Loading...

Follow Raney's Blog - Company and Trucking News on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid

Chad Boblett is the owner and driver of Boblett Brothers Trucking of Lexington, KY. Chad also founded the Rate Per Mile Masters group on Facebook, a communications hub for more than 20,000 members, including owner-operators, truck drivers, and other transportation and logistics pros.  Thank you to DAT and Chad for allowing us to share this article. We hope it helps! 

Learn from a CPA

My advice to anyone getting their motor carrier authority would be to create a relationship with a CPA. I have been using the same CPA to do my taxes since the first year of getting my authority. My first-year profit and loss numbers were a clear sign that a major mechanical failure could have taken me out of business, and I am sure my CPA thought the same thing.

Three years later, after making many improvements and becoming more efficient, I went to see my CPA to review my numbers. After going through each line item, my CPA told me that I had solidified myself. This was a big deal to me since it was coming from someone who’s known my business numbers from the beginning.

Being solidified, to me, means I am running a profitable business, and big obstacles are now small bumps along the way. I want to maintain this status so, at the end of the tax year,  I can focus more on looking for ways to be more efficient and cut expenses.

But for 2018, I want to learn how to do my own taxes. As much as I like handing over all my numbers to a CPA to figure out my taxes for the year, I would like to take a more hands-on approach this year. I think the more understanding I have about taxes, the better business decisions I’ll make. 

I have decided to use Quickbooks for accounting and payroll this year. There is tax software that links with Quickbooks that should make it easier for me to start learning how to do my own taxes. Almost all tax preparers understand Quickbooks so this change might help improve accuracy if I decide to continue to use a CPA. I’m also trying to read as many books as I can about that topic.

One of easiest ways to cut costs is to look at each line item of expense and start writing down all the ways you could lower it. For example, insurance on my truck and trailer, plus $100,000 in cargo insurance, came to $6,209 together in 2017. That’s a reasonable rate, but I can get it lower. The easiest way for most of us to save with insurance is to adjust the values we have on our equipment.

Also, I get charged a $7 processing fee each time I make a payment, but if I made one payment in full at the beginning of the term, I would only pay the processing fee once. It’s not a lot of money, but it adds up.

If keeping track of money coming in and going out is something that you struggle with, then find a CPA who will do this for you. When you need this kind of service, it’s money well spent.

If you’re looking for other areas to save, Raney’s partners with DAT to offer a special on the TruckersEdge load board to its members. Sign up for TruckersEdge today and get your first 30 days free by signing up at www.truckersedge.net/promo254 or entering “promo254” during sign up. This offer is available to new TruckersEdge subscribers only.

The post To Make The Most of Every Mile, Think Like a CPA appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Peterbilt 379’s are famous for their style and luxurious ride. So, it comes as no surprise that the Transformers Franchise wanted Optimus Prime–one of the lead protagonists in the film–to be a Pete. With their dynamic, long nose and eye-catching geometrically proportioned body, 379’s demand attention on the highways and the big screen. However, in typical Hollywood fashion, even the greatest beauties need some “touching up.” According to sources close to the film, an entire team of artists was brought together to design and create the perfect look for the vehicle/film character. Here at Raney’s, we understand what vision and the right parts can produce. As lovers of all things chrome and diesel, we broke down all the parts and accessories that adorn the truck that has been viewed by millions across the globe. And what it would cost to build your own version of Optimus Prime.

Other Optimus Prime Features

No stone was left unturned when adding features that would embolden the Optimus Prime’s character. Other exterior accessories that you don’t see on this list are a Dyna Light headache rack, Dome-style rear axle covers (if you’re looking for the 33mm version, you can find that here), and a Trux Rear Center Panel with Oval Flatline LEDs. All-in-all, to equip your Truck with the same parts and accessories as those found on Optimus Prime, you would be spending a little over $9,000.00.

The interior of the truck was left primarily untouched, as the cameras never peered inside the vehicle in the film.

For those of you who want to own the actual Optimus Prime truck used in the film (shown in the image above), it is unfortunately no longer available for purchase. In 2016, the truck was purchased by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, at a Barrett-Jackson Collector-Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $121,000.00.

What’re your thoughts on the design of this Peterbilt 379? Want more guides like this breaking down the parts and accessories used for other famous Trucks? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
If you liked this post be sure to like and share it with your friends!

