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Jul212017

A July Perspective of Off Roading Tire Treads and Snow!

Summer is here – and if you are like most other off-roaders, you are out rock climbing and playing in the mud with your great truck outfitted with custom bumpers. Winter is still months off and is the last thing on most people’s minds. Yet if you enjoy trail riding in the snow, this might be the best time to think about snow tires. The cooler weather will be here sooner than you think. Do you know which tires will give you the best traction once the snow begins to fall? Snow, Mud, or All-Terrain Tires? The first thing you need to understand when … READ MORE >

Jul192017

Important Tips For Installing Winches to Fab Fours Bumpers!

So you are ready to invest in great steel bumpers for your truck and thinking about adding a winch? Great choice! One of the best things after you’ve added heavy duty bumpers, especially those great new 2017 Chevy heavy duty bumpers from Fab Fours for off-road trucks, is discovering how easy it can be to install and add a winch. In just a few hours, you will be ready to hit the trails with a ready-to-use winch. Before you start the installation process, check out the tips listed below to make sure the you don’t run into any avoidable problems along the way. 1. … READ MORE >

Jul122017

Valve Stems – Can This Weak Link Halt My Off Roading Fun?

Your off-road truck is only as strong as its weakest link, the one that is usually the most forgotten. Though you have surely put a lot of consideration into getting the right tires for your ride, along with durable steel bumpers and other upgrades, have you considered your valve stems? Easier to damage than you may realize, your day of fun could come to an abrupt end if you break or tear off a valve stem. To keep this from happening, consider this practical information and make sure you’re riding with valve stems that are up to the task! Valve Stems Do … READ MORE >

Jun262017

Why Improved Steel Bumpers Are Great For 4×4 Trucks!

If you off-road, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that some of the stock equipment on your outfitted truck or Jeep isn’t going to be enough out on the trail. Most people start their upgrades by adding bigger, better tires and then movie onto things like the suspension and protective gear like differential covers. If you off-road, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that some of the stock equipment on your outfitted truck or Jeep isn’t going to be enough out on the trail. Most people start their upgrades by adding bigger, better tires and then movie … READ MORE >

Jun232017

Why Cold-Air Intake Systems Are Vital For Off Road Trucks!

To get the best performance out of your off-road truck, you need a good air intake system. During times of exertion, cool clean air is just as important for your truck as it is for you. A cold-air intake system is the preferred way to go so your truck gets the blast of air it needs to keep climbing those hills. When planning your other modifications like upgrading your suspension and tires and adding steel bumpers, consider how a cold-air intake can help you have more fun while reducing the strain on your engine. The Critical Role of Air Like you, your fully-equipped, … READ MORE >

Jun222017

Off Road Trucks And Cooling Systems!

When you’re out there enjoying the trails, some parts on your off-road truck, such as the suspension, tires, and bumpers, may seem more important than others, at least until a failure occurs. Such is the case many times with the cooling system, responsible for keeping your motor properly running cool you put your truck through its paces. Proper cooling is one of those essential details that deserves more consideration than we may give it, since a lot of damage can result when its not carefully managed. Here’s some information about your truck’s cooling system and what you need to watch for … READ MORE >

Jun72017

Why Off-Road Trucks Don’t Need Pretty Parts on The Trails!

A good-looking off-road truck is something to really be proud of, especially when it’s properly equipped for the trails. Looks aren’t everything, though; in many cases, flimsy aftermarket parts and many light-duty stock parts can end up damaged. To prevent this from happening, you should upgrade with heavy duty body parts and steel bumpers; avoid adding things that will just get in the way. Add strong and effective gear that will actually protect your truck; don’t get sidetracked with all the other junk out there. Rocker Guards The rocker area under your outfitted truck or Jeep is one of the prime areas … READ MORE >

May252017

Off Road Trucks And Plumbing – Really?

