Driving Light Upgrade and Tests: PIAA RF6 and LP530 Lights

Like other Dodge Ram Gen 3 trucks, the OEM headlamps on our 2005 Ram 3500 truck produce a subdued and diffused light pattern. Even with the low beams on and adjusted to specification, the dim and ineffective scattered light often confuses oncoming drivers who assume that the high beams are on.  Regardless of the adjustment method, the low […]

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Our Ram 3500 Gets an A.R.E. Shell

Many viewers and forum members have seen our 2005 Ram 3500 4×4 pickup at events or on the road. Seems we’re always hauling gear or toting a trailer! For keeping our gear dry and free of dust, we went shopping and ordered an A.R.E. V-Series shell with the Outdoorsman side door window option. Our local […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Advance Adapters Atlas Transfer Case Design and Shifting

Advance Adapters Atlas Transfer Case Design and Shifting Techniques!  Steve Roberts at Advance Adapters shares close-up details on the Atlas transfer case. He describes the function, design and attributes of both the two- and four-speed Atlas transfer cases. Learn more about this popular and rugged upgrade for Jeep, light truck, Land Cruiser, off-road 4×4 buggy and […]

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2016 Moab EJS: Charlene Bower Announces Ladies Co-Driver Challenge

BFG® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs provided an evening event for four-wheeler guests at Grandpa’s Garage during the 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Week. During the night’s announcements, Charlene Bower of Bower Media invited women four-wheelers to join her as a co-driver in three pending competitive events. The competitive events include the Reno […]

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Testing a Durston Magnetic Plug Weld Tool

The Durston/VIM MPWT Magnetic Plug Weld Tool is a unique way to get quality results when plug welding. If you have sheet gauge metal projects that require seam welds or hole filling, check out the Durston MPWT and other products! We needed to fill holes in a vintage brake backing plate and searched for the […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Honda XR650R Motorcycle Upper Engine Teardown and Inspection

Honda XR650R Motorcycle How-to: Upper Engine Tear Down for Inspection In this HD video overview, Moses Ludel disassembles the top end of the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle engine. Low compression led to this tear down. For diagnostics before teardown, a cylinder leakdown test was performed. (See the HD video how-to on the cylinder leak down […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Racing Interviews: Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies

Close-ups: LOORS  Pro-Series Racers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies      Top drivers running BFGoodrich tires, Rob MacCachren (left) and Bryce Menzies (right) compete at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS). On the weekend of August 23-25, 2013, Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks/Reno, Nevada, hosted a LOORS series race. These teams vied for honors on one of the fastest tracks in the country. Rob […]

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Saginaw Power Steering Gear In-the-Chassis Troubleshooting

If you encounter leaks, looseness or wander with a Saginaw Rotary Valve power steering gear, some quick diagnostic steps will prove useful. These troubleshooting techniques require nothing more than access to the steering gear and setting the steering wheel on center with the front wheels pointed straight ahead. With the steering wheel and column unlocked, you can […]

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Driving Light Upgrade and Testing: PIAA RF6 and LP530 Series Lights

Driving Light Upgrade and Tests: PIAA RF6 and LP530 Lights

Like other Dodge Ram Gen 3 trucks, the OEM headlamps on our 2005 Ram 3500 truck produce a subdued and diffused light pattern. Even with the low beams on and adjusted to specification, the dim and ineffective scattered light often confuses oncoming drivers who assume that the high beams are on.  Regardless of the adjustment method, the low […]

Our Ram 3500 Gets an A.R.E. Shell

Our Ram 3500 Gets an A.R.E. Shell

Many viewers and forum members have seen our 2005 Ram 3500 4×4 pickup at events or on the road. Seems we’re always hauling gear or toting a trailer! For keeping our gear dry and free of dust, we went shopping and ordered an A.R.E. V-Series shell with the Outdoorsman side door window option. Our local […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Advance Adapters Atlas Transfer Case Design and Shifting

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Advance Adapters Atlas Transfer Case Design and Shifting

Advance Adapters Atlas Transfer Case Design and Shifting Techniques!  Steve Roberts at Advance Adapters shares close-up details on the Atlas transfer case. He describes the function, design and attributes of both the two- and four-speed Atlas transfer cases. Learn more about this popular and rugged upgrade for Jeep, light truck, Land Cruiser, off-road 4×4 buggy and […]

2016 Moab EJS:  Charlene Bower Announces the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge

2016 Moab EJS: Charlene Bower Announces Ladies Co-Driver Challenge

BFG® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs provided an evening event for four-wheeler guests at Grandpa’s Garage during the 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Week. During the night’s announcements, Charlene Bower of Bower Media invited women four-wheelers to join her as a co-driver in three pending competitive events. The competitive events include the Reno […]

