Thursday, 31 March 2011

Metal Cloak Frame Built Bumpers

This is a short video showing Metal Cloak’s frame built bumpers, which we at FTE 4x4 Specialists ltd. will soon be importing.
This is a modular bumper design, with so many options it is mind blowing, take a look at the animated gif below the video for a sample of what is available. 

For all enquirers contact FTE 4x4 Specialists ltd.  or email also find us on facebook

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

FTE 4x4 Specialists is now a dealer for Rock Krawler

FTE 4x4 Specialists Ltd. is now a dealer for Rock Krawler suspension, we shall be offering there full line of lift systems, along with many of there build components. They offer lift kits for all the Wrangler series YJ, TJ, LJ & JK, Cherokee XJ and Grand Cherokee WJ, WK.

As you can see from these photos there suspension does not lack for articulation. They do many upgrade components that will work in conjunction with other suspension systems, I shall be upgrading the suspension on our project Wrangler Resurrection using there rear axle truss and flex & Krawler joints.
For all your enquirers please contact FTE 4x4 Specialists Ltd. Email:- or phone 01268 730131 / 07973 198483.

Monday, 14 March 2011

A Wrangler JK with rather trick suspension.

Built by Creative Motor Sports with Fully Adjustable Independent Suspension. IFS trucks have lighter foot print pressure than a 150lb man standing on the same ground.

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Friday, 11 March 2011

Tides Out (When was the last time you checked your diff oil?)

So when was the last time you checked your diff oil? A lot of people undo the filler plug and as soon as they see fluid (the reason I say fluid is it might be black but that does not mean it is oil) running out they screw the plug back in and the check is over it has oil! What is running out might well be a mixture of water and oil don’t forget oil floats on water, so when you filled the diff you only filled it to the bottom edge of the filler hole. So why is it running out? Could it be that the axle has water in it, so pushing the oil up higher in the diff housing!
The photo above left shows what can happen when the oil is not check correctly. The photo above on the right shows the line the oil/water mix was sitting at almost 30mm about the bottom edge of the filler hole.





This is the damage that has been done to this diff housing the corrosion is very bad. Once the diff and carrier is stripped out an assessment can be made on the condition of the components and hopefully it will only need new bearings, still a cost that could have been avoided with regular oil changes.


An easy way to change the oil in the Dana axles is to use a LubeLocker no more having to prise the diff cover off, or scrapping of the old RTV. Available from FTE 4x4 Specialists Ltd. 


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A Tip for Wrangler JK’s Lifted with Rear Bowed Springs.

When lifting a Wrangler JK more then 3 inches it is normal to fit adjustable upper control arms to give correct prop shaft alignment. This typically involves rotating the noise of the rear diff upwards, causing the rear springs to bow.

Now there are 2 options to correct this the first involves cutting the lower spring mounts off the axle and either if possible welding the originals back on at the correct angle or purchasing new mounts. The other option that is a easier method is to fit some wedges, although the first method is a better option the wedges do work well.

These little wedges are fitted between the spring and lower mount.

Not perfect but a vast improvement over the original set-up, as an added bonus the rear of the vehicle came up 3/4” due to the fact that the springs were now sitting up straighter.

For more information contact FTE 4x4 Specialists Ltd