ORP 073 - Offroad Radio Part 1

Off Road Podcast  073 - Offroad Radio Part 1

On 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 Ben and joining me is my fellow co host no one How are you today.

Has anyone done anything off road or exciting this week?

events and happenings

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Main topic   Off-road Radio

Cb

Things you need for one

Radio, coax cable, antenna, mount, speaker power sorcer, spring

Choosing one

Choose your own poison midway cobra are good brands to begin with

Were to put it and you antenna

Central of vehicle is the best

Importance of a ground

Protects your radio

Tuning it

swr 1 is perfect 2 is standard

Using it

Range 3-6 10max based on terrain

Channel 9 is the universal C.B. emergency channel

Push button to talk

Sat phone

Rent one they work like a cell phone and you pay by the week good for long trips into nowhere

Next week

Ham we will do a episode next week with a special guest feel free to email or message us questions for this or the upcoming episode

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Off Road Podcast 073 - Offroad Radio Part 1

ORP 071 - Christmas PT 3

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Off Road Podcast episode 71

On 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 and Ben.. How are you guys today.

Has anyone done anything off road or exciting this week?

events and happenings

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Main topic   

Christmas  list

Forrest

200-500 dollars

  1. GoPro hero 4 black $200-500
  2. Rock sliders $300-400 specific to vehicle
  3. Tube doors $200-$300 linked but just for reference
  4. switch pros $479
  5. sierra led rock lights $202

500-?

  1. winch $599
  2. sierra led 50” $1,017dual amber white led light bar
  3. Kakadu Rooftop Tent $1,424
  4. on board air  $535
  5. Tires $150-500general tire specific  
  6. jeep  $42,290

Steve

$500+

Harbor Freight tool Box $799.99

OBDII SCANNER $574.95

Craftsman tool set  300 piece $500.00

$799.00 Craftsman tool set

SnapOn big set $42,301.32

smaller SnapOn set $4,693.40

Autel OBDII scanner/ code reader   $79.93

Ben

Led lights $138.99 each

TREDS (1 pair) $189.99

Warn winch $499.99 *

biolite stove $129.95 *

Land anchor http://www.pullpal.com/

Arb awning http://store.arbusa.com/arb-awning-1250-arb3110a-p3655.aspx

Gcp-1http://www.grenadeacorp.com/

Adventure trailer 500+

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ORP 068 - Christmas Stockings

Off Road Podcast O68 - Stockings for Christmas  

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 and Ben.. How are you guys today.

Has anyone done anything off road or exciting this week?

events and happenings

Wheelin' with warriors November 8th

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Main topic   

Christmas  list

Steve:

stocking stuffers

Terralux flashlight    TLF-802  $21.30

Wool socks  $17.99

wool mittens  $12.50

tire plug kit  $18.95

flashlight batteries  

leather work gloves

$0-$20.00

rechargeable head lamp $19.99

Wrench Organizers $16.05

Socket organizers $19.97

Test light (aka circuit tester) $3.99

Shop towel/rags $12.99

Forrest list

stocking stuffers

  1. Tire gauge 5-99 psi 22.99
  2. Valve stem cores 1.15
  3. Patriot patch of choice12.00-30.00
  4. Dollar shave club membership6.00 a month
  5. First aid kit depends on what you build

0-20 dollar range

  1. Gloves and knit cap 15.00
  2. Hydration pack- for having to hike out or emergency 14.99
  3. Head lamp 19.99
  4. power inverter 21.99
  5. fold up stool 14.99

Ben. Stuff with * is prime

Stocking stuffers 0-20$

UltraFire $3.14

Tire deflator $16.99 *

Morakniv $15.09 *

hi lift handle keeper $17.54 *

Hoorag $15.95 *

Folding shovel $13.00 *

Tree saver $12.48 *

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ORP 067 - Ebbs Ride

ORP 067- Listener Rides Ebbs

On 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 and Ben and special guest host Ebbs. How are you guys today.

Has anyone done anything off road or exciting this week?

events and happenings

Wheelin' with warriors November 8th

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Main topic   

How did you get started off-roading?

What was your first rig?

What's your rig Now?

What type of wheeling do you like to do?

Most embarrassing moment on the trail?

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ORP 064 Pomona Recap

Off Road Podcast Episode 64

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.

Has anyone done anything off road or exciting this week?

events and happenings

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Listener Feedback.

Joe Williams

love the show great string of topics. it makes the shift pass allot faster however i would like to hear more listener rides i love hearing what everyone else is running. stock modified or crazy. there is diversity in the off road world and i like to hear about it. i know some people in the Suzuki world essential to the sport and have done great things in forums and facebook pages i think that interviews with people like this would be interesting. there's my feedback keep up the good work (ps) putting a quarter in a jar every time i hear the word jeep on the air, up over a 1000$ now lol jk but not wrangler jk.

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Main Topic: Pomona Recap

Than you Lucas off road expo for allowing us to join the event offroadexpo.com

the show was awesome got to see lots of great looking and sounding rides .

met lots of different vendors.

www.wideopenbaja.com

hopefully we will have some interviews coming up here in the future with some of the connections we made at the show.

