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Communication
Overland Tech

Overland Communications: Cell Phones & Cell Boosters

Cell phones are probably the one common form of communication most of us have. While radios and satellite communication devices have their place, they present a significant investment and, in some cases, require either a license (for radios like HAM or GMRS) or monthly subscription plan (for satellite devices). Also, since cellphones are the way […]

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Communication
Overland 101

Intro to Communications

When looking at communication systems for overland adventure travel there are a wide range of options. The goal of this article is to cover the basics and introduce the various systems, how they work, how they are similar, how they are different, and what their advantages and disadvantages are. In later articles we will expand […]

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Overland Tech

Small Upgrades #1 = Radio Communications

If you look back at some of the posts here at ECOA there are some pretty cool flashy upgrades.  Everything from tires and suspension to extended range fuel tanks.  With much of the big stuff taken care of, it’s time to turn attention to some smaller upgrades. Redundancy layers are essential when it comes to […]

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Overland Tech
Product Review

Beadlocks – Are they worth it?

If you recall, at the beginning of the year I had a set of Coyote Enterprises Boltless Beadlocks installed when I got the new Cooper S/T Maxx tires mounted. Coyote Enterprises Boltless BeadlocksWhat do they do and are they worth it? Although beadlocks are common in the rock-crawling world, the question we are seeking to […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech

Electrical Upgrades: Round 2 – Odyssey AGM Battery

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything with the electrical system on the LJ.  Thankfully that’s because everything has been working just fine <knocks on wood>.  That said, a recent addition to the Jeep led me to upgrading the battery on the Jeep. Had to go to the local freight terminal to pick up […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech

Suspension Upgrades: Round 3 – Rear Adjustable Air-Springs

Ever since the very first day of the 2015 No Highways Tour I have been plagued with rear suspension issues.  This is partly because the LJ is 15″ longer than a base TJ. This increase in length translates into an increase in base weight.  15″ more frame. 15″ more body. 15″ more hard-top.  Ounces become […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 3

Skid Plates – Time for some upgraded armor

When you start to push your overland adventures into more remote and technical terrain the risk of damage, and the repercussion from such damage, starts to escalate quickly.  Figuring out how to deal with that kid of thing is a delicate balance between risk identification, risk assessment, and risk mitigation. Not a position you want […]

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DIY Projects
Jeep Tech
Overland Tech

DIY Storage Boxes

Last year at Overland Expo West & East I taught a workshop on “DIY Storage Solutions for the Budget Overlander” (title was something like that, I honestly don’t remember it verbatim).  Sadly I won’t be teaching it this year, but that does give me an excuse to talk about my new rack. How to fit […]

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Overland Tech
Phase 3
Product Review

[Review] Cooper Tire Discoverer S/T Maxx 3,000 mile update

At the end of 2016 the LJ was in desperate need of some new tires.  Truthfully it needed tires at the start of 2016, but I had to make due.  When I set out on my quest to choose a new tire I started off by listing a few criteria and expectations.  With those in […]

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Overland 101
Overland Tech
Recovery

ECOA Recovery Guide – Phase 1: The basics

In previous article series I’ve broken things down by “phases.”  This is a way to demonstrate that you don’t need everything and the kitchen sink to go out and have an adventure.  The same goes for recovery.  In this three part series I’ll break down three phases for building a off-road recovery kit. What gear […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 3
Product Review

New Tires – A long time coming, but worth the wait

Without going into too much detail, tires for the LJ have been a sore point for me for the last year or so.  When I put together my plan the ultimate end game was to have the LJ rolling on a set of 33’s. The combination of the 1″ body lift and the 2″ JKS […]

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Overland 101
Overland Tech

Tire Basics and the Tire Selection Process

This week we’re going to look at the tire selection process I used to pick the new tires for the LJ. While the actual shapes, sizes, and configurations vary from tire to tire,all tires share common elements to their construction.When talking about tires here is a quick guide to what is what on a tire.All […]

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Overland Tech

Tires, tires, and more tires

A few weeks ago I outlined my recommendations for the first ten things you should do before setting out on your first overland adventure (part 1; part 2). On that list was tires. In that vein I’ll to a multi-part series looking at tire tech a little more in depth Tires are one of the […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 3

Large Capacity Fuel Tank: the GenRight Off Road Safari Tank

The biggest limiting factor of any overland adventure is not time or money.  The one universal thing that limits all trips is fuel capacity.  It doesn’t matter how shiny your titanium spork is.  It doesn’t matter how comfy your roof-top-tent is.  It doesn’t matter how knobby your tires are or how many LED’s are bolted […]

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Overland 101
Overland Tech

Tire Pressure Management

One of the most essential skills for any vehicle owner is the ability to manage air pressure.  Sadly with the status of nanny laws and the government mandating tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on all new vehicles it’s turned tire pressure management from an active skill to passive nuisance.  Now people don’t check their tire […]

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Overland Tech
Phase 1
Product Review

Product Review: J.T. Brooks Automatic Tire Deflators “Pro”

A little while ago I posted a review of my ViAir Onboard Air System.  That was the first in a three part series on tire pressure management.  This week I am going to review my new set of tire deflators from J.T. Brooks. So in this post I’ll talk about the basics of deflators, what […]

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Overland Tech
Phase 1
Product Review

Product Review: ViAir Corporation Ultra Duty Onboard Air System (P/N 20001)

Not only is this a product review, but it is the first in a three part series on tire pressure management.  In this article I will review the onboard air system that was installed last year, and in the next I will review a new set of tire deflators.  These will serve as a segue […]

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Overland Tech

Anatomy of a Jeep control arm, and why it’s time to upgrade

This tech article is dedicated to all you XJ/MJ, ZJ, and TJ/LJ owners out there.  In my time I’ve owned a small fleet of Jeeps.  If you count the ones my immediate family has owned that number all but doubles.  The majority of Jeeps the driveway here at the house has been home to have […]

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Overland Tech
Phase 2

Drivetrain Upgrades: Gears and front locker

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s good to have a solid build plan for your 4×4 regardless of if you’re building it for overlanding, rock crawling, trail riding, or even if you’re building it up for daily-driving street use.  When making the plan it’s a good idea to work backwards so that you don’t have to […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 1

Lighting Upgrades: Round 1 – LED Headlights and Driving Lights

As I mentioned in the last post on lighting, no 50″ LED light-bars will be harmed in the making of this post.  This is about upgrading OEM lights with aftermarket lights.  Look at it this way, how often have you seen someone going down the road using a 50″ lightbar?  No?  Neither have I. Trust […]

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