Michigan to open over 6k miles of Forestry Roads!

Michigan to open over 6k miles of Forestry Roads!

Chris Cordes with Expedition Portal posted up some pretty epic news yesterday. For outdoor lovers east of the Mississippi river, and definitely those of us north of the Ohio river, places of recreation are spread pretty thin. Even more so when your prefered method of exploration and activity involves a vehicle. As Ohioans ourselves, we often put in several hours of pavement pounding before we can find any sort or remote recreation. Even then, either vehicles aren’t allowed or camping…

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How far to the Northwest have you been?

How far to the Northwest have you been?

Our last post Drive to Paradise – Mt.Rainier was from a recent trip we made out to the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Mt. Rainier was not the only exploring we did while out there, the previous day we decided to head toward, into, and through the Olympic National Forest. Unfortunately, but also very PNW typical, it rained the entire day… not just a little bit either, it rained fairly hard and the ENTIRE day. This was far from a deal breaker for us,…

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Drive to Paradise – Mt. RAINIER

Drive to Paradise – Mt. RAINIER

Earlier this week we headed to the Pacific Northwest to visit our son and daughter-in-law for a few days. The weather was pretty typical for the PNW this time of year and made for some soggy outdoor exploring but we didn’t let that deter us. One of our jaunts was to Mt. Rainier. Most of the roads surrounding the area are closed this time of year with exception to 706 (at least to Paradise Inn). So, we all jumped in…

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Buck-25; The Roof, The Roof…

Buck-25; The Roof, The Roof…

Summer ran long and then we slipped right into winter. While we are blessed to have a really nice shop, it’s a large space to heat and we don’t presently have a good means of doing so. This means we can be babies about working out in the cold and procrastinate some. Still, we are chomping at the bit to get going on this project so, we decided to bundle up and start with some of the tear down. Our…

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BUCK-25, Directionally Challenged

BUCK-25, Directionally Challenged

Our new M715  project has been “directionally challenged” from the beginning and this is largely due to the fact we weren’t looking for it to begin with…. This said, we did a little more poking around on the old Kaiser this weekend and it all became clear! He is going to become a crawler! Since we are a little budget tight right now and have a trip planned out west very soon, we are going to begin a tear down…

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Women’s Wheeling Day 2017

Women’s Wheeling Day 2017

Women’s Wheeling Day (WWD) is an annual offroading event held at Rausch Creek Off Road Park. We are pretty frequent visitors to Rausch Creek so you might think we learned of the event during a visit but you’d be wrong. We were actually introduced to the event by Christie Vinson at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival earlier this year. Christie’s “day job” is the Marketing Manager at OK Auto, 4WD & Tire (OK4WD) but her passion for the industry extends far…

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Say hello to our new-old or old-new project!

Say hello to our new-old or old-new project!

“Winter is coming.” (Did you read that in your favorite Game of Thrones character’s voice?) 😛 …Really though, winter is coming and this means all sorts of things to us. Of course there are all of the responsible things like getting the lawn furniture stored and prepping the house. But for many in the midwest and northeast of the US, it means the end of wheeling season. It’s a time where we all retreat from the outdoors and hunker down…

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Artec JK Bellypan (Skid Plates) REVIEW

Artec JK Bellypan (Skid Plates) REVIEW

A while ago one of our Jeeple friends asked if our lift would be available for them to install an Artec Bellypan kit they got for their JKU. We were happy to oblige, especially since we hadn’t installed, or really even looked at, this kit beyond internet images. Since they are more than capable of doing the work themselves, this was a rare opportunity to stay clean and focus on pictures for a review of the installation and initial thoughts….

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Differential Fluid Change (JK/JKU)

Differential Fluid Change (JK/JKU)

This is a combo post with a little update on Dirty’s build and we made a maintenance “how-to” as part of the job. I’ll kick this off with the maintenance “How-to”. We strayed a bit from our typical write-up and opted for a video. It’s on changing differential fluid. While it’s geared largely toward JKs and the rear at that, much of the practices and certainly our opinions overlap many other makes and models of vehicles and axles.   As…

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