Episode 127 – Baja Designs

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***Update 24 Aug 17****  We got a couple reports of issues with the audio.  We owe you the very best quality audio possible so we took down the old version and replaced it.  Thanks to those that let us know so quickly!  Cheers!  – Dan

Dan Interviews Chris from Baja Designs.  Baja Designs are the scientists of  lighting and have taken their design to a whole new level.  Baja Designs has been in the offroad light business for about as long as there has been an offroad business.

 

Chris points out that most people don’t think about the color or temperature of the light and how it effects our vision and ability to see at night.  We have discussed this on the show before.  You may have recognized for yourself that the more yellow, sun color light is easier on your eyes than that cool blue that you often find in lesser quality LED lights.

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Episode 126 – Treaty Oak Offroad

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On this episode Dan interviews Kyle Fogle, the CEO from Treaty Oak Offroad (or TOO as you might sometimes see it), based in Texas.  Treaty Oak Overland specializes in recovery equipment and its all manufactured in the United States.  It all started with some recovery points for the Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus GX470.  Since then, the recovery gear has expanded to soft shackles, bridles, static recovery straps, kinetic recovery ropes, tree savers and more!

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Episode 125 – BOLT Locks

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On this episode we have an interview with BOLT Locks.  BOLT Locks are made to accept your key from your vehicle and will program itself to match all the other locks on your vehicle with a single turn of the key.  That means that you can secure your spare tire, gas cans, trailer hitch, even your trailer with the same key that you use to open your doors and start the engine.

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Episode 124 – Chevy Colorado ZR2

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On this show we discuss the guys talk about the upcoming Chevy Colorado ZR2.  The ZR2 is an improved offroad package for the Chevy Colorado over the Z71 package.  It includes all kinds of improvements that make the Colorado ZR2 even more competitive (possibly even better) than the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

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Episode 123 – Easter Jeep Safari 2017

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On this show we discuss the 2017 batch of concept Jeeps announced by Jeep.  This collection left us a little bit uninspired.  Rich is still busy with school for a while longer.  Craig is about $500 worth of parts away from his YJ being back on the road.

 

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Episode 122 – Taylor Adney and Overland Textile Co

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On this episode, we bring you an interview with Taylor Adney.  Taylor is the CEO of Overland Textile Co (https://www.overlandtextile.com), a company that specializes in bringing quality clothing, leather goods, and other high quality gear to the overlander, offroader, and outdoor enthusiasts.  Taylor is also involved in a group called, The Overland Adventures (http://theoverlandadventures.net) that explores, primarily in the northeaster areas of Oklahoma, and the surrounding areas, including Arkansas and the Ozark National Forest.  Taylor is also a primary panelist on the Overland Roundtable (http://overlandroundtable.com), a podcast that discusses topics specially related of overlanding in all the various forms.  

 

*REMINDER!* – Please be sure to stay on the trail, and be sure the trail you’re on is actually shown on the current Motor Vehicle Use Map. If the trail you’re on isn’t on the MVUM, then it’s not a trail and you’re breaking the law. Unfortunately illegitimate trails are cut all the time and just because there is a dirt path through the woods doesn’t mean it is an official, legal trail. If you’re caught on one of these illegitimate trails you may face fines and it’ll be a check mark against OHVs in the area… so, please, resist the urge to explore that random trail heading off into the woods and do your part to keep public lands open to OHVs by staying on legal trails. . www.overlandtextile.com . #overlandtextileco #overland #overlanding #overlander #overlandcommunity #overlandfamily #offroad #offroading #wheelin #wheeling #camp #camping #explore #adventure #exploring #explorer #exploration #expedition #adventuremobile #usfs #ohv #mvum #breakinthelaw #keepitlegal #keepitpublic #followtherules #oklahoma #ouachitanationalforest #brokenbow #hochatown

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Episode 121 – KOH 2017

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On the 121st episode of The 4×4 Podcast, Dan, Craig, and Rich catch up since its been so long since the last episode.  The guys also talk about the 2017 King of the Hammers.  The King of the Hammers is an annual off road racing event that takes place in Johnson Valley, California.  It is also known as the most challenging single-day off road race on the planet.  This year saw some changes to the race course but one thing did not change – it was a tremendous challenge that any of us would love to partake in.


