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Jun272017

How To Increase The Durability Of Your Off Road Truck Axles!

Off-roading is tough on your truck. To accommodate for this, you spend time and money modifying your truck with better tires, a more durable suspension, and steel bumpers, all of which provide different protection. Have you ever thought about protecting your axles, though? Your axles may be the most abused parts on your off-roading truck. Use these helpful tips to protect your axles and prevent failures that could literally leave you stuck in the mud. Upgrade Your Axle Shafts The first thing you can do to protect your truck and make it more durable is to upgrade your factory axle shafts to … 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 >

Jun212017

Basic Coil Spring Information For Off Road Trucks!

Coil springs are an essential suspension part on most off-road trucks and Jeeps today, giving the suspension much needed lift and compression required to scale different types of obstacles. Simpler than the leaf springs that used to be common on many vehicles, coil springs are easier to install and work on and function better than leaf springs. If you want to upgrade your coil springs to more durable ones, consider these important tips so you make the right choice when upgrading your off-road truck! The Purpose of Coil Springs Coil springs are a main part of the spring suspension systems on most … READ MORE >

Jun202017

Picking The Right Mud Tires For A Good Muddin’ Run!

Mudding with an off-road truck or Jeep is a whole lot of fun. To enjoy it without the worry of getting stuck, it’s important to have the right mud tires. While it might be easy to assume any mud tire will do, mud tires are just like any other specialty equipment you might put on your ride. To get the most from your truck and tires, you need to choose the right options based on the type of mud you like and what you do with your off-road truck. Consider these different mud tires so you can choose the option that … READ MORE >

Jun192017

Tuning Your Own Off Road Truck Shocks!

Shocks are an important component on all off-road trucks, giving them the ability to negotiate all types of terrain and obstacles safely and comfortably. Shocks can come out of adjustment after a while and need tuning. Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to tune many simpler types of shocks right at home without needing to drive your truck to the shop. Below is some basic information about shocks and how to tune them so your ride is as sturdy as it needs to be without the risk of your wheels interfering with your truck’s body or steel bumpers as you hit the hills. How … READ MORE >

Jun162017

Which Is Better – Solid or Independent Axles?

A much-argued debate in the off-road community by truck owners is which type of axle is better – solid or independent? There are many supporters out there on both sides, each claiming their axle is superior to the other in many ways. So how are you supposed to know which you should invest in when looking for a vehicle that will do great on the trails? As with a lot of the other equipment on your vehicle like steel bumpers, it really depends on the actual truck and how you plan to use it. Pros of Independent Front Suspension (IFS) The biggest draw … READ MORE >

Jun152017

Looking At Winch Capacity For Your Off Road Truck!

Other than tires, steel bumpers, and other similar equipment, a winch is one of the most important accessories to have on your Jeep or truck. Used safely and correctly, winches give you the ability to get out of trouble and continue on your way. Yet there is more to winch selection than just bolting one onto your off-road truck. To have the pulling power you need and avoid dangerous situations, you need a truck winch bumper equipped with a winch that has enough capacity to pull your truck. You also need to know how capacity works and how to get the … READ MORE >

Jun132017

Which Compressed Air Source Should Be On Your Off Road Truck?

It seems like there is a never-ending list of upgrades and accessories needed to fully equip an off-road vehicle for a safe day on the trails. Among those many items like recovery gear, the right tires, and aftermarket steel truck bumpers, you should also have some kind of compressed air source, at least if you’re using your tires correctly. Whether you’re airing down for the mud and trails or airing up again to head back to the highway, your best bet is to be self-reliant and include a compressor in your off-road truck or Jeep. Take a look at the different … READ MORE >

Jun82017

4-Wheel Drive Trucks – Why Are They So Good Off-Road?

What makes 4-wheel drive trucks so good off road? The obvious answer to this question is because of that great 4-wheel drive you can use to climb just about anything. Is that the only reason why off-road trucks are so awesome for rough trail riding and hill climbing? 4WD is an essential component; however, you will find that there is special equipment such as steel bumpers and certain vehicle specs that combine to make 4-wheel drive trucks such good off-road trail-hugging vehicles. Besides the obvious use of a 4WD transmission, here are some other reasons why your off-road truck or Jeep drives … 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 >

Jun62017

Metallurgy – How Does It Relate To Off Road Trucks?

The durability of any item is dependent on the quality of the material from which it is made. This applies to any type of manufacturing, including the production of off-road vehicle parts like off-road wheels, suspension parts, axles, steel truck bumpers, and anything else made of metal. It’s easy to assume that a metal part will always be durable enough for any use, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Aggressive off-roading can put a huge strain on metal parts, so it’s essential to understand how they are made, including the quality of their metal material. What Is Metallurgy? Metallurgy is the science … READ MORE >

May292017

Why Devote Time To Off-Road Truck Winch Upkeep?

You’ve invested in your off-road truck in various ways to be sure it’s up to the challenge. You’ve upgraded stock equipment to make your ride more durable and added things like steel bumpers with a built-in winch just in case you run into some kind of trouble. You’re no stranger to the added amount of vehicle maintenance required to keep your wheels running strong, spending plenty of time off the trail cleaning, maintaining, and tweaking. Throughout all of that, are you remembering to maintain your winch? It might be an added element and since it’s a mechanical part, it requires also … 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 >

May112017

What Is Geocaching With Off-Road Navigation?

Geocaching is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages around the world. Although many hike their way through trails, hills, and valleys, there’s a growing number of geocachers enjoying it with their Jeeps and off-road trucks equipped with steel truck bumpers. What’s especially interesting about geocaching on the trails is that it can help off-roaders develop important skills to improve trail riding experiences in more remote areas. What Is Off-Road Geocaching? Geocaching is like treasure hunting, only using GPS units to navigate instead of actual maps. Someone hides a cache containing small items for trading and a log book, then others … 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 >

May82017

Winch Rigging Accessories – What You Need On The Trails!

If you’re serious about off-roading, the importance of a strong winch mounted on your steel bumper is something you understand. Hopefully, you also realize that there’s more to winching than just installing truck winch bumpers as the winch is only one part of the recovery equation. To safely and correctly winch your truck or Jeep, be sure to have these essential rigging accessories stowed in the back so your recovery efforts are effective and nobody gets hurt. —–Heavy Duty Gloves – Don’t even think about using a winch without a thick pair of heavy duty winching gloves. Your hands can become seriously … READ MORE >

May52017

Should I Switch My Off Road Truck To An HEI Ignition System?

There are a lot of upgrades that can be made to off-road trucks to improve durability and performance. One such upgrade that some might consider is switching out their stock ignition for one with an HEI distributor. Preferred by many for a number of reasons, HEI ignitions solve some of the problems that more serious off-roaders who drive at speed may encounter. What Is An HEI Ignition System? HEI or High Energy Ignition is an electronic performance ignition system. It has become a popular replacement for the stock ignition on many off-road vehicles due to its durable design and higher output. HEI … READ MORE >

May12017

Protect Your Differentials With Covers When Off-Roading!

When heading out to the trails, the last thing any off-roader thinks about is busting their differentials. These trucks and Jeeps are built tough, right? Well, yes and no. While 4×4 vehicles are designed to be more durable than most passenger cars, they can still get damaged on the trail. This is exactly why we upgrade with things like heavy duty shocks, aftermarket truck bumpers, and other protective gear. If your trail traveling is anything but basic or your off-road truck sees double duty as your daily transportation, one more item you need to add to your list of upgrades is … 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 >

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 >