How-to: Braze Repair of Damaged Axle Shaft Threads

Tapered axle shaft threads are often ruined by improper use of force to remove a wheel hub and brake drum during brake and axle service work.  Hub pullers are used to remove tapered rear axle hub/drum assemblies.  Used improperly, a hub puller can crush the end of a tapered axle shaft and mushroom the cotter pin […]

How-to: Fabricating, Restoring and Repairing Hydraulic Brake Lines

In this in-depth how-to tutorial, viewers are encouraged to look over Moses Ludel’s shoulder as he replicates steel brake tubing on a rare classic car. Whether your DIY or professional shop’s project is an off-road rock crawler, a 4×4 truck restoration or a rare classic car in need of a pristine, original looking brake system, […]

Video Series: How to Flare Automotive Brake Tube, Fuel Lines and Cooler Tubing

Flare Tools and How to Flare Brake Lines This in depth how-to HD video series covers brake tube flare types, flaring methods, flare tools and brake work safety concerns.  Attention focuses on the brake tube flare tools used for servicing production vehicles and building custom brake line systems. While many U.S. shops and DIY enthusiasts […]

ERRECOM Air Conditioning Service and Performance Products

Errecom offers a full line service products that maximize air conditioner performance. Whether you perform major service and repair work or simply want to rejuvenate or enhance your vehicle’s air conditioning system, products like Cool-Shot Ultra, Extreme Ultra or the Atom Machine can make a difference. In this how-to video, we install and test these […]

How-to: 2000-2006 Jeep Disc Brake Pads and Rotors Service

2000-2006 Jeep Front Brakes Service and Pad Replacement… In this disc brakes service how-to HD video, Moses Ludel shares the replacement of brake pads, rotors and related parts on these Jeep models: 1990-95 Jeep YJ Wrangler, 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler, 1990-2001 Jeep XJ Cherokee, 1990-92 Jeep MJ Comanche and the 1993-1998 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee. […]

BD Diesel Performance Differential Covers and Royal Purple Max Gear Lube

The BD Diesel Performance aluminum alloy differential covers for AAM 11.5″ and 9.25″ axles are more than just good looking! They are designed to sling a steady flow of lubricant over the ring gear to saturate the pinion gear with oil. Heavy duty Royal Purple ‘Max Gear’ lubricant runs cooler and works even more effectively […]

How-to: Making Headlights Safe with a 3M Headlight Restoration Kit

Modern vehicles with halogen, HID and LED bulbs often cloud the front face of the headlamp assemblies. In this how-to video, we restore a pair of Ram truck headlight assemblies. This “DIY” alternative saves replacing entire light assemblies.  There is also a shop-grade kit for higher volume headlight service. The Ram truck’s headlight covers are […]

2017 SEMA Show: Installation Details for the Cummins R2.8L Diesel Crate Engine

At the 2017 SEMA Show, Steve Sanders of Cummins Repower shared the latest developments on the R2.8L diesel crate engine. The engine has launched in the market since last year’s SEMA Show, and the Cummins booth featured unique display vehicles.  The booth traffic was huge, and this engine is of keen interest to 4×4 light […]

Interview: Advance Adapters and Cummins Discuss the 2.8L Diesel Engine Conversion for Jeep®

At the 2016 SEMA Show, Steve Roberts from Advance Adapters and Stephen “Steve” Sanders of Cummins Repower program share in-depth details on the Cummins 2.8L diesel crate engine conversion. Tailored for Jeep®, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, light trucks and other swaps, the high-tech R2.8L common rail diesel (CRD) is a potent, fuel efficient, self-contained “crate” […]

Moses Ludel Vlog: Why Build a Jeep 4.6L Stroker Inline Six?

Moses Ludel Vlog: Why Build a 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor? The Jeep inline six stroker motor is a popular topic! In this HD vlog, Moses Ludel shares his many reasons for building a 4.6L Jeep inline six stroker motor. At left is the predecessor to the seven-main bearing 199/232/258 and 4.0L AMC engine […]

How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor

Q&A Vlog: How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor In this HD video vlog Q&A, Moses Ludel discusses the Jeep 4.0L inline six build-up into a stroker 4.6L engine. The build consists of the right design, correct choice of parts and the required machining. Moses Ludel describes the engine parts and machining options and […]

HD Video How-to: AAM 9.25″ and 11.5″ Axle Rebuilding

This is the free trailer for the lengthy instructional video available at Vimeo On Demand.  The trailer provides a quick overview of the rental video.  For further details, go to www.vimeo.com/ondemand/aamaxlerebuild.  American Axle & Manufacturing (“AAM”) builds OEM axles for Chevrolet and GMC trucks and Dodge Ram. The magazine’s own ’05 Ram 3500 4WD came […]

Ram Truck 47RE and 48RE Transmission In-Chassis Survival Upgrades from BD Diesel Performance

Chrysler’s Ram truck 47RE and 48RE transmissions have a checkered history.  Derived from the rugged 3-speed A727 Torqueflite with an add-on 4th gear/overdrive sandwiched into the unit, these stock RE transmissions have an unpredictable lifespan. The magazine’s 2005 Ram 3500 4WD with 5.9L Cummins diesel power, purchased new 13 years ago, has now clocked 162-thousand […]

Rebuilding a Saginaw Rotary Valve Power Steering Gear

This in-depth HD video provides the steps for working on a Saginaw 700 or 800 series power steering gear. These how-to rebuilding guidelines apply to any Saginaw integral rotary valve power steering gear. Whether a gear needs re-sealing or a complete overhaul, on the work bench or in the field, here are the details! Many makes of […]

Superwinch Demonstrates New EXP Winch During 2017 Moab EJS

During the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Week, Superwinch® demonstrated its new EXP series winches.  Delivering the message to hardcore four-wheelers and off-road enthusiasts, Scott Salmon, Nena Barlow and Jon Mason presented the most advanced winch design features in this category.  The all-new EXP winch brings ground breaking features to the off-road user market.  Available as both integrated and […]

Nena Barlow Demonstrates the Pull Pal Anchor

Nena Barlow operates Barlow Adventures at Moab and Sedona. Her 4×4 guiding and recovery tools include the Pull Pal land anchor.  At the Dunes south of Moab, Nena uses a Pull Pal and Superwinch® EXP winch to quickly free a Jeep® JK Wrangler from a barren, sandy slope.  See why Pull Pal is a “must” companion […]

How-to: Time-Sert® Aluminum Thread Repair and Upgrade

Aluminum threads are common in automobile, truck and motorcycle assemblies, and aluminum is vulnerable to damage. On the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle, we have steadily upgraded the aluminum threads with Time-Sert® thread repairs. Here is the step-by-step Time-Sert® repair, actually an improvement, at the outer engine case and oil filter cover bolt threads. My first exposure to a […]

Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America Demonstrates Proper Winch Use

Bill Burke earned his chance to compete at the legendary Camel Trophy and went on to create 4-Wheeling America. A world renown 4-wheel-drive instructor, guide and vehicle recovery expert, Bill trains corporate, military and recreational users at off-road driving, safety and vehicle recovery. In this demonstration of winching, Bill Burke begins with the judgment call that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]