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Bumpstop Tuning

Bumpstop Tuning

Bumpstop Tuning

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Budget Tips & Tricks

Budget Tips & Tricks

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Nuts & Bolts: Under Pressure

Nuts & Bolts: Under Pressure

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Rebuilding Factory Axles on an M1028 Military Truck

Rebuilding Factory Axles on an M1028 Military Truck

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Nuts & Bolts: Another Leaky Axle

Nuts & Bolts: Another Leaky Axle

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Rollcage Fabrication Tips, Tricks & Cost

Rollcage Fabrication Tips, Tricks & Cost

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Nuts & Bolts: Computer Location

Nuts & Bolts: Computer Location

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Nuts & Bolts: Leaky Axle

Nuts & Bolts: Leaky Axle

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Nuts & Bolts: Old-School Jeep Mods

Nuts & Bolts: Old-School Jeep Mods

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Junkyard Seat Swap

Junkyard Seat Swap

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Free Modification Makes Your TJ Rubicon More Capable on the Trail

Free Modification Makes Your TJ Rubicon More Capable on the Trail

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Clean Air Is Critical to Make Reliable Power

Clean Air Is Critical to Make Reliable Power

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JKS Control Arm Skidplates Peg the Bang-for-the-Buck Meter

JKS Control Arm Skidplates Peg the Bang-for-the-Buck Meter

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Testing the New BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

Testing the New BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

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We Test Mickey Thompson’s New Baja Pro X Tire

We Test Mickey Thompson’s New Baja Pro X Tire

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Early Bronco Suspension Refresh

Early Bronco Suspension Refresh

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Upgrade the Interior of Your Wrangler in an Afternoon

Upgrade the Interior of Your Wrangler in an Afternoon

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Testing Dick Cepek’s New Trail Country EXP Tire

Testing Dick Cepek’s New Trail Country EXP Tire

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T-Case Cradle for Our Sami

T-Case Cradle for Our Sami

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Nuts & Bolts: Lower Gearing

Nuts & Bolts: Lower Gearing

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About 4 Wheel & Off Road

Originally created as a special interest publication by the editors of Hot Rod, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road has grown into the largest 4x4 enthusiast brand in the world. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2013, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road has become the biggest title in the 4x4 world by leaving the chrome behind and focusing on hardcore 4-wheeling. From informative and comprehensive technical stories, to coverage of trails and events around the globe, to sharing the latest creations from our readers, 4-Wheel & Off-Road is a wealth of knowledge each and every month.

In addition to 4x4 of the Year and Ultimate Adventure -- the brand's signature annual events–the eminently knowledgeable and passionate editors of 4-Wheel & Off-Road also extensively cover other major gatherings of the 4x4 faithful, feature amazing vehicle builds, serve up technical how-to advice, and wrench on project vehicles. Technical editor Fred Williams is also the star of Dirt Every Day, a fun and informative 4x4-themed series featured on the Motor Trend YouTube channel.

Ultimate Adventure dates back to 2000 and is one of the most aptly named events around, and is at the top of every self-respecting wheelers bucket list. Each year Editor-in-Chief Rick Péwé hand picks a small group of lucky readers and takes them on the trip of a lifetime along with the staff and a group of sponsors. A new destination is chosen each year and kept as a closely guarded secret, but regardless of where they are on the map the week-long off-road journey covers over 1,000 miles of mud, rock, sand, trees, and asphalt while camping through several states. The motto for UA is “No Whining”, and everyone has to be entirely self-sufficient and no trailers are allowed.

First awarded in 1983, the 4x4 of the Year trophy goes to the best new 4x4-capable truck or SUV, with requirements including a two-speed, low-range-equipped transfer case, and with more than 2,500 vehicles produced each year and that we can crawl under the vehicle while the tires are still on the ground to weed out the cute UTEs. Qualifying vehicles are then judged against six criteria – ride & drive impressions, empirical data, mechanical figures, 4-wheeling attributes, interior quality, and exterior quality, with a heavy emphasis on the 4-wheeling attributes.

In short, 4-Wheel & Off-Road offers up a wealth of knowledge, experience and entertainment designed to engage the most passionate 4x4 enthusiasts, those new to the trails, and everyone in-between.

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