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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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The shakedown approach to camping prep

It’s something we do far too often. Hours from home, we arrive at our secluded campsite only to discover we’ve forgotten something important. It’s more than an inconvenience, it’s often uncomfortable. Forget the fuel for the stove and you’ll be relegated to cold Tuna or PB&J sandwiches. Forget something more important like the tent stakes […]

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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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Overlanding? What makes the perfect rig?

Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.  Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries. Source: Wikipedia I’ve […]

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How much did we accomplish? Project Wrangler 2016

My Wrangler has changed quite a bit since we first drove it off the lot back in March 2016. Costly maintenance put a damper in my plans for a small lift, bigger tires, steel bumpers and a roof rack. Countless trips to the dealership and mechanics revealed a laundry list of repairs. Some of the repairs […]

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Lessons learned in off-road recovery

In the last six months, I’ve learned a lot about driving off road. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, and getting stuck has often been the consequence. Getting stuck off road can’t always be avoided. Tricky terrain can leave you stranded if you don’t have the right equipment and skills. So, before you head […]

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