The new truck alternative.
A glider kit is a new truck special ordered from the factory without engine or transmission, allowing you to utilize pre-emission engines resulting in better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs.
We have more then 35 years of experience in the truck industry & have built hundreds of gliders in the last few years due to the demand for new trucks with more reliable pre-emission engines. It is a great alternative to current production trucks saving costly down-time with a more dependable truck and improved fuel economy.
We specialize in assembly of gliders, we do not stock glider kits but will be happy to assist you in ordering one and then completing it for you. This way you get exactly what you want and we do not have to mark it up and provide margins for an inventory of trucks.
Our goal with building glider kits is not to circumvent new regulations but to provide a reliable, fuel saving, alternative to current trucks that are prone to poor fuel mileage, low power, and leaving you in limp mode when you need to meet a scheduled delivery. Federal rules state that trucks are subject to emission laws of the year of engine manufacture so glider kits are legal in all 50 states, with DPF filters being required only in California.
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Substantial Fuel Savings.
$1,847 / Month = $22,164 / Year. (Based on fuel $4/Gal. 10k miles/Month, increasing from 5 mpg to 6.5 mpg. Most C15 gliders average 6.5-7 mpg.)
Longevity / Reliability.
No DPF Filter Problems.
No Urea / Diesel Fuel Additive.
The Possibility of Re-Using Your Own Engine / Transmission.
Ease of Service / Maintenance.
New engines use numerous sensors, exhaust recirculation, urea fluid, & DPF particulate filters - The pictures speak for themselves!
Glider Power & Driveline Options
For Peterbilt & Kenworth applications we recommend and install primarily 2000-2004 Cat C15 6NZ, 2WS, & MBN single turbo engines. Cummins ISX, ISC, & N14 Select Plus motors are candidates for power as well. Western Star and Freightliner can utilize Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit engines.
Most pre-emission engines available are high mileage core engines so we recommend going with a complete rebuild. We have rebuilders we recommend that will do premium Cat overhauls and offer 4 year / unlimited mileage Cat warranties.
We offer new and remanufactured transmissions.
Click on our Parts page for more info on components we may have in stock.
Our labor fee for assembling a rolling Peterbilt kit is $7,350. Kenworth
kits run $8,385, & Western Star's run $6,885 for labor. Labor to install
visors, lights, or additional chrome will be on an hourly basis. Parts
to assemble a Western Star kit run several thousand dollars cheaper than
Peterbilt because the donnage box (assembly parts from the manufacturer)
provided is more complete.
Eaton / Roadranger has a very helpful website for determining what gear ratio you will need. Our Cat C15 engines seem to get the best fuel mileage rolling along at 1325 RPM. Click here for the Road Speed Calculator.
Take a look at our
sample assembly bills here:
sample assembly bills here:
Currently Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, & Western Star offer glider kits. We primarily build Peterbilts, but have done them all. Check out our brochure here!
When asking for the price of a glider, we need to know a few things:
Model - ie: 386, 388, 389? (Peterbilt only makes 3 models for gliders)
Day cab or sleeper size - 36", 48", 63", 72"?
Axle ratings ie.: 12k & 40k or 20k & 46k ?
What do you want to do about an engine? We try to maintain an inventory of used C15 CAT core engines. It is recommended that they are rebuilt by someone before installation. We provide cores as a service but do not do engine rebuilding.
Transmission model? New or rebuilt?
With this info we can "ballpark" the price.
Currently In Stock / On Order Kits
The gliders we build are all custom ordered, built to your specifications. As a general rule, we do not keep kits in stock for sale due to our workload and logistics. However Peterbilt & KW glider orders are typically only out 6-7 weeks.
Previously Built Glider Kits
Call Jerry - (330) 878-6630 Monday through Friday 8:00 - 5:00 EST. Open Saturday by appointment.