When equipping your off-road truck for the trail, some of the upgrades you’ll need are more obvious than others. Still, those not-so-obvious upgrades – like your truck’s ‘plumbing’ –  can make the difference between having a great day climbing hills and having to limp back home or even get towed. Bigger tires and a stronger, longer suspension are a given, as are steel bumpers and enhanced off-road lighting in some situations. What many people forget about is less obvious parts like essential hoses. Without durable truck plumbing, you won’t get too far despite all those other upgrades. Upgrading Your Truck’s Plumbing Hoses are … READ MORE >

May102017

A Detailed Look At Off-Roading Protocol On The Trail!

Heading out onto the trail is an exciting time for anyone who enjoys off-roading, an adventure with fun challenges around every turn and over every hill. Of course you love your off-road truck and have upgraded it with the right tires, bumpers, important accessories, an emergency kit, and necessary recovery equipment. Have you considered the unwritten or less obvious rules of off-roading, the protocol that helps keep this sport safe? Consider the following “do’s and don’ts” before hitting the trails. Every off-roaders primary goal should be to keep off-roading fun and safe for everyone. Off-Roading Do’s For Fun and Safety —– DO Know … READ MORE >

Apr262017

Apps For When You Go Off-Roading!

There’s a mobile phone app for just about everything and off-roading is no different! While it’s probably a given that a mapping app would be pretty useful for those taking to the trails with their off-road trucks, maps are only one part of the picture. There’s many more apps that can come in handy while on the trails than most off-roaders probably realize. Navigation and Mapping The first place that any enthusiast might head when wanting useful apps for off-roading is to the maps and navigation tools and with good reason. There are great ones available designed specifically for off-roading that offer … READ MORE >

Apr242017

Consider These Critical Aspects Of Off Road Trucks!

ff-roading is exciting and fun when hitting the trails with the right truck or Jeep. Not all 4-wheel drive vehicles are the same as there’s a lot of variation out there in some critical elements. From important equipment like suspension and drivetrain to add-ons like wheels and aftermarket bumpers, safe off-roading demands the right component combinations. Before venturing out for some fun with your truck or when planning the purchase of a new 4×4, consider the different factors that are part of a great off-road truck so your adventures are memorable. Truck Size and Weight When it comes to effective off-roading, smaller size … READ MORE >

Apr202017

Just Got Done Off Roading – Now What Should Happen?

After a day out playing on the hills and trails, heading home to relax may be the first thing on your mind – but don’t do it! Before hitting the highway, anyone who’s been doing more than just driving minor trails needs to stop long enough to check out that prized off-road truck and make sure it is road worthy. Off roading is rough and it’s easy to damage important equipment and vital parts like those add-on steel bumpers that could lead to a dangerous situation if undiscovered. Make sure your truck is ready for the ride home by pulling over … READ MORE >

Apr192017

Balancing Big Off Road Truck Tires!

When it comes to tires of any kind, everyone knows that you need balance for a smooth ride. Tire balance may not be a critical issue for off-road trucks equipped with steel bumpers or winch-mount bumpers that rarely see the road. For most trucks that do double duty, it is a concern. The bigger the tire, the harder it can be to balance. When equipping off-road trucks with aftermarket bumpers, shocks, and tires that can affect the ride, you may have to work harder to keep those tires balanced. Why Tire Balance Matters In order for any vehicle to ride smoothly without shakes … READ MORE >

Apr182017

Which Is Better – MIG or TIG Welding?

Off-roaders who modify their Jeeps and trucks with steel truck bumpers and other heavy-duty parts may occasionally need to have something welded. Performed correctly, welding typically provides a more secure attachment than bolts. There are two types of welding used in automotive applications: MIG welding and TIG welding. Although both methods can produce equally strong welds, they are used in different ways when installing steel bumpers and other off-road equipment. How Is MIG Welding Done? MIG or metal inert gas welding is done using a machine with a spool gun that continuously feeds metal wire that is melted to form the weld. … READ MORE >

Apr102017

Emergencies Happen Off Road – Be Prepared!

For the off-roaders out there, you know the thrill of getting your “special vehicle” equipped with steel truck bumpers, big-ass tires, and lift kits to hit your favorite off-roading trails. When venturing out into remote trail areas with any truck or Jeep, it’s also essential that you be prepared for any type of emergency. Not wanting anything to damage your great off-road truck, you surely have a truck emergency and rescue kit ready to get your truck out of a bind. But what about human emergencies? All that equipment won’t matter much if you don’t also prepare for human necessities by … READ MORE >

Apr72017

Why Your Standard Jack Is Not A Good Choice On The Trail!

