Gaither Tire Service Tools and Equipment

Gaither® Tool Company makes professional grade tools and equipment for the tire service industry. 4WD Mechanix chose Gaither® when setting up a self-sufficient tire service area within our shop studio. It doesn’t take COVID-19 and a lock down to value having your own tire shop. 4WD Mechanix Magazine tests and services tires on a regular […]

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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Rebuilding the Ross TL Steering Gear

How-to: Rebuilding the Jeep-Ross ‘TL’ Steering Gear! At the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel was guest speaker to a large group of vintage Willys-Jeep enthusiasts who own 1941-71 models. In this segment, Moses discusses restoration of vintage Ross TL steering gears. These gears were original equipment in all Willys 4×4 military vehicles, 4WD civilian […]

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Gaither Tool Company Moore-Safe 20-Ton Jack

“World’s Safest Jack” Gaither Tool Company’s new 20-ton air-over-hydraulic Moore-Safe Jack delivers superior performance, safety and utility. Screw-in “bolt” head design provides stability and improved center of gravity. We do a lot of axle lifting for tire changes and rotations, brake service and axle related work. A safe jack is always important. Our stout floor […]

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SUR&R Oil Filter Cup

Put an End to Oil Change Messes! End the messy oil drips and puddles when changing an oil filter. The SUR&R Oil Filter Cup catches dirty oil and makes oil changes easier. Owners of Jeep® XJ Cherokee 4.0L models and others with horizontal oil filters can rejoice! Any oil filter change can be messy. Drips […]

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Bolt-in Atlas Transfer Case for JL and JT Jeep® Models

At the 2019 SEMA Show, Advance Adapters introduced the bolt-in Atlas transfer case for the Jeep JT Wrangler and JL Gladiator. Minimized steps and retaining the OEM driveshafts make this a straightforward retrofit. Bolt-in means no need for measuring and constructing new driveshafts and other parts. This package will be welcomed by 4×4 shops and […]

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2019 SEMA and AAPEX Shows

Best New 4×4 and Light Truck Utility Products, Tools and Equipment… The first week in November, 4WD Mechanix Magazine covered the SEMA and AAPEX Shows. Beyond the glitz and glitter, our focus is always light truck and 4×4 utility products, new tools and useful equipment. Top picks aim at improving vehicle function and innovative tools […]

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OTC 6977 Universal Cooling System Pressure Test Kit

A cooling system pressure test can diagnose hose and radiator leaks, damaged gaskets and casting cracks. The OTC Tools 6977 Universal Cooling System Pressure Test Kit includes hose adapters for a wide range of conventional and degas cooling systems. Modern cooling systems often seal completely at the radiator. There is no filler neck for testing […]

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5.9L Cummins CRD Injection System Cleaning

Maintaining Expensive Injection Components… Routine Cummins CRD injection system cleaning can help protect the expensive CP3 pump and Bosch injectors. Our regular service includes two effective methods for restoring fuel injector spray patterns, maximizing performance and improving fuel efficiency. For purging contaminant debris and flushing the injection system, we use Sea Foam Motor Treatment. One […]

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Gaither Tire Service Tools and Equipment

Gaither® Tool Company makes professional grade tools and equipment for the tire service industry. 4WD Mechanix chose Gaither® when setting up a self-sufficient tire service area within our shop studio. It doesn’t take COVID-19 and a lock down to value having your own tire shop. 4WD Mechanix Magazine tests and services tires on a regular […]

Off-Road Vehicle Maintenance Tips from Red Line

Off-Road Vehicle Maintenance Tips from Red Line

Red Line Synthetic Oil’s Suggestions for 4×4 Owners During This Stay-At-Home Period: Red Line Synthetic Oil Provides Helpful Tips and Tricks for Off-Road Enthusiasts Benicia, Calif. (April 21, 2020) – By doing their part and staying home, many off-road enthusiasts have some extra time in the garage to tune up their vehicles. There’s always a maintenance […]

Mahindra Takes on COVID-19 at Michigan

Mahindra Takes on COVID-19 at Michigan

Mahindra Automotive North America takes a proactive stance on COVID-19 at Michigan…

