Headlights play a huge role when it comes to your diesel truck. You rely on them to see when driving at night and a nice set of headlights can make a big statement with your diesel build. Even in 2018, many diesel trucks aren’t equipped with projector style headlights. Instead they utilize the old school, reflective headlight housing for lighting. Unless you purchased a higher end trim, your headlights most likely use dull halogen style bulbs that offer mediocre light output at best. Many high trim levels even come from the factory with halogen bulbs too. The result is poor visibility both in adverse conditions and at night. Aftermarket LED headlights are a huge upgrade over stock that offer increased visibility and longevity, and just flat-out look better.
LED Headlights For Your Cummins & Why You Need Them
Just a couple days ago I bought a 2018 Ram 2500 Megacab in the Big Horn trim. On my 2nd day into ownership, I realize my driver’s side headlight had a leak. Because my truck is a Big Horn, it has the reflective lens housing paired with regular halogen bulbs as well. Doesn’t get much worse than that from the factory. I actually had a 2011 ram 1500 about 5 years ago and I did my own retrofit using parts from The Retrofit Source. I literally baked my headlights in the oven to heat the silicone sealant of the headlights so I could pry them open. Then, I gutted, sanded, and painted the headlights along with the new bezels and projectors. For my first try, it came out pretty great! But it took a whole weekend and there are a lot of things that can go wrong if not done properly. Fortunately we now have a different option, The Morimoto’s Bi-LED projector headlights.
These LED headlights come with the best automotive lighting components already included. According to The Retrofit Source, the design was inspired by the new 5th generation ram headlights. Not only do they look sharp, but they’re a huge improvement over your stock system. Because they utilize LEDs they have a greater life expectancy, and produce an impressive beam pattern featuring great intensity, width, and distribution of light. They’re only available for pre-order currently, but we’re very excited about these lights! Check them out below.
Diesel Trucks today aren’t what they used to be. They used to be slow, rugged, and basic machines meant for strenuous work, but today they offer comparable features to modern luxury cars. They ride like cadillacs and with modern technology are extremely powerful and quick. However, with all of this new technology and new options they are not always as reliable and bullet proof as their predecessors.
Today’s diesel pickups are comprised of thousands of sophisticated parts that amount to the vast amount of features and power these new beasts are laying down. However, with all these parts come new issues. Every make and model has its own set of problems while also having its advantages. While many seem obsolete, some can be a big deal to a Diesel Lover like myself. Here are some common pros and cons with today’s Diesel Trucks.
Lightweight aluminum construction allows for better fuel economy and faster acceleration.
Many exclusive and high-end features, especially the trailer assist system.
Tons of Cab Space
Lots of Power & quick acceleration
Numb Steering Feel
Slightly Fragile because of aluminum
Aluminum body repair is also more expensive
More moving parts and less mechanic friendly under the hood. I’ve never been a huge fan of Powerstrokes because of the complexity and difficulty of some repairs. This leads to a lot more labor and increased labor costs at the mechanic.
Stiffer Suspension compared to GM Model trucks associated with straight axle.
The Legendary Allison Transmission
Independent Front Suspension Allows for a great ride
Independent Front Suspension can be more costly and complex to add lift kits. Bigger Tires and Wheels can also lead to issues with front end, requires more heavy duty parts
New L5P Duramax has lack of performance parts and tuners because of “Uncrackable” ECM.
Slightly tighter space compared to other makes.
Some Trims lack in luxury features.
Fuel Economy is average, not very impressive
Often times cheaper than the other makes/models
Variety of Trim packages with the high end models being very luxurious.
Largest Interior /w Megacab package. The truck’s rear seats recline!
Arguably the best Diesel Motor, Inline 6
Best Fuel Economy
Still Carry Manual Transmission Trucks
Turning Radius is Amazing
Transmissions are Sub-par
Different trims have different HP/TQ
Slightly slower acceleration speed when it’s stock compared to its V8 Rivals