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November 1, 2012 | By Dan Sanchez
Any 4x4 truck can go “off-road,” but serious off-road enthusiasts know that it takes more than just a stock truck to cross over extreme terrain. A real off-road truck needs to have capabilities such as traction, ground clearance, articulation, body protection, and most importantly, the ability to self-recover. So the idea came about to build an extreme off-road truck with these performance capabilities, but do so by using a host of accessories that would also improve the vehicle"s overall appearance...


October 1, 2008 | By Trent Riddle
The second annual Truck and Jeep Fest was held in July at the Canfield Fairgrounds in Ohio. Put on by 4 Wheel Parts and 4 Wheel Drive Hardware it provides families a chance to get away for the weekend and experience a wide range of fun and exciting activities. It offers something for everyone and some great deals on parts too...


December 1, 2007 | By Denis Snow
  Back in 2002 Jeep introduced their Liberty to the mid-size SUV market. Since then, the market has grown and now so has the Liberty. Originally Jeep’s marketing department targeted it to appeal to 60% women and 40% men buyers...


January 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  Even though we have an obvious bias toward off-road adventures, we actually weren't the first to note that the new Toyota Sequoia isn't intended primarily for trail use. Actually, Toyota's chief designer for the Sequoia, Motoharu Araya (who also worked on the Sienna and Tundra) made that point to us before we ever got behind the wheel and headed out for a brief drive in the dirt. "It's not meant to be a very serious off-roader, but it is still off-road capable...


September 1, 2008 | By Sue Mead
  Want your cake and want to eat it, too? Why not have it with green icing, then?! Chrysler has joined the ranks of a growing number of hybrid manufacturers, and in this case, its Dodge division has designed a work-horse hybrid, engineered for those of us that love a 4WD powertrain, might want to ferry eight friends to a get-away weekend in the woods, plus bring along a couple of jet skis or snowmobiles - and have the need to pay less to fuel both our work and our fun. On sale in August, the 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid will hit the streets and backcountry of America, with the same body design as its gas-powered counterpart, equipped with Chrysler's 5. 7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that partners with a hybrid electric motor system and Chrysler's MDS (multiple displacement system)...


January 1, 2009
The seats are generally more comfortable, front and rear, and rear legroom has been increased. To carry more cargo, it's possible to fold up the rear seats and slide in something as big as a 52-inch flat screen TV. The first Ford pickup was launched in 1948, the half-ton F-1...


April 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
If teams survived the first sixty-five mile loop, they faced one of the nastiest obstacles in Johnson Valley, The Back Door (note the belly-up buggy mid-field). Back Door was also one of the designated spectator areas, drawing thousand of fans to watch the show. With several breakdowns and a roll over, 4 Wheel Parts" Prez Greg Adler had his share of challenges in 2009 and 2010...


January 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
THE 2011 TRUCK & JEEP FEST EVENTS ARE READY TO ROLL Mark your calendar and get ready to save BIG TIME on top brand products from the best truck, SUV and Jeep aftermarket parts manufacturers in the world. These two-day, FREE ADMISSION truck & Jeep events are the perfect opportunity to talk one-on-one with the manufacturers about how their products will enhance your vehicle while taking advantage of their special show discounts and installation specials. Over 100,000 s...


November 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
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May 11, 2013 | By Chris Collard
Race chatter broadcast over the radio as dust clouds, whipped up by a fierce wind, rolled across Means Dry Lakebed and through a sea of motorhomes, race trailers, and circus-style tents. In the distance, two thin ribbons of dust swirled off the Southern California desert floor like wing-tip vortices from an F-18 on the hard deck. It was Robby Gordon, hot on the tail of Shannon Campbell and running flat-out...


March 1, 2013 | By Sue Mead
 We once saw it ascending mountains, traversing mud tracks in the jungle, and forging deep groves through the snowy, wintery wild. Twenty-five years later, this SUV is carving a new path. The 2013 Pathfinder has undergone a complete redesign and the fourth-generation version has been thoughtfully remade for “every-day adventurers...


October 1, 2013
This event marked the 3rd anniversary of the Customer Appreciation Run at Hollister Hills Upper Ranch. The ranch is 800-acres, with about 24 miles of trails, and is used for 4x4 recreation and motorcycle events.   San Jose, Oakland and Stockton store employees ? along with 195 rigs loaded with the best customers in the country ? descended on the campgrounds and prepared for a complimentary day of wheeling, rock crawling, mud bogging, trail runs, live bands and a delicious catered lunch...


June 13, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 CLICK ON IMAGE TO PURCHASE Staun II Automatic Tire Deflators Coyote Enterprises introduces the all-new Staun II Automatic Tire Deflators, to improve traction on the sand, rocks and trail in a matter of minutes, without loosing valuable driving time.    Simply twist the American made deflators onto standard metal or rubber valve stems, and start driving while each tire deflates to the user set tire pressure. As each tire deflates in motion, it eliminates the traditionally tedious and long waiting process for tires to air-down...


February 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
I first caught wind that 2010 would mark the Hump-N-Bump"s 30th anniversary from a post on the Off-Road Adventures Facebook page (check out the fan posts and contests at: facebook. com/ORAmagazine). The timing was perfect, and after four days wandering through fifteen miles of off-road gear at the SEMA show, we decided the Bump would be a great way to round off a week...


July 1, 2010 | By Chris Collard
Several hundred vendors show up for the trade show on Thursday and Friday where you could buy everything from drivelines to fuel cells. 4 Wheel Parts brought their semi trailer stuffed with gear, and the crowd kept their sales guys busy for most of the day. We had an invitation to do a ride and drive in the new 4-door Ram...


April 1, 2014
Club Contact Info Caloosa Jeepers P. O. Box 414, Estero, FL 33929 Club phone: 941-404-Jeep (5337) Email:caloosajeepers@gmail...


July 1, 2010 | By Greg Adler
The 4 Wheel Parts team headed south of the border to compete in this vintage off-road race in a Jeep CJ-5. This wasn’t just any Jeep. This was a nostalgic vehicle close to the heart...


May 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
This is the interior of the Reseda 4WPs sometime in the 1980s. The little girl at the counter is Leslee Adler, George"s daughter. Displays where simple then and often part of the stocking inventory...


June 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
In the last issue, we covered the beginning years of Transamerican Auto Parts and 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers. This issue we"ll touch on some of the happenings in the 1980s and 90s and look back at the company"s founder and past president, George Adler. The 1980s and 90s where a time of growth for Transamerican Auto Parts and 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers...


July 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
TAP began producing their own brand of tires and wheels. The Pro Comp tire line now includes five different tires in sizes to fit most every light truck, SUV and 4x4. All of which have been proven in competition as well as on the street and trail...


December 1, 2013
Everybody knows that Jeepers love nothing more than Wheelin’, Wrenchin’ and Showin’ off their Jeeps. Well, that"s exactly how they spent their weekend when they attended the 4Wheel Drive Hardware 15th Annual Jamboree in Columbiana, OH. The huge crowd of Jeepers came to the late September event from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy the perfect fall weather...


November 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
As the 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes draws to a close, we bring you the last of the installation articles. Banks Power was selected for this final upgrade and we installed one of their Ram-Air systems on the 3. 8L Jeep V6...


September 1, 2011 | By Dan Sanchez
 The 8-inch diameter Rally 800 KC HiLites feature stainless steel housings and use powerful 130 watt bulbs. Some off-road trails can be slow and long. So, if you"re still crawling over obstacles when the sun goes down, it"s great to have an extra set of lights to see where you"re going...


June 1, 2011 | By Dan Sanchez
Any Jeep owner with a soft-top will tell you how much more pleasurable four-wheeling can be with the vehicle"s soft top folded back or removed completely. Enjoying the scenery and open air are some of the reasons why 4 Wheel Parts wanted the winner of their 50th Anniversary 2011 Jeep JK Wrangler to have a variety of options for the vehicle"s top. So in addition to the factory hard-top, that came with this Jeep, 4WP added a custom Bestop soft-top, to the list of accessories for this vehicle...


March 1, 2014 | By Dan Sanchez
Extreme trail rides can be a bit hard on factory JK Wrangler axle housings. Over time, it’s possible to bend a housing end, axle tube, or even the suspension and steering brackets. Most often, the owner isn’t aware of the problem until irregular tire, ball-joint or suspension wear begin to appear as a result...


December 1, 2009 | By Dan Sanchez
Raising your "09 Ford F-150 pickup to run larger wheels and tires definitely has its benefits. Having a cool off-road appearance with mud-terrain tires and big wheels are just some of the advantages to adding three to five inches of ride height. But while the cost of a full suspension lift may be out of reach for many these days, Performance Accessories" new Premium Lift System (PLS) is a lower cost alternative...


July 1, 2013
Its official name is Field and Forest, but most New England wheelers call it "Gretchen´s", after longtime owner Gretchen Ziegler. This year marks the end of an era. After 35 years, Ziegler is retiring to travel the world...


April 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
Comparison between the new Ranch QuickLIFT and the O. E. offered strut...


February 1, 2011 | By Tom Morr
The kit includes replacement knuckles, drop-down brackets, strut spacers, rear coils, brake relocation provisions, and everything else necessary to do the job. Superlift SS monotube shocks and struts by Bilstein are premium options (not shown). Rear coil springs are the best thing to happen to 4x4 pickup truck handling in recent memory...


November 1, 2012 | By Jim Allen
 Stock vs Pro Comp is a case of longer, thicker and better. The stock shock would be overwhelmed by larger tires and harder work while the Pro Comp just breezes along. We don"t know the exact diameter of the stock shock piston but we think the Pro Comp is about 30 percent larger...


October 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
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October 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
When it comes to having fun at work, there are notmany jobs that can compete with one that involves4 wheeling. Imagine chatting during the week withfolks about the sport you love and then hitting the trails toenjoy your favorite activity in your own rig on the weekends. This is exactly what Bob Thilman and Jeremy Komorn getto do...


July 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
Good things come in threes, right? Maybe, but that depends on what you're talking about. If it's the Pointer Sisters, sure thing. As for three strikes - well, then you're out...


March 1, 2010 | By Steve Temple
We’ve all been there: the top of a mountain, the depth of a forest or a hidden oasis in the middle of the desert — the perfect end of a long day on the trail and your weekend adventure. Of course, you use all your auxiliary lights to set up the secluded campsite. And while the stillness is intoxicating, why not also crank up the tunes to get the party started? Next day you’re eager to start exploring...


November 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 CLICK IMAGE TO PURCHASE Air Lift Company is offering an unprecedented $100 consumer mail-in rebate through January 31st when you purchase an Air Lift air spring kit for your leaf sprung vehicle as well as an on-board air compressor system. Air Lift adjustable air springs stabilize your vehicle when towing or hauling a heavy load so that weight is properly distributed to all four tires. This gives you a safer, more comfortable ride, while providing up to 5,000 pounds of load support...


June 1, 2010 | By Chris Collard
Out of the box, the Safari Snorkel kit comes with all components and hardware required for installation. You can do the install yourself if you have basic shop skills and tools. The most important thing to remember is, “Measure four times, cut once...


April 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
1. Along with the compressor, we also picked up one of ARB"s Hose Kits. Between the two, we had everything needed for the installation and future air-ups...


January 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CALL 800-284-9840 TO ORDER AIRAID has teamed up with PJ Jones to develop a new Snorkel System for the popular Polaris Ranger 700 EFI & 800 EFI that delivers more horsepower while providing an easy way to keep the engine"s air intake high and dry. This Airaid system addresses two weak links in the original design: the air box location draws in hot engine compartment air, and the low intake location makes it vulnerable to ingesting mud and water into the engine when things get a little too deep. The snorkel relocates the engine"s air intake to the top of the roll cage, so drivers can attack the deepest mud holes without worrying about sucking debris into the engine...


May 1, 2011 | By Denis Snow
BEFORE AFTER Whether you have a new truck with a pristine bed, or an older workhorse whose bed has seen some usage abuse-age, installing a bed liner makes sense. Protecting your investment and having a resilient, non-skid surface is a worthy investment. And Al"s Liners gives us DIYers the ability to do a job we can be proud of doing ourselves while saving several dollars in the process...


May 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
American Force offers the Hero SS for 8-lug single rear wheel trucks, including 2001-2012 Chevrolet/GMC 2500; 2003-2007 Hummer H2; 1993-2012 Dodge 2500, 1999-2012 Ford F250 and 2000-2006 Ford Excursion. Designed for a bold, aggressive look, the built-to-order Hero SS wheels are made from 6061 forged aluminum and feature a polished or black powder coated finish. Custom finishes are also available...


July 1, 2012 | By Trent Riddle
The Amp Research Power Step has become one of the more popular truck steps. The Power Step is the perfect companion for any truck, lifted or not. First, unlike fixed steps, these units fold away when not in use...


January 1, 2014 | By Dan Sanchez
Most off-road enthusiasts would agree that a lifted Jeep can tackle the trails of Moab or the rocks of the Rubicon better than a stock Jeep. But adding a taller ride height also makes it difficult to get into your Jeep, open the soft top, or reach cargo on roof-mounted racks. Instead of using the tire or bumper as a step that can be muddy and slippery, aftermarket manufacturers like AMP Research, believe it"s best to leave all the climbing to the Jeep and the trail ahead...


December 1, 2006 | By Chris Bolger
Tires are one of the most important purchases you will make for your 4x4. They are the foundation to good performance both on the street and on the trail. A wrong choice haunts you for as long as the tires last...


June 1, 2012
Long-arm lift kit means just that — long-armed. The Pro Comp front trailing arm is considerably longer than the stock arm. Note polyurethane bushings and grease on frame-rail end, heim joint on the axle end...


July 1, 2007 | By Denis Snow
 Rancho's Long-Arm Suspension System for  Wrangler JK's. Not to be out done, or left in the dust on the current Jeep JK craze, Rancho has also developed a long-arm suspension system for this increasingly popular rig. At this year's Moab Easter Jeep Safari, we had the opportunity to take this new system out for a test drive and check out both its on- and off-roading capabilities...


August 1, 2011 | By Denis Snow
Author´s note: Here´s where the directions could have been more specific to this application. In this case, to remove the locking clips for the headlights; it"s much easier to remove the vehicle´s batteries since they are directly behind the headlights. With the batteries out of the way, we would have a straight shot at the clips from the backside...


February 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Body Armor Tacoma Front Bumper Body Armor 4x4 has developed tough off-road style products for Jeep enthusiasts and applied them to their Toyota Tacoma line. This uniquely designed front winch bumper is designed for the “Overlander” enthusiast. Features include a sub-frame winch mount that has enough room to run a low profile 8000 lb winch and a compressor...


August 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The park had been a dream for a group of guys who had a vision and in April 2004 that dream became a reality to create a place where people could go without the threat of being kicked-off of a fun little playground and insure that people will always have a place to recreate. ?Since then, they have been working to make trails, camping areas and many other fun destination points on the property. This project has reassured their faith in the OHV community and the values these people hold close to their hearts...


April 1, 2013
If you haven"t yet made it out to a 4 Wheel Parts Customer Appreciation Run, you need to make plans and attend the next one in your area. For the past several years, 4 Wheel Parts stores have hosted runs in several regions of the country, and Arizona is no different. These runs offer a chance for 4 Wheel Parts stores to say thank you to their local customer base and provide a gathering for like-minded off-roaders of all types for a day of fun, food, and four-wheeling, all compliments of their preferred source for off-road products...


September 1, 2013 | By Tom Morr
4 Wheel Parts, Yamaha and several other manufacturers and local business pitched in to make the obstacle course and grand-opening gala happen. The Grand Opening gala included displays from 4 Wheel Parts and manufacturers. Politicians and officials were treated to thrill rides over the new obstacle course Mike Bishop designed obstacles that challenge a wide range of vehicle setups and driver expertise...


February 1, 2009
  The Baja 1000 is the world"s longest non-stop and most famous desert race. This year"s race was a challenging 631. 5-mile loop beginning and ending in Ensenada...


February 1, 2008 | By Ned Bacon
The truck always ran with this custom bungee cord hood-safety-system. No front bumper was utilized and only a tiny tube push bar protected things. Guess they didn"t do much nudging in the early days...


December 1, 2010 | By Debbie Murphy
Here"s the scenario: you and your buddies are packing up your rigs for an extended weekend exploring your favorite trails. Doesn"t matter if the destination is the southwest desert or a pine forest in the northeast, the important thing is you"re heading to a trailhead you"ve used for years. You pull off the highway, wind through rural roads to the trailhead and spot a sign: Trail closed to OHVs...


June 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
Start thinking about high performance and the name Gale Banks usually isn't far behind. While he may be known for powering drag trucks - his diesel-powered Sidewinder Chevy S-10 recently clocked 7. 72 seconds at 179...


February 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Designed in a joint engineering effort between BD Diesel Performance and BorgWarner Turbo Systems' AirWerks program, BD offers turbo systems for the stock Dodge 5. 9L Cummins and Chevy 6. 6L Duramax engines that respond better than original designs plus flow enough air for racing applications, yet are responsive and durable enough for street and heavy towing applications...


February 1, 2010 | By Denis Snow
The list of installation tools is pretty short and definitely not high-tech: a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, a clean soft cloth, a pair of scissors, a screwdriver (to r&r the factory tie-downs) an awl (for punching holes for the factory tie-down screws). The 50-ft of high strength Velcro strips and two packets of 3M Automotive Adhesion Promoter 4298 comes with the kit. The BedTred, introduced at the 2009 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Assoc...


October 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Benchmade knives by nature of design and materials, are positioned at the high end of the production knife market. They are highly regarded as the best knives around and certain models are exclusively produced for high military and law enforcement standards. This knife is the perfect utility/survival/emergency tool for any off-roader/adventurer...


January 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
The 4 Wheel Parts Canfield Truck and Jeep Fest last July was a premier event and we hope you enjoyed the coverage in the November issue. If you closed your eyes to snap pictures and fired off the camera aimlessly, you could hardly not catch a cool truck or happening. We shot so many interesting rigs that we decided to put some into a "Best-Of" collection...


July 1, 2009 | By Rob Reaser
There"s a reason why soft-top Wranglers have been and continue to be Jeep"s best-selling short wheelbase model-the open-air experience (especially on the trail) is priceless. But with the wind-in-your-face exhilaration comes a harsh reality. That conglomeration of canvas and vinyl eventually deteriorates with use and exposure to the elements...


March 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
A BedStep is one of those truck accessories that you'll wonder how you did without, once you have one. The step easily pulls down for use, and then folds away for driving. They make getting into a truck bed or loading a rack much easier...


August 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
Here"s the Rugged Terrain T/A beside an All-Terrain T/A KO. While not as aggressive, the Rugged Terrain is much more aggressive than the old Rugged Trail T/A. Compared to the two tires, the Rugged Terrain T/A surpasses the All-Terrain in comfort and matches it in fuel efficiency and braking...


July 1, 2008 | By Denis Snow
  This was a different tire introduction than what Off-Road Adventures magazine usually gets invited to. Not like last year"s BF goodrich intro of their then new Mud Terrain T/A KM2 where Jim Allen got to take it through the paces off-roading in Utah. This is a BFG tire of a different nature and purpose...


December 1, 2013 | By Debbie Economos
BFGoodrich Tires, United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA), and Tread Lightly! are three organizations that advocate for the off-road community. They have formed a partnership that strives to save our public lands for the future recreation of our 4WD activities. BFGoodrich offers financial incentives to four-wheel drive clubs who are already committed to their favorite regional trails...


January 1, 2014 | By Matt Emery
BFGoodrich representative Richard Winchester (C) presents Tierra Del Sol’s Bo Neece (L) and Tim Augustine with "the big check. " Truckhaven’s narrow trails rise from the desert floor to high peaks. Meals always seem to taste better out on the trail...


