blank 04/23/14 03:50PM Mud Bogging Trucks

Mud Bogging Trucks - Turn a Pasttime Into Money in the Bank
Guest Blog

Competing with mud bogging trucks has become a very popular past time and sport. Some do it for the sake of winning, some do it to see how much punishment their truck can take. After an event the truck may not be washed for days to show support for the sport, especially if that truck won the competition.

An aspect of the fun of mud bogging is just watching to see whose truck can achieve certain goals, in other words to see whose truck can go through what. It is just as popular as a spectator sport, some of the more elaborate venues provide stand seating and better vantage points.

There are mud bogging circuits and drivers with established reputations, but the big crowd draw are the trucks. The truck creates a very large fan base with photo opportunities for fans with popular trucks and their current driver. The owners of the trucks frequently change drivers to attempt to get better results and win more and bigger checks.

Regardless of how big the event gets the goal is to get through the mud obstacle, if several drivers make it then the driver with the shortest time wins. This is where the experienced driver usually comes out ahead of the pack, as the inexperienced driver has not yet learned the tricks of the trade.

A steady throttle will keep the tires from digging in to the mud. A back and forth motion on the steering wheel will assist the tires in finding fresh surface to grab on to. Rocking the truck from side to side can help with traction also. And a driver with a good eye for the best path to get through a mud hole. These tactics can all assist in achieving the most distance the fastest.

There are parts that are made with mud bogging in mind. Tires are one of the most popular items. There are tires made with aggressive patterns with off road driving in mind. Of course to accommodate these tires the truck needs to be lifted with a lift kit. There is high performance suspension to aid in handling once the truck is raised. This sport can become very expensive very fast. All that is required to start though is any truck that you are willing to risk repairs on.

This sport has been around for many years and will be around for many more. It is a great way to spend free time with family and friends.

Mud bogging trucks can be a fun activity but to learn tactics that will win events visit mudbogging net

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blank 04/22/14 12:14PM Off-Road Racing, PRO-Light Race Trucks, TORC Series

Kleiman Adds Second Truck for 2014

Kleiman Adds Second Truck for 2014 - Keeps Busy @ Primm Valley



Bark River, MI - Kleiman Off-Road Racing headed to Primm Valley, Nevada with two PRO-Light entries for the 2014 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. Mark Kleiman will be entering his sophomore season driving the #42 Dodge while his sons Cody and Kyle will share the driving duties of the #48 Ford. The opening weekend of the season saw all three drivers show their potential, but due to various racing incidents the team had only one top ten finish.


The Kleiman Off-Road Racing Team is a true family affair. The two PRO-Light race trucks are driven, maintained, and prepared by Mark and his two sons Cody and Kyle. Meanwhile Mark's wife Reva, coordinates the affairs of the team while daughter Kyndra assists mom and handles scoring and statistics. Kyle's girlfriend Sara Schram is team photographer and adds her talents to the marketing side of the operation. Cody's girlfriend, Brittany Klee oversees the hospitality duties for the group and Cody's good friend Jimmy Charlier, who puts in some really long hours working on the trucks, is also the team's crew chief. When the family isn't racing they are all back home working together at Kleiman Forest Products.


In 2013 the team began a relationship with Ponsse halfway through the season, and the manufacturer of cut-to-length method forest machines is back on board as the team's primary sponsor for the 2014 season. Also continuing with the team is as a secondary sponsor is Kenda Tires while Rotochopper is a new secondary sponsor for the season.


The family took a racing vacation and arrived in Nevada a few days before the race to take advantage of the two-day test session. This allowed rookie racers Cody and Kyle to get valuable seat time behind the wheel of the #48 Ford. Of course Mark was glad for the added practice time as well.


Saturday's season opening round of racing had Cody winning the flip of the coin and was first behind the wheel of the yellow and black #48 while dad Mark would be piloting the all-yellow #42 PRO-Light. Both trucks have Ponsse, Rotochopper, and Kenda Tires are their primary sponsors.


Mark Kleiman's weekend was over just after it began. As Mark was heading into the first corner of Round One when there was hard contact between several trucks. Unfortunately one of the chassis tubes on Mark's truck broke tearing apart an engine oil line. Before he realized what happened, the engine lost most of its oil, causing internal damage to the powerplant.


