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Bestop® Introduces Trektop™ Pro Soft Top at 2014 SEMA Show!

Bestop Trektop Pro soft top for Jeep JK Wrangler

At the 2014 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, the new product line from Bestop® included the Trektop™ Pro. This innovative new soft top features a variety of breakthrough innovations, including framed glass-sliding rear side windows and a glass tailgate window! In this HD video coverage and product tour with Bill Haberkamp , Bestop® Product Manager, see the newest offerings from the premier producer of Jeep® OEM and aftermarket tops.

Warn Industries Launches the ZEON Platinum Winch—See Our Exclusive HD Video Product Tour from the 2014 SEMA Show!

New ZEON Platinum winch from Warn Industries

     Clackamas, OR—At the 2014 SEMA Show, Warn Industries officially introduced the ZEON Platinum™ winch—"the toughest, most technologically advanced truck and SUV winch on the trail today. It’s built for those who push the limits—with double the durability, 20% faster line speed, and extreme IP68-rated waterproofing. Key features include the world’s first remote controlled clutch and the all-new Advanced Wireless Remote. ZEON 10 Platinum, and ZEON 12 Platinum winches deliver 10,000 and 12,000 lb. (4536 and 5440 kg) capacities, and come with a steel rope and roller fairlead. ZEON 10-S Platinum features WARN® Spydura® Synthetic rope and a polished aluminum hawse fairlead!"   Click here for more details and see our HD video product tour from the Warn booth at the 2014 SEMA Show . Visit the Warn website for the full product line!

See the Awards Ceremony Coverage from the 2014 SEMA Show!

2014 SEMA Show New Products and Hottest Vehicle Awards

On November 4, 2014, the annual SEMA New Products Awards and SEMA Hottest Vehicle Awards took place at the opening of the SEMA Show. In this HD video coverage directly from the Las Vegas SEMA Show , join us at the prestigious ceremony and see the best new products available from the automotive aftermarket!

SCORE International and BFGoodrich® Tires Bring the 'Baja 1000 Experience' to the 2014 SEMA Show!

The 2014 SEMA Show at Las Vegas, Nevada featured the first SCORE International 'Baja 1000 Experience'.  With BFGoodrich® Tires sponsorship, the newest addition to the SEMA Show attracted a large crowd during the biggest SEMA Show event in history.  SCORE qualified the Trophy Truck starting positions for the 2014 Baja 1000 Race on a specially prepared course at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  This HD video covers the press conference and details on the latest BFGoodrich® tire product, the KO2 All-Terrain!

Technology Breakthrough: Testing the Enerpulse Pulstar® Spark Plugs in the Magazine's On- and Off-Road Vehicles!

Enerpulse Pulstar® spark plug testing in the Jeep 4.0L engineGapping the new Enerpulse Pulstar® PlasmaCore spark plug!

Enerpulse Technologies' Pulstar® PlasmaCore spark plug technology is at the leading edge of internal combustion engine performance gains and emissions reduction. This advanced spark plug design features an embedded  capacitor that increases the flame kernal size, enhances combustion and releases more energy by altering the molecular structure of the fuel. The result is an increased, sustained power release from the ignition and combustion of fuel. In this HD video coverage, see the difference this technology makes as we test Pulstar® spark plugs in the real world!  Our test vehicles include the Jeep XJ Cherokee 4.0L inline six plus the Honda XR650R and XR350R motorcycles.

Testing and Evaluating the CTEK Battery Chargers

CTEK MUS Polar 4.3 battery chargerCTEK powersports battery charger

CTEK is the Swedish developer and manufacturer of premier battery chargers endorsed by World Class automotive and powersports brands. In this HD video how-to coverage, learn why CTEK chargers offer the best protection  against battery damage, how to properly store and protect the battery in an RV, 4x4, ATV/UTV or motorcycle, and the unique way to recondition and recover a sulphated or badly depleted battery!

DEI header wrapping demonstration how-toSpecial tool for tightening the stainless steel bands on DEI header wrap installations

Header wrapping is an art. In this HD video how-to, watch Dan Stark from DEI wrap a set of exhaust headers —the right way! Design Engineering, Inc., has a full line of thermal and acoustic barrier products. This demonstration took place at the 2014 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn how-to make your header wrap fit properly and work right!

The Magazine's Honda XR650R Motorcycle: Acerbis Sahara Fuel Tank Added for Long Distance Travel and  Video Work!

Honda XR650R with Acerbis 6.3 gallon Sahara fuel tank!

