For all practical purposes, your semi truck is your temporary home while you’re making your way to your destination. Why not equip it with the truck parts and accessories needed to make it safer, more comfortable, and more efficient? Whether you’re shopping for a used truck you can customize or you’re looking for accessory ideas, check out International Used Truck Centers’ guide below!
The look and feel of your rig’s cabin can make all the difference between just another truck and a cozy home away from home. Explore some of your options for upgrading your semi truck’s interior:
Steering Wheel: Every trucker drives differently. The position of the spokes on the steering wheel can also affect how you make turns and corner. Whether you want sleek stainless steel or a steering wheel that matches your truck’s exterior paint, there are plenty of options available.
Seats & Seat Covers: Comfortable seating means better concentration, posture, and well-being. Splurging on a $1,000 seat with memory foam may seem like a waste, but on the road, your back will thank you.
Floor Mats: Getting in and out of your truck cabin, especially during winter, can cause a buildup of dirt, salt residue, and more. Installing easy-to-clean mats will keep your floors in excellent shape.
Cabin Air Filters: When you’re traveling in extreme weather, the last thing you want to worry about is a clogged air conditioner core or heater. You can buy cheap cabin air filters that fit all International trucks and remove 97% of diesel soot, dust, and dirt and prevent clogging.
Gearshift Knobs & Extensions: These aren’t purely for fun; the right gearshift knob and/or extension can improve your grip and ensure you’re always shifting from the most comfortable angle possible.
Make a bold statement with towering exhaust pipes or keep it simple with a new set of LED headlights. Whatever you have in mind, chances are you can find the truck parts and accessories to make your vision reality:
Bumpers: Want to give your truck a new look or need to replace a damaged bumper? From light bars and inserts to end pieces and Texas squares, you’ve got plenty of choices in all different sizes.
Exhaust Kits: Next to the oversized grille, roaring exhaust pipes are the semi truck’s calling card. Personalize your truck with individual pieces or a set of stacks. If you choose a kit, you’ll need to select the right size for your truck, along with elbows, brackets, y-pipe, and a flex kit. You can also upgrade your current system with rain caps, heat shields, and more.
Grilles: Speaking of grilles, there are plenty of styles and materials available to get the appearance you want for your rig. From classic stainless steel louvered grilles to punched inserts to grilles with a built-in bug screen for the ProStar, the options are seemingly endless.
Headlights & Bezels: Whether you need International, Freightliner or Kenworth headlights, it’s easy to replace your current system or upgrade to ultra-bright aftermarket LEDs.
Deck Plates: Navigate the area behind your cab or sleeper without worrying about falling. Choose from materials like flashy aluminum or easy-to-clean high-density polyethylene.
Protection & Security
Staying safe during your travels starts with planning ahead, completing inspections, and choosing the right truck parts and accessories. Here are just a few options to help you make your rig even safer:
Gas Caps & Anti-Siphon Devices: Protect your fuel from theft with an easy-to-install locking gas cap. You can also install an anti-siphon device for extra security. Measure the inside diameter of the fuel tank filler neck and its length inside the tank. Use your measurements and truck make to choose the right device.
Headache Racks: Headache racks are installed behind the cab’s rear window. In addition to blocking out sunlight, they protect occupants from flying glass during a break-in or accident. Choose one with storage compartments or a standard light security rack for added peace of mind.
Tire Chains: During winter weather, tire chains can be essential. They provide extra traction on snowy and icy roads and can be used with even the heaviest duty tires. Tire chains, tighteners, and cables are good investments to make if your big rig will be venturing into colder climates.
At the beginning and end of the day, it’s important to inspect your truck’s parts and systems — even the smallest ones. Completing regular Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) can help you stay on top of replacements, so you don’t run into troubles down the road. Here are just a few truck parts and accessories you’ll want to check:
Brake sensors, cables, and hoses
Air intake filters
Charge air coolers
Engine oil coolers
Diesel Exhaust Fluid
Learn More from International Used Truck Centers!
Do you have questions about any of the truck parts and accessories listed above? Contact us at International Used Truck Centers for answers. If you’re in the market for a truck, be sure to ask about our hot buys! From maintaining your brakes to staying fit on the highways, we’re here to provide helpful tips and advice to make your journeys safer, better organized, and more enjoyable.