The Killing Of A Brand

Ith all the hoopla going on in politics and rescue loans, we all still hope for the best. At least most of us do. A few vocal, uninformed dimwits are like a dog with a bone and just can't shake off the last little bits of glee and let it be. I'm talking about the potential killing off of the Hummer brand. GM has offered up the Hummer brand for sale, and although suitors are in negotiations, as of this writing no sale has been confirmed. That's a travesty. Hummers are fine 4x4 vehicles. By the...

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Air Travel

Air-Zenith is a company that specializes in air compressors from small portable units to mega-sized ones that can control your entire suspension. A great tool to have in your daily driver or off roader, AZ's portable compressor kit comes complete with a plug kit, a gauge, and a gracious amount of flex hose. Connecting directly to your battery, it works great on light-duty applications, but we suggest opting for a larger unit if you'll be filling up large (38-plus) tires on a regular basis....

Auto Industry Ideas

I've been reading it for 25 years or so, and wheeling longer. One minor issue omission with the What goes around comes around editorial (4xForward, Mar. '09). While the auto industry is no doubt a kingpin in our country and to our society, an oft overlooked fact is that 50 percent of the U.S. job source is our government. A bunch of nonproducers, my dad always said. We're not talking about important jobs like military, police officers, and so on, but all the nebulous...

Ba Ja Mtz Radial

Extreme off-roaders will appreciate the great ride and handling that this mud tire has on the highway. The MTZ has Mickey Thompson's PowerPly sidewalls with a special angled third ply to give you high performance handling, better puncture resistance, and improved towing capability. > > Advanced Radial Construction for High Mileage & Smooth Ride > > Self Cleaning High-Void Tread Lugs for Traction in Mud & Snow > > Deep Shoulder Lugs Provide Aggressive Traction and Bold Looks...

Best 4wheel In A 3wheeler

Johns-bury, Vermont, sent us this photo of a rickshaw from his Missions Trip to Sri Lanka. How the heck did you ever fit in that thing, Ken Ford's new F-150 is pulling in some new iron for the trophy case. It was named Truck of the Year by our sister magazine Motor Trend and also named North American Truck of the Year, an award that was announced at the North American International Auto Show. This award is decided by a panel of 50 American and Canadian automotive...

Better Life Technology

1 BEFORE This garage features loosely organized chaos and a 45-year-old slab. Cracks and chips have been patched multiple times. 2 G-Floor can be ordered once the garage is measured. (It's available at membership warehouses and from online retailers.) This garage's dimensions were just under 18x18 feet, so a 9x44-foot roll gave some margin for error. 3 The manufacturer recommends rolling out the mat from front to rear. We did the opposite to assess the situation without having to work around...

Better Than Superglue

Zip ties really can fix anything. On a recent outing we were having problems keeping the locking hubs from falling apart and falling off our '99 Ranger. Out of spares and not wanting to go home, we devised this plan to keep the hubs on the truck using nothing but zip ties. It worked and we kept wheeling. So remember this Zip ties truly can fix anything. Always keep a stash in your truck Breaking loose rusted nuts and bolts can involve hours of headaches and four-letter words, but...

Big Blower

Having an air compressor on the trail is helpful for airing up or reseating tires as well as running pneumatic tools. We've used many different styles of compressors and CO2 tanks, but if you have the space, a modified York-style A C compressor is hard to beat. It is possible to modify a junkyard A C unit, or you can contact Kilby for a complete kit that includes a new pump, multiple air-chuck fittings, a reservoir tank, and a coalescing filter that captures any oil that pumps into the system...

Building A Better

The chaindrive 231 cases are quiet, lightweight, and just a little more affordable 5 Inside the front half of the case we installed the two-wheel-drive low-range kit, making the Jeep easier to turn during tight wheeling without losing the low-range gearing. 6 The Extreme short-shaft kit replaces the rear output shaft of the transfer case and the tailhousing for additional driveshaft length. The kit allows for a 7-inch-longer rear driveshaft, helping to reduce rear driveshaft angles and...

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Cheap Strength

Corner gussets are a great way to add strength to whatever structure you are building, weather it be a skyscraper, bridge, or even an off-road truck. Joes Racing Products offers a great high-strength, low-cost option for adding some real safety and rigidity to your off-road truck or buggy chassis. These tube gussets are made of 3060 mild steel and fit 1Vz-, 15 s-, and 13 4-inch tubing on joints of 70 to 90 degrees. At just over a buck apiece, there is no reason not to use them INFORMATION Joes...

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Restore or repair your 1973-1987 Chevy GMC Truck. Free catalog shows thousands of parts and accessories in stock with great prices on body steel, grilles, bumpers, headlights, tail lights, rubber weather stripping and much more. FREE 4-Wheel & Off-Road May 2009 Product Showcase expires June 15, 2009. Card Type Li Visa G Mastercard Plus Handling Charge 2.95 Total Payment Enclosed 4-Wheel & Off-Road May 2009 Product Showcase offer Expires June 15, 2009. Please send to 4-Wheel & Off-Road...

