ORP 063 - Are Your Gears Turning Overs Gears

Off Road Podcast Episode 063: Are Your Gears Turning Overs GearsOn this show we cover all things offroad whether you're looking for some Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or some hard core rock crawling we will cover it all. I'm your host Forrest and joining me are my fellow co hosts Steve bradley and Ben. How are you guys today.

Has anyone done anything off road or exciting this week?

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Listener Feedback.

Hi  I just started listening to your podcast and love it. I'm going to buy a jeep and want to do some trail riding but I don't have the time or garage to build a jeep do to being in the military. I just wanted know what you think about the rocky ridge jeep packages they put on the new jeeps I'm looking to buy one of those. Here's a link to one  http://www.sherry4x4.com/vehicle/2015-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-rubicon-rocky-ridge-k-2-27451t/#  If you could just let me what you think if it's worth it or not and if the suspension or parts they put on it  are good. Thanks for the help.

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Main Topic: are your gears turning overs gears

Does your head feel like exploding because you went and lifted your rig and put larger tires on and now you feel like your rig doesn't get around like it used to or when you go to the hills you're over in the bike lane thinking about getting out and pushing your rig up the hill because  it would be faster. once you figure out that the taller tires changed your ratios you start research that you need to change your gears but then your head starts to hurt  again because you have no idea what gears to change too. well with a little bit of the universal language “math” you can figure out what ratio will work best for you if not better.

Basics of a differential

  1. gear ratios what are they and how do they work
  1. definition: the ratio of the rotational speeds of the first and final gears in a trainof gears or of any two meshing gears.
  1. How does a differential work
  1. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/differential.htm ,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYAw79386WI
  2. factory gear ratios are set to optimize your vehicle for factory size tires and factory power. the gearing in your factory differential allows optimum use of your engine's power whether that be used to go down the freeway and get optimum fuel milage or to tow a big load up hills and down the road without stressing your transmission and engine depending on what your vehicle was built for.
  3. high gear ratio example 3:08 low gear ratio example 4:56  
  4. lower numbers equal higher ratios and higher numbers equal lower gears
  1. What affects gear ratios
  1. tire size: if you go up in tire size it means there's a larger ratio from gears to ground and smaller tires means you get a smaller ratio to the ground. when you go up in size it gives you higher gear ratios which is better for higher speeds but you lose power in the bottom end.
  2. changing a transmission or transfer case: shorter shifting transmissions will affect how fast your engine maxes out to the power from the engine. lower transfer cases do the same
  3. engine power: more power can mean you need less gear less power means you need more gears.
  1. gear math
  1. http://www.offroaders.com/info/tech-corner/reading/mph-rpm.htm
  2. http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/truck-gear-calculations/
  3. http://www.grimmjeeper.com/regearing_basics.html

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ORP 058 Sand Driving Skills

This week steve and forrest talk about the skills to have a fun time wheeling in the sand.

Off Road Podcast Episode 58 Sand Driving Skills

Host Forrest throwing some roost
Host Forrest throwing some roost

On this show we cover all things off road whether you're looking for some Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or some hard core rock crawling we will cover it all. I'm your host Forrest and joining me are my fellow co hosts Steve, Bradley and Ben. How are you guys today.

Weekley adventures

have you guys done anything exciting this week or off road related.

up coming

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bob wrote

Recently went out to the Oceano dunes with some friends. Looking for some advice regarding off-roading in the sand here are some of my questions I have:

  1. Recommended rigs and set up.
  2. Tire combinations and air pressures
  3. Towing in the sand
  4. Recovery options / tricks to get out of sand
  5. General actives at the dunes / off-road equipment at the dunes.
  6. Possible safety concerns

Thanks any info is appreciated!

Bob

Write your feedback to feedback@offroadpodcast.com with any questions or comments about the show and also if you have any questions for steves tool man write us in and ask away. could find out why the tools cost what they do or what makes them better then others.

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Main Topic sand driving skills

Sand Knowledge

  1. recovery skills
  1. know how to use your recovery equipment tow ropes tow hooks winch etc.
  2. make sure you have proper recovery tools.
  1. proper tow points front and rear of vehicle attached to frame
  2. proper tow strap nothing with hooks and rated for at least twice your  vehicle weight.
  3. winch movable from front to rear is best and mounted properly.
  4. land anchor if using winch. also a snatch block
  5. momentum is your friend when towing someone out .
  6. Sand driving
  1. air pressure is king lower is better in the sand, don't go so low that you pull your tire off the bead or run beadlocks.
  2. know how to use your vehicle and its off road systems ie four wheel drive or lockers.
  1. know how your four wheel drive engages and weather it's gonna be better in low range or high.
  1. some low ranges are too low and don't allow enough tire speed.
  2. Tires and tire pressures
  3. wide knobby tires work great mud tires like swampers turned                  backwards can act like sand paddle
  4. sand paddles work great but cannot be used on the street also you need power to turn them
  5. safety concerns
  1. all vehicles in dunes should be flying a flag
  2. watch for other riders while coming over the peak of a dune no blind jumping
  3. if having to jack a vehicle up in the sand remember that sand is soft and moves really easily vehicle can crush you.
  4. when winching or towing stay far away out of the radius of lines. watch for snapping lines.
  5. always be on the lookout for other drivers or riders lots of inexperienced riders and drivers out there.

