ORP 019 - Brake Time Feedback and Goals

Intro:  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 19!!!

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Listener Feedback:

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,


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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,


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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!



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ORP 010 - Solid Axle Swaps

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host Jeff easy line 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. What's up Jeff?

Listener Feedback:

Thanks for answering my questions on your podcast, you guys did a great job of answering my basic questions and I am sure prevented me from going the wrong direction on jeep mods.

I realize I need to go wheeling with someone who knows what they are doing.

The Moab idea sounds perfect!

I really appreciate the time and effort you two put into answering my questions.   I built a relay box yesterday so I can add some  offroad lights, hopefully it works is was a pain to make, I probably should've bought a SPOD.

Best Regards,


Hey Guys, great show!  It really isn't known as a 400"M"; it is basically a longer stroke version of the 351M ("M" for Modified) which were common OE engines in late 70's Ford 4wds; replacing the Ford "Y" block. The designation was either 351M or 400; and it was basically 351 or 400 cubic inches with 2BBL (small port) Cleveland heads.  It is a great torque motor and we modified many back in the day.  It should have the same bellhousing bolt pattern as the 429/460 "385" series motors which makes it an easy swap with kits made by companies such as L&L Products in Texas; however, you are correct, they are not easy on gas but supplies tons of torque & durability; however his existing 400 with the right performance parts may be perfect for the weekend warrior on a budget.  Hope this helps, from your Off-Road listeners in Hawaii.


Hi, thanks for putting on the pod cast. Tonight was my first time listening to the off road one. Late 70's ford trucks are some of my favorite trucks.

First up the 300M, it's a fantastic motor if you need a boat anchor that looks like a Ford motor.  I believe that what makes it and the 400 modified such horrible motors is that they were fords first attempt at a smog motor. So that means that by virtue of design they are going to have poor performing cylinder heads, which as we all know is where horse power is made.

A great engine swap would either be the 351 Windsor or the 429 he already has. The advantage to the Windsor is weight savings since it's a small block. A set of quality aluminum heads and intake would be an even bigger improvement and weight savings. Which for those big old Fords is a good thing. And the 351 can be made to run very well with minimal effort. High performance parts are readily available.

The advantage to the 429 is that he already has it. The 429 is also a great motor, but being a big block it's weight is going to be a disadvantage. But again a quality aluminum set of heads and intake will help quit a bit. The 429 will bolt right up to his current C-6 with only needing to change the toquconverter. There are engine swap kits out there made just for this swap with pre fab mounts which is another bonus. I swapped a 429 into a 79 ford F-250 with only basic hand tools. I think I paid less than a hundred bucks to have some motor mounts modified and welded up. But this was a long bed extra cab, not a trail rig. So I think I would go with some prefab mounts.

The C-6 is probably one of the most well built automatic transmissions ever built. In fact as a factory unite it's as close to bullet proof as many well built trannies ever come. The size of the internals are what make it such a stout transmission. They are also why it's not a favorite, it takes a lot of power to get them moving.

Hey guys, really enjoy the show.  Please do an all Toyota show as I plan on building an early 80's yota and could use some tips and/or suggestions.  Also, was there an episode 006 in ITunes? - Gregg

Hi guys,

I dig your podcast and thought 009 was really good – lots of good info and it was pretty interesting.  We appreciate the shout outs for our brand.

Again, thanks for the episode and I should add that yes, Superwinch does still make winches in the US (for off-road, we make the X9 and S9000 here in Connecticut.)


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