Testing a Durston Magnetic Plug Weld Tool

Testing a Durston Magnetic Plug Weld Tool

The Durston/VIM MPWT Magnetic Plug Weld Tool is a unique way to get quality results when plug welding. If you have sheet gauge metal projects that require seam welds or hole filling, check out the Durston MPWT and other products! We needed to fill holes in a vintage brake backing plate and searched for the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Honda XR650R Motorcycle Upper Engine Teardown and Inspection

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Honda XR650R Motorcycle Upper Engine Teardown and Inspection

Honda XR650R Motorcycle How-to: Upper Engine Tear Down for Inspection In this HD video overview, Moses Ludel disassembles the top end of the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle engine. Low compression led to this tear down. For diagnostics before teardown, a cylinder leakdown test was performed. (See the HD video how-to on the cylinder leak down […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Racing Interviews: Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Racing Interviews: Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies

Close-ups: LOORS  Pro-Series Racers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies      Top drivers running BFGoodrich tires, Rob MacCachren (left) and Bryce Menzies (right) compete at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS). On the weekend of August 23-25, 2013, Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks/Reno, Nevada, hosted a LOORS series race. These teams vied for honors on one of the fastest tracks in the country. Rob […]

Saginaw Power Steering Gear In-the-Chassis Troubleshooting

Saginaw Power Steering Gear In-the-Chassis Troubleshooting

If you encounter leaks, looseness or wander with a Saginaw Rotary Valve power steering gear, some quick diagnostic steps will prove useful. These troubleshooting techniques require nothing more than access to the steering gear and setting the steering wheel on center with the front wheels pointed straight ahead. With the steering wheel and column unlocked, you can […]

Trailer:  Rebuilding Saginaw Rotary Valve Integral Power Steering Gear

Rebuilding Saginaw Rotary Valve Integral Power Steering Gear

The Saginaw Rotary Valve integral power steering gear is reliable and durable. Its serviceability is much easier than other designs.  Like any automotive steering system, wear eventually leads to the need for at least resealing and ultimately rebuilding. There are exchange rebuilt gears available in the aftermarket and from OEM sources, yet many shops and […]

Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America Demonstrates Proper Winch Use

Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America Demonstrates Proper Winch Use

Bill Burke earned his chance to compete at the legendary Camel Trophy and went on to create 4-Wheeling America. A world renown 4-wheel-drive instructor, guide and vehicle recovery expert, Bill trains corporate, military and recreational users at off-road driving, safety and vehicle recovery. In this demonstration of winching, Bill Burke begins with the judgment call that […]

Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Superwinch Talon 18K Winch Installation

Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Superwinch Talon 18K Winch Installation

  4WD Mechanix Magazine’s 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 pickup is a workhorse and trailer hauler. The chores that this truck performs require the best and most reliable equipment available. For winching, we turned to the top-of-the-line Superwinch® Talon 18.0SR winch with synthetic rope. See the installation with tips on safe winch mounting. Learn why […]

2016 Moab EJS: BFG Presents the Outstanding Trails Awards Winners

2016 Moab EJS: BFG Presents the Outstanding Trails Awards Winners

Each year, BFGoodrich® Tires presents the Outstanding Trails Awards to clubs that contribute the greatest energy toward a trail maintenance and improvement project. Their proactive efforts help keep our off-pavement access available. The optimal place for giving out awards is Moab EJS, and this year was the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari. On […]

2016 Moab EJS: Off-Road Products Raffle at Grandpa’s Garage

2016 Moab EJS: Off-Road Products Raffle at Grandpa’s Garage

Guests of BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs gathered at Grandpa’s Garage for an evening of fun after running at Area BFE/BFG. A key component of the celebration was the ongoing raffle, where off-road items from small to the Grand Prize kept the guests busy. The entire raffle was fun, and the Grand […]

2016 Moab EJS: Friends, Colleagues and Guests Toast Richard Winchester

2016 Moab EJS: Friends, Colleagues and Guests Toast Richard Winchester

Richard Winchester retired from BFGoodrich® Tires marketing in January, marking 47 years and 8 months with this major tire manufacturer. During the 2016 Moab EJS hosted party at Grandpa’s Garage, Richard received a standing ovation, tribute and raised tequila shots commemorating his phenomenal contribution to the off-road industry. Join us as we celebrate…Richard Winchester’s legacy […]

2016 Moab EJS: Tech Talk at Grandpa’s Garage

2016 Moab EJS: Tech Talk at Grandpa’s Garage

BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder sponsored an evening at Grandpa’s Garage during the 2016 Moab EJS. Greg Mulkey and John Williams raised the guests’ awareness on the issues of bead lock wheels and tires for off-road use. Hear what these experts have to say about wheels and tires. Make informed decisions about your […]

2016 Moab EJS:  Evening at Grandpa’s Garage

2016 Moab EJS: Evening at Grandpa’s Garage

During the 2016 Moab EJS, the folks at BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder sponsored a party for select guests. Danny Grimes’ Grandpa’s Garage was the venue. Guests gathered after a playful day run at Area BFG/”BFG”. The evening unfolded with a sumptuous dinner, exciting raffle and a toast to Richard Winchester, retiring from […]

