Tag: Vehicle

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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Our Adventuremobile

Meet our Adventuremobile, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. We picked up the Jeep back in March 2016, with a little over 50,000 miles. For what we were getting, it was a steal... or so we thought, we're still finding problems a year later. Those problems haven't prevented us from taking this vehicle to some [...]
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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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Four weeks with the Cherokee KL my first impressions

The Jeep Cherokee KL is one of the most polarizing, angry alligator looking mean mugging SUVs on the market today. And, surprisingly, it’s also among the most capable in its class. I was pretty excited to get behind the wheel of the controversial little Jeep. When the KL first hit the market in late 2013, […]

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Is the Wrangler dead? Repairs threaten project’s future

No, the Wrangler isn’t dead, at least not yet, but Project Wrangler is on hold. It’ll stay in a state of suspended animation until I get my Jeep back from the dealer. The last two weeks it has undergone extensive engine repairs, thankfully all under warranty. The dealership has been great so far, but it’s a slow process […]

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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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