There are times in every off-roader’s life when they have to jack their truck, whether to change a flat tire or get the vehicle unstuck. So it is important to know that for offroading, not just any jack will do. Standard jacks that can lift wheels and bumpers off the surface don’t offer the versatility needed for dealing with problems on the trail. With what could happen, it’s important to have a hi-lift type of jack with the rest of the rescue gear carried in off-road trucks. Why Standard Jacks Just Don’t Cut It A standard scissor truck jack is designed for one main … READ MORE >

Mar222017

Check Out Full-Floating vs Semi-Floating Off Road Truck Axles!

Don’t have to tell you off-roaders that to survive the rigors of off-road driving, trucks and Jeeps need to be tough. This could very well include having axles that are built to withstand the heavy strain of off-roading. Besides thinking about equipment like shocks, tires, and bumpers, truck owners should know about the different types of axles that are available. Axle type may be important when either choosing a vehicle for off-roading or upgrading if looking to push that prized truck or Jeep to the extreme. Truck Axles – Semi-Floating and Full-Floating Truck axles come in two versions, semi-floating and full-floating. Every … READ MORE >

Mar152017

Off Road Driving Techniques – It Has To Do With Safety!

Off-roading is quickly increasing in popularity, with more people enjoying this great activity every year. It’s a great sport, but definitely one that requires everyone to pay attention to safety in order to enjoy the fun without risking accidents or injuries. Modifying a truck and adding necessary gear like tires, bumpers, and suspension is important; however, it’s equally important to understand and practice safe off-roading techniques. Some of those simple, yet critical ideas that can ensure a successful day on the trails are included here. Don’t Overestimate The Ability Of You or Your Truck The most important safety tip for all off-road … READ MORE >

Mar102017

Offroaders – Make Sure You Know Snatch Recovery Tactics!

One of the most important techniques all off-roaders need to know if frequenting trails that could leave you stuck is a snatch recovery. Though they may seem simple enough, there are a lot of ways people can get into trouble if they improperly perform this type of recovery or use the wrong equipment. Before assuming these recoveries can be made with truck winch bumpers or that any type of strap will do, read here to learn how to snatch correctly and safely. What Is A Snatch Recovery? A snatch recovery is typically made to recover a vehicle that is bogged or stuck … READ MORE >

Feb172017

Is Crawl Ratio All That Matters To Climb That Rock?

Rock climbing with an off-road truck is pretty exciting, although it can be dangerous as well. Success and safety depend on having the right performance equipment like rock climbing tires, taller shocks, and winch ready bumpers as well as knowing what your truck can do. To figure all that out, drivers need to understand crawl ratio, how it is generated, and how to get the most benefit from it for rock climbing. What Is Crawl Ratio? Crawl ratio is the ratio of torque applied at the wheels in comparison to what is applied at the flywheel. This ratio defines the way torque is … READ MORE >

Feb152017

What Do You Know About Off-Road Tire Load Rating?

Choosing the best off-road tires involves a good deal of thought to be sure a 4WD truck or Jeep is equipped with the ones it really needs. Like other aftermarket equipment such as bumpers and suspension, tires need to be judged according to the use they will see and the truck where they will be mounted. If you have any questions about the meaning of all those numbers and ratings, read below for a brief understanding of different tire rating terminology and its significance. Tire Load Range Load range is the range of weight that a tire can support at a specific pressure, … READ MORE >

Feb142017

Fab Fours – Supporting Trail Hero As Official Bumper Sponsor!

The Trail Hero rock sports event of 2016 was a massive success, bringing trail riders and off road enthusiasts and their special off road vehicles from all over to share in a multi-day, multi-activity event like no other. In 2017, Trail Hero promises to be even better, offering 4 days of off road trail riding in Hurricane Utah as well as great industry entertainment in the evenings. Fab Fours is honored to be the Official Bumpers of Trail Hero 2017. Richard Klein, President of Trail Hero, recently spoke about the merger, stating that he was “excited to work with a reputable, American … READ MORE >

Jan242017

Are Your Off-Road Driving Skills Really That Good?

