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 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Honda XR650R How-to: Installing Acerbis Sahara 6.3 Gallon Fuel Tank

Honda XR650R How-to: Acerbis Sahara 6.3 Gallon Fuel Tank Install! The Honda XR650R is a rugged equipment package for desert enduro riding. By contemporary standards, however, 300 pounds “wet” is considered heavy, even for the repeated winner of Baja 1000 Races. One weight-saving attempt was the factory 2.6 gallon fuel tank, which is simply too […]

Honda XR650R Motorcycle Upper Engine Teardown and Inspection

Honda XR650R Motorcycle How-to: Upper Engine Tear Down for Inspection In this HD video overview, Moses Ludel disassembles the top end of the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle engine. Low compression led to this tear down. For diagnostics before teardown, a cylinder leakdown test was performed. (See the HD video how-to on the cylinder leak down […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Rebuilding the HondaXR650R Cylinder and Head at L.A. Sleeve Company

Rebuilding the Honda XR650R Motorcycle Cylinder and Head at L.A. Sleeve Company! The magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle came with very low hours on the bike. Unfortunately, the air filter had been sealing badly, and the result was an engine with damaged valves and excessively low compression. We turned to L.A. Sleeve Company for its Moly […]