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We even got The Juice fired up and ripping around some of the roads outside of town. This is another one of the Chrysler guys' cool creations called the Lower Forty. It's a JK on 40-inch Baja Claws with no suspension lift. They also gave it a chopped look by lowering the rollcage and integrating it into the windshield frame. Today, we learned that short wheelbases and the Escalator obstacle on the Hell's Revenge trail don't mix. We actually already knew that but we had to give it a try...

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Ats Billet Transmissions

The most dependable transmission on the market. You know that ATS transmissions for Dodge. Ford and GM are the strongest, most dependable transmissions on the market. You know that ATS transmissions meet and exceed any performance demand that you can throw at them, with torque handling capabiiities up to 2000 ft.lbs. Here's something you may not know. ATS transmissions now come with a *5 Year, half-a-million mile warranty. ATS Diesel Performance, the strongest, most dependable transmissions...

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Binder Love

Diversity of rigs and tech, even stuff a hick in the sticks like me can understand and appreciate. But, I cannot find any good tech or parts for my '73 IH pickup. I see stuff all over for Scouts, but can you throw a bone to the pickup and Travelall portion of the Corn-Binder faithful Any info for performance parts or more importantly a lift kit would be great. Keep up the awesome job Thanks for the props, Joe Unfortunately, as you already know, the 'Binder crew is not a large one and that's why...

Black Widow

For as long as he can remember, Nathan Whitson has had a need for speed. For years he satisfied this need by drag racing alongside his sister, Laura Collins. Whitson kept building and racing cars, culminating in a 1200hp, 8-second Ford Mustang. In 2004 Whitson lost his sister to cancer, and drag racing was just not the same for him. When his friend Anthony Dixon took Whit-son to the sand dunes, his need for speed was in full force once again. BY HARRY WAGNER PHOTOGRAPHY HARRY WAGNER Nathan...

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(714) 630-0630 www.blitzkriegoffroad.com The list of aftermarket modifications available for UTVs seems to get larger every year. With the addition of a suspension lift for our RZR came larger tires, too. Those upgrades (along with the weight of our ever-growing beer guts) put more stress on the stock rack and pinion steering system. After a few close calls on dirt fire trails from a heavy right foot and sloppy steering, we knew it was time for a beefier system. We soon found that Unisteer...

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By Jay Kopycinski

You're jamming across the dirt about to carve a tight turn through a sandy berm or you're puttering through a busy school zone on the way to pick up your kid. These two scenarios would seem to have little in common, but we'd bet in both cases you're counting heavily on your brakes to do their job reliably. Speed and power is great, but when it's time to haul your vehicle back down to slow you'll want some dependable stopping power, and part of that system relies on your brake lines. After the...

By Jerrod Jones

PHOTOGRAPHY JERROD JONES, JEFF DAHLIN The Most Diverse off-Roading on Earth Whether you're a crawler, a go-fast guy, or just a general off-road lover such as ourselves, Moab, Utah, has got to be one of the greatest places on Earth to visit. It has everything from gnarly rock trails that would stick even the most badass buggy, to sand dunes and go-fast desert roads just outside of town. You can hit a famous slickrock trail like Hell's Revenge or something earlier in the day, and head out to do...

By Jordan Jones

I'll let you in on a little secret right now, this truck is running and driving. Over the last six build installments, I've tried to stay parallel with the theme of each magazine issue, showing the work Off Road Evolution has done to this '94 Dodge Ram that corresponds to what we're concentrating on in OFF-ROAD each month. Since this month is a steering special, I'm showing off all the steering work that Off Road Evolution did on Jinxy. We went with overkill size parts, but stayed with a...

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Off-Road Rides Take a snap shot and email it to jordan.may off-roadweb.com, Please include the following information with your truck submission VEHICLE Various makes and models of Hummer vehicles OWNER Over 100 members and growing FAVORITE OFF-ROAD AREA The group sent us some images from a recent Pismo Dunes trip. The club is nationwide and loves to get out and get dirty. The vehicles range from stock to highly modified. If you want to be a part of the club head on over to...

By Jordan May

When it comes to super clean daily-driven trucks that can also perform off road, it's hard to not take a close look at Brian MacLean's '07 Toyota Tundra. Brian works for SoCal SuperTrucks, a company based out of San Bernardino, California, that has been known for turning out show quality purpose built trucks that have been gracing magazine covers for years. After owning a supercharged Ford Ranger and a highly modified rock crawling '83 Jeep CJ7, it was time a clean full-size truck ended up in...

