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Bogert Manufacturing wheel chocks

Bogert Manufacturing wheel chocks

Chocking your vehicle’s tires is one of the most basic and critical safety procedures you can follow before changing a tire, winching, or working underneath it. Yet how many of us ever use anything but nearby rocks or logs to do so? Not only are you at the mercy of...
A stove with character

A stove with character

The SVEA 123 (Courtesy Spiritburner.com) My first proper backpacking stove (not counting cans of Sterno here) was called a SVEA 123 (pronounced like a word: “Sveyah”). It was a lovely thing of solid brass that ran on white gas and needed no pumping—once primed, a loop...
Continental Divide vehicle report

Continental Divide vehicle report

What sort of mischief can 1,600 uninterrupted miles of mixed corrugations, rocks, potholes, mud, and even some pavement wreak on a diverse group of four-wheel-drive vehicles? We found out on the recent Continental Divide trip organized by Rawhyde Adventures and us....
Old and new OME

Old and new OME

  My FJ40 Land Cruiser has been riding on an Old Man Emu suspension for about eight years now. It’s OME’s standard kit for the FJ40, comprising a useful but easy-on-driveshaft-angle two-inch lift (which gave me enough room to install 255/85-16 BFG MTs), and...
Ceramic knife . . . fail

Ceramic knife . . . fail

The one certain thing about any knife on earth is that it will eventually become dull with use. Since steel was first created by the accidental introduction of carbon into iron, knife makers have strived to balance several conflicting requirements, among them the...

Land Rover’s invisible hood

Very rarely am I left open-mouthed by a new automotive invention, but this one left me gobsmacked. Land Rover is experimenting with a system that employs a camera, mounted in the front bumper, which projects its image on a heads-up display in the windshield shaped...
The Micro-Start XP-1

The Micro-Start XP-1

It’s not often an experienced mechanic sounds giddy over the phone, but Dave Anderson sounded giddy when he called me from his Flagstaff, Arizona, shop, the Good Carma Garage (which really should be a radio program). “I just bought this thing off a tool truck, and you...
A tale of two owner’s manuals

A tale of two owner’s manuals

My friend, master mechanic Bill Lee, sent me these photos. Ponder for a moment the difference between the owner’s manual for a 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser, 144 pages long, and the suite of manuals for a 2013 Lexus RX 450h, totalling 1,750 pages. Have you read War...
Shock absorbers: gas-charged, or . . . ?

Shock absorbers: gas-charged, or . . . ?

Look at reviews of shock absorbers for four-wheel-drive vehicles in U.S. magazines, and you’ll probably find just two types listed and described: Mono-tube, high-pressure gas-charged Twin-tube, low-pressure gas-charged All modern automotive shock absorbers—dampers if...

Installing an ARB diff lock, part 2

We’re back from Silver City, New Mexico, where Bill Lee of Bill’s Toy Shop installed an ARB locking differential in the rear of the JATAC (see below for part 1). We’ve created a 13-minute video detailing the installation and a bit of trail testing...
Farewell to an overlanding dog

Farewell to an overlanding dog

If you’ve done much exploring around the backroads and four-wheel-drive trails of Arizona in the last few years, odds are you’ll remember at some point noticing a silver Jeep Wrangler being led by a black lab mix with a white chest patch, either trotting along at a...
Vintage pocket compass

Vintage pocket compass

I admit to a bit of an obsession with always being aware of cardinal directions—even in the briefest and most inconsequential of circumstances, such as while transiting between gates in a strange airport. I have a good sense of direction and can remain oriented...
New from Bogert Manufacturing

New from Bogert Manufacturing

I suspect Richard Bogert is one of those people who keeps a notepad and pen on the nightstand, so he can jot down inspirations that pop into his head at 3:00 a.m. I can’t see any other way he could come up with the volume of ideas he does—for the Bogert Aviation arm...
Pronghorn makes the leap

Pronghorn makes the leap

To say I “consulted” on the Pronghorn Overland Gear Modular Front End System (MFES) for the Jeep Wrangler JK would be a bit of an overstatement. What actually transpired was, they brought a prototype bumper to our place and mounted it on a Wrangler, we...

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