OTC Tools: How to Quickly Remove Broken Manifold Studs

Removing a broken manifold stud becomes a very expensive repair if the cylinder head gets damaged in the process. Conventional use of a drill and screw extractor often ruins an aluminum cylinder head. At the 2016 SEMA Show, OTC Tools demonstrated the use of the OTC 6982PMC stud removal tool and a drill guide kit, […]

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New OTC Evolve Scan Tool Demonstration

OTC Tools is on the leading edge of troubleshooting and diagnostics tools. The latest Evolve scan tool features diagnostics capability and a troubleshooting interface with the internet. In this demonstration at the 2016 SEMA Show, see how repair shops and serious DIY troubleshooters can perform quick diagnostics to pinpoint trouble code causes. Tests can be performed […]

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Bestop® Launches New Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

The Bestop® booth at 2016 SEMA Show featured a host of new products. Convertible, open air driving is a hallmark of Jeep® off-road recreation, and the innovative new Trektop NX Glide drew a large crowd.  Also popular were the Roughrider Tailgate Shelf and Hardrock 4×4 modular bumpers. Partnering with Baja Designs and Tuffy Security Products has […]

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Superwinch® Launches EXP Series Winches at the 2016 SEMA Show!

The big news in vehicle recovery is the new Superwinch® EXP series winch. Introduced at the 2016 SEMA Show, the “Expedition Grade” winch features state of the art features that earned eight new patents. Join Scott Salmon, Vice President of Consumer Business at Superwinch® as he shares details and the innovations of the leading edge EXP winches!   The new Superwinch® […]

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Advance Adapters and Cummins 2.8L Diesel Engine Conversion for Jeep®

At the 2016 SEMA Show, Steve Roberts from Advance Adapters and Stephen “Steve” Sanders of Cummins Repower program share in-depth details on the Cummins 2.8L diesel crate engine conversion. Tailored for Jeep®, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, light trucks and other swaps, the high-tech R2.8L CRD is a potent, fuel efficient, self-contained “crate” solution for maximum […]

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TruckVault and ShotLock Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Vehicle and cargo security is a major concern. While vehicle alarms and a Jeep® hard top or pickup bed cap can help, nothing works as soundly as the rugged TruckVault® security systems! At the 2016 SEMA Show, we looked closely at TruckVault’s cargo security solution and also the handy ShotLock® lockers.  Building contractors, law enforcement agencies, […]

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Latest Baja Designs Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Baja Designs off-road racing, recreational four-wheeling, motorcycle and highway upgrade lighting is legendary. We depend on Baja Designs aftermarket solutions for safe, dependable 4×4 and motorcycle illumination. At the 2016 SEMA Show Las Vegas, Trent Kirby walks us through the latest technology and lighting from Baja Designs in this video interview. Trent Kirby takes us on a […]

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Latest BOLT Locks Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

See BOLT Locks innovation and craftsmanship on display at the 2016 SEMA Show Las Vegas. Jason Buckles shares the latest, most versatile safety and security locks available for cables, trailer receivers and other pinned accessories. BOLT products match the vehicle’s ignition switch key profile, making pin locking quick and easy! The fifth wheel pin lock (left) […]

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OTC Tools: How to Quickly Remove Broken Manifold Studs

OTC Tools: How to Quickly Remove Broken Manifold Studs

Removing a broken manifold stud becomes a very expensive repair if the cylinder head gets damaged in the process. Conventional use of a drill and screw extractor often ruins an aluminum cylinder head. At the 2016 SEMA Show, OTC Tools demonstrated the use of the OTC 6982PMC stud removal tool and a drill guide kit, […]

New OTC Evolve Scan Tool Demonstration

New OTC Evolve Scan Tool Demonstration

OTC Tools is on the leading edge of troubleshooting and diagnostics tools. The latest Evolve scan tool features diagnostics capability and a troubleshooting interface with the internet. In this demonstration at the 2016 SEMA Show, see how repair shops and serious DIY troubleshooters can perform quick diagnostics to pinpoint trouble code causes. Tests can be performed […]

Bestop® Launches New Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Bestop® Launches New Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

The Bestop® booth at 2016 SEMA Show featured a host of new products. Convertible, open air driving is a hallmark of Jeep® off-road recreation, and the innovative new Trektop NX Glide drew a large crowd.  Also popular were the Roughrider Tailgate Shelf and Hardrock 4×4 modular bumpers. Partnering with Baja Designs and Tuffy Security Products has […]

Superwinch® Launches EXP Series Winches at the 2016 SEMA Show!