Cody was having a much better race. After qualifying eighteenth out of twenty-four PRO-Light racers, Cody was gradually moving up the running order. At one point the #48 Ponsse/Rotochopper/Kenda Tire Ford was in the eighth position when the truck lost first gear and then brake issues slowed the rookie's pace. At the checkered flag Cody finished in tenth place. Cody also recorded the sixth fastest lap of the race.


Later that night the prep work on the #48 was completed as Cody began thinking about his PRO-Light debut. Meanwhile Mark would be supporting his sons while waiting for Charlotte to get back in the driver seat.


Sunday morning Kyle went out for practice only to come off track via a tow truck. A rear trailing arm broke taking out the driveshaft and transmission. Somehow the team was able to make to necessary repairs in time for the Round Two lineup.


With Kyle behind the wheel of the #48 Ponsse/Rotochopper/Kenda Tire Ford a great battle for position during much of the race with Luke Johnson and Jesse Johnson, the brother of NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson. Even with only third gear working in the transmission, Kyle was running in the seventh position. With only two laps to the finish, another truck made hard contact breaking the steering box. Officially finishing in twentieth position.


"Well, we sure did go through a bunch of parts this weekend," noted Mark Kleiman. "It's an awesome feeling to be on the same race track competing with my sons. Really having the whole family involved especially at this level is just a great feeling. We will have both trucks ready for Charlotte, it may take a few late nights, but we're in this sport for the long haul. I have to thank Ponsse along with their family of associate sponsors, Kenda Tire, and Rotochopper for giving us great support."


The next race on the 2014 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL is the "Showdown in Charlotte" April 25-26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Kleiman Off-Road Racing would like to thank their team partners including:


Ponsse along with their family of associate sponsors;

Eco-Track, Trelleborg, Arrow Terminal, Taimi, Klinner Insurance, Oregon, & Exide Battery


Rotochopper, Kenda Tire, & Kleiman Off-Road Racing


Allstar Performance, VP Fuels, AMSOIL, and Radio Results Network.


You can find out all the latest news about Kleiman Off-Road Racing on their facebook page.



The internet stream of the first two rounds of racing can be found on as well every round of racing during the 2014 season.


The date of the NBC Sports Network broadcast of the "Duel in the Desert" is April 25 at 11pm Eastern.

-          Mike Reusche, race report/race photos

-          Sara Schram, team photos

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blank 04/21/14 01:36PM Car show, classic trucks, Events, Street Cars, Street Rod Car Show

World's Fastest Street Cars, Pomona, May 15-18, 2014

"World's Fastest Street Cars" Take Over Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, May 15-18 

The 3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals heads to the historic quarter-mile with 250+ mph heads up drag racing, giant car show and huge manufacturers midway!


Santa Ana, CA (April 16, 2014) - The Auto Club Raceway in Pomona has been the home of lightening-quick drag racing since the first official race in 1953. As a result, Southern California race fans have seen some of the fastest quarter-mile passes in history. On May 15-18, 2014, the Flowmaster NMCA WEST racing series brings the "World's Fastest Street Cars" to this storied asphalt. With everything from supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous-powered cars capable of over 250 mph to street legal Chevys, Fords and Mopars, this family-friendly grassroots drag racing has something for every automotive enthusiast. Tickets are on sale now for this huge event. Racers who buy online can save up to $50 off regular pricing and spectators get a 50% discount. 

The second of five races in the NMCA WEST series, the 3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals at Pomona is where competitors in 11 classes will continue the battle for championship points. As part of the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program, event champions (in the points classes) will take home a coveted Wally trophy, named after NHRA founder Wally Parks. Fans of all ages will enjoy the TREMEC True Street class where street-legal cars match up in three back-to-back runs on the drag strip after a 30-mile escorted cruise proves their "street worthiness" on the road. The action ramps up a notch in classes like Garrett Turbo Pro Mod, Edelbrock Super Quick, ProCharger Street Outlaw and Granatelli Motor Sports Mustang Madness... and there's more!


How about a world-class car show on both Saturday AND Sunday? That's right! The Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals will feature one of the best SoCal car show weekends of the year with hundreds of beautiful muscle cars of all years/makes/models, classic trucks, modified Mustangs and more. With awards presented on both days, this show brings out some of the nicest rides in the Western hemisphere. And this year, NMCA WEST is proud to announce new Street Rod classes for the customized and classic rods from the early days of hot rodding.


