Product Reviews

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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...