ORP 015 - Locker Talk

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host Jeff Bakken...This is the podcast for 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 15!!!

What's up Jeff?


Listener Feedback:

Hi Greg and Rock Stacker Jeff,

Sounds like you tried finding me some AEV Pintlers so I kept my end of the deal and left some I-Tunes feedback. Really enjoying the show, and quite impressed when you start talking Toyota.

I've tried various "On Board" air systems and in the end go Power Tank. The air tanks are too small, lack volume enough to really run any tools, and the flow through the lines is pretty weak as well. The "On Board" is fine for running lockers and airing up at the end of the trail, just really slow and frustrating at the end of the day waiting for tires to fill up.

Currently I carry a 10 lb PowerTank mounted with a second 10 lb bottle in the Jeep and never want for air. Great product, only drawbacks being the initial cost and loss of storage space in a smaller rig like a TJ.

On a different note, SB 808 the "Ghost Gun" law was vetoed today, build on my friend, build on


Hi Guys,

I've got a '84 Toyota pick-up, that is Stock as far as I know, with the 22R engine in it.  I want to make it into a custom general 4x4 rig that is street legal and need more power. (What can I say?  The 95hp and 137 Torque just ain't gonna cut it)

Two questions:  A)What is a good engine to swap out without having to trade out the transmission too. (or do I need to anyway?)

B) Do I need to upgrade the axles to run 35" tires?  It already has the solid axles so I'm hoping not to swap them out.

I know that there will be other mods needed like suspension, a cage, etc. but I'm really looking for some direction in these two areas to get started.

Thanks from the wilds of Wyoming,





I was listening to episode 13 tonight and heard you guys answer my previous email about my Tracker. Thank you for the information and the links in the show notes. In the long run I will probably just go with Toyota axles front and rear.

Since asking that last question I have decided not to put on 32s and instead go with 235/75r15 which is almost 29 inches. Stock size is 205/75r15 which is about 27 inches. Yes, I will put 32s or even 35s on in the far future, but for now smaller tires fit my budget better and put less strain on the old tracker. (I'm trying to minimize damage, and thus repair cost.) I also need to conserve all the power this little guy has to get me up the in the mountain roads for the ski season and wheeling.

I attached a picture of it below. I know you guys would have preferred a pic of it on a trail, but I don't have any on-trail pictures yet.

To answer your next question.... Yes, the front is lifted higher than the rear. In this picture I have 1.5 in. spacers in the front with no back lift. I plan on finishing up the lift with new struts and shocks as well as old man emu coils (front and back) which should lift it about 1.5 inches, as well. In the end it will be 3 inches in the front and 1.5 in the rear. Why did I want the front higher? No reason other than I like the look. I already have an oddball rig, why not some oddball styling?

The wheels in this picture are 215/75r15 so they are between the stock size and the size I want. I obviously have no bumpers on the rig, but know a guy that can fabricate some custom tube bumpers.

I hope you guys enjoy my wacky rig. If you want, I can keep you updated on the progress. It may be pretty slow over winter being that my money will temporarily be going toward another passion of mine, skiing. I'll see if I can at least take pictures of the little rig rescuing all the Subbies and Audis from the snow banks.


Entertaining podcast, keep it coming.

I'm in the process of fixing up a 2000 Chevy K3500 4 door 8' bed for some mild off-road use. It's the old body style with a 454 and single rear wheels. It currently has a 3" body lift and will have 35" tires when I get the front bushings and steering parts replaced. It will mostly be used for trips to the gun range and towing/hauling stuff to the river with the family so I'm going to keep the IFS front end.

I'm looking forward to an episode on the gm 14 bolt full float rear end detailing what is involved in rebuilding one and options for lockers since the factory locking differential isn't working.

David in NorthWest Arkansas

p.s. What's up with the lack of dirt on the tires on that Jeep just because it's not lifted. That's just sad.

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ORP 013 - Liberty, Tracker and Some Fire


Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host Jeff Bakken...This is the podcast for 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 13!!!

What's up Jeff?


