Why I Keep This 30-year-old Honda XR350R Motorcycle

     Moses Ludel has owned and ridden this four-stroke 1984 Honda XR350R since the mid-‘nineties.  The magazine also features a Honda XR650R motorcycle that serves as a dual-sport video filming platform.      Both of these four-valve, single cylinder four-stroke “thumper” motorcycles deliver the performance and reliability that is characteristic of a four-stroke dirt […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Shares “A Jeep Life”

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Shares “A Jeep Life”

“A Jeep® Life”byMoses Ludel Nevada’s Washoe County Road 34 near the Black Rock Desert playa leads from Gerlach to the Sheldon Antelope Range. By late May, the snow-capped Granite Mountains become Jeep four-wheel drive country!     Piercing white headlamp beams shot through the Ponderosa boughs, starkly silhouetting the quaking aspen grove. Droning steadily, the feisty ‘Hurricane’ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 4WD Travel & Adventure Channel

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 4WD Travel & Adventure Channel

4WD Travel & Adventure Channel Playlist! View the 4WD Travel & Adventure Channel for tips on travel, safety, destination four-wheeling and exciting places to take your family four-wheeling—in a sensibly equipped, trail ready Jeep 4WD vehicle!      Jeep 4WD Travel & Overland Adventure! This introduction page opens the outdoor, overland trails and travel section. For […]

Outdoor Lifestyle Articles and Columns

Outdoor Lifestyle Articles and Columns

Owning a 4×4 or Dirt Bike Means Living an Outdoor Lifestyle!      Moses guides this Jeep 4×4 across a fast-moving stream crossing. Cody Lundin occupies the passenger seat during this segment of the survival workshop. Participant Dan Patterson steers his Wrangler Rubicon TJ into the swift, springtime run-off at Desert Creek, Nevada.    Learn more about Cody […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event

2010 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event! Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Rubicon Trail, September 17-19, 2010…The Rubicon Trail has lured, challenged and transformed four-wheelers since the 1950s. From 30-inch tires on MB flat-fender models through the CJ and Wrangler eras, many of us schooled on this rugged trail. Despite today’s oversized 33″ to 40″ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jesse Williamson: Double Amputee Racing 2013 Baja 1000 on a Motorcycle

Double Amputee Combat Veteran Races Baja 1000 on a Motorcycle!      Lucas Off-Road Expo, October 5, 2013—On Friday, October 4th, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame hosted its annual banquet. Among the inductees, motorcycle legend Larry Bergquist stood out. Malcolm Smith, J.N. Roberts and Larry Bergquist dominated the early Mexican (Baja) 1000 races on motorcycles and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Featured 4WD Group: Mile-Hi Jeep Club

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Featured 4WD Group: Mile-Hi Jeep Club

The Mile-Hi Jeep Club Gives Back! (Photography and Captions by Thomas J. Hester, Mile-Hi Jeep Club Commander)      4WD clubs are plentiful throughout the U.S. and Canada, across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For a Jeep owner, finding a club that fits means matching interests and aims. Reasons for joining a club can include the degree of family involvement, […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – The Off-Road Motorcycle Channel

The Off-Road Motorcycle Channel! Presented by 4WD Mechanix© HD Video Network In this HD video, follow the asphalt and dirt road tests of the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle with a fresh top engine rebuild, new Hot Cams ‘Stage 1’ camshaft, uncorking, a Honda ‘Power-Up Kit’ and fine tuning! For more 4WD Mechanix Magazine Off-Road Motorcycle […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Outfitting and Loading a Jeep Hauling Trailer

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Outfitting and Loading a Jeep Hauling Trailer

Carrying Your Jeep 4×4 on a Car Hauling Trailer! When you need to safely move a Jeep 4WD, there is no better method than a car hauling trailer. Whether enclosed or a flat deck design (like above), a properly rated trailer, equipped with tandem axles and brakes at each wheel, provides the most sensible, safe platform.      Pulling […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Sierra Stompers & PNMTA Trail Clean-up

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Sierra Stompers & PNMTA Trail Clean-up

Sierra Stompers & Pine Nut Mountains Trail Association Clear Routes! (Photos by Mel Munoz…Interview with Nate Littrell of PNMTA.) Public land in America is “multiple use”, and four-wheelers share fresh air and outdoor recreation with backpackers, horseback riders, bicyclists, off-road motorcyclists and ATV riders. Many users are environmentally aware, and that’s what keeps our trails […]

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 – Best 4WD SUV of the Year: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

HD Videos: Testing the New Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4!   “For uncompromised quality, engineering advances, substantial performance advantages, handling and safety considerations, comfort features, exceptional content in its class—plus overall four-wheel-drive utility and trail readiness—the 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon earns our pick as the 4WD Mechanix© Magazine ‘Best 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year’!” —Moses […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel and Cody Lundin Survival Workshops

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel and Cody Lundin Survival Workshops

Moses Ludel & Cody Lundin Instruct Backcountry Survival Workshop! Note: Jeep® Owner’s Bible™ author Moses Ludel has taught 4WD technology, mechanics and four-wheel driving skills. As a technical consultant to 4WD vehicle manufacturers, he was one of the original Tread Lightly 4×4 Clinic instructors and presented annually at the Camp Jeep® Mopar Tent workshops…Cody Lundin’s lifestyle […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 4WD Mechanix Video Network

