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New Release: Main Line Overland GTS Suspension

Overlanders face a rather unique problem when it comes to choosing suspension systems. Unlike racers who only need high-performance systems for lightweight trucks or long-haul truckers that need stiff springs for heavy cargo, we need something that balances comfort and performance on the dirt with payload capacity and reliability. Only the right combination will get…

First Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Back in the early ’80s, the automotive industry was responding to consumer demands for compact sport utility vehicles capable of tackling the backcountry with same moxie as their forebearers. Jeep answered the call in 1984 with the Cherokee XJ, which took its cues from the venerable Wagoneer. Though not immediately embraced by the off-road world…

Oasis on the Playa

In the spring of 2015, I planned an expedition to the Great Basin Desert with some of my travel buddies from Prometheus Design Werx (PDW) and Exploro. It was to be a quick weekend of high desert trail riding and exploration and an escape from the monotony of the city surrounding us. Our vehicles for…

Video of the Week: the $450 Overland XJ

If you had asked a Jeep enthusiast what they thought of the XJ twenty years ago, you might have learned a few new curse words. These plucky unibodies weren’t exactly adored back then, but times sure have changed. With their affordable prices, proven track records, and surprising capability, not to mention dirt cheap parts, the XJ…

Colossal: The Canadian Wild

Colossal has always been about expansive views and the enjoyment of nature both on the trail and back at camp each night. It is not the trip to sign up for if you’re after bragging rights for the most technical trail, or sheer mental exhaustion after navigating a full day’s worth of California rock. As…

2019 Ram 1500 Preview

As an automotive enthusiast, one of the things I look forward to each year is reviewing and driving the new crop of vehicles. Manufacturers continue to up the ante with regard to performance, capability, fuel economy, navigation systems, electronics, and creature comforts. While first public appearance usually takes place at one of the big auto…

The Defender Lives On! Well, Sort of.

This has been quite the week for automotive unveilings. It seems like everyone is releasing some new or updated vehicle, and each seems to be packed with more technology than the last. But to our surprise, Land Rover has bucked the trend. Instead of releasing another progressive design, the British manufacturer took things back a…

Return of the Ranger

Undoubtedly, you’ll have heard the good news—the Ranger is officially back, and the timing couldn’t be better. With mid-size truck sales up 83 percent since 2014, and the Colorado Tacoma feud raging, Ford’s new contender will only serve to turn up the pressure on manufacturers, while giving consumers another great option for mid-size trucks. And…

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