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

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

Flare Tools and How to Flare Brake Lines This HD video how-to series covers brake tube flare types and flaring methods, brake work safety concerns and the available brake service flare tools used for servicing production and project vehicles. While many U.S. shops and DIY enthusiasts prefer the simplicity of pre-made double flared tubing with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Advance Adapters Engineering, Design and Product Testing

HD Video: Advance Adapters Engineering, Design and Product Testing In this HD video, Senior Design Engineer Chuck Althausen demonstrates severe duty test of a splined shaft. High performance, severe duty products require quality engineering and testing. Advance Adapters Senior Design Engineer Chuck Althausen shares the design processes and test standards that make the Atlas transfer cases, Rubicrawler, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Superwinch Demonstrates New EXP Winch During 2017 Moab EJS

During the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Week, Superwinch® demonstrated its new EXP series winches.  Delivering the message to hardcore four-wheelers and off-road enthusiasts, Scott Salmon, Nena Barlow and Jon Mason presented the most advanced winch design features in this category.  The all-new EXP winch brings ground breaking features to the off-road user market.  Available as both integrated and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

4WD Mechanix Tests Multi Mit Gloves

In this independent product evaluation, Moses Ludel tests the Multi Mit gloves on a cold January day at northern Nevada. Frigid ice and snow outside the doors and the heat turned off, the shop temperature is 43-degrees F. Under these test conditions, close-up, bare fingered work can be challenging. In this HD video, see how these gloves […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Tour: Advance Adapters Manufacturing Facility

HD Video Tour:  Advance Adapters Facility at Paso Robles, California   Advance Adapters produces a variety of transfer case, transmission, overdrive and engine conversion components. The Atlas transfer case, Saturn overdrive, Rubicrawler, Ranger Torque Splitter and SYE kits are well known—and produced in-house. See the manufacturing and machine processes that create these well-recognized components.     In […]

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 […]

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!

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® […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]