Superwinch® Launches EXP Series Winches at the 2016 SEMA Show!

The big news in vehicle recovery is the new Superwinch® EXP series winch. Introduced at the 2016 SEMA Show, the “Expedition Grade” winch features state of the art features that earned eight new patents. Join Scott Salmon, Vice President of Consumer Business at Superwinch® as he shares details and the innovations of the leading edge EXP winches!   The new Superwinch® […]

Advance Adapters and Cummins 2.8L Diesel Engine Conversion for Jeep®

Advance Adapters and Cummins 2.8L Diesel Engine Conversion for Jeep®

At the 2016 SEMA Show, Steve Roberts from Advance Adapters and Stephen “Steve” Sanders of Cummins Repower program share in-depth details on the Cummins 2.8L diesel crate engine conversion. Tailored for Jeep®, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, light trucks and other swaps, the high-tech R2.8L CRD is a potent, fuel efficient, self-contained “crate” solution for maximum […]

TruckVault and ShotLock Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

TruckVault and ShotLock Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Vehicle and cargo security is a major concern. While vehicle alarms and a Jeep® hard top or pickup bed cap can help, nothing works as soundly as the rugged TruckVault® security systems! At the 2016 SEMA Show, we looked closely at TruckVault’s cargo security solution and also the handy ShotLock® lockers.  Building contractors, law enforcement agencies, […]

Latest Baja Designs Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Latest Baja Designs Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Baja Designs off-road racing, recreational four-wheeling, motorcycle and highway upgrade lighting is legendary. We depend on Baja Designs aftermarket solutions for safe, dependable 4×4 and motorcycle illumination. At the 2016 SEMA Show Las Vegas, Trent Kirby walks us through the latest technology and lighting from Baja Designs in this video interview. Trent Kirby takes us on a […]

Latest BOLT Locks Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

Latest BOLT Locks Products at the 2016 SEMA Show

See BOLT Locks innovation and craftsmanship on display at the 2016 SEMA Show Las Vegas. Jason Buckles shares the latest, most versatile safety and security locks available for cables, trailer receivers and other pinned accessories. BOLT products match the vehicle’s ignition switch key profile, making pin locking quick and easy! The fifth wheel pin lock (left) […]

Advance Adapters Products at 2016 SEMA Show

Advance Adapters Products at 2016 SEMA Show

The Advance Adapters booth at the SEMA Show is always busy! For 2016, a variety of product upgrades and improvements were the focus. Advance Adapters has also added options for popular products like the Atlas transfer cases. Steve Roberts explains the current line of Advance Adapters offerings. The centerpiece at the booth was the new […]

BFG® Presents the 2016 Outstanding Trails Awards

BFG® Presents the 2016 Outstanding Trails Awards

The annual BFGoodrich® Tires “Outstanding Trails” winners were announced at this year’s 2016 SEMA Show. Recipient 4WD clubs received $4000 each for their contribution to the off-road community through trail and back country road restoration. This prestigious award reflects the physical efforts of club members determined to promote a positive image around off-pavement and trail use.  This is […]

2016 SEMA Show: BFG® Pit Crew Challenge

2016 SEMA Show: BFG® Pit Crew Challenge

At the 2016 SEMA Show, BFGoodrich® Tires presented the second annual BFG® Pit Crew Challenge. All show participants were welcome to compete for prizes that included full sets of BFG® performance tires each and a chance to win a Baja 500 race trip. The competition took place at the Silver Lot’s BFG®-SCORE Baja 1000 Experience. […]

2016 BFG®-SCORE Baja 1000 Experience

2016 BFG®-SCORE Baja 1000 Experience

A major draw at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was the third annual BFG®/SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the Silver Lot. This year’s onsite event featured two press conferences, off-road racing vehicles on display, the replica Mike’s Sky Ranch Cantina, celebrity off-road drivers, crews and teams—plus a full roster of BFG® sponsored activities. See […]

