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Learning Bodywork

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

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

Nothing Wrong with Backyard Fun

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

guru

guru

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

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

wildweaselmi

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

guru

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

guru

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

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

 

Gear Crushers in the Offroad Community

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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wildweaselmi

 

Part Catalog Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America (2016)

2016 – Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America With over 12,600 responses from off-roading enthusiasts, PartCatalog has compiled the top off road trails and rides of choice for 39 states in America. Through Facebook correspondence and word of mouth from parks, trails, and off-roading clubs, respondents learned about the survey and were excited to share their top picks for The 2016 Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America. To compile these results, we asked three questions: What

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