What Jeep lift should I get? Maybe you should not.

What Jeep lift should I get
What Jeep lift should I get? We frequent some online off-road forums.  Lots of time the same question gets asked over and over.  What Jeep lift should I get?  Short answer: You should not get a Jeep lift - yet. Honestly, a lift is pretty low on the list. A stock Jeep is pretty well capable from the factory.  Yea, yea, cookie cutter tires, short with not much ability to get over a ledge.  Hogwash.  But, I understand, you have a new toy and want to spend some money?  First up, some re...
More

Hiking with bikes, part one. My precious still hurts.

hiking with bikes
On Sunday we went on our third trail ride with the EMTBs.  I am no expert but I am going to go out on a limb and say that this trail, considered “easy” on the hiking scale was not …I repeat NOT a bike trail.  Lots of people hike.  I love hiking and seeing new places and things.   The EMTBs are great because you can go a bit further, a bit faster.  But if I were to choose to hike with sixty pounds, well, obviously I would have a backpack on right?  So on Sunday we did not do a bik...
More

Female Bike Seat Selections – Oh the pain.

Female Bike Seat
OK, so, new bikes.  Cool beans.  Growing up the thought of changing a bike seat never, never crossed my mind.  Little older, lots of miles on a road bike, got the spandex and padding built in.  Again, never never crossed my mind to change a seat.  Then I got an exercise bike.  Been through a few decades on that, and a few seats.  Age is a cruel thing.  Little did I know I was soon to get schooled on a quest for a good female bike seat.  Few years back we had bought a new bike for Sha...
More

Go forth friends and do the things on EMTBs

EMTBs
The mister, or as I like to call him my own personal activities director, decided we needed to add mountain biking to our activities.  I have great respect for those that get out there and do stuff, and even more respect for those that are getting a wee bit older and can self-propel themselves through the lands.  My man bought us a couple of e mountain bikes or as he calls them EMTBs. See the details here and for ease I am just going to call them EMTBs.  Such utility and ease of use. No...
More

Swagman Escapee 2 Bike Platform Review

Swagman Escapee
So, cool.  Bikes.  Trouble is the Jeep is not real user friendly when transporting bikes.  (Sell the truck she said…. Buy a Jeep she said…. It will be fun she said…..) Outside of a truck or van, I am hard pressed to figure a vehicle that is friendly in that regard.  Now the Jeep has been modified.  I know this because I have the receipts to show for it.  There really is no such thing as a stock Jeep is there?  Our modifications included a beefy rear bumper with tire mount and var...
More

Haibike SDURO HardSeven SL

Haibike SDURO HardSeven SL
Like I mentioned earlier, EMTBs have come of age in the last few years allowing us to settle in on the Haibike SDURO HardSeven SL.  The biggest advancement?  Batteries and the Lithium Polymer (li po).  But they are pricey!  How pricey?  About $800.00 for a battery pack.  They have some clear advantages and disadvantages.  First, the weight – much lighter.  Higher capacity allowing them to hold more power combined with a higher discharge rate.  Everything has trade offs.  In this c...
More

Time to add an EMTB to the mix

EMTB
I confess, I like my woman and my dog.  I really, really, like the dog.  (Teasing woman)  Like most I never have enough time to do the things I want.  So when I do have time I like to spend it with my woman and my dog.  Wanted a motorcycle.  Bad choice on the first go around.  Sold it, bought some Sea Doo Sparks to fill the void while I then thought about better motorcycle choices.  Ideally the woman would get a motorcycle and we would ride off on adventures together.  For various re...
More

Jeep Upgrade: Adding Storage and Security with Tuffy Products and Rugged Ridge

With darkened windows, the black side bags and black enclosure are invisible, even while following the Jeep on a trail. Many of us enjoy Jeeping lidless—that is to say, leaving the top in the garage and enjoying the open air Wrangler—or we are forced to park for work in a shady part of town with an easily cut soft top. When we’re involved in these activities, we need security for our onboard gear. There are others of us who simply feel more comfortable with a higher scale of security. We have to apologize here, with a chuckle. When we assembled this shot to show you the enclosure’s components, we were under the impression the long trays on each side of the assembly were part of the construction. They’re not! While they may come in handy later on for another project, for this project they are simply part of the packing material to keep the components safe. Once we discovered they were packing and not parts we were too far along to take another assembly shot. Tuffy’s security products can relieve all of your anxieties. Tuffy makes several products, different models ...
More

RPM Fab Tempe – Custom Work, part 1

Once it was time to get remote, we figured a good plan would be a cargo rack, jack, etc. Contacted RPM Fab Tempe and met a good guy, Don Rycroft. Most fab, speed, 4x4 shops will sell what they sell and move you on down the road. I suspect Don does to some extent as well. But, if you need some additional needs, he is all ears and will lend his experience and expertise to your project. Frankly at this point we could be a rolling RPM Fab Tempe billboard. So what all has RPM Fab Tempe done for...
More

Garmin GPS with Back Up Camera

Garmin GPS
Sometimes products / upgrades come in spurts.  Guess that will be the next few weeks for us.  Then last part of April we are off!  When we ordered the Jeep, I wanted to stay away from the factory GPS. That is fine for some, but not for us. I knew that the Garmin GPS unit would allow maps via Garmin Express. Also knew that as a major player there would be plenty of support for it. We have loaded Arizona Topo maps via U.S.F.S. and some popular 4x4 trails via Fun Treks.  (Fun Treks is a grea...
More

Rock Krawler lift – Lets get high.

Rock Krawler
We have been sploring enjoying trails, etc.     Coming up on that time of year where it will be more and more.  Along the way decided to have a mild lift.  Nothing major,  wanted good vs. tall.   Decided to go with Rock Krawler.  Last time we took the trailer out there was sag. Not real bad but enough that I did not care for it.  Part of that is the weight on the rear.  So was thinking Air Bags, might still do that. Put the trailer on a tongue diet, reworked it and have reduced som...
More