• Black Oak LED Installation and Review
    Project Jeep JK Rubicon X

    LED Lights Upgrade to Black Oak LED

    If you’re like me and you’ve owned many offroad vehicles over the years, you’re probably equipped your latest offroader acquisition with hand-me-downs from the previous generation 4×4’s.  For me I’m either trying to save money or make use of something removed from the trade-in.  The problem [...]
  • Black Oak LED Installation
    Project Jeep JK Rubicon X

    Black Oak LED Light Pods Install & Review

    Installation of the Black Oak LED Pods was pretty easy and straight forward thanks to the wiring harness Black Oak included with the light Pods. Each Pod comes with a complete wiring harness which included a built-in fuse, relay, & switch.  In our install we wanted [...]
  • Project Jeep CJ-7
    Project Jeep CJ-7

    Project Jeep CJ-7

    A number of years ago, I got the Jeep bug.  I even know when and where I was when the bug hit me.  I preparing to build something for the offroad, maybe a Toyota FJ-40 or an early Toyota pickup with a solid front axle, maybe [...]
  • Mike Cool's CJ3A Engine
    Readers Rigs

    Mike Cool’s 450hp NOS Injected 1950 CJ3A

    Mike Cool from Piketon Ohio sends in pictures of his sweet 1950 CJ3A. Mike has this to say about his CJ3A project.The Jeep had a rough life for some 8 years wheeling the local 4×4 haunts of southern Ohio and it was looking pretty rough [...]
  • Locking Differentials Explained
    Technical & Info

    How does a Locker Work? The Locking Differential Explained:

    A locking differential or locker is a variation on the standard automotive differential. A locking differential provides increased traction compared to a standard, or “open” differential by disallowing wheel speed differentiation between two wheels on the same axle under certain conditions.A locking differential is designed [...]
  • Engine Overheating
    Technical & Info

    Causes of an Overheating Engine

    Top Twelve Things to Check When Diagnosing Overheating Problems … plus 4 more Bonus Tips!   RADIATOR CAP, WATER/COOLANT LEVEL, RADIATOR HOSE, THERMOSTAT, FAN BELTS, WATER PUMP, FAN CLUTCH, FAN SHROUD …. read more below… 1. RADIATOR CAP:The cooling system of an engine is designed as [...]
  • Winch Tech

    Winch Tech – Choosing a Winch that’s Right for You

       Purchasing a winch can be a daunting task especially if you are on a budget. Considering the job of a winch, which is to recover your vehicle when you are sometimes miles for civilization, you must make an educated decision as to which winch [...]
  • Top 5 Jeep JK Upgrades
    Cheap Tricks and Useful Tips

    Top 5 Cheap, Practical Upgrades for your Jeep JK

    Whether you’re into Jeeps or not, you have to admit the Jeep brand has generated one heck of an aftermarket over the past few decades.  Almost any Jeep part or accessory imaginable has been (or will be) produced and sold to die-hard Jeep fans around the [...]
  • Winch Tech

    Parts of a Winch Explained – Motor Types, Gear Types, Electrical

    When you look at fundamental differences in common electric winches, a few important components and design characteristics stand out.  Of the differences in common winches, the motor and the gear train are the top two design differences that will determine the quality and stamina for [...]
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    Winch Tech

    Winch Troubleshooting

    The following page lists many common problems encountered with 12 volt 4×4 and ATV winches that are used in off-road recovery situations. With each condition several possible causes are listed along with possible solutions to get your winch working again.  Also be sure to check out [...]
Dusty Trails Blog

Butler Jeep Invasion 2014

June 20, 2014 0

What would a town with a population just under 14,ooo do when they can rightfully say, “We are the birthplace of the Jeep”?  Hold a massive Jeep Invasion of course!  Butler Pennsylvania, located just north of Pittsburgh in […]

MUD TIRE REVIEWS

Tire Size Guide – Does it Hit or Fit?

by Alan Cray in Mud Tire Reviews 2

The data below is derived from research, readers rigs, feedback by readers and from direct experience with vehicles we’ve owned over the years.  Not all possible 4×4 vehicles are listed nor are all possible combinations. [...]
  • Cheap Tricks and Useful Tips

