Pros and Cons of Dinghy Towing

fbhIt is common to see vehicles flat-towing other vehicles on the road. This type of towing is called dinghy towing, and continues to be among the most popular and convenient ways to haul. The term, “dinghy” actually refers to yachts hauling small transit boats in their wakes.

Dinghy towing has become a very efficient and secure way of hauling cars, trucks, and SUV’s. For this reason, an extensive line of specialized equipment was introduced to the market to support this type of hauling. Parts like supplemental transmission lubrication pumps, quick-disconnect couplings for the driveshaft, light wiring, and supplemental brake actuators are towing components that make dinghy-style hauling safer and more efficient.

There are two ways dinghy towing is done: either by using a tow bar, or a tow dolly. Continue reading to learn the differences between these two styles, and gain a better perspective of the pros and cons of dinghy towing.

Using a Tow Bar

When you see, for example, an RV hauling a sedan with all four tires making contact with the road, this is dinghy style towing using a tow bar. It is connected to the front bumper of the towed vehicle, and then trailer lights are attached to the back bumper. Although reliable, using a tow bar to haul cars can become complicated since cars are meant to drive on their own power, rather than be hauled on the ground.

Also, transmissions are designed to be turned by the car’s engine. But when a car is being hauled on the pavement, the tires will cause the transmission to turn instead, which could possibly lead to transmission damage. On the other hand, certain vehicles, like Jeeps, are designed with a 4WD mechanism that retains a transfer case, which places the car in neutral, isolating the transmission from the wheels. It is important to always refer to the hauled vehicles owners’ manual for manufacturer recommendations before setting it up for tow bar dinghy towing.

Using a Tow Dolly

In contrast to bars, tow dollies only allow the rear tires of a towed vehicle to touch the ground. When you see a car being hauled with its front wheels raised and its back wheels rolling on the ground, you are witnessing dinghy style towing using a tow dolly. Dollies are popular for RV’s that need to haul a car or SUV long distances. A notable downside to tow dolly hauling is uneven tire wear. However, routine maintenance and regular tire rotations can help slow this process down

Grilling the Grille Insert What You Need to Know

sdvGrille Inserts or commonly called as “billet grille” is used to add style to the vehicle. Putting on a billet grille is like putting on a bling. It provides a unique design to cars, trucks and SUVs. The main purpose of this automotive part is it serves as an opening in the bodywork which allows air to enter. The grille is installed in front of the vehicle for cooling off the radiator and engine compartment.

Choosing a Grille Insert for your ride

Here’s some information about the types of billet grilles. Before thinking of buying one for your truck or SUV, you better check what style suits you.

1. Classic Billet

The classic billet grille inserts has a smooth design which features clean, straight lines that draws attention to the front of the vehicle. The design is not too grand, but it is better compared to the stock grilles. The designs are either made of horizontal bars or vertical bars.

· Its’ classic lines and smooth design complements the looks of the vehicle

· Different finishes such as Brushed, Polished, Black, or Stainless

· Bolt-over or Cut-out installation

· The designs are either constructed using high-quality aluminum or with stainless steel fronts

2. Speed and Mesh Grilles

Another type of billet grille is the speed and mesh style. It features a diamond-pattern look that is quite seen on racing-inspired vehicles. This one will surely add flair to any truck or SUV. It has easy to clean stainless steel that requires almost zero maintenance.

· Design comes in sleek, diamond pattern or wire mesh look

· Chrome, Black Chrome, Brushed, Polished, and Stainless Steel finishes

· Bolt-over or Cut-out installation

3. Designer Stainless Grilles

The third type of billet grille you need to know is the designer stainless grille inserts. It has laser-cut from sheets design that is made using high-quality stainless steel. Its flashy design is great for those who are looking for something that would make their truck or SUV stand out.

· Flames, skulls, iron crosses, and more cool designs

· Made of high-quality stainless steel

· Bolt-over or Cut-out installation

4. Solid Billet Grilles

The solid billet grille inserts have the classy and smooth appearance but thicker and heavier compared to the classic billet grilles. It is made from quarter-inch sheets of aluminum with a precision water jet. The billet grilles with Harley Davidson logos fall in this category, while other design comes with straight bars.

· Gives enhanced style and appearance to the vehicle

· Created using high-quality, quarter-inch thick aluminum

· Polished or brushed finish

· Bolt-over and Cut-out available

5. Specialty Grilles

Last, but not the least, is the specialty grille inserts. The design in this type includes phantom and tubular style grille. There are also those with interwoven bars, meshed metal and punched holes in the design. Specialty grilles are usually seen on car shows and events.

· Gives a style boost to any truck or SUV

· Constructed using high-quality stainless steel and aluminum

· Available finishes like polished, brushed finish, and even hand-painted

· Bolt-over or Cut-out installation

Take note that buying a grille insert will replace the grille pieces that are installed in the openings of your vehicle’s grille shell. Some people think it’s quite hard to decide on what grille insert to purchase especially since there are different designs depending on the brand too. Check the description of the types of truck grilles above to know what to buy for your ride.