How-To Tech

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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, 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...


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...


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”...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...