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TRANSFER CASE Dana 300, TeraFlex 4.1 gears, Toyota flanges FRONT AXLE Toyota Dana 44 Hybrid, 5.29 gears, Eaton electric locker REAR AXLE Toyota 8-inch, 5.29 gears, Eaton electric locker SPRINGS & SUCH (Front) 2.0-inch Sway-A-Way 12-inch travel coilovers and Radflo bumpstops (Rear) 2.0-inch Sway-A-Way 14-inch travel coilovers and Radflo bumpstops TIRES a WHEELS 37xl.50R17 Toyo Open Country M T sticky competition tires on 17x8 OMF beadlocks OTHER STUFF Twisted Customs fiberglass Jeep Liberty...

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Fred Williams

The '10 Dodge 3500 as our current trailer towing tractor backcountry cabin on wheels and dubbed it Project White Truck. This month it rolled into the local Dodge Ram dealership for some factory-backed upgrades. Mopar, the performance, aftermarket, and parts division of Chrysler Dodge Ram, offers assorted parts to upgrade your truck before it leaves the dealer's service bay. Because Mopar parts can be installed on your brand-new truck prior to your signing the dotted line, you could have these...

BKevin McNulty

Our left leg for an Dodge M37 as our first rig, and we know that every one of our friends would have died to ride in it. When Rob Bonney found this '52 M37 for 400 at age 14, he thought he found a gold mine. He drove it home on dirt roads, smiling from ear to ear, and basked in the envy of his friends. The old Dodge M37 may not be much to look at to some, but we and other 4WOR readers see right through the dents and rust and ogle over this truck as a thing of beauty. Rob used this beast as a...

BrFred Williams

Photography ALAN HUBER and ALIMANSOUR TheHobartTrek 180is the jack-of-all-trades welder. At 1,200 it's not inexpensive, but it can be plugged in at home or taken on the trail as a rechargeable MIG welder. This makes it superior to the rest if you could only have one. The Trek is packed into a small 51-pound suitcase, and although it can take up valuable cargo space it's also a lifesaver when you need to patch up your busted 4x4. This portable welder runs either flux core welding wire, or solid...

BRick Pewe

One of the handiest tools on the trail is a welder. No matter what you break (not counting tires and electronics) you can probably patch things back together with a welder. The Premier Power Welder uses a specially crafted alternator mounted on your engine so you can weld nearly anything, anywhere, at any time. The only thing that limits your welding is gas in your 4x4's tank as long as you let the unit recharge the truck's battery every three hours or so after welding. Putting out 160 amps at...

Bubbarope

BubbaRope is a snatch rope that uses kinetic energy to tug stuck vehicles out of precarious situations. The rope will safely pull rigs out of sand, snow, and mud. Its urethane polymer coated for protection and has a 52,300-pound rating. WHY YOU NEED IT BubbaRope is great for pulling larger vehicles with smaller rigs. Everyone needs a good snatch rope. INFORMATION BubbaRope, 877.499.8494, www.bubbarope.com.

Burbanbeef

Ql have an '86 Suburban that needs to get an engine transplant or rebuild. I want to have an all-around on off-road truck that can haul my 22-foot enclosed trailer safely and still do some semi-serious desert off-roading and mild wheeling on Colorado trails. Any input on engine modifications and suspension tips would help greatly. Also, I know this is a dumb question, but does an ES9000 shock get mounted with the rod on the high side and cylinder on the low side, or vice versa If I had a...

By Ali Mansour

Knows that you should always have a host of tools, fluids, and recovery gear with you at all times. But what do you do when you've broken something that you can't just bolt, duct-tape, or strap back together In these metal morphing circumstances you need a trail welder. A trail welder needs to be easy to transport, simple to use, and most importantly reliable. Though most trait welds are temporary, they still need to be safe and strong. Think about being stranded in the desert and your only way...

Directfit Wrangler Radiator

The Flex-a-fit two-row aluminum radiator with electric fan fits '87-'06 Jeep Wranglers. The combo unit is fitted with extruded side tanks to dissipate heat and offer many mounting options. It replaces the stock one-row radiator and the stock beltdriven fan for better cooling, more horsepower, and guicker engine warm-up and to manually override the fan for water crossings. The shrouded 15-inch fan moves 3,300 cfm. INFORMATION Flex-a-Lite, 866.447.5967, www.flex-a-lite.com.

