How-to: Braze Repair of Damaged Axle Shaft Threads

Tapered axle shaft threads are often ruined by improper use of force to remove a wheel hub and brake drum during brake and axle service work.  Hub pullers are used to remove tapered rear axle hub/drum assemblies.  Used improperly, a hub puller can crush the end of a tapered axle shaft and mushroom the cotter pin […]

How-to: Fabricating, Restoring and Repairing Hydraulic Brake Lines

In this in-depth how-to tutorial, viewers are encouraged to look over Moses Ludel’s shoulder as he replicates steel brake tubing on a rare classic car. Whether your DIY or professional shop’s project is an off-road rock crawler, a 4×4 truck restoration or a rare classic car in need of a pristine, original looking brake system, […]

Video Series: How to Flare Automotive Brake Tube, Fuel Lines and Cooler Tubing

Flare Tools and How to Flare Brake Lines This in depth how-to HD video series covers brake tube flare types, flaring methods, flare tools and brake work safety concerns.  Attention focuses on the brake tube flare tools used for servicing production vehicles and building custom brake line systems. While many U.S. shops and DIY enthusiasts […]

ERRECOM Air Conditioning Service and Performance Products

Errecom offers a full line service products that maximize air conditioner performance. Whether you perform major service and repair work or simply want to rejuvenate or enhance your vehicle’s air conditioning system, products like Cool-Shot Ultra, Extreme Ultra or the Atom Machine can make a difference. In this how-to video, we install and test these […]

How-to: 2000-2006 Jeep Disc Brake Pads and Rotors Service

2000-2006 Jeep Front Brakes Service and Pad Replacement… In this disc brakes service how-to HD video, Moses Ludel shares the replacement of brake pads, rotors and related parts on these Jeep models: 1990-95 Jeep YJ Wrangler, 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler, 1990-2001 Jeep XJ Cherokee, 1990-92 Jeep MJ Comanche and the 1993-1998 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee. […]

BD Diesel Performance Differential Covers and Royal Purple Max Gear Lube

The BD Diesel Performance aluminum alloy differential covers for AAM 11.5″ and 9.25″ axles are more than just good looking! They are designed to sling a steady flow of lubricant over the ring gear to saturate the pinion gear with oil. Heavy duty Royal Purple ‘Max Gear’ lubricant runs cooler and works even more effectively […]

How-to: Making Headlights Safe with a 3M Headlight Restoration Kit

Modern vehicles with halogen, HID and LED bulbs often cloud the front face of the headlamp assemblies. In this how-to video, we restore a pair of Ram truck headlight assemblies. This “DIY” alternative saves replacing entire light assemblies.  There is also a shop-grade kit for higher volume headlight service. The Ram truck’s headlight covers are […]

Review: FrostGuard® Ends Windshield Scraping and Frozen Wipers

FrostGuard® windshield and mirror covers are the best antidote for winter frost, ice, sleet and snow. Parking overnight can mean frozen windshield glass, mirrors and wiper blades. Often, defrosting glass requires lengthy running of the engine. Worse yet is the undesirable chore of scraping window glass and mirrors until your fingers grow numb. FrostGuard® can […]

Review: MYCHANIC® ‘DIY’ Tools for Work at the Ground Level

For the small shop or home garage, there’s never enough room.  The 4WD Mechanix workshop and studio is no exception.  When it comes to common challenges, MYCHANIC® has solutions. MYCHANIC® offers innovative tools and equipment for serious ‘DIY’ enthusiasts and automotive shop techs working at the ground level.  Tool and parts organization can be stifling.  Grasping […]

2017 SEMA Show: Installation Details for the Cummins R2.8L Diesel Crate Engine

At the 2017 SEMA Show, Steve Sanders of Cummins Repower shared the latest developments on the R2.8L diesel crate engine. The engine has launched in the market since last year’s SEMA Show, and the Cummins booth featured unique display vehicles.  The booth traffic was huge, and this engine is of keen interest to 4×4 light […]

Interview: Advance Adapters and Cummins Discuss the 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 common rail diesel (CRD) is a potent, fuel efficient, self-contained “crate” […]

Moses Ludel Vlog: Why Build a Jeep 4.6L Stroker Inline Six?

