General information about the various mods available to 4x4 vehicles covering pros and cons to assist in the decision of "Is this the right mod?"

John Stewart

Steering - bump steer after a lift

The 4x4Wire JK recently underwent a slight transformation - from stock to gears, lockers, and lift. That change included new (larger) tires. But, that change did not include replacing the steering damper. Extended road driving pointed out the need to upgrade the steering damper in order to reduce vibration caused by the larger tires on certain sections of road.

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Steering update

After driving around with the "heavy-duty" damper (or stabilizer), it is slightly better than stock. However, road sections with... Read More
Saturday, 10 November 2012 18:44
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Steering update

After completing about a 1000 mile trip on California freeways and secondary roads in varying degrees of disrepair, I find the hea... Read More
Monday, 19 November 2012 00:10
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Synergy Suspension Jeep JK Hig...

The Synergy Suspension (http://synergysuspension.com) Jeep JK steering correction kit is now installed. The kit does provide a si... Read More
Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:30
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John Stewart

Moving your lifted 4x4

If you call a legitimate auto shipping company and tell them your jeep or truck has been lifted/modified they should be asking you questions like: “How big is the lift kit?” and “What is the vehicle’s height at its tallest point” or “What size tires are the the jeep?”  Things like this are very important in the eyes of the trucker because the way the trailers are setup to move the vehicles.  Trailers are built with the idea of moving just standard cars/trucks/jeeps.  So when your truck has a 6” lift and 35 inch tires with a light rack on the top you could be adding upwards of a 12+ inches to the overall height of a standard truck.  This is key because that additional height is going to be eating the space of what kind of car can go in underneath it.  Generally throughout the U.S. our trailers can’t be over 13’ 6” from the ground, so when you are stacking two vehicles on top of each other and there is a lifted truck that makes a noticeable difference.  When you look at the space between the cars on trailers it is not much, there is an obvious safety margin but there aren’t feet to play with, more like inches.  So depending on the overall height of your vehicle you may end up paying for two spots on a trailer.  OR, the alternative is to go on a flat deck trailer (if the transport isn’t cross country), where you will pay a surcharge because we are hauling less cars at a time.With the range of prices I received, how do I know who to use?Pricing is relative in this industry to the reputation of the companies.  Sadly there are many auto transport companies who will tell you what you want to hear, give you a great quoted price in writing and tell you they can specifically meet your date requirements for transit.  However, they could also tell you they were a famous TV actor and you wouldn’t really believe that would you?  So we always advise people to review the companies they got quotes from on the Better Business Bureau website.  Whether they are members or not is not important.  What IS key is to see the number of years they have been in business and number of complaints.  Don’t be tricked by review websites as often the companies and employees themselves write the reviews about how they are the best auto shipping company ever.  While the review websites make an effort to avoid this, it is difficult to catch everyone.Do your homework on each company and use who makes you feel the most comfortable.  Don’t ever prepay a deposit and 9 times out of 10 it will be a smooth transport for you.  Good luck.

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Tommy Ponder

Winch Remote Extension

I did not want to purchase a wireless remote due to the fact that if the batteries die in it you're out of luck. I also did not want to buy an in-dash remote merely because of the price. What I decided to do was run into the local ACE Hardware and bought 15ft of the wire that has the three individual wires inside of the insulation (like extension cord wire) this cost me about $10.

I decided against merely buying an extension cord because I wanted it to look a little better so I got black wire to match. I was able to choose exactly how long I wanted it, and it was cheaper than buying an extension cord. I then cut my existing remote cord in half and spliced the three wires to the 15 ft section I bought at ACE.

Keep in mind, this method only works with the 3 pin remote plugs, I'm sure there is a way to do it with the 5 pin remotes, but I have a 3 pin. I also used shrink tubing to help secure the connections and I wrapped it up with electrical tape to no end. Good luck!

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John Stewart

Toyota Hydraulic Clutch Assembly Maintenance

Remove the lower portion of the dash (four 10MM bolts on a third generation 4Runner) and the associated wiring plugs, cables, etc. Take care to list or photograph the assemblies in the assembled condition if you feel that you can't keep track of "what goes where." Removing the panel is necessary unless you have the hands of a three year old and the arms of Manute Bol.

Remove the cotter pin holding the cross pin through the clutch pedal and push the cross pin through the pedal assembly. You may need to depress the pedal slightly to release the tension off of the cross pin. Retain the cotter pin and the cross pin, these will be re-used in the replacement process.

Click here to read more about Toyota Hydraulic Clutch Assembly Maintenance

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John Stewart

Jeep Axle Options


One of the more common upgrades for a Jeep are axles and the options are many.  The 4x4Wire Jeep Technical axle pages feature articles about stock Jeep axles, axle conversions and upgrades on Jeep vehicles. Various upgrades are covered including one piece axle swaps, full floating swaps, ring and pinion swaps, locker installations, etc.

Click here for more information about Jeep Tech Axles from the 4x4Wire Archives.

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