Cooper Tires Discoverer S/T MAXX

Cooper Tires Discoverer S/T MAXX

Cooper Tires Discoverer® S/T MAXX™ Our tests confirm that Cooper Tires Discoverer® S/T MAXX™ tires deliver superior highway and off-pavement traction. Testing included interstate, city and a variety of off-pavement uses. During the tests, the magazine’s Jeep® XJ Cherokee plied Nevada’s remote high desert and wild horse country! Test and Evaluation: On- and Off-Road Performance […]

How-to: Gaither GT12-1US Precision Tire Balancing

Gaither Takes Balancing to the Next Level: GT12-1US Manual Computer Tire Balancer… The Gaither GT12-1US is a heavy duty, manually operated computer tire and wheel balancer. Portable and easy to operate, the machine is ideal for commercial truck and bus shops, fleet operators and independent 4×4 light truck shops. We test 4×4 aftermarket wheels and […]

Change Tires at Your Shop or a Remote Site

For decades we have sublet tire service. We ended that with Gaither Tool Company products. Manual tools and equipment now enable us to change tires at our shop. We can even perform tire service by the side of a remote trail. Hand service tools are available for passenger car, van, truck and powersports tires. With […]

Shurhold® Dual-Action Polisher and Detailing Products

Restoring Our Jeep® Cherokee’s Paint Finish… The Shurhold DA Polisher Pro and detailing products helped save our 1999 XJ Cherokee from an immediate re-paint. This cleaning, compounding and polishing system provides an affordable way to get professional level results. When we took a close look at the Cherokee, the paint was in poor condition. Years […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

American Axle & Manufacturing (“AAM”) builds OEM axles for Chevrolet/GMC and Dodge/Ram trucks. The magazine’s 2005 Ram 3500 4WD came with an AAM 11.5″ rear axle and an AAM 9.25″ front axle. This is the trailer for the streaming rental video available at Vimeo On Demand that covers how to change front and rear axle gear sets. […]

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: 1990-2006 Jeep Disc Brake Pads and Rotors Service

1990-2006 Jeep Front Brakes Service and Pad Replacement… This HD video is the trailer for a full-length 24:49-minute brake service video, part of a how-to series available at Vimeo On Demand.  In the front disc brake segment, Moses Ludel shares the replacement of brake pads, rotors and related parts on these Jeep models: 1990-95 Jeep […]

How-to: Transmission Gear and Iron Case Restoration

Narrated Slideshow:  ‘How-to’ Transmission Gear and Iron Transmission Case Restoration…At the 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel was the guest speaker at the banquet. To serve this niche Jeep interest group, he discussed a variety of vintage mechanical restoration processes.  As NOS parts availability decreases, an increasingly important practice is the restoration of gears and […]

Moses Ludel Lecture and Slideshow: Cast Iron TIG Repair

Moses Ludel’s Guest Lecture and Slideshow at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion: TIG Repair of a Large Cast Iron Axle Housing!      Damaged, rare axle castings can be repaired. In this presentation at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel discusses the right filler rod and TIG welding technique for best outcomes when restoring […]

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 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Tool How-to: Using the OTC 7394 Hub Puller

HD Video How-to:  OTC 7394 Hub Puller for Jeep and Truck Axle Service! Vintage Jeep 4x4s and AMC/Jeep CJ models with the AMC Model 20 rear axle require a special hub puller to remove the rear wheel hubs. Many vintage cars and trucks require this type puller. OTC makes the 7394 Hub Puller for this task. This […]

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 […]