What Are The Best Trucks To Build?
July 29, 2021
If you’re looking to get a truck to start your first build, or you’re just ready for something new, we’ve noticed some popular platforms that make for really sweet setups. Plus, we’ve had the chance to build some of them ourselves. So, consider some of these trucks because they have the potential to become show-stoppers.
- Is a Ford Alumiduty a Good Truck to Build?
- Is a Second-Generation Chevy Silverado 1500 a Good Truck to Build?
- Is an OBS Ford a Good Truck to Build?
- Is a Fourth-Generation Cummins a Good Truck to Build?
- Is a 6-Wheel Dually a Good Truck to Build?
- Final Thoughts
Is a Ford Alumiduty a Good Truck to Build?
Probably one of the most popular trucks to build is the 2017-present Ford Alumiduty. The lighter aluminum body and solid diesel power plant has given this truck a lot of capabilities in terms of power. The lighter body allows for the introduction of sturdier parts like axles, brakes and hitches, stronger driveline and transfer cases. Yet, the overall weight is still reduced by around 350 pounds compared to the F-Series trucks.
Also, if you’re familiar with Ford, you might know how they’ve typically got a rounder body. With this Alumiduty, you’ll notice more of a squared body that modernizes the truck. The truck is higher off the ground, is wider, and has a longer cab. This truck makes a great show build because it not only looks sick lifted, but it is easy to lift.
However, since these trucks are new and today’s truck market isn’t good, a Ford Alumiduty is not easy to get your hands on. They’re selling for a pretty penny right now, so it might not be the best time to track one down to build.
Is a Second-Generation Chevy Silverado 1500 a Good Truck to Build?
Next on the list are the 2007-2013 Chevy Silverado 1500s. We see these trucks everywhere. They have a good engine and a lot of aftermarket support, which makes them a great option. If you’re looking for a newer truck option without buying new, here you go. These trucks don’t feel outdated and have quite a bit of technology put into them. Full transparency though, we’ve got a handful of guys with this truck so we’ve seen it, these trucks are prone to random rusting in the middle of the door.
Another positive thing to mention is that these trucks aren’t that expensive. Now, you can budget a little extra toward the perfect wheel, tire, and suspension upgrades you’ll need to get your setup ready for the show. Or, a cheaper alternative is a 2003-2006 Chevy cat eye.
Is an OBS Ford a Good Truck to Build?
The 1992-1996 OBS (old body style) Ford is next up. This ninth generation has earned its spot among enthusiasts as it stays true to the trucks from the 80s while still embracing a more rounded, aerodynamic design. These trucks saw a facelift, larger grille and headlamps, and a redesigned dashboard during this time. Because they’ve been around for some time now, suspension kits are easy to find for this generation of OBS Fords.
You can also find conversion kits from companies, like RYD Motorsports, that will convert the frame to mount 2005 and up Super Duty axles. This will allow you to run a modern coilover setup and new Super Duty bolt pattern. However, factory OBS Ford bolt patterns are fairly common, and you can find a lot of different sizes and brands of wheels for this truck. If you’re not sure what kind of mods you want to do to your OBS Ford, there are endless forums to check out to get some inspiration for your build.
Is a Fourth-Generation Cummins a Good Truck to Build?
The fourth-gen Cummins is the fourth truck on our list. They’re similar to the Alumidity, but with a Cummins engine and usually a cheaper price tag. This truck looks great, has a reliable transmission, and is offered with a megacab. There are a lot of compatible wheel, tire, and suspension options for this truck, making it fairly easy to modify. Keep in mind that a lot of Dodge interiors are mediocre, so you may find yourself wanting a custom interior for your show build.
One thing to note about this truck is that it ran all the way up until 2018. Because of this, Dodge improved technology within the truck and continued to make it stronger. So, the price reflects some of the improvements, which isn’t a bad thing if you’re looking for some of those advancements in your show build.
Is a 6-Wheel Dually a Good Truck to Build?
So, this last one’s a little bit of a wild card. So far, we’ve highlighted some old and newer trucks. The last truck that made our list of best trucks to build is the 6-wheel dually. They’ve been popping up a lot as a clean, tow pig build, but honestly they look great on their own as a show build. Whether you want to put a small lift and some 22’s or 24’s on it, or go crazy with the build, it will look great.
Also, we want to mention that almost all of the truck body styles mentioned above are good dually build platforms.
So, because we couldn’t list every truck, we had to narrow the list down to five. Obviously, this isn’t an all-inclusive list, so if there is a truck platform you think deserves some recognition, let us know in the comments below.
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