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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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Kids on ATVs drive smart or die

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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wildweaselmi

Comms

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

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

Vehicle Modifications

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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wildweaselmi

Vehicle Equipment

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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wildweaselmi

Trail Etiquette

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

What goes in your offroad rig for support

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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guru

Communication

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

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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guru

Ram 3500 Suspension Upgrade

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

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

2017 Nissan Armada Opinion

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

dennis

dennis

Time for a Wood Stove

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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dennis

Dad Hospital Visit

Dad Hospital Visit

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

dennis

dennis

 

Ro-Ro-Bots

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

DJ_Zack77

DJ_Zack77

Offroad Trails

Offroad Trails

ALABAMA Gray Rock ORV -very cool! Usually 6-8 open rides a year http://www.grayrockorv.com Morris Mountain ORV -open almost every weekend www.morrismountainorv.com  Little River Canyon  http://www.nps.gov/liri/ Hurricane Creek Tuscaloosa, AL - Great short paddling trip! 10min form my house! http://www.hurricanecreek.org/ Mountain Side Off Road Park http://www.mountainsideoffroadpark.com ARKANSAS Superlift ORV Park http://www.orvpark.com/ Ouachita Nat

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

 

1972 Cutlass Convertible

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.

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wildweaselmi

 

MOA

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (BMW MOA) is a motorcycle club for owners and admirers of BMW motorcycles. As of 2008, it had 39,700 members. BMW MOA was founded in 1972 in Chicago by five enthusiasts. The club is based in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. It publishes a monthly magazine, BMW Owners News and an annual Anonymous book to assist touring riders in difficulty. Though founded in the United States, BMW MOA has members across the world. Sin

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wildweaselmi

 

H.O.G.

Harley Owners Group The Harley Owners Group (HOG) is a sponsored community marketing club, operated by Harley-Davidson for enthusiasts of that brand's motorcycles. The HOG is "the grandaddy of all community-building efforts," serving to promote not just a consumer product, but a lifestyle. The HOG has also served to open new revenue streams for the company, with the production of tie-in merchandise offered to club members, numbering over one million strong,[1] making it the largest factory-

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wildweaselmi

 

GWRAA

Gold Wing Road Riders Association (http://www.gwrra.org/) Gold Wing Road Riders Association [GWRRA], founded in 1977, is recognized as the world's largest single-marquee motorcycle association in the world. GWRRA provides safety, technical, and educational services to its Members world-wide.  

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wildweaselmi

 

Woodward Dream Cruise 2017

Woodward Dream Cruise 2017 Still crazy as ever.  Very very packed from bumper to bumper with a whole wide range of vehicles. You have the typical what you expect classic cars To the bit crazier vehicles (how much motor can I put in the smallest space) An then you get the art on wheels. Always something to catch your eye as they drive one way then they turn around and drive the other way and then turn around again It's worth going.  Tons of fun bu

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wildweaselmi

 

Back to the Bricks 2017

Back to the Bricks is typically way more mellow than the Woodward Dream Cruise and so was the case again this year.  We had a lot of threat of rain but by the weekend it was beautiful. During the week one of the oldest, still running, drive-in theaters offers free to anyone that has a classic car and its packed with so many enthusiast which really turns out to be a great time. All during the week you'll see cars of all shapes and sizes in parking lots on the sides of Saginaw all t

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wildweaselmi

 

BFG KO2 vs Toyo Open Country

At the tire store again since the Goodyear Duratracs have proven to be garbage tires.  They chunked out so bad that I couldn't even drive my truck anymore.  Yes I rotated them every other oil change and yes I did carry a fifth wheel.  All things I do with the factory bridgestones without issues and with the Silent Armors I had without the issues I've had with the Duratracs.  Not to mention how horrible they are in the snow and rain. So next purchase I limited my decision to either BF G

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