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ORP 037 - Change Is In The Air Along with Some Feedback

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg and joining me is Jeff. 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 37!!!

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Hey guys! Love the podcast! Yours is the first off-road podcast/4x4 podcast I found (and I had been looking for literally years) that was accessible to a newb like me. Listening to episode 32 and I was thinking of some things you might be able to use as giveaways that aren't expensive and could be pretty universal: grab handles (admittedly kinda specific to Jeeps), shifter knobs, cellphone/GPS holders (suction cup type that attach to windshield), D-rings, tow hooks, hitches, Amazon gift cards, decals/stickers/graphics, gas cards, phone cases, gas cans, tire covers (can you tell I drive a TJ? Lol), any cleaning product like top conditioner/cleaner or leather cleaner or wax, memberships to 4x4 parks, etc. etc. This might seem like silly stuff, but I promise your listeners are listening for content, not free gear, so any giveaways at all would be icing on the proverbial cake. Thanks for the work, banter, and A+ information, Catie '03 TJ

Four wheeler just did a "10 worst off road widgets" I'd love to hear your thoughts. Also, what are you going to talk about once the jeep is lifted?

Hey Jeff and Greg love the show keep up the good work don't think there are any other off road podcast as detailed as you (I know of one other podcast but not as good) here is my 88 Yoda kinda wish I had tools and need to do heavy offroading I've got a 85 with a straight axle sitting ready to be sold need a lot of work.

BTW both trucks have 31" x10.5"x15 (think thats right) tires I like the dick cepeks but they are bold so swapped them out for my $800 less Schwab A/T radials they have 50,000 miles on them with 70-80% tread left

Hi Guys!!

I love the show and have enjoyed it from the beginning!  Every time I hear Jeff talking about building a new rig, I never hear about the vehicle that I think might be perfect, the K-5 Blazer!  Parts are cheap, since most of the parts are also on the trucks as well.  The interior is nice and big (I'm 6'2" and have room to move the seat back more) but the outside dimensions are not that much larger than a Pathfinder.  And the best part, Chevy 350!! Again, parts are cheap, and abundant!  I know you guys aren't into motor work, so I'd recommend the early carbureted models, before the smog pumps (in my state, that's 1975 and earlier), or the early 90's where they went to the throttle body injection (TBI).  I have a 1992 with that motor, however it is IFS.  I would guess that you'd probably straight axle the front, and I wouldn't be surprised that some of the early model front suspension parts could be swapped/fabbed to fit on a '92-'94 model.

I'd love to hear what both of your thoughts are on a K-5!

Thanks,

Scot in CO

Thank you for reading my email about my 87 4runner. I decided on getting some new bilstein 4300 shocks, and keeping the stock height. I also settled on getting a new used motor, I picked up a newer 22re with 120000 miles. Plan on changing the head gasket, head bolts, water pump, oil pump, flywheel, and clutch. I am still on the fence between 33 and 31 what do you guys recommend? I will be driving on the road allot going from state to state but my main goal is to be off road. After listing to your more of your shoes I decided to spend more of the money on winch and recovery equipment. Thanks again

Ps monstaliner is a bed liner paint that has the texture of an orange peel not rough like other ones

Howdy fellas,

I am a proud owner of a 2001 4.7 WJ and have owned several WJ's and ZJ's over the last few years. I have never really toyed with suspension unless it was standard maintenance (Track bar and such). I am weighing the options of lifting my current rig and am now finding out the issues of having a unibody vehicle. I am not wanting an insane lift but just something to give a bit more clearance. I live in the Appalachian Mountains and so most of the time I'm either driving in snow or driving some trails to go hiking. What kits would you recommend for this platform?

Thanks again, and I dig all of your podcasts on this network.

Travis

Greg and Jeff,  just curious on your thoughts for running a spare on your jeep,  besides the obvious reason you would want to, why would you not want to? - Dan

Main Topic:  Changes Coming!

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ORP 036 - I Need More Fabrication!

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Episode 36!!!

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Hi Guys,

I really enjoy the show.

Hearing you joke about using aluminum parts so you could repair by welding beer cans made me really crack up. It reminded me of a welding story of my own.. I was going to weld steering dampeners on some motorcycles for some CRA racers. We did this at the one guys girlfriends house. I was in the garage clearing lines and wires away from the weld area, and grinding off the paint while the one guy was finding some steel we could use for the frame brackets. He brought in the pieces, I formed them and welded them on the  bikes. When finished I walked outside and there was a 4 year old kid looking at his tricycle that was cut into pieces in the yard. I guess some people have messed up priorities.

Love the show, Thanx for doing it.