By Kevin Blumer

PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN BLUMER AND JORDAN MAY Some things are too good to let go. After long-term testing an '03 Toyota 4Runner, I was hooked. The 'Runner's 4.0 V-6 scooted along with ease and returned respectable fuel economy. Visibility was good, and the 'Runner's dimensions fit well on most trails. The ride was smooth, and became even better when upgraded with a set of bolt-in Sway-A-Way shocks. Finally, the generous cargo space made it easy to stow plenty of gear for on-and-off-road adventures....

By Rory Bernstein

Air conditioning also plays a big part in the cooling of the engine and the cooling of the cabin. The fan needs to run when the engine is at operating temperature as well as when the A C compressor is in operation. These two instances may not be at the same time. Painless Performance has developed a new fan relay that will allow the fan to operate at a preset engine temperature as well as when the A C compressor is turned on. This design will allow maximum cooling efficiency of the engine and A...

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We like using this online link suspension program written by Dan Barcroft and Greg Blanchette that can be found at This Excel spreadsheet-based program allows you to enter all your dimensions and it will spit out various design numbers for review. It not only calculates important performance characteristics, but also lets you see expected load forces on the link components which can be important when choosing parts for the build. Links for a suspension such as this can be built in several...

Designing The Fourlink

When building a four-link, the end performance will depend on the length and mounting locations of the links and by changing these variables we can significantly change how the rig behaves under acceleration, climbing, and side hilling. Body roll and sway are also affected by the parameters of the design. Additionally, a setup tuned to rock crawl well will typically differ from one tuned to go fast over rough terrain. A suspension design starts with gathering some critical measurements that...

Dodge Lover

Your truck is FREAK'N SICK I just picked up the March issue, and have to say I'm stoked to see what's coming up with your Ram I'm sure it's probably too late, as your article is probably done at this point, but if not, I was wondering if there's any way to include a few pics of how your front axle is trussed It's pretty cool, as my truck is the same sport model, and same color as yours. It shows me what my truck will eventually look like hopefully sooner, rather than later. I'm done with my...

Durabak As An Exterior Scratch Guard

DURABAK AS AN UNDERRATING & INTERIOR When designing a rear four-link, some of the physical dimensions will determine the amount of roll (or bump) steer you get at the rear axle. In the case of a rock crawler that might use extreme articulation on the trail, this can result in excessive rear steering that can be undesirable in tight terrain where you're trying to stay on a specific line on the trail. New Trektop available now for TJ and JK Trektop is available for TJ, TJ Unlimited, JK and JK...

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Hose Connectors

All brake hoses are terminated with either threaded connector ends or banjo style ends to mate to another fitting or hardline, or to a brake caliper. There are two basic means by which the end connectors are secured and sealed to the hose. The first method essentially crimps the connector to the hose with a metal ring. The second method uses a two-part assembly where the hose is captured between an inside and outside fitting that are screwed together. The latter style is a type that can be done...

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An 85-inch front track width and 25 inches of wheel travel allow the Black Widow to keep the tires on the ground through even the largest of whoops. Sand paddles are used at the dunes, but the rest of the time Whitson uses 35-inch Yokohama Geolandar M Ts mounted on 15x12 Douglas beadlocked rims. The front suspension is complemented by a 300M billet Power Ram hydraulic steering rack that is directed by a Grant billet aluminum steering wheel. More aluminum comes in the form of the CNC brakes...

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Welded the limit strap clevis mount too far down on the frame rail and had to find a shorter limit strap to make up the difference. Twelve-inch limit straps are included in the Total Chaos long travel kit. I now needed 11 inchers, which McKenzie's Performance Products had in stock. The limit strap clevis mount should be welded close to the top of the frame's vertical face. Limit strap adjustment is important because the limit strap protects the shocks' internals and protects the uniball spacers...

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Log on to www.semasan.com to add your voice to this growing movement to protect the rights of automotive enthusiasts. Your project truck may not have 'em if it's old enough, but your daily driver most likely does. We're talking about computer controls black boxes, ECUs, the electronic babysitters that monitor and direct functions that range from navigation to measuring tire pressure. In many cases these computers are there for your protection, and many of us can probably...

