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Off-RoadAdventures/Aug 17
Magazines | Outdoors 2017-07-07 11:13:57
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    LIVING THE HIGH LIFE: COLORADO WHEELING EXCLUSIVELY L FOR CUSTOMERS OF AUGUST 2017 • $3.50 U.S. HEAVY-DUTY FULLSIZE ONE STOUT CHEVY HD + HOW TO: AVOID DESTROYING YOUR DRIVETRAIN GET LOW: TOP TEN REASONS TO GEAR DOWN JEEP JK AXLE UPGRADES: WHAT PARTS YOU NEED TO RUN BIGGER TIRES 100S OF NEW PARTS SUPER LOW PRICES! SEE PAGE 47

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    Heavy-duty ball joints 3" Diameter, 5/16" DOM tubes for optimal strength and flex Forged chromoly C-ends G2Axle.com 877-852-7720

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    CAN YOUR FACTORY PARTS HANDLE MOAB? High strength chromoly axles UPGRADE WITH A Locker and gear ratio options available OFFERING COMPLETE FRONT & REAR AXLE ASSEMBLIES OTHER DRIVETRAIN SOLUTIONS RING & PINIONS | HEAVY DUTY AXLES | LOCKING HUBS | DIFFERENTIAL COVERS | DRIVESHAFTS | WHEEL SPACERS | MUCH MORE

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    CONTENTS 38 It is hard to beat getting out and exploring in a built 4x4 on a perfect summer day. Photo: HARRY WAGNER 14 20 72 FEATURES 14 AVOIDING DRIVETRAIN DESTRUCTION Ten Ways To Keep Your Drivetrain In One Piece 38 NO COMPROMISE CHEVY Adding Strength To An Already Stout Truck 20 ROCK JUNCTION Wheeling Colorado’s Grand Mesa 80 QUICK LOOK El Scorpio 26 SURVIVAL OF THE STOUTEST Parts For Making Your Drivetrain Survive 100 TEST DRIVE: 2017 FORD SUPER DUTY CREW CAB POWER STROKE Can The New F-250 Power Stroke Out-Muscle The Competition? 4 AUGUST 2017

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    AUGUST 2017 10 82 ON THE COVER: A Chevy HD gets even more heavy duty with the right parts. Photo by HARRY WAGNER CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 06 PRESIDENT’S CORNER 08 FROM THE EDITOR 10 NEWS 46 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT 106 NEW PRODUCTS 112 CALENDAR 114 PARTING SHOT TECHNICAL 72 SUPPORT YOUR JEEP Adding Much Needed Strength To JK Axles 82 GETTING JUICED The Basics Of Batteries 90 GETTING THE GEARS Top Ten Reasons To Gear Down 80 90 100 Follow us on Facebook! Keep up with the latest goings on and post your pics, videos & events. Enter prize drawings available only to our Facebook friends www.facebook.com/oramagazine 106 AUGUST 2017 5