Selecting Tires and Wheels for Optimal Handling, Gearing and Fuel Efficiency

Selecting Tires and Wheels for Optimal Handling, Gearing and Fuel Efficiency

4WD Mechanix Magazine’s 2005 Dodge Ram 4×4 Ram truck with Cummins 5.9L diesel power has an aftermarket 4-inch chassis lift and 4.56 axle gears. To achieve peak handling, fuel efficiency and towing power, we set out to fine tune the overall “gearing” by selecting the right diameter BFG tires and a matching set of Raceline Avenger […]

Halfway Club for Great Italian Food at Reno, Nevada

Halfway Club for Great Italian Food at Reno, Nevada

Like other travelers, we enjoy a meal out. Casale’s Halfway Club has been a Reno and old U.S. Highway 40 landmark for 80 years. Family owned since 1937, the Halfway Club provides a friendly, welcoming stop for locals and travelers.  The traditional Italian restaurant and its classic bar take guests back to a time that puts […]

4WD Mechanix Magazine Travel: Exploring Bodega Bay

4WD Mechanix Magazine Travel: Exploring Bodega Bay

As our dry, hot summer at Nevada’s high desert eked on, we were overdue for a trip to the coast and some fresh salt air. Our 30′ Alumascape trailer in tow behind the Ram 3500 truck, we traversed the Sierra Range, crossed the Sacramento Valley, drove through the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country and wound our way to the Sonoma Coast […]

Visit the California Trail Interpretive Center

Visit the California Trail Interpretive Center

West of Elko, Nevada, the California Trail Interpretive Center offers historical and cultural insight into the westward migration of the American Pioneers. Equally interesting is the history and cultural look into the lives of Native American peoples that inhabited the Great Plains and the Great Basin. Artifacts, lifelike displays and glimpses into the terrain and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: TJ Wrangler Wheel Alignment Basics

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: TJ Wrangler Wheel Alignment Basics

   How-to Video: Perform your own Jeep TJ Wrangler Front Wheel Alignment!  A pair of SPC Fastrax alignment systems serve as optimal, affordable wheel alignment tools for the small shop, off-road race crew or even the home Jeep garage. Accurate when used properly, these gauges with a set of turn plates can produce quality results! One inexpensive turn plate […]

Here, a Jeep XJ Cherokee gear receives troubleshooting in the chassis.

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 […]

Rebuilding a Saginaw Rotary Valve Power Steering Gear

Rebuilding a Saginaw Rotary Valve Power Steering Gear

This in-depth HD video provides the steps for working on a Saginaw 700 or 800 series power steering gear. These how-to rebuilding guidelines apply to any Saginaw integral rotary valve power steering gear. Whether a gear needs re-sealing or a complete overhaul, on the work bench or in the field, here are the details! Many makes of […]

Dodge Ram How-to: DSI Big 5.0″ Aluminum Driveshaft Upgrade

Dodge Ram How-to: DSI Big 5.0″ Aluminum Driveshaft Upgrade

View this HD 1080P how-to video and see why, how and when you need to upgrade your 4×4’s driveshafts! We consulted Driveshaft Specialist, Inc. and determined the best long-term solution for our diesel truck’s driveshaft issues. Whether your 4×4 truck is a late-model Ford F-series or a Dodge Ram with a non-rebuildable driveshaft system, or you have […]

Tires for Trailering with a Load Distribution Hitch

Ram 3500: BFG KO2 All-Terrain LRE Tires for Trailer Towing

The magazine’s 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4WD Quad-Cab has Cummins turbo-diesel power and a willingness to work! Its latest assignment is toting an 8200-pound Alumascape travel trailer to events like the Moab EJS. This is a GCW of 16,800 pounds going down the road. The conventional pull-type trailer demands an equalizing or load distribution hitch. […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Q&A Vlog: Choosing the Right Jeep 4×4 Model

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Q&A Vlog: Choosing the Right Jeep 4×4 Model

Q&A Vlog:  Choosing a Used Jeep 4×4 for On-Highway and Off-Road Use! In this vlog, Moses Ludel shares his choices for a used on- and off-highway Jeep 4×4. Learn about the assets and downsides of the Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ and WJ models.      […]

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 […]