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Four Wheeler

September 2021

Get Four Wheeler digital magazine subscription today for a wide range of informative articles including adventure travel in the US and abroad, domestic trail rides and event coverage, comprehensive new-vehicle testing and evaluation, technical articles designed for four-wheelers of all abilities, as well as how-to installation articles, equipment guides and comprehensive product testing.

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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min
dixie offroad expo

Dixie 4 Wheel Drive hosted the first-ever Dixie Offroad Expo for two days during the 2021 Moab Easter Jeep Safari and packed the show with over 75 vendors and more than 3,500 attendees. There was no admission charge, and four-wheel fanatics were free to mingle with industry leaders, browse and shop for new off-road wares, and get up close with 4x4s of all kinds—including the new Ford Bronco. We took a break from the trails to comb through the show and were met with a trove of new and exciting products. Here’s some of what we found. FLEXY LED LIGHT KC Lights showed off its newest LED light that features four Cree LEDs and can be had in either spot or combo beam patterns. The Flex Era 4 throws down 7,912 raw…

5 min

Kraig Mackett’s plans were interrupted—in a good way—when he was selected to beta-test the Cummins R2.8 engine. His ’91 Land Rover Defender 90 would be one of the first vehicles to put the new Cummins powerplant to work in the field, but that’s not where his fascination with Rovers began. Despite previously owning many makes and models of vehicles, after Kraig traveled to North Africa and spent time driving around in a Defender 110, he knew he was drawn to Land Rovers. “I’ve owned nearly 50 of them over the years and currently have more than 20 Land Rovers in various states of being,” Kraig explained. But the ’91 Defender 90 you see here is special. It was originally sold in Italy as an uncommon left-hand-drive vehicle with the sought-after 200Tdi…

6 min

DODGE CAD DANA 60: BUILD IT OR NOT? Q Do you have any articles on Dodge CAD Dana 60 axles? Is this axle worth trying to use as an upgrade? Are there any special mods it takes to make it work? KOSH VIA EMAIL A Great question, but the answer leads to other questions that might change any decisions you might make about the axle. First, we’d say that if you already have a Dodge CAD (center axle disconnect) Dana 60 or are planning to build a solid axle ’94-’02 Dodge truck you should consider this axle as a starting point. If not, we’d opt for a junkyard-sourced Super Duty Dana 60. We have a ’98 Dodge 2500 4x4 that has the CAD axle and may one day spend some time and money on…

3 min

Did You Hear? Shortly before the release of the ’22 Ford F-150 Lightning, President Biden toured the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. After his speech, the President could be heard joking with Ford executives, “I wonder whether I can lose the Secret Service and go out on the track. You think I’m kidding? I’m not.” In an unplanned feat, the President was ushered into the F-150 Lightning, onto a test track, and given the order to “just mash it.” After silently zipping up to 60 mph in what he estimated to be 4.4 seconds, Biden exclaimed from behind his aviator sunglasses, “this sucker’s quick!” Will the Electric Lime Metallic ’22 Toyota Tacoma be the retina-searing reason you visit a dealership this year? The new Tacoma sits 1.5 inches higher…

4 min
return to the red rocks

While 2020 left us at home reliving memories of Jeep Safaris past, the event returned in 2021 and brought thousands of Jeep fans to Moab for a week of trail riding, exciting new products, and fun in the sand and rocks. Originally run by Moab’s Chamber of Commerce, the Jeep Safari has been around since 1967 and is now coordinated by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, a local off-road club. Jeepers were invited to sign up in advance for various daily guided trail rides designed to challenge everything from stock Jeeps to dedicated rock buggies. For those not participating in organized runs, Moab was packed with 4x4 enthusiasts and the red rock trails were the place to be. We were on the scene with cameras at the ready, to bring you…

6 min
all better

When our buddy Derik got a new-to-him ’14 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71 and complained that it looked like a grandpa’s truck, we knew just what to do. We talked to our friends at Skyjacker Suspensions for the perfect setup to make the truck look way better and increase clearance for a larger-than-stock all-terrain tire. Derik uses his truck on the weekends to go hunting. That means he uses it on rough backroads, sometimes towing a toy hauler, a UTV, or a camper. First, we suggested a leveling kit, but Derik really wanted a full lift kit and some 33-inch tires. With that info, Skyjacker suggested a 3.5-inch upper control arm lift kit with Black MAX rear shocks for trucks with cast-steel control arms. Up front, the lift kit spaces the factory…