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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Trail Gear

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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