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 […]

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 […]

Rod Hall’s “Drive-4-Excellence” at Wild West Motorsports Park

Racing legend Rod Hall and Mike Winkel conduct a comprehensive and fun training session at the Wild West Motorsports Park. A special pair of courses enable drivers to experience the art of light throttle use and maximizing traction. Convincingly, the Rod Hall crew teaches newbies and seasoned four-wheelers how to negotiate rough terrain without tearing […]

Jeep Q&A:  YJ and TJ Wrangler Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case and Driveline

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case and Driveline

Q&A: Jeep YJ & TJ Wrangler Axles, Transmissions and Transfer Cases       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 […]

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Fuel, Spark and Emission System

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Fuel, Spark and Emission System

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Fuel, Spark & Emission Systems      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 […]

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” […]

Jeep TJ Wrangler Front Suspension Upgrade

Jeep TJ Wrangler Front Suspension Upgrade

Part 1: Installing FTS Jeep TJ Front Suspension Lift Package The installation of a Jeep TJ Wrangler Full-Traction Suspension 4” Ultimate package provides guidelines for front suspension rebuilding and even a complete axle housing replacement. Whether you intend to lift a TJ Wrangler, repair a damaged front end or replace worn components, this article provides step-by-step […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Part 2: TJ Wrangler Rear Suspension Work

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Part 2: TJ Wrangler Rear Suspension Work

Part 2: Installing FTS ‘Ultimate’ Rear Suspension System Rear Suspension Work Installation of the Full-Traction Suspension 4” Ultimate package includes a complete revamp of the TJ’s rear suspension. Steps involved also apply to rebuilding the stock suspension or the replacement of an OE axle assembly. Whether you intend to lift a TJ Wrangler, repair rear […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Tire, Suspension, Steering and Brakes

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Tire, Suspension, Steering and Brakes

Q&A How-to: Jeep YJ & TJ Wrangler Tire, Suspension, Steering & Brakes      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 YJ Wrangler Dana 30 Front Axle

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep YJ Wrangler Dana 30 Front Axle

Rebuilding Jeep YJ Wrangler Dana 30 Front Axle with ARB Air Locker!   Note: The popular Dana 30 open knuckle front axle is original equipment in various Jeep, Bronco and I-H Scout 4×4 models. High and low pinion designs distinguish these applications. The Jeep YJ Wrangler and most XJ Cherokee models use the high-pinion or “reverse rotation” ring […]

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 – Identifying Jeep Wrangler Manual Transmissions and Clutches

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Identifying Jeep Wrangler Manual Transmissions and Clutches

      Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Manual Transmissions and Clutch Types     The YJ and TJ Wrangler manual transmission and clutch systems are similar and easy to identify. By the late YJ Wrangler era (1993-95), the transmission and clutch platform for YJ models took an identical form to the TJ Wrangler models that followed in […]

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 – NP231 and NV231 Jeep Wrangler Transfer Case Rebuild: Part 1

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – NP231 and NV231 Jeep Wrangler Transfer Case Rebuild: Part 1

How-to, Part 1: Disassembly & Inspection of NP/NV 231 Transfer Case 1: The New Process/New Venture type 231 transfer case is identified by its distinct I.D. plate. The 231 is popular on the Jeep YJ Wrangler, Jeep TJ Wrangler, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and some Jeep Grand Cherokee models. Read the plate carefully for details […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Site Map and Content Directory

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Site Map and Content Directory

Contents at 4WD Mechanix Magazine and HD Video Network:  Quickly Find the Articles, Videos and PDF Downloads Available at the 4WD Mechanix© Magazine Website! Next >> 4WD Mechanix Magazine Home Page 4×4 truck, SUV and Jeep how-to articles, Q&A and multi-channel, HD 1080P video web television at the 4WD Mechanix Video Network. Featuring aftermarket product and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – YJ & TJ Jeep Wrangler Clutch Replacement

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – YJ & TJ Jeep Wrangler Clutch Replacement

How-to: Jeep YJ & TJ Wrangler Transmission Removal and Clutch Service The YJ or TJ Wrangler clutch unit is a perishable item. At some mileage interval, preferably after years of quality service, you will need to address the removal and replacement of the clutch. When rebuilding the transmission, you have ready access to the clutch […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Engine Thermostat Settings

