Technical Articles & Information

 
 
Communications
 
CB Radio for the 4×4 – Installations, Adjustments , Troubleshooting, and general Information about Citzens' Band Radio

How does a CB radio antenna work and why does it need to be tuned?

How to ADJUST YOUR SWR on your CB Radio and the reason Why it should be adjusted

Adjusting SWR using the Para Dynamics SWR Meter

Antenna Size vs. Power Output

Wiring the Cobra Mic

Adjusting SWR on a CB Radio

Technical Help courtesy of FireStik

Information About Citizens' Band Radio

 

Tire Tech and Info
  
Choosing the Right Mud Tire No Nonsense breakdown on shopping for Mud Tires

Tire Terminology

Wheel Terminology

Deciphering the Age of a Tire

Tire to Fender Clearances

P-Metric Tire Sizes Conversion to Inches

How to Pick the Right Tires for your Truck

Truck Tire Information

Mud Tire Reviews

Tire Fitment – What Hits What Fits

Tires & Fender Clearance

Wheel Terminology

Tire Terminology

 

General Articles
 

Motor Oil

Synthetic Motor Oil Information

Synthetic Lubrication and the Environment

Ten Myths About Synthetic Lubrication Oil

3000 mile oil change myth explained

How is motor oil recycled?

 

Differential Gear Ratio Chart for
comparing tire size to axle gear ratio

How Tire Size / Gear Ratio combinations
Affect Fuel Economy and Performance

The Non-Gearhead’s Guide to Air Intakes

V8 Engines – Firing Order
Firing Order of Most Domestic V8 Engines

Engine Enhancements and what they do for Performance
Engine Performance Modifications and what these modifications can do for you.

The right way to Jump Starting a Dead Battery

What is the white milky stuff under my oil cap?

Sheet Metal Gauge (Gage) Thickness

Steel Gauge Thickness Charts

FREE GAS – Serious Tips on how to Improve Gas Mileage, without all the gimmicks.

Sensible Gas Saving Tips

General Project Tips
A Few Project Vehicle Garage Tips for the Backyard Mechanic

Cheap Tricks & Useful Tips
A collection of quick tips and other useful information

4×4 Products and Offroad Tire Reviews
Read and Post Reviews of Offroad products and Offroad Tires

Guide to Gearing up for Offroad
From Basic Equipment to Well Equipped.  An extensive list guide to help you prepare your vehicle for the offroad. How Prepared are you?

Bolt Identification, Bolthead Markings and Bolt Torque Specs

Automotive Gauges & Instrument Functions Information they display & their importance.

Engine Overheating Basics 16 Common Causes of an Overheated Engine

Fan Clutch Diagnosis
How to tell if the Fan Clutch in your Cooling System is failing or has failed.

Ford Engines – 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder, 8 Cylinder, 10 Cylinder, 12 Cylinder Ford Engines

Ford V8 Engines
8 Cylinder Engines manufactured by Ford

Ford 351 Cleveland V8 Engines
351 cubic inch V8 Engines manufactured by Ford

Chevy Small-Block V8 Engines
Chevy Small-Block V8 Engines Manufactured by General Motors – Production: 1955–2002

Chrysler Hemi Engine –  All about the Chrysler Hemi Engine.  Information about the Hemi Engine

AMC V8 Engines
From
GEN-1 Nash/Hudson/Rambler V-8s (1956-1966) through to the GEN-3 AMC Tall-deck (1970-1991)

AMC V8 hp/Torque, Compression & Bore/Stroke by year

Engine Size Conversion Table
Converting engine displacement from CID, Liters, C.C.

Why black paint works best at
dissipating engine heat

Firewood Guide to BTU Ratings
Getting Ready for the Winter Season.

Axle Related Glossary of Terms Terms and definitions of Axle related components.

Differential Differences
Overview of Standard Carriers, Positraction & Limited Slips, Locking Differentials, Spools and Mini-Spools

ARB AIR Locker – about ARB Air Lockers
How the ARB Air Locker works

Ox Locker – About OX Lockers
How the OX Locker Works

Detroit Locker – Automatic Lockers

Lock-Right No-Slip Locker

Detroit EZ Locker

Lunchbox Lockers – What is a Lunchbox Locker?

