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Del's Premier Sponsors and Awesome Supporters
T&T Customs Home Page
T&T Customs -- for your buildup or custom fabrication; check out their Rock Tek suspension and new Jeep Trail Doors
Nemesis Industries Logo
Nemesis Industries, major supporters of landuse, access and many off-road groups. Get what you deserve!
MetalCloak Logo
MetalCloak, rock biting products because it's your Jeep, only better.
BFGoodrich Tires - the Nation of Go; Take Control
Raceline Wheels by Allied -- integrating technology and design to make trail-tuff wheels
Poison Spyder Home Page
Poison Spyder Customs -- body armor, Access Army Ricochet Rockers, Crusher Corners, and more
jw wreckers
J&W Auto Wreckers -- specializing in new and used Jeep parts
Advance Adapters with the Atlas T-Case Home Page
Advance Adapters, Atlas Transfer Case
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Trail-Gear, Toyota, Samurai and Jeep Off-Road Parts with 50,000 sq. ft. of stocked warehouse just for you.
Hanson Offroad
Hanson Offroad -- innovative, high quality, trail durable bumpers and products
NAXJA Home Page -- Cherokee folks supporting landuse
NAXJA, North American XJ (Cherokee) Association
Olympic4x4 Products Home Page
Olympic4x4 Products -- manufacturing 4x4 stuff since 1948.
JKS Manufacturing Logo
JKS Manufacturing, Off-Road & Performance Upgrades for Jeep Vehicles.
4Wheel Parts Home Page for all your off-road needs
4Wheel Parts -- where you can get everything off-road. They are GREAT supporters of landuse and the BlueRibbon Coalition

The first thing to know about buying products or building up your rig is to BUY from folks who support keeping our trails open -- like the businesses listed above and here on this page.  

It's that simple. If you want to do your part in this effort, then buy from the vendors, dealers and manufacturers who donate to raffles, belong to our organizations and sponsor efforts like Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) and others.

FIRST, if you're planning to buy a rig, contact me. I'd be happy to assist you with specific things to look out for, or things to avoid. If you live in CA, I may be able to save you a lot of time, effort and money, especially. Email me.

Where do I get wrecking yard Jeep parts?

J&W Auto Wreckers -- 10 acres of Jeep parts

I can tell you that for those of you in the Sacramento/Roseville area, there are some places to AVOID when buying a new Jeep. Just ask me. I can give you the experiences of several folks including me and other well known wheelers.

Here's the general advice I offer when it comes to buying or building a four wheel drive:

1. Decide what you mostly do (crawl, sight-see, or run the dunes).

2. Decide how much money you want to invest in your rig.

3. Learn as much as you can about your particular sport and what affects performance.

4. Make a list of the modifications you want to make to your rig and prioritize that list in order of finances and best bang for your buck.

5. Start making changes; but know what you're affecting by these changes so you don't mess something else up. Spend as much as you can afford to do it right.

Mostly I tell folks to: lift it; lock it; winch it; and rack it!
What this really means is that first, add some lift to your rig if you want to run bigger tires and clear a few more obstacles with your pumpkins. Minimum lift is 2.5 - 3 inches.

Rubicon Express for lifts and great suspension upgrades

Second, realize that four-wheel drive really means two-wheel drive. If you push the button (or shift the transfer case into 4wd), you now have one driving wheel in the rear and one in the front; two wheel drive. To get three-wheel drive, you need to do something in the rear end to limit the slip of the non-driving tire; lockers or limited slip. If you're not a hard core wheeler, do the limited slip routine. If you're hard core, lock it up. See Lockers for more.

Third, put a winch on the front. It's a cheap investment for the security it can provide you (and your trail partners). But don't think it'll get you out of every fix. It won't. You still have to be trail smart. But it's a nice option. Don't overlook carrying a Hi Lift jack.  It use it more than my winch. And if you really want to deck out your front end with a very convenient tool, put a Warn PowerPlant up front.

Fourth, for you small (Jeep, Sami's, T Cruisers, etc.) rig owners, a rack on the back is a great addition. Put your ice chest, tools, shovel, and extra goodies back there so the family pet and kids can ride in the back seat. Don't go cheap and easy here, tho. Get a good one that will stand up to vibrations and a few scrapes. Write me for more info and if you're really going to do it right, check out Hanson Offroad bumpers and accessories. Olympic4x4 Products is another great company line of Jeep bumpers and racks.

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