Category Archive: XL Engine Tech, XL Off Road Feature, XL Tech Stories, XL Truck Feature, XL Videos

I’ve Always Wanted One Of These Import Mini 4×4 Trucks, But What’s It Really Like To Get One?

I know a lot of you out there have really wanted to get hold of one of these little import Mini 4×4 trucks, whether it is to drive on the street, around your property, or to take wheeling on...

Chassis Hardware Lessons: Nuts And Bolts Matter! Tim McAmis Explains Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Hardware You Use.

You are going to love this video if you like Tim McAmis, because he has a ton of typical Tim McAmis one liners that will have you laughing. And this isn’t just a video telling you what grade of...

The Big Fix: Watch This Welder Perform A Repair On A Massive Lanz Bulldog Piston

Ok, now this is neat. You are about to watch a welder perform a piston repair on a massive Lanz Bulldog piston. So a Lanz Bulldog is a tugboat engine? No. A locomotive engine? Negatory. How about a...

What Should You Paint Your Roll Bar Or Roll Cage With? Rustoleum, Hammertone, And Steel-It Tested

There is nothing worse than finishing a car with a roll bar or roll cage in it and then not being able to paint the cage well. In all honesty, a tube chassis car is usually much easier because you...

Holley Carb Tuning Tips And Tricks With Steve “The Carb Whisperer” Brule From Westech Performance!

Steve Brule is the smartest dyno operator and tuner I’ve ever seen or heard about. There, I said it. Are there other incredibly talented tuners and operators out there? Of course! Are there...

Barn Find Startup: Here’s What Happens When A Car Guy Just Can’t Stop Himself From Getting Something Old Running

All the “Will It Run” videos that have become so popular lately have spilled over into all kinds of stuff, and they certainly are fun to watch. I’ve been involved in making...

Got A Duramax? Plug In For 150 More Horsepower And 300 Pound Feet Of Torque!

Diesel performance is absolutely nuts nowadays, as the manufacturers keep making more and more power with their diesel-powered pickup trucks, but there is still plenty more to be had with simple...

Too High? Holley Hi-Ram VS Mid-Rise VS Stock LS Truck Intake. Which Is Best For Which Engine?

Nobody, and I mean nobody, has done more LS engine intake manifold testing than Richard Holdener. You might have seen some of his videos on the subject, but know that this is a fraction of those...

Valvetrain Tech: If Light Weight And Low Reciprocating Mass Matter So Much, Do Stiffer Valve Springs Cost Horsepower?

Roller rockers, roller lifters, beehive valve springs, lightweight valves, lightweight locks and retainers, and the list goes on. These are all things designed to aid in controlling valvetrain at...

Is This The Sketchiest Trail Repair EVER? Flex, Rocks, And Rollovers Brings Us Crawlers, Carnage & Chaos at the Sand Mines!

We just finished Rocky Mountain Race Week, and there is a ton of carnage on events like it that require creativity to fix so you can make it down the road. People are always looking at some of the...

LS Turbo Tech: Stock Manifolds, Shorty Headers, Or Dedicated Turbo Headers – What’s The Real Difference?

Here’s the truth. If you connect the exhaust housing of a turbocharger to the exhaust on an LS engine, and the compressor side to the intake manifold, it will make boost and more power than it...

$1,000 Build: So Close To Done, And Ready To Be Raffled Off For A New Owner! Who’s Going Home With It?

It’s still “way” under budget, considering that the budget is just $1,000 and we love this thing. Love, love, love it. The idea behind this project is so good and we love Casey for...

$1,000 Build: So Close To Done! The $1,000 F100 Build Is So Close We Can Taste It, But Is Staying On Budget Even Possible?

The closer this truck gets to done the more I want to blow a few hundred dollars on two piles of steaming poo so I can weld them together and make them into something worth driving! Don’t you...