the magazine and everything you guys put out. Owner of a two-door 2008 Toyota Tundra TRD 4x4.
Thomas Bishop
Alberta, Canada

Thomas,

A rendering is an absolute must when starting a new project, especially if you have big plans for it. A quality rendering can not only give you an insight into what the finished product is going to look like, it can also provide constant motivation to achieve the goal. Thankfully, there is no shortage of talented automotive artists that can get you an incredible rendering handled. Some of our favorites include Tavis Highlander (tavishighlander.com), Brian Stupski (problemchildkustoms.com), and KEG Media (keg-media.com). Tell them we sent you.


You Wanted to Know:

As of this writing, we have more than 1.3M followers on Facebook. With show season right around the corner and trucks coming out of their winter hibernations, a question was recently asked how often we wash and detail our project trucks. Here is the breakdown:

Editor-in-Chief Dan Ward: Living in an apartment, I don't have access to a traditional water hose, so I try to make sure the trucks are washed at least every two weeks.
Feature Editor Max Matthewson: My Ram is my baby -- well, that and my real baby boy C.J. -- so it gets cleaned once a week.
Associate Editor Patrick McCarthy: I haven't washed it once since the day I bought it, although I have cleaned the wheels a few times.
Art Director Rob Munoz: Is it summer yet? That's when my Avalanche gets a good cleaning.
Contributing Tech Editor Harley Camilleri: The Bro Dozer doesn't require cleaning, only gas -- and lots of it.

As you can see, Patrick's Project Rehab is in desperate need of some serious paint and body tech, which is why only the wheels need cleaning.