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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.    […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Racing Interviews: Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies

Close-ups: LOORS  Pro-Series Racers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies      Top drivers running BFGoodrich tires, Rob MacCachren (left) and Bryce Menzies (right) compete at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS). On the weekend of August 23-25, 2013, Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks/Reno, Nevada, hosted a LOORS series race. These teams vied for honors on one of the fastest tracks in the country. Rob […]

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 […]

2016 Moab EJS: BFG Presents the Outstanding Trails Awards Winners

Each year, BFGoodrich® Tires presents the Outstanding Trails Awards to clubs that contribute the greatest energy toward a trail maintenance and improvement project. Their proactive efforts help keep our off-pavement access available. The optimal place for giving out awards is Moab EJS, and this year was the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari. On […]

2016 Moab EJS: Off-Road Products Raffle at Grandpa’s Garage

Guests of BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs gathered at Grandpa’s Garage for an evening of fun after running at Area BFE/BFG. A key component of the celebration was the ongoing raffle, where off-road items from small to the Grand Prize kept the guests busy. The entire raffle was fun, and the Grand […]

2016 Moab EJS: Friends, Colleagues and Guests Toast Richard Winchester

Richard Winchester retired from BFGoodrich® Tires marketing in January, marking 47 years and 8 months with this major tire manufacturer. During the 2016 Moab EJS hosted party at Grandpa’s Garage, Richard received a standing ovation, tribute and raised tequila shots commemorating his phenomenal contribution to the off-road industry. Join us as we celebrate…Richard Winchester’s legacy […]

2016 Moab EJS: Tech Talk at Grandpa’s Garage

BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder sponsored an evening at Grandpa’s Garage during the 2016 Moab EJS. Greg Mulkey and John Williams raised the guests’ awareness on the issues of bead lock wheels and tires for off-road use. Hear what these experts have to say about wheels and tires. Make informed decisions about your […]

2016 Moab EJS: Evening at Grandpa’s Garage

During the 2016 Moab EJS, the folks at BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder sponsored a party for select guests. Danny Grimes’ Grandpa’s Garage was the venue. Guests gathered after a playful day run at Area BFG/”BFG”. The evening unfolded with a sumptuous dinner, exciting raffle and a toast to Richard Winchester, retiring from […]

2016 Moab EJS Area BFE/BFG Fun Run

2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari. BFG Tires partnered with Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs to help 4×4 guests celebrate at Area BFE. Easter came early this year, and the event day included freezing cold, blowing snow and overcast. The four-wheelers were not deterred, and everyone had a good time! […]

Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America Leads the Superwinch and Bestop Run at 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari

In this HD video coverage, Superwinch and 4-Wheeling America head up a group run at the 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. 4-Wheeling America is known worldwide for Bill Burke’s four-wheel driver training and vehicle recovery courses. Bill has been a trainer for 30 years, using Superwinch equipment since his participation in the famous Camel Trophy. […]