The post Creating Optimus Prime – The World’s Most Famous Peterbilt Truck appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Leading up to the ELD mandate on Dec. 18, 2017, some industry observers had predicted a mass exodus of trucks from the industry. But that hasn’t happened, at least not yet. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of active carriers has actually ticked up slightly since ELDs became mandatory. There was just under a 1% increase in active carriers between December 18, 2017 and February 18, 2018.

A few months before the mandate went into effect, a DAT survey revealed that 30% of respondents, mostly owner-operators, said they planned to leave the industry rather than implement ELDs. Last week, DAT re-surveyed that same group and found that 91% of respondents have implemented ELDs. Of the group that had not yet implemented ELDs, more than half were exempt from the mandate.

The big question is, how many carriers will drop out of the industry after April 1, when trucks without ELDs will be put out of service? Data is still being analyzed.

ELD’s Impact on Trucking

Even though the number of active carriers has not dropped since December, the ELD mandate has certainly had an impact on the trucking industry. Here’s how:

Reduced capacity – In the first full month following the ELD mandate, January 2018, load-to-truck ratios — a measure of supply and demand — hit record highs. For vans, the load-to-truck ratio hit 9.9 in January, meaning there were almost 10 load posts for every truck posted on DAT load boards. That was 3 times higher than the previous January.

In January, the van load-to-truck ratio was just under 10 to 1.

Record-high rates – Rates also jumped to record highs in the first weeks following the ELD mandate. However, at the time it was hard to tell if rate increases were due to the mandate or to other factors, such as last-minute holiday and e-commerce deliveries, severe winter weather in many part of the country, or fewer trucks available as drivers took time off for the holidays, or some combination of reasons.

By February, those factors had worked their way through the system, but van rates were still 32% higher than in the previous year. And February’s high rates didn’t appear to be the result of increased demand. There were more loads offered on DAT load boards, but data from DAT RateView shows no dramatic increase in the number of spot market loads that actually moved in February 2018, compared to February 2017.

Van rates hit record highs in January, following the ELD mandate.

Decreased productivity – Carriers who stayed in the industry and adopted ELDs were met with new challenges. For example, what previously was a one-day trip may have turned into a two-day trip when the driver ran out of hours, because ELDs lack the flexibility of paper logs. See our blog post about how ELD’s Impact Could Be Greatest on 450- to 600-Mile Lanes.

Less patience for sluggish shippers – Another outcome of the ELD mandate has been increased impatience with shippers and receivers who detain carriers at the docks. A recent article in American Trucker noted that for the past 4 to 5 years, shippers have had the upper hand. But now, “ELDs are changing the economics of trucking in such a way that the smart carriers who really understand their costs are just saying: I can’t do this. I can’t wait five hours to be loaded.”

Thank you to DAT’s blog for allowing us to share this article! What’re your thoughts on the changing landscape of the Trucking Industry? Do you believe that given some tweaking ELDs will bring about positive change in the Trucking Industry, or are ELDs the final straw?

If you’re in the market for an ELD to meet the mandate, DAT’s Keep Trucking offers an affordable solution you may want to check out! 

Raney’s Truck Parts is proud to partner with DAT to offer a special on the TruckersEdge load board to its members. Sign up for TruckersEdge today and get your first 30 days free by signing up at www.truckersedge.net/promo254 or entering “promo254” during sign up.

* Offer available to new TruckersEdge subscribers only

The post ELDs, The End Of Trucking As We Know It? appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Automation foreshadows the future of the trucking industry, and formations like Truck Platooning utilize these advanced technologies to maximize their potential. Incentivized by Governments and potential profits, companies and universities alike have already embarked on the race to be the first to safely implement automated Trucks. However, like many changes, there are inherent and unforeseeable risks.

Unanswered Questions About Truck Platooning

How will Platooning Trucks deal with merging onto Highways and Interstates? While computer automation can potentially respond immediately road hazards, will they be able to summon enough stopping force to avoid a platoon colliding into each other when cut-off by a reckless driver? Until these critical questions have definite answers, we will have to rely on more proven methods of increasing aerodynamics and fuel-efficiency, like Trailer Gap Reducers and Trailer Skirts.

What’s your opinion about the future of the Trucking Industry, and what do you think about Truck Platooning? Do you think that it is a better, safer alternative to manual driving? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

The post What Is Truck Platooning & Is It Safe? appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Founded in Clovis, California in 1961, Valley Chrome Products initially operated as a job-shop plating car bumpers. However, as demand for chrome bumpers on cars declined, a decision was made to transition the company into a manufacturer of Chrome Semi-Truck Bumpers. Today, Valley Chrome is owned & operated by the founder’s five children and is one of the Industry’s finest producers of Stainless Steel & Chrome Bumpers and accessories for Big Rigs. Their stainless-steel products are constructed using only the finest grade of stainless-steel, 304 (for more information about Stainless-Steel Grades, click here). Likewise, their Chrome-plated products are second-to-none when it comes to shine, purity, and durability.