4WD Mechanix© Video Network Channels! Whether you enjoy family four-wheeling, dual-sport motorcycling, adventure destinations, off-road racing or hardcore rock crawling, 4WD Mechanix© Magazine’s ‘4WD Video Network’ delivers high-definition programming. Open to full-screen, 1080P quality for maximum viewing enjoyment—or for detailed close-up tutorials! In this HD video, Moses Ludel takes viewers on a quick tour of the multi-channel […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis: OHV Trails

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis: OHV Trails

Column: Tom Willis on the OHV Trail—Back Country Travel & Adventure! Tom Willis lives at northern Nevada. Tom has been involved in all aspects of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) activities for the past 40 years. He has written and published three guidebooks, covering off-pavement travel and activities in the Nevada and California deserts. Over the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Video of Camp Wamp 4WD Volunteers

      Video: 2010 Camp Wamp—Jeep 4WD Volunteers in Action!    Note: In August 2012, I returned to Camp Wamp with special access to film HD video of the Camp Wamp Kids at activities, the dance, the last night’s campfire and the transportation details…Enjoy the Flash video (scroll down below) and also the extensive HD video coverage […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: West Side Death Valley National Park

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: West Side Death Valley National Park

Column: Tom Willis Takes Us to Death Valley National Park! Tom Willis lives at northern Nevada. Tom has been involved in all aspects of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) activities for the past 40 years. He has written and published three guidebooks, covering off-pavement travel and activities in the Nevada and California deserts. Over the last […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Trailside Air Filter Service

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Trailside Air Filter Service

Jeep 4WD How-to: Replacing a Clogged Air Filter Along the Trail!      A common Jeep 4WD maintenance question is when to change the engine air filter. On-highway, under optimal conditions, an air filter element can last for thousands of miles. By contrast, mere hours of alkaline dirt road exposure will clog an air filter to the point of […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2014 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event

2014  Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Run Features Nevada 4×4 Drivers In June 2014, Wheelers for the Wounded (WFTW) grew from a California based organization to the inaugural event involving Nevada 4×4 volunteer drivers. Members of the Sierra Stompers and other Nevada 4×4 masters get briefed by organizers Kevin Carey and Dan Hiney. This is the prelude […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2015 Moab EJS: BFG Hosts Jeep JK Wrangler Run at Area BFE

2015 Moab EJS: BFGoodrich® Hosts a Jeep JK Wrangler Run at Area BFE! At the 2015 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, BFGoodrich® Tires, Raceline Wheels and Poison Spyder Customs presented a special run for Jeep JK Wrangler owners. On three levels of trails at Area BFE, suitably renamed “Area BFG” for the event, professional racers and 4×4 off-road instructors […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Videos: 2011 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Videos: 2011 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event

Nine HD Videos: 2011 ‘Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event’ There are nine HD videos covering the 2011 event! Here is quick access: 1) Pre-Run Briefing 2) Meet the Vets & Volunteers 3) Rubicon ‘Soup Bowl’ Action! 4) Little Sluice Box—Rubicon Trail 5) Rubicon Trail Running 6) Trail Welding Repair 7) End of the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Book Reviews

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Book Reviews

Book Reviews by Moses Ludel The first reviews of the Jeep® Owner’s Bible (Bentley Publishers) came out in 1992. I remember poring over comments and hanging on every word…This bestselling book is now in its Third Edition.      It means a great deal to an author when reviewers discover the intent of a work. The success of my Jeep® Owner’s Bible and six additional […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: White Pine Mining District

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: White Pine Mining District

Column: Tom Willis at White Pine Mining District in Eastern Nevada! Tom Willis, September 6, 2012—This trip takes us to eastern Nevada near Ely and the White Pine Mining District. The trail begins at U.S. Highway 50, 35 miles west of Ely or 41 miles east of Eureka. Watch for the highway sign that identifies […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: Lunar Crater, Nevada

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: Lunar Crater, Nevada

Column: Tom Willis Takes Us to Lunar Crater, Nevada! Tom Willis lives at northern Nevada. Tom has been involved in all aspects of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) activities for the past 40 years. He has written and published three guidebooks, covering off-pavement travel and activities in the Nevada and California deserts. Over the last eight […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: Butte Valley to Ballarat

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tom Willis Column: Butte Valley to Ballarat

Column: Tom Willis Takes Us from Butte Valley to Ballarat! Tom Willis, September 6, 2012—This article concludes the trip that ended our last column at Geologist’s Cabin in Butte Valley. The area has some questionable notoriety as the hideout of Charles Manson before his arrest. For this trek, I traveled east to west because Goler […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Tips for Driving the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Tips for Driving a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 in the Back Country! Part 1: Real-time comments as Moses Ludel drives the trails from Camp Wamp back to the highway in a new 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4! (Can be viewed at full-screen and set for 1080P quality!) Note: This HD video footage is […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep 4WD Travel & Overland Adventure!

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep 4WD Travel & Overland Adventure!

  Jeep 4WD Travel, Destinations and Overland Adventures!      “I have driven Jeep 4WD vehicles since 1964. My off-pavement driving experience led to journalism, 4WD book authorship and consulting to 4WD and SUV vehicle manufacturers. In the mid-’90s, I teamed with Bill Burke (Four-Wheeling America) to instruct the nationwide ‘Tread Lightly 4WD Clinic’ programs. […]