Off roading is exciting and fun, which is why we do it. Getting the most bang for your off roading dollar while also staying safe means developing the skills necessary to do so. Every person out on the trails in their outfitted off-road jeep or truck started at the beginning skill level; yet with time and experience, those skills have hopefully improved. While online or classroom learning can’t replace actually getting out there and doing it, there are some skills every driver needs to safely negotiate the trails, from mild to wild! Know How to Prepare Ahead of Time There’s a lot more … READ MORE >

Jan192017

The Pros and Cons of Lunchbox Lockers!

A lunchbox can have more than one meaning to off-roaders who like to hit the trails for the day in their favorite off-road, rock-climbing truck. Sure, you’ll want to pack your lunch when you head out, but what about adding a lunchbox locker to your truck? These differentials are great on the trail and pretty cost-effective, too. You’ll want to understand the pros and cons of using one before you make the investment, though. While a lunchbox can work out for most off-roaders, some may find it to be an inconvenience for use in any truck that’s also a daily … READ MORE >

Jan162017

Don’t Let Rust Be A Four-Letter Word On Your Off-Road Truck!

Rust – one of those four-letter words that every off-roader despises for the problems it can cause to an aging off-road truck. The more fun we have with our trucks and the more abuse they take, the more rust we see on them as they get older. It is a natural process, after all: rusting nuts and bolts, frame and suspension, even bumpers and brakes. Of course more than mere aesthetics, rust should be avoided as much as possible to keep a truck off-road safe. So consider the following tips to prevent and control rust on your Ford or Chevy or … READ MORE >

Dec272016

Off Road Muddin’ – Keep It Fun and Safe With These Rules!

Mudding – what fun it is to head out with your outfitted truck for a day of playing in the mud with fellow off-roaders! Of course, all serious fun usually has a debt to pay afterwards; in this case, your penalty is having to wash the truck to remove all that caked-on mud! Even those who try to avoid it will come across mud on the trail from time to time. Whether you prefer to just get through mud as quickly as possible or are ready to make a day of playing in mud puddles, stay safe and avoid getting stuck … READ MORE >

Dec262016

Keep In Touch Off Roading – Tune Your CB Antenna!

Open communication while off-roading is essential for safety while you’re having a great time on the trails in your outfitted off-road truck. After putting all that time and money into making sure you’ve got the right tires, lights, bumpers, and other gear, have you considered figuring out if your CB antenna is properly tuned to the radio? Sure, the radio turns on and you can hear it working, yet how effective is your signal? The antenna has to communicate effectively with the radio before anyone can talk to anyone else. By following these easy steps, you can get your components communicating with … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Do You Have The Right Angle For A Good Off-Road Experience?

Just when you thought you’d found an exciting hobby of off roading that didn’t involve math –  guess again. Off roading will put your understanding of geometry and physics to the test. Off roading involves a lot of brute force and some tough equipment like big tires and custom bumpers; however, it also involves some careful calculations to avoid getting into trouble. One of those essential calculations is ground angles and how to negotiate them. Angles and Off Roading There are three important angles that every off roader needs to understand and study before attempting any serious hill climbing. When negotiating hills … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Offroad Truck Bumpers – What Are Your Choices?

When outfitting any Jeep or off road vehicle, today’s enthusiast has a few different choices in off road custom bumpers. Some may look more aggressive or attractive than others, but each different style also serves a different purpose. Before making the mistake of choosing aftermarket bumpers based solely on looks alone, offroaders must consider function when looking at different types of bumpers. Tubular Type Bumpers Tubular bumpers are steel truck bumpers made from lightweight, but extremely strong tubular steel. A common bumper style for many off road vehicles, these bumpers come in various types and styles to provide the basics in protection … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Play By The Rules When Off-Roading With Your Truck