Mark

Hey Greg and Jeff,

Thanks for the birthday shoutout. It was an exciting surprise to me. Happy belated birthday to you Jeff. I found the podcast on your episode 31 about King of the hammers. I have since gone back and listened to all of your episodes. I have enjoyed them all and will look forward to new shows each week. The 1966 chevy pick up that my wife referenced last week is 4 wheel drive. I bought it when I was 16 and have loved it ever since. It has seen a lot of off road miles over the years. I completely tore it down to a rolling chassis last summer and am in the middle of restoring it right now. This will be my focus for the next year or so, seeing as I already have about 90 % of the stuff I need to finish it. I bought my current wheeler (89 jeep cherokee on 35's and a long arm suspension) because it was cheap and already built. I could pay cash and be done with it, because I knew I wanted to start my truck. HaHa.(that was 2.5 years ago) I then had to install a locker in the front and build a custom heim jointed cross over steering for it.  My wife finally said "What about the truck?" (she's a real good woman, isn't she?) So any way, I'm working on my truck, but have already started gathering parts for a point and shoot juggy. I have taken some night classes at my local applied technology college and earned some low level mig welding certs. I have a 300 amp mig welder, but very little experience in custom fabrication. I know you have said your dad did all your welding when you were young, but any experience or pointers that you have learned over the years would be greatly appreciated. Any good how to books you have come across? Could you dedicate a whole episode to this aspect of off roading? Thank you for your time and effort with the show.

-Calvin

P.S. I am also pro 2nd amendment and will be checking out tactical paradise:)

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ORP 035 - Why We Don't Wheel With Listener Feedback

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg and joining me is Jeff. 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 35!!!

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Listener Feedback: Why We Don't Wheel

Greg and Jeff, thanks for going over my last email on re gearing my tj if I switched to 35s, I thought I left my name but after a check I must have forgot.  I have decided to stay on 33s for now and am looking into the MTRs any thoughts on them would be appreciated.  Thanks again,  Dan

Hey guys

First off I love the podcast and the info is great, I just listened to the weight podcast and heard about double hi lifting a rig and I thought to write about this. I was wheeling and got stuck then used my hi lift as a come along and the handle snapped back and broke my fore arm. But i splinted my arm and finished the trip. Would it be possible to do a show on trail safety so this doesn't happen to someone else? Keep up the great work guys

Jim

Ps you guys are goofballs (in a good way )

ok today i started your podcast i normally enjoy it but i realized that my wife does more 4x4 adventuring with her bone stock jeep patriot  latitude.  Yes she did manage to get it stuck and needed to be rescued.

Larry

i bought a 87 4runner  and it is pretty good on the body but the motor has 300,000+ miles on it. i want to use it as a cross country rig, im going to drive across country and go through mild trails in mountains and desert and live out of it camping style in summer 2017. i am going to explore the west in this truck for 3 months straight so i need it reliable. i currently put two coats of AL'S heat and noise reducer and have one coat of monstaliner in the interior. i also plan on monstalinering the outside. it has IFS and i would like more travel and i dont know which direction to go. im not sure if i should put a lift on it ive read that the lift doesnt really benefit me asi can fit 31" tires with the stock suspesion. it does need new suspension im pretty sure it is original from 87. i was looking at doing the OME 2" kit, but after some research m not sure if a lift kit is needed. i know i want a locker and was thinking about getting a elocker from a newer 4runner. i do need to rebuild the motor but i have never tackled a project like this before. is there anything else that i need or should look into?

i just found out about your show and i love it. it keeps me up at work haha

Mike

Hello Greg and Jeff!

So I'm actually emailing in regards to my husband. Let me explain-- so my husband (his name is Calvin) LOVES the Offroad podcast. He discovered you about a month ago and listens to you CONSTANTLY! He says you have about 40 episodes and he has already listened to probably about half of them! But he LOVES the show-- he's a huge jeeping/truck guy and he basically has conversations with you as you do your podcast. He will respond to questions you ask each other, etc. It's pretty fun to watch :)

Like I said, he's a pretty big jeeping guy. When we first got married 5 1/2 years ago he had a TJ (1998?) and it was the Sport edition, and he did a bunch of stuff to it (a lot of mumbo jumbo that I don't understand!) but we were actually in Moab in 2011 and we rolled it on the highway going to our next trail (we live in Northern Utah, so we go to Moab quite a bit....) anyway, he now has a Jeep Cherokee, and I'm not sure of the year.... I wanna say 1989? Anyway, he has done a bunch of stuff to the "rear end" and the axles I believe.... He also has a 1966 Chevy truck that he is restoring at the moment. Sorry I sound terrible with this kind of talk! Anyway, the point of this email is to see if you would be willing to tell him HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the show? just a quick shout-out would literally make his WHOLE day. His birthday is 3/7,(he turns 28 years old) so this Saturday. Obviously it doesn't have to be on his birthday but I plan on not telling him and then one day he will be listening and will be SO caught off guard and so excited! thank you so much!

ps- he also loves your show because "riding the Rubicon" is on his bucket list :)

thank you for your time!  --Angie

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ORP 034 - Weight vs Strength

Intro:  Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg and joining me is Jeff. 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 34!!!

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Listener Feedback:

Hey Greg and Jeff love the podcast!!!

I have a stock 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) In my spare time I like to take the jeep muddin and I always get small rocks wedged in my brake calipers and it makes the worst sounds when I get back on the pavement. I was wondering if y'all have ever had this happen and if there is any way of preventing this from happening? Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

-Adam

Main Topic:  Light weight vs. Strength?

