Since I started in this business over 20 years ago, I’ve built more than two dozen of my own 4x4s, and that’s not counting the full-bore magazine or video projects I’ve been involved with. So, when it comes to what gets you the biggest offroad bang for your buck, I’ve definitely curated a formula that at least works for me, and more than likely will for you, too. Here, in something of the running order, are my top five off-road upgrades for your 4x4.
Open diffs are often frustrating off-road. A limited-slip is better, but it’s got the word “limited” right in the description. If you’re used to wheeling your rig with open diffs and want a “can’t believe the night-and-day difference” upgrade in your off-road capability, adding a rear locker or spool will blow your mind. If you can only afford one, do the rear first and then add the front when and if you can.
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OVERLAND ADVENTURE 2020: PART 2
Exploring the Gold King Mine and more of Arizona’s historic backcountry
FULLSIZE BRONCO SAS
I’ve been looking into solid axle swapping my fullsize ’92 Bronco for a while now. The TTB frontend is wearing out my tires in weird pattens and they aren’t lasting very long.
How do you trailside camp?
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THE 2020 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE LONG RANGE JEEP
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Don’t let the square headlights fool you too much, this is a JL with some crafty throwbacks to the ’87-’95 Jeep Wrangler. It all started when Quadratec, a shining star in the Jeep aftermarket world, turned 30 years old.
If your garage could talk, what story could it tell?
I found a photo of my garage from several years ago and posted it on my @christianhazelofficial Instagram page with the question, “If your garage could talk, would it have much to say?” For gearheads, the garage is hands down the most important room in the house and the activity center for waking hours.
2020 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED RUBICON ECODIESEL
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Enter the battleground
2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Limited
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Hello again, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Nefarious James. No politics this month, no government talk, just plain old reflection. Had a really good time at the Thunder by the Bay event and its inclusion of Choppertown Live. Choppertown Live brought back a lot of personal memories for me. Seeing the old bikes and cars really sent me back to when I was growing up.
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I’m no expert endurance rider or a professional fitness instructor, but what I can do is ride my motorcycle continuously for five long days and feel physically content at the end of the trip. Okay, maybe after the celebratory beers, I might not feel as good on the morning of the sixth day, but at least my muscles will be relaxed. So, what can you do to prepare for an upcoming off-road adventure to stay strong, enjoy the ride and be able to dismount at the end of the day without calling friends over to pry you off your bike? Here are a few tips from personal experiences that will help you succeed.
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