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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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...