Off Road podcast Episode 119 - Boom Mall Rated Interview

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.

Anyone done anything exciting?

  • Aaron - Went to the beach.

  • Cameron - Off Road Evolution Long Arm upgrade and King Coilovers on Kick Rocks customer’s 4 door Rubiclone.

  • Steve - Hit an elk.

  • Daryl -

  • Ben - i got doors for the xj and an even bigger pile of parts to install a overland book , have my ar parts just need to assemble, i ordered came in the mail finally and some jackass tried to steal my light bar off my jeep

Listener Feedback

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Israel wrote in that he recently found the podcast and was on episode 19 and he was working his way through catching up even though he was looking for our previous hosts i gladly helped him with what advice i could as it reads

I currently live in Parker, C0 (south of Denver). Bought a jeep two years ago and have enjoyed wrenching and making it reliable for weekend trips and “yes” hate to admit it, but sometimes my grocery getter.

Overview on my rig:

1983 CJ jeep

2 inch lift

33 /12.5 /15 inch BFG

AVM hubs

Inline 6 stock-

Pro Comp rear bumper

custom front bumper- two point recover hooks

front axle (dana 30 stock?) and rear axle (amc 20)

Now that I have driven it around town and taken a few small trips to the mountains, I really want to increase my range off road.  Yes, I’ve babied it but I’m sure all can relate to a new build.  Most trips have been on forest roads and muddy gravel roads. I’m not looking to get crazy or hit extreme trails but enough to get me to the next level without abusing my CJ. Yes, it’s a short wheelbase and may not be able to climb big boulders but I want my jeep to get over tree trunks or ditches with little effort.  Eventually, I want a newer jeep, TJ or JK but for now this is what I got.  

So, I think I know the answers but I want your guys input.  If you’ve already discussed this, I guess I’ll listen to it shortly once I get caught up.

  1. Should I add selectable lockers in the front or rear?  ( I am only doing one locker because of budget. Wedding planned for 2017)

  2. Is it worth adding lockers to stock axles on my cj5?

  3. Do I spend money on a winch or lockers first?  

  4. I also need to replace my clutch, flywheel and throwout bearing.  How hard is it?  I’ve taken my skid off to replace the transmission mount and stabilizer so I know there is some weight to it.  4 Wheel Parts would do it for about 600-800 bucks. The part is about $100-125. I really want to do it myself but if I get stumped on something I want to do it right or is it pretty straight forward? Clutch adjustment and torque specs for all the bolts, etc.  Any advice or a good shop around here would be greatly appreciated.  

I responded

1) if you do a locker do the front first because its helps the tires grab and lift you over the obstacle vs pushing you into it

2) lockers never hurt in all honesty

3) personally I would go for a winch first because if lockers can't get you out a winch will may take longer for recovery

4) I would have another person who's done a clutch around in a cj they are fairly easy and can take a day for an experienced duo or longer depending tools like a transmission jack

Events and Happenings

  • Winter 4x4 Jamboree-December 19-21st in Hurricane UT

  • Spanaway Moonshiners 35th Annual Swap Meet- 3/12/17 at the Washington State Fair & Events Center Puyallup, WA

  • Great American Outdoor Show- February 4th-12 2017 in Harrisburg, PA

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Ben's Rant of the week

If your gonna try and steal my crap use a wrench

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Tech Tip

Kill switch ideas and why to install them:

1.Jet Ski/Treadmill Pull-a-switch

2. Big Rocker Switch

3. Push pull switch


  1. Kill the fuel pump/pressure outside or the tank

  2. Anti-theft

  3. Emergency situation

  4. Mechanical Failure

The Interview

Today we have Daryl

  • Let's talk about you (This is the section we use let our listeners get to know you)

B) How did you get started off-roading?

A) What was your first rig?

C) What's your rig Now?

B) What type of wheeling do you like to do?

A) Most embarrassing moment on the trail?

C) As a part of the firearms radio network we got to ask are Into shooting at all?

B) Do you get to go out and camp very often?


A) How did JCR come about

C)How did you get started in this business?

B)How many employees?

A)What's your company's mission statement and what do they provide for the 4x4 community?

C) How long has it been going on?

B) Where are your products made?

A) what vehicles do you guys make parts for

C) what are some products you guys offer

B) diy parts please tell me more

A) when did Rando Mallrated join the crew

C)Tell me about the diy bumpers? How long does it take to build one?