Aluminum vs steel?

Axles compared to weight...

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ORP 033 - Purchasing a Used Wheeler

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg and joining me is Jeff. 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 33!!!

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Is there anything that we can do to help you guys - other than the Amazon option?

Patrick

Hey looking to go from 33s to 35s with 3.73 gears on a tj would that be fine or would I need to regear (4.0 manual) thanks for reading.

Main Topic:  Purchasing a Used Wheeler

Wrangler keeping solid axles

The Jeep Wrangler, descendant of the legendary Army Jeeps and Willys/Kaiser/AMC CJ series, will keep its solid axles after all.

The next-generation Wrangler, due in 2017, will get some updates to its suspension to improve ride and fuel economy. However, the basic design that allows the axles to maintain traction at all four wheels while traversing the most difficult terrain will remain.

Wrangler’s “smaller” body

The body design choices are:

  • Body on frame. A separate body structure is built on a full-length frame; the visible body panels are “unstressed,” not needed for rigidity. This is how current Wranglers and full-size Ram pickups are made.
  • Full monocoque. A single structure relies completely on stressed body panels with no subframes at all.
  • Roll cage. A separate structure provides a stress path through round tubes passing through (and independent of) the body structure, and tied to the main frame—either separate or subframes. One example is Norm Layton’s custom-made “Jeep” used for off-road endurance racing, pictured below.
  • Spaceframe. A series of extrusions (metal formed by forcing it through a die) that form a full load-carrying stressed structure; it’s usually a basic box shape, with flanges (ridges to add strength or hold different things together) added.

One has to do aluminum bodies before one can move on to aluminum space frames, which is likely the optimum future for the Jeep Wrangler.

As for the body appearance, it will likely be made narrower to present a smaller “face” to the wind, and be more aerodynamic. They can do this by closing gaps and shortening the track to pull the wheels back into the wheelhouses; it would actually be cheaper to switch to an independent front suspension to do this, than to narrow the axles.

Found this pretty nice cj. Looking for a daily driver that I can do some light wheeling in. They want 6800 for this one. Very little rust nice body new tires. Is that a pretty good price? Not sure on the tranny I just know it's the stock one. Thoughts? Should I be looking for something newer?

1982 Renegade CJ7 Jeep

Original miles 89, 722

258 amc motor

5 speed

4x4

35 inch tires

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ORP 032 - How Did We Get Here Wheeling?

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg and joining me is Jeff shackin bacon Bakken. 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 32!!!

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Hey guys,

Came across your show a couple days ago and have since subscribed.  Well done you all.

I came into your overlanding discussions and was curious have you all ever talked about the off road trailer market? Overlanding is a huge market and worth the discussions.

Looking forward to future episodes.

Happy Wheeling

Jason

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I am brand new to off roading, mostly fire roads and mud.  I just purchased a Full size 1988 K5 blazer and was wanting to know what mods would you suggest for a new off roader on a budget.  350 Motor Auto transmission (400r?) No lift, as of yet.  Hoping to get some good advice from guys who have been there.

Thanks in Advance. -Dean

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Main Topic:  How Did We Get Here?

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ORP 031 - King of the Hammers

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is Jeff Bakken the sickest guy alive. 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 31!!!

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Thanks for the Overland episode guys, my daughter and I loved every minute of it. You guys made some excellent points so I will adjust accordingly. The spare tire carrier seems to be a no brainer now.

What I have to start.

The Truck has a Bilstein 5100 2.5 lift and five Cooper 265/70-17 AT3 tires on it right now, The Taco is a 4X4 equipped with Limited slip Diff, TRD Running boards, TRD cab roof rack, TRD skid plates. I own an extensive selection of camping backpacking kit, so the food prep and sleeping supplies have been accounted for. My bud is driving a PRO-4X Xterra, we have no passengers but that might change.

Options I’m not sure of.

Should I go for an ARB Diff locker or for a lightweight option, like the Undercover HWMS?

As far as the camper top, should I get a hard shell or soft shell like Bestop?

Snorkel, pros & cons?

Should I do dual or a larger deep cycle battery?

Should I opt for a plate or ARB style front bumper instead?

Dave

Undercover Hidden Winch Mount Systems

ARB Rooftop Tent

All Pro Offroad.com Tacoma Bed Racks

What This Guy Put In The Back Of His Truck Made Me So Jealous. This Is Genius.

Expedition Portal

I am reading a leadership book and they are talking about Medtronic founder Earl Bakken. I recall you talking bout Family in MN and its coldness on an episode. I live in MN and know that Medtronic is a MN company. Are you guys related to Earl?

Hope your feeling better

Andrew

Hey Guys

I’ve got a few thoughts on the overland episode. While I'm no expert, I do play one on internet forums. But seriously I've had a few occasions to speak to overlanders and it seems the theme is capable and reliable. Balanced mild builds seem to work the best. Inline with camping/backpacking mentality

The trd probably already has a rear electric locker so that's a plus so I'd leave the reliable drivetrain alone. I'd go simple budget boost just get a little more room, possibly go 1 size bigger on the tires. That way you could get a little more performance without regearing or overworking the brakes. Plus it would suck to get the kayaks off a truck on 40's. Next I'd get a winch, but I would get a receiver mount so I could move it front to rear as needed.