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    PRESIDENT’S CORNER ENDLESS SUMMER Exclusive magazine for customers of 4 WHEEL PARTS and off-road enthusiasts everywhere. 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220 310-900-5500 • 4wheelparts.com • offroadadventures.com EDITORIAL SAM HOMSIEH GREG ADLER PRESIDENT & CEO 4 Wheel Parts August means that summer is in full swing. 4 Wheel Parts celebrates this with our Endless Summer Sale on Saturday August 12, with great deals and tons of fun at all 80 stores! RTI ramps, truck washes, and free food and drink are just some of the fun. Wow, 80 stores is a terrific milestone. Thanks to the newest stores in 2017! #80 Brooklyn Park (Minneapolis), Minnesota Opening July 22 #81 Glendale, Arizona Coming in August* #82 Ogden, Utah Coming in August* *check Grand Opening dates at 4wheelparts.com Craig Perronne Eddie Melendreras Ana Herrera Barbra Johnson Rebecca Lacko ADVERTISING Jeff Nasi Editor/Publisher Creative Director Ad Coordinator Circulation Manager Copy Editor Director of Marketing jnasi@4wp.com 310.900.7721 CONTRIBUTORS John Cappa, Harry Wagner, Ben Stewart, Sam Homsieh TAP WORLDWIDE, LLC We aren’t stopping there. We plan to get to 140 stores in the next five years. As 4 Wheel Parts grows, so does our need for talented team members. If you are interested in joining our team and growing with us, please connect with careers@4wheelparts.com. If you live in the South, don’t miss our final two Truck & Jeep Fests for 2017! Atlanta, Georgia August 5-6 Cobb Galleria Orlando, Florida August 12-13 Gaylord Hotel Convention Center Check out the latest in new products, talk with manufacturers, and check out cool trucks and Jeeps while getting the best deals of the year. Of course, admission is free! If you are not near a store, the great deals are a click away, at 4wheelparts.com. Thank you for your business with 4 Wheel Parts and enjoy this month’s free Off-Road Adventures magazine. Remember to support the advertising manufacturers who help to keep this magazine free! Greg Adler Rich Botello Sean Angues Jeff Nasi Brent Goegebuer President & C.E.O. Chief Operating Officer President, TMG Brands Director of Marketing Director of Advertising Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. Off-Road Adventures, 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers and TAP Worldwide, LLC are not responsible for opinions expressed or information contained in this publication. When installing any part or accessory, be sure you completely read and understand the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Articles contained in this publication are meant to be informative adjuncts to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Canadian prices may vary. International destination fees may apply. COPYRIGHT 2017 BY TAP WORLDWIDE, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRINTED IN THE USA —Greg Adler To get your free subscription or change your address, go to offroadadventures.com/subscriptions or mail to ORA Magazine, 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. 6 AUGUST 2017

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    READY FOR ANYTHING ANY TASK. ANY TRAIL. If you take pride in being ready for anything. If you attack the backyard and the backcountry with the same intensity. If handling a mountain of work is as important as devouring a twisted trail. You need a machine that can do it all. See your dealer for more information or visit polaris.com to see the full Polaris GENERAL ™ lineup. VISIT POLARIS.COM TO BUILD YOUR OWN WARNING: The Polaris GENERAL™ can be hazardous to operate and is not intended for on-road use. Driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license to operate. Passengers must be at least 12 years old. Drivers and passengers should always wear helmets, eye protection, and seat belts. Always use cab nets or doors (as equipped). Never engage in stunt driving, and avoid excessive speeds and sharp turns. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. All drivers should take a safety training course. Call 800-342-3764 for additional information. Check local laws before riding on trails. ©2017 Polaris Industries Inc. POLARIS.COM

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    FROM THE EDITOR GET OUTSIDE CRAIG PERRONNE EDITOR/PUBLISHER OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES Summer is definitely my favorite time of the year. With temperatures up and the weather ideal, it’s the perfect time to get out and about. Summer means putting the top down on the Jeep, getting out on the trail, hitting the river, going to the beach, enjoying a backyard barbeque, or just relaxing with a good beer. No matter what your favorite summertime activity, it’s a great time to be outside. Personally, I think it should be illegal to have to work on a beautiful summer day. If it’s nice and sunny out, all companies should just automatically close up shop. Sure, our productivity as a nation would come to a screeching halt. Yes, it might cause an economic collapse and possibly the end of civilization as we know it, but it sure would be nice. It would keep me from going absolutely stir crazy while pent up inside my cubicle on a perfect summer day. I haven’t fl oated this idea to my boss yet, and somehow I don’t think he would be receptive to it. What’s truly scary is that by the time you read this summer is basically half over. Soon temperatures will plummet across most of the country. The frozen hell of winter will return and strange white stuff will fall from the sky. Tops will go back on Jeeps, lots of clothes will cover bodies, and many will retreat indoors only to reemerge several months later. Hopefully, you have spent these nice sunny days of summer wisely. There only so many of them. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors if you haven’t yet. For those reading this magazine, that generally involves a four-wheel drive. Some of us wait until our rigs are completely built to hit the trails. Others think we aren’t ready to get out on the trails until we have a bare minimum of modifi cations done. I’ve been guilty of letting a nice summer slide by as my vehicle sat idly in the driveway waiting for it to be just right. Yes, the vast majority of us are all about modifying our vehicles. It’s no secret that bigger tires, better suspension, lockers, bumpers, lights, and more all radically expand the capability of a vehicle. They make taking on the trails more fun, along with being able to take on a wider amount of them. But if you don’t have all that, don’t let it stop you from enjoying the best time of the year to be outside. You can even have fun in a near stock vehicle. Just avoid going alone, take a recovery strap and don’t get in over your head. It’s too nice to be stuck inside. Just get out there, have some fun and enjoy what i s left of summer while you can. —Craig Perronne 8 AUGUST 2017

