Biggest And Baddest Rear Axles For Your JK – Off Road Xtreme

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By now you’ve probably seen the recent article on Figuring Out What Front Axle To Use In Your JK Wrangler. To follow up on the front, we’ll now cover the toughest bolt-in rear differentials to put into your JK Wrangler.

There are multiple companies that build bolt-in differential assemblies for JKs. We’re going to cover the top names and their most hardcore units, and a couple extra options. Follow along for the lowdown. Read More…

 

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: 10/27/2016

ON-BOARD AIR: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU? – Jp Magazine

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Off-roaders have a lot of uses for compressed air. The most common of which would be airing your tires back up after a good trail ride. It’s also helpful for operating air-powered lockers, running air tools, and dusting you off after a day on the trail in an open-top Jeep. There is certainly a need for compressed air, and there are many options on the market to serve the purpose, each with their own pros and cons. Read More…+

 

 

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 10/26/2016 – Print (expected) March issue 2017

JEEP XJ/MJ HEATER CORE REPLACEMENT – Jp Magazine

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re about to cover the replacement of a heater core. Our subject is a ’89 Jeep MJ Comanche, but the steps are basically the same for an XJ Cherokee of similar vintage. This Comanche had a rough life, and it was time to bring it back to its former glory. The heater core was shot, but as Jeep stopped making the original part some time ago, Crown Automotive had stepped up to the plate and made a replacement. Crown has been building quality replacement parts for Jeep vehicles for decades, even going so far as to use OE part numbers to make finding and purchasing them even easier. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 10/18/2016 – Print (expected) March issue 2017

CROSS-COUNTRY AND BACK IN A DIESEL FLATFENDER – Jp Magazine

001-1946-willys-cj2a-kubota-dieselDaniel Buck picked up his ’46 flatfender as a project. Through the years, there was no specific plan during the build, but Daniel recounts that it was more like going through phases. Two things didn’t change though, he wanted it to be a comfortable daily driver and a mild wheeler. A cross-country trip, and back again, is nothing to scoff at for any driver and even a brand-new vehicle. Thousands of miles to drive, adverse weather to endure, and mental preparedness are only some of the hurdles. For Daniel, a Long Beach, California, resident, the end of that journey was his cousin’s wedding in North Carolina. He had driven cross-country before and enjoyed it, so the wedding was a great reason to do it again. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Daniel Buck
Published: Online 10/12/2016 – Print (expected) March issue 2017

Preparation: Plugging A Tire 101 – Off Road Xtreme

001-Preparation-Tire-PlugOffroad tires aren’t cheap. The bigger you go, the more expensive they get. Roads and trails are a veritable minefield of things that want to destroy your tires, much like just about everything on the beautiful continent of Australia wants to kill you. Most of us carry spare tires on/in our Jeeps because of this, but swapping to the spare isn’t always necessary. A nail or screw through the tread is not a death sentence (usually) for a good tire and can be easily remedied with a plug kit you should already have in your off-road rig. Read More…

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: 10/10/2016

Ram Rebel TRX Concept Unveiled At Texas State Fair – Off Road Xtreme

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With the continued runaway success of the Ford Raptor, other manufacturers are left to scramble for their own performance trucks so they aren’t left in the cold. After quite a few years, Chevrolet and Ram finally entered the market with the Chevrolet Reaper and Ram Rebel. Both of which are lackluster, to say the least, compared to the Raptor. Ram decided they needed to up their game and test out the market with a new concept. Unveiled at the Texas State Fair, the Ram Rebel TRX concept could be a true Raptor fighter. Read More…

 

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Provided by FCAUS
Published: 9/30/2016

Radiating Light: Installing A Rigid Industries Radiance LED Light – Off Road Xtreme

002-Rigid-Radiance-LED-Light-Bar-InstallLight Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have come a very long way over the last several years. Once just a low light, light duty application, the usage of LEDs has grown exponentially.Rigid Industries is a major player in making LEDs a viable auxiliary option. Low power consumption, massive light output and nearly indestructible design are pillars of Rigid’s products. Read More…

 

 

 

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Power Automedia Staff
Published: 9/20/2016

IT’S NOT A JEEP: IT’S A GPW – Jp Magazine

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When it comes to building a project, there are many ways to skin the cat…ahem, Jeep. With so many paths, that generally makes each Jeep pretty unique, even if it doesn’t appear to be that different at first glance. Gary Ammon’s flatfender stood out at the 2016 Hi Desert Roundup held near Barstow, California, because it was moderately built, had clean lines, featured unique half doors, and it got the job done off-road. Now, the Jeep isn’t actually a Jeep. It’s a jeep. More specifically, it is a ’44 Ford GPW. Ammon is a life-long Jeep enthusiast, and he picked up this GPW because of its historical significance, and he wanted something to use for camping in the Sierras and to explore the deserts. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine / Four Wheeler Network
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online – September 15, 2016 Print – TBD

Getting Hitched: Theories On Which Hitch Is Right For You – Diesel Army

companion-oem-ford-3300-in-truck-bed-web-new-logo.fullTowing a trailer seems like an easy task. Drop the trailer on the ball and go. However, there is so much more to it. Once you have the right equipment, though, it is fairly easy. There are four main ways to tow a trailer with a truck: a ball bolted directly to the bumper, a receiver hitch bolted to the frame below the bumper, fifth-wheel, and gooseneck. The purpose of this guide is to help you determine which is the right choice for you. Read More…

 

 

Written For: Diesel Army
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Supplied By Manufacturers
Published: 9/15/2016

THIS FARMER’S 1975 JEEP CJ-5 IS HIS LUCKY CHARM – Jp Magazine

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When thinking of California, farming may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Most people from any of the other 49 states think of Los Angeles/Hollywood, San Francisco, sports teams, or smog laws when the word California comes up in conversation. In fact, the Golden State is the country’s agricultural production leader, and offers plenty of wide-open space and fertile ground. However, this isn’t a story about California, it’s about a 1975 Jeep CJ-5 owned by a California farmer named Vince Orgon.

Written For: Jp Magazine / Four Wheeler Network
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online – August 22, 2016 Print – TBD