Lately, there's been much discussion (and even full-blown debates) going around about draggin' your truck.It's pretty much a fact that most mini-truckers with a non-powdercoated, -painted,-chromed, or -detailed frame will drag their trucks anytime and anywhere. One of the reasons we strive to lay full frame or body to the pavement is so we can shower our buddies driving behind us in sparks - not to mention, the feeling of your truck caressing the pavement is just indescribable. So, why is this even a topic of concern? Well, I want to address the negativity that has been openly displayed time and again to those with differing opinions.

First things first. One thing we've always said here at Mini Truckin' is that people should build their trucks for themselves; not for their friends, not for the mags, and certainly not because of what anyone else tells them to do. Yes, it's always a good idea to get advice from those who are more knowledgeable than you, and even take suggestions from others, but in no way, shape, or form should you let anybody tell you what you "must" do to or with your truck.

If everyone left it at that, there wouldn't be a need for heated arguments in the chat rooms, forums, at shows, or among friends. However, some just don't leave it alone. They even go so far as constantly bashing the use of drag blocks, criticizing those who don't or won't drag, and so on. To me, it's kind of futile for someone in a mostly stock, 'bagged-and-primered truck to hate so much on the guy who spent five hard years and countless amounts of dough on his ride, just because he doesn't want to ruin his fully powdercoated frame and $10,000 paintjob. It seems like common sense: If someone spent that kind of money to blow apart their entire truck - to powdercoat and chrome everything and go all-out on the paint - why would they want to go out and ruin in one night of fun what they had tried to accomplish for years?

Now, before you go hating on me, too, keep in mind that I have a draggin' addiction, so I won't ever have a mini that I can't drag the rockers off to my heart's content. Yet, I also enjoy gawking at full-blown show trucks, the ones where you can eat off the underside of the cab because every nut and bolt has been tended to. Eventually, my dream, like most, is to finish my S-10 to that extreme, with a full-powdercoated handbuilt frame, a killer paintjob, and insane body mods. Yet anyone that knows me, or has read my column, knows that sparks run through my veins, so if I want to bolt on a set of drag blocks and drag the piss out of the 'Dime, but don't want to ruin all the years of hard work, why should that be frowned upon?

To clear things up a little, I am and always will be a die-hard dragger. I also think it's one of the coolest things ever to see a cover truck throwing sparks with the best of them. Keep in mind, though, that anyone with a powdercoated or painted frame will use drag blocks 99 percent of the time. He or she is not "cheating" because the truck completely lays out without the blocks; they're just protecting their investment. Granted, if you have a stock frame, there's probably not too much need for drag blocks because chances are you still have a lot of capable metal under there.

Draggin' is something that us mini-truckers will cherish for years to come, but please don't be ignorant and hate on something just because it is not what you would necessarily do. If everyone did the same things for the same reasons, then this sport and lifestyle would be very boring, and people would never openly express themselves in their trucks or interactions. All right, now that I got that off my chest, go out there and drag your truck. Or don't, if you don't want to. L88888!