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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 >

Apr172017

Bumpers and Winches – What Will Your Winch Mount Accept?

When planning for the addition of steel bumpers and recovery winches, it’s important to understand how winches actually mount. Winches made by the leading manufacturers can be mounted in two separate ways, using either mid frame or large frame mounting systems. Before investing in truck winch bumpers, owners of off road vehicles need to determine the winch they need based on its capacity and how it needs to be installed. Mid Frame Winches Mid frame winches are generally used on Jeeps and smaller SUVs as well as quarter-ton and light duty pickup trucks. In comparison to large frame winches, these are more … 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 >

Mar242017

How To Safely Navigate Those Off Road Trails!

Off-roading is a great sport that’s gaining popularity every year. Drivers of all ages driving all types of truck and Jeeps are enjoying the many aspects of this pastime, whether modifying their vehicles with the right tires and steel bumpers to challenging themselves with different obstacles. Regardless of experience level, all enthusiasts should practice safe driving skills when negotiating obstacles on the trail. Follow these three simple suggestions and stay safe to ride the trails another day. Choose the Right Line Off-roading involves a lot of consideration about how to handle different obstacles. To best accomplish this, drivers need to examine the obstacle and … READ MORE >

Mar232017

Off Roading Needs – The Heavy Duty Safety Harness!

Off-roading can be rough, not just on the truck but also on you! People get injured every day when they head out with their prized off-road truck that isn’t equipped with the right safety equipment. You equip your truck with a tougher suspension, bigger wheels and tires, and rugged steel truck bumpers because the stock versions can’t withstand the abuse out on the trail, right? Off-roaders need to think of their own safety and consider replacing that standard shoulder lap belt with a heavy duty safety harness. Stock Shoulder Belts Are Not Enough All cars and trucks now come standard with shoulder … 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 >

Mar202017

Ramp Up Off Road Thrills With Aftermarket Exhaust Systems!

All  you off-roaders know that there are a lot of ways to enhance off-road trucks to perform better. From taller suspensions and really rugged tires to specialty steel bumpers and off-road lights, each item has its own special way to make your prized off-road truck better able to handle the challenges of off-road driving. In the same way, there’s a lot more to an aftermarket exhaust system than just a great sound. Sure, an aggressive-sounding exhaust can definitely turn some heads in the crowd. The good news is that they do serve some important purposes other than just sounding great. Aftermarket Exhausts Increase … READ MORE >

Mar182017

All Wheel Drive vs 4 Wheel Drive – What Are The Differences?

One of the most important components that any off-roading truck must have is some type of four wheel drive. This is a type of transmission system that delivers power to the 4 wheels in the drive train, as opposed to either the front two wheels or rear two wheels as is common with most other cars and trucks. It gives off-road trucks and Jeeps the power required to climb obstacles and get through mud and water. Although all wheel and 4 wheel drive would seem to be the same thing, there is a difference between the two and one is definitely … READ MORE >

Mar162017

Why Off Road Trucks Must Have Great Backup Lights!

Equipping an off-road truck for the trail can take some time – and a good bit of money. Owners need to prioritize what they want versus what they need and make sure necessities for safe trail riding are purchased first. For those who enjoy trail riding at night, adding lights along with those custom bumpers and shocks is probably a given; however, are you remembering to add backup lights? It’s easy to forget about what’s behind you when you think all that needs to be seen is ahead of you. Safe off-roading cannot ignore those times out on the trail in … 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 >

Mar62017

Bumpers and Big Tires – But No Title – Now What?

Finding a great off-roading project in a salvage lot or hidden in some backroads barn can be an exciting moment. For the enthusiast who is handy with tools and enjoys the challenge of working on projects from the ground up, this offers an affordable way to build a dedicated Jeep or truck for the trails. After assessing the condition of the truck, some may have grander visions of an awesome off-road truck all decked out with tires, struts, and off-road steel bumpers.  Wait – does it have a title? If not, then what happens? No Title – Now What? Many times the whole … READ MORE >

Feb282017

Steering Off Road Trucks – The Various Setup Choices!

Besides the wheels and tires, aftermarket bumpers, and even the rugged steering wheels, off road truck owners rely on the ability to carefully steer their trucks over obstacles with precision. Four wheel drive vehicles utilize a number of steering setups, each with their own pros and cons. Depending on things like tire and wheel size, power steering set-up, suspension, and other details, various systems can make the difference between easy steering over rough terrain and having to really work at it. Crossover Steering Crossover steering setups are available in two types; both involve a drag link that attaches directly to a straight … READ MORE >

Feb272017

Looking Closely At New Off Road Truck Wheels!