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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?

Events: lucas off road expo Pomona CA. Bradley and Forrest will be attending let us know if you will be there. offroadexpo.com

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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 - 061 Pretrip post trip Maintenance

Off Road Podcast Episode 60:  Vehicle maintenance 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 and Ben. How are you guys today.

Has anyone done anything off road this week?

Events:  Bull pup shoot in Illinois Sept 19th 2015 bullpupshoot.com for more info, off road expo Pomona CA Oct 3&4th offroadexpo.com for more info.

Listener feedback

Guys your doing great. Any recommendations on a compressor for airing up. Prefer direct battery hookup not some cig plug junk.Joe from Kitnersville PA

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Main topic

Pre-Trip service/inspection

  1. Check all fluid levels and qualities, is it time or close to time to service something?
  2. Check for fluid leaks
  3. Check tire condition, fix slow leaks or any other issues
  4. Check brakes
  5. Check belts and hoses
  6. Inspect roll cages and other items under constant stress, suspension attachment points

Post Trip service and inspection

  1. Clean mud, sand, salt, and other debris from vehicle. Coin op car wash
  2. Change oil?
  3. Clean change air filter
  4. Inspect for damage at stress areas.

Don’t forget your trailer

  1. Inspect for cracks, bends and other damage
  2. Pack wheel bearings
  3. Inspect service breaks
  4. Inspect wiring system and lights
  5. Inspect safety chains
  6. Inspect tires for weather cracks/dry rotting  and air pressure

Doing a brake job

  1. Always do both sides
  2. Always turn or replace rotors
  3. Lube the slide pins for disc brakes
  4. Use plenty of brake grease and shims where applicable
  5. When spreading calipers, undo the bleeder screw so you don’t damage ABS pump/system
  6. Bleed the brakes when done
  7. When doing rear brakes do one side at a time so you can see how they go together
  8. The right tool makes all the difference.
  9. Get a Torque wrench and always torque your lug nuts.

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ORP 059 - camping in the sand box

ORP 59 camping in the sand box

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.

Weekly adventures

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

up coming

Firearms radio network personalities will be at the 2015 BullPup Shoot.

come shoot some awesome guns at the 2015 bullpup shoot in mount carroll IL on sept 19 2015. go to bullpupshoot.com for more info.

Off road podcast will be attending the off road expo in Pomona ca on the 3&4th of October come out and let us know if you're going to be in the area. Also if you check the off road expo site and see anything you want us to find information on let us know so we can check it out. We are hoping to get a bunch of interviews lined up and out there for you the listeners to enjoy. Go to offroadexpo.com for more info

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James on facebook sent us a couple pictures of his family rig from down under in australia. he says it's a isuzu with a 3.0l turbo diesel with a toyota 200 series 5 speed auto transmission. i posted the pics on facebook you can check out the pics on our page  facebook.com/offroadpodcast. thank you james for sharing.

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Main Topic camping in the sand

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.

Weekly adventures

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

up coming

Firearms radio network personalities will be at the 2015 BullPup Shoot.

come shoot some awesome guns at the 2015 bullpup shoot in mount carroll IL on sept 19 2015. go to bullpupshoot.com for more info.

Off road podcast will be attending the off road expo in Pomona ca on the 3&4th of October come out and let us know if you're going to be in the area. Also if you check the off road expo site and see anything you want us to find information on let us know so we can check it out. We are hoping to get a bunch of interviews lined up and out there for you the listeners to enjoy. Go to offroadexpo.com for more info

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James on facebook sent us a couple pictures of his family rig from down under in australia. he says it's a isuzu with a 3.0l turbo diesel with a toyota 200 series 5 speed auto transmission. i posted the pics on facebook you can check out the pics on our page  facebook.com/offroadpodcast. thank you james for sharing.

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Main Topic camping in the sand

what to camp in.

  1. tents.
  1. tents are cheap and easy to come by
  2. tents are lightweight and easy to pack
  3. tents don’t do so well in the wind
  4. tents are not very secure if your leaving gear at camp
  5. Truck beds or storage area
  6. there are lots of options for truck beds like air mattresses/truck tents
  7. camper shells are more secure option and fiberglas ones are good in the wind
  8. suv hatches are good but limited space for you and gear.
  9. if you're using your truck for sleeping you have to pack it up to travel to town
  10. Trailers
  11. Trailers have lots of space and bathrooms
  12. trailers can have cargo areas for wheeling rigs
  13. Trailers have comfortable beds
  14. Trailers are allot more secure for leaving gear if you have to leave camp

Things you need if you're camping with the equipment named above

  1. tent
  1. stakes to hold tnet down the ones in the bag won't hold it down
  2. wind barrier dig a berm or stake up tarps on prevailing wind side
  3. air mattress or cot sand is not as soft as you think to sleep on
  4. truck/suv
  5. air mattress
  6. things to clean up with wet naps things of that sort same as tent
  7. trailers
  8. wind barrier / trailers become venturies
  9. jack stands made for sand.

