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 […]

2017 SEMA Show: Updates on 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 […]

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 […]

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

Breaking News…Cummins R2.8L four-cylinder diesel crate engine package now available…Pricing posted at the Cummins Repower site!  Visit Cummins Repower at https://cumminsengines.com/repower.aspx for details.  The Cummins P/N 5467046 complete crate engine package is now available to Advance Adapters and other Cummins engine dealers.  Contact Advance Adapters at http://www.AdvanceAdapters.com or phone the Advance Adapters tech support line at […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saginaw Power Steering Gear In-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 […]

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 […]

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.    […]

History of Saginaw Rotary Valve Integral Power Steering Gear

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hypertech Max Energy Power Programmers for Jeep 4.0L and Dodge Cummins

Hypertech Max Energy Power Programmers for Jeep 4.0L and Dodge Cummins   In this HD video and article coverage, we load Hypertech Max Energy Power Programmer tuning into the Jeep 4.0L XJ Cherokee and our Dodge Ram 4WD 3500 Cummins 5.9L pickup. See why we picked this programming and get the results from our testing.    […]