A great set of wheels is something that every off road truck owner looks forward to adding to their vehicle. Besides the other gear like steel truck bumpers, lift kits and bigger tires, great looking wheels can really give a truck that look every owner wants. Before shelling out for those expensive, good-looking wheels, are you sure they are safe for trail riding and rock climbing? Consider these points to make sure you buy rims that can handle the job. Rim Width and Diameter Large diameter wheels may look great to some, but it’s important to realize they may not be ideal … 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 >

Feb162017

What Is The Best 4 Wheel Drive For Your Needs?

Four-wheel drive vehicles are a lot of fun out on the trail, whether climbing hills, rock crawling, or driving through streams and mud beds. The sport is becoming more popular every year, bringing more people out with their 4WD trucks and Jeeps to try enjoy the thrill of off-roading. While it would be nice for everyone to experience the thrill of off-roading, it’s important for owners of 4WD trucks to understand the truck’s capabilities and what to actually expect from them. A lot of that can depend on the type of four-wheel drive they have, since there are different kinds. Full Time … 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 >

Feb122017

Synthetic Winch Rope – How Do You Keep It Safe?

Truck winch bumpers are such a useful and important piece of rescue equipment for off-road trucks. Along with the winch itself, truck owners need a supply of winch rope, either steel wire or synthetic. Given the many benefits that synthetic rope can offer, many off-roaders have switched to this option. Getting the longest and most reliable use from synthetic winch rope while keeping its many qualities requires proper care and use. Abrasions and Other Damage The biggest threat to synthetic winch rope is damage caused by abrasions and cuts while the rope is being used. Cuts, scrapes, and other damage to the … READ MORE >

Jan302017

Do You Really Know Why You Need Taller Off-Road Truck Tires?

What is the first thing you think of at the mere mention of offroad trucks? Bet it’s tall tires and steel truck bumpers! Tall, meaty tires are an almost stereotypical upgrade all you offroad enthusiasts chomp at the bit to have because they look so aggressive and cool, right? Do you actually know why those big, tall tires are important? When you’re out on the trails pushing the limits with your trucks and Jeeps, you need to understand the actual purpose of tall tires and the role they play in fun, safe, and successful off roading. Improving Traction Of course, traction. This is … READ MORE >

Jan302017

Winch Fundamentals 101 – What You Need To Know!

  Truck winch bumpers are one of the more popular upgrades that many off-roaders make to their trucks. The right winch can be instrumental in a great recovery if you end up stuck somewhere out on the trail. Yet do you really know how to pick the right type for those winch bumpers? Before you make any purchasing decision, learn about the important components and available options so you will make the right choice for your priceless off-road truck or Jeep. Winch Motor Types Electric bumper winches get their power from built-in motors. They can be purchased with two different motor types: permanent … READ MORE >

Jan242017

Improve Off-Road Performance With A Great Steering Wheel!

If you really love off-roading, you are bound to be looking at any way possible to improve the performance of your great truck, right?  Sure you are! From bigger, better tires and suspension to aftermarket truck bumpers and specialty lights, there are so many ways to help your truck perform better when going over challenging terrain. Bet there’s one area you probably haven’t thought of – what about the steering wheel? Yup, steering wheels matter! They are yet another way you can improve off-road performance by upgrading to the right aftermarket steering wheel. Precision Steering Is Critical When Off Roading Don’t feel alone … 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 >

Jan232017

Off-Road Truck HID Lamps – Why Do I Need Them?

Anyone who enjoys off-roading at night surely understands the importance of having good off-road lights. Whether they’re mounted on a light bar across the roof or added to front truck bumpers, high intensity discharge (HID) lights can really improve the experience when on the trails after dark. They may be a bit of an additional expense, but there’s a lot of reasons why off-road owners want to add HID lights to their list of upgrades for their trucks. When compared with other lights, they perform much better overall. Brighter, More Intense Light In comparison to standard halogen and even brighter LED bulbs, … READ MORE >

Jan202017

What Is Involved In Powder Coating Your Off-Road Truck?

Powder coating is one of the most durable and preferred surface preps for use on vehicles of all types. Although it’s generally not used as an all-over covering like auto paint, this coating offers a great way for off-roaders to protect critical parts of their treasured off-road trucks like the chassis, rims, steel truck bumpers, and any other parts that are at higher risk of damage or eventual corrosion. Powder coating can be expensive and involves a lengthy process; however, those who invest in it find it to be a great protectant for off-road trucks out on the trails and in … 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 >

Dec292016

What Not To Do During A Winch Recovery!

Truck winch bumpers are important recovery gear that most off-road trucks really need. Of course, installing one of these is no guarantee of a good recovery. Before attempting to move any truck that is stuck, off-roaders must know exactly what to do – and not do – with their winches during recovery. The biggest mistakes made during vehicle recovery can be the most costly and dangerous. Do Not Wrap Around A Tree or Boulder Incorrectly Trees and large boulders are great recovery anchor points, at least they are when used the right way. Never wrap a cable directly around a tree as … READ MORE >

Dec282016

Rock Sliders – Does Your Off Road Truck Need Them?

