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  1. MikeHenderson

    ARB JACK vs. Hi-Lift Jack

    Last month I went out with Harry Wagner and Bradd Davidsonto test and shoot photos and video of the new ARB Hydraulic Jack for off road vehicles. I did a test of each lifting Harry’s Jeep LJ. My conclusions are that the ARB JACKis a far better and safer tool for lifting a vehicle than a Hi-Lift...
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    Open Differentials vs. Traction Control vs. Lockers

    On a recent group trip we came across a perfect natural experiment to see how OPEN DIFFERENTIALS, LOCKERS, and TRACTION CONTROL handle the same obstacle. I got video of it all and you can see that below. Here are my thoughts on what we saw: How A Differential Works Here's the best video I've...
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    2012 Power Wagon Build w Smart Bar Mods

    I think we can all agree that the Ram Power Wagon is the best looking production 4x4 truck on the market today. No? Ok, well then. Can we at least all agree that with a factory lift, front and rear lockers, disconnecting sway bars and burly skid plates and guards and a 12,000 pound Warn...
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    DIY Overlanding Pickup Truck Bed Rack for our Ford F-150

    I’m not going to go into the WHY of a bed rack like this. I think it’s a concept that isn’t super obvious since you can’t really carry lumber or big ladders on it. If you get it, awesome. There are a lot of off-the-shelf options to make a bed rack like this. The best designs I’ve seen are low...
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    Power Wagon on Snake Lake Trail, Tahoe National Forest

    The Snake Lake Jeep trail starts at Gold Lake in the beautiful Lakes Basin California. This is an area we’ve spend a bit of time over the years, but not nearly enough given how close it is to Reno. You could camp here every weekend for an entire season and never get bored. That’s a good idea...
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    Major Metal Failure on the Aerotow

    So if anyone is following my Aerotow trailer project, I noticed that there was a MAJOR failure where the tongue assembly bolts to the structure of the trailer. It's all in the video, and the photos below. If you have an Aerotow, give it a check and think about reinforcing it a bit. I think...
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    Some action video of my off-road Aerotow

    The road to Leavitt Lake was the first real test of our trailer in 4-low. It did really well! Trailer action starts about 1:50 Tire pressure is down around 15 psi. I think I'll also take a leaf out of the springs as it's really stiff even fully loaded. The 4Runner tows it OK, but the gearing...
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    3rd Gen 4Runner DIY Dashboard Accessory Mount

    3rd Gen 4Runner DIY Dashboard Accessory Mount I made with 22 gage sheet metal from Home Depot and 3m double stick tape. This holds my iPhone 8 Plus on a Steelie Magnetic Mount, radios and an iPad Mini 4 in a DIY mounting clip. If you make one of these, make sure you use a tape that is not going...
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    A Simple Drawerless Drawer System for SUVs

    This is version 3 of an SUV Cargo Storage deck that I’m calling a Drawerless Drawer System, and I think I’m done for now. Here's the build video with full process. At the end I address the critical measurements. Keep reading below for more build details and measurements for a 3rd gen 4runner...
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