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Glider Kits

   A glider kit is a new truck special ordered from the factory without engine or transmission, although several manufacturers do offer a powered glider with a pre-emission motor. A glider with all axles installed is a rolling glider.

   We have built several hundred gliders in the last couple years due to the demand for new trucks with more reliable pre-emission engines. We are providing an alternative to the current production new trucks saving costly down-time with a more dependable truck and improved fuel economy.

  We mainly specialize in assembly of gliders, however we are happy to assist you in ordering one, and occasionaly (if we get caught up!) even have several in stock ready to go.


Glider Benefits

  • 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.

Cat Engine - New   Cat Engine - Glider

New engines use numerous sensors, 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 a full range of Weller and Lucken's remanufactured transmissions, both come with 1 year / 100k mile warranties.

  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 $7,385. Kenworth kits run $8,385, & Western Stars 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:

Peterbilt Glider Estimate

Kenworth Glider Estimate

Western Star Glider Estimate

Currently Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, & Western Star offer glider kits. We primarily build Peterbilts, but have done them all. Check out our brochure here!

Helpful Info:

 When asking for the price of a glider, in order for us to help you.. we need to know a few things:

  1. Model - ie: 386, 388, 389? (Peterbilt only makes 3 models for gliders)

  2. Day cab or sleeper size - 36", 48", 63", 72"?

  3. Axle ratings ie.: 12k & 40k or 20k & 46k ?

  4. What do you want to do about an engine? We have used C15 CAT core engines for $6500-$8500. It is recommended that they are rebuilt by someone before installation. We do not rebuilt engines. We provide cores only as a service.

  5. Transmission model and new or rebuilt? We carry Weller Reman units that carry a 1yr / 100K parts and labor warranty at any Paccar dealer in the nation.

  6. Be sure to look at our sample bills: Western Star, Kenworth, and Peterbilt.

 With this info we can "ballpark" the price.


Currently In Stock / On Order Kits

   We currently do not keep many kits in-stock for sale due to our workload, however as of spring 2014, Peterbilt & KW glider orders are only out 6-7 weeks.

  New Kenworth kits coming in! We spoke for the 3 KW Gliders being displayed at Louisville MATS this year so they should be here soon!

2014 Kenworth W900L Glider Kit2014 Kenworth T660 Glider Kit2014 Kenworth T800 Glider Kit

2014 Kenworth W900L     -      2014 Kenworth T660      -     2014 Kenworth T800


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Previously Built Glider Kits

2014 Kenworth W900L Glider Kit

2013 Kenworth W900L Glider

2014 Western Star Glider

2012 Peterbilt Glider

2012 Peterbilt Milktruck

2010 Peterbilt Glider

2011 Peterbilt Glider Straight Truck

Glider Engine

Glider Engine

2010 Peterbilt Shed Hauler

2008 Peterbilt Glider Dump Truck

2008 Western Star Glider

Call Jerry - (330) 878-6630 Monday through Friday 8:00 - 5:00 EST. Open Saturday by appointment.