BFG KO2 All-Terrain Tires for a Lifted Jeep XJ Cherokee 4×4

The magazine’s 1999 Jeep® XJ Cherokee is representative of a well equipped, dual-purpose, rough trail, daily driven 4×4! We have run BFG® KO All-Terrain T/A® tires on this SUV for years. The newer KO2 design that we tested at Baja, Mexico in 2013 has now become our top tire pick. See the new LT285R75x16 LRE […]

4WD Mechanix Jeep 4×4 Section

4WD Mechanix Jeep 4×4 Section

4WD Mechanix Magazine’s Jeep 4×4 Section! This section of 4WD Mechanix Magazine focuses on Jeep 4x4s and SUVs, including maintenance, how-to, Q&A, upgrades, lift kits, engine buildups, tuning, suspension and powertrain upgrades. Emphasis is on restoration, hardcore Jeep trail runners, overland Jeep 4WD vehicles and Jeep off-road performance 4x4s. *Click on the “Site Content Directory” […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ & MJ Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case & Driveline

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ & MJ Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case & Driveline

Q&A: Cherokee & Comanche Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case & Driveline      Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding and metal fabrication? […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ & MJ Routine Service & Miscellaneous Q & A

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ & MJ Routine Service & Miscellaneous Q & A

Q&A: Jeep Cherokee & Comanche Routine Service, Tuning & Miscellaneous      Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep XJ Cherokee 8.25″ Chrysler Axle

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep XJ Cherokee 8.25″ Chrysler Axle

How-to: Rebuilding the Jeep XJ Cherokee 8.25″ Chrysler Rear Axle This installation includes an ARB Air Locker differential and upgrade axle shafts!      Hordes of XJ Cherokee models now ply the rough backcountry—and for good reason! With its 101.4-inch wheelbase, light curb weight, proven Jeep powertrain components and axles that rival the Wrangler models, the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ & MJ Engine Upgrades and Swaps

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ & MJ Engine Upgrades and Swaps

Q&A for Jeep XJ Cherokee and MJ Comanche: Engine Upgrades & Swaps      Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tuning and Troubleshooting the 2.5L Jeep TBI Four

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tuning and Troubleshooting the 2.5L Jeep TBI Four

How-to: Tuning & Troubleshooting Jeep 2.5L TBI Four-Cylinder Engines In 1986, the AMC 2.5L/150 four cylinder engine gained throttle body injection in the XJ Cherokee applications. This same engine in the Jeep CJ models still used a carburetor. The YJ Wrangler application of the 2.5L, introduced with the 1987 models, came with TBI, making this […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel How-to: Installing a Jeep XJ Cherokee Long-Arm Suspension Lift

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel How-to: Installing a Jeep XJ Cherokee Long-Arm Suspension Lift

How-to: Long Arm Suspension Lift for Jeep XJ Cherokee or MJ Comanche      The Jeep XJ Cherokee is a cost-effective way to ply the back country. These SUVs, built from 1984-2001, offer the utility, space and conveniences often missing in the more spartan CJs, YJ or TJ Wrangler models. Due to its unitized body and high transfer case location, the 101.4″ wheelbase […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel: Publisher Profile

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel: Publisher Profile

Moses Ludel, Publisher & Editor of 4WD Mechanix© Magazine         Moses Ludel’s professional writing and photography career began in 1982. A magazine journalist and newspaper writer, photographer, columnist and industry consultant, Moses Ludel is the mechanic, author and illustrator of the bestselling Jeep® Owner’s Bible, the Jeep® CJ Rebuilder’s Manual: 1946-71 and the Jeep® CJ Rebuilder’s Manual: 1972-86. The Jeep® Owner’s Bible™ (published by Bentley Publishers), […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ Cherokee NP231 and NV231Transfer Case Rebuild Part 2, Assembly with SYE Kit

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ Cherokee NP231 and NV231Transfer Case Rebuild Part 2, Assembly with SYE Kit

How-to: Cherokee 231 Transfer Case Rebuild, Part 2—Assembly with SYE 26: Stock Jeep 231 output shaft (left) is still in good condition. This NV231 transfer case is undergoing a conversion to a shorter output shaft (right) with a fixed yoke output flange. The Advance Adapters kit for the Jeep NP231 or NV231 is thorough, consisting of a new output shaft, shorter housing and all […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Installs a Warn 9.5Ti Winch

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Installs a Warn 9.5Ti Winch

Installing a Warn 9.5Ti Winch on the Jeep TJ Wrangler Rubicon! (Photo courtesy of Jeep®/Mopar Accessories.)   Top on my list of accessories for a Jeep 4WD is an electric winch. If you drive off-pavement in rough country, sand, snow or mud, you will find a winch valuable. The Warn model shown is a Jeep® Accessories […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Vlog: Road Testing Jeep 4.6L Stroker Inline Six

HD Vlog: Performance Testing a 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor! Hosted by Moses Ludel  The Jeep inline six stroker motor has been a popular topic! In this HD vlog, hear Moses Ludel describe a Hewes Performance Machine engine that now powers a 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee. Hear Moses’ comments on this engine build and how the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – XJ Cherokee Front Wheel Hub Replacement

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – XJ Cherokee Front Wheel Hub Replacement

How-to: Replacing Unit Bearing Front Hubs on a Jeep XJ Cherokee Front wheel bearing grease re-packs were once routine for Jeep 4WD trucks and utility vehicles. Beginning with the 1984 XJ Cherokee, unit bearing front wheel hubs replaced the older spindles with full-floating wheel hubs. Periodic service of front wheel bearings became obsolete. The 1991 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep Cherokee Power Window and Door Lock Switch Replacement

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep Cherokee Power Window and Door Lock Switch Replacement