Event Calendar

Sidekick's off-road event calendar for 2011 is now available. Each page offers great 4WD action photos and information on wheeling events across the United States. Sidekick's calendar will help you fill the year with four-wheeling trips because it lists over 250 nationwide events in over 30 states. INFORMATION Sidekick Off Road, 877.628.7227, www. sidekickoffroad.com.

Fabrication Prop

One thing I see over and over again in magazines and forums is a blatant disregard for safety procedures in potentially dangerous metal fabricating activities. I do my best to give good advice when I see such instances on the forums, but have never taken the time to write in to a magazine until now. You have a man welding or plasma cutting in cloth sneakers, shorts, and a sleeveless T-shirt, with no safety glasses, face protection, shaded eye protection, ear protection, or gloves. If this guy...

Flexible 1eep Tenders

MCE Modern Classic Enterprises provides a solution to crumpled Jeep fenders. The new flat fenders are made from UV-pro-tected ABS plastic and are designed to flex elasticalty and distort instead of transferring impact loads to the rest of the vehicle. INFORMATION MCE Modern Classic Ent., LLC, 425.260.8781, www.flatty-fenders.com.

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VEHICLE '62 International Scout OWNER Fletcher Buckler, Rangely, CO TIRES & WHEELS 37x12.50 MTRs on 15-inch wheels SUSPENSION 6-inch Rancho DRIVETRAIN 700R4, NP205, Dana 44 front with a spool, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker PERFORMANCE MODS Fuel-injected 355ci from a Chevy Other Doodads Custom bumpers, sliders, and cage, 20-gallon fuel cell, hydraulic assist, Warn winch DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Mostly ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE Needs a larger radiator, as it runs a little on...

Source

I 800.626.9420 I www.hobartwelders.com When you use up the charge you're done welding Price 1,100- 1,400 depending on retailer Thickness 24 gauge to ' -inch steel Weight Dimensions (in) 13 . x 17 x 7' s IThe Hobart Trek 180 is a true rechargeable welder using two sealed internal lead acid batteries. It can be fully charged in 90 minutes or 80 percent in 20 minutes. It is rated from 24-guage up to ' -inch steel and houses a small spool of welding wire. The Hobart is about as easy as trail...

Iast Letter On The Subject

I'm responding to Vince Taylor's Dec. '10 contribution, where he argues that Fred Schafer drove Bigfoot, not Barefoot (Monster Mis-ID, In Box). As a longtime monster truck fan, I used to watch monster trucks race on TV every week. In the '90s, Schafer drove the blue Chevy Barefoot. Around 1994 he switched allegiance and Barefoot became a red Dodge. Taylor may have gotten Jim Cramer one of the original Bigfoot drivers-confused with Schafer. Trust me on this. mark harsh Huntingdon, PA We trust...

Ieatures

COPYRIGHT 2011 BY SOURCE INTERLINK MAGAZINES, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Try Our BuyNow Feature mickeythompsontires.com neofthe reasons i have this job is t, because I love wheeling. It's really as simple I as that. It's also why I stick with it, enjoy it, M and rarely complain about it. Hey, everyone m knows I have the best job in the world in s fact, people tell me that all the time. Yes, I still s have to travel, take the photos, write the story, and organize the book, but yes, I do have the...

Ilk Tracker

Vehicle '97 Ford F-250 owner Matt Bolf, Raton, NM tires & wheels 37x12.50 BFG KM2s on 17x8 Pro Comp wheels suspension 5-inch Skyjacker drivetrain Dana 60 front, Dana 80 rear, 4.10 gears performance mods 460ci funniest wheeling incident Hunting partners and i went to retrieve two dead elk and ended up getting stuck up to the doors only a few feet away from them does everything work the way you want Usually anything you would change Needs lockers SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING Smoking Causes Lung...

