ORP 050 - Hank's Jeep

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast! I am your guest host Jake and Joining me is Hank. In this podcast we’ll cover all things offroad.  Whether you’re looking for Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or hard core rock crawling, we will cover it all. Episode 50

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Listener Feedback:

Bradley: Hey Guys,

Hey I wrote you guys an email a while back which was apparently never received so I'm just going to copy and paste it here...

I'm a pretty new patron of the podcast and you caught my attention with the "how does a bypass shock work and what does it do?" Trivia question. Not sure if it has been answered yet. I'm sure you both know that this topic could be a multi-page write up, but basically, your shock has two stacks of shims, one on each side of the piston. The top controls your rebound dampening (how quickly you shock can extend) while the one on the bottom of the piston controls compression dampening (how quickly the shock can compress). A bypass tube can be external or internal and allows some of the shock oil to, as the name says, bypass or travel around the piston. This allows for fine tuning of your shocks valving as well as giving you the ability to progressively valve your shocks where shaft speed can speed up and slow down at different points of travel in the shock so long as you have the appropriate amount of bypass tubes that are also in the appropriate positions to allow you to do such.

Alexander: Hey guys, thanks for the podcast. Very informative, & helpful getting me back up to speed. Bought a very clean 1976 fj40 back in 81. Kept in fine condition, tasteful/practical mods then career, family, airplanes..... Now nearing retirement, son off in college and have rediscovered this awesome machine sitting in y The garage. Thanks for helping me build my stoke back. Getting out on trail runs, camping, .... Will enjoy it 2 more years then pass it off to my son. You guys have really helped with product discussion . Big thanks!

Chris:"It’s a Czechoslovakian Tatra and Chevy Fleetmaster fused together into a six-wheel-drive 18-wheeler powered with twin V8 engines."

This page also explains most of the vehicles in the movie.

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Main Topic:  Hanks Jeep

Make/Model Year: 1998

Motor: 4.0L 6 cyl 5 speed manual

Mileage: 250K

Mods: 4 in Rough Country Suspension lift kit

33x12.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires

Red Rock Rock Crawler front and rear bumpers

Smittybilt XRC Rear Corner Guards with 3” Flares

Smittybilt XRC Front Tube Fenders with 3” Flares

Some upgraded lighting, cold air intake, larger throttle body…

New Rugged Ridge XHD Front Sport Seats

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