Clean Up Your Garbage

I just finished reading 4xForward (Feb. '09) and I couldn't agree more. It all lies in the hands of us wheelers. I am appalled at the ignorance and stupidity of most of the local off-roaders here in Florida. Every time I go out to the local mud hole there is trash and beer bottles everywhere. It's horrible. I gave up trying to clean up because people were tossing more crap then I could pick up. And now as of last week I found out some of the land owners are trying to get the place shut down. I...

Club Spotlight

The Bangin' Bones 4x4 Club of Elko, Nevada, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend, which has been dubbed the annual Wild Weekend. Bangin' Bones is a club of families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors of northern Nevada. They strive to keep the public aware of the enjoyment to be had in the outdoors, while emphasizing the Tread Lightly code. Nearby trails offer a bit of everything from dusty back roads to some very hard-core wheeling and a lot in between....

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Dakar 2009 Explores H New Continent

After last year's Dakar rally was cancelled due to terrorism concerns, race organizers vowed to continue the historic event but in a new venue South America. This year the rally begins and ends in Buenos Aires, traveling some 6,000 kilometers (more than 3,700 miles) through 14 stages in Argentina and Chile. Our press deadline fell smack dab in the middle of the Dakar's running, but we hear that the course is among the most difficult in the rally's 30-year history. According to Toyo Tires'...

Do Fence Me In

The next time you need a simple, lightweight bracket, take a look at your local hardware store or home center for these preformed, galvanized-metal tie brackets used for fencing. They won't look the prettiest, but they just might save you some time since you won't need to find, cut, and bend your own steel. Pick out one that's closest to your needs, and then trim, bend, or otherwise modify it to suit. Most of these brackets are made of light-gauge metal so you won't be using them to hang a...

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Doing Acid

Cleaning battery terminals and cables can be a daunting job. The natural corrosion set up by electrolysis can keep your ride from starting. While careful cleaning and scraping are the best methods to use, a can of cola will help. Simply dump a can over the terminals and watch the fizz do its thing. Keep away from the bubbling goo though, because the acid may spatter on your clothes, paint, or eyeballs. Also, rinse with plenty of water on top and on the ground as it dribbles underneath, because...

Earth Watch

TREAD LIGHTLY IS WORKing with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to educate outdoorsmen on the ethical use of off-highway vehicles. A major goal for Tread Lightly is to further incorporate our important message of responsible OHV use into the hunting, fishing, and shooting sports communities, said Tread Lightly 's executive director Lori McCullough. With its extensive membership and in-depth educational programs, NWTF is a perfect partner for Tread Lightly The NWTF will help distribute...

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Fab Freedom

Let me say first that I love the mag, and I love the coverage of the unique 4x4s that you feature. Of particular interest to me are the fabricated vehicles (as opposed to the cookie-cutter, bolt-on, look at me I've got one too units some mags seem to feature). In my opinion the skilled fabricators of shops like Evolution Off Road that built the UA vehicle are an often ignored and very important part of the off-road aftermarket. Even if you can't afford to take your truck to a pro shop (like...

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A DEDICATION IN GLASS RUBBER, AND STEEL those guys who, no matter what time you call him, he's willing to come help you out of a bad situation Jason Payne was one of those guys. He would come if you needed a tow strap, a jump start, or even just to lend a hand moving. Even though he was only in his early 20s, he had the skills to completely rebuild his off-roader multiple times. In fact, Jason was that guy that wouldn't just talk about some crazy upgrade for his truck he'd pull it in the garage...

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Get Lifted

All those cool high-zoot parts you got for your truck aren't going to install themselves. You need a quality floor jack. We've all had a floor jack a pile of junk that can barely lift one corner of your truck, doesn't reach high enough to get the tires off the ground, or that works well but weighs a metric ton and is a pain to drag out of the garage. Craftsman has a solution, the new 3-Ton Craftsman Professional Aluminum Floor Jack. This jack can lift 6,000 pounds, weights only 57 pounds, and...

Getting Yoked

With the Jeep's newfound height, we needed to address the rear driveshaft angle. Though you can use a transfer-case drop to help with the angle, we decided to replace the NP231's factory slip yoke with a slip-yoke eliminator from Rough Country. Opting for the SYE kit means a stronger rear shaft and transfer-case output in addition to more belly clearance. Connecting it all together is a heavy-duty Tom Wood's driveshaft equipped with a CV to help combat the angle and prevent driveline...

Go Wheelin

In the dumps, jobs are slowing down, and by the time this goes to press the price of gas could be up again. It's a total crapshoot as to where the world will be in the next 30 days. But that doesn't mean it's time to nail shut the windows, sell your truck, and hide in your basement. We're here to offer you some options. The way we see it, you have three choices Ignore your 4x4, buy stuff for your 4x4, or figure out some cheap or free upgrades. Since we're not suggesting the first option, we...