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Engine Thermostat Settings

  Use the Right Thermostat for Your Engine!      When this vintage Willys Wagon was new, the Super Hurricane 226 six took a 180-degree F thermostat for winter driving. A 160-degree F ‘stat was often substituted during hot summer months. The 4.0L TJ Wrangler engine transplant (above) calls for a 195-degree F thermostat.      This ‘Q&A’ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Installs Jeep TJ Wrangler Lift Kit

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Installs Jeep TJ Wrangler Lift Kit

How-To: Installing Full-Traction Suspension’s TJ Wrangler Lift Kit!      For many Jeep owners, this TJ Wrangler Rubicon edition offers plenty of ground clearance with its factory 31″ diameter tires. Hardcore trail runners prefer even larger tires these days! 33-35-inch diameter is the choice, and in this article, I share my shop and step-by-step photos of what […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: 2012 SEMA Show and Latest Products Review

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: 2012 SEMA Show and Latest Products Review

2012 SEMA Show at Las Vegas—New Products in Close-up HD Video!   The 2012 SEMA Show at Las Vegas, Nevada, was the largest SEMA Show in history. There were 2,200 exhibitors and over 120,000 participants. For Jeep and the 4WD aftermarket, the Great Recession has waned, and new products with advanced concepts abound. In this […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep Wrangler 231 Transfer Case Rebuild

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Jeep Wrangler 231 Transfer Case Rebuild

  How-to: Jeep 231 Transfer Case Rebuild with Slip Yoke Eliminator      Eliminating the slip yoke rear driveline and upgrading to Advance Adapters’ Fixed-Yoke (SYE) kit increases the rear output stamina of this NP/NV231 transfer case. The unit will now handle a six-inch chassis lift and 33” diameter tires. A “Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit” allows […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tips for Driving the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Tips for Driving a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 in the Back Country! Part 1: Real-time comments as Moses Ludel drives the trails from Camp Wamp back to the highway in a new 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4! (Can be viewed at full-screen and set for 1080P quality!) Note: This HD video footage is […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep AX-15 Transmission, Part 1: Disassembly-Inspection

How-to: Rebuilding a Jeep or Dodge Dakota AX15 Transmission If you need to rebuild your AX15 transmission or are a repair or 4×4 shop seeking instructional guidance for your techs, see the Vimeo On Demand streaming how-to:  Rebuilding the Aisin AX15 Transmission.  The freshly built AX15 transmission is now a 4WD Mechanix Video Network Vimeo On Demand prototype for a “textbook” rebuild.  Save considerable time and expense, take advantage of this […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep AX-15 Transmission, Part 2: Assembly and Final Work

How-to: Rebuilding an AX15 Transmission If you need to rebuild your AX15 transmission or are a repair or 4×4 shop seeking instructional guidance for your techs, see the Vimeo On Demand streaming how-to:  Rebuilding the Aisin AX15 Transmission. The freshly built AX15 transmission is now a 4WD Mechanix Video Network Vimeo On Demand prototype for a “textbook” rebuild.  Save considerable time and expense, take advantage of this 30-day […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2011 SEMA Show: Mopar Display in HD Video!

Jeep® and Ram Truck Accessories at Mopar® 2011 SEMA Show Display!    HD Video: Chrysler Group’s Mopar® display at SEMA!           In the HD video (above), see the scope of Mopar® products offered and the innovations that Chrysler Group creates for new Jeep® and truck buyers. Jeep 4WD and Ram truck models have a substantial market share, creating […]

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 – Jeep New Model Photo Gallery

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep New Model Photo Gallery

Jeep New Model Photo Gallery! Select full-length video viewing from the five-channel programming lists…For the latest HD video programs, see trailers at the magazine header!      Familiar scene along the famous Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Mountains. New Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Edition 4×4 is ‘Trail Tested’ and ready!   In this section of the magazine, see the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – The Latest Jeep Models

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – The Latest Jeep Models

Newest Jeep® Models! Select full-length video viewing from the five-channel programming lists…For the latest HD video programs, see trailers at the magazine header! The latest Jeep® 4WD is always exciting. Since 1945, when Willys transformed the MB military model into a postwar CJ-2A workhorse, more than four generations of enthusiasts have flocked to dealerships to […]