Feature Vehicles

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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


40. RAM
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...


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...


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...


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, 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...


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...


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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 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...


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...


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...