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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari

Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari at Anza-Borrego and Truckhaven! The annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari is a legendary four-wheel drive and OHV event. In this HD video series, 4WD Mechanix Magazine caught the late winter action at the 2014 gathering, activities for the whole family in the Anza-Borrego Desert at Ocotillo Wells!  See the TDS […]

Video Commercial Services Available

Video is the new journalism.  A dramatic 69% of today’s online users prefers video over print media!  As a print media photojournalist and book author/illustrator for over three decades, I launched 4WD Mechanix Magazine in 2010 and plunged headlong into the world of HD video production… Enthusiasm quickly settled into the complexities of filming and post-production editing.  A career of over […]

Visiting Twin Lakes and Bridgeport Valley

Twin Lakes has been a favorite place for our family since the late 1950s. The Lower and Upper Lakes have a distinct view of ‘The Crags’, and the paved road from Bridgeport, California and U.S. Highway 395 is just a 13 mile drive. Early fall is the perfect time to experience the Eastern Sierra High Country, and […]

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 […]

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 […]