Public Service Announcement

Okay, not really Rubicon related but 4-Wheel Parts is moving across town from Sparks into Reno.

Although the official address is 5405 Meadowood Mall Circle, it’s also off Neil Road. For the locals, it’s across from the Food Court doors at the Meadowood Mall.

The show room might be smaller, but the warehouse is five times as large as the old location. That, along with upgraded supply chains, should mean much quicker parts delivery.

My most recent 4wp order was shipped directly to my door. Then it took some time to actually get the axles installed:

4-Wheel Parts plans on starting sales from the new location by the end of this week!

Let’s support our local ‘brick and mortar’ stores. Next time you need a part for your rig, or a Christmas present for your favorite blog poster, swing by and check them out.


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Education time

Okay, only the first half of this video is worth watching but I don’t have the skills to edit it. I wish someone could now add the articulation angle (pun intended) to this to really teach people how to build their rigs for the trail.

The order of improvements show in the video is not the order I would do them to my rig. And of course, there needs to be a balance.

I’m still driving a 2-door Wrangler. On Fordyce last year, I needed a line on my bumper to keep the front end down climbing one obstacle. The longer JL’s probably didn’t need that tug, don’t know if the 4-doors were getting high centered.

What I don’t want to give up is the mobility of the short wheelbase 2-door. I love that I can turn so tight on the trail, allowing me to take the line I want. My TJ turns so much better than my old CJ-7.


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A move to the dark side…

It happened. I have stepped in the direction of the dark side, I bought a TJ.

So here’s the current fleet: the TJ, the 1984 CJ-7 and the 1985 project CJ-7.

The TJ is a 2006 Rubicon, 5″ lift (Nth Degree), 35″ tires, aftermarket bumpers, Warn winch (I had to swap over to synthetic line), rear tire carrier.

Not too much to do. I removed some of the towing equipment as it was towed behind a motorhome all of it’s life.

Better rock guards are in it’s future as are ham radio, upgraded stereo, re-painting the bumpers and tightening up the tire carrier. I hate rattles.

So now I have a year-round wheeler. The top will come off next summer. But let me tell you, cruise control and AC are really nice on a long drive to the trailhead.


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