Grand Gold

A cheap steering upgrade for TJ, XJ, and six-cylinder ZJ owners is using the stronger solid stock lower tie rod from '93-'98 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with the V-8. Bolted in place without any modification, it takes the place of the flimsy stock bar and can be picked up anywhere from junkyards to your local auto parts store. 5 Garden Court Wheeling, WV 26003 Tech Line 1-304-233-7917 For Latest Stzes. Styles & Paces

Have A Belt

Since you're probably already using fancy five-point harnesses for securing your human cargo, use some old belts for safely securing your nonhuman cargo. Bolt each end of the belt solidly to the floor using fender washers, then just click the buckle and tight en the strap over whatever stuff you need to hold. Your cargo can easily be retrieved by Many of you use some sort of oil soak or cat litter for cleaning up messes from under leaking axles or engines. But did you know the trick...

Hawg Heaven

VEHICLE '79 Ford Bronco OWNER Michael Branson, Tallahassee, FL TIRES & WHEELS 40x17 Ground Hawgs on 15x14 SUSPENSION 6-inch BDS DRIVETRAIN C6, NP205, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, 4.10 gears PERFORMANCE MODS Homebuilt 460ci OTHER DOODADS 3-inch body lift, Fire siren DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Yes ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE Should have gone with the 9-inch suspension lift EMAIL TO readersrides 4wheeloffroad.com > VEHICLE (year, make, model) > OWNER (name, city, state) > TIRES...

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Hot Tranny Juice

Qi have two 4x4s, both with manual transmissions, and i live were it can get very cold in the winter The problem i am having is that both my '80 Chevy ( with an SM465) and my '91 Jeep YJ (five-speed manual) are a pain to shift in minus 35 F weather i have tried going to thinner oil, and that has helped a little. But I am at the thinnest grade of oil recommended by the manufacturer for both of these 4x4s. The newer manual transmissions use synthetic ATF, and this helps a great deal in very cold...

How To Order

Simply circle the number of each of your selections. 2. Complete the information requested on the order form. 3. Enclose check or money order, or fill out your credit card information, for the total cost of your order, plus 2.95 shipping and handling. 4. Clip this coupon and send to 4-Wheel& Off-Road Product Showcase P.O. Box 413050 Naples, FL 34101-3050 Your order will be mailed to you directly from the companies making the offer. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Please send check or...

Hydration Hanger

We all know the benefits of staying hydrated. (For those of us over the age of 40, that means drinking water ) Throwing a bottle into your rig for later and then bouncing down a trail has a way of making that bottle of water vanish, only to be found days or weeks later squashed under a seat or crammed behind a cooler. Instead, grab one of those bottle-and-mount dealios made for bicycling. Mount it to your shifter or top bow with the supplied mounts or use some long worm clamps to attach it to...

Heavy Metal Mudder

That's good, because after last month's teardown of our '99 Dodge Durango, dubbed the Heavy Metal Mudder, we're ready to get this mud-lover farther from the shop and closer to the pit. Still firing away in Eastern Texas with Carl Yarborough and his crew at Old Town Customs, we turn our focus this month to building up the already beefy 2 2-ton Rockwell axles. We refreshed the massive axles (2 -Ton Teardown, Mar. '09) using a set that we picked up from Red River Parts & Equipment, and began...

Iaceline Wheei

These custom two-piece Rockcrusher beadlocks are not only functional and cool-looking, but they are designed to endure a beating in harsh conditions. The cast wheel is light, yet almost as strong as a forged wheel due to new casting technologies. In fact, the wheel rating between the cast wheels and forged wheels is just a couple of hundred pounds, but the cast wheel carries a more economical price. We like the 32-bolt steel lock ring, because it's less likely to be gouged and damaged beyond...

Impeach The King

When rebuilding a front kingpin Dana 60, the upper kingpin cone can be nearly impossible to remove since it is installed to about 550 Ib-ft of torque. If the kingpin doesn't have any scarring or scratches it can be reused, but if it's damaged then it needs to be replaced. The best trick we've found is to cut around the base of the kingpin with a cut-off wheel, being careful not to nick the seal surface on the end forging. This cut releases the stress on the kingpin. Next, you simply install a...

Infiniti Plus

VEHICLE '99 Infiniti QX4 OWNER Adam Chimowicz, San Diego, CA TIRES & WHEELS 31-inch BFG M-Ts on 16x8 Eagle alloys SUSPENSION KYB struts and shocks DRIVETRAIN Stock PERFORMANCE MODS Jim Wolf intake OTHER DOODADS ARB air compressor, 4x4 Parts front skidplate FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT Went farther up a trail than a pack of Jeeps and ended up with a collapsed front suspension DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Most of the time ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ARB Air Lockers ANYTHING TO ADD Don't...

Inflate Your

Having available air pressure to reflate your tires is a snap with a portable air compressor. If you have regular size tires or anything less than 35s, this Firestone 9289 air compressor kit may be for you. The 150-psi maximum pressure and 1.69-cfm model fills our 31s from 15 to 30 psi in about a minute. It comes with a 12-foot power cable with alligator clips for direct battery hook-up. The 25-foot coiled air hose reaches all the way around our rig and clamps onto the stem so you don't have to...

