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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor

Q&A Vlog: How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor In this HD video vlog Q&A, Moses Ludel discusses the Jeep 4.0L inline six build-up into a stroker 4.6L engine. The build consists of the right design, correct choice of parts and the required machining. Moses Ludel describes the engine parts and machining options and […]

HD Video How-to: AAM 9.25″ and 11.5″ Axle Rebuilding

This is the free trailer for the lengthy instructional video available at Vimeo On Demand.  The trailer provides a quick overview of the rental video.  For further details, go to www.vimeo.com/ondemand/aamaxlerebuild.  American Axle & Manufacturing (“AAM”) builds OEM axles for Chevrolet and GMC trucks and Dodge Ram. The magazine’s own ’05 Ram 3500 4WD came […]

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 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Dirt Motorcycle Final Drive Chain and Sprockets Replacement

How-to: Dirt Motorcycle Final Drive Chain and Sprockets Replacement! Dirt and dual-sport motorcycles require routine chain maintenance and periodic parts replacement. In this 28-minute HD video, the magazine’s Honda XR650R enduro bike gets final drive attention. This presents an opportunity to upgrade the chain and sprockets. The detailed, step-by-step coverage of this important service provides tips on how to […]

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 […]

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 – Advance Adapters Shares Engine and Transmission Conversion Strategies

Advance Adapters Shares Engine Conversion Strategies and Upgrades Moses Ludel and Advance Adapters Sales Manager Steve Roberts  discuss details on contemporary engine and transmission conversions. The conversation covers V-8 transplants, Atlas transfer case and Rubicrawler upgrades—plus meeting the challenges of emission controls and regulations. The series begins with Part 1 (above). See the rest of the series in segments 2, 3 and […]

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 […]

Advance Adapters RubiCrawler for Jeep TJ and JK Wrangler 42RLE Models

Advance Adapters RubiCrawler for Jeep TJ and JK Wrangler with 42RLE Transmission      Note: This tour of the RubiCrawler with Steve Roberts at Advance Adapters explains the function and fit of the Rubicrawler. The ingenious gearbox occupies the factory tailhousing space on the Jeep TJ and JK Wrangler models equipped with the 42RLE automatic transmission. […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Interview: Advance Adapters President Mike Partridge

Moses Ludel Interviews  Advance Adapters President Mike Partridge! In this HD video discussion, Moses Ludel and Advance Adapters President Mike Partridge talk about the 4×4 industry, aftermarket 4WD products, consumer products and manufacturing—in the United States.    Mike Partridge takes time from a busy day at the Paso Robles, California plant to discuss 4×4 products, industry trends […]

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 […]

Nena Barlow Demonstrates the Bug Out Rack

During the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari week, Nena Barlow of Barlow Adventures shares details about the Original Bug Out Rack. The rack attaches to a remotely mounted spare tire and offers extra storage space for back country 4×4 travel. Barlow Adventures at Moab and Sedona has a rental fleet of 30 Jeep 4x4s.  Nena […]

2017 Moab EJS: Superwinch Installs the New ‘EXP’ Winches

In time for the rough trail runs and 4×4 challenges at the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, Superwinch® mounted all-new ‘EXP’ winches on key vehicles.  Filmed at High Desert Auto Repair (Moab, Utah), see the Barlow Adventures and Bestop® Jeep JK Wranglers get fitted with the first EXP units off the assembly line!    The […]

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 […]