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There was a great post by Sinuhe Xavier on Expedition Portal last month called Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry. The short story is Sinuhe and his buddy go scouting through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and the place flash floods on account of heavy rain.

The even shorter story: the photos are amazing. Check it out.

Link: Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry

Photo: Jonathan Hanson

Jonathan Hanson has a great article on his Overland Tech & Travel blog about the physics of tires and lifts.

To sum it up, larger tires and wheels do provide more ground clearance but will decrease performance in other areas. The additional mass and height of larger tires reduce acceleration and braking effectiveness. They also reduce the effectiveness of low-range gearing since taller tires are basically the same as adding taller gearing to your truck. This “regearing” through taller tires can also increase wear on drivetrain and suspension components.

Jonathan advocates a mild (rather than wild) approach when it comes to suspension and tire mods, as a rule of thumb no more than 2″ to 4″ of lift and one or two sizes larger for tires. Of course, research suspension and tire specifics for your own vehicle to determine what’s best.

Have a look at his article. It’s an interesting read.

Link: The Physics of Tires and Lifts

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably seen our good friend, Greg. He and Natalie and I trucked through the Sierras together, following in Mark Twain’s footsteps. He also joined us on the California Backcountry Discovery Trail last year. You may even have seen his nicely modified Mitsubishi Montero on this blog.

Well now Greg has started his own blog. It’s called gadmachine. Besides having a penchant for adventure, Greg’s a great writer and an excellent photographer. I think you’ll enjoy his site.

Check out his first trip post about exploring California’s Lost Coast. Here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2. Or read more of this post to see some of my favorite photos from Greg’s Lost Coast trip.

Link: gadmachine

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Here’s an image from the WCXC Pinterest board, the Citroen Mehari. This odd-but-cute, 2CV-based mini-jeep was produced between between 1968 and 1988. It had a 2-cylinder, 600cc engine, fully independent suspension, and a body made from ABS plastic. From 1979 to 1983 Citroen even produced a 4×4 version.

It was as simple as a box of rocks and, apparently, as agile as a mountain goat, given it’s 1,260-lb. weight. A 2-cylinder engine! It had to have been as slow as a mountain goat too.

I’ll bet it’s a hoot to drive though. According to Wikipedia, those 1,300 4-wheel-drive versions are highly sought after today.

The folks over at Relic Run have a nice idea going. They get together and hit the trails with their 1970s-vintage-or-older vehicles and gear, and have a good time. If you want to join them, you’ll have to leave your Hill Descent Control and Active Trac 4-wheel-drive at home.

I guess that means me. My pushing-twenty-year old truck is old, but not old enough. Still, I applaud them. Here’s to keeping it simple.

Link: Relic Run FAQ

I came across this nice little Mitusbishi Canter (Fuso) 4×4 firetruck on Saltspring Island a couple of weeks ago. This is same chassis that the Earthcruiser is built on. Sweet little truck. Read the rest of this entry »


I spotted this Unimog U1550L on a Benz World forum. It looks like an interesting custom build, though one of the forum members questioned the wisdom of building a rigid body on a flexible chassis. Intriguing photos none the less.

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If you haven’t already seen it, there’s a great 1st generation Montero / Pajero build by Expedition Portal forum member, Cruisn. He delves into everything: turbo-diesel engine swap, new interior, custom storage solution, on-board air, rooftop tent, lift, and more.

He’s posted lots of off-road pictures to boot. It’s definitely worth a look.

Mk1 Tourer build-up – Expedition Portal.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about trucks and overlanding, but rest assured, I haven’t forgotten about the lure of the land. Matthew Scott over at Expo published a great post about Imogene Pass the other day. At just over 13,000 ft. elevation it’s one of the highest places in the U.S. that you can get to by vehicle.

The photos are fantastic. Here’s a link.

This video nicely illustrates how picking the right line can make all the difference.