Finding a solid mud truck for sale is not as easy as you may think. A lot goes into the sport and truck you bring to the mud pits is going to be put through the ringer. You need to be sure your vehicle can take it. Otherwise, you might find yourself stuck in six feet of mud waiting for a tow. It all counts: torque, suspension, tires, even what’s on the inside. Before heading out to a sale to pick up your new machine, make sure you have the basics own.
Mud Truck Specs
Next time you find yourself looking at a truck for sales remember the golden rule of mudding: torque is everything. You need an engine that can put out insane levels of torque to tear through the mud pits. Only big block V8 engines will do. Fuel injection can give you a nice boost but is far from necessary. Diesel engines sometimes have enough power, but they are usually way too heavy. Weight is not as important as torque, but it is close.
A heavy truck will just sink into a mud pit, going nowhere fast. Technically it is possible to get the levels of torque you need out of small block, but you will most likely need to modify it yourself. This modification could put excess strain on the whole system and cause it to break down faster, so to make things simpler its best to just go with the big rock.
On the top of big block engine, you should look for something with straight axles and an automatic transmission. For those of you who prefer a manual transmission, just keep in mind that a gear shift at the wrong moment can kill your momentum and leave your standard. And it’s no fun waiting for a tow out in the mud pits.
As for the suspension, you want something tall and stiff. Shoot for leaf springs if you can find them. Keeping your tires tall and wide will help you to “float” over mud. The bodywork should be as light as possible. A thin layer of sheet metal is enough, and if you can, you want to concentrate the weight towards the middle and rear of the truck. Weight on the front of your truck makes floating on mud impossible. On a similar note, the interior should be as minimal as possible. This is a mud truck, you don’t need anything fancy. Extra seats and carpeting will only weigh you down. Speaking of carpeting, you can just avoid it completely. It’ll just get trashed on your first mud run away. Vinyl interiors are the easiest to clean since they can be hosed down to look good as new.
Mud truck Models
The best mud trucks for sale are usually older models. First of all, there’s no need to blow a lot of cash on something brand new. You’re just gonna get it filthy in a day. Also, the high tech machinery and computer systems in new vehicles break down a lot faster when exposed to mud and water. Your best bet when looking for a truck for sales is to find a 3/4 ton American truck with a four wheel drive built before the year 2000.
Four wheel drive comes in very handy when you get stuck. Turning all four wheels from side to side gives you the best chance of finding traction. If you can find Renault truck for sale, these are also a good bet, but finding them in the states can be tricky. For the most part, veteran mudders swear by RAM, Ford and Chevy. Anyone you ask will be quick to tell you which is best, but there are perks and drawbacks to all three.
The Chevrolet C/K 20 third generation models built between 1981 and 1987 are all solid options. Each of these trucks comes with a big block V8 engine capable of exceeding 300 ft-lbs of torque. The 1999 Ford F-250 comes equipped with a Dana 60 axle and leaf springs. It can reach a whooping 425 ft-lbs of torque. The king of torque, though, would have to be the Dodge RAM 2500 series. Any of the models built between the years 1994 and 2002 can reach and exceed a jaw-dropping 460 ft-lbs of torque to give you the ultimate mud truck experience.