After that I would spend the money on upgraded battery, gps, topper and storage solutions for the bed. I'd also get some sort of lockable storage for the important stuff. Tuffy bed drawers would be perfect, a bed roll/sleeping bag could lay right on top with plenty of secure storage below. Like you guys said, a larger fuel tank would be nice along with arb tire plug kit and air source.

I'd also carry a big bore revolver. I know how much you love revolvers Greg but that's how roll. Great show as always!

Later, Matt

Main Topic: King of the Hammers

King of the Hammers History

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Transamerican Manufacturing Group Announces Acquisition of Poison Spyder Customs

Transamerican Manufacturing Group (TMG), the largest independent manufacturer in the United States of innovative and performance aftermarket off-road accessories, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Poison Spyder Customs (PSC). Poison Spyder has proven themselves in the industry and is continuing to gain momentum in the off-road community.

CEO of Transamerican Auto Parts, Greg Adler, is very excited about the new acquisition for TMG, and the potential it provides for the growth of the brand. “I really admire what Larry McRae has done in building a predominant brand so quickly. Poison Spyder is a great fit with our brands and our customer base. We look forward to developing the full potential of what McRae and his team has already worked so diligently upon.”

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Well its been a hard secret to keep, with rumors flying for the past few weeks. But the press release came out today so its official: Poison Spyder has been bought by Transamerican, the parent company of 4 Wheel Parts. As we're gearing up for King Of the Hammers, we know this news will be competing with anything we're doing on the race course, so we wanted to let you, our fans, customers, friends and distributors know what's going on and address some of your concerns.

First of all, I (Larry McRae), am not going anywhere. I'm staying on as President of Poison Spyder, the only difference is that Greg Adler's signature will be on my paycheck instead of my own. The same with our staff, everyone is staying put, in fact we'll be adding more. The team that got Poison Spyder to where it is today is what Transamerican was after, and they intend to keep it intact. We'll continue to do our own product development, sales, marketing, and of course traveling the country to events to meet and wheel with you guys. And very importantly, our products will continue to be built in the same Poison Spyder facilities in Banning, California.

So what IS going to change? The biggest thing is we'll now have access to Transamerican's considerable resources to fuel our growth, keep the shelves full and expand our product lines. And through their distribution channels we'll be able to bring Poison Spyder products to a larger market. But for the most part, Poison Spyder will continue to function mostly autonomously. Those of you who like buying direct from Poison Spyder will still be able to do so.

Over the coming week we're going to have our hands full out here at King Of the Hammers, so its not the most convenient time for this news to break. But we welcome your thoughts on this. Please feel free to contact any of our staff through the usual channels, or comment below if you prefer. We'll try to keep up with responses even though we've got a race to run in a few days (against our new boss, among others smile emoticon

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ABOUT TRANSAMERICAN AUTO PARTS: TMG is a subsidiary of parent company, Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP). For more than 50 years, TAP has been an industry leader in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of off-road parts for Jeeps and light trucks. TAP established and acquired industry leading brands, including Pro Comp, Smittybilt, Rubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear, LRG Rims and Trail Master. The company supplements a robust mail-order system with 66 brick-and-mortar 4 Wheel Parts retail centers, staffed with experienced product and installation specialists. In addition to the retail initiative, TAP has accelerated its business with the e-commerce marketplace, led by its flagship Websites 4WheelParts.com and 4WD.com. TAP’s manufacturing system features a 100,000 square foot research and production facility that incorporates an in-house conceptualization, design, and implementation process. From the beginning, TAP has dedicated its resources to serving its customers, and to establishing itself as the premier supplier and distributor of high quality automotive parts.

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ORP 030 - Overlanding?

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is Jeff Bakken the coolest guy alive. 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 30!!!

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I think your head knows what you should do, put the FAM and the future first. How else do you think I ended up with a cr-v and not Grand Cherokee, or 4runner.  I you have mentioned this struggle on two episodes now.  I think you can host this show like a boss without this dream JK.  Also, a trailer queen sounds like a better option. More capable and less cost.  Believe me I know it sucks not being able to show it off daily driving but it just might be a smarter solution.  As for selling the JK that's gonna be tough but it might be the only option if you want a hard core wheeler on a budget.

Take care I understand this dilemma well.

Andrew the gun toting, CR-V wheeling, frugal, engineer

Hey Greg and Jeff -

Your podcast is awesome.  Thanks for the great work.

Ohio terrain tends to be a lot more muddy than rocky.  And it's more hilly than mountainous. Can you recommend a "top ten" list of recommended mods for rigs that are tackling this terrain?

Patrick

ps Can you give DAS Offroading a shout out on the show?  (DAS stands for Deep and Sticky.)

Main Topic: Overlanding?