Here at Raney’s, we are pretty big fans of Valley Chrome Products and it isn’t just because their products are made in America (although it does help). The fandom stems from the assurance that comes with every order from Valley Chrome: you know that you’re buying an item that’s been baptized in chrome and has shined through rigorous inspections to provide the highest level of quality possible. In fact, their level of excellence awarded them with the ISO 9001 Certification for ensuring the needs and expectations of their customers are met.

What is the ISO 9001 Certification, you ask?

ISO 9001 stems from the 9000 series of Quality Management Principles within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Specifically, ISO 9001 is a list of quality management system standards that are implemented to help companies demonstrate that they can offer their customer’s consistent, reliable, high-quality products. The standards provide a framework that can also aid in a business’ efficacy by providing recommendations that streamline processes in their respective industries.

Valley Chrome’s Process:

Decades of executing this process to perfection have made Valley Chrome synonymous with excellence, a fact that’s bolstered by their 1-year warranty against rusting, peeling, and any defects in workmanship. To view the manufacturing process yourself, click the video below. If you’re in the market for a Stainless-Steel or Chrome Bumper from Valley Chrome head over to Raney’s, our Sales team would be more than happy to help you find what you need. If you’re in need of a custom bumper, like the one shown above, we can do that too!

Have any thoughts or comments about Valley Chrome Products? Share them with us in the comment section below!

The post Valley Chrome Products: Top-Tier Shine, Every Time appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

We’re almost a month into the New Year and a lot has already happened that’s impacted the Trucking Industry. From intense Blizzards to ELD Mandate Strikes, Raney’s is here to shed some light on what you need to know about 2018 to help make sure you’re prepared to make the most out of the New Year. After some research, we’re ready to present you with our Top 5 Things You Need to Know about in 2018.

1. Tax Breaks

With new the Tax legislation, the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA), now signed into effect there are some notable differences/benefits available for truckers. The one that seems to be generating the most buzz is the elimination of the Per Diem Rates, which granted Truckers $63/day for on-the-road meal costs. However, this isn’t completely negative, as there’s a special provision that has been left in place that allows for those that are subject to Hours of Service (HOS) to deduct 80% percent of the per diem rate from their taxes.

The new Tax Plan initiated other radical changes, as well. Standard Deductions have now been significantly increased, doubling for those filing jointly-married and almost doubling for those filing Single. Since truckers may only choose between standard or itemized deductions, how you figure out your taxes is going to depend on how you’re filing them—for example, Single vs. Married. Other tax changes include an increase to the Child Tax Credit and slight cuts to the amount taxed in some brackets. How you file your taxes this year will be incredibly important, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

Want more ways to optimize your tax return? You can read our blog post about Tax Deductions that every Trucker should be taking advantage of, here.

2. Blockchain

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the usage of Blockchains in the Trucking Industry, and with all that buzz, are lots of people wondering just exactly what a Blockchain is or means. To put simply, a block is record and a blockchain is a collection of those records. So, in the trucking industry, this could include information like Geofence-tracking and performance history. Once this information is recorded, that block is then added to the chain. As you may have figured out, a blockchain’s information would all be shared within a particular online system, allowing for enhanced visibility and security.

In short, Blockchains could greatly speed up, or even automate, many aspects of Freight. Plus, blockchain would give smaller Owner-Operators opportunities to emerge in new markets to gain business that they may have otherwise missed out on. You can find more information about Blockchain, or join the alliance, at Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). UPS recently joined BiTA in November of last year.

3. Trucker Pay

The New Year has primed itself to be a good year for Trucker Wages. A combination of factors, such as the corporate tax cut from 35% to 20%, ELD Mandates driving some Long-Term Truckers to leave the Industry, an increase in Freight demand and rates, and the difficulty of finding new Trucker’s to fill the positions left by aging drivers have many analysts believing that wage increases will happen sooner rather than later. Not to mention Driver Pay hasn’t kept up with inflation. If going to back to the year just before deregulation, data would prove that Trucker wages are approximately half of what they would’ve been in ’79, after accounting for inflation.

