The culture surrounding off-road vehicles, as with pretty much anything motorized, is filled with grand tales of harrowing bravado. One subject that always seems to come up during story time in our shop is that of the repugnant death wobble, especially when a Jeep product is involved. But what is death wobble and how can it be remedied? Read More
Found on anything from four wheelers to one-ton 4×4’s, constant velocity (CV) joints are handy devices that facilitate power transfer from the drive train (differential) to the wheel (via the hub) in independent suspension applications. Unlike the universal joints typically found on drive shafts, CV joints can operate at relatively extreme angles without vibrations or variations in output speeds. Although CV joints aren’t directly related to suspension components, they’re often in the way when doing things like installing lift kits. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of their ins and outs before tearing into anything. Read More
November is almost upon us, which means that many of our northern compadres are way overdue to winterize their swimming pools. For most who like to use their things for more than one season, this is a tedious process that involves shocking it with caustic chemicals, partially draining the thing, tearing down a host of equipment, some serious scrubbing, and procuring a heavy duty cover. While most of these procedures can be managed with enough time and money, there is still the matter of what to do with the 5,000 or so gallons (that’s 18,927.06 litres for you worldly folk) of water to be pumped out. Read More
The constant-velocity (CV) joint was once limited to small, front wheel drive cars such as the BMC Mini. While considerably more complicated (and expensive) than standard universal joint, it allows the half shaft to operate at a much more extreme angle without the risk of the vibrations and binding associated with classic universal joints. These days, virtually every four wheel drive truck with independent front suspension uses some variation of the CV joint. Read More
My esteemed colleague and I spent the weekend overhauling a couple of areas on our friend’s 2000 Toyota 4Runner, a sensible choice for those in the market for a cheap 4×4. Among a laundry list of various odds and ends, we replaced the outer tie rod ends. The challenge was, since we were doing the project at home, reassembling the suspension with enough accuracy so that the old girl could make it across town to an alignment rack without destroying her brand new tires. Read More
According to some rodent in Pennsylvania, as well as a bunch of the superstitious folks that we follow on Facebook, spring is due early this year. Along with the flowers and the sparrows and the other cutsey things you find on the front of Mother’s Day greeting cards, springtime also brings the muddy season, mainly due to the natural phenomena of melting snow and rainstorms. Read More
We love new trucks. They’re shiny, brimming with the latest and greatest gadgets, and they don’t smell like your gym bag. Yet. They also lack rust, ominous oil leaks, and battle scars like Texas pinstripes. Some of them even still have plastic film on various interior bits that we get to unwrap like kids on Christmas.
On the other hand, they’re expensive and take nasty depreciation hits early on. Just ask anyone who has tried to trade in a three-year-old Grand Cherokee, just out of warranty, in a weird color, two months after a new model was released. Occasionally, there’s a feature that’s no longer offered like if you’re completely in love with Power Stroke F250s but you’ll only take one with a manual transmission or maybe you just like the styling of the old one better. Read More
If you’re reading this post, you’re likely of the school of thought that once a truck, SUV, or other such vehicle with more ground clearance than a carpet shampooer is purchased, it immediately must be fitted with lift kits and/or modified in any way to differentiate it from the one you can rent at the airport. A majority of this is ego driven because we love our vehicles to be uniquely ours and by unique, I mean bigger, better, stronger, and/or faster than everyone else’s, or at least the one that your neighbor bought.