Video How-to: TJ Wrangler Wheel Alignment Basics

How-to Video: Perform your own Jeep TJ Wrangler Front Wheel Alignment! A pair of SPC Fastrax alignment systems serve as optimal, affordable wheel alignment tools for the small shop, off-road race crew or even the home Jeep garage. Accurate when used properly, these gauges with a set of turn plates can produce quality results! One inexpensive turn plate option […]

Q&A Vlog: Choosing the Right Jeep 4×4 Model

Q&A Vlog:  Choosing a Used Jeep 4×4 for On-Highway and Off-Road Use! In this vlog, Moses Ludel shares his choices for a used on- and off-highway Jeep 4×4. Learn about the assets and downsides of the Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and the Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ and WJ models.    […]

Jeep Q&A:  YJ and TJ Wrangler Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case and Driveline

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Axle, Transmission, Transfer Case and Driveline

Q&A: Jeep YJ & TJ Wrangler Axles, Transmissions and Transfer Cases       Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding […]

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Fuel, Spark and Emission System

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Fuel, Spark and Emission System

Jeep Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Fuel, Spark & Emission Systems      Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding and […]

4WD Mechanix Jeep 4×4 Section

4WD Mechanix Jeep 4×4 Section

4WD Mechanix Magazine’s Jeep 4×4 Section! This section of 4WD Mechanix Magazine focuses on Jeep 4x4s and SUVs, including maintenance, how-to, Q&A, upgrades, lift kits, engine buildups, tuning, suspension and powertrain upgrades. Emphasis is on restoration, hardcore Jeep trail runners, overland Jeep 4WD vehicles and Jeep off-road performance 4x4s. *Click on the “Site Content Directory” […]

Jeep TJ Wrangler Front Suspension Upgrade

Jeep TJ Wrangler Front Suspension Upgrade

Part 1: Installing FTS Jeep TJ Front Suspension Lift Package The installation of a Jeep TJ Wrangler Full-Traction Suspension 4” Ultimate package provides guidelines for front suspension rebuilding and even a complete axle housing replacement. Whether you intend to lift a TJ Wrangler, repair a damaged front end or replace worn components, this article provides step-by-step […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Routine Service & Miscellaneous Q & A

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Routine Service & Miscellaneous Q & A

Q&A: YJ and TJ Wrangler Routine and Miscellaneous Service      Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding and metal […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Identifying Jeep Wrangler Manual Transmissions and Clutches

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Identifying Jeep Wrangler Manual Transmissions and Clutches

      Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Manual Transmissions and Clutch Types     The YJ and TJ Wrangler manual transmission and clutch systems are similar and easy to identify. By the late YJ Wrangler era (1993-95), the transmission and clutch platform for YJ models took an identical form to the TJ Wrangler models that followed in […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel: Publisher Profile

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel: Publisher Profile

Moses Ludel, Publisher & Editor of 4WD Mechanix© Magazine         Moses Ludel’s professional writing and photography career began in 1982. A magazine journalist and newspaper writer, photographer, columnist and industry consultant, Moses Ludel is the mechanic, author and illustrator of the bestselling Jeep® Owner’s Bible, the Jeep® CJ Rebuilder’s Manual: 1946-71 and the Jeep® CJ Rebuilder’s Manual: 1972-86. The Jeep® Owner’s Bible™ (published by Bentley Publishers), […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep Engine Tuning, Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep Engine Tuning, Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

How-to: Jeep Engine Tuning and Troubleshooting     Rapid advances in engine fuel-and-spark management span the modern Jeep era. In 1987, the YJ Wrangler 2.5L four became the first Jeep 4×4 utility model with fuel injection. The 2.5L throttle body injected (TBI) engine was a Cherokee offering as well.      Simultaneously, the 1987-90 YJ Wranglers with 4.2L sixes […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Bestop Launches New HighRock4x4 Narrow Front Bumper

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Bestop Launches New HighRock4x4 Narrow Front Bumper

Bestop Launches HighRock4x4™ Front Bumper for Jeep® Wranglers! NEW PRODUCT PRESS RELEASE…June 28, 2011, Broomfield, CO—Extreme, off-roading customers asked for a quality made bumper with more tire clearance, and Bestop answered with the new HighRock4x4™ Narrow Front Bumper. This custom-built bumper features tapered ends to master extreme tire clearance and tackles any obstacle that a rock […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Hand-Built Midwest Rock Crawling Jeep

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Hand-Built Midwest Rock Crawling Jeep

Ben Shelswell’s Midwest Jeep TJ Wrangler Rock Crawler! Avid ‘wheeler Ben Shelswell has a penchant for rock crawling. Ben’s radically built Jeep TJ recently plied the rocks (above)at “The Mounds”, Mount Morris, Michigan. Midwest based, Ben travels the challenging Kentucky, Indiana and Upper Peninsula four-wheel drive trails. Hand-built by Ben, the Jeep underwent two full […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Bestop at the 2011 SEMA Show

Bestop® in HD Video at the 2011 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada! At the 2011 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, Bestop presented its latest products. Megan Thompson from the marketing staff provides an insightful tour of Bestop’s award-winning innovations!      For decades, Bestop has served 4WD Jeep owners with exceptionally well-constructed canvas products and accessories. Offering […]