Brave or stupid. Too close to call.
Brave or stupid. Too close to call.
Yesterday we (along with a majority of the motoring press) reported that Toyota was potentially getting ready to launch a vehicle that would compete with Ford's wildly-successful SVT Raptor. That kinda happened, and it kinda didn't. Toyota did launch a higher performance version of the 4Runner, Tundra, and in addition, the Tacoma. Quite a few people are reporting that the TRD Pro Package is just an appearance package—and while there's certainly quite a bit of show—there's also quite a bit of go.
A few months ago we reported on a trip in progress called the Great Ride of China. Adventurers Amy and Buck were attempting to ride their way into the Guinness Book of World Records by completing the largest motorcycle trip in a single country. In September they were just 60 days and 6,000 miles into their projected 20,000 mile epic. Three weeks ago after 146 days on the road, they finally completed their massive lap of China having logged more than 21,000 miles.
Visiting all of China’s 33 provincial regions, Amy and Buck traversed a dizzying array of landscapes from the Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang to the upper slopes of the Himalayan mountains at Everest base camp. Their route took them through the lush tropical zones of the south and some of the largest cities on earth. Riding a 650cc CFMMOTO two-up, they rode many surfaces normally reserved for full-blown adventure bikes.
Last month we reviewed one of our favorite products of the season, the Stio Basis Shirt. A technical base or mid layer, the Basis Shirt is a welcome departure from the standard pull-over layers which have been around for ions. To compliment the Basis, Stio offers the Hardscrabble Jacket, the next level of weather protection in an insulated soft shell. Constructed of Sphero™ Soft Shell fabric, the 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex blend offers just the right amount of four-way stretch for optimal mobility while affording a durable exterior complete with a water resistant DWR finish. The interior of the jacket is lined with Primaloft® ONE™ Synthetic insulation for maximum warmth without adding an unusual amount of bulk.
I've always found it a bit odd that Ford's desert-bashing Raptor has gone on for almost four years with virtually no suitable competition. Even rumors of a production version of the Dodge RamRunner turned out to be just that...rumors. It seems that Toyota may be stepping up the plate with a few teaser images they've just posted on their Facebook of the TRD Pro Series, which will launch at the Chicago Auto Show.
via West County Explorers Club: There's a very nicely built FJ60 Land Cruiser for sale in Los Angeles right now. This one has ditched the inline six in favor of a CARB-legal, Chevy 350 V-8 crate motor. The suspension has been upgraded as well to Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks. Other highlights: on-board air with a 2.5-gallon accumulator tank, dual batteries, rear diff. lock. The list goes on.
This FJ60 has 320k miles on the body, 20k on the motor and drivetrain. It's located in Claremont, California, and is being offered for $21,000.
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It would appear the concept of a non-pneumatic off-road tire is making a rapid transition from theory to reality with the Polaris TerrainAmor tire as offered on their Sportsman MV 850 TA Edition ATV. We began seeing prototype non-pneumatic tires several years ago, but it seemed those first efforts would never bare fruit as a host of engineering complications conspired to continually put off final production. Polaris has since overcome many of those challenges to offer a tire which has been exhaustively tested in military applications over the last year.
Many of you know our good friend Ben. This is a fun video. That guy sure gets around.
If you happen to be that last holdout, a technological troglodyte hiding from the world of science and namely smartphones, this product will probably prove the end is nigh, and the age of analog is doomed. Meet the Roam from Superwinch, a WiFi enabled smartphone app that gives you full control of your winch. I know, I suck at playing Angry Birds and wonder if using my smartphone as a winch controller isn’t a terrible idea, but it is an interesting concept.
I’m not entirely sure if a Jeep really needs 470 hp with 470 ft/lbs of torque, but it does sound fun, doesn’t it? This 2011 Jeep Rubicon has a 6.4 liter Hemi conversion and a list of upgrades as long as your arm. The AEV 4.5 inch Nth Degree lift kit is paired to King Racing Shocks with adjustable remote reservoirs. The Dana 44s are matched to 4.88 gears and that’s just a brief rundown of the highlights. The aftermarket specialists at Rubitrux didn’t hold back when building up this jeep. From the Warn Power Plant winch on the front bumper to the Ironman 4x4 dual battery system, this Jeep really does have it all. It’s not exactly a budget overlander, but then again, read through the list of mods and accessories on this thing and I can see how it would quickly reach the $75,000 asking price.