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Last week we got a bunch of snow in the Pacific Northwest. We made the most of it by having an off-road adventure day at Baker Lake in the North Cascades. Our destination was a foot bridge suspended over a river north of the lake.

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I got stuck the other day coming out of our driveway. I got a little too close to the edge of the road and anything I did to try to correct it just slid me further down the slope into our neighbor’s front yard. Luckily I didn’t hit any trees and was able to winch myself out. Shew!

If you have a Jeep and haven’t done this upgrade, keep reading. This wiring harness enables your truck to send power directly from the battery to the headlights via a couple of relays instead of routing the electricity into the dash and through the light switch. In Jeeps I’ve been told routing the electricity through the switch robs a lot of power and causes dim headlights.

In this excellent video from YouTube user BleepinJeep, he finds that this $25 upgrade more than doubled the light output from his stock headlights. That was even better performance than he got from his upgraded LED lights on the new harness (and the LEDs didn’t put out enough heat to keep themselves free of snow). He takes you through the whole install.

You can get this harness from a place called K Suspension Fab but they were backordered at the time of this post. Here’s a link where you can find it on Amazon. That link is for H4 headlights. Check first to see what kind of headlights you have.

Thanks to my good friend Nathan for the tip!

The Suzuki Jimny is back–seemingly everywhere except the United States. Bit of shame really, because it looks like a nice little car. Well, we can watch from afar as these South African chaps compare it to something called a Toyota Fortuner.

The overlanding worlds’s favorite sometimes-prickly off-road expert, Andrew St.Pierre White takes you on a deep dive into the realm of 4×4 driving skills in this full-length, vintage video. Driving in all terrain types is covered, as well as driving a classic 4×4 set-up and how it differs from more modern, computer-controlled 4x4s.

Here’s a thoughtful review of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the dual-sport travel bike from India that I posted about the other day. YouTube user nathanthepostman had put almost 16,000 miles on his bike by the time he reviewed it, including a coast-to-coast trip across the United States.

His verdict: this is a exceptionally well designed travel bike, with a great suspension. It’s well equipped, and weighted, with panniers front and rear, and solid footpegs for stand-up work. In his view, it’s an on-road, off-road mule that can take you around the world right out of the box. But have a look at the video. He says it all much better than I do.

Oh, man… Who doesn’t love a good rally video?

If you’re thinking about buying a Range Rover Classic (or even if you’re not), you might enjoy this Australian promotional video for the 1988 model year.

My friend Nathan told me recently about the Royal Enfield Himalayan, a back-to-basics, 411cc adventure bike from India. From reviews I’ve read the bike is more pack mule than race horse. Or said another way, the long-stroke engine provides more useful torque than it does useful horsepower. But often that’s just what’s needed off-road.

I think the YouTube review above does a good job of laying out the bike’s pros and cons. After the jump there’s another video of bike on an adventure in the Himalayas. And here’s a review of the bike in Cycle World to round things out.  Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a high pucker factor pass at the end. Video credit to MASS Expedition from YouTube.