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 […]

Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Superwinch Talon 18K Winch Installation

  4WD Mechanix Magazine’s 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 pickup is a workhorse and trailer hauler. The chores that this truck performs require the best and most reliable equipment available. For winching, we turned to the top-of-the-line Superwinch® Talon 18.0SR winch with synthetic rope. See the installation with tips on safe winch mounting. Learn why […]

Driving Light Upgrade and Tests: PIAA RF6 and LP530 Lights

Like other Dodge Ram Gen 3 trucks, the OEM headlamps on our 2005 Ram 3500 truck produce a subdued and diffused light pattern. Even with the low beams on and adjusted to specification, the dim and ineffective scattered light often confuses oncoming drivers who assume that the high beams are on.  Regardless of the adjustment method, the low […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Tour: Advance Adapters Manufacturing Facility

HD Video Tour:  Advance Adapters Facility at Paso Robles, California Advance Adapters produces a variety of transfer case, transmission, overdrive and engine conversion components. The Atlas transfer case, Saturn overdrive, Rubicrawler, Ranger Torque Splitter and SYE kits are well known—and produced in-house. See the manufacturing and machine processes that create these well-recognized components. In this segment, Vice […]

Video Commercial Services Available

Video is the new journalism.  A dramatic 69% of today’s online users prefers video over print media!  As a print media photojournalist and book author/illustrator for over three decades, I launched 4WD Mechanix Magazine in 2010 and plunged headlong into the world of HD video production… Enthusiasm quickly settled into the complexities of filming and post-production editing.  A career of over […]

OTC Tools: How to Quickly Remove Broken Manifold Studs

Removing a broken manifold stud becomes a very expensive repair if the cylinder head gets damaged in the process. Conventional use of a drill and screw extractor often ruins an aluminum cylinder head. At the 2016 SEMA Show, OTC Tools demonstrated the use of the OTC 6982PMC stud removal tool and a drill guide kit, […]

2016 SEMA Show: BFG® Pit Crew Challenge

At the 2016 SEMA Show, BFGoodrich® Tires presented the second annual BFG® Pit Crew Challenge. All show participants were welcome to compete for prizes that included full sets of BFG® performance tires each and a chance to win a Baja 500 race trip. The competition took place at the Silver Lot’s BFG®-SCORE Baja 1000 Experience. […]

Selecting Tires and Wheels for Optimal Handling, Gearing and Fuel Efficiency

4WD Mechanix Magazine’s 2005 Dodge Ram 4×4 Ram truck with Cummins 5.9L diesel power has an aftermarket 4-inch chassis lift and 4.56 axle gears. To achieve peak handling, fuel efficiency and towing power, we set out to fine tune the overall “gearing” by selecting the right diameter BFG tires and a matching set of Raceline Avenger […]

Saginaw Power Steering Gear In-Chassis Troubleshooting

If you encounter leaks, looseness or wander with a Saginaw Rotary Valve power steering gear, some quick diagnostic steps will prove useful. These troubleshooting techniques require nothing more than access to the steering gear and setting the steering wheel on center with the front wheels pointed straight ahead. With the steering wheel and column unlocked, you can […]

Dodge Ram How-to: DSI Big 5.0″ Aluminum Driveshaft Upgrade

View this HD 1080P how-to video and see why, how and when you need to upgrade your 4×4’s driveshafts! We consulted Driveshaft Specialist, Inc. and determined the best long-term solution for our diesel truck’s driveshaft issues. Whether your 4×4 truck is a late-model Ford F-series or a Dodge Ram with a non-rebuildable driveshaft system, or you have […]

Ram 3500: BFG KO2 All-Terrain LRE Tires for Trailer Towing

The magazine’s 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4WD Quad-Cab has Cummins turbo-diesel power and a willingness to work! Its latest assignment is toting an 8200-pound Alumascape travel trailer to events like the Moab EJS. This is a GCW of 16,800 pounds going down the road. The conventional pull-type trailer demands an equalizing or load distribution hitch. […]

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.    […]

Our Ram 3500 Gets an A.R.E. Shell

Many viewers and forum members have seen our 2005 Ram 3500 4×4 pickup at events or on the road. Seems we’re always hauling gear or toting a trailer! For keeping our gear dry and free of dust, we went shopping and ordered an A.R.E. V-Series shell with the Outdoorsman side door window option. Our local […]

Racing Interviews: Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies

Close-ups: LOORS  Pro-Series Racers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies      Top drivers running BFGoodrich tires, Rob MacCachren (left) and Bryce Menzies (right) compete at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS). On the weekend of August 23-25, 2013, Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks/Reno, Nevada, hosted a LOORS series race. These teams vied for honors on one of the fastest tracks in the country. Rob […]

Latest Superwinch Products at the 2015 SEMA Show!

Superwinch has a 45-year history of superior winch products. Heralded by Camel Trophy competitors, these products continue to advance and meet the most demanding challenges in winching. In this coverage, learn more about the innovation and rugged reliability built into every Superwinch device. See why Superwinch has become the official winching product line at 4WD […]