Tag: 4wd

Adventure Bent gets a new look for the new year

The holidays are upon us, the new year is right around the corner and we’re starting the year off right with our biggest update to the Adventure Bent blog yet. Over the last week, you’ve no doubt noticed some big changes around here. Everything is different! Last sunday I flipped the switch bring our redesigned […]

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Overloaded: a dangerous oversight, or a necessary evil?

I’ve been thinking about weight a lot lately. No, not my body weight, though I could gain to trade a few pounds of fat for muscle. I’m talking about vehicle weights, specifically gross vehicle weight ratings. “The gross vehicle weight rating, or gross vehicle mass is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified […]

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Nitto Terra Grappler 30k mile review

Nitto is well known for its wide variety of performance tires, with many catered specifically to off-road and race applications. One of Nitto’s earliest entries into the all-terrain segment was the venerable Terra Grappler. A seemingly endless supply of positive reviews led us to pick up a set of 285/60R18 ( 31.5 by 11.5 inches […]

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four-wheel drive the new vs. the old

In principle, four-wheel drive is a pretty simple concept. Power from the engine is sent through the transmission to a transfer case that sends power to the front and rear wheels. In the last couple years, traction control, antilock brakes and stability control programs have become integrated into modern four-wheel drive vehicles, vastly improving their […]

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Well that’s diff-erent, Is my LSD bad?

Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Like when your limited slip differential mysteriously goes out without warning. This is what we discovered last week after it began making the characteristic clunk and chatter of an LSD on the way out. I had the Jeep up on jack stands swapping to swap out the old rear […]

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Why is Overlanding in the U.S. so expensive?

Over the last few months, I’ve been following an interesting trend in the U.S. overlanding communities. Heavily overbuilt rigs with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment strapped to them, and I can’t help but think how unnecessary all that is. I’m not saying that the heavy steel bumpers, big 35-inch tires and roof-top tents […]

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Everything looks better in red even shocks

I’ll be the first to admit shock absorbers are not the most glamorous part on a Jeep, but this week that’s exactly what were talking about. A little while back I put a fresh coat of emergency-red spray paint on my shocks. Why red? Everything is more glamorous in red. Yes, even shock absorbers. I’d been […]

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On rust patrol, going to war on the red rot

4x4s are designed to take a beating; for this reason, most are still made from steel. Steel skid plates protect vulnerable parts like your engine and fuel tanks from rocks and other hazards. The problem with steel is, if left unprotected, it rusts. When the bare metal is exposed to the elements, that gritty-red rot we call […]

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