MC3 LEARN

115 VOLT DC OUTLET WELD ON YOUR OWN VEHICLE FENDERS SKINZ BUMPERS TJ LI Yl CJ Don't let winter weather keep you off the trail Get REAL TRACTION CHAINS from Clothier and leave your boundaries behind. V- Bar design provides incredible grip i Perfect fit on any tire up to 52' wice as many cross treads ensures positive footing on sidehills ri07 i 5899 www.ClothierTraction com CM s-, B-LugTrucks, Blazer s-> o, S-is. Suburban 6-Lug & B Lug V Transfer Case Park Bra From Most U S. cars-mtlutk...

Morrow Mud King

VEHICLE '91 Jeep Wrangler OWNER Steve Winningham, Morrow, AR TIRES & WHEELS 35-inch Mud Kings on 15-inch beadlocks SUSPENSION Spring-over axle with Rough Country springs DRIVETRAIN NP435, NP205, Dana 44 front with a Lock Right, 9-inch rear with a mini spool PERFORMANCE MODS 4.0L, K& N air filter DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Yes ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE Swap out the mini spool for an ARB Air Locker VEHICLE '53 Chevy body '79 Blazer chassis OWNER Bill Roses, Yucca Valley, CA TIRES...

N0ta1eep

Correction NADDAJEEP In the Jan. '11 issue in Lift Laws, page 78, upper right, the photo of the bottom of a C J said to have North Dakota plates is wrong. I was surprised to see my old Land Cruiser FJ40 in your magazine again. Pewe took that picture during the Dakota Territory Challenge. Oh, it is a Texas plate, and it reads 4-ROCKS. I may have to subscribe to the mag again after seeing my old 40 in there for a second time. Good stuff greg kemper Hudson, Wl Yep, how that one slipped by I'll...

New Tow Rating Standard Proposed

As important as towing capacity ratings are to the truck market, you might be surprised to learn that there is no industrywide standard. Each manufacturer has its own rating method, making apples-to-apples comparisons nearly impossible. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) wants to change that. It has proposed a method of measuring a vehicle's tow capacity that would standardize the ratings among all the manufacturers who choose to adopt it. (This would be a voluntary program, not one...

Nobody Beats Our Quality Service And Price

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Nuts I M Confused

We know the R16 means it is a radial tire on a 16-inch rim, just like our inch-sized tire. (It's weird that they measure the rim in inches but the rest of the tire In millimeters ) But what is all this LT285 75 stuff LT means the tire is for a light truck, while P in that position would mean a passenger vehicle. The larger number, 285, is the section width in millimeters. So to determine the width in inches, simply divide by 25.4, the conversion of any millimeter measurement into...

NyRick Pewe

Were born, a group of guys and gals in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana formed one of the oldest and greatest events known to four-wheeling. The IOK Four Wheelers produced the first Gravelrama back in 1971, and eventually bought the land they play on in 1977. While trail riding, sand drags, obstacle courses, and the like are all part of the venue, the main draw is always the gravel hill known as the Big Elim and it is the king of the event. And when you realize that some of the original participants...

O Hushed

This happened on the first stop of our Jeep club's Poker Run. The pit was worth an extra card. This card eventually helped me complete my flush and netted me Second Place and a prize I was just wheeling down by the river and found a patch of water that was a little deeper than I was expecting norman robison After a few of us locals drove out to the woods to pull out a vacationer from Minnesota, we headed back on a different path. The Alaskan wilderness soon swallowed my '04 F 350. As night fell...

Onosejob

Always take a second look before driving over a razorback in the dunes. JOHNNY GLASS 99-06 1500 Pickup Series II 99-06 1500 Pickup Series II 88-98 1500 Redesigned - Easy < sta I' 07-11 1500 Pickup Body Lilt Kit 'NEW' 07-11 1500 Leveling 07-10 1500 Pickup 'Clears 33s' Combo 3 Susp 11.25' Body Lif 'NEW 07-10 1500 Pickup 'Lower Price* 07-10 1500 P.cku 'Lower Price' 03-07 25CC-3500 Ram Series tl 'LooPrce' 08-09 2500 3500 Ram Series II 'LowPnce' 35 tires 120 Factory wheels 09-10 1500 Ram Leveling...