Trucking obviously isn’t for everyone, but for those select few who don’t shy away from physically demanding work may find themselves in position to earn a decent living.

4. The Future of The Trucking Industry

An entire blog post could be written about this section here, but for the sake of brevity, I will highlight things we all need to keep an eye on throughout the year:

  • Regulations have hindered the Trucking’s Industry ability to hire qualified candidates to meet the demands of explosive growth. This has been intensified by automation’s relatively slow development. Eventually, something is going to have to give.
  • With E-Commerce business platforms gaining more traction versus their Brick & Mortar counterparts, the ability for logistics to deliver under E-commerce’s rigid structure is still a question mark. How will the increased demand be fulfilled? Will it be by Vans, Drones, Planes, or Trucks?
  • Electronic vehicles are coming, but their efficacy in an industry that demands long hours on the road is still questionable. Tesla’s Semi Truck generated a lot of buzz these past couple of months, boasting autonomous driving capability and an audacious 1-million-mile guarantee from breakdowns. However, their limited range (300 miles or 500 miles, depending on the model) and lengthy 10-hour charge time leaves many questions about their immediate application. What’re your thoughts on Electric/Automated Big Rigs? Let us know in the comments below!
  • Lastly, Technology is rapidly evolving Trucking. The ELD Mandate may just be the initial leak in the regulatory dam for an industry that is prime for Big Data to flood. By implementing Biometric monitoring and Geo-Tracking, technology—and the data collected from it—has the opportunity to improve many areas in Trucking, like safety and employment to name a few. But the question then becomes: At What Cost to a Trucker’s Freedom and Privacy?
5. ELDs

The firestorm that has become the ELD Mandate continues to rage on, consuming the attention of many in the Industry. As right now, the Mandate still remains in effect with Trucker’s begrudgingly complying to DOT’s newest regulation, except for a select few exceptions—if you are curious about your eligibility for exemption, GeoTab has a great resource which can be found here. The mandate has made many long-time Trucker’s abandon their seat behind the wheel in protest, a move that is sure to impact an industry desperate to meet the demand for freight. The mandate has also brought legal action from OOIDA, whom appealed to the Supreme Court before being denied hearing, and an anti-ELD amendment proposed in H.R. 3354 by Representative Brian Babin (R-TX). The amendment, which would’ve prevented funding to enforce the ELD mandate, was voted down in the House 246-to-173.

If you’re in strict opposition of using ELDs, you still have some time before you must use an ELD. As directed in MAP-21, Phase-2: Phased-In Compliance Phase, allows for a two-year period from the Compliance Date (December 18, 2017) to use either an AOBRD or an ELD. If you’re curious what the difference between the two are, an AOBRD is similar to an ELD except it records and transmits less data than an ELD. However, if no legislation has been proposed to amend the regulations laid out in MAP-21, then by December 16, 2019 you must switch to an ELD.

Personally, I would not recommend this course of action because come December 16, 2019 you will have to switch from an AOBRD to an ELD; thus, by using an AOBRD you’re simply costing yourself more money to delay the inevitable.

The post Trucker News – 5 Things You Need to Know in 2018 appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Dynaflex Products has been manufacturing the highest-quality stacks in the Trucking Industry right here in the good ole US-of-A since the early 1970’s. Their relentless pursuit of excellence has made them a staple in the industry, and arguably the most innovative brand of Big Rig Exhaust.

Just how innovative are we talking?

The company’s origins begin with a major aeronautical breakthrough for the Kennedy Moon Project. Their innovative thinking lead to a “dynamically flexible” connector that would withstand the harsh conditions of Space Travel–hence the name, “Dynaflex.” Afterwards, Dynaflex brought that same innovation to the Truck Industry to craft superior Big Rig Exhaust Kits. But if that isn’t enough to convince you of the quality of Dynaflex Exhaust, we sat down with Cory Pehrsson, Dynaflex Products’ VP of Marketing, to get his take on why Dynaflex is the best in the industry. Plus, he clues us in on some upcoming projects that haven’t yet been shared!

Dynaflex Exhaust: The Original Monster Stacks

Raney’s: To Begin, Let’s Start Off With a Brief History of Dynaflex

CP: The company started in 1968 and became incorporated in 1972. Our product line stemmed from a “dynamically flexible” connector rooted in the founder’s previous work for the Kennedy Moon Project. The product diameter found direct application into heavy duty trucks. Our metal replacement connector was a more expensive, but much higher quality option that eliminated the down time associated with failure. Success wasn’t instant, but eventually we got our first purchase order and started operations out of a storage unit in Marina Del Rey, California. This model, that of providing higher quality products that last longer, began our ever-evolving relationship with owner-operators who value quality parts manufactured in America.

