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 Steve and Aaron and our guest Kavika. How’s it going?
Anyone done anything exciting?
Ben - Still recovering from being sick only for allergy season to start kicking my rear. packed and heading out for Montana in the morning! Picked up some rubber 32” tires just need to get a lift and toss it on.
Aaron - Packing for the big move. Got all of my recovery stuff already moved to Oregon so that I can get some wheeling in at Tillamook State Forest with my oregon wheeler friends.
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Tonight we welcome Kavi, the globe trotting sex machine.
Make/model - Toyota Tacoma 4 door long bed.
Lift - Fox 2.O, Total Chaos upper control arms and custom rear leafs.
Tires - KO2s
Mods - Prinsu racks, Pelfreybilt winch mount and battery tray, CBI sliders, ARB lockers and snorkel. Rokblokz mudflaps. Custom interiors with heated mirrors and leather seats. Rear tire carrier and swing out. BAMF hidden light mount, rigid lighting. And a bunch of other stuff.
Planned mods - Flatbed camper
A - First rig Jeep YJ on 37 MTR’s, FW 44 and 9” rear.
- Current Rig Tacoma
B -What happened at the border crossing with our intro, the part that says “welcome to the firearms network”, blasted on the radio as the Austrian border patrol asked me if I had any weapons. I smiled, they made get out and gave the truck a full cavity check. As they held me against the wall. Thanks guys!
A - Most embarrassing moment, Ever, my big bad supper modded Jeep blew its engine as I was going up lions Back in Moab. I had to get towed by an almost stock Tacoma. This month, I flew my drone right into the only tree on top of a hill, in front of a bunch of motorcyclist.
S - Favorite type offroading, Globetrotting and Adventure Touring. Mixed terrain.
B - Favorite off-road tool. Quick tire deflator and my Max Axe
A - Any cool new off-road tools. Black Elf GPS receiver. (works with any GPS satellite from any country)
B - Any Cool Adventures to share. There I was. To many to talk about, but driving through the Alps or the Pyrenees, is top on my list. There also North Italy or West France…. yeah to many to list. Got snowed in during my visit to the Stelvio Pass. Almost went off a cliff in Spain. Drove through the Maginot line in France. Got to drive and camp next to old castles or forts. Every trip was a bucket list item.
A - Gas vs diesel. Gas, all the way. Diesel is in decline in Europe and around other parts of the world. Most cities won't be allowing diesel cars into city centers, and governments are raising taxes on diesel fuel. In france, the government has gone as far as to start looking for other types of work for people employed in that automotive sector. Some manufacturers will even stop producing diesel cars after 2022. Diesel is not exactly dead, but it's definitely on its way out. Gas station closing early, small towns and rural,areas, everything closes early, sometimes around 5. In the city, almost everything closes around 9. Had to wait overnight for stations to open in Italy and Switzerland.
S - What would you do differently on the truck? The ARE bed topper is Poorly made, it has terrible fit and finish and is my worst mod. Followed closely by the ARB compressor. It kept failing for different reasons. The BFG’s KO2s are the best tire i have ever used. Good at speeds and off road. Thread last a long time. Hate my rear bushings in the leafs, they squeak.
Country's. All of Europe, Morocco, Japan, Korea, US, parts of Canada. Mexico, Costa Rica Ireland.
B- Bucket lists. Drive or Ride through South America for 2 years is next on my overall list. I've finished a few others I already had. My lists had stuff like Kayak loch ness at night, or eat a Belgian waffle in Belgium. I'm a big history nerd, so a lot of items on my list are destinations of historical or cultural significance.
A - Any places you are fond of? Netherlands, Spain, France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, oh Switzerland.
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