Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or to better cover the bases all at once-happy holidays from the entire Truckin' staff! We look forward to the gift-giving season all year long because we have the opportunity to shop around a bit in order to deliver to our readers a comprehensive buyer's guide that will surely help you compile your year-end wish list. We took the ever-present, party-pooping economy into heavy consideration when we began selecting products for this year's holiday guide, which is why we have scoured the market for the greatest truck parts and products under $350. Let's face it, the reality of getting that supercharger or complete paintjob may be out of reach for most of us this year, but that doesn't mean our skimpier bank accounts are completely devoid of a smaller scale allowance for a few performance parts or bolt-on accessories. With that in mind, kick back, grab a cold glass of eggnog, and check out our holiday selection of wallet-friendly goods that are guaranteed to spread some cheer to our end-of-the-year celebrations.
Bright Idea $299.99
Converting the stock halogen headlights to an HID system is probably one of the simplest and coolest ways to set off your truck while it's cruising down the highway. XtraLights' Xenon HID kits are designed to shine three times brighter than halogen bulbs and last 10 times longer as well. The Xenon HID bulbs also consume about 35-percent less power and produce less heat than stock bulbs. Xtralights offers a wide variety of bulb sizes and colors to choose from, so ditch those boring bulbs and upgrade your ride today.
Weld Wisely $159
For all the DIY guys out there, we thought you'd like to see Hobart's new Bonehead and Hothead XVS solar-assisted, auto-darkening welding helmets that both feature a lightweight design, a 3.74 x 1.57-inch viewing area, and are covered by a two-year warranty. Both models also sport some extremely cool artwork, giving your workspace a dose of additional attitude.
Grind Beans, Not Gears $14.95
The Busted Knuckle Garage understands that you can't be wrenching on your truck 24/7, so they figured that you could get your custom fix wherever you may be enjoying a steaming cup of java. The bottom of the mug features a real rubber tire base, which provides an anti-slip surface as well as a genuine garage-loving appearance. The supply of these mugs is limited, so get one or two while the getting is still good. If you do happen to miss out, don't fret because The Busted Knuckle Garage offers a huge selection of other gear head goods you'll be sure to want.
Busted Knuckle Garage
Xploding Audio $159.95
Sony Xplod has just added four new in-dash CD receivers to their lineup and the CDX-GT640UI is the definite leader of the pack, as it is filled with an array of must-have features and functions. A few of the new deck's highlights are the RDS (Radio Data System) that delivers artist, track, and song info to the head unit's digital display and the inclusion of a front USB port for easy iPod or iPhone connectivity. The CDX-GT640UI also features a front aux-in connection point, three pre-amp sub outputs, and is satellite and HD radio ready.
Spark Of Creativity $219.95
The OK Spark spark plug sensor is a diagnostic tool that 'sees' inside of your cylinder head to check for an electrical arc, verifying that the plug is igniting while under compression. Truck not starting? Do you have a misfire? Save time by checking both voltage and spark without even removing the spark plug. The industrial-grade design features one-button control and comes with a one-year parts and labor guarantee.
Everything Restoration $340
For Bezel Kit And Gauges
Classic Parts of America is a true one-stop GM truck shop, and has been for more than 26 years. This cool reproduction bezel kit is manufactured to OEM specifications, as are the majority of Classic Parts' products. The bezel kit is a direct replacement for the '75-'87 models and is available in many trim levels and configurations to better fit your application. Not only does Classic Parts of America offer reproduction interior pieces, but they carry exterior parts and anything else you might need for your '47-'87 Chevy or GM pickup.
Classic Parts of America
Cool Calling $350
Not only will Scosche's BlueFusion Bluetooth enabling device make receiving phone calls much more convenient while behind the wheel, but it will keep you from racking up tickets as well. Here in California, and in a few other states nationwide, a ban on handling cell phones while driving has forced many to resort to those annoying, unfashionable earpieces, but the BlueFusion makes much more sense. It plays calls through the factory stereo system, automatically pairs with your phone when it's powered on, and installs in minutes without any cutting or splicing of the factory wiring.
Drop Yours $135
DJM Suspension has introduced their new 2-inch drop coils for '07-and-later Chevy pickup and SUV models. The coils have been redesigned around GM's new late-model strut suspension configuration and will improve the look and ride quality for a price that would be impossible to refuse. DJM has been a trusted name in suspension for quite some time now, and the quality of their products are never disappointing.
Cooling Control $114.95
Dakota Digital's brand-new PAC-2700 electric fan controller was designed to make the most out of any application running an electric fan. The 70-amp relay equipped controller has more than enough power to feed the most needy of electric fans, and best of all, it is fully programmable. The PAC-2700 features a 'fan on' and 'fan off' function that can be custom set to better suit an individual application or personal preference. Dakota Digital's electric fan controller also features a cool, blue LED temp display and is backed by a 24-month warranty.
