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 […]

Advance Adapters RubiCrawler for Jeep TJ and JK Wrangler 42RLE Models

Advance Adapters RubiCrawler for Jeep TJ and JK Wrangler with 42RLE Transmission      Note: This tour of the RubiCrawler with Steve Roberts at Advance Adapters explains the function and fit of the Rubicrawler. The ingenious gearbox occupies the factory tailhousing space on the Jeep TJ and JK Wrangler models equipped with the 42RLE automatic transmission. […]

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 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Part 2: TJ Wrangler Rear Suspension Work

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Part 2: TJ Wrangler Rear Suspension Work

Part 2: Installing FTS ‘Ultimate’ Rear Suspension System Rear Suspension Work Installation of the Full-Traction Suspension 4” Ultimate package includes a complete revamp of the TJ’s rear suspension. Steps involved also apply to rebuilding the stock suspension or the replacement of an OE axle assembly. Whether you intend to lift a TJ Wrangler, repair rear […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – YJ & TJ Wrangler Automatic Transmission Light Service

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – YJ & TJ Wrangler Automatic Transmission Light Service

How-to: Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Automatic Transmission Service Since most owners will not rebuild their Jeep’s automatic transmission, this section focuses on the routine maintenance and service of the typical Jeep automatic transmission. You should perform these service procedures at regular intervals. For the Jeep 4×4 driven at a crawl pace off-pavement,odometer mileage is […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – YJ & TJ Jeep Wrangler Clutch Replacement

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – YJ & TJ Jeep Wrangler Clutch Replacement

How-to: Jeep YJ & TJ Wrangler Transmission Removal and Clutch Service The YJ or TJ Wrangler clutch unit is a perishable item. At some mileage interval, preferably after years of quality service, you will need to address the removal and replacement of the clutch. When rebuilding the transmission, you have ready access to the clutch […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Engine Thermostat Settings

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Engine Thermostat Settings

  Use the Right Thermostat for Your Engine!      When this vintage Willys Wagon was new, the Super Hurricane 226 six took a 180-degree F thermostat for winter driving. A 160-degree F ‘stat was often substituted during hot summer months. The 4.0L TJ Wrangler engine transplant (above) calls for a 195-degree F thermostat.      This ‘Q&A’ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Installs Jeep TJ Wrangler Lift Kit

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Installs Jeep TJ Wrangler Lift Kit

How-To: Installing Full-Traction Suspension’s TJ Wrangler Lift Kit!      For many Jeep owners, this TJ Wrangler Rubicon edition offers plenty of ground clearance with its factory 31″ diameter tires. Hardcore trail runners prefer even larger tires these days! 33-35-inch diameter is the choice, and in this article, I share my shop and step-by-step photos of what […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler 4WD Workshop

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler 4WD Workshop

How-to: Jeep YJ Wrangler, TJ/LJ Wrangler & Rubicon 4WD Workshop      Leaf spring suspension makes the YJ Wrangler a popular off-road 4×4. Its proven CJ-7 length wheelbase responds well to lift kits, big wheels and tires, axle gearing and traction upgrades, and the list of popular modifications that have driven the Jeep CJ 4WD aftermarket […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Advance Adapters Interview: Part 1, the Rubicrawler

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Advance Adapters Interview: Part 1, the Rubicrawler

Interview with Mike Partridge, Part 1: Advance Adapters ‘Rubicrawler’      Note: In addition to the Flash video available at this page (filmed at Moab Jeep Safari in 2011), there are seventeen additional Advance Adapters HD videos available at the magazine’s 4WD Mechanix HD Video Network playlists. These more recent 1080P videos are from Moses Ludel’s January 2013 tour […]

Advance Adapters ‘RubiCrawler’ for JK Wrangler

Advance Adapters ‘RubiCrawler’ for JK Wrangler

      Advance Adapters RubiCrawler for JK Wranglers with the 42RLE Transmission      In the rocks, many Jeep owners want crawl-pace gear ratios to reduce the risk of vehicle damage and powertrain load. By crawling slowly, we can negotiate rough, rocky terrain with better vehicle control. This minimizes wheel spin while delivering exceptional torque.      The more […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Video ‘How-to’: Installing the New Warn VR-Series Winch

Video ‘How-to’: Warn’s New VR-Series Winch! April 2011—At the Jeep Safari, Warn Industries unveiled the company’s latest line of winches for vehicle recovery. A new design, stripped of frills and ready for action, the “VR-Series” delivers U.S.-built quality at a strikingly affordable price. In this video, a fresh out of the box new VR10000 gets […]