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    Bryon Irons

    In ‘n Out

    You may have noticed that our recent shop-time endeavors have revolved around building a junkyard LS based engine and swapping it into 1978 Chevrolet ½ ton pickup truck that we have owned since “the beginning of time” according to our kids... Read more

    Oct 19, 2022

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    Bryan Irons

    Hearing an LS Roar!

    If you’ve been following our GM 6.0 L V8 LS rebuild, you know about our specific goal of repurposing it for an old square-body pickup. We sourced this engine from a 2005 Silverado HD and was borderline junkyard fodder at the time we got our hands... Read more

    Jul 29, 2022

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    Bryan Irons

    We Can Rebuild It: Junkyard Motor Mod Part II

    In our last issue (4WDrive Volume 24, Number 1), we broke down a 2005 6.0 L Chevrolet LQ9 V8 engine we cored from a Denali pickup in a junkyard and explained what to look for when getting ready to add more trail-worthy parts for optimal... Read more

    Jun 6, 2022

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    Bryan Irons

    Tooling for More Power!

    Preface: When working on any fuel system for your 4x4, the combined reaction of sparks and fuel vapours is just a recipe for disaster. If they ignite, missing eyebrows are the best-case scenario and fatal injuries are the worst-case scenario... Read more

    May 16, 2022

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    Bryan Irons

    We Can Rebuild It: Junkyard Motor Mod Part I

    We were recently in a situation that many DIY wrenchers dream of and fear. We had a clean, spacious engine bay and used LS series engine on a stand with grandiose plans to make it great again for off-roading. So what were we afraid of? Well, with... Read more

    Mar 17, 2022

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    Kolyn Radbourne

    From Stock to Superb: A DIY Xterra Lift Project

    Years ago, when I first started four-wheeling, lifting a rig was a fairly straightforward DIY process - just swap out the leaf springs and shocks, and it was pretty much good to go. Now that I own a Nissan Xterra, lifting it to run larger tires... Read more

    Nov 10, 2021

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    Peter Boyer

    Add New Life into a Project Jeep

    During the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, I started thinking about how to best pass the time other than communicating on social media, watching Netflix and reading through a stack of novels. My solution was simple - purchase a used... Read more

    Oct 29, 2021

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    Quiton Neufeldt

    Doubling-Up on Off-Road Protection

    Pickup trucks complete a variety of duties -  be it work or play. Our Project 99 Super Duty is no different. We use it to tow, haul, plow snow, and other work-related tasks for our contracting business. We also use it for off-road trips whenever... Read more

    Sep 16, 2021

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    Kolyn Radbourne

    No Xterra Parts? No Problem

    When it comes to late-model 4x4s, we all know they may not be as tough as their forefathers. Let's face it, neither are we.  But we still crave adventure and modifying an older off-road vehicle is always an option to add more function, strength... Read more

    Aug 2, 2021

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    Peter Boyer

    Install: Replacing Rear Axle Seals

    Rear axle seal failures are not uncommon on Jeep Wranglers. But, with the severe use that the seal encounters in a 4X4 rig, and its minimal design, it’s surprising that it doesn’t fail more often. This repair is fairly straightforward, as we shall... Read more

    Jul 24, 2021

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    Perry Mack

    Fab Your Own Light Mount for $20!

    We often get lights to review but occasionally they don’t mount easily on our existing vehicles. Many lighting companies are not light ‘mount’ companies, due to the diversity of vehicles and the accompanying mounting options. We received some... Read more

    Jun 8, 2021

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    Peter Boyer

    Suspension Swap for a 2011 Project Jeep

    It’s widely known that Jeep manufactured approximately 2.1 million Wrangler JKs from 2006 to 2018, making it one of the most popular Jeep models of all time. The vast aftermarket of parts and accessories for the JK is only exceeded by the... Read more

    May 27, 2021

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    Bryan Irons

    Ramp-Up Your 4X4 Parking Brakes

    Short of breaking into a ‘back in my day’ monologue, a time existed when the criteria I needed to deem a vehicle safe and reliable could have been written on a single post-it note – in large letters with a thick-tipped Sharpie... Read more

    May 3, 2021

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    Bryan Irons

    Install: Trutrac Axle Swap

    No true off roader has gone for a trip in a newly acquired vehicle and proclaimed, “Perfect, I’m not going to change a thing.” Those people are what grizzled, dirt-eating wheelers term “quitters.” We’re always looking for ways to enhance... Read more

    Nov 9, 2020

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    Bryan Irons

    Good Lubrication for Great Engine Performance and a Long Life

    Despite what some may think, many of the lubricants used in your vehicle perform important functions other than just “keeping things slippery.” Engine oil has to be one of the most abused fluids in your vehicle short of the half-sack of Bud Light... Read more

    Oct 12, 2020

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