We did a review of the Colby Valve Emergency Valve back in May of last year after putting them to use … Continue reading Review Update: Colby Valve
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.”
I was very lucky to be part of an amazing trip with our partner Falken Tire traveling across Arizona en … Continue reading Falken Tire – The Journey is the Adventure
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.
It started as an awesome evening. I had gone to Disney for Mickey’s Halloween Party with some girlfriends, and we dressed … Continue reading Halloween Ends With a Bang
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.
I have been looking at the Safe Jack kits from Bogart Manufacturing for a few years, I have read about them, watched the videos and window shopped at Overland Expo. Well, I finally came home from expo this year with the 6-ton Bottle Jack Recovery kit. Luckily the only use it has seen was a driveway test, but so far I am impressed.