Lubrication Specialties Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

Lubrication Specialties Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

Lubrication Specialties Inc., Manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret, Announces Production of Hand Sanitizer in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic  Press Release: Mt Gilead, OH, (April 9, 2020) – Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret performance oils and additives and other specialty lubrication products, announced today they are redeploying a portion of the company’s […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Rebuilding the Ross TL Steering Gear

How-to: Rebuilding the Jeep-Ross ‘TL’ Steering Gear! At the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel was guest speaker to a large group of vintage Willys-Jeep enthusiasts who own 1941-71 models. In this segment, Moses discusses restoration of vintage Ross TL steering gears. These gears were original equipment in all Willys 4×4 military vehicles, 4WD civilian […]

Gaither Tool Company Moore-Safe 20-Ton Jack

“World’s Safest Jack” Gaither Tool Company’s new 20-ton air-over-hydraulic Moore-Safe Jack delivers superior performance, safety and utility. Screw-in “bolt” head design provides stability and improved center of gravity. We do a lot of axle lifting for tire changes and rotations, brake service and axle related work. A safe jack is always important. Our stout floor […]

Coronavirus Crisis: Harbor Freight Steps Up!

Coronavirus Crisis: Harbor Freight Steps Up!

Coronavirus Crisis: Harbor Freight Steps Up! Harbor Freight Will Donate Key Emergency Supplies to Hospitals In this time of need, Harbor Freight has put community ahead of profit. While other suppliers have been profiteering on sales of scarce medical supplies, Harbor Freight has done the opposite. Eric Smidt, Founder at Harbor Freight, has made this […]

New HTP Invertig® 400 AC/DC Commercial Grade Welder

New HTP Invertig® 400 AC/DC Commercial Grade Welder

New HTP Invertig® 400 AC/DC Commercial Grade Welder HTP America’s Proven Invertig® Technology for Pro Shops! HTP America’s reputation for exceptional TIG/GTAW welding equipment has inspired the new Invertig® 400 professional grade machine. The design features years of proven technology plus the latest advances in TIG and stick welding. This machine satisfies the daily demands […]

SUR&R Oil Filter Cup

Put an End to Oil Change Messes! End the messy oil drips and puddles when changing an oil filter. The SUR&R Oil Filter Cup catches dirty oil and makes oil changes easier. Owners of Jeep® XJ Cherokee 4.0L models and others with horizontal oil filters can rejoice! Any oil filter change can be messy. Drips […]

Cummins 4BT and 4 ISB Diesel Engine Conversions

Cummins 4BT and 4 ISB Diesel Engine Conversions

The Cummins R2.8L turbo-diesel crate engine conversion has a strong following. For many, however, this swap is too costly. Some find the Cummins 4BT and 4 ISB 3.9L conversion more affordable. Cummins built the 4BT engine for industrial, agricultural and commercial automotive use. Introduced in 1984, the Cummins B-Series engines included the 6BT 5.9L inline […]

Mild 2 Wild Event

Mild 2 Wild Event

Note: N4WDA Mild 2 Wild Event Postponed… “As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the N4WDA Board of Directors waited as long as possible to see if we would be able to keep the Saturday, May 9th, date for our inaugural Mild 2 Wild event…Unfortunately, as you all know, the need for People to STAY […]

Bolt-in Atlas Transfer Case for JL and JT Jeep® Models

At the 2019 SEMA Show, Advance Adapters introduced the bolt-in Atlas transfer case for the Jeep JT Wrangler and JL Gladiator. Minimized steps and retaining the OEM driveshafts make this a straightforward retrofit. Bolt-in means no need for measuring and constructing new driveshafts and other parts. This package will be welcomed by 4×4 shops and […]

2019 SEMA and AAPEX Shows

Best New 4×4 and Light Truck Utility Products, Tools and Equipment… The first week in November, 4WD Mechanix Magazine covered the SEMA and AAPEX Shows. Beyond the glitz and glitter, our focus is always light truck and 4×4 utility products, new tools and useful equipment. Top picks aim at improving vehicle function and innovative tools […]