Eventually we were working on mufflers, elbows, tailpipes, clamps, brackets and every other section of a truck exhaust. When moving into chrome plated products, we approached that process with the same core values: made in the USA of the highest-quality components available to our industry.

Raney’s: What Drove You To Create The “Original Monster Stack?”

CP: It wasn’t really a “want to” type of situation. Our brand has always found its roots in making quality products that solve a problem or meet a specific need that our customers/industry demands. In the mid 1980’s, customers began requesting more chrome and larger diameters.  Ultimately, the first 8” chrome plated tube we made was our 87BC muffler. That was a 5” in/out muffler with an 8” chrome body. We still sell a few hundred of them every year.

Said simply, our customers pushed us into making the “Original Monster Stacks.”

Raney’s: When Dynaflex Was First Getting Into The Exhaust Industry, What Were The Company’s Goals?

CP: Fix the consistent issue of downtime by manufacturing high-quality products that had fewer issues.

Raney’s: Why Should I Buy Dynaflex? What Makes Your Product Better Than The Competition?

CP: Lowest “true cost of ownership.” You pay more upfront, but our stacks will last longer with fewer issues due to their quality. What do we mean when we say quality? The short answer is fit, finish, and function – all proudly made in the USA.

Fit – Our taper loc’ connection is the key. An Original Monster Stack innovation from the 1980’s that consistently fits better than any of the other industry options. Our parts will come together and seal in an unmatched format, eliminating both the benefits and headaches associated with a one-piece pipe system. The Dynaflex taper-loc allows for the unmatchable aesthetic quality associated with our modular Z, AK, and 2x systems. It’s an often imitated, but never replicated, feature of our stack line.

Finish – Our ability to make taper loc’s that seal lets us to make parts in size formats that are compatible for polishing techniques that create an unrivaled mirror finish. One piece pipe systems get damaged in transit and are impossible to polish, never allowing for the quality of finish that our Z, AK, and 2X series possess. We pride ourselves in the form of chrome we use, which is not what you will find on shopping carts or slot machine handles. Hard chrome is very specific in use and withstands the beatings of the road much better than any of its less expensive counterparts. Polished stainless steel pipe systems that are not chrome plated will turn yellow with heat and should be avoided if a brilliant chrome luster is what you’re after.

Function – The functionality of our easy to use kits demystifies the upfit process for whichever application you are installing your Dynaflex Original Monster Stack system on. Forty-five years of heavy duty exhaust work provides us (and our customers) with unmatched expertise. All of our systems are specifically designed to function with the unique requirements of the truck it has been designed for.

As a family business that has always made our parts in Los Angeles, California, the words “Made in the USA” speak of quality, excellent craftsmanship, a superior product, and unmatched support before and after purchase. We have a ton of pride in what we do, and we know how much pride our customers take in their equipment.  We are honored to be a part of the equipment our customers use to support themselves, their businesses, and their families. (If you want to see first hand the difference in quality & durability of genuine Dynaflex Products versus their cheaper, lower quality competitors, click here or scroll up to view the video above.)

Raney’s: How Do You Know You’re Getting Genuine Dynaflex Products?

CP: Every Dynaflex Original Monster Stack part has a genuine part marking (See image below). Etched deeply into the material, the marking consists of our logo, the part number, manufacture date, and the text “Made in USA.” Also included is a unique 5-digit code that allows us to trace the specific work order any given part was made on. Work order information provides data on who bent, cut, trimmed, welded, polished, and Quality-Checked (at multiple points) that particular stack. All pertinent information regarding the manufacturing process. We are the only company in the industry with this level of traceability, making any after-sale problems much less stressful for all parties involved. 

Raney’s: What’s The Creative Process For Your Designs? Do You Ever Get Input From Your Customers?

CP: Many new trucks come out of the OEM manufacturer in a format that isn’t exactly what our customer wants. Our Chrome kit catalog provides complete systems of bracketry & pipework to aid in getting what a customer wants out of their exhaust system and truck aesthetic.

In all cases, no drilling and no extra fabrication after the kit arrives are our goals. Just bolt on, as easy as possible. We hit existing holes in the frame and remake bracketry to “place” things where the OEM’s should have put them coming out of the respective OEM factories. At any point in time you can walk into the Dynaflex manufacturing facility and find a truck being worked on. Prototyping and testing our systems for at least 1 year before launching, our kits provide detailed installation videos, all subcomponents necessary for upfit, and ship with complete bills of materials.