Orconp

Note to my fellow readers Let's vow to not write letters over every infraction you nitpicky safety Nazis identify in the photos. Pewe wants to weld in sandals and do the dingleberry dance No problem. Someone's hand is grabbing the outside of a rollbar Big deal. And while I'm at it, quit whining that your Ford Scout Trooper Chevy Whatever doesn't get enough coverage in the magazine. One more thing. You're going to cancel your subscription because your panties are all wadded up over one of these...

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Don't miss the biggest & baddest sale event of the Rpct Warrants in thp RipjUip year with the industry's best manufacturers under c > l wai icmuca mc wjamc one roof. More info log on to 4WheelParts.com Events 55 Retail Stores Nmionwi FREE Shippingw you buy online and pick up Hi-store' New ball joints on front assemblies Premium G2 Ring & pinions DANA 44 UPGRADE FRONT & REAR JEEP XJ, YJ,TJ 'Shown with optional G2 Differential Cover Front Dana 44 Assembly From S2524.99 Rear Dana 44...

Powerful Jump Starter

Black & Decker's 500-amp power Inverters attach to a 12V battery to power tools, radio, grills, and more while you're out on the trail, tailgating, or at the beach. Cold weather causes older batteries to dip below the starting threshold. The 500-amp jump starter allows you to start a car without another vehicle. It also has a tire infla-tor and will charge ceil phones and other devices. INFORMATION Black & Decker, 800.544.6986, www.blackanddecker.com. Skyjacker's '11 Chevy 2500HD...

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Ready Welder

There are four models of the Ready Welder, but each kit comes with everything needed to start welding except batteries. The welder can also be connected to CV MIG machines and CC arc stick machines The Ready Welder is portable MIG welder that uses 12V automotive batteries as a source of power. The compact welder is small enough to store just about anywhere in a vehicle and is easy to use, making it a great choice for emergency repairs on the trail. We've carried a Ready Welder around for a...

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S0mex

Ql have been working on my Jeep XJ for while now. I'm 14 years old. Some of the things I have done to the rig are a 4Vj-inch lift, 33-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws, and cutout fender flares for some flexing room. I have a guestion about the stock axles, a Dana 35 rear and 30 front. I know these aren't the best for wheeling, but are they good enough to hold up as trail-worthy daily driver when I'm 16 If not, Is there anyway to beef them up, or should I look for a 44 And where could I get one...

Safety First

First of all, I love your magazine and am a very happy subscriber Just a remark In your reply to the Safety First letter in the Jan. '11 In Box, you state that the jackstands in the picture are rated well above what they are holding. Well, I guess no one doubts that. The danger is not that they break, but that 4-WheelS Off-Road welcomes letters to the editor. Letters must include an address or a telephone number so the sender can be verified. Once verified, your name may be withheld at your...

Safety Glove

In addition to providing excellent hand protection, these M-Pact 2 safety gloves fit great. They are designed with an impact-absorbing molded rubber finger protection, reinforced fingertips, a padded palm, knuckle protection, and high visibility. WHY YOU NEED IT Splinters from wire winch rope hurt like hell, and your hands need protection when digging, winching, and moving boulders around. INFORMATION Mechanix Wear Inc., 800.222.4296, www.mechanix.com.

Safety Towstrap

Summit's self-storing retractable Pingel 16-foot strap is a retractable towstrap that features an adjustable hook and loop closure and a safety breakaway. If a vehicle that's being towed or pulled suddenly stops, the hook and loop closure breaks away, preventing dangerous metal from flying through the air. WHY YOU NEED IT To safely pull and tow vehicles off the trail or sand. INFORMATION Summit Racing Equipment, 800.230.3030, www.summitracing.com.

Save The Bantam

This isn't your regular letter to the editor. I won't wax prophetic about too much of one brand versus another, or ask for advice from P w about how I can convince the missus to allow another project in my driveway, or ask about getting a picture of my rig in your mag. I am here to voice my concerns over a threatened piece of 4WD heritage, the Bantam factory, better known as the Birthplace of the jeep (and all things flat-fendered for P w ). Regardless of brand locality, we can all agree that...

