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March 2011 Four Wheeler

Picture a parade of single-file jeeps. all sizes and buildups, seven miles long right near the ocean shoreline on a warm sunny day in Daytona Beach. Florida. Picture hundreds of Jeepers relishing this freedom to ride on the beach, with bikinis galore and even a land-use message to boot You've got Jeep Beach. Held by the Mid-Florida Jeep Club, Jeep Beach just might be the biggest Jeeps-only event in the Southeastern U.S. We've never seen such a gathering of just Jeeps. It was a five-day series...

Mt Sidebiter

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Multicolor Led Headlamp O

It's going to get dark at night whether you like it or not. Stumbling around in the pitch-blackness of the backcountry is a bad idea, whether you're cooking, setting up your tent, or fixing your rig's stupid axleshaft U-joint again. We dig the no-handed approach to lighting, and this Multi-Color LED headlamp fits the bill. It has a Cree Xlamp XR-C LED light that spits out 78 lumens. It's powered by three AAA batteries that use a side-loading battery cartridge and are monitored via an LED...

Notes From The Road

The Start of a Monthly Adventure-logue TABLE OF CONTENTS As the setting sun highlights the dust trails on our 2011 Pickup Truck of the Year test, the Ford F-250 Super Duty and Chevy Silverado HD traverse Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California. Photo by Greg P. Smith. One of our favorite rigs joins the fleet e-launching a magazine is a tricky balancing act. Because deadlines, like rust, never sleep, and because you need Ho keep selling magazines each month to stay in business you don't get...

Oeuent

Our next day, we split into a couple of groups and tackled a few more of the trails. One group circled much of the park on the Serenity Trail, which took us through some lush, low areas but then topped out higher with some great views across distant valleys. Our other group tackled a couple of the more gnarly runs offered by the Calamity Trail and the recently opened Nerve Wracker, where the crew found big boulders and steep ledges for their amusement. We had a great time, and the northern...

Ofeature

Comfort, and an array of features and options that expanded rapidly as the '50s became the '60s. In 1957, the T-98 four-speed and the Powr-Lok limited-slip were added to the options list. In 1961, the Perkins 4-192 diesel was added as an engine option. Also that year, the Tuxedo Park option came available, which added more comfort and style accessories. Likely the biggest bit of hoopla for the '60s was the addition of the 225ci V-6 to the line in 1966. With 160 (gross) horsepower on tap, it...

Oraptor Exhaust Upgrades

Just when you thought the Ford Raptor could not get any better, the new 6.2L V-8 arrives. The all-new powerplant provides some serious oomph for the desert thoroughbred. However, the factory inadvertently left a little untapped power for the aftermarket to discover. Stainless Works took full advantage of this opportunity and developed a bolt-on header system that, when combined with its after-cat exhaust system, is said to produce an additional 31 horsepower and 36 Ib-ft of torque. INFO...

Ram Power Wagon

One of our favorite rigs joins the fleet Pickup Truck of the Year competition (Mar. '10), the staff highly anticipated getting our hands on a Ram Power Wagon for our long-term fleet. Our Bright Silver Metallic truck arrived to replace our much-loved '09 Ram TRX4 and gave us an opportunity to sample Ram's light-duty and heavy-duty lineup, back-to-back. Rain's HD line-up was refreshed for the 2010 model year with a new body style, a true Crew Cab option and an interior based on the light-duty...

Still Making Axels In The

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The First To Years

Part 2 Civilian Jeeps and the dawn of recreational wheeling By Jim Allen Photos Jim Allen and courtesy Chrysler Group LLC Suuords to Plowshares CJs, 1944-1971 The World War II military jeeps had many attributes, comfort not being among them. Willys knew the jeep was at least a base hit, if not a triple, thai might turn into a home run when the war ended. As early as 1943, they were able to devote some time to developing the jeep for civilian use. From these efforts, the CJ (Civilian Jeep) was...

Tuff

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Via The Internet

We found a shop that's closer to our (Southern California) home to fab up a custom rear bumper for our 4Runner, and you'll see it come together in an upcoming installation piece. But thanks for the tip, and we've included your letter for folks in the Northwest who might need some Toyota fabrication work. I enjoyed your article on the Ford Three-Valve Broken Spark Plug Blues (Dec. '10). I have an '04 Ford Expedition with the 5.4L 3V engine with 100,000-plus miles. I have been wrenching for over...

Worthy Advice To Avert Engine Failure

Techline and Willie's Workbench are my favorite parts of Four Wheeler. I look forward to each month's edition and always learn something. The reason I'm writing is that I haven't seen you address anything concerning proper engine break-in. It's too late for me. My engine builder put together a very nice small-block 383. After many frustrating hours of tuning, I finally got everything dialed in I thought. With less than 50 hours on the engine, it became impossible to tune. Engine teardown showed...

Wrangler Rehear

Work then moved to the bench, where the inner pinion bearing was removed from the pinion shaft. This was done to get to the factory shim, which was transferred to the new pinion shaft as a starting point for the gear setup. 10. Auburn's ECTED Max locker is designed to fit the Dana 44 in the Wrangler TJ and in the JK. The JK's ring gear bolts are a slightly larger diameter, however, so the ring gear bolt holes in the ECTED needed to be enlarged. Here you can see the mounting surface being...

Viafourwheelercom

A There are a lot of things that could be causing problem 1. The first thing that you should do is have a qualified mechanic take a look with a scanning tool and see if there are any trouble codes. These stored trouble codes can offer a world of information in solving the problem. I would just be guessing in anything that I say, but here are my somewhat educated guesses anyway. The first thing I would look for and it will only cost you a bit of time to search out is a disconnected or leaking...

Runner Dackcountry Dumper Source

In your Dec. '10 issue, you stated that no one builds a rear bumper tire carrier for the 2010 Toyota 4Runner. I would like to recommend Perkins Performance in Puyallup, Washington www.perkinsperformance.com . I worked there for a couple months and they do ddress your correspondence to. Four Wheeler, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. All letters I become the property of Four iWiee er, and we reserve the right to edit them for length, accuracy, and clarity. The editorial department can...