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Land Rover just released the new 2020 Defender. It has some amazing features, like a display setting that shows the vehicle’s front wheels driving over the actual terrain outside while rendering the vehicle itself invisible. That’s seems like a truly handy feature for picking your way through difficult terrain. It also has some odd features like a body-colored square in the middle of the rear window of the new Defender 90 that seems to have no other purpose than creating a huge blind spot.

The previous generation of the Defender went 33 years without a major redesign. I’m not smitten by the look of the new generation but have a look for yourself in these twin videos that appear to be taken at them same press event. Even the walk-ons by the hosts, one, Richard Hammond for Drive Tribe, the other, Henry Catchpole for Carfection, are basically the same. Funny.

The second video appears after the jump. Hat tip to my good friend Greg McDonald for calling this one in! Read the rest of this entry »

The Essential Geography USA, 2nd edition, David Imus, 2019

Cartographer David Imus has just released the 2nd edition of his map of the United States. In my view, it is the most beautiful, articulate map of this country ever made. The 1st edition of this map, called The Essential Geography USA, was awarded “Best of Show” in 2012 at a competition held by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The 2nd edition is even nicer in that the shading of the land forms is more delicate and interferes less with the place names. The image above is a sample from the 2nd edition. Below (Read more) is a sample of the 1st edition so you can see what I mean.

The clarity with which this map conveys information is stunning.

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My partner’s partner, Nathan, introduced me to a YouTube channel called MotoTrek recently, which looks like a great place to learn skills and techniques related to off-road adventure riding. Bret Tkacs, the guy doing the instructing, gives clear overviews of the techniques and explains the basic physics involved. Check out this video of him showing how to tackle deep river rock. What he can do with a motorcycle is impressive stuff.

This is the most hilarious and awesome build I’ve seen in a long time. Ethan and Edwin, the two friends from north Idaho known as Grind Hard Plumbing Co., have taken a Power Wheels Princess Jeep and turned it into a a Honda CRF 450-powered awesome kart. It has a full custom frame, 4-link rear suspension, and so much pink street cred.

It’s amazing to watch it run. In this video they compare the Princess Jeep’s performance to that of a 500cc Sport Quad. It looks like a real-life Mario kart or Ed Roth drawing come to life. It also looks like mountains of fun.

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.