Here you can find Euro Truck 2 Customization Guide. Customize your truck and modify all elements:
This upgrade does not influence driving features. It is only about the appearance. Each truck offers different options as each make has different parts.
Chassis and axles
In default, most of the trucks have one driving axle (rear). It can give you a highest possible speed and acceleration when you don't have a trailer or you have light cargo (up to a dozen of tons). However, you can also have two or three (only selected trucks) axles. But what does it mean to you?
- More axles mean a better stability of your vehicle,
- Decreased fuel tank capacity,
- Your vehicle drives slower.
The solution to the last problem for lighter cargoes is to use lift axles. Lift the rear axle to make your vehicle more agile (your truck can make sharper turns); lift the middle axle to make your truck more stable (especially at higher speeds). Press "U" to lift or lower axles. Remember that using these axles reduces your fuel tank capacity.
Another option are 2 or 3 steerable axles (Heavy Cargo DLC). They are helpful in hauling heavy cargo on a rough terrain (e.g. exiting a mine or driving up a mountain and turning a lot). 3 axles are for cargoes with a weight of about 60 tons. When you are using this configuration then the fuel tank goes on the back of your cabin.
Each of the trucks has a wide variety of engines. The greater power (expressed in horse power), the heavier cargo you can transport. This also increases your maximum speed and acceleration.
This question appears a lot: is it better to have more horse power (hp) or high torque at idling (Nm/RPM) - here, the answer is simple: always choose an engine with more power. The only thing that you get with high torque is reduced fuel consumption (that difference isn't that great either).
Currently, there are 3 available gearbox types: 12, 16 and 7-speed. Choosing the right variant is very important. Below, you can find their descriptions:
- 12-speed gearboxes are the basic variant - they are the default gearbox, can be adjusted to a heavier/lighter cargo.
- 16-speed gearboxes (available at level 16) are for transporting very heavy cargoes, especially on rough terrain; recommended for weaker engines (below 500 hp). Recommended for driving on small routes with heavy cargo.
- 7-speed gearboxes (available at level 15) are very peculiar. Their main characteristic is the lack of a noticeable "jump" when you are changing a gear (similar to cars with automatic transmission). Thanks to that they are great for climbing; they also give you the best acceleration and high maximum speed (they are also comfortable when you are using a manual transmission). However, they aren't suitable for heavy cargo (+40 tons) if you don't have a powerful engine. Recommended for driving on highways.
Each of the gearboxes has a different gear ratio. You can always see values for the first and last gear ratio, e.g. 11:0.77:3,4. Simply put: a higher first number of a gear ratio lets your truck start moving easier with huge weight (more power); a lower number in the last transmission ratio lets your truck go faster (of course, this depends on engine's power and trailer's weight). When it comes to fuel consumption the most optimal gear ratio is 1:1 (some 12-speed gearboxes have it). The third number is equally important, it represents a differential. A lower number lets your truck accelerate faster and get a higher maximum speed with a light cargo; a higher number means that your truck will be able to deal with heavier cargoes.
The second thing is to equip your gearbox with a retarder. If you don't use it (manual or automatic) then you can save money and buy a gearbox that doesn't have it. Retarder is for slowing your vehicle down - you can activate it if your traction isn't good or you don't want to drive too fast when you are going down a hill. Press [;] and ['] to increase or decrease its power (3 levels). It is easy to notice when your automatic retarder works, e.g. when you try to drive faster than your cruise control limit.
Each of the trucks gives you an option to modify its interiors. The first option is to change colors and materials (in some cases these changes are hard to notice, e.g. a driver's seat), the second option is for accessories. Currently, you can modify your steering wheel, buy an additional GPS that is attached to your windshield, get hanging accessories, lamps etc. Many of these accessories are in special mini DLC packs.
The truck customization tool offers only colors and patterns created for that model by its producer. Therefore the choice is not very spectacular.
Exterior of your truck can also be modified - each of the brands and models offer you different attachments. These accessories are: light bars and bull bars on which you can attach lights and air horns, door steps, door handles, mirrors etc. The choice is wide: chromium plated covers, exhaust system pipes, mirrors, wheels, additional lighting, driver's plates, steps and even handles. Each circle gives you access to other upgrades.
Some of items available in this category are the same as those in the cabin category.
The newest version of the game introduces new elements - tires that you can modify in the truck configuration panel. Besides their look, they also have other important characteristics: traction while driving in rain, fuel consumption and noise (class A is the highest available one). Sadly, their width and diameter doesn't affect acceleration/maximum speed. Because of that you can choose the "best" tires or those that look best on your truck.
Remember: you can have some serious problems with traction if you use tires with different diameters. Don't forget to set the same tires for two axles, if you use them - otherwise, one of them won't be able to touch the ground.
Here you are not limited to colors offered by the manufacturer. The higher level the more patterns you unlock and each can be changed to make your truck really unique. You can select patterns available from DLCs as well.