Four Wheeler October 2018

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United States
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
that time i bought a non-running 1979 bronco

There were a lot of things to look at on the backroad drive to town from my house in rural northern Illinois farmland. There were crops (gotta see how everyone’s corn and beans were doing), tractors and implements (never get tired of looking at those), and livestock (is that a bull in the pasture?). But what riveted my attention one day was the ’79 Ford Bronco sitting in a driveway of a house at about the halfway point to town. It was spring of 1998 and a family had just moved into the ranch-style house on an acre of land, and along with them came the Bronco. A few months later I noticed the red Bronco was not being driven. After a few more weeks of seeing no sign of Bronco…

4 min

KEN.BRUBAKER@FOURWHEELER.COM CURTIS’ JEEP We bought this Jeep over two years ago. It is a ’89 YJ with a 350ci motor, Turbo 350 transmission, NP205 and 203 T-cases, high-pinion front axle, and a Ford rear axle. My husband has been working hard to get it built the way he wants it. The Jeep started out with leaf springs and now after working a lot of hours on it for the past two years it is four-linked and has ORI struts. Curtis Smith is a hardworking man at work and home. He takes pride in everything he does. He likes to challenge himself in his projects and when he is wheeling. He loves to be with his family and friends. He likes to wheel at Disney, Oklahoma, SMORR in Missouri, and Byrd’s in Arkansas. AUDREY…

6 min
rpm automotive news

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM THAT’S INTERESTING Some of the new items on the ’19 Ford F-150 Raptor include Fox 3.0 electronically controlled shocks, Recaro sport seats, and Trail Control, which Ford calls “like cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain.” The mic has been dropped—the final Jeep Wrangler JK went down the line on April 27, 2018 (a white Rubicon Unlimited). Awkward…someone’s going to have to pick up the mic again to announce that Toledo Supplier Park is switching over to production of the Jeep truck that’s finally coming for 2019. Will the next vehicle from GM be spit out of a 3D printer? The automaker is trying on generative design software to develop lightweight components for future vehicles. Classic Centre in Essen—that would be the first Jaguar Land Rover Classic entry outside of the UK, and will offer…

1 min

Catch these shows on Aug 03 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Sydney Aug 03 Auto Mundial Aug 03 Motorsport Mundial Aug 04 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Sydney Aug 06 Roadkill, Ep. 74 Aug 08 Mobil 1 The Grid, Program 13 Aug 08 Put Up or Shut Up, Ep. 8 Aug 09 FIA World Rallycross, Canada Aug 10 Auto Mundial Aug 10 Motorsport Mundial Aug 11 LIVE! DTM Championship, Brands Hatch Aug 11 LIVE! Formula Drift, St. Louis, MO Aug 11 LIVE! Trans Am Series, Mid-Ohio Aug 13 Roadkill Garage, Ep. 34 Aug 15 Engine Masters, Ep. 39 Aug 16 British Touring Car Championship, Snetterton Aug 17 LIVE! European Le Mans Series - Qualifying, Silverstone, England Aug 17 LIVE! Michelin Le Mans Cup - Race 2, Silverstone, England Aug 17 Auto Mundial Aug 17 Motorsport Mundial Aug 18 LIVE! European Le Mans Series, Silverstone, England Aug 18 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Silverstone Aug…

2 min
parts rack

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM JL LIFT OPTIONS Skyjacker now offers 1-1.5-inch, 2-2.5-inch, and 3.5-4-inch lift systems for the ’18 Jeep Wrangler JL. Each kit features dual-rate long-travel coil springs designed specifically for the JL for on- and off-road use. The Skyjacker suspension systems include extended sway bar end links and bumpstop extensions. Long-travel front and rear shocks are said to offer the maximum extension allowable for full articulation. Lift systems are available with either M95 monotube or Black MAX long-travel shocks. The 3.5-4-inch lift system also includes an adjustable front track bar, eccentric cam bolts, and a rear upper frame-mounted track bar relocation bracket. INFO: Skyjacker, 318/388-0816, TRUE BEADLOCK Method Race Wheels now offers the 106 beadlock. The 17x9 wheel features a deep-dish split six-spoke face design, 3.5 inches of backspacing, a forged 6061 aluminum beadlock…

4 min
trail torches WHEN YOUR OFF- AND ON-ROAD ADVENTURES extend past the daylight hours, you begin thinking of ways to light up the world. Our ’17 JK Wrangler might sit idle during the week, but when Friday night rolls around, you’ll find it twisting through snowy mountain passes and cruising the desert in search of the next adventure. The JK has LED headlamps that are well suited for use on crowded highways, but when we trade pavement for dirt, we often find ourselves overdriving our lights. The headlamp beam pattern also leaves many things in the shadows, like the rocks and elk that tend to jump from the periphery and into our path of travel. We needed a light that not only illuminates the area directly in front of the Jeep, but also…