Year: 2018

Recovery

ECOA Recovery Guide – Phase 3: Adding to the basics

In the last recovery article I spelled out a basic list of recovery equipment I consider essential to every 4wd vehicle that considers off-pavement travel.  In this article we’ll take that basic kit and add to it.  By fleshing out the kit with a few additional accessories and additional recovery equipment we can make sure […]

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DIY Projects
Trailer Tech

Progress update on the Poor Man’s Teardrop 2.0

A while back I posted some pictures of a new trailer project.  I acquired a surplus M116A3 generator trailer chassis from the local Army Depot.  It was too good a deal to pass on.  The original plan was to turn it into a flat-deck dual-purpose utility trailer and toy-hauler. M116A3 Generator Trailer purchased from a […]

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Jeep Tech
Product Review

STOP!

One of the overlooked areas on most modified vehicles whether they are cars or 4×4’s is brakes.  A lot of people emphasis going fast, few emphasis handling, and even fewer stopping power.  Given the heavy E load range tires, towing a trailer, and the fact that the Jeep is my daily driver, my brakes have […]

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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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Camp Cooking
Product Review

[Product Review] L.T. Wright Knives Camp Kitchen & Bushcrafter HC Knife Review

At Overland Expo East last year I had the pleasure of crossing paths with the crew at L.T. Wright Knives yet again.  A perennial favorite at both overland and off-road shows in the Mid-Atlantic area I’ve spent more than a few minutes <cough> hours <cough> drooling over their knives. Checking out the LTWK booth at […]

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Jeep Tech

Suspension Upgrades: Round 4 – Spring relocation perches

Ever since I got the LJ I’ve been plagued with rear suspension issues.  The combination of added length and weight over a base TJ meant the stock rear springs had trouble keeping up.   Add to that a bunch of gear, a trailer, and an oversized fuel tank even the JKS JSpec springs couldn’t keep […]

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