Raney’s: What’re Some Projects You’re Working on That You’re Most Excited About?

CP:  When it comes to our line of Original Monster Stacks, we are excited to announce a patent pending system for new emission W900L’s.  An extremely interesting development process led to this system, as a 2011+ W900L with the same motor as a 2011+ 389 runs about 30% hotter at the elbows. We burned through a lot of chrome figuring this out and are proud to have found a solution for our customers. With no systems on the market, and one of our most requested unavailable kits, it should be received well. The fact that we were able to patent it should give us some protection from replicators, something that we’ve had to continually deal with.

As an added bonus from the W900L design and testing, systems will become available for:

  • 2007+ W900L
  • 2007+ Coronado
  • 2007+ Western Star 4900
  • 2007+ International Prostar
  • 2011+ W900L
  • 2011+ Coronado
  • 2011+ Western Star 4900
  • 2011+ International Prostar

I’d like to thank Cory for being generous enough to break away from his busy schedule to answer our questions. I hope this post has been insightful and helps you make the best choice for you & your Big Rig. Ultimately, it is up to you to determine if Dynaflex Exhaust is worth the investment. Just remember, you get what you pay for. If you want to check out Dynaflex Products’ Exhausts & Stacks, you can find that here.

What’re your thoughts on Dynaflex Exhaust, and their up & coming W900L system? Do you have any questions or comments that you want to add to this post? Let us know in the comments below!

The post Best Exhaust Stacks? Dynaflex Proves Why They Shine! appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Dynaflex Products has been manufacturing the highest-quality stacks in the Trucking Industry right here in the good ole US-of-A since the early 1970’s. Their relentless pursuit of excellence has made them a staple in the industry, and arguably the most innovative brand of Big Rig Exhaust.

Just how innovative are we talking?

The company’s origins begin with a major aeronautical breakthrough for the Kennedy Moon Project. Their innovative thinking lead to a “dynamically flexible” connector that would withstand the harsh conditions of Space Travel–hence the name, “Dynaflex.” Afterwards, Dynaflex brought that same innovation to the Truck Industry to craft superior Big Rig Exhaust Kits. But if that isn’t enough to convince you of the quality of Dynaflex Exhaust, we sat down with Cory Pehrsson, Dynaflex Products’ VP of Marketing, to get his take on why Dynaflex is the best in the industry. Plus, he clues us in on some upcoming projects that haven’t yet been shared.

Dynaflex Exhaust: The Original Monster Stacks

Raney’s: To Begin, Let’s Start Off With a Brief History of Dynaflex

CP: The company started in 1968 and became incorporated in 1972. Our product line stemmed from a “dynamically flexible” connector rooted in the founder’s previous work for the Kennedy Moon Project. The product diameter found direct application into heavy duty trucks. Our metal replacement connector was a more expensive, but much higher quality option that eliminated the down time associated with failure. Success wasn’t instant, but eventually we got our first purchase order and started operations out of a storage unit in Marina Del Rey, California. This model, that of providing higher quality products that last longer, began our ever-evolving relationship with owner-operators who value quality parts manufactured in America.

Eventually we were working on mufflers, elbows, tailpipes, clamps, brackets and every other section of a truck exhaust. When moving into chrome plated products, we approached that process with the same core values: made in the USA of the highest-quality components available to our industry.

Raney’s: What Drove You To Create The “Original Monster Stack?”

CP: It wasn’t really a “want to” type of situation. Our brand has always found its roots in making quality products that solve a problem or meet a specific need that our customers/industry demands. In the mid 1980’s, customers began requesting more chrome and larger diameters.  Ultimately, the first 8” chrome plated tube we made was our 87BC muffler. That was a 5” in/out muffler with an 8” chrome body. We still sell a few hundred of them every year.

Said simply, our customers pushed us into making the “Original Monster Stacks.”

Raney’s: When Dynaflex Was First Getting Into The Exhaust Industry, What Were The Company’s Goals?

CP: Fix the consistent issue of downtime by manufacturing high-quality products that had fewer issues.

Raney’s: Why Should I Buy Dynaflex? What Makes Your Product Better Than The Competition?

CP: Lowest “true cost of ownership.” You pay more upfront, but our stacks will last longer with fewer issues due to their quality. What do we mean when we say quality? The short answer is fit, finish, and function – all proudly made in the USA.