June 1, 2007 | By Debbie Economos
Four times a year, the Big Dogs Off-Road Park hosts two and three day hard-core four wheeling events. Big Dogs is a 3,000 acre mountainous area in Gore, Virginia and offers 92 trails. These trails range from beginner and stock vehicle, to intermediate, advanced, and extreme trails...


August 1, 2013 | By Dan Sanchez
The entire kit looks too simple, but fewer, stronger parts are the genius behind this suspension system. When it comes to off-road racing, having fewer components to fail or break is a big advantage. With this in mind, Fabtech Motorsports redesigned its four-inch Toyota Tundra suspension system with fewer, stronger pieces that reflect the company"s experience in off-road racing...


May 1, 2012 | By Trent Riddle
 O. E. manufacturers spend thousands of hours and countless dollars on making a vehicle as close to perfect for as wide a range of conditions as possible...


August 1, 2013 | By Steve Temple
 Long-arm components for front include tough, two-inch tubing. It"s designed for 5. 5-inch lift, so on a 3...


June 13, 2013 | By Chris Collard
“I"ve never had a broken axle I didn"t deserve. ” – Chris Collard Broken axles, I’ve repaired a handful on the trail and been the recipient of a few of my own. But I can tell you that I’ve never received one I didn’t deserve...


January 1, 2008 | By Tom Morr
 In the rear, the system uses premium leafspring packs (with military eye wraps) instead of coils. This controls weight transfer for more-predictable street handling. The optional Torque Fork traction device locks out wheelhop created by V-8 power and big meats...


March 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
There"s a certain point in a man"s life where he must come to grips with reality. . ...


April 1, 2010
Off-road enthusiasts have had a reality check in the last ten or so years. At one time, there was no such thing as too much lift. Physics be damned, the motto seemed to be “How high can we go...


November 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 CLICK BOTTOM IMAGE TO PURCHASE BOLT locks are designed to permanently program to the specific vehicle"s ignition key, eliminating the need for multiple keys. When drivers insert their ignition key into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down until they are matched exactly to that key. The first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to only that key...


November 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 CLICK IMAGE TO PURCHASE Grip-iT™ Vent Mount The Grip-iT universal holder is designed for portable mobile electronics and easily connects to the louvers of your vehicle"s air vent to provide a stable, secure, and easily accessible mounting solution for your portable device. FEATURES •Adjustable support legs •No tools needed for installation •Compatible with all horizontal air vent louvers •Single T-Notch head •Compatible with Bracketron COM-109 AMPS adapter •Spring loaded locking mechanism •Allows for portrait and landscape viewing •Can rotate device 360° CLICK IMAGE TO PURCHASE Universal Grip-iT Window Mount The windshield mount"s 360° rotating head adds even more versatility to the Grip-iT holder, allowing easy mounting to any windshield while providing a secure base for most mobile devices such as: GPS, smartphones, cell phones, iPods® and MP3, PDAs and satellite radios. FEATURES • Sturdy windshield mount • Transfers easily between vehicles • Grip-iT adjustable arms expand up to 4...


February 1, 2010 | By Steve Temple
Anybody who uses a diesel pickup to tow a trailer or off-road rig to a trailhead knows there’s more to it than simply stompin’ on the throttle and headin’ for the hills. All that wonderful stump-pulling torque from a turbocharged mill comes at a price. Not in dollars and cents, but in good operational sense...


April 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
While the domino theory typically refers to a foreign policy, the concept also has an application that's closer to home. It goes something like this: You put a lift kit on your truck or SUV so it climbs over tall boulders in a single bound. This super-sized suspension makes room for larger wheels and tires, which also help in tackling tough terrain with improved traction...


August 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
While most of the aftermarket components that have been installed on the JK have been to improve the vehicle´s off-road performance, it was time to add some cool details to its overall appearance. Drake Off-Road decided to add some of its billet pieces to the engine compartment, exterior, and interior of the Jeep. The Drake pieces are in themselves only small detail items that are built for specific areas of the Jeep...


October 1, 2013 | By Steve Temple
These are the components for the rear bumper. It"s a bolt-on deal with no drilling required. It"s a tough world out there, especially when you go off-roading...


February 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  When it comes to emissions, it has been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets national vehicle pollution standards. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) predates the federal Clean Air Act, and is allowed to set more stringent standards for vehicles within the state...


August 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Bubba Rope a one-of-a-kind vehicle recovery rope was designed from military specs for exceptional safety and durability. Bubba Rope is different from other recovery ropes or straps in that it is made of 100% double braided nylon that actually stretches 30% to create kinetic energy that aids in the recovery effort. It is also the only recovery rope that includes Gator-ize® an exterior urethane polymer base coating making it water, UV and abrasive resistant...


September 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
Upgrading intake and exhaust systems are two of the most common off-roading performance improvements made today. These upgrades are popular as they improve performance, are less costly than many other upgrades, and they are relatively easy to install. The readers" votes are in and this month we install an Airaid cold air intake system, P/N 310-208, and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system, P/N 16751, on our Bestop Giveaway Jeep JK...


October 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
Northumberland OHV Recreation Management Workshop For Public and Private Land Managers, Recreation Planners, OHV Enthusiasts and Other Stakeholders Bestop TrailMax Dash Kit The latest Jeep Wrangler, the JK, is the cushiest, most passenger friendly classic style Jeep ever built. The old flat fenders, CJs YJs and TJs just can"t come close to the new Wrangler for comfort. However, the styling of the JKs still has a long way to go to match the top of the line interior styling of the Grand Cherokee...


April 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
SlimLites offer a full 6-inch diameter lens with only 2-3/4” of depth. They are offered with either 100 or 130 watt bulbs. Rock guards and a complete wire harness are standard...


August 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
This time we outfit the Giveaway JK with a wide range of Bestop products. Best known for their superior soft tops for both OEM and aftermarket use they also offer much more for Jeep and truck enthusiasts. Here we’ll take a look at what they have to offer for the JK from their HighRock 4x4 products line...


July 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
For this installment, readers have voiced their wishes for the all important suspension, wheel and tire components for our sweepstakes Jeep JK Unlimited. Everyone knows that a lift gives suspension travel as well as added clearance for larger diameter tires. This is important for trail use as they both increase trail capabilities, even on a great 4x4 like the Jeep...


May 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
The Votes are in for this 4th installment on the Giveaway JK The PowerPlant is the only winch on the market with an integrated air compressor. The HP version is what most Jeep and light- to medium- duty vehicle users should use. It has a 156:1 gear ratio and 125 ft...


April 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The Dana 30 front axle has been around for a very long time; they have been the standard front axle used under Jeeps since the early "70s, and a new generation of the Dana 30 continues to pull duty under the current Wrangler JK. Most drivetrain experts will agree that the Dana 30 is stronger than it really has a right to be; despite having a fairly small gearset and 27-spline axles that use small axle joints, they manage to stand up to a moderate amount of abuse as long as tire size doesn"t get too radical and power remains near stock levels. Even so, it"s fairly easy to break a Dana 30 once larger tires and lockers are thrown into the mix...


December 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
Towing capacity tops out at 6,100 pounds for the 261hp Crew Cab 4x4 model, which is more than enough to handle bass boats like this 20-foot Triton equipped with a 250hp Suzuki 4-stroke outboard.   We fit right in with the crowd of bass fishermen lined up at the gas station on the outskirts of Del Rio, Texas. Like everyone else gathered here we're topping off the fuel tank in the boat we have in tow - a beautiful single-console Triton TR-20X - before hitting the Lake Amistad launch ramp a couple miles down the road...


November 1, 2011
 CLICK IMAGE TO PURCHASE The folks at BullyDog say this innovative product is actually four products combined into one sleek, new design. It functions as a downloader that adds power, a tuner that allows for multiple drivetrain settings to be adjusted, a gauge pack that monitors multiple gauge parameters at a time and a conscientious Driving Coach. In addition, their engineers have worked long and hard to give Jeep owners access to Jeep-specific functions they need on the trail...


April 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Bundy Hill Offroad™ Park is Michigan"s largest privately owned park centrally located on US-12 in the County of Hillsdale, Michigan. It incorporates 53 miles of signed trails, ranging from amateur to skilled driving ability (lifts & lockers needed). Its 350 acres were opened to the public on Labor Day weekend in 2009, with an overwhelming welcome by more than 500 visitors...


September 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Bushwacker just released these Pocket Flares — a new design, two-piece front flare. The bumper piece can be removed for a finished end, if the factory bumper is replaced. The 2012 Tacoma has two different bed lengths of 60...


January 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Flowmaster Cat-Back System for JKs Flowmaster"s new Force II 409S stainless steel cat-back system, P/N 817514, for the 2007-13, 2- and 4-doors equipped with the 3. 8L V6 engine. Featuring a Super 50 Series muffler and mandrel bent pipes, this American made system provides a mild tone inside and out with all the performance benefits...


April 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Banks iQ Flash The Banks iQ® 2. 0 is a “man-machine interface” which serves as a window into the core of your vehicle. With an interactive 5-inch color 16:9 touch screen, the iQ offers diagnostic and gauge capabilities for most 1996 and up vehicles...


July 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
LRG101 Classic Flat-6 Spoke Redefined  LRG (LargeRimGroup) has released a new interpretation of the classic flat-6-spoke wheel. Its black/milled finish, highlighted ribs and simulated rivet heads along the rim make it stand out. In matte black, it"s stealthy with only the rivet heads and bolt heads on each of the spokes as accents...


July 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
EDELBROCK CAT-BACK SYSTEMS FOR CHEVY, DODGE, FORD, NISSAN AND TOYOTA TRUCKS Edelbrock Cat-Back Systems include their SDT or round Truck/SUV muffler creating a dyno-tuned system. Ti-Tech coating on the muffler provides resistance against heat and corrosion. 16-Gauge aluminized or 17-gauge 409 stainless steel tubing provides durability and mandrel bends enhance flow characteristics...


July 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
ARB AIR LOCKING DIFFERENTIALS This Australian manufacturer's "flagship" product is now available for both front and rear axles for '07 Jeep JKs. Equipped with Dana 30 front axles and 44 rear axles for non-Rubicons, the latest Wrangler uses their existing part #s: RD100 for front/ RD117 for rear - regardless of factory gear ratio. Both have been successfully installed and operated for the last five years and can be installed using the standard Air Locker fitting instructions supplied...


July 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
GRANT HORN BUTTONS Grant Products offers these with a 4x4 or Jeep emblem to add to their Steering Wheels, as a great way to personalize your vehicle. They also offer buttons with Chevrolet, GMC, Ford and Dodge emblems These products are produced under license agreements with DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and Ford Motor Company. To order call 4WP at 800-284-9840, or 4WDH at 800-913-8205...


June 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The latest in JEEP ACCESSORIES available from 4 Wheel Parts and 4Wheel Drive Hardware BESTOP"S HIGHROCK 4X4(tm) TIRE CARRIER Offering the convenience of a tailgate-mount with big-tire capacity, the "07 Wrangler/Unlimited Oversize Tire Carrier features a no drill application, and offers a secure, lockable tire storage unit. The adjustable height holds up to a 37" tire and 200 lbs. The black powder coat wrinkle finish provides moisture and rust protection...


July 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
JKS ADJUSTABLE CROSS-OVER SHOCK MOUNT JKS Adjustable Cross-Over Shock Mount reconfigures the rear shock absorbers on Jeep Cherokees for improved performance and ride quality. It provides four upper shock mounting locations as opposed to the single location supplied by the factory, making it possible to optimize shock performance and suspension travel for each unique application. By relocating the upper shock mounting points toward the vehicle's center, the shocks are positioned at an angle instead of vertically...


June 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
AIR LIFT QUICKSHOT Air Lift"s QuickShot on board compressor control system will adjust and fill air springs quickly. The system features an in-dash control panel for easy monitoring and adjustment of air springs. A heavy duty compressor and 2-gallon reserve tank provide plenty of air when it"s wanted, and an easy-connect auxiliary air line makes air readily available for adjusting tires and filing air toys...


August 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
ARB SIMPSON II ROOFTOP TENT There is no need fill your limited cargo space with tents, air mattresses and sleeping bags when you can carry an ARB Simpson II tent on the roof of your vehicle. You can have your bed already made, and with the simple clamshell style design, your accommodations can be flipped open and ready for sleeping in minutes. The ARB Simpson II easily mounts on your roof rack and provides a hint of luxury on the trail...


July 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
KILBY ENTERPRISES They manufacture engine driven onboard air compressors for 4x4 applications. Mounting kits and individual parts are available, as well as complete systems for all your onboard air needs. If you're ready to play with the "big dogs" this is the way to go! To order call 800-284-9840...


April 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
WHETHER YOU WANT TO LIFT IT OR LOWER IT, THESE KITS WILL HELP YOU GET THE JOB DONE   RUBICON EXPRESS FORD SUPER DUTY 6. 5 INCH SUSPENSION SYSTEM The Rubicon Express RF56000 kit includes front and rear complete leaf packs, HD spring hangers, extended bumpstops, shackles, stainless steel extended brake lines, a HD panhard bar and bracket, a drop pitman arm, u-bolts, sway bar relocation kit plus all the additional hardware and components needed to increase the height of the Ford Super Duty and keep a clean factory look. Fits 35 to 37 inch tires...


April 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
BUSHWACKER FENDER FLARES FOR 2007 SILVERADOS WITH LARGE SUSPENSION SYSTEMS The new 2007 Chevy Silverado has a style all its own and Bushwacker Fender Flares add a tougher look and improved tire coverage to that style. Fender Flares protect your truck from debris, on and off-road. Engineered to Bushwacker"s perfect-fit tolerances, the Fender Flares install in minutes...


May 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
PRO COMP"S CLASSIC "TIMELESS" ALLOYS These established cast designs, series 6007, 6006 and 6089 are among the strongest available. Setting the pace with the highest standards for load carrying capacities, tire diameters and fitment, Pro Comp continues to offer the highest quality, competitively priced wheels. These feature full chrome finish, classic 6 & 8 spoke design - caps included and 3-year chrome finish warranty...


August 1, 2007 | By Trent Riddle
In the California desert, about half way between L. A. and Las Vegas lies the Ghost Town of Calico...


December 1, 2007 | By Phil Dayton
The annual Camp Wamp group photo. Camp Nejedly originally was started by California Senator John A. Nejedly from District 7...


January 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY and the need for better fuel economy have contributed a significant boost to the image of the diesel engine. Now, auto industry analysts expect these hightorque, durable engines will continue to conquer the hearts and minds of truck buyers of all sorts. These include offroad enthusiasts who crave low-rpm power for both "wheeling and towing...


April 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
With all the hoopla over the major re-design of the new Sierra, and the off-road adventurer's seemingly endless love of full-size trucks, the "other" GMC pickup, the Canyon, sits relatively unnoticed in the deep shadows. This is a shame. The 2007 Canyon does a nice job of filling a niche not addressed by its full-size stablemate - the mid-size market...


May 11, 2013
The Central Oregon Race Park is a mostly natural terrain course with some jump features on Central Oregon"s high-desert valley floor, just below the spectacular Cascade Mountain range (host to world famous Mt. Bachelor ski resort and many pristine high mountain lakes). A weekend in Central Oregon can take racers and fans to high impact, door-to-door banging racing on Saturday, and leave Sunday for a short mountain drive and a relaxing day on the lake while fishing for trophy size trout, hiking or exploring the wilderness by ATV...


May 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY that we drove the very first unibody fourdoor SUV - the Jeep Cherokee. In reality that first off-road adventure happened nearly two decades ago. But back in 1984 it was really big news in the automotive and off-road worlds...


September 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
Jewel in the Rough - The Cherokee was a great bargain and in quite good shape all around   WHETHER you’re looking for your first 4x4 or your tenth, finding the perfect rig to turn into a hardcore trail machine doesn’t have to be expensive. There are literally thousands of 4x4s out there that have had a life of pave- ment pounding and seen little if any use on trails or even in 4WD. Vehicles from the Southwest states are the most likely to be rust free...


May 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
We"d like to think you want more than a truck that just looks good in the driveway but if that"s all you need, you can turn these pages to the next story. If you want to have as much show as go along with something you can actually drive day to day, read on.   Step One: Tread Rightly! The tread design you choose dictates performance on the street and on the trail...


June 13, 2013 | By Steve Temple
 Why should guys have all the fun? Well, they don"t. Just ask Liz Ryan, who relishes off-roading in her "86 4Runner in and around the mountains of New Mexico.    Regular readers might recall mention of her name in a previous feature about her husband Jason Ryan"s blacked-out "07 Tundra, armored with Line-X"s tough, non-skid coating on the grille, bumpers, light bar and sidesteps...


April 1, 2009 | By Steve Temple
  Phoenix-based Airaid started manufacturing air intake systems for light trucks and SUVs about a dozen years ago. By 2002, the company introduced a premium system incorporating new materials and technologies that improved on the traditional cotton-gauze performance filter. The heart of the intake system is the air filter with multiple layers of surgical-quality cotton gauze supplemented with an additional layer of nano-fiber synthetic, SynthaFlow, sandwiched between either stainless steel or aluminum mesh, depending on the vehicle application...


November 1, 2013 | By Denis Snow
The original HOF 4x4 club started way back in 1962 by a group of friends. It disbanded in 1982 and was reborn in 1999 by Bill Wagner, Jason Adams and Jim Keogh, and was incorporated in 2000.    Currently the club boasts a membership of 50, including the longest-term member, one of the originals, Bill Wagner totaling 21 years...


March 1, 2014
Club Contact Info Jon Broadway teamflexpedition@gmail. com 502-415-2708 *Club meets quarterly at?The Original Brooklyn Pizza, 3330 Partner Pl, Lexington, KY. The dates are posted on the club’s Facebook wall at TeamFlexpeditionOffroadClub...


June 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Colorado Off-Road Extreme, LLC (CORE) is an 800-acre off-road park for trucks, SUVs, Jeeps and all types of four-wheel drive vehicles, as well as ATV"s, rallycars, hill climb cars, off-road desert cars and buggies. CORE offers a legal, private and controlled place for off-roading enthusiasts and includes a 10-15 mile off-road track, mud bogging, one mile short course track, 2 mile rally sprint track, rally cross track, rock crawling, mud pits, and motocross tracks, just to name a few. CORE is located 50 miles east of Denver on Interstate 70...


April 1, 2012 | By Rick Russell
If you"ve tried all the cooling tricks and your engine still doesn"t run cool enough, then you may be ready for a Flex-a-lite Radiator/Fan Combination. The latest unit added to their line-up of fans and radiators is called a Flex-a-fit. The mounting brackets utilize a “T-Stud” which slides in a channel on the sides of the radiator tanks...


July 1, 2008 | By Laurie Marcellus
 Joseph Granatelli competes in Kart Jr II.   At 15, this will be his last year racing Kart. Maybe next year we'll see him behind the wheel of a Single Buggy...


October 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
IF YOUR RIG’S interior is old, cracked and broken, with all the life sucked out of it, Coverlay Manufacturing, Inc. of San Angelo, Texas comes to the rescue with their dash covers, door panels and armrests that can transform that desiccated interior into good as new condition. Coverlay started humbly enough more than 25 years ago when Paul Cornwell saw the need for replacement dash covers...


October 1, 2007 | By Ned Bacon
Our quest to reach Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, continues. In Part II we had to turn our Jeep YJ and Toyota FJ80 back due to mud, flat tires and being too wide for the track. We’d left the rigs at an airstrip in the frontier town of La Paragua and chartered a Cessna 206 to fly us to a remote grass strip in the middle of nowhere...


August 1, 2007 | By Ned Bacon
The pilot set his plane down atop Auyan-tepui in 1937, he was looking to find gold, not to have his name immortalized forever by a waterfall. Angel, a former WW1 fighter pilot turned Barnstormer, with Charles Lindbergh’s Flying Circus, turned hard-drinking adventurer, had found gold 13 years before atop a tepui somewhere in the jungles of southeastern Venezuela. The problem was, he could never find the mountain again, though he spent the rest of his life trying...


