Off Road Podcast Episode 164 - Super Jeep indeed


Welcome to the Off Road Podcast. I'm your host, Ben. Today we will be exploring the off road world-- whether you like crawling up rock ledges or enjoy exploring the backroads with your family. Stay with us to find out events in your area, off road news, and topics to interest every guy & girl who craves the outdoors as seen through the windshield. I am here with my co-host Aaron How’s everyone doing tonight?

Anyone done anything exciting?

  • Aaron - Got my LMTV!!! Started tinkering on it...”new” wheels and tires.

  • Ben - I went scootering! Got some snow and did some doughnuts in the yard even went sideways had a blast now I have a behemoth in my yard…wife upped the budget for truck and were getting closer and a decision.  Also, made an appearance on this week in guns again along with having a Merry Christmas.

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The Interview

Let's talk about you

How did you get started off-roading?
What was your first rig?
What type of wheeling do you like to do?
Most embarrassing moment on the trail?
Tell us about super jeep!

How did you go about preparing for the show?

did anything change before it started?

What was being on TV like?

What was your most used tool on on the trail

How bad did they play off the drama compared to whatever drama there was.

If you could do it again would you?

Are there any forums or facebook groups you frequent?

You recently had a popular video did your turkey taste a little bit like diff fluid?

What would you suggest to anyone looking to get into wheeling or who just got started?

Roberts question

hey carl i had a listener write in and ask a question maybe you could help answer this its a little beyond my know how Don't hate me but I'm gutting the leaf springs in the front. I did not want to look at the crowded front bumper anymore.

Can I fabricate a curved upper link on a 3 link? I understand it will be heavier and harder to adjust since it will have to stay vertical. I see track bars bent to clear oil pans all the time. I want to fab the upper arm, it will give me 4 inches of more compression. Well worth the time....if it can be done?

Your company

How did jantz engineering come about?
Do you have employees? How many?
Do you specialize in anything
What are some of the kits you sell
What's your company's mission statement and what do they provide for the 4x4 community?Where are you on social media and do you have a website

What's next for super jeep

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Closing Statements

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ORP 011 - Auto vs Manual

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host Jeff can’t pick a rig 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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Enjoying the podcast!

I have a 2011 Jeep JK Unlimited, and have been looking at lifts for a long time.

I hear that some people piece their lifts together from different manufacturers.

Can I use springs from one, arms from another, track bar from another etc?

Also, have any recommendations. Been looking at the 3.5" rock Krawler X factor lift, but would be interested to hear what you recommend. Would like to run 37's with as little lift as possible.



Really enjoy the podcast. I have been wheeling for about 37 years now, started on Honda 3-wheelers back when I was 11 and have had dirt bikes, sand rails, Baja bugs, jeeps and trucks.

I currently have a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 (my 4 Dodge Ram) and thought I would share my woeful warrantee experience with you since you both have recently gotten new Chrysler vehicles and are going to do work to them.

I purchased my 2012 Ram in January of 2013 and had the dealer install a 6” lift on it for me, not that I do any hard wheeling with it but being a Mega Cab with a long wheel base I wanted a little more ground clearance and to up the tires to 35’s.

In August of 2013 the transmission started leaking and I took it to my local Dodge dealer (not the one I bought it from) and was advised there was an air bubble in the casting of the case and they were advised by the factory to replace the case which they did, moving all the internals from one case to another.

In June of 2014 the transmission started leaking a little again and back to the local dealer it went. They advised me that the transmission had overheated at some point and it was fine so they returned it to me.

In August of 2014 it started leaking again pretty bad this time so back to the local dealer it went again with only 30,000 miles on it. This time the found another crack and requested the factory replace the whole transmission this time. Well after 1 week at the dealer and sending the factory photos and doing computer trouble shooting on it they think that a vibration in the transmission caused the case to crack but asked for some more photos. Well a week more and they come back with the answer that the truck has been lifted and therefore they are denying any warrantee claim. So the local dealer called me to advise me of the factories decision.

Now the dealer I was going to was not the one who sold me the truck or installed the lift kit, that dealer is 200 miles away. The reason I bought one from a dealer that far away is they were the only ones who had the Ram 3500 dually in stock for me to look at before I bought it.

So now I have taken the truck to the dealer I bought it from and waiting to hear back from them on what will be done to fix my truck. At the time of purchase I asked the salesmen if the installation of the lift kit would void my warrantee and he assured me it would not so I wait patiently for their answer to my problem.