Where is the love for the overland vehicles, A buddy of mine and I are planning a 30 day trip from Tennessee to Alaska and back. We are taking the long way around, We are driving West till we hit water then driving north till we hit water again. The way back will be through the Rocky Mountains pass. Here's the kicker, we are carrying 17 foot kayaks and bikes on our rigs. For the most part we will be sleeping and living out of the vehicles. Here is the question for you. I bought a 2015 Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB for this trip. I have a $5K build budget. Things to consider, It's not a rock crawler, It has to be able to transport camera and video equipment the Kayak and bike and still allow me to sleep in it. Oh, the vehicle has a bumper to bumper lifetime warranty on all mechanical parts and 8 year on electronics. How would you outfit this vehicle? Love the show, keep up the good work. Forgot to mention, Vehicle is stock but has a Bilstein 5100 2.5. Factory TRD roof racks skid plates and running boards. Dave..

Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.

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ORP 029 - Toyota Talk

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is Jeff Bakken. 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 29!!!

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Greg I'm a fan of Alaska off road warriors.Don't cave to the hosers who have an elitist attitude,superior rigs,and claim to be off road masters able to conquer any obstacle with ease.

Granted these guys on the show are a little hoakie and red neck but they are also just regular joes that I see and associate with out on the trails every year.  Their rigs are simple and inexpensive but capable of a lot of off road fun .You Don't need 40s,dynatrac axles with ARBs front and rear and amazing gears to go out on the trail be safe and have fun.o yea and spend 10,20 30 thousand in the process.  The show may be flawed in some regards but it's real off road adventure,the Alaska scenery is stunning and to those on the show I'll bet it will be the adventure of a life time.  Hey just my take,love the podcast keep it  going.

John

Main Topic: Toyota Talk

Greg and Jeff,

To take you up on the additional help from my Toyota question in episode 27 I'm sending additional details on the truck

(This is the Toyota from Episodes 15 and 19 too)

'84 stock Toyota SR5, 4x4, 22R, 5 speed.  I will keep the engine and transmission on it.  I want to run something on the order of 35-37-" Tires.  I would like a good amount of lift, but nothing ridiculous.  This will be a road legal rig, but not a daily driver.  (Just enough to where I don't have to haul it if I don't want to, but I don't need all the creature comforts that you have in a daily driver.)  Regearing seems like the way to go, I think I'll go with 5.29 unless you think something else is better.  I may also drop an EFI unit on it too to gain a few horses.

Plans for the rig: some 4x4ing, hunting, fishing and Search and Rescue.  Additionally I have no CARB requirements here in WY.

Thanks from the Wilds of Wyoming,

-Steve

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ORP 028 - Four High vs Four Low

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is Jeff Bakken. 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 28!!!

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Greetings Guys

So glad Jeff is back, much better when you both are there.

So Greg, I have to say I still love the show, but every time you pimp the Alaska Off-road  Warriors I lose a little respect for you. That show is so cheesy and the white trash characters are so annoying. As you mentioned on show 26, the brothers are tweekers.  Butch in war wagon  is a drama queen, and completely ridiculous. Super Jeep is some kind of Frankenstein junk rig. I really think the show is making off-roaders look bad and the cast is just too obnoxious to watch.

I realize Off-roading needs any coverage we can get, but that show is just over the top dumb.

Just my 2 cents.  Other than that keep up the great show.

Clint

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Main Topic: Four High vs Four Low

Hey guys my name is stephen. I have a 01 tj 4.0 automatic.  I live in south louisiana.  No rocks just mud and trail riding some hills. My question is when do I use 4 low vs. Using 4 hi. Thanks. Love the show!!!!

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ORP 027 - 3 Link vs 4 Link

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is Jeff Houdini Bakken. 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 27!!!

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Hey Guys,

I was hoping that you could swing back around and answer the second half of my question from Episode 19 on my 84 Toyota.

"B) What is a good way to go to beef up the front axle and suspension on front and back? (including lift to allow for the big tires)?  I obviously need to lift it some, but I don’t want to get into a situation where it wants to tip over easily.   And then specific recommendations for making the front axle bulletproof would be appreciated."

Keep up the great work, and hopefully the Amazon shopping I've been doing has helped!

Thanks from the wilds of Wyoming,

-Steve

Trail-Gear

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Main Topic: 3 Link vs 4 Link

Ruff Stuff Specialties

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ORP 026 - Daily Driver vs Trailer Queen

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is very ellusive Jeff absentee Bakken. 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 26!!!

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Hi Greg and Jeff,

You asked our opinion about upgrading your jeep's axles and tires. In episode 25 you mentioned that there is a kit to make your rear axle full float and your front full float with part time 4wd. I think this is a better idea than spending a lot of dollars on new axles. I would update your axles with the full float kit and run 37's.  You are only losing about 1 1/2 inches of ground clearance for a lot less money. Spend the money on skid plates, Rock sliders and a good winch.

Love the show. Keep up the good work

Chris

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Main Topic: Daily Driver vs Trailer Queen

Past rigs...

Why would you want a Trailer queen?

Benefits:

  1. Easy to build…
  2. Cheaper to build
  3. No worry of trail damage
  4. More fun

Disadvantages:

  1. Need a trailer
  2. Storage
  3. Tow rig
  4. Cost

Why would you want a Daily Driver Wheeler

Benefits:

  1. Drive on the street
  2. Drive to the trail
  3. Show off factor
  4. No storage

Disadvantages:

  1. Maintenance
  2. Cost
  3. Trail damage/breakage
  4. Tires...

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ORP 025 - All I want for Christmas

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and 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 25!!!

