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Four Wheeler

September 2021

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12 Issues

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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…

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
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…

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…

11 min
smart & seamless

Jeep Wrangler JLs are electrically complicated vehicles. From the two factory batteries under the hood to all the sensors that run the CAN bus system, these 4x4s are incredibly sensitive to unapproved loads and curious voltage drops. Because of this, Jeep offers four auxiliary switches to easily access the vehicle’s electrical power without upsetting all the modules and data flowing across the vehicle. But what do you do if you need more ways to power up accessories and require more onboard capacity to extend time between engine starts? A dual battery kit seems like the best option, but most people don’t realize that the Wrangler JL already has two batteries under the hood. The main battery is a traditional Group 48-size AGM battery with 65 Ah of capacity used for cranking,…