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 […]

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 […]

4WD New Products Channel

4WD New Products Channel

4WD New Products Channel Playlist! Select full-length video viewing from the five-channel programming lists… For the latest 4WD new product coverage in HD video, see the features at the ‘4WD New Products Channel’ playlist below: John Williams knows tires. Years of desert and Baja racing, plus instructing and prepping vehicles at Miller Motorsports Park, make […]

4WD Mechanix Tech How-to Channel

4WD Mechanix Tech ‘How-to’ Channel Playlist! Free Technical Video Viewing Available at This Website: This Moses Ludel ‘Live Tech’ Q&A vlog series shares insights into motor oils, oil filters and maintenance. Want your Jeep 4WD or any other 4×4 truck/SUV engine to last over 200,000 miles? See the four vlog topics (below). Click to access […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Video Features and Technical Articles!

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Video Features and Technical Articles!

Make 4WD Mechanix© Magazine and HD Video Network programming a ‘Favorite’…Enjoy multi-channel viewing and full screen, 1080P High Definition Video coverage here at the magazine website! Magazine Exclusive—We’re First to Install the ‘MSD Atomic EFI’ on a Jeep 4.2L Inline Six Rock Crawlin’ Trail Runner! The magazine tests the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4—and picks it as ‘2012 […]

4WD Mechanix 4×4 Truck and SUV Section

4WD Mechanix 4×4 Truck and SUV Section

4WD Mechanix 4×4 Truck and SUV Section!      Make this your information source for 4×4 trucks and SUVs, including how-to, repairs, troubleshooting, and upgrades for axles, engines, powertrain, transmissions, lift kits, suspension, chassis, drivelines, traction devices and more. Learn more about accessories, gasoline and diesel engines, trailer towing and technology. *Click on the “Site Content […]

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 – Latest Dodge Ram Truck News

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Latest Dodge Ram Truck News

Dodge Ram & Cummins News: Mopar Ram Runner Wins Truck Duel in the Desert: Leaves Ford SVT Raptor in the Dust! Auburn Hills, MI, May 30, 2012—Mopar Ram Runner 33-seconds faster than the Ford SVT Raptor on punishing 4.73-mile loop…Mopar Ram Runner declared the winner in this sunrise showdown…Media release from Chrysler Group, LLC.      The Mopar […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Routine Service & Preventive Maintenance

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Routine Service & Preventive Maintenance

Jeep 4WD How-to: Routine Service and Preventive Maintenance The TJ Wrangler brought a traditional Jeep 4WD utility model into the modern era. A 15% stiffer frame and Quadra-Coil® suspension distinguish this rugged model. The subsequent JK Wrangler frame is even beefier and more rigid! Chassis tuning is at the suspension level with these Jeep models. […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to Video: Dodge Ram Cummins Lift Pump Retrofit Upgrade

Video How-to: Lift Pump Upgrade for Dodge Ram Cummins-Powered Trucks!   In Part 1 of this two-part video ‘how-to’ series, James at Dynamic Diesel, Inc., discusses fuel demands and the fuel supply upgrades that make sense.   Part 2 is the exclusive, YouTube HD video presentation and ‘how-to’ overview covering an actual lift pump kit installation. The HD […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Ultimate Tow Package: Cummins Powered Dodge Ram

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Ultimate Tow Package: Cummins Powered Dodge Ram

4WD Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins: Ultimate Hauler for Your Jeep 4×4! Soaring fuel costs and low miles per gallon, stiff suspension, the risks of trail damage and breaking your 4×4—these are just a few of the reasons to tow your Jeep 4×4 over long distances. It is far less costly and easier on our Jeep […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Dodge Ram 3500 Makeover: The Bumpers & Winch Assembly

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Dodge Ram 3500 Makeover: The Bumpers & Winch Assembly

Ram 3500: Warn Front Bumper, M12000 Winch & Buckstop Rear Bumper!      First and foremost, the 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4WD with Cummins power is a serious tow vehicle. The pickup tugs our car-hauling trailer with the XJ Cherokee on board and also meets the magazine’s other needs. A backup for 4×4 trail rigs and foul-weather assistance for stranded motorists, the Ram […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Installing the Bestop Trekstep

HD Video How-to: Installing a Bestop® TrekStep™ on the Dodge Ram 3500 See the HD video how-to coverage of the Trekstep installation on our Dodge Ram—with its aftermarket bumper!  Following the truck’s complete makeover last fall, the four-inch lift suspension has worked well. The Dodge Ram 3500 has drawn a lot of attention and favorable comments. One […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Dodge Ram 3500 Makeover: Wheels and Tires

Dodge Ram 3500 Makeover: Selecting the Correct Wheel and Tire Package      Choosing the right tires and wheels for a lifted truck is an important decision. Wheel and tire sizing determines safety and correct vehicle handling plus the kind of service and lifespan you will get from the tires. This article includes an exclusive HD video interview with Richard […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Chevrolet and GMC Truck AAM 11.5″ Axle Rebuild

