How the Wilco Hitchgate helped me sleep like a baby.

How the Wilco Hitchgate helped me sleep like a baby.

One of the most common modifications done to an offroad vehicle is the tires, and like many things in life, modifications on a vehicle have consequences. When our rig rolled off the assembly line it was equipped with a 285/70/r17 AT tire which specs out to 32.7 inches or a small “33”.  For a factory tire, it is a pretty respectable size and on a short wheel base vehicle, they can be quite capable, but we don’t have a short wheelbase vehicle. This is one of a number of reasons that we went to a much larger 37×12.5r17 Falken Wildpeak MT01 tire, and that change lead to a lack of sleep. Continue reading “How the Wilco Hitchgate helped me sleep like a baby.”

Review: Colby Valve emergency valve stems

Review: Colby Valve emergency valve stems

Ever had a flat tire?  Most people have experienced at least one, and when you are on the highway it’s an inconvenient hassle.  Now, when you’re in the middle of nowhere on the trail, that hassle multiplies exponentially.  I have always been taught that while off road, you repair your tire instead of using your spare, because once the spare goes on, the day is done, and you head for pavement. Since the last thing I want to do is to have to call a trip early, due to a mechanical failure, I carry a comprehensive tire kit.

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Thanksgiving weekend in the SoCal Desert

Thanksgiving weekend in the SoCal Desert

Hard to believe but it has already been 5 months.  We have no idea how, or where the time went, but that’s what the calendar says.

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Gobble til you wobble

To be honest, we know where the time has gone.  We have been camping.

We normally take advantage of the long Thanksgiving weekend to head out, and this year it was out to Death Valley with a few of our friends from American Adventurist.

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200,000 the hard way

200,000 the hard way

BlkWgn has hit a milestone, that’s right 200,000 miles. While its early life appeared to be easy, in the time that we have had it, the miles have certainly not been. After a long search we found the perfect rig on at a used car lot in Orange County Ca. The body was straight, the paint was shiny and without a scratch. The hook for the Warn winch was missing, but the line looked unused. The lockers engaged with a solid pull of the steering, and the sway bar disconnected quiet and smooth. Not a scratch or speck of dirt in the undercarriage, and a set of street tires. This was obviously somebody’s pavement queen and had rarely, if ever, seen a dirt road in its 73,000 miles. Oh, I almost forgot Paige’s favorite features, dual climate control and heated seats.

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