The manufacturers' midway will feature the highest quality parts from the automotive aftermarket industry along with a huge display from Nitto Tire, the event sponsor. Whether it's hunting for the right part or the right information, there will be representatives from all areas of the industry to assist all attendees.


For more information about the 3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals in Pomona, please visit or call (866) 694-3475. The event is limited to 500 race cars... buy your race entry today to guarantee a spot!



The NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals series is the #1 street-legal motorsport show in the western United States, attracting the most racers, fans, sponsors, and contingency. Each NMCA WEST event features awesome heads-up muscle car drag racing, a huge all-domestic car show at most events, a giant manufacturers midway, burnout contest, true street, and bracket racing. NMCA WEST event coverage can be found regularly in Chevy High Performance, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, Camaro Performers, and in Fastest Street Car, the NMCA's own monthly publication. For more information, please visit or call (866) 694-3475. ProMedia Events is the home of the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA), the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA), the NMCA WEST, and the Chevy High Performance Nationals.




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blank 04/16/14 09:24AM Antique Truck Show, ATHS, Events, Readers Pics

American Truck Historical Society’s 2014 National Convention and Antique Truck Show
Springfield, Missouri – May 29-31

American Truck Historical Society’s 2014 National Convention and Antique Truck Show on Display in Springfield, Missouri – May 29-31

Hundreds of antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Springfield, MO, May 29-31, for the American Truck Historical Society’s 2014 National Convention and Antique Truck Show. The event will take place at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Trucks of nearly every vintage and make will be represented at the show, from the high spoke-wheel trucks of the early 1900s tothe big 18-wheeler rigs seen today on America’s highways. To be considered an antique, a truck must be at least 25 years old. Many truck-
related vendors will be onsite selling items such as memorabilia, books/manuals, photos, model trucks, parts, etc.

American Truck Historical Society (ATHS), publisher of Wheels of Time magazine and the largest antique truck club in the United States.
The American Truck Historical Society was founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. The non-profit group is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has over 20,000 members worldwide.
Persons who join ATHS are interested in the history of trucks and the American trucking industry. Many members own antique trucks, restored and unrestored. Others collect trucking memorabilia or literature, while many others collect model trucks. Many members also belong to ATHS chapters in their areas.
The National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) will once again meet in conjunction with the ATHS national convention. This will add to the variety of trucks, because NAST trucks are generally newer working show trucks. ATHS is excited to again partner with this great group of truck enthusiasts.

Once a year, ATHS members gather for an annual convention and truck show. The event is held in a different region of the country each year to make it easier for members to attend at least one national show every three years. The 2014 show in Springfield is expected to draw members and other truck enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest and even as far as the East and West Coasts.
The ATHS Ozarks/4 State Chapter is supporting the 2014 convention.
Members from other nearby Missouri and Kansas ATHS chapters will also provide support to the show.
In addition to the Antique Truck Show, the convention will include a speaker’s program with topics on C.W. McCall, Missouri Route 66, Campbell 66 Express, and the History of Peterbilt.

Truck enthusiasts, truck owners who want to register, and anyone that wants to view hundreds of antique trucks of all shapes and sizes.

Tickets are $10 per day for ages 16 and older; admission is free for youth 15 and younger accompanying a paying adult.

May 29 – 31, 2014. The show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant, Springfield, MO 65803.
To register online or learn more about ATHS, go to
For more information about the 2014 show in Springfield, call (816) 891-9900.

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blank 04/15/14 10:21PM Automatic, Manual, Repair questions for Transmissions, Transmissions

Another Question for Midwest Transmission Center

I am having problems with my 1973 Chevrolet Nova 350 engine.  This Nova is my pride and joy!

Midwest Transmission Center


The problem I am having is  the shifting from 1st to 2nd grinds a little, the 3rd to 2nd and then to 1st it needs to be at a specific RPM’S to go into gear with making a noise.   I was worried that it might be the clutch.

We think you have cast iron Saginaw transmission.  From your diagnosis syncros are most likely worn out… 1st gear is non synchronized, that is normal for first but not the 2nd gear shift.  It maybe  that excessive bearing wear is causing main and counter  shafts to move and emphasize  the problem shifting.  We suggest recommend our Saginaw (4 speed)  Bearing Rebuild Kit with Syncro Rings part number MWT115AWS cost is $147.85 plus S&H.


If you need additional technical assistance just give us a call 888-824-2014, you can see the other parts that we can provide for the Saginaw transmission on our site.


