The Ultimate Super Duty

Check out this 2013 regular cab, long bed, F-250 that was built at Shaffers Offroad for a very special and specific event. This beast of a Powerstroke was built for the Ultimate Adventure event that is held every year and man, they definitely knocked it out of the park.

They took 16″ off the original factory frame which in return shortened the chassis and allowed them to create a regular cab short bed. Now you might be a little confused as to why they took a perfectly fine stock truck and cut the frame, but Ford does not offer a Powerstroke diesel in a regular cab short bed option. The shorter the wheel base is, the better the truck will perform off-road for the type of terrain that the Ultimate Adventure event is held in. Next, they completely swapped out the axles and installed huge tires to create more ground clearance and performance. They also added lockers to both axles so that they would get better traction off-road and they didn’t find themselves in a tight spot on their journey. Both the front and rear suspension of the truck was swapped out from factory with a custom 4-linked suspension system. This custom suspension system would allow them to achieve more suspension travel. You might be asking yourselves, “Why would you need more suspension travel?” Simply put, the more suspension travel you can achieve on your vehicle, the bigger terrain you can navigate through. Not to mention, more suspension travel means that the ride will be much more comfortable because you will have a lot more tuning with your shock setups. Next, they added rubber floor to the interior of the truck so they wouldn’t have to worry about getting anything dirty. and it would be a breeze to clean after the trip. They added 40″ tires and bead lock wheels not only to achieve higher ground clearance, but so they could air down and get that extra needed grip on the trail. Check out what else they did to the truck in their video, and let us know…is this the Ultimate Super Duty?

First Ever Mud Truck Backflip

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As some of you might know, mud trucks aren’t designed to hit big jumps, they’re designed to drive through deep mud holes and not get stuck. Most people wouldn’t even think about launching their expensive mud truck into the air, let alone attempt to do a backflip! It sounds like a lot of fun, but with the amount of money these guys have into these trucks, it’s not worth screwing around.

The trucks that you see at motocross events and Monster Jam events are monster trucks. These monster trucks are specifically designed to take the abuse of jumping high into the air and landing hard, which is why you see them doing backflips, running over cars, and performing other crazy stunts. When a mud truck, designed to crawl through deep mud holes, you know there is going to be a massive crowd to witness either a successful attempt, or an epic fail.

In 2013 the first ever recorded backflip attempted by a mud truck was done at the Michigan Mud Jam event. Cory Rummell risked damaging his mud truck to become the first mud truck to perform a backflip, and wow did he succeed. The only thing that really went wrong was that, on impact, the truck’s Rockwell axel bent. If you know anything about off-road parts, Rockwell is a well known manufacturer in the industry to make very robust military axels, so that should give you an idea of how much force and stress was being put on, not just the axel, but the whole truck. Even though the truck’s rear axle couldn’t handle the abuse and the truck’s rear wheels bent out, the truck stayed in tact throughout the jump and he completed the first recorded successful backflip in a mud truck. Cory, you made mud truck history, and we salute you!


Lone Star Throwdown 2016

The Lone Star Throwdown is the worlds largest truck show that is held every year in Conroe, TX. This year we flew out from California to see what this show was all about and to meet up with some industry friends. The night before the show we met up at a local food joint, hung out, and had a pre-show meet. Almost everyone that was from out of the area, came the day before the event so that they could ensure to get to the show early the next morning.

People travel from all around the country to show their trucks at the Lone Star Throwdown, and man there were a lot of trucks! The first day of the show, all the trucks drove through the show for everyone to get a quick glimpse of the trucks before they parked at their booths. After the trucks parked in their booths, you could walk around and check out the trucks you wanted to see up close and in detail. The amount of detail that was in some of the trucks at the show was just unreal. You can tell that they put their blood, sweat, and tears into the build and it reflected their styles perfectly. Some of the builders there were even cool enough to come talk to you about their build and where they got their inspiration for the build from.

It’s crazy to see just how many people enjoy the same passion…trucks. We saw everything from lifted, to lowered, to mud trucks all in the same area at LST, and it was cool seeing everyone in the truck community, regardless of their style, come together to put on a great show. If you get the chance, I highly recommend you make it out to the Lone Star Throwdown!

