Fred Williams

It has been packed full of the leftover parts I had lying around (hence the name Dump-ster), but this month it is all new stuff. No matter how hard you try, it's almost impossible to build a capable 4x4 without having to buy something, and little stuff like wiring and cooling systems can add up quickly. This month I sent my business to a few companies that have been in the business for a while (Be Coot, Summit Racing Equipment, and Truck-Lite) and was rewarded with topnotch service. One...

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...

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

37x15 50r20

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...