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 […]

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 […]

2018 SEMA Show New Products

Latest Products and Tools for 4×4 Enthusiasts and Fabricators The New Products Showcase at the 2018 SEMA Show drew a heavy flow of traffic. On display were the newest, most innovative performance parts, utility products and specialty niche tools. In the HD video tour, discover the latest high performance 4×4, UTV, Jeep®, Ram, Cummins, Duramax […]

Rislone’s Complete Diesel Fuel System Treatment: Cure for Rough Running and Excess Noise

     Note: I began using Rislone Engine Treatment in the late 1960s as a professional light and medium duty truck fleet mechanic. I trust Rislone for quality, well-researched engine maintenance and restorative products. Rislone’s newly released diesel fuel treatment replaces up to eight individual products. The unique bottle design makes pouring simple…To protect our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: FrostGuard® Ends Windshield Scraping and Frozen Wipers

FrostGuard® windshield and mirror covers are the best antidote for winter frost, ice, sleet and snow. Parking overnight can mean frozen windshield glass, mirrors and wiper blades. Often, defrosting glass requires lengthy running of the engine. Worse yet is the undesirable chore of scraping window glass and mirrors until your fingers grow numb. FrostGuard® can […]

Review: MYCHANIC® ‘DIY’ Tools for Work at the Ground Level

For the small shop or home garage, there’s never enough room.  The 4WD Mechanix workshop and studio is no exception.  When it comes to common challenges, MYCHANIC® has solutions. MYCHANIC® offers innovative tools and equipment for serious ‘DIY’ enthusiasts and automotive shop techs working at the ground level.  Tool and parts organization can be stifling.  Grasping […]

2017 SEMA Show Superwinch ‘EXP’ Large Frame Launch

The groundbreaking Superwinch® EXP winch series has expanded to large frame winches.  From 8,000-18,000 pound capacity, the EXP now covers the full range of user needs. Heavy-duty pickup and stake bed owners, for the first time, have access to an integral, electronically controlled large framed winch.  The Superwinch booth at the 2017 SEMA Show also featured […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Dirt Motorcycle Final Drive Chain and Sprockets Replacement

How-to: Dirt Motorcycle Final Drive Chain and Sprockets Replacement! Dirt and dual-sport motorcycles require routine chain maintenance and periodic parts replacement. In this 28-minute HD video, the magazine’s Honda XR650R enduro bike gets final drive attention. This presents an opportunity to upgrade the chain and sprockets. The detailed, step-by-step coverage of this important service provides tips on how to […]