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blank 04/10/14 09:23AM Hoek Motorsports, Pro-4x4 Racing, TORC Series

Hoek Welcomes Nitto Tire and Trailready with Solid Start at Primm Valley



Holland, MI (April 9, 2014) - The start of the 2014 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL saw Ross Hoek Motorsports take his PRO-4x4 race program to the next level. The team welcomed Nitto Tire and TrailReady Beadlock Wheels as team partners as Ross Hoek nearly finished on the podium in the opening round of the season. The solid weekend performance definitely caught the attention of the fans and competitors of the short-course off-road racing world.


Ross Hoek Motorsports traveled across the country to the opening weekend of the TORC Series early enough to take advantage of the two day test session. The added track time allowed Hoek to familiarize himself with the updated Primm Valley layout, as well as give the team and tire engineers the opportunity to tune the chassis set-up of the #10 PRO-4x4 to the Nitto Grappler Project Tire/TrailReady Wheel combination.


The opening round at Primm Valley saw a great door to battle between the #10 Nitto Tire/TrailReady/Motive Gear/ATD Transmission/Allstar Performance PRO-4x4 and the #5 driven by Mark Kvamme. After trading the third place position a few times in the late in the race, Hoek finished fourth, just. .254 seconds behind the final spot on the podium.

Even with the close racing, the silver Nitto Tire PRO-4x4 had only the usual between race preparations. The team worked on changing a few chassis settings as the race surface changes its characteristics as the race weekend progresses.


The race weekend also saw multi-time PRO-4x4 champion Ricky Johnson coaching Ross Hoek on the differences between driving a 2WD (PRO-2) race truck and a 4WD (PRO-4x4 ) race truck. Johnson also acted as Hoek's spotter on race days.


The starting order for Sunday's Round 2 was determined by Saturday's race results with the top four positions starting in reverse order. This put the Nitto Tire/TrailReady PRO-4x4 on the front row. Once again Hoek ran consistent lap times bringing home a sixth place finish.


"Our team is definitely making progress getting our lap times closer to the top drivers in our class," noted Ross Hoek. "Getting Nitto Tire and Trailready on board is huge for the team. Nitto Tire is also a TORC series sponsor which helps Ross Hoek Motorsports with great track support. Look for our team to get quicker and quicker as the season progresses. Ultimately our goal for this season is to put our Nitto Tire/TrailReady/Motive Gear/ATD Transmission/Allstar Performance PRO-4x4 on the podium."


Chris Corbett, Nitto Tire's Light Truck & Motorsports brand manager adds, "We're excited to partner with Ross and his team for the 2014 season. Their race program will further develop our Grappler Short Course tires."


The next race on the schedule for Ross Hoek Motorsports is the "Showdown in Charlotte" April 25-26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


You can watch all the action from the Duel in the Desert on the TORC You Tube Channel.  


RHM would like to thank its sponsors including:
Nitto Tire, Trailready Beadlock Wheels, Motive Gear, AMSOIL, Auto Trans Design, Allstar Performance, Stack, R2C Performance, Jeff's Bronco Graveyard, MSD Ignition, Invisible Glass, Fox Shox, and REM Chemicals.

Ross Hoek Motorsports has marketing opportunities the 2014 season. To contact Ross Hoek Motorsports for an interview or marketing opportunities please call 616-738-0058 or email: - facebook 


About Nitto Tire

Nitto Tire ( develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company's web site or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, CA 90630.


About Trail Ready

TrailReady ( has been producing quality off road accessories since 1997. All TR Beadlocks, whether our HD Series True Beadlock, or our fine converted alloy wheels are counter pressure cast in the US, by talented trades men and women.TR Beadlocks are the ONLY readily available beadlocked wheels cast in the USA.TR Beadlock Wheels are a proven winner when it comes to high performance off-road. TrailReady is located at1005 W Hazel Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273.






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Cenni Wins TORC Season Opener
Kvamme Gets First Career Podium

Las Vegas, NV (April 9, 2014) - After a season of new truck gremlins, Adrian Cenni has started off the 2014 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL like a man on a mission as the "Wildman" leaves Primm Valley with a win and a runner-up finish. The opening round also saw 2013 TORC Rookie of the Year, Mark Kvamme take home his first career podium finish. The two Barlow Motorsports built and prepared PRO-4x4 race trucks will definitely keep their competition looking over the shoulders throughout the fourteen round race season.