Lincoln Locker & Fozzy Lockers

Typical 4WD Steering Configurations
A simple overview of Crossover Steering, V-Link Steering, Re-circulating Ball and Tie Rod, Rack-and-Pinion and Double Crossover steering systems found on 4×4 solid axle and independent axle setups.

2001-2004 Toyota Tacoma Factory Service Manual

Teralow Installation in a Dana 20 Transfercase

Disassembly of the Dana 20
Breakdown of the Dana 20 case for the Teraflex Teralow kit installation

Grinding the Case of the Dana 20 Transfercase
Grinding the metal to clear the Teralow gears

Reassembling the Teralow Dana 20
How it all goes back together.

Teralow Dana 20 Reviews
What people think of the Teralow Dana 20 Kit

LoMax Dana 300 Installation

HEI Ignition Installation and Review

What are HID Lights?

Installing 23,000 Volt Offroad Lights

Using LED lights in your Vehicle

Diagrams

Bestop Product Installation Guides

How to compare Off-road Lights

Guide to Gearing up for Offroad

25 Top To Do Tips Before Going Offroad

RTI / Ramp Travel Index

Recovery Straps Usage

Relationship between Tires,
Gearing, MPH and RPM

Jeep Factory Axle I.D. Chart An axle chart that identifies Dana axles used in Jeeps over the years.

Dana 44 Axle swap Info / Tech

Dana 60 Axle Swap Info / Tech

Tap Sizes and Drill Sizes

Dana 30 Axle Upgrades

Dana 44 Axle Tech

Dana 60 Axle Tech

ARB Locker Compressor Wiring Diagrams

What makes a 4WD a 4WD?

Department of cheap Tricks
& Useful Tips

Hot 4×4 Product and Reviews

  

Offroad Driving & Recovery
 
Guide to Gearing up for Offroad
From Basic Equipment to Well Equipped.  An extensive list guide to help you prepare your vehicle for the offroad.
How Prepared are you?

Winching Techniques – Deadman Anchor
How to Dig a Dead Man Anchor

A Basic Winching Guide For ATV and general Recovery Winch Safety

ATV Clubs – Protecting Your Right to Ride

ATV Safety Training for new ATV Riders

ATV Winching Techniques and Safety

Choosing an ATV Winch

Doubling your Winch Power
How to squeeze the most power out of your winch.

Warn 9500i Winch Installation

Recovery Straps Usage

AmSteel Rope Technical Info

Off-Road Truck Driving
Techniques and Safety

25 Top To Do Tips
Before Going Offroad

Driving Techniques

Water Crossing 

Negotiating Hills 

Rocky Terrain 

Treading Mud 

Sand Driving

Tools and Spare Parts

Jacking Effectively

Snatch Recovery

Knowing the Terrain 

Winter Driving

 

Towing / Trailering
Trailering Safety &
Trailer Hitch Information

Electric Boat Trailer Winches
Information about Boat Trailer Winches

Ball Hitches Information

Trailer Wiring Diagrams

Trailer Hitches – Ideas On
How To Choose The Right One

Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

Gooseneck Hitches

True Hitch-Up Trailer Alignment System

 

Electrical, Lighting and Wiring
 
Optima Battery Install, Review & Information

Optima's Spiralcell Battery Tech

Lead Acid Battery Terminology

Optima Battery Specifications

12 Volt Wiring Gauge Requirements at specific Amps for Automotive Electrical Systems

12 Volt Wiring – Distance and Amps to Gauge Chart

Converting Candlepower to Watts and vice-versa & Other Offroad Light Information

Automotive Wiring Tips & Techniques

HEI Ignition Installation and Review

Using LED lights in your Vehicle

LightForce Driving Lights Install/Review

What are HID Lights?