September 1, 2007 | By Ned Bacon
When we left off last month, Photojournalist Chris Collard had floated off at midnight with several shady characters in a curiara (dugout canoe) in search of crocodiles, while I tried out sleeping in a hammock under the roof of a churuata (wall-less sleeping hut) to the sound of scurrying scorpions. To know what the heck we’re doing here, you really gotta read last month’s Part I. Meanwhile, here in Part II, our trip to Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, continues...


December 1, 2012 | By Tom Morr
Front lift is achieved by spacing the balljoint bosses farther apart on the steering knuckles, effectively spreading the A-arms by six inches. This saves installation time; otherwise, the steering linkage would have to be lowered to remain within OE spec. Minimum 18” tall wheels are required to clear the replacement Pro Comp knuckles...


March 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
AYBE YOU HAVEN'T MADE THIS MISTAKE, but chances are, you know a lot of 4x4 buddies who have. They buy a nice Jeep to take off-road. It's not new, but it's solid and intact with no glaring defects like fluids dripping spots on the road...


December 1, 2013 | By Tom Morr
The Hungry Valley park rangers use water trucks to make mud in the desert. Southern Californians tend to be mud-phobic, but not this Ford owner. He broke a hub on the pipes, then conquered the pit in RWD...


June 1, 2007 | By Jerry Slattery
Growing up with a father that loved to work on his own cars and swap engines, as well as go camping and four wheeling, really peaked George Szabo"s interest in these pastimes. Young George and his father would go camping two or three times a month in the mountains near their home in Bend, Oregon. As he grew up with cars, a sprint car racer/friend got him even more interested in muscle cars, and gave him the bug to build his own 4WD vehicles...


March 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Tom Severin, President, Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc. , teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vehicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Visit 4x4training...


December 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The 2-1/2" leveling kit consists of a pair of polyurethane spacers and six stud extensions. Thread-locking compound and detailed instructions are also included. It's manufactured in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty...


May 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
This high-offset machined aluminum wheel is available in 16 to 22-inch sizes and features a unique flat black finish with satin clear coat. The clear coat provides a tough layer of UV protection for durability and ease of care even in harshest of climates. It also features a machined outer lip, and coordinating center cap for ultimate styling...


March 1, 2011 | By Jim Allen
The Dick Cepek FCII is truly a year-round, all terrain tire. It"s proven to be a good balance of features and performance and delivers good performance in any venue In the August 2009 issue of ORA we gave you a four season, 5,200 mile test of the then-new Dick Cepek FCII all-terrains. We thought them worthy of a follow up review another 18 months and 12,000 miles down the road because we think we"ve got a winner here! To recap the general description, the Dick Cepek FCII is an all terrain that"s on the aggressive side in its class...


February 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
The way things used to be, all we needed was to do one thing well. Now we're multi-taskers - juggling a bowling ball with a gas lamp and a chain saw, all while walking and chewing gum. The same is true of our off-road rigs...


October 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
EVEN THOUGH off-roaders are primarily interested in how capable a vehicle is on the trail, that doesn"t mean we don"t care about appearances as well. For instance, when the Dodge first revised the Durango"s rounded shape a few years ago in favor of a more angular frontal design, our initial reactions were mixed. Okay, let"s be blunt - we just didn"t like it all that much...


October 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
This twin-turbo setup unites two different turbochargers, with a smaller primary turbo pressurizing a larger secondary unit, all but removing turbo lag often associated with traditional single turbo systems. A surprising number of 4 Wheel Parts customers are farmers, contractors and others who rely on trucks to haul their businesses. Just about everyone who"s ever hauled supplies across a mountain pass or towed hay while the sun shines has, at one time or another, wished for “a little more power,” as even the best factory engine options can fall short of expectations...


November 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
As many of you recall, last month"s coverage of 4 Wheel Parts" installation of BD Performance"s tremendous Super B Twin Turbo kit allowed enthusiasts new insight into building more performance and efficiency into their diesel trucks. While it"s all very straightforward and well planned out, this transformation was never designed for novices, or for one person to tackle alone, for that matter. Even telling the story extended well beyond one edition, and so, we continue to chronicle this ever-clever endeavor...


July 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Morris Mountain Down South Offroad is located east of Houston just 1. 4 miles west of FM 2100 on the Old Beaumont Hwy (US 90) in Crosby, Texas. The Park has 700 acres of adventurous riding trails, 17 beautiful lakes and over 2 miles of frontage on the San Jacinto River...


December 1, 2006 | By Sven and Magdalena Schlogl
Australia has countless miles of dirt roads, some close to civilization and, of course, tons of them in the remotest of wilderness. The government has been talking about paving them all over the years. We hope this never happens as it would take a lot of the adventure away from Down Under...


January 1, 2007 | By Magdalena Schlogl
We had left the vast, remote lands of the west and centre behind us; upon reaching the east coast, we would travel through the most populated areas of Australia. More than two thirds of the country's twenty million people live along the eastern shoreline. It's a huge country, though, and we still had plenty of wilderness to explore...


May 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Drake"s patented Jeep JK and TJ Hood Hold Downs feature a race inspired billet aluminum turnbuckle and stainless steel heim joints. The quick release pushpin gives easy access to opening the hood and won"t be lost, thanks to the attached stainless steel lanyard. The solid mounting design eliminates hood fluttering common with Jeeps due to the factory rubber hood buckles...


April 1, 2014 | By Matt Emery
We have all built a project. They start out as a fun idea that we have major plans for. It’s only later that we find out that we either don’t have quite as much time or quite as much on-hand money as we thought...


June 1, 2010 | By Dan Ciganovich
Jeep JK Crawler II Package • Pro Comp 4” Short Arm Suspension - Complete with upper and lower control arms engineered to provide superior articulation for true rock crawling capability • Specifically Rated Coil Springs - designed to provide superior vehicle control both on and off road. • Adjustable Front Track Bar - Adjustability ensures proper axle alignment. • ES9000 High Performance Shocks - Twin Tube nitrogen stabilized, 10-stage velocity sensitive valving...


July 1, 2007 | By Dan Ciganovich
Dealer Services International Offers Total Protection for Your New Rig By Dan Ciganovich TODAY A NEW TRUCK is going to set you back anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000, that's a whole lot of cash; that's what a house cost a few decades ago. Buying a new truck sure would be great, with a nice lift, eye-catching wheels, larger tires, and some body accessories. Wait a minute - a brand new truck with aftermarket accessories; what about the factory warranty? Is it still going to be under warranty after all this cool stuff is bolted on? The fact is, installing aftermarket accessories will not automatically void the factory warranty...


August 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 In the quest for more fuel economy and performance start with something as simple as changing your spark plugs. Only E3 Spark plugs feature a diamond-shaped electrode with a revolutionary “Edge-to-Edge” design. This patented design, from years of independent testing, delivers forced edge-to-edge spark discharges; proven to be the most efficient and effective way to get a spark to leave a surface...


December 1, 2006 | By Randy Brewster
Cresting the hill at the entrance to the 15,000 acre Paragon Adventure Park in Hazelton, PA, you peer over the lush-green valley ahead and it becomes apparent why the Mid-Atlantic Early Broncos club has held its "East Coast Bronco Roundup" here for four years running, including their 7th annual event in June 2005. One look over the parking area is proof of this event's popularity as dozens of 1966-1977 Broncos make their way to the staging area. Rigs range from modified to super modified, some requiring a trailer to arrive for this event...


July 1, 2009 | By Chris Collard
We caught the ARB crew on the Hell"s Revenge Trail in their newly body-wrapped HUMMER H3, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Tundra. In the past year, ARB has developed an entire line of new bumpers, snorkels and racks, and new rooftop tent.    It"s become a tradition each spring for me to head east to the Canyon country of southeast Utah for the annual Easter Jeep Safari...


April 1, 2007 | By Chris Collard
AS THE WINTER MONTHS SEEM TO STRETCH ETERNALLY WITH GRAY SKIES AND RAIN, we automotive writers find ourselves spending too much time in front of our computer, and not enough time out on the trail. We call it editorialitis, and we usually don't realize we are afflicted until we notice a tire long-flat and thick layer of dust on the steering wheel of our favorite wheeling rig (which was put away clean). That's when we know we need to get out of town...


July 1, 2007 | By Chris Collard
As the 2007 Easter Jeep Safari (EJS) rolled around this year, we decided to add something different. In addition to our usual hitting the trails with you, our readers, we decided to sponsor our own run, the inaugural Off-Road Adventures Moab trail ride. For this first year we decided to make it an invitational event for our partnering companies...


June 1, 2008 | By Trent Riddle
Moab is perhaps the number one destination for 4x4'ers. It is said that everyone should make the Pilgrimage to Moab at least once in their four wheeling lifetime. For many the time to do this is at the annual Easter Jeep Safari put on by the Red Rock 4 Wheelers...


August 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
The Detroit Locker was initially developed during World War II by Thorson. After the War, the company changed its name to Detroit Engineering and began marketing its locker to the aftermarket. Detroit Engineering became Tractech, Inc...


May 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Energy Suspension has designed an extensive collection of polyurethane suspension and drivetrain components to remedy mushy rubber bushings. Available for both torsion bar and coil spring suspension configurations, the HYPER-FLEX polyurethane bushings will offer much needed durability, stability and control for Rangers. Available kits: • Front Control Arm Bushing Set 2/4WD with Torsion Bar Susp...


June 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
AEM BRUTE FORCE HD INTAKE SYSTEM FOR LIGHT-DUTY DIESEL TRUCKS Intakes feature a massive oil-free re-usable DRYFLOW filter, enabling up to 81% more airflow than stock. Every system is engineered for maximum flow, filtration and durability for severe-duty applications. They are available for popular late model Cummins, Duramax and PowerStroke Diesel engines...


June 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
AEM BRUTE FORCE HD INTAKE SYSTEM FOR LIGHT-DUTY DIESEL TRUCKS Intakes feature a massive oil-free re-usable DRYFLOW filter, enabling up to 81% more airflow than stock. Every system is engineered for maximum flow, filtration and durability for severe-duty applications. They are available for popular late model Cummins, Duramax and PowerStroke Diesel engines...


August 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
GOLD EAGLE CO. ’S STA-BIL HELPS MAINTAIN ENGINES POWER Your machinery’s greatest enemy this winter may be the fuel inside it. Fortunately, Gold Eagle® Co...


June 13, 2013
 Nestled in the Cascade foothills of western Washington in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Evans Creek ORV Park has long been a favorite to many Puget Sound area wheelers. It comprises nearly 40 miles of trails for 4x4s, ATVs and motorcycles...


October 1, 2008 | By Harry Wagner
 The stock turn signals were removed from the fenders when the tube fenders were added. The turn signals were then shaved to fit behind the cutouts in the Warn front bumper. If you could own your dream Jeep, what would it look like? Would it have a big V8 engine? Heaps of articulation? Dana 60 axles? A beautiful paint job? Nate Jensen has all of that and more in his 2005 Wrangler Unlimited...


November 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  AFE NEW MACH FORCE-XP EXHAUST FOR 2007-08 JEEP WRANGLER JK UNLIMITED 4-DOOR 3. 8L V6 Mach Force-XP exhaust systems are constructed out of huge, mandrel bent, 3" 409 stainless steel and utilizes welded-on, bayonet style hangers for a complete installation that won't shift under high heat conditions. A monster 4" stainless steel tip finishes this awesome exhaust system...


July 1, 2007 | By Jim Brightly
Want a job that'll only take you about an hour? Looking for a task that will give your Jeep about a 1. 5% improvement in gas mileage and add 4. 5-hp @ 4,400 rpm? Then you'll want to order a new Gibson muffler (part # 17303)...


October 1, 2011 | By Jim Allen
 Upon opening the box, you"ll exclaim, “Wow!” Everything is so nicely made, the welds nearly perfect and the bends clean. Having band clamps is a big plus because they do a great job of sealing but still allow you to more easily take them apart later on if needed. OLD vs NEW...


August 1, 2013 | By Dan Sanchez
At home on rough terrain, Chris" XJ shows off its mad crawling skills, while showcasing OR-Fab"s newest body protection for these popular vehicles. If you"re into Jeeps, you know that hardcore XJ Cherokee owners exist to crawl and four-wheel these vehicles everywhere they can. Because this original four-door Jeep has such a growing popularity, Cherokee owners are continuously looking for ways to modify and upgrade them for better trail performance...


December 1, 2006 | By Bruce W. Smith
THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF FULLSIZE SUVs to choose from when cargo space, passenger room, and towing ability are primary concerns. The choices of comfortable, sevenpassenger vehicles boil down to three vehicles - the redesigned "07 Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, or the all-new Ford Expedition EL. The latter is quite impressive as we found out after living with a loaded Eddie Bauer 4x4 model for a couple of weeks...


March 1, 2013 | By Dan Sanchez
Many truck owners want to extend their vehicle"s driving range by installing a larger capacity, aftermarket fuel tank. Manufacturers like Titan, offer direct replacement fuel tanks that make it easy to upgrade while adding fuel capacity by as much as 33 gallons on some models. Depending on the application, a larger fuel tank can give a vehicle a total range anywhere from 700 to 800 miles or more...


January 1, 2014 | By Tom Morr
Rubicon Express offers a few options. The base kit includes urethane spring spacers (2. 5" in front, 1...


April 1, 2009 | By Mike Anson
New bumper brackets and fasteners are supplied with the Fab Fours winch front bumper kit. There is an old saying in the off road community that having four-wheel drive is good for an additional 50-feet. The meaning: an aggressive driver will get stuck just 50 feet further down the trail than the driver of a two-wheel drive rig...


June 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Fab Fours does not outsource any part of their bumper building process. From cutting, bending, welding and finishing, the employees of Fab Fours take great pride in producing highest quality US steel products and they stand behind every product with a lifetime warranty on structure. Fab Fours offers front and rear truck bumpers for all late model 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks as well as a number of 1/2-ton models...


February 1, 2007 | By Trent Riddle
The venerable Chevy pickup truck has always had a fan following that loves them no matter what. However, in stock trim, they all seem to look the same, and many enthusiasts personalize their trucks with lift kits, wheels and tires and many other aftermarket accessories. Every few years, truck makers throw a new twist at their loyal buyers - and the aftermarket manufacturers, by redesigning some or all of their trucks...


August 1, 2010 | By Debbie Economos
Buried deep in the Appalachia where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia converge, is Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area. Located in Harlan County, Kentucky this steep, boulder-strewn and heavily forested 4x4 park is a second home to buggies, Jeeps, Suzukis and beater trucks. It isn’t the kind of place many rigs with intact full sized doors are to be found...


February 1, 2008 | By Chris Collard
We began our 1000-mile joy ride in the same location as the 1967 Mexican 1000 opening ceremonies; Tijuana's bull fighting arena. Known by locals as La Frontera, the land beyond Baja California's tourist zone is more than the desolate wasteland one might imagine from the window of a jumbo jet. It is a wild yet inviting place of remote pueblos, centuries old Jesuit missions, rustic cantinas and some of Mexico's most historic hotels...


August 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 The new FAST™ EZ-EFI® 1972-1991 Jeep CJ/YJ 4. 2L/6 cylinder kit is engineered specifically to deliver modern EFI benefits to older six cylinder Jeeps at a value price. The EZ-EFI adapts to changes in weather and has no problems tackling steep inclines...


January 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
You couldn't have asked for a more dramatic finish to the Championship Off Road Racing season: heroic competition, a beautiful girl in distress, and going out in a blaze of flame. The old expression about "the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" hardly does justice to this exhilarating form of off-road racing. Before cutting to the hard action, let's set the stage, looking at the CORR season overall...


March 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
Adam Pratt's 1978 Jeep CJ-5 is a family heirloom that's been in the family 27 years and was Adam's first motor vehicle. The years and 179,000 miles as a daily driver had not been kind to the old Jeep, so a few years back, Adam embarked on a modernizing and upgrading project. ...


181. FINESSE
October 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
Winter in the snow belt puts the kibosh on most ‘wheeling activities. Some of us get to play in the snow a little or a lot, but many use their rigs for foul weather transportation. Others put their rigs to sleep for the winter...


182. Finesse
November 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
KISS! No, not the rock band, the acronym for “Keep It Simple Stupid. ” There is an elegance in simplicity when it’s done right and Rancho’s Quik Lift system appears to have all the elements to fit in that category. When we needed just a touch of altitude to fit a moderate tire upgrade, we were offered the opportunity to put this fairly new Rancho product to the test...


183. Finesse
March 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
The Brute Force kit is nicely made and includes everything here plus great instructions with photos. You can get them chromed or powder coated. Getting the right amount of air into the engine, at the coolest temperature possible, is part of the power equation...


184. FINESSE
May 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
One primary reason people buy a truck is for towing. Whether it’s a monster 45-footer or a tiny utility trailer, it requires a bit of knowledge aforethought. Not all trucks are set up for towing and some improvements are necessary to make it safe and capable when hitched to a load...


185. Finesse
June 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
You got the basic skinny on equipment in Part 1 of Towing Finesse. Here, we’ll go into some of the skillsets necessary for towing. We were fortunate to be hooked up with Brian Bonham and the crew at Custom Way Welding, in New Carlisle, Ohio...


186. FINESSE
August 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Tires and wheels are likely the most common upgrade to 4x4s, whether it"s a mild change or a radical one, and those choices can affect braking performance. It makes sense to cover them all at once so you can understand their close relationships. Tire Choices Tires deliver the most performance bang for your buck...


187. FINESSE
September 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Suspension modifications are the foundation of building a four-by. Parts choices will effect the future enjoyment of your rig. Good choices enhance that enjoyment and bad ones detract from it...


188. FINESSE
October 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
We"ve all seen them. Vehicles with one headlight illuminating the sky and the other pointed at the ground. Worse, both headlights aimed high and in your face...


July 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
Rack and Pinion Steering- This system eliminates the conventional steering linkage and steering box. A long rod, with tie rods on the ends, connects the two wheels. The rod is in a housing that lies parallel to the ground and has teeth on one side...


December 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
WHAT DO YOU CALL A PERSON TRAINED AND EDUCATED IN THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LUBRICANTS AND THE REDUCTION OF FRICTION IN MOVING PARTS? A TRIBOLOGIST. NO, WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A TRIBOLOGY DEGREE, BUT THE NEXT THREE EPISODES OF FINESSE WILL GIVE YOU ENOUGH INFO TO MAKE YOU DANGEROUS AT THE LOCAL QUICK LUBE! SYNERGY — The Big Picture Synergy is all about making the ingredients in a lubricant hold hands and sing Kumbaya. The base oil and additives must be compatible with each other and for their given application...


May 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
This long-running Four Wheel Finesse column is all about fundamentals in four wheeling. Like bricklaying. ...


April 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
One of the most commonly asked performance questions is, "what's first?" The answer can vary somewhat from vehicle to vehicle, but most often it's the exhaust system. We aim to give you the 101 course on exhausts and tell you how and why they can give you an increase in performance and mileage at the same time. Cooler running under load and increased engine life are side benefits...


May 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
There are two worlds, everyday and racing. While the performance principles are exactly the same for both, the way they are applied is different. Pipe diameter is one such area of difference...


January 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
THE AVERAGE 4X4 HAS AT LEAST TWO SHIFTERS. SOME HAVE THREE AND OTHERS HAVE FOUR OR MORE. THESE CONTROLS ARE SOME OF THE MOST USEFUL ITEMS YOU HAVE IN THAT BOX OF TOOLS YOU CALL A 4X4...


July 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
There's finesse in using the clutch and there's finesse in picking a replacement for the one you finessed to death. The clutch is a very hard worked part of a manual trans-equipped 4x4. On a street rig, getting 100K miles out of a clutch is fairly easy...