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Ith All The Bad News Coming

Out of Detroit at the start of the new year, it was good to see that Chrysler was still moving ahead with some new Jeep product. According to Brenda Priddy, the SUV her shooter captured in full camo is the '10 Cherokee. Code-named WL, the new Cherokee rides on an all-new platform that will also appear under the next-generation Dodge Durango and Mercedes ML. This platform was intended as the basis for the new Commander, but when that vehicle was killed, it became the new Cherokee. The platform...

Project Black Sheep

9 No show truck is complete without a custom paintjob, and once again we recruited our favorite painters, Bryan Kinney and his team at KC Customs in Santa Rosa, California. These guys put the hammer down and worked around the clock to get our award-winning truck painted in time for the show. The first step was to tear off all the body moldings and sanding the truck to prep it for paint. Removing the factory decals, fender flares, and logos from the body left a messy, sticky glue on the paint....

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Jeep Highsteer

Rocky Road Outfitters' Over-the-Top bolt-on steering system replaces the factory Jeep components and places the tie rod and drag link on top of the knuckles. The system also raises and replaces the track bar on the coil spring to maintain perfect frontend steering geometry. Angles are dramatically reduced, and the system eliminates bumpsteer. The system is designed to help the way your Jeep handles with more precise steering. These high-steer kits are available for CJ, XJ, MJ, ZJ, YJ, and TJ...

Laying It Down

Straightforward installation is one of G-Floor's biggest benefits. Cleaning out the garage likely takes longer than laying the G-Floor. A few specifics Large cracks and bumps in the cement will show under the vinyl. For best results, garage prep should include cement patching, stain removal, and sweeping. G-Floor is shipped either in rolls or folded in boxes. If possible, lay out the flooring on a clean driveway in the sun to allow the folds or curls to relax. In colder weather, the material...

Level With Me

Got a late-model pickup just begging for some bigger tires and a more aggressive stance Bilstein has you covered with its 5100 series leveling shock kit. This kit is the perfect alternative to the traditional strut extender or spring-spacer kits common for newer trucks. By replacing the entire shock, Bilstein has managed to eliminate many of the problems typically associated with leveling kits, such as ball-joint bind and reduced down-travel, while giving a smooth controlled ride and an...

License Plate Request

First I would just like to say I love the magazine. The articles, photos, and how-tos are great. I was just wondering how I would go about getting a tag for the front of my truck, the red and white 4-Wheel& Off-Road plate Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. dustin sheppard Pascagoula, MS O Thanks for asking. Those plates are not easy to get, unless you happen to run into one of the staff at an event or a trail ride or even a parking lot. We hand them out at many of the various...

Light The Night

Having the most bad-ass rock rig won't help much if you can't find your camp in the dark. With its sleek and simple styling, the KC HiLites lightbar makes a great addition to any tow rig. The KC lightbar is a simple bolt-on application and in most cases installs in less than 15 minutes. Pair the bar up with a set or two of KC Rally 800 130-watt halogen or 35-watt HID lights, and the dark is nothing to be feared INFORMATION KC HiLites, www. kchilites.com Even though we...

Light The

This little flashlight is perfect for those late-night trail runs. A tough hard-anod-ized aluminum body and a stainless steel bezel mean that it's extremely durable yet lightweight. The Serac S3 is a pocket-size flashlight, and at only 3.2 inches in length and 2.6 ounces it delivers a powerful 7, 43, and 100 lumens on its three settings. information Leatherman, 503.253.7826, www.leatherman.com

M Battery Basics

When choosing an Optima battery for your 4x4, get a dual-purpose (deep cycle and starting) battery instead of just a starting battery. The dual-purpose batteries are great for cranking power as well as having the deep cycle that is needed for accessories like winches and off-road lights. We recommend the Yellow- or BlueTop versions, but be sure they have the dual-purpose light gray body, not the dark bodies which are indicative of the starter batteries. Also remember that major components like...

M Better Than High Beams

If you would like to get rid of your Jeep's or truck's weak and old yellow lighting, then Delta Headlights makes stock replacements for just about any rig. The DOT headlights are powered by xenon gas-filled replaceable bulbs, which will outperform stock headlights 4 to 1. The headlights feature European prismatic lead-crystal lenses, vacuum-metalized steel reflector, and a rubber boot protecting the optics from moisture and elements. INFORMATION Delta Tech Industries, 714.577.8028,...

M Flame On

Welding and soldering metals generally produces heat, spark, or flame. If you are working on an enclose container, make sure it is properly vented before turning on the torch. This air canister had been cleaned in a flammable solvent and was then left to dry for a day. However, the absorbent batting inside didn't completely dry out, causing the explosive vapors to violently exhaust toward the heat source. Just like a fuel tank, the unit should have been fitted with a forced-air or CO2 system or...

M Powered Up

Ever find yourself looking for a place to plug in your phone or the travel mug you found at the last truck stop, only to realize that all your 12V outlets are occupied We have all been there. A quick and simple solution to this common problem is to add more outlets. For less than 20 bucks at your local auto parts store, you can pick up an all-weather outlet, which is perfect for installing in the bed of your pickup or in the rear of your rock rig, and a fuse holder. Just run power and ground...