Listener Feedback:

Hi Jeff & Greg,

Thanks for a great show!  I've been enjoying it big time, especially the episodes about winches and axles.  As I type this, I'm downloading the latest episode about Auto vs Manual and I can't wait to listen!  I always have had manual transmissions and haven't been persuaded by all the lectures I've had over the years on how autos are better off road.

I think it might be interesting to devote an episode to discussing welding on the trail.  In years past I wheeled a Land Rover and mounted a second alternator, that I liberated from and old Buick, under the Land Rover hood and turned that into a welder.  Now-a-days I carry a Cobra 2575 Watt inverter from Amazon.com and a 90 Amp wire feed welder from Harbor freight.  With these I can do some mad welding on the trail and the total cost was just over $200 (not including helmet and rods).

This past weekend I wheeled my '04 Jeep Liberty on The Rubicon from Loon Lake to Buck Island Lake on Friday afternoon, and back out to Loon on Saturday.  I was with a longtime friend of mine who drives a nice '07 Wrangler Rubicon LJ and he took a picture of me somewhere along the granite slab not too far past The Gatekeeper.  The pic is attached.

Please keep up the great work and I'll be listening,


Hey gentlemen,

I just listened to the most recent podcast and you said you now have facebook. I looked for it(the off road podcast) and I can't find it.

Also, you guys mentioned on an earlier podcast on-board welders.  I didn't know if you guys wanted to go into some depth about options like Ready Welder, modifying an alternator to weld, or straight off of batteries.

I'm also looking into an on-board air system for filling tires and maybe some light tool work.  Any thoughts on Viair, ARB, Warn Powerplant, etc?

Keep the great podcasts coming.


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Here is the follow-up for my warrantee experience with Chrysler.

First to answer your questions during the podcast. I had done no other modifications to my truck other than the 6” Lift Kit and 35” tires. No Power chip or anything.

The warrantee was reviewed again by Chrysler (the factory powertrain department) and once again rejected on the basis of the lift kit.

I talked with the Service Manager on what the dealership would do to make this right for me and he referred me to the Dealership General Manager who decided that the dealership would replace the transmission for me at no cost to me.

At this point I had really lost faith in this truck and asked if he would work me a good deal to trade in my truck for another new one and he agreed to this, going so far as to not deduct anything off my trade in price for the transmission since he had agreed to replace it for me.

So they got me into a new truck at a price I am very happy with. I went ahead and went back to a Ram 2500 HD since I have had such good luck with them in the past.  I have had 4 2500’s prior to the 3500. I think I will wait a while before I consider a lift kit again just to be sure that all is well with this truck.

One thing that did upset me during all this is that fact that I had purchased an extended warrantee with the 3500 and when I asked the Service Manager if it would cover the transmission replacement he stated that it would not because the factory warrantee was still in effect, I later found out that it would have but since I have replaced the truck I will not pursue it further.

I hope this help you with any decisions you will make on changes to your vehicles, or at least prompts you to ask questions of the dealership before you decide what to do with them.  Most importantly get anything a dealer representative tells you in writing.

Keep up the great podcast and tread lightly out there.


Kingman, AZ

Instead of swapping my entire rear axle for a stronger one, will getting heavy duty axle shafts be enough strength to go up a couple wheel sizes? I have a Geo Tracker and Calmini offers some heavy duty axle shafts. It seems like a much cheaper alternative to an entire axle swap. I would like to run 32s or 33s.

2)Having said that, I still have IFS. Calmini does not offer heavy duty axles shafts for IFS. Would the IFS stand up to 32s or 33s, as is?

I'm a new listener and so far I love the podcast.




Hey guys love the show, find it very informative.  I'm hoping you can give me your opinion on some gearing ratios.  I have  82 Jeep CJ7 running on 32's with the stock AMC20/Dana30 w/ 2.73's.  As you can tell I need a gearing change.  The jeep is used mainly for hunting, no extreme wheeling, just logging/fire roads, some street use.  I am thinking 3.73's would do the trick or do you think I should go up to 4.10's.

If I decided to do a diff swap, what should I look for?  Can you recommend some donor vehicles.

Thanks in advance, looking forward to next show.

Tom C.

Shawnee Oklahoma


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