September 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
IN A WORLD of heart stopping fuel prices, where big American pickup guys are looking enviously at Suzuki Samurais, it’s time to talk once again about fuel economy. This time, we’ll talk about it in terms of gearing. What Happens When You Build Up A 4x4 buildup always involves three things; bigger tires, more height and more weight...


February 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
THE CHEROKEE XJ DEBUTED FOR THE 1984 MODEL YEAR AND HAD A 17-YEAR RUN WITH FEW CHANGES. THAT"S LONGEVITY! NEARLY THREE MILLION WERE PRODUCED IN TWO OR FOUR-DOOR FORMS AND IN MANY TRIM LEVELS. IN PART 1, WE"LL COVER TIRES AND ENGINES...


May 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
When it was introduced in 1984, the Cherokee"s unibody construction caused some die-hard four-wheelers to gasp and raise eyebrows. Others scoffed or laughed derisively. Given the "rubber" chassis of the CJs of those days, one wonders how they felt it was superior...


March 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
THIS TIME WE GIVE YOU THE BASIC XJ SKINNY ON GETTING THE POWER TO THE GROUND. THIS INCLUDES THE TRANSMISSION, TRANSFER CASE AND AXLES. TRANSMISSION Overall, the best factory manual transmissions are the Aisin AX-15 and NV-3500...


April 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
UP FRONT, THE XJ USED THE FIRST VARIATION OF THE COIL SPRING SUSPENSION THAT LATER GRACED THE GRAND CHEROKEE AND WRANGLER TJ. IN BACK, LONG, SUPPLE, FAMILIAR LEAF SPRINGS WERE USED. DESPITE THE DISSIMILAR SYSTEMS, THE XJ IS ACTUALLY QUITE BALANCED AND RESPONDS WELL TO LIFTS, USUALLY WITH FEWER SIDE EFFECTS THAN THE ALL-COIL JEEPS...


June 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
The first days with new tires are a honeymoon all right but, as with every long-term relationship, there are practical issues to be addressed if you want it to last. With a tire upgrade your most immediate need is finding the correct street tire pressures. We addressed this topic back in 2002 and found that it was one of our most requested back issue stories, so it's long overdue for a fresh look...


August 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
 "New Blue" is a Plain-Jane XL model, so too much tailpipe would make it look like a cheap hooker.   The stainless 4-inch tip and throaty growl are the only giveaways. You probably know that exhaust improvements offer a power increase and a bump in fuel economy...


January 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
Last time we focused on the stuff from which lube oil is made. This time we'll focus on arming you with the information you need to make a good oil selection.    A sample of a viscosity chart that covers various temperatures for multigrade oils...


June 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
Too bad high altitude and four wheeling don't match quite as well. Here are some tips to help you and your rig work better in the high country. Many of you have seen the documentaries on climbing the high peaks, such as Mount Everest in Nepal, where dealing with the effects of altitude is a life or death situation...


February 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
Lubricants are key to the long life of your 4x4. They also have an influence on performance and economy, so you can get a double dose of good by upgrading. In Parts 1 and 2 we gave you the 101 course on lubricants...


December 1, 2006 | By Jim Allen
WE GET A LARGE VOLUME OF TECH QUESTIONS HERE AT ORA. A high proportion of them involve some variation of the question, "I just swapped to larger tires. What gear ratio should I run?" We have visited this topic at different times and in different ways before, but since the influx of letters shows no sign of slowing down, we think it is a good idea to address it again...


October 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
In this final installment on the ‘80-86 Ford 3/4 and 1-tons, we cover the drivetrain. These trucks are reasonably well endowed in this area, with improvements relatively easy. Stock Transmissions There are only four options...


August 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
Ford broke new ground in 1980 by offering a revolutionary four-wheel drive front suspension and axle design underneath their newly designed line of trucks. They called the new front end design Twin Traction Beam (TTB) and it defined the Ford trucks so equipped right to the last year of its use in 1996 . In this three-part installment of Finesse 1-2-3, we’ll talk about the ’80-86 Ford "Bullnose" F-250 and F-350 trucks...


September 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
Finesse 1-2-3- Ford, Part 2 Part 2- Suspension and Tires Even with no lift, there’s room for a 12. 50x33-16 or equivalent. The leaf spring TTB suspension is simple and relatively easy to lift but not a particularly supple or flexy setup...


November 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
The Evolution kit includes the programmer, dash pod and securing hardware, OBD2 data cable, USB computer cable, Fusion software CD and instructions. This product is CARB and EPA Certified.    Until recently, power was the end-all-be-all...


December 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Sta-Bil is a great addition to stored fuel. The green Marine Formula is a stronger dose of the same chemicals in the original red. People who drive their rigs infrequently or seasonally would be well advised to add Sta-Bil to their fuel to keep it fresh longer while “stored” in the vehicle tank...


August 1, 2011 | By Jim Allen
We spend so much time, effort and money making our trucks go faster or work harder that we often forget about making them stop. The need for brake improvements becomes very apparent with trucks that have larger than stock tire diameters or that tow or haul a lot. Solutions for nearly all trucks are readily available from a variety of sources, but here we"ll present a one-stop-shopping makeover from Stainless Steel Brake Corporation (SSBC) that will provide a detailed roadmap to better brakes if you own a "04-08 Ford F-150 and good general routine advice for anything else...


January 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
Ain't she sweet?  And practical.   There's an extra 2. 2+ quarts of capacity and lots of useful features...


November 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Night ‘wheeling is an interesting variation on the theme and people who do it are usually motivated to invest in lighting upgrades. People who don"t ‘wheel on the darkside often may not include lighting upgrades in their buildup budget. We say, “Not so fast!” Even in day-to-day operation, lighting enhancements can make life on the road easier and safer when you know how to pick ‘em...


July 1, 2011 | By Jim Allen
Whether you use a nitrogen wand like this Racor TyreSaver 3. 0 or not, spending the time to find a correct tire pressure for those new, bigger tires will pay off in tire wear, ride comfort and fuel economy. It"s almost a universal constant that when a person upgrades to a larger, or much larger, tires, they"ll scratch their head a little over new street tire pressures...


May 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
The R4Tech kit doesn’t change the overall look of the truck. From a distance it looks stock and sweet as ever. However, the truck owner tells us that the ride, both unloaded and towing his trailer, is much better and handling well too...


November 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
 Maximum trailer towing capacity might not be a high as some competitors, but the 2009 Quad Cab Ram 1500 tows with ease when equipped with the proper towing equipment and the Hemi.   A five-link coil-sprung rear axle, 390-hp Hemi, weatherproof bed side storage, interior refinements akin to a luxury sedan, and retro-aerodynamic body styling, all sound wonderful on paper and look sweet in person. But what determines any new vehicle's true worth is when tires touch ground...


July 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
Electronically controlled diesels are the best thing to come along since Dr. Rudolph Diesel invented the compression ignition engine and named it after himself. Why are they so wunnerful? Well, one reason is because you can easily upgrade them yourself...


March 1, 2009 | By Rick Russell
FJ Cruiser Summit provided an opportunity for enthusiasts to meet in person. Most of attendees initially could only recognize one another by their screen name (forum sign-in name). Over 600 off-roading enthusiasts in nearly three hundred 4x4s moved their online chat from the internet to an outdoor event...


January 1, 2007 | By Allen Merritt
Ron Maximoff, a retired combat, commercial, and aerobatic pilot, competes professionally in off-road competitions all over the country. In 2004, Ron racked up enough points to compete in the Super Crawl at St. James, Utah...


December 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
If you were having as good a start on the Supercross circuit as Josh Grant, you’d be doing “whips” or “heel clicks” as well. In 2006, only his second year as a full-time pro, Josh Grant practically took up residence on the podium in the East Supercross Lites series to finish in third place for the season. He then maintained that momentum going into the outdoor Motocross Lites series to also capture third place overall...


January 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  Not all vehicles for off-road adventures are purely for use in the dirt. In some cases, we need a "mother ship" that hauls all our stuff-food, tools, camping gear, and the like- to the trailhead, and keeps it secure from predators (both the animal and human type). Ford has come up with a factory-installed alternative for its best-selling F-150 pickup...


January 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
WE’RE AT A FORK IN THE TRAIL WITH DIESEL TRUCKS. Due to changes in fuel and emissions standards, all three domestic manufacturers will be offering revised models in 2007 with bigger engines and more emissions equipment. This means the outgoing generation of Ford’s Super Duty (the ’06 and ’07 models are essentially identical) is the last of a breed...


February 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Pro Runner™ Monotube Shocks The new line of monotube shocks are designed specifically for late model trucks, Jeeps® and SUVs. The gas charged monotube design delivers superior performance compared to traditional twin tube shocks. The brushed and Zinc plated, clear coated monotube body is nitrogen gas pressurized to eliminate performance-robbing cavitation during compression and rebound...


August 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
The Particulars At this writing, the F-C II comes in floatation sizes from 31x10. 50R15LT to 40x13. 50R20LT and metric sizes from LT265/75R16 to LT325/50R20...


September 1, 2007 | By Matthiew Dadillon
The perfect base For Daniel, off-road driving comes down to rock crawling events. However, according to him, the best car for these competitions is a vehicle built by Mercedes-Benz, the Unimog truck because of its portal axles that incorporate a hub reduction, its flexible ladder-frame, its locking front and rear differentials, its coil springs and its excellent reduction. Luckily, in 2002, Daniel found the perfect base: one Unimog 435 without bodywork...


June 1, 2007 | By Trent Riddle
Full-Traction Suspension, the first to bring you a 3-link long arm suspension for the Jeep Wrangler TJ and later the LJ (Unlimited), now offers suspension systems for the new '07 JK. Full-Traction now brings a suspension system for the new JK, a 2-inch economy kit that provides a quick and cost effective way to make room for 33-inch tires. Their latest suspension offering is a true 3-inch spring lift that allows the use of tires up to 35-inches...


February 1, 2014
Young kids, old kids, games, vendors, gold mines, nightly entertainment, high-mountain trails, and the breath-taking scenery of Colorado makes the All-4-Fun (A4F) event something for all; and it happens every year hosted by the Mile-Hi Jeep Club (MHJC) based out of Denver, CO.    MHJC is a huge club covering all of Colorado with the purpose of uniting adventure-loving people in the 4x4 world, while sharing good fellowship and setting a stewardship example for others to follow. They get it done when it comes to landuse, charity and being part of the community, too...


February 1, 2011 | By Tom Morr
Robotic steering and elaborate data acquisition make actual on-road testing prohibitively expensive for many aftermarket companies. Pro Comp undertook this monumental effort to validate a suspension system and tires. Pro Comp validated its current-model Silverado 6-inch lift kit back in 2008 using actual road testing...


August 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
In the past, when you needed a replacement or upgrade axle assembly you had three choices: get one from a wrecking yard; order a new OEM unit from the dealer; or have a custom axle made from one of many competent aftermarket builders around the nation. Now you have a fourth option, one that combines some of the best of the other three. This new option is G2 Axle and Gear...


September 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
G2 offers a wide range of differentials for you to choose from. Here we"ve gathered some of the limited slip and locker options for a Dana 44 differential. From left to right: Eaton Truetrac limited slip, Auburn Gear ECTED locker, Eaton E-locker, ARB Air Locker, OX Locker, Detroit Locker and a full spool...


July 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Anyone that is familiar with solid axle Toyotas knows that the factory Birfield joint is the weak link in their drivetrain. G2 now offers heavy-duty Birfield constant velocity axles that address the weakness of these axles. Forged from high strength 4340 chromolly, these axles are designed to handle the added load resulting from oversized tires and locking differentials...


September 1, 2012 | By Tom Morr
Superlift"s 6” Ram HD kit includes engine-specific front coils. Handling is addressed with a dropped pitman arm, bumpstop lowering provisions, a track-bar relocation bracket and proper-length radius arms. Several optional upgrades are available...


November 1, 2012 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You’ll win a $25 Gift Card if your’s is picked as the Question of the Month...


December 1, 2012 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You"ll win a $25 Gift Card if your"s is picked as the Question of the Month...


January 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You"ll win a $25 Gift Card if your"s is picked as the Question of the Month...


February 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You"ll win a $25 Gift Card if your"s is picked as the Question of the Month...


March 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You"ll win a $25 Gift Card if your"s is picked as the Question of the Month...


April 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You"ll win a $25 Gift Card if your"s is picked as the Question of the Month...


May 11, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with “Gearhead” in the subject line. You"ll win a $25 Gift Card if your"s is picked as the Question of the Month...


July 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line. XJ Hottie I have a 2001 Cherokee Sport 4...


August 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line. XJ Cogging I have an "01 Jeep Cherokee that is built for mild trail riding and is also my daily driver...


September 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line.  TJ With a Whine I have a 2001 TJ with the 5-speed manual...


October 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line.  Screening Alternators In the May, 2013 issue, Tim Jackson questioned how to keep his alternator clean...


November 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line. Smaller Engine, Worse MPG? I have a "74 Suburban with a 250 six in it...


December 1, 2013 | By Jim Allen
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line. Gas or Diesel I am currently looking for a truck and trying to decide between a diesel or gas engine...


February 1, 2014
Email your Gearhead questions to: info@oramagazine. com with "Gearhead" in the subject line. The Rubicon Rear I am working on a 2006 LJ Rubicon, manual trans, which is also my daily driver...


September 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
The G2 team builds a wide range of axles. You can call in and order one or a pair to your specifications. Seen here is a small portion of the weekly axle build-ups that are shipped out...


December 1, 2013 | By Steve Temple
Here’s what’s included with the G2 gears and Eaton ELocker. These packages are for installing the G2 ring-and-pinion sets both front and rear, but we focused only on the rearend, since they’re basically the same, except for the addition of the ELocker. The G2 diff cover is good looking and functional, but what"s inside is the real benefit when you run taller tires...


December 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
 CLICK LOGO TO PURCHASE When the road ends the adventure begins and our General Grabbers proved up to the task of tackling all the unpaved surfaces we could find to test them on. The Grabbers will go from road, to trail and back again without compromising on traction, durability or style. The General Grabber features an aggressive tread that offers great traction on the trail, yet is strikingly quiet on the pavement...


April 1, 2011 | By Steve Temple
As you know, the King of the Hammers is a daylong event combining desert racing and rock crawling, one that seriously challenges both equipment and drivers. “Challenges” might be too bland a word-”potentially destroys” would be more appropriate. The King goes beyond extreme, requiring a new word for “are-you-out-of-your-mind?” Think of racing at 90-plus mph through Johnson Valley, then flying over the series of Hammer trails, littered with boulders the size of refrigerators, at a slightly decreased speed...


January 1, 2012 | By Jim Allen
With adjustable feet included that mount on a sliding rail at the bottom of the light, mounting is simple. Here, we installed it onto the Smittybilt 97281-47 roller fairlead which is predrilled to fit it. LED Lamps are taking the automotive performance lighting markets by storm...


October 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
   Golden Mountain Park, located in Sparta, TN is a 500-acre property nestled between the big cities of Knoxville to the east and Nashville to the west. Known around the Southeast for having some of the toughest courses for off-roading, there is something here for even the largest egos. The diverse terrain throughout the park provides riders with different levels of difficultly, from spacious flatlands to rocky crevasses, that are sure to give the rider a thrill...


April 1, 2010 | By Chris Collard
Goodyear claims the sidewall of the Kevlar MT/R is 35% more puncture resistant than its predecessor. And how do they qualify that claim? With the corn stalk test of course! For this they went to STL Labs, that tests agricultural tires. And the test? They drop a sharp chisel from varied hights into the sidewall of a fully inflated tire...


October 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
Jason Rossetti, has been making tracks in the Pismo dunes for years in his 4-inch lifted ’92 Bronco and in his ’99 F-350 with a 10-inch lift. Not content with those two trucks, he now plans to tackle these soft, rolling Dunes in an ’03 Ford F-350 with a full foot of extra altitude, proving once again that size does matter. He initially visualized marching up the eastern slip face, emerging over the crest as if levitating above the sand in a ghostly gray rig...


May 1, 2010 | By Chris Collard
The first day of racing kicked off with the 4Wheel Parts Last Chance Qualifier. Forty five teams battled it out on a six-mile track, hoping to land one of twenty starting positions in the main event. This year’s course was set up with a hundred miles of full-on desert racing before hitting the major rock trails...


March 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  Haspin"s new gate facility houses the kitchen, cafeteria and shower facilities. Riding is permitted between dawn and dusk. Helmets are required...


December 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Hi-Lift Jack Company hosted its first annual HI-LIFT TRAIL DAY on August 21 at Redbird SRA near Dugger, Indiana. Over 150 vehicles and 300 people were in attendance for the appreciation event. At least 23 off-roading clubs were represented...


May 1, 2011 | By Denis Snow
The factory tie-down anchors at the lower corners of this F-250"s bed are great, but they don"t give us any options on securing our varied cargo that can range from furniture, to motorcycles and ATVs, to shipping crates, to camping gear. Because of the moveable locking pins that can be positioned in the self-locating holes that are spaced every 5 inches; the Slide-N-Lock pretty much allows us to adjust to any cargo situation in seconds. And the anodized aluminum rails that are bolted to the truck bed rails every 10 inches with 1/4-inch diameter bolts and Nylock nuts along with the stainless steel spring-loaded locking slides, gives us a system that is capable of securing extremely heavy loads...


May 1, 2007 | By Chris Collard
WITH JOHN SUTTER"S 1849 discovery of gold in the small settlement of Coloma, thousands of young men packed up all of their worldly belongings into rucksacks, saddled up a horse, and headed west to California. Quick on their lead were countless wagon trains, strung out across a thousand miles of the Great Plains, and carrying adventurous families seeking a better life. Resembling a flooding tide, gold fever swept the west with incredible speed...


December 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  SMITTYBILT AIR COMPRESSOR Powered by a 1/3 hp 12-volt, oil-less direct drive motor with 30 amp inline fuse for added protection. It includes an easy twist screw-on brass inflator top and a quick release 16 ft. coil hose...


November 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  DAYSTAR 1-3/4 INCH LIFT FOR THE JEEP WRANGLER JK Daystar delivers the goods with a 1-3/4" lift that provides enough room to clear 33" tall tires without impacting ride quality. The lift starts with exact-fit polyurethane coil spring spacers that are positioned above the factory coil springs. The spacers provide extra insulating properties to the suspension that minimizes Noise, Vibration, and Harmonics (NVH)...


March 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT MARKET ASSOCIATION (SEMA) holds a little get-together each fall at the Convention Center in Las Vegas. With 100,000 in attendance it's hard to believe that it's not open to the general public. In fact, SEMA gets pretty stingy with credentials to make sure there is room in the display isles for industry leaders from over 100 countries...


January 1, 2009 | By Steve Temple
  Responding to all the transitions on the trail of life can be a real challenge. One moment you"re crawling over rocks, and the next, sliding on loose sand. (and you don"t even know about that mud hole around the curve yet...


August 1, 2007 | By Kelly Young
In the past, we have featured a couple of stories on Greg Adler, CEO and President of 4 Wheel Parts (TransAmerican Auto Parts) and his CORR and SCORE racing efforts. Here's another member of the "TAP family" and her first person account of her off-roading passion, rock crawling. Showing again we don't just "talk the talk," we "walk the walk" too...


September 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 The iDM9 fits in your vehicle"s cupholder for easy access to music and hands-free mobile calling on the road. The rechargeable mono speaker with Bluetooth and speakerphone capabilities look and sounds great anywhere. The speaker provides great sound that"s perfect for your music, games or apps...


October 1, 2007 | By Jon Terhune
THE IDEAstarted months before the competition took place. Could a few show truck boys from a 4 Wheel Parts store compete with some of the best custom 4WD fabricators in the Midwest? We were unsure since none of us had any previous competition experience. Once there, the intimidation factor grew as the competition, custom tube buggies and drivers with years of competition experience...