Shes A Keeper

After several days of pouring rain, Red (my fianc ) decided to go check on the mud hole in my '99 Jeep Wrangler while I was at work. As it turns out the mud hole was just fine, but apparently hungry for Jeeps. I had to leave work to go pull him out with his ZR2 Blazer gen devine Via email Jumping the Jeep seemed like a good idea at the time. But a set of broken leaves and two blown shocks made me wish my '93 YJ had stayed grounded mike brown Via email After losing two pairs of shoes, break ing...

Shortcourse Trucks

While the Slash may have a head start in the world of short-course RC, competitors like HPI, with its Blitz 2WD short-course offering, and Team Associated, with its SC10 model, offer up plenty of action for everybody. The Blitz (page 64) features licensed Maxxis tires, rubber sealed ball bearings, and an all-metal gear transmission. The SC10 (above) is brushless-powered for awesome speed These jewels are the hottest thing in off-road RC right now, with scale looks, branded tires, real sponsor...

Sources

1 Under the hood of my M37 is a GM 6.0L V-8. With such healthy power, this engine needs to be kept cool. I had never worked with Be Cool before but had heard of the company for years, and when I called asking about a radiator I was pleased by the topnotch service. Be Cool's technicians worked with me to figure out exactly how much radiator I needed and, more Importantly, which off-the-shelf unit would fit. 2 A cross-flow radiator is often the best setup, but a down-flow aluminum one would fit...

Special Section

What we think of the top trail welders 54 Ready Welder 56 Battery Welding 58 Premier Power Welder COPYRIGHT 2011 BY SOURCE INTERLINK MAGAZINES, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. on the cover Our readers contributed the cover shots for our annual Whoops issue (and a big thanks to the readers for sending 'em in). Editor-in-Chief Rick Pewe snapped the bucking Bronco at full gallop up the Big Elim atGravelrama.

Stadium Trucks

Cheap Trail Trucks

The stadium truck segment is by far the oldest and largest in the RC hobby. Stadium trucks are generally 2WD. They have the look and feel of the stadium racers we've all grown up with. They feature powerful electric or nitro powerplants, pin-type rear tires for great traction on all types of surfaces, and four-wheel independent suspension, and they can easily be upgraded with all manner of suspension goodies, realistic truck bodies, and more. e know a lot of you guys and gals are into...

Stinger Tire Carrier

The rear stinger fold-down spare tire carrier from Poison Spyder is bulletproof. Just pull two upper pins, and the tire carrier swings down, which makes loading and unloading huge tires easy. The tire is secured with a three-way strap and can be swung into place rather than lifted. The Stinger is built from DOM tubing and CNC laser-cut Vie-inch plate steel. It's available now for Jeep TJ and L J and will soon be available for CJ, YJ, and JK. INFORMATION Poison Spyder Customs, 951.849.5911,...

Stroked K10

VEHICLE '86 Chevy K-10 OWNER Steve Luchak, Austin, TX TIRES 35-inch MTRs SUSPENSION 4-inch Tuff Country DRIVETRAIN 700R4, NP241, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker PERFORMANCE MODS 383ci OTHER DOODADS Crossover steering, dual batteries, custom rocker guards FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT Exploding the stock rearend twice in one month DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Yes ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE Add a hidden winch mount behind the front bumper Zone A state of heightened...

Superduty Suspension

The Rancho 4-inch-lift suspension system for the '11 Ford Super Duty F-250 F-350 includes 1- and 3 4-ton diesel and gas trucks. The system features tubular radius arms that add strength and stability to the suspension. The suspension allows the fitment of up to 37-inch tires, maintains the location of the rack-and-pinion, and will not affect the vehicle's AdvanceTrac with RSC. INFORMATION Rancho, 734.384.7804, www.gorancho.com.

Tech Specs

Front axle Dana 70 with Dana 60 outers, S.87 gears, Detroit locker rear axle Dana 70.5.87 gears, Detroit locker springs s such Leaf springs front and rear, Rancho RS 9000 shocks tires s wheels 42X15.0-17 Pit Bull Rockers on modified Hummer HI beadlocks other stuff Master Craft seats, custom-made front and rear bumpers, Superwinch Husky series 10.000-pound winch, junkyard driveshafts

Thanks For The

Kudos to the Source Interlink editors for the focus on land use issues in Dec. '10. As an active participant in the land use battles, I am happy to see the growth of exposure about issues and organizations fighting to keep lands open for recreation. My website (www. muirnet.net) is focused on environmental issues. As a resources consultant for the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, I am in frequent meetings with BLM and the Forest Service fighting to keep access. As a member of the...