More 4x4 Of The Year Flak

Like most people, I need to comment on your 4x4 of the Year award. I don't understand your scoring of the Ride and Drive section. The Ram won two of the five categories, but you gave the most points to the Equator, and that category is one that doesn't apply to most people. Simply put, everyone will drive their vehicle on the road, and 99 percent will drive them on the dirt and gravel. But how many people actually drive on sand dunes Plus, the Ram outscored the Equator in every other part of...

More Burb Beef

QI have a '94 Chevy Suburban 2500, and I want to try to put bigger tires on, but not too big. I was thinking 33s, but everyone I talk to tells me I have to do a lift. I don't have that kind of money, so I wanted to know if there is anything other than a lift to fit the 33s under the 'Burban A You need to go to a 3-inch body lift and maybe some cutout fender flares to clear a 33-inch tire. I do not like body lifts over 2 inches because of the stress it adds on body mounting components. You could...

More Is Less

QMy daily driver is an '03 F-150 Super Crew with a 6-inch Fabtech lift and 305 70 17 Maxxis Big Horn tires. The tires, according to Maxxis, are 33.8 inches tall. The stock Good-years were 31.6 inches tall. With gas prices climbing higher, i have reluctantly started thinking about putting smaller tires back on. How much difference do 2 inches really make on the truck, and is it even worth spending the money for new tires just to save on fuel i love having the option to go explore a new trail any...

More Length In

Let's face it, truck beds are not getting any longer. It would seem the age of the long-bed is over. So what's a guy to do when the truck parts or toys he wants to haul are longer than his truck bed In steps Amp Research with its line of Bed X-Tender truck bed extenders. Simply drop your tailgate and flip out the Bed X-Tender, and suddenly you can fit that Dana 60 axle in your crew-cab shortbed. Don't haul many axles How about firewood With the Bed X-Tender we can fit our ATV, gas, cooler, and...

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Mud Dubs

VEHICLE '07 Dodge Ram 2500 OWNER Drue Palmer, Syracuse, UT TIRES & WHEELS 37x12.50 Toyo Open Country Mud-Terrains on Incubus 20-inch SUSPENSION 6-inch Tuff Country DRIVETRAIN Stock PERFORMANCE MODS 5.9L, K& N intake, MBRP 5-inch exhaust, Edger programmer DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT Yes ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE Inner-cooler and a transmission cooler

Mud Memories

While venturing to a hunting spot in upstate Pennsylvania, I tried going around a fallen tree only to slide off the muddy road and into this pit. After about five hours with a come-a-long and making it roughly 20 feet, I decided to call it a day. The next morning we used my dad's V2-ton Silverado to pull me out the rest of the way, and for some reason I'm still hearing about it Here's my 8-month-old son helping me get out of a hole I clearly underestimated

Ney

VEHICLE '93 Ford Explorer Sport OWNER Edward & Courtney Ney (father & daughter), Columbia, PA TIRES & WHEELS 36x12.50 TSLs on the front, 37x13.00 Boggers on the rear, both on 15x8 with Off Road Overstock weld-on beadlocks SUSPENSION Custom radius arm with 5 -inch Wild Horses coils, custom rear leaves, Pro Comp shocks DRIVETRAIN BW1354, high-pinion Dana 44 front with a spool and Yukon shafts, full-width 8.8 rear from a '95 F-150, welded, 5.13 gears PERFORMANCE MODS 4.0L OTHER DOODADS...

O Technical

As any seasoned off-road vet knows, the jack that came with your 4x4 is on the negative side of worthless on the trail. That is, unless you stick to flat or paved trails But most of us venture off the beaten path into dirt, rocks, sand, mud, and other terrain. A better jack is needed. Even off-road race teams resort to either a Hi-Lift or a hydraulic floor jack, as there wasn't much else available. Until now. Radflo Suspension Technology, makers of trick items for desert racers, came up with...

Onhighway Ride

The tires' performance and traction excelled in deep snow and ice. On a road trip in the high desert, we had to detour off the highway due to road closures after a storm. We traversed a mountain trail that skirted the highway to get to our destination. The tires' traction pulled the truck through 2-3 feet of untracked snow without getting stuck, with a minimal amount of slippage. We love playing in the mud and found the RT03s to have good self-cleaning attributes. Ejector ribs are designed into...

Performance Exhaust

DynoMax has released a high-flow exhaust system for the '09 Dodge Ram 1500, which delivers both performance and a cool exhaust note to the truck. The dual DynoMax exhaust system for the Ram 1500 4.7L and 5.7L features a single-inlet and dual-outlet Ultra Flo SS muffler, 2 -inch 409 stainless steel, mandrel-bent pipes, and a set of 4-inch DynoMax logo-embossed, T304 stainless tips. The system fits regular, quad, and crew-cab models. information DynoMax, 734.384.7806, www.dynomax.com

Performance Programmer

The JET Performance Programmer makes it easy to take control and program your own vehicle. JETs . exclusive Tri-Power tuning lets you program for economy using lower cost regular fuel, or program for performance using midgrade or premium fuel. I Gain up to 130 horsepower and 205 ft lbs of torque* in less than ten minutes Available for CM and Ford gas and diesel applications. Tuning for Regular, Mid-Grade & Premium i* Octane Fuels Increase Horsepower & Torque Modify Top Speed & Rev...

