Book Review

Title: 4-Wheelers Bible
Author: Jim Allen
Year of Publication: 2002


Bruceís Review:

Pretty good book packed with driving tips, equipment tips, equipment charts, and gearhead formulas. Lots of short sidebars with a couple sentences each on safety, driving techniques, and equipment. Lots of photos to supplement the well-written text, and they stimulate a desire to go driving! It even has a photo of a YJ with a broken D35 axle - who would have guessed! Includes examples of everything from short-wheelbase Jeeps to full-size pickups to exotics like Pinzgauers. Iíve used this book as a reference both for myself and for helping others. Several sections have been read and re-read many times.

What others say (selected passages):

In the 4-Wheeler's Bible, this veteran wheeler and writer provides a thorough, insightful look at the vehicles, accessories, tricks, and techniques you'll need to get you there and back safely.  Numerous color photos, illustrations, and sidebars show you what works, how it works, what to do, and what to avoid.  At the back of the book is a glossary that defines the lingo of the four-wheeling world, and a list of suppliers who can help you build any rig you can imagine.

Get street-legal savvy! Take your four-wheeler into the hills safely and responsibly with expert guidance from four-wheeling fanatic Jim Allen. Beginning with basic modifications, such as increasing ground clearance and traction with larger wheels and tires, Allen gathers speed for more advanced and radical mods, such as installing lift kits and increasing suspension articulation. Step-by-step photo sequences guide do-it-yourselfers through a variety of rewarding modifications.

The 4-Wheeler's Bible doesn't simply proclaim a technique "right" but explains the reasoning behind it. The vehicle and trail shots are not the typical 4x4 book's fluff, but are excellent tools in demonstrating both good and bad driving techniques. Jim Allen spends as much time documenting and illustrating the common mistakes as he does the proper techniques, in doing so he allows the reader to not only learn from his experience but from other peoples mistakes (I know I'd much rather learn from someone else's crunched bumper or seared drive shaft than my own).

I am a professional 4-Wheel Drive Instructor and this is the number one book I recommend to my clients. I cannot say enough about this book. Whether you are a beginner or a trail-hardened expert, this book offers something for everyone at every level. It is down-to-earth, easy to read, thorough, and applicable to all types of four-wheel-drive vehicles and terrain. As your skills and experience increase, you can go back to this book and glean more than you did the last time you read it. Even if your 4-wheel-drive is a push-button-do-everything-for-you variety, you will at least be able to understand WHAT your vehicle is doing FOR you.