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The lower links are mounted on the axle tubes out near the ends of the axle. You can mount these below, at, or above the tube centerline depending on your needs for ground clearance, wanting to keep the link angle reasonably flat, and keeping a respectable vertical separation between the upper and lower links. In any case, the dimensional positioning of these components will be an iterative process as you move parts a bit here and there to get the numbers and clearances to all play well. The...

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Rock Krawler for your Jeep JK Wrangler Rock Krawler Suspension is always listening to consumers, dealers and wholesalers. During hard economic times, consumers, dealers and wholesalers want a good quality product at a very valued price. Rock Krawler admits to over-designing its Entry Level and Flex Systems a bit for the JK, but it is better to over-design it than to under-design it. With these two systems, Rock Krawler has it just right. Each JK system shown provides 3.5 inches of lift. The...

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Portable Pulling Power

Ho here likes hernias How about just a good old-fashioned groin pull while trying to lift the trunk of that dead pine tree into the truck bed Well we feel the same way, and quickly realized it was time to find something to help out with those unaccompanied, late-night lifts. Something sturdy, small, affordable, and easy to use would be a perfect addition to the tool bag. Warn Works fulfilled all our requirements with its PullzAll handheld winch. The PullzAll is a lightweight, portable and...

Ranger Mudbogging

I've been reading your magazine since I was a little kid. I used to love the Worst Stuck section in the back of the mag, but I no longer see it there. I would love it if you brought that back. I am a 17-year-old avid mud bogger in Fairbanks, Alaska, who started with a beat-up ZX4 Yamaha four-wheeler with tractor treads, but I now own a Ranger with a 4-inch suspension lift and 2-inch body lift. I'm still running a stock V-6 and I'm wondering if there is a This month our Letter of the Month...

Roll Axis

The roll axis is similar to the roll center in that it somewhat defines body roll. You'll have a different roll center front and rear, and a line drawn between the two is the roll axis. This is the axis along which the axles pivot with respect to the chassis and is dependent on where the triangulated links converge. You typically want the forward point of the roll axis lower than the rear point (roll understeer) to transfer weight to the rear when cornering. This provides more predictable...

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Sticking With Stock

OEM rubber brake lines are typically very reliable (when not externally damaged). Despite the planned obsolescence of most hoses found on vehicles these days, the rubber brake lines are high on the safety list and will often last the life of the vehicle. They are constructed from layers of fabric impregnated with rubber, then wrapped in a tough sheath of rubber or plastic material. Despite their longevity, it's a good idea to periodically inspect the hoses for cracks, chafing, bulging or other...

The Rots Edge

Replacing the Rack and Pinion steering BY JORDAN JONES PHOTOGRAPHY JORDAN JONES IAt first we thought this was a rebuilt rack and pinion unit because it looked so close to the factory one. But upon closer inspection, we realized that this is an entirely new rack and pinion. The Rackzilla features a 24mm rack shaft (compared to the stock 21mm and -inch steel mounting brackets (compared to the factory cast aluminum ones). The tie rods on the Rackzilla are 0.625 inches (larger than the stock...

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If you do a lot of off-roading with a stock steering system, you're bound to wear the factory stuff out quickly and require some upgrades. Our '93 Bronco, The Juice, finally let go after sliding down an impossibly steep face of slickrock while in Moab, Utah, last year, with all four tires locked up in a full brake. The front passenger tire hit level ground first, and the entire vehicle bounced as the full force of the impact was absorbed by the front end of the Bronco. Everyone was OK, but the...

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As media professionals, we occasionally get access to some pretty cool things. Ford and Fox held a special sneak preview event in Santa Barbara, California, that we couldn't pass up. The new Ford Raptor SVT was going to make an ap The first thing we noticed walking up to the truck was the much wider front end. The track width (front and rear) measures 73.6 inches with an overall width of 86.3 inches. The steel black Ford logo in the grille was a nice touch. Ford removed all of the chrome from...

Part Six Of The

Want to see a pic of this truck running and driving right now Check out our blogs on www.off-roadweb.com to see a pic. or IWe finally got the front axle entirely built and under Jinxy (after the story installment two issues ago when we didn't yet have a ring and pinion). It was time to start on the steering. We also held off on making the track bar until now because it's proper alignment with the draglink is crucial to suspension function. If proper geometry is not achieved, a vehicle can have...