Four Wheeler June 2020

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United States
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
manual locking hubs, t-case levers, and “stripper” 4x4s

I like things simple when it comes to 4x4s. For example, I’m drawn to the base model of a truck or SUV. I can’t help it. This started back in 1971 when I saw my uncle’s brand-new, mostly base ’72 Chevy K5 Blazer. It was love at first sight. There were other notable events that reinforced my attitude toward simplicity. For example, back in 2000, I was at a GM event in Wyoming to see the then-new Chevy Suburban and Tahoe. I will never forget that event because one of the vehicles GM brought was a “stripper” 2500-Series Suburban 4x4. When it came time to choose a vehicle to drive, I snatched that one up. Not that anyone else wanted the de-optioned SUV. It was amazing. Vinyl seats, vinyl floor…

7 min

FORDS AND THE INLINE-SIX I have owned three Ford F-150s with 300ci inline-sixes and five-speeds. They were all work trucks and were fine for their intended purpose. They ran fine, had decent fuel economy, and would pull a 16-foot trailer with a ’75 Jeep CJ-5 on it, at least here in the flatlands. It was common for me to haul three- and four-cylinder Deutz diesel engines back and forth to the repair shop. I put a lot of highway miles on them and was looking for trucks with low repair costs. I never had a driveline failure on any of them and most repairs were due to wear or road hazards. During the time that I owned these trucks, I also had two F-150s with 351s and automatic transmissions. I still…

8 min

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM THAT’S INTERESTING • GM’s new trailer-safety concept? The eBoost braking system. It’s intended to allow a truck-and-trailer combo to stop in the same distance as when the truck is unloaded and at its GVWR. • Want to sign up for updates on Jeep’s electric vehicles? Go here: • Hagerty predicts that the ’71-’80 Scout, ’84-’01 Jeep Cherokee, and ’70-’95 Range Rover will increase in value in 2020. • The ’20 Ford Super Duty Snow Plow Prep Package garnered a 1,400-pound max snow rating for the gas-truck category and 1,290 pounds for the diesel-equipped pickups. • But Ford isn’t just bragging about its plow—it also now has 43 consecutive years of the best-selling pickup in America: the F-series. • GM may not be GOAT-ing itself about plows, but it can confidently talk about how Chevy and…

7 min
parts rack

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM TENT TOP If you’re looking for a rooftop tent for a smaller 4x4, the iKamper Skycamp Mini may be just what you need. It’s a two-person rooftop tent with all of the features of the original Skycamp. The smaller footprint clears more room on roof racks or on shortbed pickup trucks. It’s said to feature a quick 1-minute setup and weighs in at only 125 pounds. Other features include a double layer hard fiber-reinforced plastic shell with built-in air insulation, making the Skycamp Mini almost soundproof and condensation resistant. The floor is made of high-performance honeycomb aluminum panels that are lightweight and strong enough to hold a 1.8-ton Jeep Wrangler. Each Skycamp Mini tent is made of breathable, water-resistant poly-cotton canvas with waterproof zippers and a waterproof polyester rain fly for…

11 min
4x4 protection

The body armor, skidplating, and protection your truck or SUV needs will depend on several factors, including the make and model of your 4x4, the types of off-roading you plan to do, the amount of ground clearance your vehicle has, your driving style, personal preference, and more. Of course, there are some basic protection improvements that every 4x4 needs. Enthusiasts with longer-wheelbase vehicles, like four-door pickups, will need to pay more attention to potential problem areas than drivers of short-wheelbase vehicles, like the two-door Wrangler. There is simply more real estate that needs to be protected on bigger vehicles. If you spent any time at all under your 4x4, you quickly realized there are many vulnerable areas and components. Some are protected by thin stamped steel, aluminum, and even fabric skidplates, while…

5 min
four wheller 2020 guide to 4x4 armor

It’s not about the paint (entirely). Armor for a 4x4 is about protecting sheetmetal and underbody parts, too. Crunching, dragging, banging—sure, scars can be a badge of honor, but you know what also looks cool? Body armor. That’s what you’ll find here, all sorts of innovative aftermarket parts to protect the exterior and what lies beneath while you’re rockcrawling, overlanding, and doing general off-roading. Jeep Performance Parts Tube Doors What: These are doors constructed from 2-inch, round steel tubes for Jeeps: the ’18-up Jeep Wrangler and ’20-up Jeep Gladiator, specifically. Two- and four-door models can be outfitted, complete with production door hinges and latches. That’s cool: They’re painted low-gloss black. Price: Starts at $745 Info: Rubicon Express Skidplates What: If you have an ’18-current Jeep Wrangler or ’20-up Jeep Gladiator with the 3.6L, these CNC…