How-to: AAM 11.5″ GM Axle Rebuild and Ring-and-Pinion Gear Change American Axle & Manufacturing (“AAM”) builds OEM axles for Chevrolet and GMC trucks and Dodge Ram. The magazine’s own ’05 Ram 3500 4WD came with an AAM 11.5″ rear axle and an AAM 9.25″ front axle. The streaming rental now available from Vimeo On Demand covers the steps […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 2

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 2—Hosted by Moses Ludel In the Part 2 vlog, Moses Ludel compares synthetic and conventional oils. Is there a cost-effective equivalent to synthetic motor oil? Curious why rear main seals, timing cover seals or valve cover gaskets tend to leak when you switch […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: AAM 11.5″ Axle Rebuild

How-to: Dodge Ram AAM 11.5″ Axle Rebuild with New Ring & Pinion Gears American Axle & Manufacturing (“AAM”) builds OEM axles for Chevrolet and GMC trucks and Dodge Ram. The magazine’s own ’05 Ram 3500 4WD came with an AAM 11.5″ rear axle and an AAM 9.25″ front axle. The streaming rental now available from Vimeo On Demand covers the steps […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 4

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 4—Hosted by Moses Ludel   Part 4—Moses Ludel completes the four-vlog series with insights into oil filtration and his filter picks for Jeep and 4×4 truck/SUV engines. Want your engine to last more than two-hundred thousand miles? Watch this HD video!      This four-vlog […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 3

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 3—Hosted by Moses Ludel In Part 3, Moses Ludel clarifies viscosity needs and oil change intervals. Wonder why there are so many opinions about motor oil changes and which viscosity oil your engine needs? Hear candid comments—backed by experience!      This four-vlog HD video […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Live Tech Vlog: Engine Oil and Filters, Part 1

Vlog Series:  Jeep, 4×4 Truck & SUV Engine Oil and Filter Needs! Part 1—Hosted by Moses Ludel In the Part 1 vlog, Moses Ludel talks about the design of engine oils and their history. He shares details on why multi-viscosity oil came into existence and its gains. Learn more about motor oils and the roles oil […]

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 – HD Video How-to: Installing the Bestop PowerBoard Kit

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video How-to: Installing the Bestop PowerBoard Kit

HD Video How-to: Bestop® PowerBoard® Installation on a New Ram Truck! This HD video how-to shares the installation of a Bestop PowerBoard Kit on a new Ram 1500 4×4 truck…Getting into and out of your pickup can be easy with these automatic, drop-down running boards!  (Open to full screen at 1080P for optimal viewing!) The Bestop PowerBoard™ kit offers easy entry and exit […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Dodge Ram Speedometer Calibration

How-to: Speedometer Calibration for the 1998-2006 Dodge Ram Trucks!   This how-to covers DRBIII scan tool calibration for speedometers on 1998-2006 Dodge Ram trucks—plus many Jeep models of this era! (If bandwidth permits, view this video in ‘full-screen’ mode and HD 1080P quality!) For the OBD-1 and OBD-2 diagnostics era, the Chrysler DRBIII™ scan tool is […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 4WD Mechanix Vlog Channel

Moses Ludel ‘s  Fall 2012  Vlogs* Other vlogs can be found at the 4WD Mechanix HD Video Network playlists. Click on the channel buttons to see available HD videos and Vlogs!  4WD Mechanix© Magazine has transitioned from traditional print Q&A to HD video commentary and interactive forums. If you have technical questions, the 4WD Mechanix ‘Tech and Travel’ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Installing Bestop Trek Step Side Boards

Video How-to: Bestop® Trek Step™ Side Boards for the Dodge Ram 3500! This HD video coverage of the new Bestop Trek Step side boards includes both how-to and cosmetic features of these boards. See the fit on our Dodge Ram 3500—and consider Trek Step boards for your truck! (Open to full screen and 1080P for maximum viewing enjoyment!)  The Bestop […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Dodge Ram Truck Maintenance & Repair Shop

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Dodge Ram Truck Maintenance & Repair Shop

How-to: The Dodge Ram Truck Maintenance and Repair Shop!      In the early years of my professional automotive career, I was solely responsible for the maintenance and repair of 22 light- and medium-duty surplus military trucks and equipment. That fleet mechanic’s role included preventive care, bumper-to-bumper repairs and required overhaul needs…To this day, “preventive maintenance” remains my mantra. Vehicles like the magazine’s pristine 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4WD, purchased […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Series: 2011 SEMA Show at Las Vegas!

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Series: 2011 SEMA Show at Las Vegas!

2011 SEMA Show at Las Vegas, Nevada!      Amidst a huge industry crowd, interest in aftermarket off-road and four-wheel drive products ran high. 4WD Mechanix© Magazine was present, focused on close-up HD video coverage. In this section, discover the newest products from key manufacturers and suppliers like Warn Industries, Mopar®, Mopar Performance, Jeep® Accessories, Bestop®, Advance Adapters, […]