The Best Worst Of Your

if you are the most careful and I calculated wheeler on the planet, I sooner or later Mother Nature I (and sometimes human nature) ' H< gets the best ofyou.lt might be a harmless-looking mud puddle or a stump that appears out of nowhere, but it's almost guaranteed that with time comes a great whoops We just hope that when that spectacular whoops happens, you are ready with camera in hand Here's a collection of some of the best trail mishaps and off-road aerobatics we've seen. Think you have...

Tough 1eep Rocker Protection

Nemesis Billy Rockers

Nemesis Industries uses a stout 3 ie-lnch aluminum outer wrap that ties into and protects a Jeep's body mounts to create tough rocker protection. By aligning the bottom of the rocker with the framerail, a mini boat side is created to help the Jeep pass over obstacles. Oval dimple died holes are used to strengthen the main impact zones. The Billy Rocker is available for the TJ, LJ, and both JK models. INFORMATION Nemesis Ind. Inc., 303.974.2440, www.nem-ind.com. O

Transmissions

THINGS TO LOOK FOR Manual versus automatic is mostly a driver preference, and in the Ranger world both have pros and cons. The late-model automatic transmissions (5R55E) that came behind the 4.0L engines have a better reputation and better aftermarket support than the automatics in early Rangers. There have been a few changes for the manual transmission (suppliers and types) throughout the years, but the newer Rl-HD five-speed seems to be the best model yet. Though they might have a few more...

Troublesome Tiris

Who in his right mind would go exploring rough country with balloons for shoes It seems silly, but we do it every weekend, and sure enough the air doesn't always stay in them. If you lose a bead and your tires are flopping around on the rim, you'll need a jack to raise the truck. You'll also need a source of compressed air to fill the tire, but getting the bead to seat enough to even hold air can be tricky. A ratchet strap around the perimeter can usually bulge the sidewalls enough to stop...

Tug Snatch Strap

Warn's nylon webbing absorbs the shock of heavy pulls, while elastic rebound energy aids in guick recovery. These straps are built from tough, high-quality nylon webbing that encases a red warning marker to indicate any damaged webbing. End loops are reinforced with abrasion-resistant Cordura wear pads. WHY YOU NEED IT It's imperative to use high-quality straps when tugging and snatching vehicles from danger INFORMATION Warn Industries, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com.O four-letter words are often...

Which Wiidp

QBoy, am I confused On page 82 of your November issue (UACJ Part 3 From CJ-7 to CJ-17) the sponsors list includes Hobart Welders yet in the picture you are clearly using a Miller welder to weld up the rollcage. What gives Now for the really confusing part Will I win a Hobart welder or a Miller A Nice catch, Tim As it turns out Hobart is the official welder of Ultimate Adventure, but the shop where we built the cage (Poison Spyder Customs) uses Millers. We I'm confused letter. We'll be sending...

Yes Its True

Q Seems to me I saw an article where someone in your organization helped a traveler along the road change a flat tire (wheel), and in the picture was a battery-powered drill with the lug nut socket. Are you in fact able to loosen and tighten lug nuts with a battery-powered drill If so, what power size strength drill is needed Is this your normal field method, or do you usually have an onboard compressor or electric converter to power a hammer drill SLIM Via email A I have removed and installed...

BvFred Williams

Photography HARRY WAGNER ahd FRED WILLIAMS a desert-rompinq, rockcrawlinq, stump-jumping Ford Raptor, but many of us don't have that type of capital just lying around. So we found this low-buck Blue Oval truck and dragged it home to build our own farm-style tough truck out of (for far fewer ducats than Ford's latest and greatest). Our '79 F-150 came from the backyard of a family in Nevada. While it has some miles on it, there is little rust and a strong drivetrain, making it perfect for...

