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    Gear Crushers in the Offroad Community

    By wildweaselmi

    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
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Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Limited

I have been researching Side by Sides and have some experience with owning a 2019 Can-Am 1000 Maverick Trail. We very much enjoyed our Can-Am but because of unfortunate events that happened in our life we had to part ways and need to get rid of debt as quick as possible so gave it away for way less than I put into it but it went to a good home in Montana. So notes I would mention in regards to the Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000 DPS I would mention that the 50" wide SxS, no matter what bra

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Smoke at Idle with my Duramax

A common issue with the GM 6.6L Duramax engine is white smoke at idle. Worn and damaged injectors are often the cause however there are other causes and considerations that should be looked at prior to injector replacement. INJECTORS STUCK OPEN OR WITH EXCESSIVELY LEAKING NOZZLES DIANOSIS 1. Remove IGN 1 relay. 2. Remove the glow plug from the suspect cylinder(s). 3. Crank the engine and check for fuel spray coming out of the glow plug hole. Caution: Make sure you are not in front of

Vehicle Break Down of Who is Who

I found this information pretty interesting and wanted to share with everyone else. A break down of the import/export business for vehicles is shown here The OICA counts over 50 countries which assemble, manufacture or disseminate automobiles. Of that number, only 14 countries (list below) currently possess the capability to design original production automobiles from the ground up. Australia China France Germany India Iran Italy

2007 GMC Sierra 2500 LBZ

VIN: 1GTHK23D67F110033 Options and Standard Features Options Engine: Duramax Turbo Diesel 6.6L V8 Heavy-Duty Power Package Heavy-Duty Rear Automatic Locking Differential Heavy-Duty Trailering Equipment Manual Dual-Zone Air Conditioning Power Tilt-Sliding Sunroof W/Express-Open Rear Seat Entertainment System Transmission: Allison 1000 6-Speed Automatic Basic Information Stock Number: 2319 VIN Number: 1GTHK23D

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Learning Bodywork

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 SHAPING PREPPING PAINTING BUFFING NEWBIE SUPPLY ORDER FROM EASTWOOD SHAPING Get down to the bare metal is my first step (no rust, no paint, less iss

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FourWheel Ultimate Adventure 2019

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!  

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wildweaselmi

Downsizing to a 2003 3/4 Suburban

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

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Nothing Wrong with Backyard Fun

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

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Kids on ATVs drive smart or die

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 https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/360778440-video   14-year-old boy dies in ATV crash

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Comms

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). BaoFeng BF-F8HP   REFERENCE: MyOffRoadRadio.com for information on how to use

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wildweaselmi

Vehicle Modifications

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. Vehicle selection Before doing any modifications, make sure you are starting with a good platform.  M

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Vehicle Equipment

Basic Equipment 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). CB radio Flashlight First aid kit (include any of your family's special needs like EpiPens or insulin) Fire extinguisher Complete change of clothes Full size spare tire

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Trail Etiquette

Communication 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

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wildweaselmi

Bed Liners

When you can't afford the big boys and are okay doing it yourself.  Check out this video that does a review on the most popular DIY kits  

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What goes in your offroad rig for support

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: provide heat 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: Survival lighter Matches (kept in a waterproof case) Magnesium bar with built in flint and your knife. I like Doan Magnesium Sta

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Communication

Ham Radio or CB Radio CB Radio     Ham 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

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guru

TV Shows

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    

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Ram 3500 Suspension Upgrade

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

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wildweaselmi

2017 Nissan Armada Opinion

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

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dennis

Time for a Wood Stove

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

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