Fit – Our taper loc’ connection is the key. An Original Monster Stack innovation from the 1980’s that consistently fits better than any of the other industry options. Our parts will come together and seal in an unmatched format, eliminating both the benefits and headaches associated with a one-piece pipe system. The Dynaflex taper-loc allows for the unmatchable aesthetic quality associated with our modular Z, AK, and 2x systems. It’s an often imitated, but never replicated, feature of our stack line.

Finish – Our ability to make taper loc’s that seal lets us to make parts in size formats that compatible for polishing techniques that create an unrivaled mirror finish. One piece pipe systems get damaged in transit and are impossible to polish, never allowing for the quality of finish that our Z, AK, and 2X series possess. We pride ourselves in the form of chrome we use, which is not what you will find on shopping carts or slot machine handles. Hard chrome is very specific in use and withstands the beatings of the road much better than any of its less expensive counterparts. Polished stainless steel pipe systems that are not chrome plated will turn yellow with heat and should be avoided if a brilliant chrome luster is what you’re after.

Function – The functionality of our easy to use kits demystifies the upfit process for whichever application you are installing your Dynaflex Original Monster Stack system on. Forty-five years of heavy duty exhaust work provides us (and our customers) with unmatched expertise. All of our systems are specifically designed to function with the unique requirements of the truck it has been designed for.

As a family business that has always made our parts in Los Angeles, California, the words “Made in the USA” speak of quality, excellent craftsmanship, a superior product, and unmatched support before and after purchase. We have a ton of pride in what we do, and we know how much pride our customers take in their equipment.  We are honored to be a part of the equipment our customers use to support themselves, their businesses, and their families.

Raney’s: How Do You Know You’re Getting Genuine Dynaflex Products?

CP: Every Dynaflex Original Monster Stack part has a genuine part marking. Etched deeply into the material, the marking consists of our logo, the part number, manufacture date, and the text “Made in USA.” Also included is a unique 5-digit code that allows us to trace the specific work order any given part was made on. Work order information provides data on who bent, cut, trimmed, welded, polished, and Quality-Checked (at multiple points) that particular stack. All pertinent information regarding the manufacturing process. We are the only company in the industry with this level of traceability, making any after-sale problems much less stressful for all parties involved. 

Raney’s: What’s The Creative Process For Your Designs? Do You Ever Get Input From Your Customers?

CP: Many new trucks come out of the OEM manufacturer in a format that isn’t exactly what our customer wants. Our Chrome kit catalog provides complete systems of bracketry & pipework to aid in getting what a customer wants out of their exhaust system and truck aesthetic.

In all cases, no drilling and no extra fabrication after the kit arrives are our goals. Just bolt on, as easy as possible. We hit existing holes in the frame and remake bracketry to “place” things where the OEM’s should have put them coming out of the respective OEM factories. At any point in time you can walk into the Dynaflex manufacturing facility and find a truck being worked on. Prototyping and testing our systems for at least 1 year before launching, our kits provide detailed installation videos, all subcomponents necessary for upfit, and ship with complete bills of materials.

Raney’s: What’re Some Projects You’re Working on That You’re Most Excited About?

CP:  When it comes to our line of Original Monster Stacks, we are excited to announce a patent pending system for new emission W900L’s.  An extremely interesting development process led to this system, as a 2011+ W900L with the same motor as a 2011+ 389 runs about 30% hotter at the elbows. We burned through a lot of chrome figuring this out and are proud to have found a solution for our customers. With no systems on the market, and one of our most requested unavailable kits, it should be received well. The fact that we were able to patent it should give us some protection from replicators, something that we’ve had to continually deal with.

As an added bonus from the W900L design and testing, systems will become available for:

  • 2007+ W900L
  • 2007+ Coronado
  • 2007+ Western Star 4900
  • 2007+ International Prostar
  • 2011+ W900L
  • 2011+ Coronado
  • 2011+ Western Star 4900
  • 2011+ International Prostar

I’d like to thank Cory for being generous enough to break away from his busy schedule to answer our questions. I hope this post has been insightful and helps you make the best choice for you & your Big Rig. Ultimately, it is up to you to determine if Dynaflex Exhaust is worth the investment. Just remember, you get what you pay for. If you want to check out Dynaflex Products’ Exhausts & Stacks, you can find that here.

What’re your thoughts on Dynaflex Exhaust, and their up & coming W900L system? Do you have any questions or comments that you want to add to this post? Let us know in the comments below!

