Month: March 2016

No Highways Tour
Opinion/Educational/Humor

“Failure is always an option” ~ Adam Savage

Recently the hit TV show Mythbusters 14 year run came to an end.  As a geeky, techy, tinkerer type I gravitated to the show from episode one.  I will admit I did lose a little interest near the middle part of the run when the show became formulaic and was more sensational than serious.  That […]

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No Highways Tour
Opinion/Educational/Humor

2016 No Highways Tour

Shortly I will be embarking on the 2016 No Highways Tour.  For the last few weeks I’ve been making a lot of tech orientation posts in preparation for this trip.   The time has come to shift gets from prep mode to adventure mode.  Given the lack of internet access over the next few weeks, […]

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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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Overland 101
Overland Tech

Lighting Upgrades: The basics (Lighting terminology and types of lighting)

A while back I did a writeup on some electrical upgrades to the ECOA Wrangler Unlimited. I was having an issue with battery drain and it turned out to be a bad ground. Long story short, having already dealt with wiring issues on past Jeeps, I just went ahead and did all new cables under […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 2

Suspension Upgrades: Round 1 – JKS Manufacturing 2″ Jspec Lift kit

As previously mentioned the OEM suspension on the ECOA Wrangler left a lot to be desired.  At 12 years old and just over 150,000 miles it was played out.  I had a nasty case of butt-sag in the rear and the front was soft and squishy giving me a “floaty” feeling while driving. Brown Santa […]

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Overland 101
Overland Tech

Suspension Basics – Common types, configurations, and terminology

I’ll start by saying I am by no means an expert when it comes to vehicle suspensions.  Thus by reading this you will not achieve expert status.  The goal of this piece is to give you a quick rundown on the common types of suspensions, and some of their advantages and disadvantages.  I also would […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 1

The ECOA Wrangler – Phase 1 Summary

When I penned my piece on “First mods and planning a build” one of the things I talked about was having a picture in your head of what you wanted your rig to be when you were done and then work backwards from there.  In Part 2 of that piece I went through some of […]

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