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01/07/2016

Best Trucks Ever in Washtenaw County

We've given our opinion on the best sports fishing boats ever, now it is time for trucks. This list is just an opinion, so let us know what you think.

2003-2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon

The TJ was smaller and nimbler than today's Wrangler, but represents the highpoint in Jeep off-road capabilities with its coil-link suspension. It boasted a 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that lifted up hard, narrow trails with ease. The long-wheelbase Unlimited models released from 2004 to 2006 were the precursors of today's four-door Unlimited models. The Rubicon package included Dana 44 axles in front and rear with electronic locking differentials, 31-inch Goodyear mud tires, and an ultra-low gearing in its transfer case.

1971-1980 International Scout II

International's Harvester Scout was one of the most popular 4WD vehicles in the '60s and '70s, but the second generation's larger and more modern models attract enthusiasts today. The Scout II was heavy and versatile, designed to tackle any task assigned to it. The Dana 44 axle came standard after 1974, along with disc brakes, making the later years more popular. Options included either a 304 cid V-8 or a hefty 345 cid V-8. After 1976, roomier options were available in the Traveler SUV or Terra pickup versions with 18-inch wheelbase.

1978-1980 Ford Bronco

In the 1970s, the Chevy Blazer and Dodge Ramcharger SUVs were based on full-sized pickups, but the Ford Bronco retained its small stature until 1978. That year, it switched to the F-150 chassis and offered the option of a brawny 460 cid V-8 engine. In 1981, Ford decided to alter the design again, removing the Dana 44 solid front axle, making it less capable off-road. As a result, these first three years of the big Bronco represent the cream of the crop.

1999-2007 Ford Super Duty

The Super Duty's introduction in 1999 changed the heavy-duty truck market forever. Before then, folks had to modify their light-duty trucks for heavy work. No more. The Super Duty represented a full line of heavy lifters for the work crowd and recreational towers that left the regular F-150 for milder work. Its engines were Super Duty indeed, coming in three choices: a 6.8-liter gasoline V-10, a 5.4-liter V-8, or a 7.3-liter turbodiesel with an impressive 500 lb-ft of torque. Its side mirrors were manually telescoping, allowing for extra visibility when towing. The Super Duty allowed Ford to capture the heavy-duty market, which it still dominates today.

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1957-1965 Jeep FC-150

This cute little number was actually built on the same wheelbase as the 4-cylinder Jeep CJ-5 of the time. They ingeniously put the engine below the cab! The cab-over-engine (COE) gave the diminutive pickup better maneuverability (the FC stood for Forward Control), and was scary to drive at high speeds. Although its little engine and stocky body would usually top out at 65 mph, the FC-150's near-360 visibility made it fun to 4WD off-road.

1991-1993 GMC Syclone/Typhoon

Perhaps the strangest truck ever made, the GMC Syclone took a humble S-15 compact pickup body and put in a 4.3-liter turbo-charged V-6 that produced 280 hp and 360 lb-ft. of torque, beating the Corvette of the time. In fact, the Syclone and Typhoon used the same Corvette automatic transmission and shifter, but with All Wheel Drive. You could beat any sports car on the lot by just putting the pedal to the metal, going from 0 to 60 in just 4.3 seconds. It couldn't carry much and couldn't tow anything, but who cares?

1990-1993 Chevy 454 SS

Building upon the sports truck craze of the late '80s and '90s, Chevy spurred it on with its 454 Super Sport. Redesigning their new full-size pickup lines, GM decided that the new bodies would be perfect for a high-performance pickup. The black on black 454 SS took a big pickups 454 cid big-block V-8 and added a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic and 9.5-inch rear axle. The next year, the three-speed was swapped out for a four-speed, resulting in 255 hp, 405 lb-ft of torque, and 0 to 60 in 7 seconds. Here was a hark back to the muscle car days, taking a big engine and tweaking it for fun.

2007 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Supercharged

Although Ford and Harley Davidson had collaborated on pickup trucks since 1999, it was in 2007 that they took it to a new level. It looked the same as its predecessors, with Harley badges, big chrome wheels, and special paint, but the optional supercharger kit set this bad boy apart. The supercharged option boasted a 5.4-liter V-8 that produced 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, serious business then and still today.

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