2016 Moab EJS Area BFE/BFG Fun Run

2016 Moab EJS Area BFE/BFG Fun Run

2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari. BFG Tires partnered with Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs to help 4×4 guests celebrate at Area BFE. Easter came early this year, and the event day included freezing cold, blowing snow and overcast. The four-wheelers were not deterred, and everyone had a good time! […]

Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America Shares Impressions on the BFG KM2 Tires

Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America Shares Impressions on the BFG KM2 Tires

4-Wheeling America is known worldwide for Bill Burke’s four-wheel driver training and vehicle recovery courses. Bill participated in the famous Camel Trophy and has been a trainer for 30 years. For the last 27 years, Bill Burke has depended upon B.F. Goodrich® Tires for his four-wheeling, and he knows each tread design well. In this […]

Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America Leads the Superwinch and Bestop Run at 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari

Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America Leads the Superwinch and Bestop Run at 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari

In this HD video coverage, Superwinch and 4-Wheeling America head up a group run at the 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. 4-Wheeling America is known worldwide for Bill Burke’s four-wheel driver training and vehicle recovery courses. Bill has been a trainer for 30 years, using Superwinch equipment since his participation in the famous Camel Trophy. […]

Tour of the Latest Superwinch Products at the 2015 SEMA Show!

Tour of the Latest Superwinch Products at the 2015 SEMA Show!

Superwinch has a 45-year history of superior winch products. Heralded by Camel Trophy competitors, these products continue to advance and meet the most demanding challenges in winching. In this coverage, learn more about the innovation and rugged reliability built into every Superwinch device. See why Superwinch has become the official winching product line at 4WD […]

2015 SEMA Show: Bestop Tour of New Products!

2015 SEMA Show: Bestop Tour of New Products!

At the 2015 SEMA Show, the Bestop booth saw a steady stream of traffic! In this video tour with Bill Haberkamp, we look at the newest offerings from this prestigious and popular OEM and aftermarket top and accessory source.

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Rod Hall’s “Drive-4-Excellence” at Wild West Motorsports Park

Racing legend Rod Hall and Mike Winkel conduct a comprehensive and fun training session at the Wild West Motorsports Park. A special pair of courses enable drivers to experience the art of light throttle use and maximizing traction. Convincingly, the Rod Hall crew teaches newbies and seasoned four-wheelers how to negotiate rough terrain without tearing […]

BFGoodrich and UTV Underground Premier “XP1K3” R.J. Anderson UTV Video at the BFG/SCORE Baja 1000 Experience!

BFGoodrich and UTV Underground Premier “XP1K3” UTV Video

The crowd at the 2015 SEMA Show’s BFG/SCORE Baja 1000 Experience witnessed the premier of “XP1K3”, starring professional UTV racer R.J. Anderson. In this action packed video, the pace quickens with BFG off-road performance UTV tires, the latest generation KR2 design for UTVs. Hear what BFG, R.J. Anderson and the production crew have to say […]

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Arctic Cat Wildcat Ride and Testing the New BFG Baja T/A KR2 Tires!

At Rod Hall’s Drive-4-Excellence on September 11, 2015, Mike Winkel and the Freedom Cycle (Reno, Nevada) crew provided the Jeep drivers with an opportunity to test and experience the Arctic Cat Wildcat UTV/Side-by-Sides with BFG® tires and Vision Wheels. Come along for the ride!

Riding Arctic Cat Wildcats and 4×4 Driving Tips from Rod Hall

Riding Arctic Cat Wildcats and 4×4 Driving Tips from Rod Hall

Moses Ludel joins Rod Hall, Mike Winkel and members of the Rod Hall Racing crew at the Wild West Motorsports Park for an Arctic Cat Wildcat UTV ride in the hills east of Reno, Nevada. After some backcountry play with the Wildcats, Rod Hall discussed maximizing traction and minimizing vehicle impact with a full-size 4×4. […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – N4WDA and Local 4×4 Clubs Clean Up El Dorado Canyon

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – N4WDA and Local 4×4 Clubs Clean Up El Dorado Canyon

N4WDA Calls on Local 4×4 Clubs for an El Dorado Canyon Clean Up!   On May 18, 2014, the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association joined ranks with the Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association for a major Pine Nut Range clean up. N4WDA enlisted the help of 4×4 volunteers from the Sierra Stompers and Komstock Krawlerz […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – USFS and Off-Road Community Volunteers Protect Dog Valley

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – USFS and Off-Road Community Volunteers Protect Dog Valley

U.S. Forest Service and Off-Road Volunteers Protect Dog Valley On June 14, 2014, U.S. Forest Service staff and local volunteers collaborated on a project at Dog Valley near Verdi, Nevada/California. Within the Toiyabe National Forest, the pristine meadow land had been threatened by careless users. Volunteer workers from the Nevada 4WD Association, Hills Angels 4×4 […]