ORP 008 - Listener Feedback, Tires, Broncos and More!!

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Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host, trailer queen Jeff Bakken...This is the podcast for all things offroad.  Whether you're looking for Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or hard core rock crawling, we will cover it all. What's up Jeff?

Listener Feedback:

Hey guys,

I wanted to start off by saying I love the podcast so far. I have a 2003 TJ. I'm fairly new to off-roading. I have been going on some runs with a great group in New Hampshire called Exploring NH. In fact this past weekend I participated in a stock/newbie run with my wife and daughter that was a lot of fun.

One question I had was about wheel width. How do you know how wide of a tire you can put on a wheel. I know the rims that I have on my TJ are the Canyon rims which are 15 x 8. The tires I have now are BFG's A/Ts and they are 30 x 9.5 x 15. Soon I will be putting on a lift kit and I am thinking about going to 33's or 32's. How do I know if I can go to 10.5" or 12.5" wide tires?

The other thing I wanted to comment on was some remarks about radios. I think the guy in the email you read was talking about FRS (Family Radio Service) radios. Those are the radios you usually see that come in a 2 pack and are kind of like walkie-talkies. They are short range and anyone with any brand FRS radio can communicate with someone on the same channel. No license is required. They don't have all the static and interference issues that CB radios have. They operate on UHF (Ultra High Frequency, 462 and 467 MHz) and have 14 channels. You can pick them up for fairly cheap. Citizen's Band (CB) radio operates at 27 MHz and has 40 channels. Power limits are a little higher than FRS so they have better range. They are the most common. Ham radio or amateur radio is the other more popular radios in use. They do require a license. There are three levels of licenses now and knowing Morse code is no longer a requirement. The higher the license level, the more frequency bands you are permitted to transmit on. You do have to have a call sign. Mine for example is KB1PYC. The most popular band is 2 meter. Besides computers and base stations, handheld and mobile units are available for usually 100 to 200 dollars. Cheaper Chinese radios are readily available on Amazon for much cheaper. The different bands have different power limits and range limits. There are 2 meter repeaters all over the country. Many of these repeaters are linked to the internet so you can communicate all over the world through the internet connection. Repeaters can be private or public use. The test for the license is very easy to study for. There are numerous study guides and websites that list all the questions in the question pool. So nothing will be a surprise. Some clubs will also conduct classes. One of you asked if RF meant repeater frequency. It's actually radio frequency which is anything between 3 kHz to 300 GHz. All of these systems operate in the RF band which is broken up into the different bands mentioned above.

Sorry this is so long. There is so much information for the 3 main radios used. Plus there are others like GMRS (general mobile radio service). Hopefully this is a good primer for you. Thanks again for doing the podcast. As a newbie I really appreciate all the tips and information.

Sincerely,

Jason

Hey guys, Love the podcast! I listen every week! Y’all give lots of great info! I have a 2005 F150 six inch Pro Comp lift with 37” tires and 456 gears and a 79 CJ5 304 with four inch lift and 35” tires. Keep up the great Job! I listen every week!

Max

Hey Guys,

Digging the show. Jeff is great! Greg's ok too, when he can speak correctly...

How about doing an episode about full size rigs. I think these are very common and viable rigs in the Midwest and south.

Found this one locally on Craig's list. Do you think it's a viable option?

Actually, it might make a decent tow rig. That's another episode idea too. Budget tow rigs. I see 3/4 and 1 tons from the 80s and 90s that are great bargains. Under $5,000, low miles, good shape... Might not have all the creature comforts or pretty paint. But are a real bang for your buck and keep you out of a car payment. Yuck.

Keep up the great work!

Former "dirt road off-roader" from Illinois

Jake

Let me clarify some things up, the bronco is running a C-6 tranny and I have a Gear Vendors overdrive unit that I will be installing; also I live in Oklahoma. I would like to be able to do an intermediate to advanced trail (3-4 diamond rating) when offroad. Now with some more questions; I have considered a Cummins 4-bt, but it only has 104 HP stock. And that sounds like it wouldn't be adequate. I have Ford 429 that I could build, but I wasn't sure if that was the route I wanted to take. Now for the tire comment, I also have a 1976 Ford Bronco rock crawler. I have the same running gear setup in that bronco as in my 1979 except I'm running 40's on that bronco and I do well offroad with that why would the 37's be pushing it for my 1979?

Thanks again guys the show rocks keep it going.

-Garron

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