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Tube It Out!

Tube It Out! Building a tube rockbuggy

There are many ways that tubing out portions of your four wheeler can improve it's off road performance. It can improve departure and approach angles, allow more engine cooling, protect the engine and radiator in case of roll over, allow larger tires with no lift, and improve visibility. Maybe the best reason is it just looks cool.

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Need Clearance? Relocate shock mount brackets

Rubicon Express Shock Mount BracketsEveryone needs a little extra ground clearance and what better way than a simple shock mount relocation?

Spring lifts provide a combination of ground clearance and space for axle/tire articulation to accommodate travel over rough terrain.  However, the spring pack hanging below the axle has always been a problem to overcome.

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When Springs Break (Part 4)

Front spring installedWas it the springs?  Was it the installation?  Was it the combination?  Within a two week period, I had experienced two emergency repair situations with leaf springs; overall, two broken and two bent springs.  The suspension was a not performing as it should.  4x4 isn't much good without a functional suspension system.

The “Spring Saga” began with “Options for the height challenged” which was a spring-over lift for my 1994 Jeep YJ.  As I was replacing a 4 inch spring lift, new springs were necessary.  The basic lift components were Rubicon Express and I opted for Rubicon Express springs which provided 1.5 inch of spring lift in addition to the spring over lift.  And, I was able to remove the two inch body lift and still clear 35 inch tires.  

While the combination was a great performer on the articulation challenges of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, a major deficiency was soon apparent.  After the breaks and emergency repairs, serious questions were in order.  Why should brand new springs break and bend that easy?  What is it about a spring-over that created this situation?

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Rough Country Introduces New Jeep Lift

Rough Country’s 4” Lift Kit for the 99-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Dyersburg, TN (May 19, 2009) – The 99-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets some much needed excitement with Rough Country’s new 4” WJ lift kit. This complete kit retails for less than $500 and includes front coil springs, lower control arms and Rough Country’s premium 2.2 shocks for both the front and rear of the truck. The addition of Rough Country’s 4” WJ lift kit allows room for up to 31” tires on factory wheels taking your Grand Cherokee from grocery getter to head turner.

For more information about the new 1999-2004 Jeep WJ 4” lift kit, please contact Rough Country Suspension® Products at http://www.roughcountry.com or call 800-222-7023 today! You may also contact Rough Country® to find an authorized dealer near you, or visit the “Dealer Locator” link

About Rough Country:

Formed in early 1970’s, Rough Country Suspension® Products was one of the founders of the off-road industry and today is one of the fastest growing manufacturers and marketers of lifted suspension packages and off-road accessories for both 2wd and 4wd trucks and SUVs. Rough Country Suspension® Products is owned by Heckethorn Products®. Heckethorn Products® has a storied history in the automotive aftermarket that includes inventing the first steering stabilizer for military Jeeps in the 1950s. As a complete supplier, Rough Country Suspension Products offers retailers, jobbers, and consumers an opportunity to purchase products the market is demanding.

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4 Wheel Drive Hardware Launches New Interactive Diagrams to Make Finding Jeep Parts Even Easier

In this uneven economy, replacement Jeep parts have become an increasingly important way to save money and make sure a Jeep lasts as long as possible. With new interactive exploded diagrams, 4 Wheel Drive Hardware makes it easy for anyone to find the exact Jeep part he or she needs with as little effort as possible.

Columbiana, OH (PRWEB) May 6, 2009 -- 4 Wheel Drive Hardware, the leading internet distributor of Jeep parts and accessories, has launched a new interactive feature that allows users to quickly zoom in on the exact Jeep part for which he or she is looking. With the largest selection of Jeep replacement parts, the exploded diagrams make it incredibly simple to find anything from vintage Jeep brake parts to replacement parts for Jeep Wranglers.

Say someone is looking for an axle part for a vintage model 30 Jeep. To start, just head to the Jeep replacement parts page, select the axle parts category, and select the vintage model 30 front axle. On this page is a complete visual depiction of every part that makes up the front axle of a vintage model 30 Jeep. Rather than scrolling through countless part descriptions trying to find the right one, this diagram allows the user to instantly identify the correct part based on its appearance. Once the part has been identified, the user simply clicks on the number assigned to that part, which takes them directly to the product and saves an immense amount of time that would otherwise be spent searching through part after part.

In an economy where people are constantly looking for ways to save money, it has become much more imperative for Jeep owners to keep their vehicles on the road for as long as possible. It doesn't matter how well-maintained the Jeep is; inevitably, the daily wear and tear will have an impact on its performance. This is doubly true for a Jeep that is driven off-road. Regularly rolling through the mud or crawling over sharp, uneven rocks can wreak havoc on the suspension and other Jeep parts.

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