Articles written by: Jim Brightly

A former editor of Truckin’ and Trailer Life magazines, and tech editor of Four Wheeler, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road, and Family Motor Coaching magazines, Jim Brightly is now a semi-retired photojournalist living, writing, and wheeling in northern Arizona. He’s been building and wheeling Jeeps for more than fifty years.

Product Installs / Tech

Stabilizing a Jeep Wrangler Coil Spring/Control Arm Suspension to Avoid ‘Death Wobble’

If you are a mall crawler—a Jeeper who never takes your Jeep to the rocks, wash-outs, and shale hills that make for exciting wheeling; you needn’t read further. Your Jeep’s […]

Product Installs

Installing Rigid Industries Auxiliary LED Lights on a Jeep Wrangler Off-Roader (with Photos)

As we get older, our eyes age right along with our other muscles. We can enhance our muscles with exercise and better tools, but other than wearing glasses, we can’t […]

How Tos / Product Installs / Tech

Slow Your Roll: Upgrading Your Jeep Brake System for Better Stopping Power

You’ve increased your Jeep’s tire size for improved ground clearance, and then you lowered its gear ratio to take advantage of the taller tires. But now, with the taller tires […]

Product Installs / Tech

Panel Protection: Adding Brush Protection with Rugged Ridge Magnetic Body Protectors

When we get a new Jeep—at least “new” to us—or an actual brand-new off-the-showroom-floor Wrangler, we want to keep it as pristine for as long as we can. But how […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project GP (Part 1): Installing New Gears, Suspension and Tires on our Jeep LJ/TJ Project

Sixty-some years ago, before our favorite four-wheel-drive vehicle earned the name Jeep, the Army’s 4WD ¼-ton scout vehicle was given the designation of “GP” for General Purpose vehicle. It was given this […]

Product Installs / Tech

Bumper Booster: Installing Smittybilt XRC Steel Bumpers on a Jeep Cherokee XJ

When building a daily driver for an avid off-roader, who also happens to be a high school student in Southern California, there are a some unique challenges you need to consider. […]

Product Installs / Tech / Tech Articles

Dana 30 Hub Conversion: Installing an Alloy USA Manual Locking Hub Conversion Kit

When Mike Barnes bought new tires for his 1997 Jeep Cherokee, he had no idea that the increased traction of the Yokohama Geolandar M/T tires might cause a weak link […]

Product Installs / Tech / Tech Projects

Flat Towing Tech: The Hows and Whys of Installing a Tow Bar

It’s time to hit the highway for a little summer adventure. Our getaways often include four-wheeling on new and distant trails, and that means towing our Jeep behind a motorhome or some other tow […]

Product Installs / Tech

Trektop How-To: Installing a Bestop Trektop NX Soft Top

Every once in a while a product comes along that’s not only good for your vehicle and good for your comfort, but is also somewhat easy to install. It’s rare […]

Product Installs / Tech

As the Wrangler Turns: How and Why to Upgrade Your Jeep’s Steering with Heavy-Duty Components

It’s much more difficult to bend a strong straight shaft than a strong bent shaft. That’s the reasoning for replacing your curved OEM Jeep tie rod with a straight tie rod […]