The post Best Exhaust Stacks? Dynaflex Proves Why They Shine! appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The season of giving is upon us! Bundled somewhere within the holiday festivities comes the challenge of finding that perfect gift for your perfect person. That’s why your friends at Raney’s Truck Parts would like to make your shopping experience a little easier with some Gift Ideas for Truck Drivers. We’ve put together 10 Semi Truck Accessories that are sure to make great gifts for truck driving Dads and Moms!

1. Three Trumpet Train Horn:

Train Horns may not seem like the most practical gifts for truckers. But few Trucker gifts can gather everyone around the family Big Rig to relish in the unique Christmas carol of a Train horn. This 3-Trumpet Train Horn also adds chrome and style to any rig without an overwhelming holiday installation hassle. Upgrading from the pathetic Prius-like squeal of a stock horn will surely bring a smile to kids and Truckers alike.

2. Headlight Bezels:

Headlight bezels are a lot like ornaments on a Christmas tree, you don’t really notice how much better it makes everything look until it has been added. And much like ornaments, the chrome and LED components on these bezels will always look great, day or night. Best of all, you can throw these bezels on the most noticeable area of your rig faster than you can decorate the Scotch Pine sitting in your living room.

3. Complete Chrome Axle Cover Kit

Cover up those ugly, greasy axle rods to keep your Rig shining like Rudolf’s Red Nose. Kit includes an easy application tool for rapid installation along with everything you need to cover the front two wheels and all four rear wheels for that classic Top Hat look (Lug nuts included. Spike lug nuts optional). This complete kit makes for an awesome gift, and like Santa’s sleigh, these Chrome Axle Covers never rust, nick, or dent!

4. Chrome Swan Truck Hood Ornament

Like many traditions this holiday season, the Chrome Swan Hood Ornament is a true classic! Reminiscent of the Packard Swan hood ornament, this design will add class and shine to any Rig—without that luxury price tag. This Hood Swan is a must have for any Trucker in the market for a Hood Ornament, or if you want to get wild, try to top your Christmas Tree with it.

 5. Classic Mahogany 4 Chrome Spoke Steering Wheel

Wood has long been used to spruce up automotive interiors. Naturally integrated with sophistication and detail, wood can dramatically change the look of your entire cab, and this wood steering wheel is no exception. The Mahogany 4 Chrome Spoke Steering Wheel will dress up any semi truck’s interior with class and shine making it a  great gift for any Trucker—Plus, at 18-inches in diameter it’ll make a huge present!

 6. Zephyr Super Shine X Polishing Kit

Zephyr Polishing Kits are great gifts because you don’t have to worry about accidently forgetting an element of the cleaning process; everything you need to get a Big Rig shining like it was done by the Pros is in one convenient box. A consistent cleaning and maintenance schedule can boost the longevity of a Truck’s exterior, and ensure that it looks its best.  

 7. HD Dash Camera

Trucking is an adventure. Each time you embark towards a new destination, you never know what you’re going to see and experience—both on the road and off. Share these experiences with your friends and family by using a HD Dash Cam! Plus, video evidence can be invaluable during potential disputes.

8.Blue Tiger Dual Elite Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth Headsets have become increasingly popular in the trucking industry since the Department of Transportation prohibited mobile phone usage. The Blue Tiger Dual Elite headset makes the perfect gift for the Trucker in your life, so they can keep in touch with friends, businesses, and family while on road. Plus, the noise-cancellation features on these Headsets are truly impressive; whoever you are talking to will never know you’re punching it in the Hammer Lane with the windows down.

9. Hammerlane Holiday Box

Even Santa has to replace his old rags eventually. With this Holiday Box from Hammerlane, you can get everything you need to keep truckin’ in comfort and style. The Holiday Box includes two shirts of your choice, a trucker hat in your preferred color, and a sticker all for one low price. Just gift wrap the box, tie a bow on it, and you have the perfect present—Great for truck driver gift basket ideas!

10. Raney’s E-Gift Card

Really not sure what to get someone? Or maybe you waited just a little bit too long to get your loved ones a gift (No judgement, here. Christmas Eve technically still isn’t Christmas). Don’t worry, Raney’s has your back! Our E-gift cards are a perfect way to get someone exactly what they want, and come in themes like Birthday & Christmas so they don’t think you completely forgot about them—just tell them it’s a “Personalized Truck driver gift.”

The post Gift Ideas for Truck Drivers – Top 10 Holiday Products appeared first on Raney's Blog.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview