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

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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 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!!!

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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

Larry

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,

-Steve

http://www.advanceadapters.com/knowledgebase/1984-1985-toyota-truck-chevy-v8-swap/

http://www.yotatech.com/f116/22re-swap-options-182972/

http://www.advanceadapters.com/categories/adapter-kits/61/0/0/0/0/0/0/0_24/

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.

-Taylor

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 005 - Wheels and More Wheels

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Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me as always 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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Main Topic:  Wheels

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