Four Wheeler November 2018

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United States
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
the attraction of ugly 4x4s

I’ve owned a fair number of 4x4s in my 55 years on this planet. I’m not one to trade, sell, or buy a 4x4 often, but when you get to be my age, the number of owned 4x4s is rather large by default. Speaking of “my age,” recently I was getting ready to pay for a meal at a restaurant while on assignment in Washington State. When the server brought my bill she asked how old I was. Now, why would she ask me that? When I told her I had just turned 55 she gleefully proclaimed that I qualified for the restaurant’s senior citizen discount. I wasn’t ready for that. I considered dramatically storming out in protest, but my knees hurt too much, and that pinched nerve in my spine…

6 min

KEN.BRUBAKER@FOURWHEELER.COM ALWAYS STARTS I drive a small ’86 Isuzu pickup with a wooden flatbed on the back of it. We bought the truck about two years ago and it was originally from Ohio so the truck is rusted all over the place. The bed rattled like crazy so eventually we took a Skilsaw and cut the four bed bolts holding it on and cut the bed off. We replaced it with a wooden bed that me and my dad made out of pressure-treated tongue and groove boards. The heater in the truck wasn’t working right so we rewired it to a switch hanging from the dash so it only blows air on high. The truck also has carburetor problems so some days it will run great and others it will die as…

6 min
rpm automotive news

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM ’19 GMC Sierra Elevation GMC likes to call the new Elevation model “a statement in design, capability, and advanced connectivity.” That’s a polite way of saying the ’19 double-cab–based truck looks nicely badass. It comes standard with the new 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder matched to an eight-speed trans for 310 horses and 348 lb-ft of torque. You can still opt to give your truck the 5.3L V-8; in 2019, the new 3.0L diesel six-cylinder will also be available. You can also go for the X31 Off Road package—dual exhaust, Rancho shocks, a locking rear diff, Hill Descent Control, skidplates—and the ProGrade Trailering System and Trailering App for easier connection of a trailer. THAT’S INTERESTING What are the most American-made vehicles, meaning, “high domestic-parts content”? According to, the numero uno for 2018 was the…

1 min
motor trend

Catch these shows on Sept 07 LIVE! 24H GT Series/24H Touring Car Endurance Series, 24H Barcelona – Qualifying and Night Practice Sept 07 Auto Mundial Sept 07 Motorsport Mundial Sept 08 LIVE! 24H GT Series/24H Touring Car Endurance Series, 24H Barcelona Sept 08 LIVE! DTM Championship, Nürburgring Sept 08 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Nürburgring Sept 09 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Nürburgring Sept 10 Roadkill Garage, Ep. 35 Sept 12 Engine Masters, Ep. 38 Sept 13 British Touring Car Championship, Knockhill Sept 14 Auto Mundial Sept 14 Motorsport Mundial Sept 15 LIVE! Formula Drift, Texas Motor Speedway, TX Sept 15 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Sandown Sept 16 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Sandown Sept 17 Dirt Every Day, Ep. 81 Sept 18 Ferrari Challenge Europe, Barcelona, Spain Sept 19 Mobil 1 The Grid, Program 16 Sept 19 Ignition, Ep. 196 Sept 20 FIA World Rallycross, Latvia Sept 21 Auto Mundial Sept…

4 min
parts rack

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM SAFE SHACKLE Rough roads and off-road travel can cause the D-ring bolt to loosen over time, which leads to you losing your recovery shackles. Daystar Products may have the solution to lost D-rings with the new Locking D-Ring Isolator. It snaps on to any standard 3⁄4-inch D-ring and keeps it from banging against your bumper, while also protecting your bumper’s finish. The built-in lanyard loops through the hole in your D-ring bolt, preventing it from unscrewing on its own. The Daystar Products Locking D-Ring Isolator is made in the USA from polyurethane and is available in 10 different colors. INFO: Daystar Products, 800/595-7659, COILOVER CONVERSION BDS has added to its premium suspension lineup with new 4.5- and 6.5-inch coilover conversion systems for the ’01-’10 Chevy/GMC HD trucks and SUVs. These new systems…

7 min
car-camping convention THE 2018 OVERLAND EXPO WEST WAS WHEELING, camping, exploring, and self-sufficiency, all rolled into a rooftop tent and parked in the wilderness. A record-breaking 14,000 people ventured from all corners of the globe and gathered outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, for the 14th Overland Expo West. As the sun rose over the horizon, casting a glow on Fort Tuthill County Park, the French presses and camping stove-top espresso machines came to life, drawing the overlanders from their abodes. Some crawled from tents in the dirt, others pitched forth ladders from the doorways of their vehicle-top fabric palaces, while the rest peered out from the windows of their hard-sided glamp-yachts. However they chose to spend the nighttime hours, the overlanders had congregated in the open camping areas on-site at Overland Expo West. Before long,…