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
It was a quiet afternoon at the Supreme Suspensions fortified compound. I was taking my lunch in the billiards lounge, as usual, when my telephone rang. An old friend was on the other end of the line, a good man that I had met years ago when times were simpler.
“It’s the 4Runner,” he said with a tinge of despair. “It has a squeak. It has a leak.” Read More
Back in the shop with another install video here at Supreme Suspensions. This week we have a terrific classic: a 1994 Dodge Ram 2500!
New trucks are pretty rad and, as we’ve been finding out, lightly used ones can be just as good. The problem is that these vehicles come with a price tag and, if you have off-roading on the mind, you probably don’t want to thrash all that hard on a vehicle that’s worth north of $25,000. Or maybe you just don’t have that much to spend on your next truck, which is completely respectable, because I don’t either. Read More
We head into Supreme Suspensions’ brand new development facility to install a 2016 Toyota Tacoma leveling kit!
If you’ve been shopping for off-road shocks for longer than ten minutes, you’ve likely run across a set or two that are equipped with external reservoirs. While they undoubtedly look cooler, you may be curious as to why it may or may not be necessary to fork over a premium for the upgrade. Read More
In case you’ve missed literally every commercial break for the last eighteen months, Ford has launched itself an all-new F-150. It’s fancy, it’s made from aluminum, and it sports the same big, fat pedals that were in my auntie’s 1986 Taurus. You may have even noticed that we got to play with one back in February and, all kidding aside, we were really impressed, especially by its twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. We did, however, find that the new model line lacks a certain je ne sais quios of the previous generation. It lacks the baddest factory off-road special in the world. It lacks the legendary Ford Raptor. Read More
While fine folks over at StanceWorks of Tustin, CA (just a few exits down the 5 from Supreme Suspensions’ own headquarters) have made their name by procuring fantastic images of tastefully modified, yet delightfully snotty sports cars, their free time of late has been spent putting together a brilliant resto-mod FJ62 Land Cruiser. They drove it up to Yosemite, had a great time with a dog called Chloe, and all was right in the world until last week when some ghastly thieves took it from Tustin, Orange County, CA.
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