Trends rise and fall in the truck world, and while some become “played-out” in a matter of months, others take a foothold, lose their identity as trends, and become the building blocks of future trends. Modifying trends, or at least being at the forefront of such trends, prove challenging for those who customize popular trucks and want truly unique and creative rides.
Impressive and definitely eye-catching, (and overkill according to the taste of some), stuffing BIG RIMS under heavily-modified wheel wells shows up on many custom truck to-do lists. The bigger the better! Where trucks used to roll 17s, 18s and 20s, it has now become 20s, 22s, 24s, and more and more 26s, 28s, and 30s. For minitrucks, the emerging minimum standard seems to be 20s.
In combination with big rims, there are more and more BODYDROPS, where the objective is to lay body panels in addition to frame. A third trend seems to be an increase in QUICK SUSPENSION. More and more trucks are running high pressure (increasingly trucks are “on the bottle” as opposed to compressed air), big valves, and big airline, allowing them to hop easily. To be impressed, desensitized crowds now crave to see all four wheels five feet in the air. The increases in technology, creativity and innovation have opened the door for trends in suspension fabrication that have increased handling, reliability, and ride quality.
Truck DRAGGING has also hit the scene, and dragging videos depicting multiple trucks scraping streets for miles at a time have become popular. While seeing showers of sparks trail behind custom trucks can be thrilling to watch, dragging is a potentially dangerous trend. Where the ability to simply drag used to be “cool”, the new “draggin” trend of how hard and for how long can result in fully-customized trucks engulfed in flames.
ENGINE DRIVEN COMPRESSORS, DUMP VALVE SILENCERS, ADJUSTABLE VALVE SPEEDS, TRAIN HORNS, FRONT-END CONVERSIONS, TAILLIGHT CONVERSIONS, TILT HOODS, LAMBO DOORS, SUICIDE DOORS, and RAISED BED FLOORS cover some more prevalent trends in the truck world.
A trend that has taken hold in the paint/theme world is RETRO/VINTAGE. Also, FLAMES, tribal flames, ghost flames, and increasingly “real” flames can be found on many rides. CLEAN, SIMPLE, and classy single or two-tone paint jobs remain elegant, tasteful, and definitely in style. ELABORATE SOUND SYSTEMS, including multiple screens in multiple creative locations, and stylish subwoofer enclosures, have become widespread. As for interiors, alligator, crocodile, and snake skins have made appearances next to leather, suede, and tweed.
Lifted trucks have gotten bigger and bigger, also utilizing airbags. They run increasingly big rims, big tires, and big sound systems. There may be fewer crazy lifted trucks cruising the streets than lowered trucks brushing the pavement, but they certainly draw lots of attention, especially from the police. Lifted trucks seem to encompass a complete package of modifications, including paint, chrome, sound systems, interiors, engine modifications and wheel/tire combinations.
Some trends seem to have hit a plateau (which might be the nice way of saying they’re dying). Crazy paint schemes dominated the scene a few years ago. Chaotic, disorganized, complicated, asymmetrical and eye-catching, these multi-color paint jobs seem to be on the decline. Spinners came and went, never fully finding a home in the truck world. Troll hair interiors, iron crosses, good v. evil themes, some tribal designs, skulls, dice, and playing cards have attained a popularity that might be considered saturated by some. Neon and crazy window tint may have hit a plateau as well. Tweed interiors may be regarded as classic by some and played out by others. Regardless, these trends continue to be major players in the truck world.
There will always be trends in truck customization, and if you’re anything like me, you dive right into trends and rock ‘em with style. What’s wrong with that? I believe the distinction lies in your motive: If you think a trend is tight, go with it! However, if you pick up on the latest trends to fit in or avoid criticism, then maybe think twice. Because after all, it’s YOUR ride, which means YOU determine its style.