The magazine's Honda XR650R video filming platform provides a rugged equipment package for open desert riding.  Some consider 300 pounds "wet" as heavy, though this did not prevent repeated wins of Baja 1000 Races with the additional weight of a large fuel tank and race lighting.  (We added racks, bags and a dual-sport conversion!)  The factory 2.6 gallon fuel tank is simply too small for dual-sport use or long races!  Consulting with Just Gas Tanks, we picked the Acerbis Sahara 6.3 gallon replacement tank as our solution In this detailed how-to HD video, see the installation of this large capacity aftermarket tank on our Honda XR650R motorcycle!

N4WDA Hosts a Rainy Day 'Family Fun Day' and 'Show-N-Shine' at Sparks, Nevada!

Show-N-Shine trophies at N4WDA Family Fun Day

On September 27, 2014, the N4WDA sponsored a Family Fun Day at the Sparks, Nevada 4Wheel Parts Store.  Despite the steady rain, a number of hardy four-wheelers proudly entered their 4x4s in the Show-N-Shine competition.  These are hardcore trail vehicles that often double as daily drivers.  No "trailer queens" here!  Northern Nevada four-wheelers have access to the Rubicon Trail and many other rough backcountry venues.  In this HD video, see how these no-frills 4x4s are set up for some of the hardest trails in the Far West!

BFG Launches the New All-Terrain KO2 Tires at Baja, Mexico

Ensenada, Mexico BFG KO2 tire launch

September 2014—Professional and media drivers punished the new BFG All-Terrain KO2 tires for over 300 miles, clawing through oozing mud, scaling rain soaked rocks and pressing through miles of the Baja race course. Alongside a hurricane at the nearby Sea of Cortez, in pelting rain with desert flooding, drivers tested the KO2's traction and lateral stability on extreme, loose surfaces!

The new BFGoodrich® All-Terrain KO2 tire designMenacing weather over Mike's Sky Ranch during tire testing

BFG invested many years in this tire's development and put it all on the line at Baja, Mexico! The concensus? We experienced the best multipurpose on- and off-road tire available. For four-wheelers and light truck/SUV owners seeking superior tread wear, maximum traction and sidewall protection, whether aired down for the trail or highway inflated, this is the all-weather traction tire that will consistently deliver!

Iconic Mike's Sky Ranch on the Baja Race course Wide Open Baja buggies compete in the Baja Races!

At the famous Mike's Sky Ranch, buggies and Ford Raptor pickups await media and professional drivers for the second day of testing...Expect the magazine's heavy hauler Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 and modified Jeep XJ Cherokee to expand KO2 tire testing to Nevada's high desert country and this winter's Eastern Sierra blizzards!

See the "Gravity" experience from BFGoodrich® Tires. Want to know just how strong the new All-Terrain KO2 tires can be? Watch this!...Enjoy Playground Earth on BFG tires.

4WD Mechanix Magazine's Popular Streaming HD Video 'How-to' Features at Vimeo On Demand!

Moses Ludel rebuilds the 11.5

An in-depth, 66-minute 11.5" and 9.25" AAM axle  rebuild "how-to" HD video is now available at Vimeo On Demand  as a streaming rental... Go to this page at the magazine to view the trailer.  Click here to access the Vimeo On Demand streaming HD video rental!

Jeep XJ Cherokee 4.0L water pump replacement

     In this HD video streaming how-to rental at  Vimeo On Demand , Moses Ludel removes and installs a water pump on a 1987-2001 Jeep XJ Cherokee 4.0L engine.  The basic steps in this water pump replacement carry over to other 4.0L Jeep inline sixes, including the 1991-95 YJ Wranglers and the 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wranglers.  Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ/WJ models also use this engine from 1992-2004. (Many steps apply to Jeep CJ models equipped with the 232 and 4.2L/258 cubic inch inline six cylinder engines.)  Included is how-to on removal and installation of the serpentine drive belt. Click here for direct access to details on the streaming video rental at Vimeo On Demand .  If you would like to view the trailer at the magazine site, click  here.

Jeep XJ Cherokee radiator removal from the engine bay

The additional new how-to HD video covers radiator R&R on a Jeep XJ Cherokee. Make the water pump removal easier by removing the radiator first. Once out, consider subletting the radiator to a local radiator shop for flushing or rodding and pressure testing. The trailer can be viewed at the magazine or for direct access to the Vimeo On Demand streaming feature, click here!