Moved a Mopar Axle this weekend

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Main Topic: All I want for Christmas

Budgeting?  How do we budget 4 wheeling?

Tow Strap

Snatch Block

Gloves

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguisher

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ORP 024 - Trail Tips, Tricks and Tools

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Greg,

Enjoy the show even though I am not an offroader other than dealing w/ horses and cows which at times requires the use of my 03 Silverado 4x4.  As a result I am always having to keep the truck up and your podcast is always giving me ideas.

I'm also not a youngster (past 60) but did also run dirt bikes in my youth.

The ether technique for tire mounting had me looking on google to see what you were talking about.

You should do a podcast on the various tricks you have up your sleeve along with your brother.

Thanks for the shows and your effort.  When the podcast was introduced earlier on the FRN, I was a bit skeptical, however you have done a good job and it is very entertaining.

Thanks

Kurt

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Main Topic: Trail Tips, Tricks and Tools

Etiquette, AKA General Rules:

1) Never leave anyone behind.

2) Don't block the trail.

3) Move over whenever possible and let those behind you pass. Play through.

4) Don't leave your junk on the trail, in the way of traffic.

Tips:

1) Don't let testosterone drive your decisions.

2) If you are using a spotter, listen to your spotter.

3) If someone is spotting, let them spot and don't help.

Tools:

1) A very basic tool set is minimum.

2) Jumper cables, spare gas.

Recovery Gear:

1) Shackles or hooks front and rear.

2) Snatch Strap.

Safety:

1) First aid kits.

2) Gloves for moving rocks and winching.

3) Carry clothing for an overnight even on a day trip.

4) Carry food and water for twice the time you plan to be out.

5) Excessive hot places require 1 gallon of water per person per day.

Preparation:

1) Make sure the lands are open and passable.

Planning:

1) People, not on your trip, should know your route and when you will return.

Setup:

1) Your vehicle should match the trail and your skill.

General Land Use Concerns:

1) Pick up any trash, leave the trail cleaner than you found it.

2) Don't blaze new trails.

3) Don't drive on trees and plants unless this IS the trail.

4) Carry trash bags.

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ORP 022 - The 14 Bolt Episode

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Welcome back Jeff!!

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Why do I want a 14 bolt?

Being a full float axle, it of course has full floating (FF) wheel hubs and axle shafts.

The axle shaft does not support the weight of the vehicle, but merely transmits torque.  Because of the above - FF axle shafts are not subject to bending loads like semi float (SF) axles are and can therefore be made of harder materials making them capable of carrying greater torque loads.  If you should ever break a rear FF axle shaft, you will not loose the wheel too.If you need to change a FF rear axle, it is extremely easy and simple to do.The hubs run big, strong, common, reasonably cheap wheel bearings, races, and seals (14b Dana 60 and 70 bearings, front and rear, are all the same).

The wheel bearings are not pressed onto anything, if need be they can be removed and replaced with nothing more than a screwdriver and big hammer.

Gear strength - 10.5" ring gear, 1.750" 30 spline pinion, huge 2 piece carrier made of 8620 Heat treated alloy steel, extra pinion bearing support Shaft strength - 1.5' 30 spline full floating shafts.  Housing strength - massive cast iron center section, 3.25: x 0.5" tubes.  Comes in two widths - 63" and 67" wms-wms, easily converted from one to the other (shafts are common) Removable pinion support, unbolts from the rest of housing, makes for easier gear setup.  Diff housing has built-in threaded carrier pre-load adjusters, makes for easier gear setup.  Because the carrier is so large and strong, a "full" detroit locker fits in the stock housing, and is therefore easy to install without gear setup changes, and is much cheaper than other 1 ton FF lockers.  Pinion yokes commonly available for 1350 series u-joints.  Commonly came stock with 4.10 and 4.56 gears and Detroit Lockers.  Cheap and easy to find, buy, and build.  Easy to convert to disc brakes.  Easy to "shave" for 2" inch gain in clearance.  Pinion length shorter than other 1 ton ff rear axles (D60, D70), for improved driveshaft length and angles.  Large ID spindles.

Common spindle nut threads with Dana 60 front axle, meaning only one style of spindle nut and socket need be used/carried.

Where do I find the 14 bolt?

The 14 bolt is found in a huge number of GM 4x4 pickup trucks and vans, 3/4 and 1 ton, from the 70's right through until at least 2000.

How do I identify a 14 bolt?

It is most easily distinguished by its huge, uniquely shaped diff cover that is, of course, held on with 14 bolts.

It is also fairly easily distinguished from other 1 ton full-float rear axles by the removable pinion support.

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ORP 021 - Tires, Bias Ply or Radials?

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Hey guys

Got a question for Greg "deep pockets" Bakken. I went to my local dealership the other day and was a bit sticker shocked. It also made me wonder why you bought a Rubi since you hoped to replace everything by 10k? The price difference between an x and the rubi would pay for 60 up front. Hell if you got a 2wd you could almost get both axles and an atlas.

Not judging, unless you got power windows then I'm judging a little. When I got my 04 Rubi I knew it was going to be a light wheeler and daily driver and the 4.10's would work well with the planned 33's. So I was just curious why you went that way.