September 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  Are you experiencing the following symptoms? You feel your stomach knot, your breathing constrict, your heart pound. That's a fairly typical condition the closer you get to your local gas station, especially when you spot the latest highway robbery taking place at the pump. Okay, there's obviously some sort of virus going around, as so many folks report having the same affliction...


February 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The RockJock high pinion 60 rearend upgrade offers superior strength and durability features with adjustment options for custom installations. Comparing the OEM (stock) differential with the Currie RockJock many of these features become obvious. The RockJock is the highest ground clearance 60 on the market, the only high pinion 60 with flow-thru oiling, high-strength nodular iron construction, and a bolt-on abrasion resistant skid plate...


October 1, 2008 | By Harry Wagner
  Our problem was not unique: After adding a suspension lift and wider tires and rims, the side of our truck was impossible to keep clean. A muddy truck might be great for impressing your buds, but it isn"t much fun when you get dirty every time you get in and out or need to get something out of the bed. Based in the perpetually wet climate of Oregon, the good folks at Bushwacker are all too familiar with this scenario and have over 450 applications dating back to the Early Bronco...


January 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
The Fitch F4424B, series F400, kit is rated for up to 400 hp and is a size bigger than the F3424, series F300, kit we actually needed. It's the kit designed for the 6. 8L V10s but it gives us a little extra capacity for our power upgrades...


January 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CALL 800-284-9840 TO ORDER The inTune is said to deliver an amazing user experience with a color touch screen, automatic USB updates, and a lot of Jeep specific features at an affordable price. Plug the inTune in to the OBD-II port and choose from one of DiabloSport"s preloaded tunes including Performance, Economy or specialty crawl/custom tunes. In addition to the many tunes included, you can also perform Jeep specific adjustments including: electronic fan adjustment, tire sizes, engage/lock differentials, on the fly idle adjustment, lower TPS threshold, winch mode, crawl mode and many more...


August 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Body Armor 4x4 Trail Doors for TJ & JK . . ...


July 1, 2008 | By Rick Russell
Once the decision has been made on how you"ll use your 4x4 and a body style has been selected, you"re ready to make the second most important decision in any buildup project, "What size of tire are you going to run?" Whether you"re building a 4x4 from scratch or upgrading the one you have, you"ll need a plan. There is always some fine-tuning to do after it hits the dirt, but if you don"t have a plan you may find yourself spending money reworking the vehicle instead of fine-tuning it. The first and most important decision to make on any build-up project is deciding, "How you intend to use your rig?" Is it a trail or street vehicle? Regardless of your choice there will be trade-offs...


August 1, 2008 | By Rick Russell
 The PSC Steering ram is powered by tapping into the steering gear box. For that rare situation where the ram fails (ie, broken hose) it is best to carry caps to plug off the ram hoses and a spacer to fill the gap left after removing the steering ram from the steering knuckle.     In Part I we covered the planning phase of the AJ-8 Build-up...


May 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
If you're disappointed that you missed getting your hands on the now-discontinued diesel-powered Jeep Liberty, there's an exciting alternative: the Grand Cherokee WK CRD diesel. Several other gasoline versions are available as well, including a high-performance Hemi, but first off, let's start with the oil burner, since that's a rarity in the SUV market. Note that the Italian-engineered 2...


October 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
In our first installment of “Cheap Jeep,” we covered the axles, lockers and gearing upgrades, (see 9/09 issue). Here we"ll cover the suspension, wheels, tires and other items like bumpers and winch. When completed, the Cherokee that was originally purchased for under $1000 will be ready to tackle extreme trails and will still have less invested in it than a new off-the-lot stock Jeep...


January 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CLICK TO PURCHASE The SwitchBlade Swaybar is the industry"s first variable rate anti-sway bar for Jeeps. This high performance replacement for the factory anti-sway bar can be adjusted by the user to improve vehicle performance, both on- and off-road. Unlike single or dual-rate anti-sway bars that offer limited or no tuning capability, the SwitchBlade allows the user to match the level of swaybar resistance to virtually any vehicle, terrain or driving style...


April 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The Powerstroke is a workhorse with a lot of power and torque built in for doing the tough duty of towing a big load. To handle the air flow, Ford fit the truck with a large OE air filter that does a good job of keeping the motor running strong. The design of the stock filter incorporates not only the filter element, but also the filter housing, making it a pricey replacement every time it needs changing...


August 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  In 2009, after eight years in business as the unofficial “Moab of Texas,” the original Katemcy Rocks Off-Road Park located outside the small community of Katemcy, Texas, closed due to a change in ownership of the leased land. This temporary set back was not going to put an end to Shain Chapman"s and Randy Kruse"s desire to continue with the best off-road park in Texas. In January, 2010, the Kruse family (Randy, Pam, Elaine and Jerry) and Shain and Michelle Chapman leased new property outside of their home in Mason and began the second chapter in the Katemcy Rocks saga...


January 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
Legions of ATV enthusiasts will tell you, the best way to enjoy the backcountry is in close proximity. Most of our manufacturers' profiles follow a familiar path: a company starts out a couple decades ago as one or two enthusiasts coming up with an innovative solution to a 4x4 problem. They try out their gadget on an off-road trek, or maybe a race venue-the dustier the better...


July 1, 2010 | By Harry Wagner
We have a love affair with diesel trucks. They get great mileage, are tough as an anvil, and respond to modifications in ways that gasoline engines can’t match. Just keep adding air and fuel until your diesel engine of choice makes over 1000 ft-lb of torque...


June 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
AS 4X4 ENTHUSIASTS, we logically focus on off-road adventures and upgrades for our off-road rigs. But towing those rigs to the trailhead can sometimes turn into just as much of an adventure as scrambling over shale up a steep slope. If that trailer starts to bob up and down or swing like a pendulum because the tongue weight is wrong, your 4x4 could end up heading off the highway without you in it...


June 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  From 20-gauge stainless steel to vinyl to light mesh screening, the new Kett product line of straight-handle electric shears and nibblers can tackle almost any build or rebuild. The new KL product line offers several models that are first-time offerings from Kett, including the KL-2030 18-gauge long neck nibbler and the KL-2040 13-gauge throatless shear. Both are complete tools with stationary heads...


May 1, 2009 | By Chris Collard
"Race radio, check point 1, over" "Go ahead check point 1" "Check point 1, be advised that the first vehicle is cleared check point one. " "Also be advised we have several roll overs, no ID yet. We'll advise...


October 1, 2011 | By Tom Morr
The Superlift 8-inch kit (#K922) comes complete with knuckles, full-width control-arm crossmembers, a diff skidplate, new shocks and struts, billet CV spacers, bumpstop relocators, kicker braces, and rear blocks with add-a-leafs. An application is also available for 2007-current 2WD half-ton Chevys/GMCs. IFS lift kits that use replacement knuckles are significantly simpler than the time-proven “bracket” kits...


September 1, 2013
Nestled in the heart of the Deep South, there was a man with a plan. He was a normal man like so many others, but he had a brilliant plan with a solid cause. The plan was called Krawlapalooza, with the purpose of putting on an off-roading event to help the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund...


August 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
The stock 202hp V6 and 4-speed auto was replaced with a 6. 1-liter, 425hp Dodge Hemi engine. It fits like it was a factory install, but was custom installed by Screamin´ Lizard Customs out of Texas...


September 1, 2008 | By Matt Emery
 Made from high-grade steel, the spacers raise the front of the vehicle 1. 5 to 2. 5-inches, giving the vehicle a better stance and improved appearance...


May 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
While our first love is getting gritty in the great outdoors, Off-Road Adventures enjoys a bit of glitz and glamour as well. (Hey, wouldn't you like to be on TV? After all, it helps our hobby with some publicity, why not?) Unlike so many automotive-themed shows, though, Off-Road Adventures TV is about real people doing real things with real rigs. Over the last few episodes, for instance, vehicle makeovers have been done for regular folks on a Ford F-150, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and a Jeep TJ Wrangler...


January 1, 2009 | By Rick Curtis and Allen Merritt
 Flyin' Brian Ropcke of Buckner, MO has Passion for rock crawling so he started, Built 2 Rock Off-road and is a frequent 4 Wheel Parts customer. Brian says, "The best memories and experiences I have came with 18 years of rock crawling and trail riding. " His blue '83 CJ7 has a 102-inch wheelbase with spring over axles features a 400 hp direct port injected engine which spins 42-inch TSL Super Swampers on 15"x10" Eagle Alloy wheels with Champion bead locks through a Turbo 400 transmission, 3...


January 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CLICK TO PURCHASE Every M1 bumper is manufactured from 3/16” cold rolled steel with 1/4” mounting plates and powder coated in Smittybilt"s signature series two-stage powdercoat. Each comes standard with 7/8-inch solid D-ring mounts, ultra bright driving and fog lights, winch mount system that can hold up to a 16,500 lb winch and completely bolts on with no drilling required. Other features: • Solid Mount D-Rings welded on the inside and out • Solid plate center section that wraps the frame horns and lower cross member • Built in winch plate accommodates up to 16...


May 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Lifted, lowered, bagged or long travel, these Series kits provide the most versatility to accommodate nearly every configuration. The turn down before the axle design produces an aggressive exhaust note and allows for use on vehicles with highly modified suspension systems. Engineered for maximum power and minimal weight using the same state-of-the-art manufacturing needed for lifetime warranty quality, these systems eliminate the need for custom fabrication with true bolt-on fitment...


November 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
Ivan "Ironman" Stewart Ivan "Ironman" Stewart took his first step toward off-road racing legend status in one of those, "Put-me-in-da-game-coach!" movie moments. It was 1973 at the Ensenada 300. He was scheduled to co-drive with Bill Hrynko in a Class 2 buggy...


December 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
When quizzed about the symbolism of a particular personal habit, noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud retorted, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. ” Aah, the simplicity. Only problem, you can’t apply that axiom across the board...


October 1, 2010 | By Steve Temple
 Imagine walking into a store, a great big store, devoted entirely to all things Jeep. Everything from grille guards and steps to gears to storage systems to tops to skid plates to things you never realized you needed, all spread out before you like a glittering Jeep smorgasbord. Think Costco for the hungry, or an outlet mall for a tweener...


May 1, 2007 | By Trent Riddle
Josh Reynolds is a true American, he grew up in the town of Yakima, Washington, has a love of the outdoors, family and his country. When Josh decided to enlist in the Marines, he had the full support of his mother and younger bother as well as his future wife. Josh was a corporal in Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division and is one of the many veterans who served our country...


April 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Now owners of these trucks can experience the same level of comfort the Jeep market has come to know through the Baja RS and the same level of engineering as the 3G off-road race seat. Designed after the MasterCraft Safety Baja RS suspension seat, the new XD seat is one inch wider to take advantage of the generous cabin space in the Super Duty and can comfortably fit up to a 44-inch waist. This new suspension seat is offered in four popular color combinations to compliment any interior, including All Black - vinyl/cloth; All Black - vinyl only; All Gray - vinyl/cloth; and All Gray - vinyl only...


September 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CLICK TO PURCHASE The new Baja STZ Radial offers excellent steering response, superior grip, and great all-weather traction making it the perfect choice for work, play, or sportsman applications. The STZ has variable density nylon wraps over the belt package to deliver improved uniformity, ride comfort, and handling. Serrated tie bars and shoulder scallops along with multi-angled lugs have been added to improve self-cleaning and eject stones from the tread...


February 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
Goodyear"s new silica rubber compound provided good handling during hard-pack dirt tracking and positive control in wet weather. We appreciated these attributes, including the 35% increase in puncture resistance rating during a half-dozen treks in the Nevada Desert. The key to driving in soft powdery snow is being able to air the tire down far enough to render an inverted mushroom shape...


August 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CLICK TO PURCHASE Mile Marker hydraulic winches are the only TACOM approved winch for the US Military"s HMMWV (Humvee) and is uniquely powered by the OEM power steering system. Made in the USA, the winch was designed to harness the reliability of the power steering system rather than battery power used by electric winches. Rigorous testing proves the system is functional both submerged in water and covered in mud and does not slow down under load, or cause battery drain...


January 1, 2011 | By Larry Walton
The all new 3. 5 liter, twin turbo, EcoBoost V-6 engine is at the heart of the power train lineup for 2011 F-150. We added some residual tread compound to fender liners during our testing at Texas Motor Speedway...


September 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Monster Hooks has released their new Mini Monster Hook specifically designed for the smaller off-road vehicles. Its smaller size makes it perfect for Jeeps, Rock Crawlers, UTVs, ATVs, and anything else with a standard 2” receiver. The new hooks are rated at 25,000 lbs and have been tested close to 100,000 lbs...


November 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
If you own a JK Wrangler more than likely it is dressed in hard-crusted dirt at least once a week, maybe twice a week if you are ambitious, or single. If it"s not, then you should have probably bought a minivan, or Yaris for that matter. Now for you true off-roaders, when we talk about the thrill of the trails then you either take a quick look outside and glare at your off-road beauty (the dirtier the better), or you simply hang your head in sadness and count the days until you have finally reached your goal of owning a rough and tough Jeep Wrangler...


July 1, 2008 | By Jim Allen
 Tire pressure is one of the most important parts of the fuel economy formula. Our tests showed that even moderately underinflated tires could cost nearly 1 mpg, not to mention the squirrelly handling and increased tire wear that goes with it. When we last addressed the fuel economy issue back in 2004, little did we know the three buck gas was just a teaser...


December 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Click on any item to purchase HUSKY LINERS® – WEATHERBEATER® Husky Liners brand WeatherBeater™ Floor Liners are engineered to fit the complex contours of your vehicle’s carpeted floor boards, trunks, and cargo areas. The floor liner’s fresh new look includes smooth arcing ribs, along with a raised heel pad to help keep your vehicle clean even in the worst weather conditions. They are easy to clean and built to last with a lifetime warranty against cracking and breaking...


May 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Morris Mountain ORV Park is located in Delta, Alabama, just 10 miles from I-20. It boasts over 650 acres of mountain terrain with more than 25 named obstacles that range from a relaxing cruise to near-impossible rock hill climbs. All of the trails are rated from 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult)...


February 1, 2011 | By Kelly Young
Our 2010 WeRock rock crawling season has come to an end. We were able to finish the year in 4th place in the stock modified class in the eastern series and we successfully spread the word about our mission, Crawl to Cure Cancer. For the second year in a row, with the help and support of our fans, we raised over $15,000 for the American Cancer Society! Our season was filled with its usual highs and lows...


May 1, 2007 | By Larry Walton
I don't know how many of you've ever been stuck in the mud on the way to work, but it's not as much fun as it sounds. Having experienced this unhappy situation my share of times while logging and farming, I can tell you hiking through the mud in the driving rain to fetch a tractor or skidder is not my ideal way to start the day. Perhaps even worse are those mornings when you are headed in to hunt a remote area and you know all this spooling winch line and thrashing about will lessen your chance to bag the game you are pursuing...


September 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
With the ability to carry up to a 37-inch diameter tire and two three-gallon Rotopax™ containers, OR-Fab"s new swing-a-way carrier system is a rugged and durable method to haul your Jeep"s essentials. The new carrier #85209 fits "07-11 model Jeep JK Wranglers and is manufactured from 1. 5 inch diameter, ...


October 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 CLICK TO PURCHASE Bestop HighRock4x4™ Narrow Front Bumper Available for TJ and JK applications This custom-built bumper features tapered ends to master extreme tire clearance and tackles any obstacle that a rock can throw at it. Made with quality craftsmanship, the new narrow bumper features 3/16” laser cut stamped steel MIG-welded construction with E-coat plus wrinkle finish and powder-coat for superior protection and outstanding durability. Each app has a rugged winch and fairlead attachment plate that accommodates most standard-size winches (JK apps have welded winch plate, TJ winch plate comes separately in kit), 1” thick D-Ring attachment ears for a quick and secure recovery point and fully MIG welded frame mount points...


September 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 aFe Power Momentum HD Air Intake System for the 2013 GM Diesel Trucks V8-6. 6L (td) LML This intake system uses a one-piece sealed housing with a built-in sight window, massive 1,000cfm air filter and premium hardware. The intake system outflows the factory intake by 52% and produces 22 additional horsepower and 57lbs...


July 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
SUPERLIFT FILES REORGANIZATION Superlift filed for Chapter 11 Reorganization on April 8, 2009. Suspension companies are among the worst hit during the recent economic slump. Owner/President Bret Lovett said, "This particular economic situation has created issues on a scale most have never encountered...


November 1, 2013 | By Tom Morr
The kit includes spacers, brackets and hardware. Components are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Pro Comp created its Nitro Kits to fill the void between front leveling kits and full suspension systems...


December 1, 2011 | By Jim Allen
1. Mock up the system before you fully tighten the clamps and adjust the fit so nothing hits anywhere. 2...


December 1, 2007 | By Dan Ciganovich
DEALER SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (DSI) has just released their No Fear Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Limited Edition trucks — available on the GMT900 half-ton platform in both 2 and 4 wheel drive. The all new Silverado and Sierra, which GM released for the 2007 model year, represents a bold new look for these trucks. In addition, both the chassis and powertrain were redesigned giving them an edge in a very competitive segment...


September 1, 2009 | By Debbie Economos
North Carolina Mud Racing " Mud racing is a rapidly growing off-road motorsport featuring trucks and Jeeps competing at breakneck speeds. And Lee County Mud Motorsports Complex (LCMMC) has a specific goal — spread the word about Hill and Hole Mud Racing around the world. Track owners Darryl and Deborah Jones opened LCMMC in 2006...


February 1, 2013
  In the mind of the four-wheeler,the world is replete with endless challenges and obstacles. From the Amazonian jungle to the wastelands of the Gobi, the spirit of adventure never runs dry. But despite amazing stories and imagery that draw our imaginations far from home, four-wheeling is, and always will be, an intensely local experience...


September 1, 2008 | By Allen Merritt
Jim's planning and craftsmanship yielded a clean, strong J4000 rear axle with good articulation. Jim Mazzola works as a staff engineer at GM's advanced power train division in Detroit building concept vehicles. He is also a lifetime ambassador with United 4WD Association and a lifetime member of Great Lakes 4WD Association...


January 1, 2013 | By Chris Collard
Winter Fun offers a dozen trail rides ranging form mild to wild.   If you will be near Northern California in January and want to do some serious snow wheeling (and possibly get your rig in the pages of Off Road Adventures), contributing editor Chris Collard will be attending the 2013 Winter Fun Festival (WFF) in Grass Valley. Winter Fun offers a dozen trail rides ranging from extreme-depth powder fests in the high country (lockers and 35-inch tires required), to milder SUV and historic trips in through California"s Gold Country...


March 1, 2014
The current incarnation of the Jeep Wrangler has taken a lot of the build options into the?realm of bolt-ons. Not only does this mean it’s faster and easier to get from stock to?custom, but there’s a larger number of manufacturers, designs and styles to?choose from. Add to this the JK is one of the most off-road capable and accommodating platforms for aftermarket?upgrades...


May 1, 2007 | By Debbie Murphy
Blinding snowfields, ragged sculptures of ice, mud pits with enough suction to engulf a small city: Maybe not what you think is typical in Southern California. But, a rig like Chris Boulais' 1986 CJ-7 can locate this category of bad-butt terrain like a heat-seeking missile. Boulais' goal, when he bought the Jeep in late summer, 2005, was to build "a clean, reliable, go-anywhere vehicle...


November 1, 2008 | By Allen Merritt
 If you watch True Grit, you'll notice Chimney Rock above Owl Creek Pass behind John Wayne when he "takes the reins in his teeth and fills his hands with iron. " You'll also see Chimney Rock in John Wayne's Cow Boys.     My wife, Barbara hates waiting hours for off-road adventurers to winch through a mud bog, get the group up a challenging hill, or rebuild a broken rig...