Honda XR650R Dual-Sport Get Ready: Nelson-Rigg Luggage plus TCI Products Racks and Skid Plate Crankcase and Side Cover Protection!

TCI Products Sequoia tail and saddle bag rack for the Honda XR650R motorcycle Video gear on board for field filming off-road

The magazine's Honda XR650R dual-sport motorcycle carries valuable video equipment and camping gear into the backcountry. For rugged, well-crafted luggage, durable racks and substantial engine protection that will hold up to dirt and off-road motorsports environments, we turned to TCI Products and Nelson-Rigg luggage. Nelson-Rigg luggage offers utility, high quality materials and versatility. TCI Products provides the best engineering and fit in racks, skid plates and engine guards. In this video series, see how Nelson-Rigg motorcycle luggage and TCI Products racks and engine protection work for us!

Mounting and Testing Michelin Dual-Sport T63 and Cross AC10 Motorcycle Tires

The magazine's Honda XR650R ready for video filming on the road and trail! Michelin T63 and Cross AC10 tires for DOT dual-sport use

At left, 4WD Mechanix Magazine's Honda XR650R motorcycle is ready to roll with fresh Michelin T63 tires and matching tubes!  This motorcycle follows the "100 miles from nowhere rule!": Used for video filming at remote desert and mountain venues, tires must be reliable, trail and road worthy—and durable.

In this two-part HD video series, we mount and test Michelin's T63 and Cross AC10 dual-sport motorcycle tires.  These tires and matching tubes are DOT approved for use on public roads and highways. The T63 is a 50/50 highway and off-pavement design. The Cross AC10 has a rugged enduro-type tread design for 90% off-pavement use. Our testbed for these tires is the magazine's popular Honda XR650R dual-sport motorcycle with DOT on-highway needs plus remote backcountry use. The bike serves as a platform for filming HD video in the field, doubling as a technical how-to subject...In Part 2 of the HD video, see these Michelin tires put to the test with the high power-to-weight ratio XR650R torque!

Note: At the heart of our Honda XR650R dual-sport bike is a freshly built, uncorked engine. With Hot Cams 'Stage 1' camshaft and L.A. Sleeve head and cylinder work , this powerplant pumps out an estimated 55 horsepower and 50 lbs. ft. torque. At approximately 300 pounds wet weight (without rider, racks, bags or outdoor gear), the dual-sport converted motorcycle requires secure rim bead locks and premium, dependable tires!

Cylinder barrel removal during upper engine rebuild

In this instructional HD video series, Moses Ludel rebuilds the top end of the magazine's Honda XR650R motorcycle engine. Low compression led to the tear down. (See the HD video how-to on the cylinder leak down test.)  The tear down led to a sublet of the cylinder head and cylinder for machining and reconditioning at L.A. Sleeve Company . For an overview of the teardown and removal of the cylinder head and cylinder barrel for inspection, click here!

     The rebuild of the Honda XR650R upper engine is now available as a 54 -minute HD video  step-by-step upper engine how-to rebuild! *

*For those doing only a valve adjustment on this four -stroke engine (and other four-strokes with conventional rocker adjusters) , a  valve adjustment standalone video  is also available at Vimeo On Demand.  Each video  rents for a 30-day period, allowing  enough time for parts delays, machining sublets and other time constraints or challenges!

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"In response to your reply, Moses, I'm mind blown...It will take me a couple reads to soak this all in, but once again, mind blown. I wish you were my neighbor!"— Member Megatron
"I first read Moses' writings when I bought his Jeep Owner's Bible  years ago. I joined the forums to solicit advice on my cylinder #1 misfire. My mechanic advised replacing the motor due to the 250k mileage. Moses started with fundamentals, rather than part swaps. And other folks here have chimed in with additional advice. The misfire topic is getting a lot of views, so I assume there's a bunch of other TJ owners whose Jeep 4x4s are aging and need some attention. I agree with Biggman100, joining these forums and posting a question is going to get you help and educate the rest of us."— JJ_Jeep, Forum Member Since June 8, 2013

"I want to encourage others to become forum members. Joining these forums is free, and it is very easy to become a member...I'm getting reliable information, professional advice, money saving tips, safety recommendations and, for the first time, practical and proven solutions that don't always involve spending a fortune. And when it's time to buy parts and aftermarket items, I'm making better choices and have confidence that the upgrades and accessories will actually work!...Join us, you'll be doing yourself a huge favor, and we'd like your participation!"... Posted by Member 'Biggman100'

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