Modern Machinery

In modern days, agriculture and other industries heavily rely on the engineering of better and more efficient machinery in order to save money and get the job done quicker. There are many machines out there that you probably had no idea even existed, yet they’re involved in you’re life more than you know. You might know what the carrots look like when they come out of the package, but what most of you don’t know is how they’re actually pulled from the ground, and what machinery is used to do the job. A lot of the machines you will see in this video have been heavily engineered and you can see just how amazing of a job they do. If you take a look at the very first clip in the video, you’ll see a modern tree cutter which not only chops the tree down, but it debranches the tree and cut the tree into logs of specific lengths that the operator can program. The second clip in the video is absolutely amazing. If you’ve every tried to catch a chicken with your bare hands, you know that it can be tough. If they had humans trying to catch all the chickens at this place, they would get absolutely nothing done. Engineers have designed a machine that is able to catch chickens in a massive quantity and transport them to where they can be processed. It it absolutely amazing to see how far we’ve come int he past 10 years not only with the machines that provide us with lower costs, but with the technology and engineering minds of the world! If you, or anyone else you know, have a machine that the rest of the world might not know about, please leave a comment below and tell us about it!


Nick’s 1000hp 3rd Gen Cummins


If you look around in the diesel performance industry, you’ll notice a common trend…they’re mostly all Cummins. When it comes down to making a lot of horsepower and a lot of torque, the Cummins engine is one of the top candidates because of the simplicity of the motor and they are proven time and time again to achieve great horsepower and torque numbers without dumping a ton of money into them. Nick Eklund, a diesel enthusiast, set out to achieve the goal of over 1,000hp and man did he do it.

Nick started out with a 3rd Gen 5.9l Cummins, and has built it to push 1,016 horsepower and 1,694 ft.-lbs. of torque. Let’s take a closer look and dive down to see what he’s done to the truck to make all that power while make it look as good as it does!

Spec Sheet:

  • Innovative Diesel Tuned
  • Firepunk Diesel twin turbo kit (S366 over a S480 turbo setup)
  • Injectors
  • Ryan Wilson built transmission
  • Stock long block
  • Hamilton Cam
  • Manton pushrods
  • Stock transmission cooler
  • Stock drivetrain (other than the transmission)
  • Lowered
  • Custom headlights
  • Custom hood
  • Color matched bumpers and grille

As you can see, the Cummins that Nick has built is making all of that 1,016 hp and 1,694 ft.-lbs. on a STOCK 5.9l long block. That right there is one of the many reasons that diesel performance enthusiasts around the world choose to start with a Cummins. You can make a ton of power without really tearing into the bottom end of the engine which save a lot of time and money.

In this video, you will see Nick make a 10.38 second pass that puts shame to the Mercedes Benz he was running against. The Mercedes had jumped early off the line and Nick’s truck still managed to pull way past the car.

Truck That Runs On 100% Water!

Did you ever think the day would come where you could convert your truck to run on nothing but water?! That day is here my friends. A company by the name of Future Energy Concepts developed this system that can convert any gas engine to run completely on distilled water. This system not only saves you a ton of money on fuel, but surprisingly, it actually increases the horsepower and torque ratings of the vehicle. The system creates a pressurized hydrogen gas that is then ran through the engine and allows the truck to run. A control module inside the truck lets them monitor their pressures and make adjustments based on what the truck is doing. This is an absolute breakthrough in the automotive industry, but why hasn’t everyone jumped on this idea and started making production cars that run on hydrogen? We’re going to leave that to you to decide…
The Mythbusters TV show decided to try and recreate the system and failed miserably. One reason they didn’t have any luck is that they didn’t have any electrolytes in the water. The second reason why they failed is that in between the two cylinders, there should be a 3/8″ gab between them. Even though they failed at recreating the system, they directly injected hydrogen gas straight into the carburetor of the test car, and the car actually ran. This is no BS, your car can actually run on hydrogen, so if this system actually works like they say it does, it could be the end of gasoline!
The truck they decided to experiment on is a 2004 Dodge 1500 and it’s cool to see that the truck still sounds like a Hemi! We’d love to hear what you think about this project. If you decide to create one of these systems for your truck, please get in contact with us.

Truck Catches Fire During Tug o’ War


That truck got torched!! When you’re having a mudding event, one of the necessary things to do is also have a tug o’ war contest so the competitors can go head to head and prove who’s got the better rig. Even though it has nothing to do with mudding, its still fun to see who’s truck can out pull the others. This truck, unfortunately, caught fire during the tug o’ war, so he was disqualified.

Ether Tire Stretch Explosion – GONE WRONG!

In order to stretch a tire onto the bead of a wheel, it is common for people to spray a flammable inside in order to create quick pressure to push the tire onto the bead of the wheel. In this case, these tire stretch pros put way too much ether in the tire and actually caused a massive explosion that not only ruined their wheel and tire, buy ruined their day. We do not recommend using this method of tire stretching for this reason exactly. Of course, we can’t stop you from doing anything, but if you do use this method, be very careful as to how much flammable gases you use.