July 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
The Power Wagon name had died after 1980, replaced by Power Ram. The trucks themselves didn't change all that much but they did acquire the Ram's head hood ornament. That detail was either scorned vehemently and used for target practice, or loved as if it were a work of art...


December 1, 2006 | By Bruce W. Smith
WINCH TECHNOLOGY seems to move slower than a custom rock crawler idling along in double-under four-wheel low-range. In the last 25 years, the biggest advances in winches have been pretty much relegated to the introduction of planetary gears, automatic reverse braking, heat-sensing relays and remote-control. Aside from those items - and minor cosmetic packaging - the electric winch has remained pretty much the same from manufacturer to manufacturer for decades - an electric motor connected to a drum that reels in cable...


November 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
As the year comes to a close, so does the 4 Wheel Parts 50th Anniversary Ultimate Jeeps Sweepstakes. You still have a little time to enter for a chance to win one of two Jeeps, either a vintage CJ-5 or a new JK. As you can imagine, the CJ-5 Jeep was well used and a little worn out after almost half a century on street and trail...


September 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
It’s been a long time in the works — back as far as 1987 when Toyota started asking off-roaders serious questions aimed at what they loved about their Fords, Dodges, Chevrolets and GMC pickups. But now, 20 years and a couple toe-dips in the pickup market later, Toyota Motor Sales USA has leapt off the high board and hit the full-size pickup pool with a huge Olympic class entry. THE NEW TUNDRA IS THE REAL DEAL AS I FOUND OUT WHEN I SLID BEHIND THE WHEEL AND TURNED THE KEY...


April 1, 2014 | By Denis Snow
What started out with an email from Captain Chris Braden, (Commander of Bravo Company, 2-27 Infantry battalion in Iraq) on September 6, 2006, to 4 Wheel Parts President, Greg Adler requesting lights for his troops’ patrol vehicles turned into an incredible program where thousands of lights were sent to U. S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan...


March 1, 2012 | By Steve Temple
“Life is a series of compromises,” wise men have said over the ages. We don"t mean to sound disrespectful to these dudes" wise sayings, but we do know that getting the most out of your off-road rig means not settling for second best. After all, most production vehicles are intrinsically a series of compromises, all in an effort to appeal to the widest range of consumers...


April 1, 2009 | By Chris Collard
A birds eye view reveals clean lines and attention to detail. The spare tire shares real estate with air tanks and a Hi-Lift jack and jerry can complement the gunnels while the center-mounted fuel tank and toolbox tuck neatly against the cab.   When we ran into Dirk Blount and his killer Chevy Silverado on Pritchett Canyon during the 2007 Easter Jeep Safari, we knew it would make a great feature for Off Road Adventures...


January 1, 2007 | By Mike Zoormajian
The truck you see here is the work of one man over three years. When Jim Davis of Vancouver, Washington bought this ’71 Chevy it was, to put it mildly, a disaster. The paint was gone, the body was rusted, the interior looked like a cat had given birth in it and the engine was blown...


September 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
BEHIND EVERY OPEN 4X4 TRAIL IS A GOOD 4X4 CLUB. Yeah, that’s an obvious ripoff of a very old and familiar saying. ...


February 1, 2009 | By Dan Sanchez
 The 5-inch Premium Lift Kit #PLS600 comes with leveling spring spacers, reinforced nylon body mounts, CNC steering adaptor, bumper brackets and high-grade hardware. While some off-road enthusiasts look for the additional traction and off-road capabilities provided by a full suspension system, others are simply looking for an economical way to add larger wheels and tires. Cost is certainly a factor that leads many to look at leveling kits to provide enough wheel clearance...


February 1, 2014 | By Larry Walton
The all-new Polaris Sportsman ACE is a new class of off-road vehicle. You can think of it as a sit-in quad or a rider-centric sport UTV. Either way, you can see the fun jumping right out of the well-balanced design...


July 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
  DynoMax is one exhaust manufacturer who delivers the entire equation for off-road enthusiasts - a whole exhaust system from the ports to the tail pipe, or just a cat-back system (from the catalytic converter back, hence the name), that both boosts performance and quiets the ride. DynoMax performance exhaust systems were introduced at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show in 1986. The company basically sprang fully formed from the forehead of Zeus, or the automotive accessory equivalent - Tenneco Inc...


February 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  Garages seem to inspire inventiveness. They inspire the handiwork of off roaders to create  something better or stronger that will enhance their vehicle of choice. ...


August 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CLICK TO PURCHASE Power Stop One Click Brake Kits are an easy way to get more stopping power. Matching brake pads and rotors is the key. The Z16 Ceramic Brake Pad formula is said to outperform the competition...


October 1, 2013
While many Jeep owners dream of adding a V8 under the hood of their 4x4 (and many actually follow through), the 4. 0L inline 6-engine is a well-respected powerplant that has served reliably for many years under the hoods of Wranglers, Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, and Commanches. They"re fairly bulletproof, offer lots of torque down low in the rpm range, and can be surprisingly peppy in a stock vehicle...


February 1, 2014 | By Matt Emery
The Pro Comp 7-inch driving lights increase high beam output by 40%. The units have a slim profile and feature a 100-watt quartz halogen H3 bulb encased in a high-impact ABS housing. With an amperage draw of only 7...


August 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Pro Comp"s high performance shocks are engineered specifically for late model trucks, Jeeps® and SUVs. They are a gas charged monotube design that delivers superior performance compared to traditional twin tube shocks. Each shock features a 14mm hardened chrome shaft, a heavy duty oil seal pack, 2” diameter shock body that is brushed, zinc plated and clear coated for lasting performance and OE style rubber bushings...


December 1, 2006 | By Jerry Slattery
We all get a little smarter with age, and that includes ProComp too. They made a few design changes in this very popular kit that made it even better. The changes make it stronger and quicker to install...


August 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
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March 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
The Pro Comp kit requires the use of 20-inch or larger diameter wheels, due to the geometry of the new, taller front knuckles. The wheels are 20-inch, model 6088 Pro Comp Extreme Alloy, cast and chromed wheels. For tires, Pro Comp 35x12...


June 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
JEEP'S NEW JK is like that old saying about getting your cake and eating it too. As reviewed in our February issue, the chassis was enlarged for a four-door configuration, but with no compromise in off-road capability. The thing is, we like icing on our cake, too, which means finding some sweet stuff to throw on the suspension...


September 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 The Adrenaline is designed to transform your performance truck or sport utility vehicle into something truly unique. Using state-of-the-art casting technology, the Adrenaline ensures unsurpassed wheel strength with great value. They feature a combination of lightweight properties, head turning style and a cutting edge gloss black and milled finish...


July 1, 2009 | By Chris Collard
Carving turns on the Johnson Valley sand dunes (at 12-psi), the XM/Ts provided good floatation and enough moxi to stay on the rim in aggressive turns. (The Legal stuff: this test was done for demonstrative purposes only. Off-Road Adventures recommends only using the manufacturer"s recommended tire pressure)...


September 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Pro Comp"s newest chrome wheel styles feature a unique show finish which Pro Comp calls HD Chrome. This new chrome finish looks identical to traditional chrome plating but is five times more resistant to corrosion. It"s easy to maintain too, requiring only soap and water to keep the finish bright and clean...


December 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
CLICK LOGO TO PURCHASE The NEW Xtreme Trax Radial was designed specifically for today"s high performance side-by-side UTVs. The advantage comes from the Xtreme Trax cutting edge directional tread pattern which is optimized to deliver superior traction and control with a smooth and quiet ride on any terrain. The tire also features aggressive shoulder lugs to enhance off-road traction and provide the ultimate protection for the sidewall and rim...


May 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  Flat fender Jeeps offer numerous advantages including added tire coverage and protection, maximum tire clearance and tighter turning radius; and the fact that flatties look cool.   TJ and LJ owners get the classic, flat fender Jeep look with an easy, no-drilling installation process.   The flares give 199702006 Wrangler TJ's and 2004-2006 Wrangler LJ Unlimiteds six-inches of  additional tire coverage for clearance to handle even the largest, most aggressive tires and backspaced wheel setups...


May 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
I   ntroducing the WeatherTech No-Drill MudFlap featuring the Patent Pending QuickTurn hardened Stainless Steel fastening system. The No-Drill MudFlap set mounts-in-minutes with most applications without the need for wheel removal, and without the need for drilling into a vehicle's painted metal surface. Most vehicles' rust warranty is voided if one drills through the painted metal surfaces...


May 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  Pro Comp announces the release of their all new 6" Long Arm suspension system for the 2007-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/ 3500 Diesel 4WD.   Stylish control arm mount brackets with stainless steel laser-cut logos bolt-on to the frame to provide a secure attaching point for the new longer upper and lower control arms. Systems also feature front coil springs, a new drop pitman arm, adjustable chromoly track bar and relocation bracket-and uses the factory steering assembly...


May 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  As an extension to its metal fabrication and body armor roots, Warrior Products introduces two new innovative product designs for the rear tub of the Jeep TJ & JK Wrangler '97-09. Its new Rear Corners have openings to accommodate two flush-mounted LEDs: a 4" red stop, turn and tail light, plus a 2" white back-up light. All lights are sold separately and are American-made with a lifetime warranty...


February 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
BedRug and BedTred Similar to the core line of BedRug® products, BedRug and BedTred are now available as a floor and cargo liner to replace 1997-2006 Jeep® Wrangler TJ"s OEM carpet. These fully custom-molded die cut systems are sold as a three-piece front and four-piece rear kit and install quickly without the need to remove any seat brackets or the center console. The BedRug material"s carpet-like fibers are non-abrasive and 100% polypropylene...


March 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
New G2 Aluminum Wheel Spacers and AdaptersIncreases the track width of your vehicle or run wider tires for more stability when off-roading. These new aluminum wheel spacers and adapters are available for popular Jeep, truck or SUV applications. Precision made spacers are offered in thicknesses of 1...


June 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
When the screen on the Garmin Zumo began showing a vast nothingness to my East at the same time the boredom of the smooth state highways changed to the rough texture of country blacktop, I knew Deepwoods was close to getting its first chance to prove its worth in the real world since we began the project truck almost a year earlier. I'd been on the road since 5 am, leaving my office in Long Beach, Mississippi, before the roosters were up. Lights blazing and cruise control locked in at a leisurely 70 mph as indicated by Zumo, my destination was the Mossy Oak world headquarters in West Point, Mississippi, a short 230-mile jaunt nearly due North from the coast...


October 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
The Tundra is the type of truck that’s easy to let the imagination run a little wild on how one can personalize it to suite the avid off-road adventurer. But rather than just imagining, we are going to bring as much of that to life as possible during the next few months as “Project Deepwoods” takes shape in these pages. The palette for our transformation: an ’07 Tundra Double Cab 4x4 SR5 powered by Toyota’s awesome 381hp 5...


November 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
We’re easing into Project Deepwoods as new aftermarket products become available for our 2007 Tundra Double Cab 4x4. The easy-to-design, easy-to-install items are always first out. Such aftermarket items are all that’s needed to make a new Tundra work quite well for many Off- Road Adventures readers’ lifestyles...


December 1, 2007 | By Chris Collard
In the last installment we made a few small changes to our 2007 Tundra Double Cab 4x4 as the parts for the all-new Toyota became available. This month we continue improving Project Deepwoods’ utility and performance with our goal at the end to have a truly unique 4x4 for the avid off-road adventurer. It’s funny how the note of a good performance exhaust exudes a certain level of intimidation to those within earshot...


January 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
In the last installment we upgraded the exhaust on our 2007 Tundra Double Cab 4x4 and installed a couple of bed storage boxes. This month we continue improving Project Deepwoods' utility and performance. Our goal at the end is to have a truly unique 4x4 for the avid off-road adventurer...


February 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
Camoclad delivers the camouflage graphics printed on 4' Wx5'L vinyl sheets of 3M Controltac 160-C, a 4 mil-thick , premium vinyl film designed for dry application to vehicles. The back of the 3M graphic vinyl is covered with pressure-activated microscopic pockets of adhesive that allow the film to be repositioned during installation until pressure is applied to the film surface by hand or with a squeegee. The vinyl can be easily removed by simply peeling it away from the vehicle body...


March 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
Vehicle safety and aerodynamics have made major advancements in the last 10 years. The body lines are smoother to reduce wind drag, and air bags surround the interior to provide the occupants with instant protection  in an accident. Our Project Deepwoods Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 is a prime example of such technological leaps...


April 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
During the past few issues we"ve undertaken a number of additions to our 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 to make it more suited for our intended use off the beaten path, namely as a vehicle for the avid outdoorsman. We"ve added a winch and front-end protection, made some minor suspension changes, installed some much needed mapping and communications tools, added a bit of side protection, and wrapped it in full camouflage graphics. But we see a need for more upgrades to make Project Deepwoods a real head-turner and solid performer in our outdoor pursuits...


May 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
We've had a lot of fun playing with our 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4. We started this project with one goal in mind: making the Tundra into a truck the avid outdoorsman/hunter would love to own. During the past few months we've worked our way slowly toward that goal by adding aftermarket products as they became available for Toyota's brand new full-size pickup...


March 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
As covered in our first installment of Project FJ, Toyota"s FJ Cruiser demonstrates a strong family resemblance to its respected forefather, the FJ40. The new FJ"s offroad capabilities also indicate that it comes from the same end of the gene pool, but it also improves on its predecessor in several areas, thanks to modern technology. Off-road enthusiasts, however, aren"t content to leave anything well enough alone...


April 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
If you didn't catch our previous two issues, you missed out on an award-winning suspension upgrade for Toyota's FJ Cruiser. No matter, you can always order back issues, or check out our website (www. oramagazine...


February 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
NO off-roader worth his/her salt would ever disrespect one of the true big daddies of the SUV scene, the Toyota Land Cruiser. Introduced as the FJ series in 1960, it was simplicity personified; an all-grunt, take-it-anywhere rig. Despite its susceptibility to rust, this backcountry bruiser was just plain tough, taking on all sorts of rough-and-tumble terrain and then begging for more...


September 1, 2008 | By Matt Emery
 According to OR-Fab, this is not a roll cage, but rather it is their "Sport Cage" (Part # 82200BB). Made from . 120-wall tubing and featuring the bicycle black powder coat paint (raw steel or wrinkle black is also available), this is a bolt in kit that can be installed fairly quickly...


August 1, 2012 | By Denis Snow
I started noticing the brake pedal on the F-250 Super Duty wasn"t feeling as solid as once remembered — there was a slight bit of a shimmy in it…hmmm, better check out the brakes. A visual check didn"t reveal anything. But the next time going down a long 7% grade and applied the brakes, the truck shook extremely violently...


May 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
We"ve all heard of Air Force and Marine One, it"s the moniker given to the swanky Boeing 747s and Marine helicopters the President of the United States cruises around in. But have you heard of Race Force One? Probably not. Unless that is, you attended the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers (KOH) and glimpsed a black and yellow blur of dust flash past you...


September 1, 2013 | By Dan Sanchez
 This stock 2013 Chevy Silverado HD is a popular truck to be raised via a body-lift, as it can gain five inches of ride height. A set of Dee-Zee"s new six-inch Texture Black nerf bars help to ease getting in and out of the truck, as well as improve its overall appearance. With five-inches of lift, a set of LT295/65R18 Pro Comp Xtreme M/T2 tires, mounted on Pro Comp Xtreme Alloy cast aluminum wheels were installed...


March 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
After reading the title you"re thinking, “oh, another lift kit for the 2011 GM. ” Well this Skyjacker kit isn"t just “another lift kit” it"s an award winning lift. This isn"t some award that you win at the county fair but one awarded to Skyjacker by GM at the world"s largest annual show for aftermarket parts, the SEMA Show...


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March 1, 2010 | By John Stewart
The Power Wagon is set up for extreme off-road use, especially when it comes to crawling over irregular terrain. With 4. 56 gears, two lockers and 32 inches of suspension droop, it’s not necessary to go this fast to maintain forward progress...


July 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The newly designed 2013 Ram 1500 isn"t due out till later in the year, but it"s getting a lot of buzz since its April debut at the New York Auto Show. ORA magazine will be evaluating it at its media introduction late summer. In the meantime, here are some of the feature highlights...


December 1, 2010 | By Steve Temple
They say the only constant is change. Fortunately, for Ram enthusiasts, that"s been a good thing, as all the changes this pickup and-its corporate parent Chrysler have been going through seem to be for the better. Perhaps the most publicized one is the new alliance with Fiat...


June 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  Can"t find your Jeep Top Frames? Rampage Trail Top is an innovative top that transforms the traditional Jeep top from a cumbersome fabric and frame assembly, to a patented, All-Season Soft Top System featuring a full top for winter that easily converts to a summer safari top — two tops in one. Weatherproof heat sealed seams and factory grade materials add to the value. The Frameless Trail Top installs over the original equipment factory roll bar for a snug fit without the need for additional bows or support hardware...


February 1, 2013
  The Rasor OHV is sandwiched between the western edge of the Mojave National Preserve and Afton Canyon. Most people access the area from I-15 at the Rasor Road exit (about halfway between Barstow and Baker, CA). Rasor OHV is an open riding area...


September 1, 2012
[SUMMARY/VISITOR"S GUIDE] Rausch Creek Off-Road Park 453 Molleystown Rd. Tremont, PA 17981 570-695-3900 rauschcreekoffroadpark. org GPS Coordinates: N40° 36...


July 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
You can tell how serious an off-road enthusiast is by the amount of body armor on their Jeep. That´s one of the reasons why the 4 Wheel Parts´ 50th Anniversary Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited had to have a winch and variety of body armor essentials, such as a front bumper, rear bumper with spare tire carrier, side armor fenders, and rock sliders. These components will give this Jeep solid protection when tackling tough trails, give improved approach and departure angles, enhance its overall appearance and be capable of self-recovery...


May 1, 2007 | By Trent Riddle
The Yamaha Rhino is thought by many to be a farm implement or 4WD golf cart. The truth is, the Rhino is these things and much more. A fast growing contingent of loyal Rhino owners have discovered the fun and freedom of blasting the dunes, crawling down rocky trails, and exploring the road less traveled in their Rhinos...


June 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
When 4 Wheel Parts decided to give away a 2011 JK Unlimited, in celebration of the company"s 50th anniversary, the goal was to outfit it with some of the best aftermarket parts available. After all, giving away a stock Jeep would be boring and real off-road enthusiasts want something that not only looks great, but also has enhanced off-road capabilities. As with any serious off-road vehicle, the transformation begins with a suspension system that raises the vehicle"s ride height and improves articulation and axle control under extreme conditions...


December 1, 2009 | By Tom Morr
Load control can be a huge headache for truck owners who haul heavier loads. Cargo isn’t always symmetrical. Unbalanced weight obviously affects suspension, tire and braking performance...


April 1, 2013 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 RACE SCHEDULE SAT - Apr 06, 2013 - Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium SUN - Apr 21, 2013 - Long Beach, CA Long Beach Grand Prix SAT - Apr 27, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA LA Coliseum SAT - May 04, 2013 - San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium SAT - May 18, 2013 - San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium SAT - Jun 08, 2013 - St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome SAT - Jun 22, 2013 - Chicago, IL Soldier Field SAT - Jul 06, 2013 - Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome SAT - Jul 13, 2013 - Arlington, TX Cowboys Stadium SAT - Jul 20, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN Metro Dome SAT - Aug 03, 2013 - TBD TBD SAT - Nov 09, 2013 - Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD is a new breed of off-road featuring live motorsports, bringing back what was once the concept of legendary racer Mickey Thompson. Robby Gordon"s new concept of Stadium SUPER Trucks involves high-powered off-road trucks racing side-by-side on challenging dirt tracks consisting of huge jumps, crossovers and tight corners...