Transfer Cases

THINGS TO LOOK FOR The Ford Ranger has only had two transfer cases, the BorgWarner 1350 (pre-'90) and the Borg-Warner 1354 (post-'90). Though both are aluminum housing, chaindriven cases, each had a slew of variations that ranged from electronic and mechanical shifters to a small variety of yoke and flange mount options. Since we're partial to the '90 and newer trucks, we suggest looking for a truck with a 1354 that's eguipped with a mechanical shifter. Both cases have the same 2.48 1 low...

Bfgoodrich Milestone

This year's Baja 1000 was the 35th anniversary of BFGoodrich Tires' participation in the iconic off-road race. To mark the occasion, BFG reissued a Flash News Report, originally dated November 14,1976, with a significant new product announcement. The T A Performance Tire Team is proud to announce the introduction of the new 12R15 LT Radial All-Terrain T A, the first light truck radial specifically designed for off-road recreational vehicle use, reads the release's first line. The Tire Team...

Weather

Weather Kip

VEHICLE '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee OWNER Kyle O'Brien, CA TIRES amp WHEELS 33x12.50 BFG KM2s on 16-inch wheels SUSPENSION 4-inch Iron Rock Offroad long arm DRIVETRAIN Dana 30 front, Dana 44A rear PERFORMANCE MODS 4.7L Other Doodads Iron Rock sliders and skids DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Yes ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE Fox shocks, front bumper, and a winch ANYTHING TO ADD Wrangler guys like to laugh about my Jeep having factory navigation and heated leather seats, but on bad-weather...

Cis For Calamity

C-clip axles have been trying to run trails for years and keep falling out at inopportune times. You see, if you break an axleshaft that is held in with a little C-clip it will slide right on out. We've seen lots of trail fixes for these and even a product known as the Trip Saver www.tanktough. com that is carried along to replace the axle and help you limp home. This photo shows how an ingenious reader used a wall from a kid's plastic playhouse and a bunch of rope to get the Jeep off the...

Series

H-3 85 watt bulbs, built in stone guard. 15 HP. 30 minute install Includes air filter GM Duramax 06-07 GM Gas 07-08 Ford Gas 04-08 Ford PStroke 6.0 03 gt Dodge Hemi 03-08 Dodge Diesel 5.9 03-07 S289.99 242.99 289.99 309.99 272.99 304.99 324.99 1 i-7ffi Deluxe Cast 15 i iT and Steel Jack 36 7000 lb. 63.99 48 7000 Ib. 64.99 42 7000 lb. 63.99 60 7000 lb 73.99 GM Silverado 99-06 Flare Set 419 99 Ford F2S0 99-07 Flare Set 397.99 Dodge Ram 15 2500 Flare Set S419 99 Jeep TJ 6 Standard...

B Ali Mansour

Photography FORD MOTOR CO. ahd ALI MANSOUR and most popular compact trucks on the road, the Ford Ranger has won over the nation for nearly 30 years. Launched in 1983, the Ranger was intended to be a domestic answer to the poplar import mini-trucks. Available with either a four-of six-cylinder engine, each 4x4 platform received a Twin Traction Beam front and leaf-sprung solid-axle rear suspension. With much of the competition opting for a more traditional IFS A-arm setup, the Ranger's TTB front...

O Wheel Lessons

When wheeling just outside of Las Vegas in the mountains of Pahrump I learned a few valuable things about spotters and rollovers. 1 If you get in a tough spot and start teetering and your spotter volunteers to help you, make sure he got his cojones out of his girlfriend's purse before going wheeling. Otherwise you run the risk of him prematurely jumping off and springing you onto your roof. 2 If you don't get off your roof ASAP then all of your oil leaks out, guaranteeing you a roundtrip ticket...

Red Ford Ranger Huge Lift

THINGS TO LOOK FOR Most 4.0L trucks came equipped with the stronger 28-spline 8.8-inch rear axle. In 2002 Ford introduced the FX4 Ranger and the 8.8-inch axle jumped to a 31-spline axle count and was fitted with a Torsen limited-slip differential. The 8.8 is a great rear axle with heavy aftermarket support. After 1990 most 4x4 Rangers were fitted with a Dana 35 front differential. Though the A-arm IFS and TTB Dana 35s are similar, the TTB housing uses a stronger reversecut gearset and has...