Most trucks today come with a tachometer already installed, so the need for a big, massive thing bolted to the dash is kind of redundant. Missed shifts lose races, but more importantly, they can cause the motor to go "boom." So it's good to keep tabs on the rpm.

If you've modified the motor so that it twists higher than the factory intended, or you just want more status, then you might need an aftermarket tach. If you're like us and want one of the other cool features that is usually the norm on these aftermarket tachs, Proform has it.

Proform Parts recently introduced its stand-alone, 3,000-to-11,000-rpm shift light. The shift light does not require a separate module and allows you to set shift points via a dial on the back. Basically, the shift light comes on at a certain rpm to let you know when to push in the clutch and grab the next gear without taking your eyes off the road. We went to Circuit City in Buena Park, California, to have Brandon Smith, the road-shop manager, throw it in. If you didn't know Circuit City does more than simple stereo installs, check out the Web site. If you're ready to see the light, then get your shift together and read on.