September 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Protect what you tow from rocks, mud, debris and road tar with the fully adjustable and removable Rock Tamer system. The hub and arms are made of forged aluminum, stainless sleeved steel rods, with a zinc coating on the inside of the arms to help resist corrosion, UV protected matte black finish and stainless steel and chrome plated steel hardware. Center hub requires a minimum of 1” clearance between the receiver and the ball mount...


November 1, 2009 | By Trent Riddle
Two great companies teaming up to bring a product to market will usually benefit the consumer (you). This axiom holds true for the new Currie ROCKJOCK Dana 60s offered by G2, for 2007-up Jeep JK Wrangler owners at a lower price and greater availability. How is this possible, you ask? The economic factors are simply higher volume, alternate component sources and a broader distribution network...


November 1, 2010 | By Debbie Economos
Rick Hendrick Toyota of Fayetteville, NC does more than line up their trucks for display and hand you the keys for a cursory test drive. They believe in the capability of their trucks and encourage the sport of four-wheeling by offering custom 4x4 packages. Lifted and ready to go 4x4"s are in high demand at Rick Hendrick Toyota...


November 1, 2007 | By Jim Youngs
ONE SPECULATION as to why the major eastern Colorado cities of Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs exist is because when the westward- ho settlers arrived in their Conestoga wagons and got their first glimpse of the imposing Rocky Mountains, they surely said, “Hey, these high plains look like a nice place to settle down,” or perhaps, “If you think we’re gonna drive these rickety things over those mountains, you’re crazy. ” The Colorado portion of the Rockies boast 52 mountain peaks rising over 14,000 feet above sea level (and something like 250 miles of mountains from east to west), so some of that reasoning seems logical, if untrue. Truth is, Denver and those other so-called Front Range cities date back to gold and silver rush days and even prior as outposts for fur traders...


June 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
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February 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Factory bump cushion retainer to be removed. Rubicon Express manufactures one of the best tried and proven Jeep JK suspensions distributed worldwide through aftermarket parts retailers and through Mopar at local Jeep dealerships, It"s the only suspension to be approved by Mopar after the rigorous testing by engineers at the OEM level. The Mopar endorsement was not enough for the folks over at RE...


June 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Since the new Jeep Wrangler JK has hit the market, a lot has been said about it. Some have talked about it being too wide since it"s five inches wider than the Jeep Wrangler TJ it replaces. This writer"s simple answer to that is; if the trail is that tight, you should be treading lightly and not be there in the first place! Another way to look at it is; five inches wider is only 2 1/2 inches per side, and those extra inches make the JK more stable in turns, equating to better street handling...


March 1, 2007 | By Chris Collard
THE RUBICON is unquestionably the most celebrated four-wheel drive trail on the planet. Like a place of holy worship, the Rubicon has become the focal point for many a pilgrimage, mindful providence for not only the seasoned gearhead, but for anyone who's ever shifted a transfer case into 4WD. It has been the trail by which all other trails have been measured, the barometer of the four-wheeling difficulty scale...


April 1, 2009 | By Eric Heiden
The team recently acquired the crew chief talents of racing veteran Randy Miller, additional sponsorship from Thunder Express Trucking, and a new ATK/Gearhead race motor. These new additions allowed the team to work their way up to second place in points going into the last race. So, needless to say, the Four Wheel Parts/Gadzooks Racing team showed up in Henderson Nevada locked and loaded...


November 1, 2007 | By Ned Bacon
Ever notice how things start to head south when they age? No, we’re not referring to aging Snowbirds heading to Yuma or Miami for the winter. We’re more concerned about the drooping rears of aging motorhomes or tow rigs that lug stuff in any direction. Our ’99 F-350 Super Duty “fell” into this category...


September 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
It’s no secret that we like having more power on tap in a 4. 0-liter Jeep. After all, having more horses under the hood means more giddyup on the trail...


February 1, 2007 | By Bruce W. Smith
LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE. That"s just about any motorhead at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. And like a kid in a candy store, you have to make some decisions...


January 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
EVERY YEAR, the automotive aftermarket holds a trade-only show just after Halloween that"s both a trick and a treat. Hosted by SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), it fills up all the available convention acreage in Las Vegas with every conceivable component and vehicle you can imagine. That"s the treat...


April 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
POWER SLOT Here's some "braking news" Power Slot is now a division of Centric Parts, a leading North American supplier of replacement brake parts and hydraulics for cars, trucks and SUVs. So whatever type of vehicle you drive, Power Slot likely has a brake rotor for your vehicle with over 1200 different fitments available. For those of you who need big brake kits for full-size trucks and SUVs, two new lines were recently introduced: the Power Slot Cryo and Power Slot Plus...


March 1, 2008 | By Tim Walton
Here's another installment of some new or improved products that caught our eye while we explored the vast array of exhibits that made up the 2007 SEMA Show. FABTECH Fabtech's Tundra 6" Performance lift system features extended length steering knuckles to operate within factory steering geometry. Relocated factory lower control arms with high arched 1/4" steel cross members and integrated differential skid plate offer protection...


April 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
PICTURE OFF-ROAD RACING RIGS roaring across dry lake beds and up rock strewn, eroded mountain passes. You can't identify these rigs, they're tiny pinpoints against a burnt umber landscape, but you can chart their course by the rooster tail of dust that fans out behind them like the contrail of an F-15. Now get carried away by this scene, and picture your own rig chasing this dust cloud through the desert...


December 1, 2012 | By Tom Morr
 Moab Group Hug: Lining up rigs in front of a landmark is an EJS tradition. On Sevenmile Rim, Determination Towers are signature sandstone formations. The jams kicking out of Bestop"s Ken Holbrook"s JK on Moab"s Sevenmile Rim trail were from Detroit — but they weren"t Eminem"s 8-Mile soundtrack...


December 1, 2007 | By Chris Collard
IF YOU ARE LIKE US, there are certain events that trigger an irresistible urge to take action, somewhere, Winter Fun is all about the fun! Seemingly impervious to cold climes and frosty hands, the kids had more fun than anyone, slipping and sliding down a fresh coating of the frosty white stuff. somehow. The smell of pizza might necessitate an immediate call to Domino's, or the sound of mud terrains howling down the road might send you home to wrench on your rig: spontaneous and uncontrollable, these urges are knee-jerk reactions...


June 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
The dyno bay is where the numbers talk and the bovine scatology walks. UNOH’s Dynojet proved Edge’s advertised numbers. Dyno King and HP Department Head, Randy Lucious, gives final instructions to HP Fuels Students Nick Ulliman and T...


August 1, 2013 | By Dan Sanchez
Jeep owners serious about rock crawling soon discover how difficult it can be to control their vehicles while being shifted and bumped around in the factory bucket seats. This is one of the reasons why hardcore Jeep rock crawlers upgrade to a racing-style, fixed-back seat. MasterCraft is one of the most popular brands for Jeep owners, and the company recently released its Nomad? performance seat for the Jeep TJ Wrangler...


April 1, 2014 | By Denis Snow
What all went into Jay’s Dream JK Buildup • Rubicon Express?4. 5" Extreme Duty Long Arm kit with four link conversion and monotube shocks • Pro Comp 7036 wheels • Pro Comp 37" Xtreme MT2 tires • Smittybilt XRC* H2O 8K winch with rope • Smittybilt XRC front & rear bumpers with rear swing away and IRACK system • Hi-Lift jack with mounts with accessories • AMP powered sidesteps • Borla cat-back exhaust • Powerstop Brake upgrade front and rear with slotted rotors • Bestop Trektop NX top • LED headlight conversion • Rigid 50" lightbar and mount • AEV heat reduction hood • Rubicon Express front and rear driveshafts • Diablo Trinity Dashboard monitor • RIPP Supercharger • Rubicon Express 5year/60k mile warranty You never know whom you’ll run into while sitting in an airplane bound for wherever.    Lot’s of times the people on either side of you are engrossed in their smart phone, tablet or iPad watching a movie or reading a digital book or, maybe even reading a real, made of paper, book...


February 1, 2008 | By Ronnie Reno
The JK's suspension is the same in principle to the earlier TJs, but the parts are totally different. Compared to the TJ's, the JK's have wider wheel well openings. So less lift is needed to clear the same size tires...


March 1, 2011 | By Rick Russell
Can you safely control the downhill speed of your fully loaded diesel-powered pickup? What if you were pulling a fully loaded trailer? If your answer is “no” or “maybe” to either of these questions, then this story is for you. Descending mountainous roads with a heavy load can push factory brakes over their limit, causing them to overheat. When brakes overheat, the brake pedal begins to feel spongy, or worse, it fades away altogether leaving you with only an emergency brake and trailer brakes to slow your rig down: a frightening experience...


October 1, 2010 | By Denis Snow
The Big Horn Jeep (not sheep) Club is a small but mighty group of dedicated off-roading enthusiasts. Originating in 1975, and currently numbering only eleven members and their families, it"s a close-knit and very active group. The club"s title says, “Jeep Club,” but the members" vehicles also include Landcruisers, Toyota trucks and an early Bronco...


July 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 The new line of XRC JK Front Fenders and Rear Corner Guards were specifically engineered to provide the maximum protection and clearance needed when pushing your rig through the toughest conditions. Each piece is manufactured out of heavy duty cold rolled steel and then powder coated in Smittybilt"s signature series two-stage finish. Designed to be a complete bolt-on with stainless steel fasteners and requires minimal modification to the vehicle...


March 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  Smittybilt is now offering one of the quietest feature-rich tops on the market. Each top starts off with the thickest gel coats available, then hand-laid using only the finest materials. Each top is lined with a military spec mildew free carpet liner that delivers one of the quietest rides available...


March 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
Its funny how we get caught up in the buzz stirred up by all the brand new pickups and SUVs that hit the market each year. In doing so we sometimes miss some pretty neat upgrades that appear on vehicles who's "new vehicle buzz" has worn off a bit. Case in point: the 2008 Nissan Titan...


December 1, 2008 | By Rick Russell
  I attended the California Association of 4WD Club"s 26th Annual Winter Fun Fest in Grass Valley, California to talk with participants about how their vehicles were set up for snow and to seek driving tips for our readers. I convinced my daughter, who was home on break from college, to come along. It was easy to convince her to go as I promised she could drive so that I take pictures...


May 1, 2011 | By Steve Temple
Whoever came up with the concept of “One size fits all” has never ventured off pavement. This blanket approach might work for Snuggies® or econo-car covers, but it simply doesn"t make sense for the kind of gear needed for your off-road rig. Everything on it has to be bigger, stronger, better and custom-fitted for tackling tough trails...


December 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
UPCOMING EVENTS Jeep & 4x4 Events November 23 - Black Friday Ride December 1-2 ATV,UTV & MC Events November 23 - Black Friday Ride December 8-9 Hours are Friday: 5 pm (camping only), Saturday: 9 am-dusk, and Sunday: 9 am-5 pm. Located at 10025 State Route 82 Windham, Ohio 44288. For more information visit southingtonoffroad...


February 1, 2007 | By Chris Pearson
LITTLE TRUCKS WITH BIG TIRES ARE JUST PLAIN COOL. Although there aren’t a whole lot of aftermarket options available for Ford Rangers, the way people build trucks today, that problem is easily overcome with some ingenuity. By the time they get to be as big as this one, most of the stock stuff has been tossed anyway...


August 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Designed with the latest trends and technologies in automotive re-styling, Spyder Auto manufactures: projector headlights, LED tail lights, bumper lights, grilles, and more. The company strives to keep up with the latest released vehicles in producing up-to-date products and selections. From projector headlights, crystal clear headlights, to LED Angel Eye halo projectors, Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lighting (CCFL) most applications are offered in black or chrome finishes...


November 1, 2012 | By Steve Temple
It"s a given that you shouldn"t be driving along a dusty desert track on a moon-less night if you can"t see where you"re going. One wrong turn could mean some serious damage, both to you and your rig. Which means, of course, that high-intensity lights are the off-roader"s friend...


July 1, 2013
 With the dust not even settled in the stadium, the winner was Rob McCachren. Justin Matney won a hard-earned second, with Robby Gordon coming from behind to claim a hard-earned third. If you´re not yet in your thirties, you may not remember the spectacle of stadium off-road racing...


January 1, 2007 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Superlift has R&D’d Chevy IFS suspension systems for years, dating back to the late-80s with its first-generation “bracket” kits. Not the easiest kit to install, this system holds its alignment well and is durable. In 2004, Superlift launched its F...


September 1, 2009 | By Steve Temple
Staying in Sync  LIFE USED TO be simpler, before the age of computers. Now we wonder how we ever lived without them. Controlling everything from toaster ovens to space shuttles, you can’t get away from these electronic taskmasters...


October 1, 2012 | By Tom Morr
Before: This TJ is just tall enough that its owner"s wife has a hard time getting in it. Smittybilt is generally credited with creating the nerf bar. These tubular sidebars were introduced approximately 40 years ago to protect rocker panels from off-road dents...


July 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  Bestop has been around for nearly 55 years. Originally, Tom Bradley stitched up fabric tops and side curtains for Jeeps during the slow periods at his Boulder, Colorado car-upholstery business. His story is like one of those garage-business bios we"ve shared in the past, but Bradley did it with class, later moving his Jeep-top business into an old school building with seven employees...


May 1, 2008 | By Debbie Murphy
Ryan Dodd's passion is flying-but not in an airplane or hang glider. This 23-year old can launch himself 35 feet in the air at about 70 mph off a floating ramp, and travel 230 feet pulled by a 400hp powerboat, before floating back down to the water. He's been water skiing, jumping and executing tricks in mid-air competitively since he was 17, and the long, long list of records and championships attests to how well he does it...


December 1, 2012
As with most things, there are a lot of compromises that have to be made when owning a soft top Jeep. It"s great to take the top down and enjoy a nice sunny day, but when it"s time to put the top up, you have to deal with more of the elements creeping in and the heat or A/C creeping out. Then there"s the noise...


December 1, 2008 | By Chris Collard
For a tire designed for mud, the SSR Radial turned out to be formidable rock tire as well. At 7-8 lbs, the SSR"s pliable sidewalls wrapped itself around obstacles like Silly Putty, conforming to the terrain without objection. In the past decade, tire manufacturers have unveiled an array of tires we would not have dreamed of thirty years ago...


October 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  Superchips built its reputation on providing significant horsepower and torque increases for light truck engines, helping off-roaders scramble their 4x4s up trails or add needed oomph to tow vehicles. Horsepower, torque - both desirable things in the category of "if a little is good, more is better. " That benefit still applies, but is now colored by the cost of gasoline...


February 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Superchips" VIVID vehicle performance programmer is a new in-cabin device that includes a Bluetooth-enabled vehicle interface module coupled with the new ARCHOSTM 4. 3” internet tablet powered by the Android 2. 2 operating system...


December 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  It's part of the cycle of life: you get a stock 4x4 rig and you buy the biggest meats you can wedge into the wheel wells. The next stop is a lift kit so, once mounted, you can turn the tires without rearranging those wells. Just jack up that puppy and away you go! Right? Okay, it's not that simple, which is why companies like Superlift Suspension Systems serve as a source of appropriate lifts for your application, along with an encyclopedia of information to make sure you've got the right combo...


November 1, 2009 | By Tom Morr
For truck and SUV chassis engineers, 1/2-ton pickups and SUVs provide an opportunity to demonstrate the art and science of ride quality and handling. People who tow and heavy-haul normally shop in the 3/4- and 1-ton rows on the dealer’s lot; humans are the primary payload for the 1/2-ton customer. Smart aftermarket companies realize this...


August 1, 2011 | By Trent Riddle
Following along in the theme of accessorizing the JK, improved seating was the next natural step. Since we’re installing some of the best the aftermarket has to offer, it only made sense to include MasterCraft’s one-of- a-kind front seats that are embroidered with the 4 Wheel Parts 50th Anniversary logo. Only this one set was made, so this JK continues to be truly unique in many ways...


February 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
The celebration starting February 8 in the Johnson Valley OHV area, north of Landers, California is expected to be the largest competitive rocksports event in history. Fifteen to twenty thousand off-roaders will gather in a tent and RV community on Means Dry Lake Bed. “Hammertown” will host the fourth running of the fastest growing off-road race in the world...


December 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
New additions to the Urban Assault Series have a military theme and are all specifically offered in a durable “BLACK OPS” flat black powdercoat. The Grunt Series Grille with a laser cut skeleton soldier that is actually cut into the 0. 104” thick carbon steel grille frame...


July 1, 2011 | By Steve Temple
 Even though Extang began as a family firm nearly three decades ago, it has been technology-oriented right from the start. Founded by a design engineer who designed various products for automotive manufacturers, it was the first to introduce tonneau covers that require no drilling to install. Today, this U...


October 1, 2013 | By Steve Temple
This is what the baseline tire looks like prior to grooving. Here Mike shows the differences in front tire grooving designs between the Pro 2 on the left and Pro 4 tire on the right. The Pro 4 tire has more lugs cut into it to create more driving traction as the tires pull the front of the truck into the turns...


June 13, 2013
Very different weather conditions and circumstances greeted this year"s 4WP Moab trail run. For starters, it wasn"t ridiculously cold and snowing sideways like last year"s run. Last year, those that had heaters had them running at full blast...


February 1, 2012 | By Jim Allen
Here"s most of what we got with the winch. Some of the recovery gear will be tested in Part 2 in the spring when the weather gets better. Along with the X20 winch and ARB bumper is a Smittybilt winch accessory kit, Pro Comp tree protector, Smittybilt receiver hookup with clevis, Smittybilt snatch strap, and Smittybilt ground anchor...


March 1, 2014 | By Jim Allen
Water was no trouble for the 4Runner. And there was plenty of it in the area to play in. The official fording depth for the 4Runner wasn’t disclosed, but nobody from Toyota blinked an eye at pushing water over the hood...


January 1, 2008 | By Chris Collard
From Silverton, a flat and limitless desert stretched as far as the eye could see. This was Mundi Mundi, a place where one could actually see the curvature of the earth. G'day mate...


February 1, 2008 | By Chris Collard
One of our favorite rigs in the corral was the 100 Series Land Cruiser. Besides the plush interior and luxurious Simpson II rooftop tent, in the back was an ARB Fridge/Freezer for our cold stubbies, a Long Ranger 120ltr fuel/55ltr water combination tank, a sun awning and the normal array of ARB lockers, suspension, bull bars and rear bumper and Safari Snorkel to keep the engine happy. Golden rays of light skipped over the red sands of the Simpson Desert, dispersing long shadows in its wake, alerting us of a new dawn...


October 1, 2012 | By Chris Collard
The name Super Swamper has become synonymous for mud, and the SSR Radial fits the Interco family"s genre. In California we don"t get the sticky gumbo of the South, but we found the self-cleaning tread blocks provide great traction and reduce mud buildup.  Back in early 2008 we mounted a set of Interco"s 35-inch SSR radials on my dedicated rock rig...


February 1, 2014 | By Steve Temple
Northern Nevada is known for a lot of things, especially rich mineral deposits. But those usually have to be mined from deep underground. Ethan Verhoef’s precious metal, though, rolls on top of all those veins of ore...


January 1, 2011 | By Sven and Magdalena Schlogl
Queensland, Australia: Lobo Lancester was born in Germany and has lived in Africa, South America, Asia and California before settling in Down Under a long time ago. The land developer has been in more countries than you and I know. He calls himself the maddest guy in the area...


June 1, 2011 | By Magdalena Schlogl
MODIFICATION PICS After starting a new life in Germany, we purchased a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a hardtop package. Since the fuel prices in Europe are horrendous, we decided on a diesel with a six-speed to get as good fuel milage as possible. Now the modified rig reaches up to 24 mpg, if we take it easy, and as low as 15 if we push it...


September 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
JEEPS ARE MORE THAN JUST A VEHICLE, more even than sturdy off-road workhorses — they’re a lifestyle. That piece of wisdom comes from Tom Richardson, head of Warrior Products in Tualatin, Oregon, near Portland. What he means is that there’s a joie d’vie about the little WWII veterans...