Moses Ludel Vlog: Why Build a 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor? The Jeep inline six stroker motor is a popular topic! In this HD vlog, Moses Ludel shares his many reasons for building a 4.6L Jeep inline six stroker motor. At left is the predecessor to the seven-main bearing 199/232/258 and 4.0L AMC engine […]

2017 SEMA Show Superwinch ‘EXP’ Large Frame Launch

The groundbreaking Superwinch® EXP winch series has expanded to large frame winches.  From 8,000-18,000 pound capacity, the EXP now covers the full range of user needs. Heavy-duty pickup and stake bed owners, for the first time, have access to an integral, electronically controlled large framed winch.  The Superwinch booth at the 2017 SEMA Show also featured […]

Ram Truck 47RE and 48RE Transmission In-Chassis Survival Upgrades from BD Diesel Performance

Chrysler’s Ram truck 47RE and 48RE transmissions have a checkered history.  Derived from the rugged 3-speed A727 Torqueflite with an add-on 4th gear/overdrive sandwiched into the unit, these stock RE transmissions have an unpredictable lifespan. The magazine’s 2005 Ram 3500 4WD with 5.9L Cummins diesel power, purchased new 13 years ago, has now clocked 162-thousand […]

Monitor Cleaning with Shurhold Serious Shine and MicroFiber Towels

Our 49″ video editing monitor accumulates dust—and plenty of it! The 494K Crossover monitor is a valued, critical piece of equipment, and the screen requires special care. To clean the screen properly and establish an anti-static surface, we turned to Shurhold® Industries’ MicroFiber Towels and Serious Shine detailing cleaner.  This “kit” features three towels: Super Soft […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Honda XR650R How-to: Installing Acerbis Sahara 6.3 Gallon Fuel Tank

Honda XR650R How-to: Acerbis Sahara 6.3 Gallon Fuel Tank Install! The Honda XR650R is a rugged equipment package for desert enduro riding. By contemporary standards, however, 300 pounds “wet” is considered heavy, even for the repeated winner of Baja 1000 Races. One weight-saving attempt was the factory 2.6 gallon fuel tank, which is simply too […]

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 […]

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 […]

Testing the IcyBreeze® Air Conditioner and Cooler

The IcyBreeze® is a portable air conditioner and cooler.  We tested the IcyBreeze® at Moab and Reno as spring temperatures reached as high as 90 degrees F.  Rusty, our Border Collie, helped test* the IcyBreeze®’s cooling effectiveness! Note:  The Rusty cooling tests were under constant supervision.  Rusty’s health is always foremost.  He likes his travel crate for naps […]

Nena Barlow Demonstrates the Pull Pal Anchor

Nena Barlow operates Barlow Adventures at Moab and Sedona. Her 4×4 guiding and recovery tools include the Pull Pal land anchor.  At the Dunes south of Moab, Nena uses a Pull Pal and Superwinch® EXP winch to quickly free a Jeep® JK Wrangler from a barren, sandy slope.  See why Pull Pal is a “must” companion […]

How-to: Time-Sert® Aluminum Thread Repair and Upgrade

Aluminum threads are common in automobile, truck and motorcycle assemblies, and aluminum is vulnerable to damage. On the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle, we have steadily upgraded the aluminum threads with Time-Sert® thread repairs. Here is the step-by-step Time-Sert® repair, actually an improvement, at the outer engine case and oil filter cover bolt threads. My first exposure to a […]

Video How-to: 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 option […]

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 […]

Survival Upgrades for Jeep and Dodge Ram Automatic Transmissions

Survival Upgrades for Jeep and Dodge Ram Automatic Transmissions

How-To: Upgrades for 904/999, 727 and RH/RE Automatic Transmissions!      Jeep CJ, YJ Wrangler, TJ Wrangler and Dodge Ram truck automatic transmissions can benefit from in-chassis upgrades.  If you want your Jeep or Dodge Ram truck automatic transmission to survive, consider these reliability and safety improvements.  Short of a major transmission rebuild or heavy duty replacement transmission, service can […]

DIY Jeep 4×4 Front Wheel Alignment

DIY Jeep 4×4 Front Wheel Alignment

How-to: Jeep 4×4 Front Wheel Alignment Wheel alignment is a basic Jeep or 4×4 truck maintenance need. Suspension modifications, normal chassis and steering linkage wear, off-pavement trail pounding and the use of oversized tires can each impact the front wheel alignment. For more details and how-to with cost-effective Gil Smith turn plates—plus a pair of FasTrax 91025 […]

How to: Jeep 4×4 Lube-Oil-and-Filter Service

How to: Jeep 4×4 Lube-Oil-and-Filter Service

Jeep 4WD How-to: DIY Lube-Oil-Filter Service and Chassis Inspection     This heavily illustrated how-to article provides all details and steps you need for a Jeep 4×4 lube-oil-filter service (LOF) with chassis inspection.  A hoist is handy, though you can perform routine service on ramps or even from your garage floor—I’ve done LOF chores each of these ways!  Whether […]

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, […]