While I understand that installing a lift kit will void some portion of a warrantee such as the suspension system and what not but don’t see how a cracked transmission case would be caused, and even if it could would they not have told me this the first time the case cracked even if to just tell me if it happens again they would not cover it. It seems that now that Fiat is involved with Chrysler things aren’t what they used to be.

Anyway just a heads up on how bad things are getting there.

Keep up the great podcast.


Kingman, AZ

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ORP 008 - Listener Feedback, Tires, Broncos and More!!

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Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host, trailer queen 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 wanted to start off by saying I love the podcast so far. I have a 2003 TJ. I'm fairly new to off-roading. I have been going on some runs with a great group in New Hampshire called Exploring NH. In fact this past weekend I participated in a stock/newbie run with my wife and daughter that was a lot of fun.

One question I had was about wheel width. How do you know how wide of a tire you can put on a wheel. I know the rims that I have on my TJ are the Canyon rims which are 15 x 8. The tires I have now are BFG's A/Ts and they are 30 x 9.5 x 15. Soon I will be putting on a lift kit and I am thinking about going to 33's or 32's. How do I know if I can go to 10.5" or 12.5" wide tires?

The other thing I wanted to comment on was some remarks about radios. I think the guy in the email you read was talking about FRS (Family Radio Service) radios. Those are the radios you usually see that come in a 2 pack and are kind of like walkie-talkies. They are short range and anyone with any brand FRS radio can communicate with someone on the same channel. No license is required. They don't have all the static and interference issues that CB radios have. They operate on UHF (Ultra High Frequency, 462 and 467 MHz) and have 14 channels. You can pick them up for fairly cheap. Citizen's Band (CB) radio operates at 27 MHz and has 40 channels. Power limits are a little higher than FRS so they have better range. They are the most common. Ham radio or amateur radio is the other more popular radios in use. They do require a license. There are three levels of licenses now and knowing Morse code is no longer a requirement. The higher the license level, the more frequency bands you are permitted to transmit on. You do have to have a call sign. Mine for example is KB1PYC. The most popular band is 2 meter. Besides computers and base stations, handheld and mobile units are available for usually 100 to 200 dollars. Cheaper Chinese radios are readily available on Amazon for much cheaper. The different bands have different power limits and range limits. There are 2 meter repeaters all over the country. Many of these repeaters are linked to the internet so you can communicate all over the world through the internet connection. Repeaters can be private or public use. The test for the license is very easy to study for. There are numerous study guides and websites that list all the questions in the question pool. So nothing will be a surprise. Some clubs will also conduct classes. One of you asked if RF meant repeater frequency. It's actually radio frequency which is anything between 3 kHz to 300 GHz. All of these systems operate in the RF band which is broken up into the different bands mentioned above.

Sorry this is so long. There is so much information for the 3 main radios used. Plus there are others like GMRS (general mobile radio service). Hopefully this is a good primer for you. Thanks again for doing the podcast. As a newbie I really appreciate all the tips and information.



Hey guys, Love the podcast! I listen every week! Y’all give lots of great info! I have a 2005 F150 six inch Pro Comp lift with 37” tires and 456 gears and a 79 CJ5 304 with four inch lift and 35” tires. Keep up the great Job! I listen every week!


Hey Guys,

Digging the show. Jeff is great! Greg's ok too, when he can speak correctly...

How about doing an episode about full size rigs. I think these are very common and viable rigs in the Midwest and south.

Found this one locally on Craig's list. Do you think it's a viable option?

Actually, it might make a decent tow rig. That's another episode idea too. Budget tow rigs. I see 3/4 and 1 tons from the 80s and 90s that are great bargains. Under $5,000, low miles, good shape... Might not have all the creature comforts or pretty paint. But are a real bang for your buck and keep you out of a car payment. Yuck.

Keep up the great work!

Former "dirt road off-roader" from Illinois


Let me clarify some things up, the bronco is running a C-6 tranny and I have a Gear Vendors overdrive unit that I will be installing; also I live in Oklahoma. I would like to be able to do an intermediate to advanced trail (3-4 diamond rating) when offroad. Now with some more questions; I have considered a Cummins 4-bt, but it only has 104 HP stock. And that sounds like it wouldn't be adequate. I have Ford 429 that I could build, but I wasn't sure if that was the route I wanted to take. Now for the tire comment, I also have a 1976 Ford Bronco rock crawler. I have the same running gear setup in that bronco as in my 1979 except I'm running 40's on that bronco and I do well offroad with that why would the 37's be pushing it for my 1979?

Thanks again guys the show rocks keep it going.


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ORP 004 - Suspension Suspense

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me as always is my co host Jeff rigless 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?  New tow rig!!!


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Leaf Spring Suspension

Coil/linked Suspension

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