  How-to: Jeep Cherokee Power Window and Door Lock Switch Replacement      Whether it’s the legendary longevity of a Jeep XJ Cherokee or just the nature of manual electric switches, the power window and door lock switches do wear out over time. The troubleshooting will be easier with a factory workshop manual for your Jeep XJ Cherokee.  At left is […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – BFG All-Terrain T/A Tires for the Lifted XJ Cherokee

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – BFG All-Terrain T/A Tires for the Lifted XJ Cherokee

B.F. Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Tires for the Jeep XJ Cherokee 4×4!     In this HD video, see the new B.F. Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires fitted to the magazine’s XJ Cherokee 4×4! With a six-inch long arm lift, the Cherokee requires 33″ diameter tires on 8-inch wide wheels—with shallower backspacing than stock to achieve a 2-inch […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Show-Winning Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport 4×4

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Show-Winning Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport 4×4

Custom 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee Wins at East Coast Car Shows! Photos by Tim Swank Tim Swank’s show winning 1998 Jeep XJ Cherokee 4×4 is an East Coast sensation! In 2012, the Jeep trophied 8 times, with three ‘best of class’ wins. Tim’s Cherokee takes on the showy ‘Vettes, Camaros, Mopars and vintage rides. He […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Become a Better Jeep Mechanic

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Become a Better Jeep Mechanic

      Jeep 4WD How-to: Become a Better Mechanic!   Whether you work on your own Jeep 4×4, own a four-wheel drive specialty shop or plan to travel in rugged and isolated back country, you need mechanical savvy! The Jeep 4WD lifestyle includes roaming open country with a free spirit—the quality of that experience depends upon the reliability and safe function […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep XJ Cherokee Air Conditioning Fix

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep XJ Cherokee Air Conditioning Fix

      How-to: XJ Cherokee A/C Vacuum Control Troubleshooting and Repair Does your Jeep lose air conditioning flow when you climb a grade or accelerate the vehicle? Does the A/C cold air suddenly blow from the dash panel louvers when you decelerate? There could be an A/C and heater air door problem or a vacuum circuit […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2014 Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association Family Fun Day

2014 Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association Family Fun Day!  On September 27, 2014, the N4WDA sponsored a Family Fun Day at the Sparks, Nevada 4Wheel Parts Store.  Despite the steady rain, a number of hardy four-wheelers proudly entered their 4x4s in the Show-N-Shine competition.  These are hardcore trail vehicles that often double as daily drivers.  No […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep 4.0L Water Pump and Serpentine Belt

How-to: Jeep 4.0L/4.2L Inline Six Water Pump, Serpentine Belt and Radiator R&R! In this HD video how-to, Moses Ludel removes and installs a water pump in a 1987-2001 Jeep XJ Cherokee 4.0L engine.  The basic steps in this water pump replacement carry over to other 4.0L Jeep inline sixes, including the 1991-95 YJ Wranglers and the 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wranglers.  Jeep […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Jeep 4.6L Inline Six Stroker Short-Block Options

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Jeep 4.6L Inline Six Stroker Short-Block Options

Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor Short-Block: Pistons, Rods & Block Configurations This series includes six HD video interviews with Tony Hewes…In addition to the video on this page, you will find the other five HD videos at the ‘4WD Tech How-to Channel’ playlist!   Moses Ludel interviews Tony Hewes in this detailed HD video series. This segment covers the Jeep […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Mopar Concept 4x4s & 2014 Jeep Cherokee Debut at 2013 Moab Jeep Safari

Mopar Concept 4x4s and 2014 Cherokee Debut at  the Moab Jeep Safari!      At the 2013 Moab Jeep Safari, Mopar executives and staff met with the automotive press. Mopar’s CEO/President Pietro Gorlier, Jim Morrison, the Director of Jeep® Marketing, Mark Allen of Jeep® concept vehicles and design, Chris Nowak, Senior Manager of Product Development at Mopar and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep Feature Vehicles

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep Feature Vehicles

  Jeep 4WD Feature Vehicles!      In my view, exotic equipment is no substitute for practical upgrades, driving skill or good trail sense! A feature vehicle must be practical and fully functional…Does your Jeep meet 4WD trail demands and lifestyle goals? Feature vehicles at the 4WD Mechanix Magazine website reflect safety, tractability, utility, reliability and trail prowess. If your Jeep 4×4 meets […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Jeep Inline Six Cylinder Head Work

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Jeep Inline Six Cylinder Head Work

Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor: Head Design and Re-Working the 4.0L Head! This series includes six HD video interviews with Tony Hewes…In addition to the video on this page, you will find the other five HD videos at the ‘4WD Tech How-to Channel’ playlist! HD Video segment on Jeep inline six 4.0L/4.6L cylinder head building tips from Tony […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Aftermarket Products for Jeep 4WDs

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Aftermarket Products for Jeep 4WDs

  Aftermarket Products for Jeep® 4WD Models!     Jeep 4WDs are the most personalized vehicles in the World! There are more aftermarket accessories, modification components and total make-over parts available for Jeep 4WDs than any other production four-wheeler. The wide variety of uses makes the Jeep 4WD an optimal candidate for upgrades and accessorization.   See articles and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – All New 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – All New 2014 Jeep Cherokee

  Learn About the All New 2014 Jeep® Cherokee! All new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee—Click here to download the Jeep® Cherokee new model brochure in PDF format! Enjoy the latest Jeep® 4WD engineering and design. For the magazine’s HD video coverage from the Moab Jeep Safari launch of the new Cherokee, click here!

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – ‘Q & A’ for Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Cherokee & J-truck

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – ‘Q & A’ for Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Cherokee & J-truck

      Q&A How-to for 1962-91 Full-Size Jeep (FSJ) Models       Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding and metal […]