Powder Cake

Do-it-yourself powdercoating kits have come a long way, but the problem for most guys isn't spraying the parts it's finding an oven to cook them in. So if your wife's been bugging you about getting a new oven because the eyes don't cook like they used to, it might be time to take the old cooker from the house and toss it in the garage. A household conventional oven is usually large enough to cook a 15x10 wheel in, and you can use the original racks to hang small parts from.

Power Stroke Turbodiesel Intake

The BladeRunner intake manifold with aFe's new Multiple Directional Vane technology for '05-'07 Ford Super Duty trucks with the V8 6.0L Power Stroke turbodiesel is now available. The manifold with MDV smooths out and directs the intake charge for minimum pressure loss, providing maximum performance and airflow. In aFe's recent testing, 4 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque were produced at 1,900 rpm, while increasing airflow by 59 percent over the stock intake. information Advanced Flow Engineering,...

Project Black

PART 3 TUBE AND TINTS ON OUR SUPER SHOW TRUCK show truck in the history of the magazine (or at least in recent history) is just about finished. We've been building Project Black Sheep, an '09 Dodge 1500 Ram over the past three issues, and with this installment, we're wrapping it up. But let's not forget that a show truck from this magazine is still more go than show. In fact, this truck will quickly make it into the dirt, sand, and mud just as soon as we sneak it out of the show circuit it's...

Project Buildups

Is moving right along, and we're still very pleased with the truck's grit and off-road-ability. As we work our way down our list of modifications, we reached the point when we needed to install front body armor and a winch for recovery. After our trick suspension system was installed, we have found ourselves doing what many hard-core four-wheelers do after enhancing their rig's off-road performance Pushing the rig harder in extreme terrain. Since the Equator is an '09, not many build components...

Real Reel

We've seen all sorts of rolled-up air-compressor hoses on the trail, from imsy coiled crap to industrial-strength air couplings on a reel. We saw this new Amflo ProTuff AutoReel unit and knew it would fit on one of our rigs, and another one would go in the shop. The key is the lightweight yet durable design. The hose is V4- or 3 s-inch polyurethane, which is far lighter than the standard rubber shop hose. It comes in a handy enclosure, with a 36-inch intake line and 50 feet of high-quality line...

Removable Sparetire Carrier

This Arachna-Track Spare Tire Carrier is designed to be compatible with the Nissan Frontier and Titan Utilitrack. The easily removable carrier has integrated tabs for High Lift jacks and tools. This rack comes in and out in minutes without the use of tools. Unscrew the twist knobs to remove the rack, and you are free to use the truck bed for hauling cargo. information Black Widow Off-Road, 888.859.4369, www.blackwidowoffroad.com O Qit's time for a new vehicle, and it must be off-road capable. i...

Rust Never Sleeps

Are you tired of opening a rusty toolbox or bag This trick little device from 3-In-One will protect your tools and keep them rust-free by releasing a metal-seeking, vapor-phase corrosion inhibitor that migrates through the enclosed space of a toolbox or trail tool bag to form an invisible layer that seals metals against air and moisture that can cause rust and corrosion. INFORMATION 3-In-One, 800.448.9340, www. norustshield.com

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The basic steps to repack front wheel bearings in all their greasy glory, but not every 4x4 has rebuildable front bearings. The nonserviceable front hubs are commonly referred to as unit bearings or, more technically, the axle bearing and hub assembly. These are a factory-built piece with two bearings and race assemblies already installed and packed with grease. We like unit bearings for their ease of assembly (at least in theory, as you'll see in the photos) and the fact that there is no...

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Scout Traveler

ENGINE Nissan 6-33 Turbodiesel TRANSMISSION T-19 wide ratio (6.32 1 1st) TRANSFER CASE Dana 20 and Klune-V FRONT AXLE Dana 60, 4.88 gears, Ox locker, 35-spline Yukon axles REAR AXLE Full-floating Dana 60, 4.88 gears, Ox locker, 35-spline Yukon axles SPRINGS & SUCH Front 2V2-inch Skyjacker springs, airbags, Pro Comp reservoir shocks. Rear 21 2-inch Skyjacker springs, Gabriel Load Carrier shocks TIRES & WHEELS 35x12.5 Interco TrXus, 16Vz-inch Hummer dual beadlock wheels STEERING Scout...

