“There is a hole here,” I said, a little bit louder. “Uh-huh,” he said as he moved the steering wheel right, then left, then right again in an attempt to find traction for the climb. I put my brand-new camera in its case and wedged it between my knees, tightened my seat belt, and one last time said, “THERE IS A HOLE HERE.” The tire dropped in the hole, and I closed my eyes, fully expecting the buggy to land hard on the passenger side. I felt the movement of the vehicle as we started to fall. I opened my eyes to discover we were lying on the driver’s side, and my camera was gone, buried somewhere in the sand. This wasn’t my first experience in the buggy, but it was my first rollover.
The Rabid Squirrel was built in 2009. My husband wanted a comp buggy; I wanted something that we could go wheeling in as a family. After a lot of looking at builds and budgets, we spent a day test driving a friend’s Formula Toyota. At the time, building an F-toy made the most sense for us. Designed to be an entry-level buggy, F-Toys had a pre-fabricated chassis that you bought then built to class specifications. They were leaf-sprung, Toyota powered, and had a frame under them. Earlier in the year, we had taken the Squirrel to Moab for a shakedown run. The tuning on the propane system was not right.
The engine was getting too much fuel and running too hot. Sadly, the Squirrel spent most of its maiden voyage parked at the house while we wheeled in my 4Runner. Later that summer, the Squirrel made its debut in competitive rock crawling.
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TRAIL REPORT: Gladiator Trail
There are many trails within the Chokecherry Canyon area of Farmington, New Mexico.
“ There is a hole here,” I said, gazing through the lime green tubing as the front passenger tire inched closer to the hole. “Uh-huh,” he replied.
PUT IT OUT!
ALWAYS CARRY A FIRE EXTINGUISHER
STAMPEDE AMONG THE PANDEMIC
STAMPEDE AMONG THE PANDEMIC
STEERING THAT IS FORGIVING
A challenge, as your o -road daringness increases, is how to keep your steering safe.
GLAMIS BLACK BAG PROJECT
Keeping Glamis clean for all to enjoy
LIGHTEN THE RIDE OFF YOUR RIG
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FIRST GENERATION BRONCO VS. 2021 FORD BRONCO SPECS
A comparison of the data. The first-generation Ford Bronco, released in 1966 and after vs. the 2021 Ford Bronco.
DIXIE 4 WHEEL DRIVE - NAMED TORA RETAILER OF THE YEAR AT SEMA
Some four-wheel-drive shops feel like institutions. They’ve been around in everyone’s memories forever, so you know they’ve existed for a long time. Dixie Four Wheel Drive has long been one of those establishments in St. George, Utah.
ANOTHER SHAFT OPTION
Two key components that take a beating on an off-road vehicle are the front and rear driveshafts.
BIG-BUSINESS PUSHBACK AGAINST VOTING MEASURES GAINS MOMENTUM
Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation.”
A $1.2 BILLION LOSS FOR DELTA, BUT RECOVERY IS ON THE RADAR
Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by late summer if the budding recovery in air travel continues.
How Toyota Dodged The Chip Shortage
As rivals shutter plants, the automaker’s close monitoring of its supply chain gives it an edge
CES 2021: Baby, It's a Wild World!
The biggest tech show on earth sidestepped the pandemic this year to present the long and short view of a hopeful future
2021 SUV OF THE YEAR
Enter the battleground
Auto chip shortage may have domino effect in smartphone industry
Auto industry leaders are experiencing disruptions, with estimated production shortfalls in single-digit percentage range in the first quarter of 2021.
The Top 5: If you're building a 4x4, then these should be the first items on your list
I was listening to my buddies Verne Simons and Trent McGee on a podcast the other day, and one of the hosts asked them, “What’s the best off-road upgrade you’ve made to a 4x4?” I won’t divulge their answers because, in my opinionated opinion, only one of them answered correctly.
First time ‘in charge'
You would expect some lessons were to be learned on extended trailer trip
AUTOART - 2018 TOYOTA CENTURY
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