Book Review: Ford Bronco, A History of Ford’s Legendary 4×4

Book Review: Ford Bronco, A History of Ford’s Legendary 4×4

Book Review: Ford Bronco, A History of Ford’s Legendary 4×4 by Todd Zuercher   Fifty-four years after the launch of the iconic Ford Bronco, Todd Zuercher’s new book brings that history to life. Ford Bronco—A History of Ford’s Legendary 4×4 provides an engaging, highly detailed account. Todd begins with the Bronco’s seminal concept, prototype design, research […]

OTC 6977 Universal Cooling System Pressure Test Kit

A cooling system pressure test can diagnose hose and radiator leaks, damaged gaskets and casting cracks. The OTC Tools 6977 Universal Cooling System Pressure Test Kit includes hose adapters for a wide range of conventional and degas cooling systems. Modern cooling systems often seal completely at the radiator. There is no filler neck for testing […]

5.9L Cummins CRD Injection System Cleaning

Maintaining Expensive Injection Components… Routine Cummins CRD injection system cleaning can help protect the expensive CP3 pump and Bosch injectors. Our regular service includes two effective methods for restoring fuel injector spray patterns, maximizing performance and improving fuel efficiency. For purging contaminant debris and flushing the injection system, we use Sea Foam Motor Treatment. One […]

OTC 5268 Truck Ramps

Test and Review: When a vehicle hoist is not available, floor jacks and jack stands are the common alternative. Stands take time to set up, cramp space and slow our workflow. A practical solution is vehicle ramps, and when it comes to quality and safety, we chose OTC 5268 ramps for our shop. Many shops […]

White Knuckle Off Road Products Rock Sliders

Review and How-to Installation: White Knuckle Off Road Product Rock Sliders for Gen 3 Ram 2500/3500 4×4 Trucks… When our electric retractable running board motors failed, we searched the market for the best solidly mounted step boards. In this HD video review and installation, see why White Knuckle Off Road Products’ rock sliders became the […]

Testing Cooper® Discoverer AT3 XLT™ Tires

For an accurate test of the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT tires, our first step was precision mounting and balancing of the tires. (See the Part 1 video.) In the Part 2 video, we prepare the Ram 3500 for testing then test the Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT tires both on- and off-road. Part 2 video concludes […]

Professionalize Your Shop With Permatex Products

Professionalize Your Shop With Permatex Products

Permatex products have been a part of my automotive work for over half a century. Quality repairs, fleet maintenance and high performance upgrades require the right adhesive sealants, thread lockers, pipe and flange sealants and gasket makers. Meeting OEM or higher standards and producing the best results, Permatex delivers. These Permatex products are always within […]

3M Products for a Productive and Safer Shop

3M Products for a Productive and Safer Shop

3M Means Lasting Quality …3M products have been a mainstay at my shop. Trademarked and patented 3M products meet the highest standards. In these three HD video tours (Part 1: Body Work, Part 2: Service Work and Part 3: Safety/Protective products), I share my favorite 3M “soft tools” and safety gear.—Moses Ludel… Workdays Involve 3M […]

Curing an Engine Knock with SUR&R Tools and Sea Foam®

Curing an Engine Knock with SUR&R Tools and Sea Foam®

Engine Noise May Not Be Catastrophic! Sometimes an engine knock means bad lower end bearings or piston trouble. Often, however, simpler tune related noises can mimic a serious engine knock. Before tearing our Jeep 4.0L engine apart, we thoroughly cleaned the top end and injectors with S.U.R.&R.’s professional grade tools and Sea Foam® Motor Treatment. […]

How-to: Diagnose an Engine Noise or Knock

How-to: Diagnose an Engine Noise or Knock

Engine noise can range from minor ticking and clatter to ominous metallic sounds. In this how-to HD video, we begin with troubleshooting and diagnosing a Jeep 4.0L inline six engine noise. The steps apply to any engine and noise source. Some knocks and clatter require major engine work, but sometimes the engine is simply in […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bolt-on EFI: Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4

Bolt-on EFI: Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4

EDELBROCK ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW PRO-FLO 4 EFI  TORRANCE, CA (March 7, 2019) – Edelbrock, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket performance parts, today announced the latest and most advanced electronic fuel injection system available, the Pro-Flo 4 EFI. The Pro-Flo 4’s key advancements are in the all-new compact and water-resistant ECU which features a faster […]