    25 Dollar Sunroof

    DEPARTMENT OF:  Cheap Tricks & Useful Tips …Looking for a Cheap alternative to installing a Sunroof? Try this on for size.You have to admit, a vehicle just looks better with a sunroof.  Yet most vehicles [...]
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    Vendors

    Automotive Drive Train, Axles, Differentials, Rebuild Kits

    This section categorizes many popular Automotive Drive Train, Axles, Differentials and Rebuild Kits, and other 4×4, offroad and performance related vendors. Browse the links below to find Automotive Drive Train, Axles, Differentials and Rebuild Kits related [...]
  • Vendors

    Military Axles and Axle Parts

    This section categorizes Military Axles and Axle Parts, and other 4×4, offroad and performance related vendors. Browse the links below to find Military Axle and Axle Part retailers.  If you have a favorite vendor you think should [...]
  • Vendors

    Automotive Sponsors, Sponsorships, How to Get a Sponsor

    This section categorizes Automotive Sponsors and Sponsorships, and other 4×4, offroad and performance related vendors. Browse the links below to find Automotive Sponsors and Sponsorships.  If you have a favorite vendor you think should be listed, [...]
  • Cheap Tricks and Useful Tips

    12 Volt Wiring Tech: Gauge to Amps

    12 Volt Wiring Gauge Requirements at specific Amps for Automotive Electrical Systems   …   To choose an adequate wire gauge, determine the amp draw (amperage) that the wire circuit will carry.  Then measure the distance [...]
  • 4x4 Clubs

    Southwest US 4×4 Off Road Clubs Directory

    The Southwest region includes: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas.  4×4 Clubs are your best source for finding the best, legal places to 4-wheel and will typically have scheduled events.  Review [...]
  • Trailer & Towing

    Trailer Wiring Diagrams

    The following page contains information about trailer to vehicle wiring diagrams including: 7 Wire Trailer Circuit, 6 Wire Trailer Circuit, 4 Wire Trailer Circuit and other trailer wiring diagrams.  7 Wire Circuit Trailer Wiring Diagram    6 Wire Circuit Trailer [...]
  • Communications

    Wiring the Cobra CB Mic

    Wiring the Cobra Microphones  Model: 21, 25, 29, 89gtl,1000gtlStandard wiring: 1-Shield2-Audio3-Transmit4-ReceiveModel: 18RV, 19X,19PLUS, 20PLUSStandart wiring: 1-Audio4-Shield2-Transmit5-Receive3-N/CModel: 90, 140gtl, 142gtl,148gtl,2000gtl, 2010 Standart wiring: 1-Audio2-Shield3-Receive4-Switching Wire5-TransmitAstatic wiring: 1-Shield and Blue2-White3-Red4-BlackAstatic wiring: 1-White4-Shield and Blue2-Red5-Black3-N/CYellow-N/CAstatic wiring: 1-White2-Shield3-Black4-Blue5-RedYellow-N/CTuner: 1-Shield [...]
  • Cheap Tricks and Useful Tips

    Painting Tip: Free Paintbrush and Paint Holder

    DEPARTMENT OF:  Cheap Tricks & Useful Tips … Painting Tip #27 – Making that brush on paint job a little easier. When you are looking for a container to pour paint into so you can brush it onto [...]
Vendors

Automotive Tools, Work Benches, Air Tools, Welding

March 2, 2017 0

This section categorizes Automotive Tools, Work Benches, Air Tools, Welding and other 4×4, offroad and performance related vendors. Browse the links below to find Automotive Tools, Work Benches, Air Tools and Welding related retailers.  If you have […]

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Navy Surplus Suppliers

March 2, 2017 0

This section categorizes many popular Navy Surplus Suppliers and other 4×4, offroad and performance related vendors. Browse the links below to find Navy Surplus Supplier related retailers.  If you have a favorite vendor you think should […]

performance chips
Vendors

Automotive Computer Chips

March 2, 2017 0

This section categorizes many popular Automotive Computer Chips and other 4×4, offroad and performance related vendors. Browse the links below to find Automotive Computer Chips related retailers.  If you have a favorite vendor you think should be […]

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