Tight Tubes $296.06
Hedman Hedders' new Tight Tube Hedders feature the flattest, 4-into-1 collector on the market that produces just as much power as a standard collector, while still providing maximum clearance. The Tight Tube Hedders are perfect for applications with narrow framerails and are available for Chevy small-block, big-block, and Mopar engines. Hedman offers a great-looking, highly-durable HTC ceramic/metallic coating for all of their Tight Tube models, but uncoated versions are also available and come with a much smaller price tag.
Number One Glove $40.95
When you're messing around with heavy machinery in the garage, hand protection is of utmost importance. Mechanix Wear knows that an avid wrench-turner demands a high-performance, comfortable work glove and they have fused both in their new M-Pact 2 glove. The M-Pact 2 has been anatomically designed and includes such features as tapered stretch side panels that form comfortably between the fingers for an unsurpassed feel. Molded neoprene cuffs offer a snug fit around the wrists and impact-absorbing molded rubber finger protection and extremely reinforced knuckle guards offer the best in safety and reliability.
Garage Décor $14.95
Genuine Hotrod Hardware should be your first place to look for vintage auto decorations and accessories, such as this retro, laser-cut and powdercoated GMC truck sign. Although this sign is one of the coolest items to hang in your garage, office, or just about any room in the house, Genuine Hotrod Hardware has plenty more styles in stock and loads of other products ready to ship out before the holidays.
Genuine Hotrod Hardware
Bolt-On Billet $174.95
Carriage Works loves the '09 Ford F-150 and it shows with their selection of billet grilles for one of America's most popular fullsize trucks. Available in brushed, black, and polished finishes, Carriage Works' billet grilles feature 1/8-inch-thick bars and install in about 30 minutes for a quick and inexpensive upgrade that will definitely attract attention.
Take Cover $39.95
Tuckers Classic Auto Parts is offering their very cool, highly polished and chromed plated valve covers at a steal of a deal. The covers are available in embossed '327', '350', and '454' options to better fit your small-block'58-'86 and '65 Chevy big-block V-8. Dress up your truck's engine with style without breaking the bank.
Tucker Classic Auto Parts
Programmable Performance $349.95
Superchips now has the '09 GM 4.8L covered with their all-new GM Flashpaq (part #2865). If you own an '09 Tahoe, Silverado, Sierra, or Yukon, then consider your truck ready to receive impressive horsepower and torque gains. Aside from providing your ride with increased performance, the Superchips Flashpaq also works as a diagnostic scan tool that provides real-time, in-cabin vehicle sensor display, a 0-60 and quarter mile data logger, and much more.
Gotcha Covered $350
Stillen's urethane front bumper cover for '07-'09 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra is definitely a great-looking accessory that will add a custom touch to your truck's front end. The high-quality, all-urethane bumper covers are designed to fit like a glove, and they come shipped ready to prep, prime, and paint. Stillen has also attached a limited lifetime warranty to their new aerodynamic accessory-sounds like a great investment to us.
True Off-Road Style $129.99
Daystar is now offering a select number of their lift and leveling kits in a cool, camouflage finish that will certainly please anyone who is crazy about the outdoors. As of now, Daystar is offering these newly revamped kits for Dodge and Ford applications but hopefully they will expand into the Chevy market soon. Although the camo look is new, the reliable performance still remains the same. The polyurethane construction reduces unwanted suspension sounds that can result from metal-on-metal contact.
Easy-To-Install Tunes $220.00
The size of the Premier TS-S120S2 12-inch shallow-mount subwoofer may be compact, but its audio output sure isn't. With 1,500-max power handling ability and 400 watts of nominal power, the Premier slim sub only needs 31/4 inches of mounting depth in order to deliver its maximum glass shattering bass notes. Mounting one or two of these subs underneath the seats shouldn't be a problem and the aural results will be nothing short of spectacular.
Gift 'Bags $89.00
Slam Specialties is proud to offer their SS Series airbags, which feature custom composite construction and a CNC machined 6061-T6 billet port and mounting holes, which perform better than the RE Series 'bags. The 250-psi-rated SS Series 'bags come in 6, 7, and 8-inch sizes and will be a welcomed component to your truck's air-ride suspension system.
Let There Be Light $12.75
We've all been in a situation where more light would have helped us get the job done under the hood while turning the wrenches after daylight hours. Its tough to angle a flashlight at just the right position, but with Bossco International's innovative Luma Lite, that is a problem of the past. The Luma Lite housings are extremely portable, rotate 360 degrees, tilt up 45 degrees, and have a built-in magnetic base and optional Velcro and hat clip attachments to better illuminate on your working area. Luma Lites are available in one, two, or four pack quantities.