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Episode 120 – Dan Grec and The Road Chose Me

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On this episode of The 4×4 Podcast, Dan interviews another Dan!  This episode brings you an interview with Dan Grec.  Dan Grec has set off on an solo overland adventure around Africa.  The interview was actually recorded a couple months ago and since then Dan has made some serious progress on the trip.  Head over to http://theroadchoseme.com/ and check out some of the fantastic photos and stories from the road.  Dan Grec has selected a Jeep Wrangler as the platform and built it out to be reliable and comfortable.

Photo credit to Dan Grec at theroadchoseme.com

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AuxBeam light bar review

Alaska’s northern latitude results in some very dark days and nights. It’s also very easy to get into remote areas where things just seem darker. LED light bars and other types of auxillary lights are very popular. These lights are also frequently destroyed by the extreme cold, gravel, and rocks.  The abundance of snow also makes the LED light color hard on the eyes.  The LEDs, typically do not put off enough heat to keep the snow and ice melted off the front of the lights.  AuxBeam provided me their 22” cross-series light bar to review.  I was a little apprehensive because I know how harsh the conditions are and I did not expect much.  I recently completed a round trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage through dark and snowy conditions which really left me wanting more light.
 
I installed the light bar on the lower portion of the bumper on my 2007 GMC Yukon XL. The included bracket, wiring harness, and switch made installation quick and simple.  The wiring harness did not have the necessary connectors between the light bar itself and the wiring harness to make it a simple plug-and-play install though.  I used some connectors that I had left over from a previous install that I had completed which made it easy to run the wiring harness, install the bracket, and position the light.  The entire installation process still took me less than one hour, even with the -5 degree temperature outside.
The next morning I hit the road long before sun up for an ice fishing excursion.  The light performed really well providing a huge shower of light long down the road.  I did not notice any clear beam pattern but the light sure spreads out everywhere, which is what I needed.  The light also throws out far past the reach of my high beams, even with upgraded halogen bulbs.  The bulbs have run for a total off about 3 hours so far and there is no noticeable signs of wear despite the various gravel showers from the road.  There also has been no sign of condensation build up inside the lens, like many inexpensive light bars suffer.  The light bar has two modes – daytime running light mode where it lights up but does not project light and night driving mode where it projects loads of light.  The lower bumper mounting position did a great job of really highlighting the inconsistencies of the road surface.We will see how the lights fair after some longer term exposure to these harsh Alaskan conditions.
Overall, I found the AuxBeam cross-series LED light bar to be a great bargain and performed very well.  If you’re 9looking for an inexpensive light bar to improve backcountry and trail visibility, then I recommend you pick up some AuxBeam lights for your rig.
Pros:  value for the price; quick install by someone with 12v electronics experience; included hardware has security features to deter theft; light greatly improved nighttime visibility
Cons:  light bar and wiring harness lacked matching plugs; switch felt cheaply built; there were no installation instructions; light color is a tad harsh on the eyes in winter conditions – could use amber lens covers.
*** Update *** 4 March 2017 ***
I’ve been using this light bar for over two months. It gets used daily since Alaska experiences a great deal of darkness this time of year and I have good things to report. The lens has zero signs of moisture inside!  This was my biggest worry but so far we’re looking good. Also, the lense has held up well to being blasted by road debris. Overall, I am very comfortable giving this light bar my recommendation to buy if you’re looking for a light bar for a great deal.
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Episode 119 – Christmas Gift Guide 2016

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On this episode of The 4×4 Podcast, Dan, Craig, and Rich talk about all the things that they would love to find underneath the Christmas tree.

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