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What is tire siping?

Tire Grip, we know just how important it is while we are climbing a ledge or traversing down a large rock. But, not only is traction important while we are wheeling, but also while driving on the street. This leads us to our latest tech review on a very effective, yet inexpensive traction aid. It’s called siping. We’ve seen this …

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The Top 10 Off-Road Transmissions of ALL Time

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We know we’re in for virtual beatdown, just by writing this article. I can see the flaming emails now… “I can’t believe you left the Muncie RockCrusher off of the list”, or “You guys suck, what about the PowerGlide?!”. But that’s ok – we like getting these letters, because it means that you have a pulse, and you can at …

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How to: Build 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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A Homemade Plasma Cutting Table for About $20

It all started when I was visiting Jody, our Tech Editor, in Tucson, AZ and we were working on a few projects for the magazine. As we were hammering and welding away, he mentioned that if we had time that he wanted to make some American flags using his plasma cutter in a silhouette fashion. We never did get to …

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Front Axle Upgrade Guide #4

Vehicle-Side Steering Components   There are a number of ways to convert your vehicles steering, if needed. Our project FJ40 had used a prototype front-to-back steering system with a 4” drop steering bar (S-Bar), similar to the steering on ’82-’85 Toyota Pickup trucks. While this prototype gave us power steering with little fabrication on our stock axle, it posed too …

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Front Axle Upgrade Help Part #3

Axle-Side Steering Components: This is where it may get tricky, depending on what you choose to do. In our minds, logic dictated that if we were going to go through the work of swapping out an axle, we’d spend the extra time and money on components that would be durable and strong. Here were our choices:    Severe Duty Tie …

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Front Axle Upgrade Help Part #2

What we had to do to get the axle mounted: U-Bolt Flip Kit (Stage West 4-Wheel Drive Center, $145) We chose to install a U-Bolt flip kit during our installation and we highly recommend you do the same thing. This will save an inch or so of precious ground clearance and protect the nuts and threads of the U-Bolts from …

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Front Axle Upgrade Help Part #1

Our Project Land Cruiser has seen more swaps, mods and changes than we ever thought it would. Every time we thought it was at a point where we could leave it alone and simply enjoy it, something bigger, better, faster or stronger came along. Call it evolution, call it envy, call it keeping up with the Jones’, call it masochism …

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Equipping Your Rig for an Off Road Adventure

Before you head out for your next off road adventure, it’s always wise to make sure that your 4×4 is ready, you have the right spare parts, the right tools, survival gear, first aid and more. We’ve collected a checklist that should help guide you in making the right decisions. “EASIEST DIFFICULTY” 4WD TRIPS Two wheel drive is usually acceptable …

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Project In Too Deep – Building 1-Ton, Heavy Duty Spyntec Dana 60 Axles 

  Giving our old Jeep CJ5 hybrid tube buggy conversion the name of “Project In Too Deep” may be one of the biggest understatements that we’ve made in the past decade. You see, it’s not that we’re not capable of tackling these jobs; it’s just that even the best laid plans keep getting trumped with “Ooh! I could do this”, …

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