Supreme Shine $6.99
Mothers' FX line of cleaning products have been formulated to please the most demanding of automobile owners who demand the best shine and glow from their car or truck. Sure you can buy a single bottle of the FX Synwax or FX tire shine, but getting the entire collection of Mothers FX products is the best way to ensure the cleanest, most sparkling results.
Ram Air Intake $320.36
K&N Engineering's cold air intake for the '09 Dodge Ram 4.7L (part #63-1529) is a necessity if you expect more performance and MPG from your big truck. K&N's intake systems improve throttle response, are easy to install, and they are 100-percent legal in all 50 states thanks to their CARB certification.
Bright Bully Light $49.85
Bully Truck Accessories has a great auxiliary lighting source that will surely help while towing or backing up without a trailer connected. The hitch light unit slides directly onto a standard 2-inch ball mount with ease and is equipped with a three-way switch for added convenience.
Bully Truck Accessories
Billet Gas Cap $260
Ride Tech, formerly Air Ride Technologies, naturally offers a wide selection of air-ride products and related hardware, but they also sell some pretty cool accessories like this billet gas cap. It is available in a traditional billet appearance or a black anodized option. The locking cap comes with two keys and includes all necessary hoses, clamps, fasteners, and it is highly adaptable to custom applications.
Kids At Heart $24.95
Ok, we'll admit it-we still play with model cars. They look cool and they lighten up the office space. Since our model trucks and cars are on visible display on our desks, we figured the next best accessories for them would be Genuine Hot Rod's cool desktop 1:18 scale garage accessories. Surround your models with a full, miniature desktop tech center and go ahead and plan on getting even less work done.
Genuine Hotrod Hardware
30 Minutes To Heaven $349
Sulastic rubber springs do install in about half an hour and once installed, they should reduce vibration by 60-80 precent, shorten braking distances by 10-20 precent, and increase stability by 20-30 precent. Sulastic's rubber springs attach the rear end of the leaf springs and will not affect load capacity, truck height, or void your truck's warranty. With so many applications to chose from, we are simply amazed we haven't seen a product like this on the market sooner.
Engine, Engine Number 8 $298
Leave it to Airbagit.com to innovate yet another high performing product for your air-ride system. The eight-cylinder, three-position 200-psi Air-Engine V-8 unit comes complete with fittings and harnesses, and requires no assembly whatsoever-just plug in all necessary lines. Aigbagit.com offers a lifetime guarantee on their new Air-Engine units, which means you'll never have to buy another valve again.
Bright Lights $299.95
Recon Accessories offers a great line of quality LED taillights as well as almost any type of auxiliary lighting accessories imaginable to fit your truck. These tails for '07-'08 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500/3500 models feature Recon's smoked lens option and are made of top-shelf components that will deliver great style and function for years to come. Recon also offers their LED taillight housings in clear, red, dark red, and a darker smoked finish to better suit your truck's attitude. Installation couldn't be easier and the attention these lights attract is amazing.
iPod Boom Box $199.95
Compatible with iPhone(tm) and all 4th-generation-and-newer iPods, the Kicker iK350 Digital Docking System portable powerhouse is perfect for theand high frequencies flow from the full-range, 4-inch woofers and 1/2-inch tweeters. It really rocks with a 4.5-inch square reflex subwoofer in the back creating dynamic bass response that brings music and video to life. A specialized Kicker amplifier powers the unique vibe and includes internal digital signal processing with selectable bass or treble to fine-tune to the listener's ears.
A lightweight, fully functional remote control is included and an auxiliary-input jack allows the connection of additional media players, CD player, computer or satellite radio units for other entertainment through the premium iKICK(tm) sound system. The extra-long cable easily reaches from a 12-volt power port to anywhere in the car, truck or SUV for instant tailgating at the lake, beach or camp.
High Steppin' $258.99
Amp Research has provided a rather ingenious invention with their Power Step running boards, but to make accessing the bed of a stock or lifted truck, the BedStep offers just as much function. The BedStep features a high-strength, die-cast aluminum linkage assembly and a nylon non-skip step pad for safety. Although the BedStep isn't motorized like the Power Step, its no-hands operation is just as quick and easy.
Hot Headlights $299.95
LMC Truck has incorporated European styling into their new performance projector headlight housings available for late model Ford F-150 applications (Part #42-1613). These headlights feature a cool halo ring around the projector beam and the convex lens throws more light accurately on the road giving you better vision with minimum glare. Fill the housings with brighter halogen bulbs or an HID upgrade for even better road vision.