There are a lot of popular trucks out there that look great, have a decent amount of aftermarket support, and make good power, but the list can be overwhelming. Let’s narrow it down to three popular trucks to build that rank high in appearance, aftermarket support like wheels, tires, and suspension, horsepower, towing capacity, and price.
1. Ford F150, 2004-2008
The Ford F150 made the list for obvious reasons. This is an extremely popular truck to build because it ranks high in every category: appearance, aftermarket support, power, and price. The most popular F150 generation that we see being built is within the 11th generation, more specifically the years 2004 -2008. This 2004 Ford F150 4WD is running a slightly aggressive set-up with some 20x9 Gear Off-Road Dominator wheels, 33x12.5 Durun Terrain Grabber MT tires, and a 2" leveling kit.
The F150 went through a revamp during the 11th generation with a more angular body style and was offered as a 2-door regular or extended cab, and the 4-door extended or crew cab. If you want to get into the F150 crowd, the 5.4L V8 is the best value for this generation making around 380 horsepower and a towing capacity of between 5,900 to 9,500 lbs. The F150 has everything you'd want for building a truck: great looks, huge aftermarket support, relatively inexpensive, and good power and towing capacity.
- Power: Great Value with the 5.4L V8, 235HP
- Towing Capacity: 5,900-9,500 lbs
- Price: Generally Under 5K
- Aftermarket Support: Huge! Lift-kits, wheels, tires, you name it.
- Appearance: Great looks with angular body style
2. Chevy Cateye Silverado, 2004-2007
Second on our list is the loved Chevy Cateye Silverado, specifically the years 2004 to 2007. The Cateye Silverado arguably has one of the best truck engines making this a super popular truck to build. This 2005 Cateye Silverado 1500 is running some 22x12 Wicked Offroad W903 wheels, some 33x12.5 Atturo Trail Blade Mt tires, and Rough Country suspension. There is some slight rubbing at a full turn in this wheel/tire/suspension fitment.
The Chevy Silverado is one of the best bang for your buck trucks right now with a price tag of under 5-6K for the earlier years. It also shares a lot of parts with the Serria making any repairs or modifications a little easier. The Silverado not only looks good with a lift-kit, but it also sounds great with an aftermarket exhaust.
Again, the engine for this truck is known to be one of the best. It's powered by a reliable 5.3L V8 making around 285 horsepower with a towing capacity of 3,800 to 7,800lbs. As far as appearance, this is one of those trucks that look good no matter what you do to it, especially with lift-kits. You can get a lift-kit for the Cateye Silverado for under or around 1.5K.
- Power: Great Power with the 5.3L V8 making 285HP
- Towing Capacity: 3,800-7,800lbs
- Price: Under and around 5K for earlier years
- Aftermarket support: A lot of lift-kit options under 1.5K
- Appearance: Looks very good no matter what you do!
3. Dodge Ram 1500, 2002-2008
The Dodge Ram 1500 is another staple American working truck that is popular to build among the truck community. This is another truck that looks good no matter what you do with them. You could choose to go with an aggressive style on a 6" lift kit and some 20x9 wheels like this 2002 Ram 1500, or you could keep it more simple with a leveling kit and a 17x9 wheel. This 1500 is running the 20x9 Moto Metal MO961 with some 35x12.5 Nitto Trail Grappler tires and a 6" Rough Country lift-kit.
The Ram 1500 is well known and loved for its more muscular and mean appearance with the large grill and slightly bulged hood giving it a high score on the appearance scale. The 2002 Ram is powered by either a 3.7L V6, a 4.7L V8, or a 5.9L V8 Hemi which is a huge plus for those who are looking for reliability and decent power. The Ram 1500 is offered in a regular or quad cab body style and living up to its reputation with a towing capacity of 7,850 to 8,650 lbs for a 2002 Ram 1500 and a max towing capacity of 9,100 for the 2006-2008 Ram 1500s.
- Power: Good power with 4.7L V8 Hemi, 240HP and 300 lb-ft of Torque
- Towing Capacity: 7,850 to 8,650 lbs for the 2002 Ram 1500
- Price: Under 5K for earlier years | Around or under 10K for 2006-2008
- Aftermarket Support: Large variety of wheels, tires, and lift-kits available!
- Appearance: Mean and muscular appearance loved by many