Citizens' Band radio

Jeep CJ Gauge & Sender
Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

TJ Diagnostics Codes

Jeep Wiring Diagrams

 

 

 

Cool Product Tech & Specs
 
Winches / Recovery

Performance

Air Compressor Options

Air Intakes

Drive Train

Power Options

Body Armor

Onboard Welders

 
 
4×4 Projects & Products
 
Project CJ-7 – The budget rebuild/buildup

Powertrax No-Slip Differential Installation Guide

Onboard Air – York Compressor

Jeep Dana 300 TeraLow – 4:1 Gearset

Warn 9500i Winch Installation

Teraflex Tera Low 20 for the Dana 20 Installation

HEI Ignition Installation and Review

Autogage Tachometer Installation

CJ-7 Frame Restoration

T-18A Rebuild Short Shaft Conversion

Scout Dana 44s on a CJ-7

Wrangler Lift Kit Conversion (CJ-5)

Painless Wiring Fuse Block

Detriot EZ Locker (92 Toyota 8" rear)

Black Diamond Suspension Lift (CJ7)

Brakes Boost for your Jeep

ARB Bull Bar (Toyota Pickup)

LightForce Driving Lights Install/Review

Toyota’s Rear Locker, Full Time In 2WD

Ammo Box Storage

PowerTrax No-Slip Install

Detroit Locker Install

ARB Air Locker Install

Detroit EZ Locker Install

Warn 9500i Winch Installation

PowerTrax No-Slip Install

Jeep Dana 300 TeraLow – 4:1 Gearset for the Dana 300 Transfer Case

AGR High Performance Pump Install

AGR Superbox 2 Saginaw Power Steering Gearbox Install

Saginaw Steering Gearbox Mounting Bracket

Saginaw Gearbox Brace

Flipping your Tie Rod and Drag link

HEAVY DUTY Tie Rods

The T-18A Transmission

T-18A Rebuild Short Shaft Conversion

T-18A Clutch Fork Modifications

 

Drive Train
 
Locking Differential
An Overview of the Locking Differential sometimes referred to as a Locker.

Detroit Locker Install

ARB Air Locker Install

Detroit EZ Locker Install

Differential Difference types of Differentials

ARB AIR Locker – about ARB Air Lockers
How the ARB Air Locker works

Ox Locker – About OX Lockers
How the OX Locker Works

Detroit Locker – Automatic Lockers

Lock-Right No-Slip Lockers

Detroit EZ Lockers – About the EZ Locker

Lunchbox Lockers – What is a Lunchbox Locker?

Lincoln Locker & Fozzy Lockers

The T-18A Transmission

T-18A Rebuild Short Shaft Conversion

T-18A Clutch Fork Modifications

Transmission Clutch Basics

Detriot EZ Locker (92 Toyota 8" rear)

T-18A Rebuild Short Shaft Conversion

Scout Dana 44s on a CJ-7

Jeep Dana 300 TeraLow – 4:1 Gearset

LoMax Dana 300 Installation

Teralow Installation in a Dana 20 Transfercase

Disassembly of the Dana 20
Breakdown of the Dana 20 case for the Teraflex Teralow kit installation

Grinding the Case of the Dana 20 Transfercase
Grinding the metal to clear the Teralow gears

Reassembling the Teralow Dana 20
How it all goes back together.

Teralow Dana 20 Reviews
What people think of the Teralow Dana 20 Kit

Dana 20 with a 2.46:1 Low Range
Combination gears from a Jeep Dana 18 and an older Early Bronco Dana 20 within a Jeep Dana 20 case to yield a 2.46:1 Low Range Dana 20.

Diagrams

Dana 44 Axle swap Info / Tech

Dana 60 Axle Swap Info / Tech

Glossary of Terms and Formulas

Tap Sizes and Drill Sizes

Calculators for Finding Useful Information

Gear Ratio & Tire Calculator with Crawl Ratio

Dana 30 Axle Upgrades

Dana 44 Axle Tech

Dana 60 Axle Tech

ARB Locker Compressor Wiring Diagrams

What makes a 4WD a 4WD?

Department of cheap Tricks
& Useful Tips

 

Jeep Projects
 
 Dana 44 Axle Swap – Out Rigging the Frame

Suspension System

Steering System

Custom CJ-7 Skid Plates and Protection

Manual Transmission – T-18A – Cast Iron w/ 6.32:1 1st Gear

Transfer Case – Dana 20

Body Work

The Frame

Engine – AMC 360

Offroad Lights

CJ-7 Wiring Diagrams

 

Storage, Storage Storage

Custom Bumpers

Cool Modifications

Miscellaneous

 

 

Winch Related Articles

 

4×4 Calculators

 

 

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