Off-roading has become an extreme adventure for many, with more people hitting the trails with their own offroad showpiece than ever before. The more, the merrier I always say when it comes to this kind of fun, since it can be an experience like no other! More people out with their trucks does mean more contact with other enthusiasts, so it’s important to practice a certain degree of off-roading etiquette when sharing the trails so everyone has a great time. Before loading up and heading out for a day of hill climbing and water forging with your prized offroading truck, make sure … READ MORE >

Dec232016

Off-Roading Through Water – Keep It Upbeat And Safe

Driving through water is both fun and exciting, but it can also be a real headache for off-roaders who are not prepared. Preventing serious damage to that decked-out offroading truck involves knowing a few things about the water you are about to cross and your truck, too. Using these essential suggestions, inexperienced off-roaders can learn what they can and can’t do when crossing water and how to best protect their truck. Know Your Truck Sure, every driver knows how their truck handles and even how to negotiate hills and rocks with it. For success while forging water, you need to know a … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Are Your Off-Road Truck Big Tires For Show – Or For Go?

One of the first things that beginner off-roaders notice about four wheeling trucks is the huge tires. Big tires are impressive. The bigger, the better, right? Those giant donuts definitely make a statement when they’re driving down the highway, that’s for sure! There’s a thing about big tires though, that experienced off-roaders know. As does happen, this is one of those cases where bigger isn’t necessarily better, unless there’s a use for those bigger tires. Most importantly, when there is a need for bigger tires, sometimes other things have to change to account for them. So, while giant, knobby off road … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Winching for Newbies!

Whether you’re new to offroading or your pants are permanently stained from years of dirt and grease, you probably recognize the importance of a functioning winch. This may not be the first upgrade you make to your 4×4, but it is something on everyone’s short list – and for good reason. When out on the trails, getting stuck is not just a potential hazard, it is an eventual truth and it is going to happen. Winches are not just a staple of offroading because they look cool. They are one of the most effective tools owners use to get themselves and … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Keep Your Factory Fog Lights and Sensors Functioning

Let’s be clear about something: If you weren’t interested in modifying your truck, you wouldn’t be looking at this site. That being said, there are some really nice things about starting your build with an unmodified (stock) truck. Truck Is Still Intact First, there is the simple fact the no one has messed with it yet. You know that you won’t start tearing down the truck and find that someone had done something ghastly that you hadn’t seen when you purchased it. There won’t be cut-off parts and spliced wires all over the place—if you’ve purchased an older before, then you … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Six Quick Road Trip Tips

With thousands upon thousands of miles of road to allow us extensive travel throughout North America, you can be on the highway for a long time if you want to. While the basic essentials that you use every day will no doubt be remembered, there are some extra things you can throw in your truck to make your trip a little easier. Here are six quick tips to make your road trip stay as enjoyable as you intended it to be!   Pack Your Truck For Your Adventure – All too often, we see trucks and SUVs heading out into the wilderness … READ MORE >

Dec222016

What Is A Stinger Bumper And Do I Need One?

Off road vehicles can be outfitted with various accessories and bumpers that can help make offroading safer and reduce the risk of a crash. One such item known as a stinger bumper may be important to some vehicle owners in certain circumstances. Although stinger bumpers, a type of custom bumper that protrudes considerably upward and outward from the front or rear of the truck, may seem to be an overdone, flashy, and unnecessary accessory, they do have a very important purpose. What Is A Stinger Bumper? Stinger bumpers are aftermarket bumpers frequently installed on off road trucks that are driven over certain … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Understanding The Rating of D-Rings!

Common accessories found on many offroad custom bumpers are d-rings. Whether standard from the aftermarket bumper manufacturer, or installed by the vehicle owner, d-rings are a handy accessory on steel truck bumpers.  Yet some truck owners may not understand exactly how this accessory is used. Equipping offroading truck bumpers with the right d-rings gives offroaders a great tool to use – if they understand the limitations of bumper mounted d-rings. Standard Bumper Mounted D-Rings Many offroad bumpers come with at least two d-ring mounts on the bumper that are usually made from metal straps that are either welded or bolted onto the … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Different Types of Winch Mounts for Off Road Bumpers

