Off Road Podcast Episode 137 - Hummer Revisited

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast. I'm your host, Ben. Today we will be exploring the off road world-- whether you like crawling up rock ledges or enjoy exploring the backroads with your family. Stay with us to find out events in your area, off road news, and topics to interest every guy & girl who craves the outdoors as seen through the windshield. I am here with my co-hosts Aaron and Steve as well as our Guest Zach. How are you guys doing tonight?

Anyone done anything exciting?

  • Aaron - Got a couple holsters in for my Sigs. Truck broke down today. Driving #thestinkbug to work tomorrow.

  • Ben - Looked at my Jeep then worked on guns stuff assembled my 1911 frame and parts.

  • Steve - Build truck box and did a little shooting.

  • Zach - Absorbed with new baby and managing job at the same time.

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Events and happenings

  • Easter Jeep Safari put on by Red Rock 4-Wheelers April 8-16

  • Jeep Beach Florida April 25-30

  • Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot- in Monroeton PA. June 3-4th. 10am to 5pm both days. Tickets available at

  • The Washington Gambler 500 Main Event, June 23-25, more details to come.

  • The Oregon OG500 is July 15&16 starting and ending in Portland, OR.  No registration, unlimited entries, starting point released later, more details to come.

  • Midsouth Jeeps Spring Run April 1st, Hawk Pride Off Road Park in Tuscumbia, AL

  • NW Overland Rally June 15-18 in Plain, WA

  • Vermont Overland Trophy July 31-August 5


Hey guys, I found the podcast two weeks ago, and have been listening in reverse, starting at 134 and working back to number 1. I really love what you guys are doing and this podcast has defiantly opened my eyes to a few thing I had never heard of (like spill kits). I myself am just getting into the off road world, I've grown up hunting and four-wheeling from one side of Utah to the other, but have never off roaded for the sake of off roading until a recent trip to the sand dunes. I am really trying to branch out and get into the off road world. I have been working on a 84 cj7, sitting on 33s with a 95 xj inline 6 swapped in (my soon to be fiancés rig) and my 2000 F-150 that is currently totally stock (the jeep seemed like a more capable rig so it got built first)

My question to you guys is: is it safe to raise the front end of my truck by turning up the screws on the torsion bars, then putting in a bastard pack in the rear to level the truck?

My plan is to start with new tires 33s or 35s (and gearing if necessary), then move to a suspension lift to hopefully find some wheel travel, then lockers, then everything else. but until I find the money to put in the lift, (I still have 3 more years in college) i need clearance to put bigger tires on and I'm hoping to achieve this by just turning up the torsion bar screws. is that a safe, viable option for a daily driver?

Thank you so much for putting on the podcast I really have enjoyed it.


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HMMWV – High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle

  • Produced by AM General

  • Designed to replace several 1 ¼ ton range military vehicles

  • In 1983 AM General awarded contract

  • Used in combat from 1989 until ~2007 (Started to be replaced)

  • Needed to Armor plate HMMWVs following IED use in IRAQ

  • Made vehicles unwieldy and unreliable

  • Being replaced by MRAPs & JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicles)


  • 16 Inch ground clearance

  • 4 Wheel Drive

  • Radiator and intake mounted high for water crossing

  • 6.2L V8 Turbo Diesel & 6.5L V8 Turbo Diesel

  • 380 lb/ft torque


  • Civilian version of HMMVW manufactured by AM General in 1992

  • Civilian model planned as early as late 80s but produced in 92 in part due to the persistence of Arnold Schwarzeneggar

  • December 1999 GM purchased Hummer brand

  • 2010 Hummer brand discontinued


  • Built from 1992 – 2006

  • Built similarly to HMMWV with more comforts (i.e. air conditioning)

  • CTIS system


  • 16 Inch ground clearance

  • 130 inch wheelbase

  • 184 inches long

  • 86 inches wide


Body Styles:


  • Model years from 2003 – 2009

  • SUV & SUT models

  • Stock rear locker

  • 4 wheel drive

  • Rear air suspension

  • 10 Inches ground clearance

  • IFS with solid rear axle


2003 – 2007 6.0L V8

  • 323 HP

  • 4 Speed Transmission

  • 365 lb/ft torque

  • 6400 Lb curb weight

2008 -2009  6.2 L V8

  • 393 HP

  • 6 Speed Transmission

  • 6600 Curb weight


  • Model years from 2005 -2010

  • SUV & H3T (Available 2009 – 2010)

  • H3 Alpha

  • 9.7 inches ground clearance


  • 3.5 L (211 CID) L52 I5

  • 3.7 L (223 CID) LLR I5

  • 5.3 L (325 CID) LH8 V8

  • 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual

  • 220 – 300 Hp

  • 241 – 320 lb/ft torque

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Closing Statements

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