Thanks for the show, I know its a pain to get them out with full time jobs but we really appreciate the effort. Later, Matt

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It's able to do all this because of the way it's constructed. You see, a tire isn't just a rubber balloon - it has a carcass made of plies (or layers) that give it shape, strength, and stability (otherwise when filled with air it would just expand in a wobbly and useless round fashion like a balloon tire in a kids picture). It has a steel bead to clamp it to the rim with sufficient friction to transmit acceleration and braking from the rim to the trail and vice versa. It has tread blocks to grip the road and trail, tread voids to shed mud, snow and water, and it can have cap-plies or steel belts under the tread to stabilize the tread and reduce punctures. The plies themselves are made of chords of fibrous material (polyester, fiberglass, nylon, rayon, steel mesh, kevlar, etc.) woven together and coated with rubber. It is the plies in a tire that give the tire shape and strength and prevent it from expanding like a balloon, thus allowing the build up of load supporting pressure.

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ORP 020 - Greg's Garage and More SEMA

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I have an engine question for you guys. A Chevy 350 or a 454? My project is a 1985 K5 blazer that has a 350 in it but it burns oil. Should I replace it with a 350 rebuild or a very mildly performance built 454? I have access to both for very cheap. The plans with the rig are an everyday driver and weekend trail rig. Behind the engine is a SM465 transmission, not sure if that will sway your information one way or the other. Thanks guys and keep up the good work!

Nick

Hi guys,

Found your show a couple weeks ago and really enjoy listening to the topics yall discuss.  I would like to hear yall discuss suspension styles/setups between a traditional trail-bound 4x4/jeep/rock crawler/etc VS the “Trucks Gone Wild” homebuilt monster trucks style that seems to be growing in popularity.

I would also like to hear yall discuss the fancy custom suspensions popping up on ATV’s and side-x-sides over the last couple of years, but that may be a little too far off topic for your show.

Keep up the podcast, really enjoy listening.

Thanks,

Scott

Enjoying the podcast! Bought my very first jeep a few months back a 2000 tj 5 speed, haven't had anytime to get on some trails yet but was wondering if you could give any info on trail riding over obstacles with a manual it is my first manual so looking for any advice or techniques you could share thanks

-DAN cedar springs Mi

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More new SEMA products

Dynatrac XD60 XD60 and Ball Joints

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ORP 019 - Brake Time Feedback and Goals

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Hi again Jeff and Greg,

I have a quick thank you and a couple of specific Toyota questions for you because I'd like to know and you asked for them.

First, thank you for addressing my question in episode 15.  Your answers, options and commentary gave me good perspective and sent me in the right direction for my Toyota.  I've decided to keep the 22R on my '84 Toyota for now and re-gear it for the larger tires and see how that goes.  I may end up going with 37" tires instead of 35" tires after hearing about your experiences and reading some on YotaTech forum about them working well with the 22RE.

You asked for more specific Toyota questions so I have a couple of those for you.

  1. A) I want to change out the brakes on my '84 Toyota pick-up.  I have stock disc fronts and drum rears.  I'm going to all disc brakes.  What do I need to take into account to find brakes that are not a pain to change out and are big enough to do the job?  I would prefer to over engineer them to allow for changes on the truck in the future.
  2. B) What is a good way to go to beef up the front axle and suspension on front and back? (including lift to allow for the big tires)?  I obviously need to lift it some, but I don't want to get into a situation where it wants to tip over easily.   And then specific recommendations for making the front axle bulletproof would be appreciated.

Thanks guys, Keep up the great work!

From the wilds of Wyoming,

Steve

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Trail Gear

Hey guys,

You were talking about your TPMS system in the last show. Do you know if there's a way to re-calibrate the sensors for a higher pressure? I put Cooper tires on my truck that are 10 ply, and run at about 80PSI. I keep them filled properly, but then my dash light is always on. Any input you have is appreciated.

Also, my Nissan Titan has the hill descent braking system. It sounds cool to have but it's actually a pain in the a**. It simply downshifts for you, if you're riding the brake on a downhill. I think Nissan did it because they under-engineered the brakes for my 6,500lb. truck. It's a 2004, and they significantly upgraded the whole brake system after 2007.

Anyway, keep up the good work,

Freeman

Titan TPMS Trick?

Bakken brothers!

Great podcast your personality sells the show! I could totally see myself wrenching with you guys and hanging out. The great content and excellent producing skills is a bonus.

I was big into off roading as a high schooler but never had the funds. Just had a baby, moved to the burbs, and bought a CR-V.

I love that little monster. I call it the overlander, a bit tongue and cheek haha.

I slept in it while hunting this year and I am building an overlanding style sleeping platform for it in my graduate FEA Engineering class. I know the bumper story.

Any way I wanted to ask what your day jobs are. You talk about the crazy hours you work and the toys you buy. You can be general in your answer if you need to.

I always feel your career choice says a lot about you and I just want to fill in the blanks.

I have a chemistry background but work as an engineer making secure document printers like passports etc.

If you guys have overlanding experience I would love an episode on that!

Thanks

Andrew

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