About Del Albright

You can be part of this by joining whatever organizations make sense to you, and as many as you can afford. It is by sheer numbers that we can make a huge difference in keeping our tires on the trails. Members votes success. You must be a part of that unified voice. Start your memberships with a national umbrella group such as the BlueRibbon Coalition the national grassroots champion of access organization. We all need to be part of it. Then join your state and OWELL, NOT ONLY IS THE STEERING...

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Del Albright

Del Albright, Internationally published author and outdoorsman, serves as an Ambassador with the BlueRibbon Coalition and as State Environmental Affairs Coordinator for the California Association of U-Wheel Drive Clubs. He currently calls northern California his home, but travels nationally keeping outdoor sports alive and well, team more about Del at www.delalbright.cam and the BRC at www.sharetrails.org. FOUR WHEELER ISSN 0015-9123) March 2011 Vol. 48, No. 3. Published monthly by Source...

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The Dana 60 front axle is out of a '79 Chevy 3500 and it was procured for only 500. The axle was completely disassembled and then rebuilt using a variety of Yukon components. The axle features include Yukon chrome-moly axleshafts with 35-spline outers, Yukon chrome-moly Super Joints, TeraFlex T-Locker, Yukon 5.13 1 gears, and Warn Premium lockout hubs. The hydraulic-assist high-steer system was tabbed by DC Customs using a custom pitman arm Ballistic Fabrication high-steer arms PSC TC power...

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As I write this, the sounds of wide-open motorcycle engines echo through the cardboard-thin walls of my Ensenada motel room. Every 15 to 20 seconds, I hear another one pass by. Outside, the 43rd annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has just begun. I'm finishing up the last of my writing responsibilities for the March issue, and I have a little less than one hour until I need to be headed down the peninsula towards La Paz. I am chasing the 1,060-mile, point-to-point race that many refer to as the...

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King Shocks has announced that its line of shocks will now be sold through 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers, 4WD.com and Transamerican Wholesale. King Shocks built a solid reputation manufacturing state of the art custom shock absorbers for top off-road racers. They've taken all the quality construction and race bred technology from their race shocks and packaged it into vehicle specific, bolt-on OEM and UTV applications. You can order online, over the phone, or through one of over 60 4 Wheel Parts...

Making Stock Survive

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

Othe System Is Easy To Install And Typically Costs Less Than Rebuilding The Factory Drum Arrangement

This setup will improve braking performance in all conditions, but they do tell us that the setup will perform more consistently for trail environments where outside elements such a water and mud can diminish stopping power greatly on drum brakes. The system is easy to install and typically costs less than rebuilding the factory drum arrangement. By design, the This conversion does not include a mechanical parking brake option, so another type of parking brake is recommended. This could be a...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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THE JEEP DANA 30 AXLE, FOUND IN THE FRONT DF ALL BASE-MODEL JKs, is no trail champion. The term bare minimum comes to mind whenever somebody inquires about the unit's ability to handle the trail. That is why Jeep's JK Rubicon model comes with the stronger Dana 44 up front. However, even the Rubicon 44 has some weak links in stock form. Yet that does not mean you should forgo the next weekend-wheeling adventure on your calendar. Smart driving techniques and a few simple upgrades can get you and...

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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...