A winch on the front end of an off-road truck can be a lifesaver by providing an essential means to pull vehicles out of trouble, or even pull a tree off the path. Just as there are different types of winches, there are also different ways to mount a winch on off-road steel truck bumpers. Depending on the type of bumper and whether a permanent or removable winch is desired, there are three main options for mounting on most off road aftermarket bumpers. Bumper Mounted Winch A bumper mounted winch is one that is bolted to the top of any already installed … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Beginner Packing Tips For The Trail

The easiest way to ruin your off-roading getaway is to under-plan for it. You should always know exactly where you’re going with your Super Duty Ford and what to expect when you get there. Pack according to the trip plans and always bring extra water and supplies in the event you end up stranded. Packing List A strong packing list is something that 4×4 newbies commonly overlook. Many are forced to learn the hard way how important it is to be prepared for whatever the trail throws in the path of your prized offroading truck. It goes without saying that your packing list … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Heavy-Duty Bumpers for Trucks That Work

One of the most popular segment of vehicle sales today are trucks, and their market share is only growing as the fuel economy and everyday usability improves. A truck bed is a mighty handy thing to have, whether it be for hauling a bunch of groceries or a ton of concrete blocks. Why Do We Buy Trucks? People purchase trucks for different reasons. Some are bought for recreation—to haul weekend toys or drive in the dirt—and some are bought for work duty and earn their keep. Some trucks definitely have a harder life than others. And that’s why there are different levels … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Off Road Bumper Installation Concerns – And How To Fix Them!

Offroad vehicles are designed for having fun – which may require trail-riding, offroading truck owners to invest in offroad bumpers. Steel truck bumpers can save truck owners the cost of repeated repairs – but do they affect performance? Some owners find that the addition of heavy custom bumpers protects them in some ways, yet leaves them susceptible to other problems like radiator damage and bumper weight-related problems. The good news is that all of these problems can be easily fixed! Weight Issues With Offroad Front Bumpers In order for any offroad front bumper to be protective, it needs to be strong. The … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Buy It Used, Make It Yours!

Buying any used vehicle can be scary; buying a used 4×4 comes with an extra set of concerns. These are vehicles that some people literally take pleasure in destroying. Often times the suspension will be shot, bumpers barely hanging on, exhaust dented, undercarriage scratched, and something’s living in the air filter. If you’re inexperienced, then take the time to do your research online; YouTube and online forums are a great place to start. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay a local garage for a thorough inspection; at the very least, you should bring a mechanically inclined friend. Establish Priorities The second a … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Important Considerations When Choosing Steel Truck Bumpers

Upgrading the stock bumper on off-road vehicles is a common modification that many vehicle owners make.  Strong, durable bumpers are an important piece of protective equipment that many off-road vehicles should have. A correct upgrade involves more than just unbolting the OEM bumper and replacing it with a steel bumper. Vehicle owners should consider a few important thoughts to make sure they choose the right bumpers and properly protect their vehicles. With the right off-road bumper installation, off-roaders can hit the trails with few worries. How Will the Vehicle Be Used? There are a lot of different off-road bumpers available today, each … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Why Install Custom Steel Bumpers to Off Road Vehicles?

Off roading can be a lot of fun; however, it requires the right preparation. Damage to vehicles can be costly, so it is important to outfit off-road vehicles with the right protective gear. Custom steel bumpers are one of the more essential items for any off-road customization to get the necessary level of protection. With the right off-road steel bumpers, vehicles will only look great and be able to endure the perils that sometimes come with off-roading. The Rigors of Off Roading No matter what type of vehicle is used for off-roading, driving on that type of terrain usually means many chances to … READ MORE >

Dec222016

Does My Off Road Bumper Need A Winch?

A common question that owners of off-road vehicles ask is whether or not they should invest in a winch bumper. Custom bumpers can be expensive, especially those that have built-in winches. Not every off-road vehicle needs a winch on its bumper, although most off-road enthusiasts recommend it. Even though vehicle owners may never actually use their winch, that one time that they do, it will pay for itself many times over. What Does A Winch Bumper Do? A winch bumper is an important accessory that anyone who off-roads may want to consider before heading out onto the trails. Available on front bumpers, … READ MORE >