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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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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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...

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

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...

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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....

Maxed Out Offroad

541.273.5337 www.maxedoutoffroad.com 1 Since our engine came with most smog and fuel-injection components when we purchased it, we only needed the ECM and wiring harnesses. This ECM and harness are from a '98 Grand Cherokee. A setup like this will cost a few hundred dollars, which we think is a good deal. But it will require hours to figure out what goes where, not to mention installing it. 2 This is the step that gets complicated, especially on late-model vehicles. The trick is figuring out...

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Recharge Remedy

Many of the spiral cell Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) filled batteries are well known in the off-road scene for their no-leak, vibration-resistant, mount-anywhere ability, but many features about them are misunderstood. For example, this style battery has very low internal resistance, which is great for getting all the power to the terminals, but it also allows them to trickle down to very low voltage if left installed in a vehicle with key-off electrical loads. If unhooked and stored fully charged,...

Wheel In Peace

Jason's big trail truggy has seen its fair share of abuse from running such epic trail areas as Moab, the Rubicon, and Johnson Valley. The front sheetmetal has been narrowed to keep it out of the way of the big rubber and massive rocks they crawl over. The fullsize doors were modified to allow Jason's friends or father to lean out and see the big obstacles ahead. And under the door the rocker panels were cut and boat-sided for additional clearance over the rough stuff. Under the hood is a...

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