March 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Eaton Performance Eaton Performance is the marriage of the Eaton Corporation, which has long been in the axle and traction aid business, and the Tractech company. Eaton has been in the axle biz since 1911 and has built axles for many of the OE manufacturers, as well as traction aids, including the legendary GM Positraction. Tractech goes back to 1936 and started off as the Thornton Tandem Drive Company, the originator of the Thornton No-Spin differential...


April 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Ox -USA Ox-USA makes a variety of off-road drivetrain products, including the now-legendary Ox Locker. The locker came out of the old Ox Traxx company, which had its roots in a company that manufactured specialty parts for the aerospace industry. It has progressed through several corporate identities since, including Ox Brand and now Ox-USA, while still maintaining the aerospace precision in the design and manufacturing of those products that are still manufactured in the United States...


January 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Early in the morning in the Barstow desert, a sea of colorful vehicles in various shades of pink and women were congregating with their crews and families. Was this some sort of celebration or a large girls night out or could it possibly be an off-road race? Actually it was all three representing the Fifth Annual Powder Puff Race for the Cure presented by Royal Purple. More than 170 all female driving teams and thousands of spectators arrived early on the morning of Oct...


September 1, 2009 | By Harry Wagner
BD Diesels' Track Bar Cures the 'Death Wobble"     DODGE 3/4 and 1-ton trucks have a well-earned reputation for rugged durability. Cummins engines, Dana 80 axles, and an excellent four link coil suspension all add to this reputation.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Of course even a white knight can have a little chink in his armor, and the Dodge pickups are no exception...


May 1, 2009 | By Larry Walton
The bold asymmetric design of the MT/R with Kevlar will make it an easy tire to recognize. When the guys at Goodyear told me they were introducing a new off-road tires, I hopped on a plane, flew to Palm Springs, jumped into one of their Jeeps, and drove out through the huge windmill farms to The Hammers in Johnson Valley. The much celebrated rock crawling area known as The Hammers also has dry lakebeds, not so dry lakebeds, sand dunes, undisturbed open desert and disturbed open desert with plenty of whoops...


June 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  Titan constructs all of their stock replacement aftermarket tanks for Ford, GMC, Chevy and Dodge diesel trucks with high density, military grade, cross-linked polyethylene (XLHDPE). This quality material not only assures the tank will perform in all temperature conditions, it also means it far exceeds the strength of a stock tank. Titan Tanks work with stock gauges and need no vehicle body modifications...


September 1, 2009
Pace Edwards "Retractable Bedlocker Electric Truck Bed Cover THE REASONS FOR considering a tonneau cover are almost as numerous as the number of designs available.   For some, its a matter of appearance; for others, It"s about security. But perhaps the most fundamental reason for wanting a tonneau is to keep your gear clean and out of the elements...


June 1, 2008 | By Chris Collard
When Rob and Donna Boggio backed their trailer into the driveway with a basket-case 2wd S-10 on the back, the concept idea of building a high-end rig had been milling around in their heads for a while. They wanted a real-world wheeling rig, and one that didn't look like a cookie-cutter copy of every 4x4 on the trail: A rig that would turn heads in a crowd of Jeeps, Toyota's. ...


February 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
Grille guards, steps, push bars, roof racks - what would a serious off-road rig be without one or more of these 4x4 badges of courage? It would just be a truck, a weekend honey-do, a hauler of potted plants, a vehicular wimp with no serious dirt creed. Any self-respecting 4x4 would appreciate some protection from the nicks, dings and smashed headlamps it may receive from tangling with sagebrush and rocky trails. That nifty lift"s few extra inches now require extra leg lift to get your fat rump into the beast, but a set of step bars will help get you into the driver"s seat...


January 1, 2012 | By Trent Riddle
Here"s the array of different bushings that Energy Suspension offers for the JK. As of press time, they do not offer a Master Set kit with all these components in it and the 1-inch taller than stock body mounts together. Energy Suspension marketing materials will tell you that your OEM rubber bushings will “wear quickly and cause a mushy ride”...


April 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
AIR LIFT WIRELESS AIR UNIT #72000 Air Lift's new Wireless AIR (Advanced Interactive Remote) features their easiest installation ever. There are no wires or air lines to the cab. The control unit clips to your visor like a garage door opener and is about the same size...


April 1, 2008 | By Bruce W. Smith
Imagine heading out with your friends to an off-road play area towing a 24-foot toy hauler, loaded with quads and gear, behind a brand new diesel-powered "one-ton" pickup. Such a task would be an effortless one; after all, towing 7,000 pounds behind a pickup with a maximum towing capacity of more than six tons could hardly be called a big load. Now imagine being in an accident with that trailer in-tow...


August 1, 2007 | By Larry Walton
I GET A LOT OF SEAT TIME IN A FORD SUPER DUTY. My personal truck and daily driver is a modified four-wheel-drive F-250 with a 7. 3 liter Power Stroke...


May 11, 2013 | By Larry Walton
Some of us still remember when Dual Sports were Enduros. However you say it, the idea is the same: a motorcycle built for on- and off-road use. Depending on your perspective you can see it as a road bike with off-road suspension or a dirt bike with lights and turn signals...


August 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
  When it comes to off-road rigs, we're not quick to embrace new trends. "If ain't broke, don't fix it" is our mantra, since durability and dependability are far more important than fads and fashion. Toyota's 4Runner is a prime example of our thinking along these lines...


April 1, 2007 | By Rick Russell
OVER 300 TOYOTA enthusiasts found their way into the Las Vegas Convention Center on the Saturday following the November 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The center of attraction wasToyota's new FJ. If you had not encountered one of the FJ Trail Teams at a local off-roading event, this was your chance to get up close and personal...


February 1, 2010 | By Jim Allen
Traction is the sum of tire grip and wheel torque. Tire traction is highly variable according to tire design, ground conditions and ground pressure, which changes constantly according to vehicle angles and loading, not to mention tire pressure. From the axle side, the traction equation is much more predictable according to what type of differential is used...


November 1, 2013 | By Chris Collard
I was less than a month old when Marion Lee "Mickey" Thompson rolled his Harvey Aluminum Special onto the Indianapolis Speedway for that year’s running of the famed Indianapolis 500. The day was May 30, 1963, and Parnelli Jones would go on to win that race with a new track record of 151. 15 mph...


July 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Toyota off-roading is trending toward Tacomas. As the Hilux slips further into extinction, Tacomas are quickly becoming the “go to” off-road vehicle for the Toyota loyal. Trail-Gear made note of this trend and developed the first complete Solid Axle Swap (SAS) kit for "95-04 Tacomas...


November 1, 2007 | By Jim Allen
THE 4 WHEEL PARTS TRUCK FEST has become a familiar favorite for 4x4 enthusiasts around the country wanting to get up close and personal with the movers and shakers in the aftermarket. Until the July 28-29, 2007 Truck & Jeep Fest at Canfield, Ohio, previous Fests had been inside events with static displays. The Canfield event became the automotive equivalent of a movie director shouting "action...


July 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  BD -Exhaust Manifold Stop exhaust manifold cracks in their tracks with BD"s pulse exhaust manifolds for the Dodge-Cummins and Chevy-Duramax engines. Cast from high silicon ductile iron, the Dodge units feature expansion joints that allow the manifold to expand and contract without cracking or exhaust leaks while the Chevy Full Bore exhaust manifold restores exhaust flow balance. These manifolds are "pulse tuned" to assist in combustion chamber evacuation, increasing exhaust flow, improving power and reducing EGT"s...


August 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Truxedo Lo Pro QT This tonneau cover installs in just minutes. With easy clamp-on side rails and the quick attach spring-loaded header guide, it’s the fastest install in the industry. It has great features including a low profile stylish design, Velcro® brand fastening and automatic tension control to keep the cover tight...


October 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Truck-Lite"s line of LED Headlamps, available in both 7” round and 5”x7” rectangular sizes, make for an impactful upgrade to any vehicle, both in their style and their pure white, day and night visibility. Complex reflector-styled optics and a black interior structure provide a clean and traditional, yet stylish dark appearance when off, but take performance to entirely new heights when powered on. The new releases boast even lower power consumption than their predecessors, while putting out more light, and spreading it clearly, to the far edges of the road...


February 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  The JK Full Security Console (Tuffy part #157) is a direct replacement for all 2-door and 4-door JK Wranglers. Since the JK's have more available "creature comforts" compared to previous models, Tuffy has worked all the possible factory configurations into a single unit as well as adding many more features of their own. Tuffy's designers took note when new owners said the factory console sat too low to comfortably rest an arm, so they made their console 2-1/2" taller, which also gave it about twice as much storage space as the factory console...


April 1, 2013 | By Tom Morr
The basic Pro Comp 6” Tundra kit includes front knuckles, strut spacers, crossmembers, extension brackets, rear blocks with add-a-leafs and twin-tube ES9000 rear shocks. Available front upgrades are big-bodied Pro Comp MX2. 75 coilovers or Pro Runner SS zinc-plated monotube struts...


December 1, 2006 | By Dan Ciganovich
Have you noticed lately how many brand new lifted trucks you see on the road? Where are all these lifted trucks coming from you might ask? Well there"s no question trucks are more popular than ever, so it would make sense to see more lifted trucks than ever. But why are so many people buying brand new trucks and modifying them, and what about the factory warranty? Are these people taking a big risk or what? Well the answer is easy, Car Dealerships. That"s right, today many GM, Ford, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, and Toyota dealerships are adding custom lift packages to their stock trucks and Jeeps, creating custom vehicles you can drive right off the dealership lot...


July 1, 2011 | By Chris Collard
It"s not every day that we get to work in Moab (yes, we call this work). In fact, we usually only land a red rock assignment during the Easter Jeep Safari, and the week becomes a tornado of activity. This said, when we received an invitation from Ram Trucks and Jeep to spend a few days tooling around Moab"s canyon country in their latest offerings (including the latest fleet of Underground Engineering rigs), we booked that appointment...


November 1, 2013
If you live in the Midwest and haven’t attended the Ultimate Motorsports Championship (UMC) event, make plans now to go next year. This year it was in June and was hosted by the Badlands Off Road Park in Indiana. ?This premier event included TREC (Trail Racing Endurance Circuit) W...


July 1, 2013 | By Chris Collard
Many people tell us that we have the best jobs in the world. We travel to spectacular areas, photograph some of the most unique rigs on the planet (occasionally bumming the keys for a joy ride), and hang with executives and engineers from the OEMs. Such is the case for our "grueling" week at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah...


March 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
Getting down and dirty makes us happier than a pig in slop. But getting up and dirty is even better. At least that's what we discovered driving an F-250 fitted with a Pro Comp six-inch lift...


September 1, 2010 | By Trent Riddle
Skyjacker offers two different shocks, the Hydro 7000 and the Nitro 8000. Nitro 8000 is a 150 PSI Pressurized Nitrogen Gas shock while the Hydro 7000 is a standard hydraulic shock. Both offer multi-stage velocity sensitive valving, twin tube construction, an over-sized piston head and 14 mm piston rod...


March 1, 2009 | By Jim Allen
Long travel suspensions combined with big tires pose some problems. Sometimes even the mighty Hi-Lift runs out of travel before the tires come off the ground. In the case of this axle repair on a Jeep coiler, in a rather inconvenient spot on the trail, the suspension was chained up at ride height to facilitate getting the tire off the ground...


May 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
UTV & ATV Parts Guide WARN BACKUP LIGHT When an ATV rider needs to back up, the WARN Back-Up Light provides the illumination needed, thanks to a 35-watt, battery-saving H3 halogen bulb. The light uses a universal mounting bracket and comes with a wiring harness. Designed for ATV use, the light comes with a water-resistant switch and all the necessary mounting hardware...


March 1, 2008 | By Trent Riddle
Joel Behr has what some would consider a dream job. By night he manages a club in Las Vegas, Nevada. One advantage of working nights is that Joel's days a mostly free to do with as he pleases...


February 1, 2014 | By Tom Morr
Like most 4x4 owners, 4 Wheel Parts employees are always pursuing better setups. Company CEO Greg Adler is no exception. Recently, he admired counterman James Grossaint’s Raptor while visiting the Redondo Beach, California, store...


September 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
 Included with the kit is a 30-foot polyurethane inflation hose with automatic easy-press couplers as well as a digital tire inflation gun that reads pressures up to 200 psi and also measures in BAR and kPa. The inflation gun is equipped with a quick connect stud as a 12-inch rubber extension hose connected to a folding lever chuck to allow simple and flexible inflation. On the side is a bleeder valve that makes adjusting exact tire pressure a matter of simply pressing a button...


March 1, 2012 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
  VIAIR Corporation"s newest pneumatic innovations include the “2 On 2” compressors-on-tank air platforms and their Automatic Deployment Air Systems (ADA Systems). Each is available in several configurations and provides serious plug & play, bolt-on solutions intended for 2007 to 2011 Jeep JKs, and universal kits meant for all applications. The “2 On 2” lineup places two VIAIR compressors on top of a 2 gallon air tank and comes either with or without a JK crossmember mounting bracket, depending on model...


May 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
MAGNAFLOW JEEP WRANGLER STAINLESS CAT-BACK EXHAUST SYSTEM Dyno tested and proven to make power performance gains in horsepower and torque, great sound — has a smooth, deep tone — easy to install, 2. 5-inch mandrel-bent tubing that’s all welded and built to last. Includes 4x9x22” polished muffler with a 3...


January 1, 2013
 It had been several years since we had last visited the Walker Valley ORV park and we decided it was about time we made the journey to check out what was new. Along with a few of our close friends from the Bonney Lake Jeep club (B. L...


May 1, 2008 | By Steve Temple
Warn Industries and recreational off-roading share a heritage that began with a fleet of Jeeps, both the new models and those WWII veterans assimilated into civilian life. Jeeps grew into the premier off-road rig with an uncanny ability to stay on the trail. Meanwhile, Warn grew to be synonymous with the winch, one of the tools that retrieved the Jeep when it occasionally slipped off that trail...


December 1, 2008 | By Ned Bacon
This poster was seen hanging in the factory during our tour. When Arthur Warn developed a simple free wheeling hub for surplus WWII Jeeps in 1948, we doubt he envisioned his small family business ever growing into a multi-million dollar corporation with multiple factories and worldwide recognition. Warn Industries celebrates its 60th anniversary this year...


January 1, 2013 | By Denis Snow
When I received the invitation to attend the media introduction of Warn"s new ZEON winches at their corporate headquarters in Clackamas, Oregon, they were very closed-mouth about the new product they wanted to show us. I had a suspicion of what was to be unveiled, since I was fortunate enough to be included in a very secretive focus group session during the 2011 SEMA Show. At that session we were shown four or five different variations on a theme of what I would call Darth Vader-ish looking winch designs — sleek, jet black, very stylized (not your usual, visually obvious, separate components of: motor, drum, gearbox, control pack) winch designs...


February 1, 2010 | By Mike Anson
4Wheel Drive Hardware and Bestop, with the help of 4 Wheel Parts, are working together to build a Giveaway 4-door Jeep Wrangler and you get to chose what accessories are added to the stock Jeep before it goes to the lucky winner. The way to vote is to log on to: www. 4wdjeepgiveaway...


March 1, 2010 | By Mike Anson
This photo shows the Bestop"s Jeep with front bumper, grille guard, approach roller and D-rings installed. Based on the votes clicking into the company computers, Bestop"s HighRock front and rear bumpers have the look, attitude and function you said you wanted to see in the giveaway Jeep. Sometimes it seems as if the folks at Chrysler/Jeep, (before them AMC/Jeep and way before them Willys Motors in Toledo, Ohio) never realized how their tough little Jeep vehicles were actually used...


May 1, 2007 | By Steve Temple
Automotive performance enthusiasts are all good people, for the most part. Trouble is, those hot rodders, drag strippers and drifters fall into the general category of asphalt jockeys. These guys and gals don't fully appreciate the level of skill and performance off-roading requires...


May 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
PRO COMP ALLOY WHEELS POLISHED FINISH SERIES 1028 Sizes are: 16x8, 17x8. 5, 18x8. 5, 18x9, and 20x9...


March 1, 2008 | By Debbie Economos
Deep in the rural back roads of South Carolina is a privately owned technical off-road park called Gulches. Situated in the hilly piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at just under 80 acres, this ORV park not only meets the challenges of built 4x4's, it also accommodates dirt bikes and quads. Located in Laurens County, the region is steeped in American history going back to the American Revolution...


January 1, 2008 | By Chris Collard
There are no set standards for the diameter and design of the mounting surface, the tire's bead. A few thousandths of an inch can mean the difference between de-beading a tire under low-pressure rock crawling, or ending up on your lid during high-speed cornering at medium pressure. Greg, our 4 Wheel Parts tire guy, said the M/T required a bit higher psi that other brands to seat the bead, reflecting tighter bead tolerances from the factory...


April 1, 2010 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Hundreds of dyno pulls were made on Hypertech’s AWD dynamometers to optimize the power curve. The 2009 and the new 2010 Ford F-150s are already packed with raw towing and off-road power, seeing as how Ford took the all-new F-150s and stepped up the base models from the old V6 to the tried and true 4. 6L 2-valve V8 and 4-speed automatic transmission...


May 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, 4 Wheel Parts is giving away not one, but two custom Jeeps. You might be the winner of a fully restored 1961 Jeep CJ-5, in honor of the year 4 Wheel Parts was established. Or, you might get the keys to a one-of-a-kind 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK, outfitted with special-edition products from your favorite 4x4 manufacturers...


March 1, 2008 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
SMITTYBILT XRC-8,000 LBS. (1-Smittybilt XRC8 Winch image. tif) This winch features a 4...


March 1, 2011 | By Jim Allen
If you regularly ‘wheel in wooded country, sooner or later, you"ll end up with a log across the trail. Sometimes you can hop it. Other times you"ll have to move it...


November 1, 2009 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Click on any item to purchase HI-LIFT® NEOPRENE JACK COVER This neoprene jack cover offers a level of mud and dirt protection for the main lifting mechanism (Running Gear) of the Hi-Lift jack while stored. It is very important to keep the jack’s running gear clean, free from dirt and mud, and well lubricated. This helps to keep a properly lubricated jack operating properly when needed...


December 1, 2009 | By Chris Collard
Going snow wheeling is great fun, but when getting stuck equates to spending the night in the front seat of a Jeep, the back of a truck, or hacking an igloo out of a snow bank, having the right gear is essential. Without a well-equipped rig, tools, and emergency equipment, and above all, experience, a casual day trip could end up as a nightmare. We can’t tell you the number of times we’ve come across a rig on the trail, frame-deep in the snow and the sun about to set...


May 11, 2013
A belief that his sacrifice was worth it in defending our nation"s freedom; Corporal Daniel Peterson now age 23 suffered traumatic amputation of both legs above the knee while in combat in Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan on July 24, 2010. Dan was medevac"d out by helicopter to Camp Dwyer and then to Landstuhl, Germany and then returned stateside to receive treatment at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Palo Alto Rehab Hospital, Balboa Naval Hospital, and Brooke Army Medical Center. Because of the severity of his injuries he has endured 20+ surgeries with other surgeries slated for later in 2013...


January 1, 2014 | By Denis Snow
A layer of DuPont™ Kevlar offers rugged strength for confident off-road driving and help resist cuts and punctures. Durawall™ Technology offers toughness and helps resist cuts and punctures. Biting edges and a rubber compound offer traction on wet and icy roads...


September 1, 2011 | By Off-Road Adventures Staff
Computer precision laser cutting, CAD engineered forming process and state of the art designing produces a high quality product. The grilles are made from a solid sheet of 12-gauge steel with two options of finish available: durable “Sinister” gloss black powdercoat or “Electro-Polished” stainless steel for a mirror finish. After metal finishing, exclusive X-Metal branded studs are hand installed into the frame along with the polished stainless X-Metal grille badge...