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Randys Ring & Pinion & Service

Our project CJ-5 has come a long way in the last few years. We built the rear Model 20 axle as strong as we could, but it was still just a Model 20. It’s inherent weaknesses still providing the Jeep with its Achilles’ heel. As well, the poor axle tube design and axle seals that leaked after 6 months just …

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Dutchman Alloy Axles Reviews

When we decided to build a Dana 44 rear axle for our Jeep CJ there were a few things we knew we would need. Since our primary type or 4-wheeling is southwestern rock crawling, nothing short of a full locking rear differential would do, and for us, a Detroit locker was the only suitable choice. A full locking differential means …

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Corsa Performance Diesel Exhaust

Performance, an utterance that makes most gear heads, like us, ponder solely about power improvements. In the case of our ’05 Chevy Silverado 2500 with the venerable Duramax Diesel, it’s that, and more – much more as you read below. With the price of diesel over $3 per gallon and some long-haul trips with a loaded trailer on our calendar, …

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Flex-A-Fit Radiator and Electric Fan Combination

 We had a dilemma in our 4X4REVIEW.COM sponsored, EKCO Racing pro rock crawler buggy. The rig used to have a 10-year old, all-aluminum, mystery radiator that wasn’t keeping the rig cool anymore, no matter what we did. When Rob Stapleton – driver – contacted me with his dilemma, I told him I knew just what to do. We put a …

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J&J Enterprises Stainless Tubular Grilles

J&J Enterprises Stainless Tubular Grilles Forget about gold trim, lowriders and lighted running boards. Off-roaders and people who USE their 4-wheel drives typically want two things from their trucks, that is if the rigs are meant to stay somewhat good looking. One, they want purposeful goodies that don’t detract from the overall vehicle’s goal, and two, items that can add …

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TruXedo Lo Profile Tonneau Cover

 Very few add-ons affect a pickup truck more than a tonneau cover. A well made tonneau cover can improve the appearance, functionality, versatility and fuel economy of your rig. This is also one of the most popular upgrades to pickup trucks. This popularity has enticed so many companies into building tonneau covers that there are now more varieties of covers …

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Building the world’s best welding cart

Sure, there are welding carts that you can buy… some are el-cheapo units and may last a few years (see our Harbor Freight review from 2005) and some are mega-expensive units that are still nothing more than a fancy utility cart that is often a ‘one-size-fits-all’ design that may or may not actually fit, or do what you want it …

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Dupli-Color Caliper Paint Kit Review

  I’ve heard it said that wheels make a car, while others say it’s the paint job. But sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. For Project Buckshot, our 1974 Ford Bronco, after going through a complete frame-off restoration, we couldn’t bear to have a set of rusty brake calipers hanging out there, but at the same …

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Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts

The to-do list for Project Buckshot is down to its last few items, which means it’s almost time to bust this beast’s cherry and get it out on the road for the first time. But, before we can even pull it out of the shop, we need to transfer power from that 420 H.P. Dominator engine to the wheels – …

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Phoenix V12 Brake Bleeder

Bleeding a hydraulic system, like brakes or clutches, can be a real chore. Most methods include using two people, one smashing the brake pedal, while the other one yells, “Pump!… Hold!… Release!”  If not orchestrated perfectly, air will inevitably end up being sucked back into the brake or clutch system, forcing you to start smashing the pedal all over again. …

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