Rock climbing can be great fun as long as your truck is equipped with the right off-roading gear. The big tires and lifted suspensions are a given for getting over those obstacles, as are some types of protective custom bumpers. One other item you might want to seriously consider is rock sliders. If you enjoy putting your truck to the test over really rough terrain, a set of rock sliders can really protect the underside of your outfitted off-road truck. What Are Rock Sliders and What Do They Do? Rock sliders are strong metal protectors that get bolted to the underside of … 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

Learn About Off Road Trucks and The Batteries They Need!

Off roading is rough on trucks. This is why we all invest in heavy-duty tires and struts, steel bumpers, winches, and other specialized equipment that can withstand the abuse. One item that often gets overlooked is the battery. If the truck turns over, the battery is fine, right? Not always, especially on offroad Fords or Chevys that have added lights and other electrical equipment. Just like everything else, making sure you’ve got enough cranking power is essential to make certain you get home at the end of the day. More Power! The stock battery that comes with any vehicle is sufficient for … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Offroading and Disc Brake Upgrades – What You Need To Know!

Brakes are an often-overlooked part of the off-roading truck. Even though it’s a lot more fun to be putting on those meaty tires, that steel bumper, and lifting the suspension, you can’t forget stopping power, especially considering all that extra weight. The stock brakes on any offroad truck or jeep may be fine for highway stopping; however, once you head out onto the trails are they going to be powerful enough? The rougher the trail and the more specialized equipment gets loaded onto a truck, the more you’ll want to upgrade your disc brakes as well. Upgrading the Rotors When more stopping power … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Winching – The Difference Between Tow and Recovery Straps!

There are a few techniques that all off-roaders should know before they hit the trails, since the day will inevitably come when those truck winch bumpers and recovery gear will come in handy. There is a critical difference between how tow straps and recovery straps should be used. Though they may seem the same to the novice, it is imperative that drivers understand the difference between the two and how to safely use them. Each strap has its place when used in combination with winch bumpers, d-rings, recovery points. and other safety equipment. Tow and Recovery Straps Are Not the Same! Tow … 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 >

Dec252016

Offroad Truck Bumpers – Replace Front or Back One First?

Which bumper do you replace on your prized offroad truck first? Just a guess here, but we’d have to say that your front bumper gets more attention that your rear. But why? Because it’s the most aesthetically noticeable? Or is it the one you use the most? Which Bumper to Replace First? Granted, the front bumper is where you most often mount a winch and off-road lights that are used for forward progression. It depends on how you drive, where you drive, and how you use your truck. If you’re looking to charge through boulder-strewn trails and aren’t about to let a … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Modding Your Off-Road Truck – What Are The Options?

Getting ready to hit the trails means modifications and accessories for the serious off roader. There are a lot of accessories to choose from, some of them more ‘show,’ while others are essential for the right ‘go’. So what modifications should an off roader just starting out consider for their vehicle? Are those driving lights more important than, say, aftermarket bumpers or bigger tires? Of course, the answer will depend on what a truck owner does with their vehicle. Considering that most off roaders begin the same way, choose the accessories that make the most sense to add early – … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Keeping Off-Road Trucks On The Trails – It’s Pretty Basic!

Off roading pushes a vehicle to its limits, putting a higher strain on every truck’s different mechanical parts. One of the ways that we reduce this strain and make our vehicles more durable is by modifying with heavy duty parts like stiffer suspensions and aftermarket bumpers. The other way is by keeping off road vehicles properly maintained so that mechanical failure is less likely. While off roaders should always follow the recommended maintenance schedule for their vehicle, a modified truck requires a bit of extra attention. Add these important maintenance items to your vehicle care list to keep your prized off … READ MORE >

Dec252016

Truck Bumpers – Stylize Or Replace With Aftermarket Ones?

The way you stylize your truck says much about the way you use it. Aftermarket truck bumpers and Jeep bumpers aren’t for everyone. Some people like their factory bumpers and find them effective for the way they use their trucks. For some owners, it’s just a style thing, and we must admit there are some better looking bumpers being put out by Chevy, Dodge, and Ford these days. But nothing is going to give you the protection of a heavy-duty premium steel truck bumper like a Fab Fours unit. That being said, certain owners find they don’t need the protection and … READ MORE >

Dec242016

Words of Wisdom When Buying A Used Off Road Truck!

Buying a used truck can sometimes be more fun than purchasing a new one. It is like searching for that diamond in the rough – flipping through tons of truck ads, weeding through the junk and the overpriced, looking for that perfectly-optioned ride that is in the condition you want – or will at least accept. Why Buy Used? There are some big benefits to buying used, too! It is already broken in, so there is no need to worry about babying it. The warranty is likely long gone, allowing you to modify away to your heart’s content. It might already even … READ MORE >