Se9seker

99 08 4WD GM PU 8 lug 01-09 4W0 GM PU S-IHB 04-08 284WD Colorado 4-01 4WD Dodge 1500 03-07 4W0 Doage 2500 F150 4WD 8 97-03 51370 04-08 S1.654 09 51 494 05-07 4 WD SDuty 2 5' 5309 4 S768 6' 666 2008 4WD SuperDuty 2 323 4' 5798 6' (623 97-08 TJ Rubicon 2 6 S0S7 4 S975 5 St 882 07-09 JK Wrangler 25 -3 333 4 -5 S692 D6-QB 4WD Rldgeline 2*1 5287 FJ Cruiser 3 5372 Shocks sold separately 3 . 1.314 tr St 490 3 Si.434 8 Si.670 4 51.362 5 51.195 5 1289 01-084WD GM 2500. 3600 HD 10 Front S3,676 03-08 4VVD...

Seat Time

We've spent a fair amount of time with this kit both on- and off-road, and so far it's all thumbs up. The flex is great, the ride is firm but not too stiff and there are no mysterious noises, clanks, or squeaks to report. Though we can't compare its performance to every other kit on the market, for the price it's one of the nicest and most complete kits we've seen. Be sure to check out our blogs at www.4wheeloffroad. com for a long-term review and update on how the kit is holding up. O Full...

Shrinkyour Bulbs

If you want (or need) to run turn signals on your small 4x4, most of the aftermarket and junkyard lenses and housings seem much too large. Clearance lights are a more pleasing size but only have single-filament bulbs (which don't allow both parking and turn signals). Dual-filament bulbs such as the ubiquitous No. 1157 are too big to fit behind a small lens. The trick is to go to an auto parts store and buy these small dual-filament bulbs (No. 87) and standard twin-contact sockets made to fit...

Silicone Implant

Cutting wire with diagonal pliers usually means releasing a dangerous missile in the form of the metal clipped off the end. You don't want one of those in your eye To avoid the problem, start by using either a rubberband or tape to hold the handles of your cutting pliers closed, and then fill the concave area with some silicone sealer. After letting the sealer cure, use a razor blade or knife to slit the jaws open again. Now when you cut with the pliers, the small shrapnel will be held by the...

Sleekster Lightbar

Check out the new Sleekster Lightbar from Randy Ellis Design for the '07-'09 Chevy and GMC 2500-3500 HD trucks. The lightbars are durable and frame-mounted and can be fitted with four lights up to 9 inches in diameter. The frame is made from 13 4x0.120-inch-wall steel tube with CNC laser-cut brackets and light tabs. The bar bolts right on using factory mounting locations. information Randy Ellis Design, 602.803.1122, www.randyellisdesign.com

Spidertrax

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Spot On

Some inexpensive yet sturdy off-road light mounts can be had by searching your local junkyard for a pair of trailer mirror mounts as used by Detroit on some older trucks. The ones shown here are from late '70s early '80s Ford trucks. Once it's bolted solidly to your door or cowl, all you need to do is mount your off-road lights where the mirror once was. An added goodie to this setup is that the lights can be easily angled outward to shine out across the countryside just grab the mount and fold...

Store More On Your Door

The Element doors from Bestop are great for trail protection since they have a steel tubular frame, but they also have removable fabric covers with multiple pockets for stuff like a cell phone, tow straps, recovery gear, a peanut butter sandwich, and tools. Plus the fabric covers can be installed with the pocket either inside or out of the doors so access is easy no matter where you sit. And there are mounting holes for the original rearview mirrors already drilled in the doors. The assembly...

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Swiss Army Wrench

While having exprience with different-sized tubes and bolts can make identification a snap, it isn't always foolproof. One of our favorite tools is the tubing sizer from Made-4-You Products. This handy little disc is engraved and cut to 12 different outside-diameter tubing sizes. It so happens it also works for SAE bolts, which makes that 1 4x20 seem painfully different from the 5 isXl8 you thought you were holding. Made-4-You also specializes in fasteners, clips, clamps, and hose covers....

Synthetic Protection

These Delrin Viking rollers are designed for use with synthetic winch lines and are an economical approach to replacing the factory galvanized rollers. The high-strength Delrin is abrasion- and heat-resistant and has a smooth surface to protect your synthetic winch line. The rollers are 68 percent lighter than galvanized rollers. INFORMATION Winchline.com, 818.506.9789, www.winchline.com Times are tough, so head on over to your local Dollar Tree or 99-cent Store (whatever's in your area), and...

Technical

Df you own a '97-'06 jeep wrangler TJ then you're probably aware that there's no shortage of aftermarket suspension kits for your round-light wheeler. While most companies strive to create the best and most cutting-edge suspensions for your Jeep, sometimes the price of that latest high-zoot lift just doesn't weigh out for the guy building on a budget. Does this mean that you have to settle for a lesser-quality lift Absolutely not Case in point is Rough Country's new 4-inch X-Series suspension...

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Whether you drive a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge, the Superchips Cortex has what you need for maximum performance & durability The Edge Evolution II programmer monitor takes your present gas or diesel engine to extreme levels of performance. Up to 100 HP and 200 lbs of torque increases. 479. 99 The Max Energy Power Programmer gives you more mpg at part throttle and more power at wide open throttle. Only from Hypertech Safe for towing in all settings. Internet updatable. Plug and Play installation....