B)Is aluminum in the future for armor?

A) How did handicorn come into play?

C) What's in the future for JCR offroad?


B)What was your SEMA trip like

A)How many times have you been to SEMA?

C)Anything that you saw that stuck out to you?

B)Do you consider the SEMA trip successful?

A)how much drool came from #projectsnowhawk

C)what about #projectascender

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Closing Statements

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ORP 037 - Change Is In The Air Along with Some Feedback

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 37!!!

What did you do this week?

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Listener Feedback:

Hey guys! Love the podcast! Yours is the first off-road podcast/4x4 podcast I found (and I had been looking for literally years) that was accessible to a newb like me. Listening to episode 32 and I was thinking of some things you might be able to use as giveaways that aren't expensive and could be pretty universal: grab handles (admittedly kinda specific to Jeeps), shifter knobs, cellphone/GPS holders (suction cup type that attach to windshield), D-rings, tow hooks, hitches, Amazon gift cards, decals/stickers/graphics, gas cards, phone cases, gas cans, tire covers (can you tell I drive a TJ? Lol), any cleaning product like top conditioner/cleaner or leather cleaner or wax, memberships to 4x4 parks, etc. etc. This might seem like silly stuff, but I promise your listeners are listening for content, not free gear, so any giveaways at all would be icing on the proverbial cake. Thanks for the work, banter, and A+ information, Catie '03 TJ

Four wheeler just did a "10 worst off road widgets" I'd love to hear your thoughts. Also, what are you going to talk about once the jeep is lifted?

Hey Jeff and Greg love the show keep up the good work don't think there are any other off road podcast as detailed as you (I know of one other podcast but not as good) here is my 88 Yoda kinda wish I had tools and need to do heavy offroading I've got a 85 with a straight axle sitting ready to be sold need a lot of work.

BTW both trucks have 31" x10.5"x15 (think thats right) tires I like the dick cepeks but they are bold so swapped them out for my $800 less Schwab A/T radials they have 50,000 miles on them with 70-80% tread left

Hi Guys!!

I love the show and have enjoyed it from the beginning!  Every time I hear Jeff talking about building a new rig, I never hear about the vehicle that I think might be perfect, the K-5 Blazer!  Parts are cheap, since most of the parts are also on the trucks as well.  The interior is nice and big (I'm 6'2" and have room to move the seat back more) but the outside dimensions are not that much larger than a Pathfinder.  And the best part, Chevy 350!! Again, parts are cheap, and abundant!  I know you guys aren't into motor work, so I'd recommend the early carbureted models, before the smog pumps (in my state, that's 1975 and earlier), or the early 90's where they went to the throttle body injection (TBI).  I have a 1992 with that motor, however it is IFS.  I would guess that you'd probably straight axle the front, and I wouldn't be surprised that some of the early model front suspension parts could be swapped/fabbed to fit on a '92-'94 model.

I'd love to hear what both of your thoughts are on a K-5!


Scot in CO

Thank you for reading my email about my 87 4runner. I decided on getting some new bilstein 4300 shocks, and keeping the stock height. I also settled on getting a new used motor, I picked up a newer 22re with 120000 miles. Plan on changing the head gasket, head bolts, water pump, oil pump, flywheel, and clutch. I am still on the fence between 33 and 31 what do you guys recommend? I will be driving on the road allot going from state to state but my main goal is to be off road. After listing to your more of your shoes I decided to spend more of the money on winch and recovery equipment. Thanks again

Ps monstaliner is a bed liner paint that has the texture of an orange peel not rough like other ones

Howdy fellas,

I am a proud owner of a 2001 4.7 WJ and have owned several WJ's and ZJ's over the last few years. I have never really toyed with suspension unless it was standard maintenance (Track bar and such). I am weighing the options of lifting my current rig and am now finding out the issues of having a unibody vehicle. I am not wanting an insane lift but just something to give a bit more clearance. I live in the Appalachian Mountains and so most of the time I'm either driving in snow or driving some trails to go hiking. What kits would you recommend for this platform?

Thanks again, and I dig all of your podcasts on this network.


Greg and Jeff,  just curious on your thoughts for running a spare on your jeep,  besides the obvious reason you would want to, why would you not want to? - Dan

Main Topic:  Changes Coming!

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