The Primm Valley off-road track has been the site of many Adrian Cenni moments, including the incredible "fence climb" which had the famous orange race truck drive up and then down the chain link fence without giving up the lead. The opening round of the 2014 race season saw Cenni create another great racing moment as he made a last lap pass to win the TORC season opener.

The Round Two event saw the #11 4-Wheel Parts /Real Tree Outdoors Energy/Maxxis Tire PRO-4x4 back up the opening round win with a solid second place finish.


"During Saturday's race I lost my race radio, and fortunately my team saw I had a flat tire at the mandatory caution and they were ready for the tire change when I pulled in. Their quick work kept me on the lead lap when racing resumed. I was able to seize the moment on the final lap to move around Greaves to take the win. The Wildman is back! The battle with Greaves goes to Charlotte and we will see who comes out the victor."


Adrian Cenni's teammate Mark Kvamme driving the #5 "Bootlegger" Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey/Outdoor Energy/Maxxis Tire PRO-4x4 had quite the weekend as well. Kvamme ran a great opening round of racing with very consistent laps. The effort brought "the man in black" his first career podium finish. The next day Kvamme came back with a solid fifth place run.




"I had a great time racing with Ross Hoek and Mike Jenkins on Saturday," commented Mark Kvamme. "The last lap battle with Ross was great, he's a great competitor. Finishing on the podium with all my family and friends here this weekend made this special. This has been the best performance of my career and I have to thank Steve Barlow and his team for the awesome prep on my truck."


With the Duel in the Desert complete, Adrian Cenni is tied for lead in the TORC PRO-4x4 Championship while Mark Kvamme is only a few points back in third place overall.


The next race on the 2014 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL is the "Showdown in Charlotte" April 25-26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Adrian Cenni thanks his primary partners including:

4-Wheel Parts, Outdoor Energy,, and Maxxis


Mark Kvamme also thanks his primary partners including:

Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey, Outdoor Energy, Drive Capital, and Maxxis.


Barlow Motorsports keeps both trucks running strong thanks to key product partners including: ATD Transmissions, AMSOIL, FK Rod Ends, Fiberwerx, Mastercraft Safety, McKenzie's, MSD Performance, and King Shocks.



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blank 04/08/14 10:30AM Truck Trailers

Trailers: Determining Which One Will Suit Your Needs

Having a vehicle strong, enough to pull a trailer is a great thing. "And why is a trailer so great?" you may ask. Because the simple aspect of having a trailer hitch on your vehicle can significantly increase what you are able to haul from place to place- providing, of course, that you put some thought into selecting the right trailer for the jobs for which it will be used.

However, if you aren't certain what type of trailer will best suit your needs, then determining that is the first step in making your investment. With the decision making process in mind, use the following information to help you formulate trailer-buying plans:

Types of Flatbed Trailers

Standard flatbed - One of the most popular trailers because it is so versatile and can be loaded from the top, sides or back.

Step Deck trailers - These are most often used for hauling freight with height restrictions. They generally have both a top and bottom deck.

Stretch trailers - These are perfect for hauling those long items that will not fit easily on a traditional flatbed.

Double Drop - Typically used for oversized freight.

Stretch Double-drop - If items will be too long for the single, then the double is best.

Conestoga - Has a trolling tarp system that is used to protect what you are moving from being damaged by the elements of nature.

Refrigerator trailers- These are most commonly used by people in the food industry as the trailer's temperature can be controlled.

Stretch RGN (Removable Gooseneck) - For long items that will not fit on the standard size gooseneck trailer.

Van or Dry Van trailers - This often quite expensive trailer is designed to protect the freight from the weather; however, keep in mind, that it can only be loaded from the back end.

Having a trailer hitch and making use of a flatbed trailer is wonderful advantage to have-especially if you live in area where there is a great deal of agriculture or if you frequently find yourself moving large pieces of furniture or equipment. But how helpful a trailer may be to you, depends greatly on the type you select.

Time invested in choosing a trailer that meets your needs is definitely time (and ultimately, money) well spent. From sellers on eBay to local business, and companies such as St. Paul's Toppers and More there are many companies who will be happy to help you determine what trailer is best for your needs. So, without further ado, get ready to enjoy having a flatbed trailer -they are a wonderful investment!

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of trailers. One such site worth visiting is

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