Toughball Joints

Dynatrac introducex its heavy-duty ProSteer ball joint engineered to deliver premium performance and increased reliability for Dana 50 and 60 front-axle trucks. This includes '92-to-present Ford F-250 and F-350 and '94-to-present Dodge 2500 3500 trucks. The new ProSteer ball joint includes high-strength billet steel bodies extra-strength chromoly steel and heat-treated stems leak-proof seals a Mil-spec heat-treated, precision-ground stainless steel ball and Teflon-coated internal wear points....

Traction Bars

LIFETIME HUDERS MOTOR MOUNTS 460 FORD ENGINE CONVERSION KITS SLACK P0WDEH COAT TRACTION BARS 9906 1500 Torcion Bar Key 2* 02-06 GMWJTostai Bar Kay 2 88-98 .GM1500 3 519 6' 05-08 .Fort Super Duty 3 05-07 .Fort Super Duty ,,.,. .6' 99-04 .Fort Sum Oily (Leveling) .2' 99-04 .Fort Super Duty 4 80-98 F25CV350 Gas Or Diesel .4 94-01 .Dodge 1500 3 02-05 Dodge 1500 4f 03-08 Dodge Ram HO 5 07-08 .Jeep JK w 2.2 shocks . .2. 07-08 .Jeep JK w 2.2 shocks . .4 97-06 JeepTJX-Seties 4 84-01 .Jeep XJ 3 245 6....

Transmission Stop Leak

Justice Brothers' Trans Stop-Leak is a specially formulated additive that reconditions dry and leaky seals, reduces heat, and helps reduce the buildup of sludge and varnish caused by super-hot transmission fluid. Trans Stop-Leak helps prevent the formation of these contaminants, plus it mixes readily with all factory-approved transmission fluids. information Justice Brothers, 800.835.8784, www.justicebrothers.com

Uplifting Idea

We modified the concept of a vertical lifting device by using the lifting shackles on the bumper to pivot a towbar-looking contraption we welded together out of 2-inch tube and 2x4 tube. We used a Warn PullzAll hooked from the rollcage to the top of the pole for some vertical movement while the Jeep-mounted Warn 8274-50 winch runs its cable through the snatch block off the end of the pole down to the load. Special wooden blocks are also installed between the frame and springs to control...

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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. Anyone who has found themselves in the desert, on a mountain trail or deep in a swamp after the sun goes down knows just how dark the outdoors can be. Having a good set of lights on your truck can make the difference between getting back to the trail head safely and running essentially, hoping to avert disaster. The good news for off-roaders these days is...

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Still little-known four-wheel-drive trails scattered across this great country that are worthy of national attention, but kept as well-guarded secrets. The locals who frequent these trails won't give up their locations easily. But for those lucky few outsiders that get to wheel them, the experience of an extreme trail in its pristine state and remote wilderness adventure is all too cool. We had heard tales of a well-hidden and lightly-run trail in the Southern California high desert for almost...

Vinyi Garage Ho

Proves that many guys spend more time in their vehicle's home than in their family's home. Here we look at garage rehabbing from the ground up. Aftermarket garage flooring is popular, especially for people whose existing slab is stained and cracked. Options include paint-on epoxy coatings as well as tiles (both adhesive squares and plastic snap-together types). Another style is a roll-out vinyl mat. This is a good combination of affordability, ease of installation, and floor protection. tions...

Warn Industries

IThe quest for a better approach angle and a rugged front bumper which is actually going to hold up when we accidentally smash it into an errant rock was our goal. The Shrock-works winch-bumper bull bar was the way to go. It dramatically increased the approach angle to a respectable 22 inches. The 3 is-inch-plate steel skid soundly protects the front-end components and radiator. 2 The Equator's front bumper didn't stand a chance while we were out testing. One small problem with this truck is...

Wee Wheeling

The rig's broken, all hope of fixing it is gone, we are broke, and let's face it four-wheeling is an addiction and we need to get our fix somewhere. So while the fullscale rigs are down, why not turn to the R C world to satisfy the hunger The new Slayer from Traxxas should fill that void nicely. This 10th scale R C truck is powered by a powerful TRX 3.3 nitro engine, has full-time four-wheel drive for when the ground gets soft and an auto-shifting two-speed transmission,...

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Rock magnets er, tie rods always seem to take their fair share of abuse. After a day on the trail yours might look more like a paperclip. The easiest fix is to run your winch cable around the axle, hook to the tie rod, and pull it straight. The trick is to use a couple locking pliers on each side of the winch hook to keep it from sliding to one side or the other when the winch cable is under tension.

Wireless Winch Remote

This cool little wireless winch remote from Warn Industries is not only a convenient way to control your winch, it's also added safety. The remote can be used from 50 feet away or from the comfort of the vehicle. It will keep you from jumping out in the mud or being washed away when your rig is swamped in a river. The wireless remote is rugged and weatherproof and small enough to be kept in your pocket or glovebox. INFORMATION Warn Industries, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com