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    RECOIL XD833 SATIN BLACK MILLED W/ RED RING SATIN BLACK MILLED W/ BLACK RING SATIN BLACK MILLED W/ NO RING WWW.KMCWHEELS.COM

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    NEWS TOYOTA TUNDRA TRD PRO DISCONTINUED The Toyota Tundra’s current design has been around for a long time. Sure, it was updated in 2014, but that refresh was largely cosmetic. Its drivetrain, cab, and suspension are pretty much unchanged from the current generation Tundra’s introduction in 2007. A decade is a long time in the typical redesign cycle of modern pickups. Most manufacturers have fast-tracked development of their trucks, with heavily refreshed ones every three to four years. Now comes news that the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will be discontinued for the 2018 model year. The most off-road-ready trim of the Tundra line, the Pro featured unique bump-gobbling 2.5-inch Bilstein coilovers up front. Special wheels, badging, and visual cues separated the TRD Pro from more pavement-oriented Tundras. So why discontinue it? The move may seem a bit of a bummer, but it’s not without precedent. Toyota discontinued the Tacoma TRD Pro a year before the current generation Tacoma came out in 2016. The Pro returned in 2017 and was a signifi cant step up from the previous version. So does this mean a new Tundra is on the way? Hopefully. Though the current truck is solid and known for reliability, it’s starting to show its age. The Tundra will soldier into 2018 mostly unchanged, except for an updated headlight look and a new gauge cluster featuring a larger 4.2-inch information screen. A new TRD Sport trim will also be available, positioned between the SR5 and Limited trims. SAM HOMSIEH TOP STORY BIKER GANG WANTS YOUR JEEP JK If you happen to live in San Diego, CA and own a Jeep JK, you might have noticed it’s no longer in your driveway. That’s because a Tijuana, Mexico-based biker gang named The Hooligans went on a crime spree, stealing an estimated 150 Jeep JKs in the sunny Southern California city. They then drove the Jeeps across the border into Mexico. Once on the other side of the border and away from the reach of law enforcement, the JKs were stripped for parts or sold intact, bringing in an estimated $4.5 million. How exactly did the motorcycle gang pull this off? Most would think a biker gang would use strong-arm tactics or basic smash-and-grabs. After all, if a motorcycle gang (and we’re talking a real one, not a bunch of dentists who’ve seen too many episodes of Sons Of Anarchy) surrounded us and asked us for the keys to our JK, we’d probably comply. However, this gang’s tactics were surprisingly crafty; the plan involved high-tech hacking and some serious electronic know-how. The gang first began its theft spree by patrolling neighborhoods, looking for Jeep Wranglers. Once a worthwhile model was spotted, the VIN (which is easily visible through the front windshield) was recorded. The VIN allowed the thieves to get the key patterns from a secure online database. While it’s not known how they got access to the “secure” database, the gang either hacked their way in or gained access through an employee on the inside. After a duplicate key was cut, the thieves would return to the Jeep, open its hood (which is extremely simple on a JK), and quickly cut the wires to the horn and front fl ashing lights to avoid attention. The duplicate key would then be used to unlock the door and placed in the ignition. A handheld key programmer was then hooked up to the vehicle’s ECU. Using a second code obtained from the database, the thieves programmed the chip in the duplicate key, allowing them to operate the Jeep normally, simply driving it away. The whole operation required only a few minutes. San Diego Police believe the biker gang theft ring had been operating for at least three years. It was foiled after a home security camera caught the technique and some of the gang members on video. Only three out of the nine men indicted have been arrested. Importantly, it exposes the security vulnerabilities of modern computerized cars. Maybe it’s time to invest in a hood lock for your Jeep JK. Hey, nice Jeep JK. Can we have it? SHUTTERSTOCK 10 AUGUST 2017

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