Gear Crushers and Offroad
How many times have you gone to a website and invested time in adding and contributing to the community to have them change or just call it quits. I am tired of being involved with communities / websites that the admins just don't keep up to date with patches or no involvement because the community has given up on them.
We at Gear Crushers love everything. I don't want to have to join multiple different clubs because I enjoy different toys. Most everything is
I want to start this blog by letting everyone know I have no idea what I'm doing but wanted to share in my experience with taking care of the bodywork on my 1964 Chevy Truck. (not the one in this image but I do want this light olive paint color)
From my understanding you have four major stages
Get down to the bare metal is my first step (no rust, no paint, less issues)
PRE Prep offered by Eastwood to cle
Maybe one day I could be this cool. Seriously what an opportunity for anyone who enjoys the ultimate adventure in your rig. Pushing your pride and joy to its limits to see what it can handle with a group that has the same goal. How awesome!
This blog will start as a story of how I use to have many jobs but life was passing me by as I was on a constant spiral down from any life whatsoever. Including missing my family and friends it just lost its appeal. My thought process was work as much as I can while I can because you never know when you just can't anymore. Well that was nice but all you do is spend more money instead of save the extra money or try to get ahead by possibly paying off the monster debt. Not me, I apparently have
We have a small bit of land in Davison, MI with a beginner offroad trail that at times requires some technique to get through some tight spots. I had my wife drive our 97 Chevy 1500 pickup through the trail to see how these new blacklion tires do. Not too bad but if the mud is thick they cake pretty bad and won't clear out. So she got stuck
So obviously I had to walk up to the house and get the K5 and pull her out which obviously the most difficult part was walking from the back of
I have two boys that love to run there four wheelers around our 9 acres but watching them drive reckless (like they are unstoppable) made me gather some videos I wanted them to watch to bring them back to reality and show them other kids that also thought they were unstoppable until they were stopped dead in there tracks.
Girl, 12, dies after ATV crash Up North, organs donated
14-year-old boy dies in ATV crash
No matter if you are into Nascar or Offroad racing or whatever we all need to communicate. CB Radios are a thing of the past. From reading articles, forums and other online research they all lead to either BaoFeng Radios or the more expensive Rugged Radios. Pros and Cons to both. They can both be programmed with the freeware software called Chirp (its available on Mac, Windows, Linux).
REFERENCE: MyOffRoadRadio.com for information on how to use
A common question is "what modifications should I make to my vehicle to make it trail worthy?" Reading the offroad magazines, you might think gears, lockers, armor and a radical suspension is required. Below is our take on what it takes to Fool Around offroad. Note that modifications are listed in order of importance and each level assumes you have done everything in the previous step.
Before doing any modifications, make sure you are starting with a good platform. M
Every vehicle should carry these and they should be securely fastened down (like everything else). You should be able to reach the flashlight and fire extinguisher from your seat. Factory seat belts do not release if you are upside down (don't ask how we know this).
First aid kit (include any of your family's special needs like EpiPens or insulin)
Complete change of clothes
Full size spare tire
At the beginning of a trail ride it is common to introduce yourself. Include a nickname or handle that is easy for everyone else to remember. Be sure to figure out the name or handle of the people in front and behind you. This way you can get on the CB and say something like "Hey Turtle, stay to the left at the top of that hill."
Chatter can liven things up, but limit it to easy sections of the trail. You don't want to be telling a long joke while someone else needs to w
Here are some tips (always growing) of items to bring with you on your adventure
Carry multiple way to make a fire
Fire can be used to:
cook and preserve food
purify water & sterilize wound dressings
act as a signaling device
There are several easy methods to start a fire that include:
Matches (kept in a waterproof case)
Magnesium bar with built in flint and your knife. I like Doan Magnesium Sta
Ham Radio or CB Radio
License practice quiz https://myoffroadradio.com/courses/online-ham-radio-technician-license-class/
Study Guides: http://www.w5yi.org/
More Practice Tests: https://www.qrz.com/
Here are some things to look for in a mobile ham radio for 4-wheeling:
Dual band feature (2 m / 70 cm) - access any repeaters as you travel regardless if they are 2 meter or 70 centimeters.
High output wattage - nice
What are some great TV Shows focused around crushing some gears?
Street Outlaws - Discovery
Truck Night in America - History Channel
Alaska Offroad Warriors - History Channel
Expedition Overland - Youtube
So I'm one of those guys that likes my cake and eat it to. So I want the best of all worlds.
What am I working with?
I have a 2013 Ram 3500 Crew Cab with the Cummins Diesel Engine,
What are my goals?
I want everything.. offroad capability and yet this is my daily driver as well as it has to tow the largest and heaviest fifth wheel travel trailer
What have I been looking at?
Really impressed with Diesel Power Products Nomad build of a Ram 2500. Looks like I could
So my 2013 Dodge RAM 3500 had an issue with the DEF pump and injector ($2500 in parts) so I had to get a rental since the repair was going to be roughly two weeks due to lack of parts. At first enterprise gave me a Dodge Journey.. what a serious piece of crap that was. I couldn't drive it more than a day and had to exchange it for something else, anything else. I paid for an upgrade (spoil myself) on the Nissan Armada. Never drove one before and figured this is the perfect opportunity to se
My wife and I are freezing our asses off in our own home unless I crank the furnace up to 68 degrees which is crazy to think. I remember as a kid we were never cold in the house but we always had a wood burner in the home (most of the homes it was in the basement). It would get some warm in the house that windows had to be opened in the home in the middle of winter to let out some of the hot and let in some of the cool weather.
So now I'm a grown up and freezing my ass off in this home th
Yesterday I'm chugging along, keyboard pounding at my job and I get a call from my sister that she was notified by dispatch that our dad is being transported to the hospital via an ambulance. Now my dad isn't a young man and he's considered overweight. The information she has is that his nose is pouring blood and he can't get it to stop, dizziness, shortness of breath so he calls for an ambulance to get him to the hospital.
What a scary feeling. Of course my primary mode of transpo
So, I do Robotics. 2017 was the first year for me and I was exited to get started. But of corse it took forever to start. Very boring at first. All we talked about was the game and none about the robot it self. After like a week of it we finally started talking and planning out but I did not help much because they are on the second year of robotics and its only my first. We were the first middle school group that made it to states but unfortunately we did not win to compete against the high scho
Why not push the limits even further by going to a different continent like South America. Check out this 12 episode series of Expedition Overland crew being Overlanders in South America and what they had to tackle along the way.
Gray Rock ORV -very cool! Usually 6-8 open rides a year
Morris Mountain ORV -open almost every weekend
Little River Canyon
Hurricane Creek Tuscaloosa, AL - Great short paddling trip! 10min form my house!
Mountain Side Off Road Park
Superlift ORV Park
I always wanted a muscle car but time and finances never really allowed it until I got divorced. I'm even more broke but didn't have that person to tell me no. It was a matter of finding what I wanted. I love Chevelle's and Camaro's but everyone has one. I ran across an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible in really solid condition body and frame. Not perfect, but solid... so I bought it.