Author: Dean

Electrical
Jeep Tech

Making a “Good” Rig “Better” – Part 2: Lighting Upgrades

I know what you’re thinking. “Dean, your Jeep already has upgraded lighting.” You’re not wrong. Way back in 2016 I upgraded the stock halogen headlights in the LJ with a set of LED ones from Rigid Industries. I also installed a set of high/low D-Series LED light pods as auxiliary fog (low) and driving (high) […]

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Event Report
Tread Lightly

Spring Cleaning at AOAA with TREAD Lightly!

I’m to the point now where I’m less concerned with my own self-promotion and more interested in paying it forward. Some of that is due to the wisdom that comes with age. Now that I’m in my mid-40’s I just don’t see the point in playing the social-media game and trying to “keep up with […]

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Jeep Tech

Making a “Good” Rig “Better” – Part 1: Transfer-Case

The Achilles heal in any modified Jeep (at least the older ones) will be its transfer-case. This is due to the one-piece rear driveshaft and the slip-yoke output of the case. Once you lift a Jeep more than 2″ you start running into driveline issues caused by the misalignment between the output of the transfer-case […]

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Tread Lightly

Monongahela National Forest Tread Lightly! Cleanup

The first time I visited Monongahela National Forest was as a teenager riding in the back of a Chevy Caprice station wagon. I was down in the Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area as part of a summer camp adventure trip that would include two days of rock climbing at Seneca Rocks and […]

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Event Report
Tread Lightly

Bald Mountain Tread Lightly! Cleanup

Not going to lie. 2023 got off to a rough start. For those that don’t know I was the victim of a hit-and-run accident as a pedestrian in early January and have spent the better part of four months recovering from surgery. I was super bummed to miss out on a bunch of events earlier […]

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Overland Tech
Storage

Security Upgrades with BOLT Lock

We probably have at least two things in common. First, we don’t like people stealing our stuff. Second, we have entirely too many keys on our keychain — because we don’t like people stealing our stuff. I recently bumped into a counter and my massive keychain left a sizable bruise on my thigh. I figured […]

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Event Report
Tread Lightly

Tank Hollow Tread Lightly Cleanup

Early December may not be prime weather for many outdoor activities but never the less a small team of volunteers headed down to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to spend some time cleaning up some illegally dumped trash. In an ideal world there would be no illegal dumping, however generational bad habits plus a […]

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Electrical

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Switch Install Tips

One of the most popular accessories to install on any four-wheel-drive vehicle is lights. It’s also one of the most popular upgrades as well. In prior articles I went over why I was choosing LED lights and a break down of installing new LED Headlights and LED Fog Lights on my Jeep. This time around […]

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Uncategorized

Two New Contact Forms!

Little bit of behind-the-scenes housekeeping happening right now. Two main things I wanted to mention are the new contact forms. First is a general Contact Form you can use to reach out to us and ask some questions or leave comments. Pretty straight forward. The second is an event request form which is part of […]

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Event Report

2022 PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show Recap

This year at the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show in Carlisle, PA we took the Overland Demo area to a whole new level. In years prior I was only ever responsible for my own booth space. Some years were more humble (like in 2016) than others, but over the years I’ve slowly grown my […]

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Electrical
Jeep Tech

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Ignition Repair

There is nothing worse than having a vehicle that won’t start. Well, maybe starting your vehicle and not being able to shut it off. It’s the absolute worst when you have each of those problems on both of your vehicles. Last year the ignition on the 2004 LS powered LJ broke. A few weeks later […]

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Electrical

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Power Distribution

Gearheads love to add accessories to their vehicles. It could be auxiliary lights, a stereo amplifier, or maybe just some utilitarian charging ports. Regardless of the accessory in question power distribution is something many people overlook. Think of it this way, when do you install the fuse panel and wiring in a house: before or […]

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Electrical

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Automotive Battery Basics

Battery Basics Without patronizing you too much I’ll just say this about batteries.  They are an integral part to a vehicle’s electrical system.  They provide the necessary electrical power to turn the starter motor which in turn gets the motor’s alternator turning in order to provide the electrical power necessary to keep the vehicle running. […]

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Jeep Tech
Product Install
Product Review
Storage

Tuffy Security Products: Mid-Size SUV Drawer

Every vehicle based travel enthusiast suffers from the same quintessential problem: WHAT DO WE DO WITH ALL OUR STUFF?!? More precisely, how do we keep it secure and how do we keep it safe. No one likes sifting through a rat’s nest of gear to find something. Worse, no one likes having their vehicle broken […]

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Communication
Product Install

Midland USA MXT575 50 watt GMRS Radio install & review

I’m sure we’ve all seen the commercial. “Can you hear me now?” Sure it got old, but I bet we’ve all uttered that phrase at least once while out on the trails when using a radio. CB’s dominated the 4wheel-drive and Jeep scene for decades. As previously mentioned they were a mainstay in popular culture […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 12

All good things come to and end, and Season 3 of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast is over. Well, at least not till the end of this episode. Thank you for all of your positive feedback about this season. So excited to have so many great guests. Also so much fun to explore the idea […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 11

Well, we’re done. Time to wrap it up and go home. Wait, this is only episode 11? But we’re on Essential number ten. Probably the most essential of the essentials because without it we’re not going anywhere. Yup, that’s right. Won’t get far on an empty tank. So for this episode Dan Grec and I […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 10

There are many solutions when it comes to shelter. Everything from the basic hammock and tarp all the way up to the Global Roam 5K™. There is no one single perfect one-size-fits-all solution. There are a lot of variables that will influence your shelter solutions. To discuss those variables I am once again joined by […]

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Camp Cooking
Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 9

Is there anything better after a long day on the trails than a hot meal? Well, maybe a cold adult beverage, but for the purposes of this episode we’re going to be talking about food and water. We will save the adult beverages for another time. The guests on this episode are Eric and Brittany […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 8

Heads up, there were some technical difficulties with this episode. Did my best to clean it up, but a few spots were still glitchy. The rest I chopped out so if you hear a few rough edits this has been equal parts apology and warning. Dan Grec is BACK. Actually, he never left. This week’s […]

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