Welcome to the Off Road Podcast. I'm your host, Aaron. 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-host Steve. Ben is out tonight, how are you doing tonight Steve?
Anyone done anything exciting?
Aaron - I’ve been off work for the past week, between jobs. Working on a honey-do list.
Steve - New spark plugs AGAIN. Sway bar endlink.
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Events and happenings
Jeep Beach Jam 2017, Panama City, Florida, May 17-21 Details Here: http://www.jeepbeachjam.com
Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot- in Monroeton PA. June 3-4. 10am to 5pm both days. Tickets available at www.shootersgauntlet.com
2017 Jeep adventure weekend with Park Jeep Chrysler, Dresser, WI June 17-18 Sign up here: http://www.parkjeepchrysler.com/jeepadvweekendsignup.htm
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.
NW Overland Rally June 15-18 in Plain, WA
Vermont Overland Trophy July 31-August 5
20th Rubicon Trail Jeep Jamboree, Rubicon Trail, California August 10-13 Info: jeepjamboreeusa.com
W.E. Rock Sportsman, Goldendale, Washington, August 12-13 Info: werocklive.com
Fair warning this will be a long email and I don’t expect you to read it all on the air but you guys were really speaking my language this past episode.
First off, love listening to the show in the shop and as I drive a lot during the day for work. Second, shame on you Aaron for taking your truck to a shop for a dirty MAF sensor! Just busting your chops. You’d think a shop working on a pretty well built rig would realize the owner probably knows better than to pay $500 for a MAF sensor!!!!
I’m a big Ford guy, having had a lifted Bronco II on 32’s, a ’96 Explorer Sport (31x10.50’s BFG A/T, spring swap, custom shackles, torsion twist), a 1997 F150 (265/75r16 Goodyear Duratrac’s, torsion twist again), and now an ’02 Explorer (4” lift, 265/75r16’s Duratrac’s, 3.73’s, limited slip, 4.6L). I feel your pain on those torsion keys for sure. Every time I’ve worked on a Ford, other than just simple regular maintenance, it’s been abundantly clear to me that “wow, no Ford engineer has ever actually worked on a vehicle, EVER!”.
I’m also a bit of a tire nerd. Steve, I assume your Ranger has the 8.8 rear axle which is actually a really good stock axle for a vehicle that size. Does that have 3.55’s or 3.73’s? Some of the FX4 models even had 4.10 gears. Does it have the factory limited slip? If it has 3.73 gears get the Duratrac in the 265/75r16 load range C, they will be perfect, I promise. Whenever I buy new tires I actually build a spreadsheet with cost, tire weight, load rating, tread depth, etc.
I live in eastern Iowa so unfortunately we don’t get to do a ton of off-roading, my kids are getting a little older and my wife is definitely getting more involved in wanting to take overlanding trips and things like that. We went to the sand dunes in Michigan last year and my family loved it so we are headed back up there with the Explorer again at the end of May and in June sometime. The Explorer does really well on the sand.
I also understood exactly what you guys were talking about the backwards AR15 hammer spring. I recently did a series of videos on my YouTube channel on my custom AR build and my DIY cheap trigger upgrades and I did the exact same thing.
Yeah I like guns too, a lot. I’d encourage you guys to definitely check out my YouTube channel, Hawkeye Skunk Works. I do lots of gun and auto videos, several of the videos have been chronicling my Explorer build lately. I’m on Facebook under Hawkeye Skunk Works too, I have a closed group which if like a tech forum and I have a public page where I just post all the stuff I’ve been up to. I’m also on Twitter and Instagram, you guys actually follow me on Instagram so I’m sure you’ve seen my Explorer on there. I’ve also been filming the mild build I’m going on my wife’s WJ.
Anyway, I could keep going but maybe you guys would want to have me on as a guest host sometime to talk Fords or guns or anything 4x4 related, I like anything with a motor. I’d love to talk your ears off for a couple episodes! I attached a few photos of the rigs, past and present.
Hawkeye Skunk Works
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Introduce who they are and what they do if from a company and where they are located at/from
Let's talk about you
S) How did you get started off-roading?
A) What was your first rig?
S) What's your rig Now?
A) What type of wheeling do you like to do?
S) Most embarrassing moment on the trail?
Your company http://supremesuspensions.com/
A) How long have you worked for Supreme Suspensions?
S) How long has Supreme suspensions been in business?
A) What is your role at the company?
S) What is your favorite part about working there?
A) What type of products does Supreme Suspensions offer?
S) Do you have any one product that your company produces that you are the most proud of?
A) What is the number one mistake you see people make when adding a lift kit?
S) What are some Tech questions we get asked a lot?
A) What are the benefits to using Torsion Keys vs just cranking up your factory Torsion key’s?
S) What the difference in performance between adding a block vs. gaining the lift with a add a leaf?
A) How important is it to install a shim when using lifting the rear of your vehicle.
S) Coil spacers or aftermarket coils?
Don't ignore maintenance.
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