C water and supplies.

camping in the sand can be allot of fun but can also be allot of work depending on the weather and conditions.

towing in the sand is tricky but can be done lower air pressure on truck and trailer for better traction. tires on trailers that are aired up turn into anchors.

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ORP 042 - Struck Gold

Welcome to Off Road Podcast Episode 42! I (Kyle Cunliffe) bring back a couple guest hosts to help get our main topic discussion going. Kevin Collier, Chris Paul, and myself address some listener feedback before jumping into our main topic discussion, what we would build given a certain budget and set of circumstances.  We talk about everything from military vehicles to twin turbo LS motors! Email in and let us know what rigs you want us to talk about next time! 

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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!!!

What did you do this week?

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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 022 - The 14 Bolt Episode

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 22!!!

Welcome back Jeff!!

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Main Topic: The 14 Bolt Episode

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.

14 Bolt Bible

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ORP 020 - Greg's Garage and More SEMA

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 20!!!

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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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ORP 012 - Hammers Time Challenge

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. What's up Jeff?

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Hey guys my name is Kyle and I'm a big fan! As the topic of off-roading comes up trail carnage is always part of the story. My question is; do you two have experience with balljoint failure? A couple years ago a buddy and I set off down wrecking ball trail out in Johnson valley the night before the king of the hammers race. My buddy ended up shearing both ball joints so completely that he ended up with his wheel out in front of the jeep about 3 feet, tie rod still attached. Axle shaft was broken and we spent all night trying to piece the jeep back together with no success. In the morning panicked race officials told us to get the heck off the trail before the race started because we were broken in a major part of the race course! After 10 hours of untra 4 racing we returned to the stranded jeep (now with many more paint chips). Had any similar experiences? Also have you two been out to king of the hammers?

Thanks! Hope to hear some of this on the air!

Kyle

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Both my son Kyle and I have recently discovered your podcast and are thoroughly enjoying it. Right now I'm sitting in Dodger stadium waiting for a game to start, and listening to your podcast.  You actually cover two of my favorite things-  4x4s and AR's.

I like that you blend advance tech talk with explanations for newbies.   We run a fairly decently built '02 TJ. I just turned on a buddy that bought a lightly built JK rubicon to your program, and you speak to both of us.

So for the challenge- you can't call yourselves true California wheelers without attending and covering King Of The Hammers this February. We would love to meet you out there and show off some SoCal wheeling.

Until then keep up the good work.

Clint

First off love the show I'm relatively new to off road and y'all have some great information about wheeling. But 2 things the first is you can use a passenger side drop axle on a drivers side drop truck but you have to flip the knuckles ( both inner and outer c's) and use a reverse rotation gear set. The second is that would be able to get more info on doing a axle swap in a late model chevy I have a 05 chevy 1500 that I'm looking to swap in 3/4 or 1 ton dodge axles (because the drop is right and the abs sensor have the same plugs and resistance) but what would recommend as far as suspension it does get street driven as well as off road. Any help would be awesome. Y'all keep up the good work

Jim

Thanks for reading my email really enjoyed it!

You guys really made me laugh when you were talking about getting off topic with the diesel engine! That is another thing I can't get enough of and would love to swap it in my jeep.

Thanks again for a great show, keep up the good work!

Greg, I forgot to ask which Currie kit did you get?

Could I get the basic rock jock kit, and add the arms later to keep the kit price low over time?

Have a Great Day!

Ken

I am a long time dirt lover that has left the dirt world temporarily.  I had a lifted 2007 Xterra 4x4 sitting on 34s.  Not a crazy JK or anything but it got the job done.  Since then I sold it for a more family friendly Subaru.  I am looking at getting another 4x4 but this time a truck for the added ability to carry more stuff.  Well that all said, here is my question... Can you explain the benefits and disadvantages of a longer versus shorter wheel base?  I am specifically looking at Toyota Tacoma's and they come in a long bed and a short bed model.   This would apply to other trucks as well, like crazy full sized Dodges!

Thanks and love the podcast!

Stephen

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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?

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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,

Greg

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.

Rich

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.)

Jon

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ORP 007 - Aftermarket Axles and S'more

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is the Master Trail Wrangler,  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. What's up Jeff?

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Hey guys I was wanting your opinions, I have 1979 Ford Bronco and need to put a new motor in. It has a Ford 400m and its old and wore out. Was wondering what you guys would put in it? It currently has a 6in lift, 35in tires, 4:10 gears and posi-tracs front and back with a Dana 44 front end and a Ford 9in. in the back. I have purchased Detroit lockers for front and back I would like to go to a 37 or 38in tires. I also will be getting a atlas transfer case for it at some point.

Thanks guys love the show keep it up.

Garron

I have been thinking about buying a early 80's CJ7.  Not sure if this is a prudent purchase. I have always liked the look of them but not sure about the reality of owning one.  Should I save my money and buy a more recent Jeep model?  4 door vs 2 door of the recent Wranglers?  Pluses? Minuses?  Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks - Tony

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