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4-Wheel Freedom: The Art Of Off-Road Driving [Format Kindle]

Brad De Long

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Whether you're thinking about buying a 4-wheel drive vehicle or are already an experienced 4WDer, there is something in this complete guide for you. Learn how to drive on snow, ice, rocks, mud and hills, plus how to choose and use off-road tires, winches and other specialty gear. Every 4WD owner should own this handy book.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good introduction 17 juin 2003
Par Kurt D. Fenstermacher - Publié sur
This book is a basic introduction to driving off-road. If you don't know what a locker is, how it works or why you might want one for off-road use, you'll find the answers in this book. On the other hand, if you've decided to save money on a locker by welding the spider gears together in your garage, this is not the book for you.
Having said that, I think it's a very good introduction and I knocked off one star for its only fault -- I found the organization a bit strange. If you read through the book cover-to-cover though, you'll know where to find what you need in the book. I'd give it four and a half stars if I could.
On Amazon's recommendation, I bought this book with The Off-Road 4-Wheel Drive Book by Jack Jackson, which is a very different animal. Jackson's book is for hard-core expeditions more than recreational off-roading. Many paragraphs start with sentences like, "As I forded a raging river during the rainy season in Pakistan, the engine suddenly stalled." If you're planning on crossing the Sahara, I'd recommend Jackson's book for you. Even if you're not, he does give good ideas for tough situations and you know you're getting advice that's been tested off-road in some of the worst conditions imaginable.
The bottom line: if you're just starting out, buy DeLong's book alone. If you find yourself venturing off-road more and more and you'd like to be more independent, buy Jackson's book as a follow-up.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stating the obvious that isn't so obvious to the user 14 octobre 1999
Par Javier Prieto Huber - Publié sur
Dr. De Long has made the perfect book for those of us who have to learn things the hard way, on our own. With 4-Wheel Freedom we are taken step by step not only through the basics, but through some advanced techniques as well. His advice is good no matter where you live or what rig you own. Read once for pleasure and then give it a careful second going over, extracting the nuggets of wisdom that only come to us after making lots of mistakes and asking lots of questions to so-called "experts" who don't always know what they are talking about.Don't let my beginner's gratefullness fool you, I have friends who know a lot about 4x4 and have had to take back their initial comments about the book. One piece of advice has saved me wear and tear on my rig and an expensive repair job. I hope the author writes more on the subject.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Outdated and light on driving methods 16 avril 2012
Par DWPC - Publié sur
This book was written when solid front axles and locking hubs were state-of-the-art for 4WD. Though edited in 1997, the content mostly predates the acceptance of 4WD vehicles as daily drivers that exploded in the 90s. Off-pavement capable SUVs of the 2010s have little in common with the "old school" basic 4x4s; out of production for years; that this book is based on. While the offroad driving techniques discussed in this book are still valid, the author provides little discussion of the operation of more advanced 4WD systems standard since the 90s, and completely omits electronic traction and stability controls that are virtually standard now and may have significant effect on how one should approach certain situations vs. with the older systems. And if anyone desired an explanation of the various 4WD systems being offered in 2014 to help with a vehicle purchase decision, they won't find it in this book.

There's barely any discussion of GPS or cell phone use on the trail. It's strongest in discussing the accessory gear and spare parts one should pack for serious wheeling with good explanation, but also confusing in its lack of prioritizing or categorizing the extensive equipment kit the author describes as mandatory. For a how-to publication in this day and age, the lack of diagrams or explanatory graphics is a big shortcoming. In general it needs a complete rewrite to bring it up-to-date technically, and to expand the use of graphics. Until then, I'd pass.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 necessary reading 9 août 2000
Par david fedrick - Publié sur
This is the one book to read before leaving the asphalt!With the knowledge gleaned from 4-wheel freedom one can venture off road with confidence,knowing the limitations of his or her vehicle,and understanding the basics of keeping safe.This is not a book for radical off-roading only,this book should be required standard equipment for all 4-wheel drive vehicles sold.The enviormental issues covered are good practices that can help to keep off-roading an acceptable form of recreation.This is one that deserves more than 5 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent addition to any personal library 9 avril 2003
Par Zanne Marie Gray - Publié sur
recently purchased a Jeep with the intention of doing more 4x4 off-road exploration in the upcoming months. In my search for information I stumbled upon Brad DeLong's 4-Wheel Freedom: The Art of Off-Road Driving. This book clearly and confidently spelled out all that I needed to know to begin my adventures in a safe (individually as well as environmentally), respectful and confident manner. I was so pleased to find the author's compassion and sound respect for the environment and how he simply challenges his readers to have the integrity to do the same.
4x4 Wheel Freedom: The Art of Off-Road Driving is clearly organized into 14 chapters and several information filled appendices with resources for continued education. Packing Up - The Basic Toolbox, Rocks and Ravines - Basic Crawling, and Winches and Jacks - Up and Out are some examples of the chapters included. Each chapter presents basic knowledge and details on its theme and further clarifies the information with personal accounts that seem to wrap it all together for the reader.
This is an excellent addition to any personal library or bookshelf! Anyone who drives a vehicle with 4x4 and/or owns an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) will find useful information in this text and will benefit from its application at sometime in their life as a driver. Brad Delong presents information for all - from those experienced in 4x4 adventures to those with even a small bit of interest in 4x4s.
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