2002 FORD F-350: A ROCKCRAWLER AND OVERLANDER IN ONE – Four Wheeler Magazine

john-mears-rocklander-super-duty-leadWhen you think of a work truck, generally the image of an older, all-white standard or extended cab truck decked out with tools and equipment specific to a job comes to mind. With “Betsy’s Regret,” an ’02 Ford F-350, you’d be pretty close, though this truck isn’t your typical construction site work truck. Read More…

Written For: Four Wheeler Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 09/06/2017 – Print January issue 2018

FABTECH FLAGSHIP: BATTLESHIP JEEP – Driving Line

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As a high-profile business in the off-road aftermarket, it is important to walk the walk that you are talking about. Fancy parts on display and gorgeous show vehicles aren’t enough, especially when the parts you’re slinging are top-quality suspension parts. Here’s where a flagship vehicle is needed. Read More…

Written For: Driving Line
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography/Video By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 07/28/2017

FABTECH MOTORSPORTS’ OFF-ROAD-READY RAM 2500

003-fabtech-ram-2500-front-3quarterFullsize trucks usually don’t take center stage when it comes to off-road. Typically, the big trucks are relegated to towing duties — a mere tool to get the job done. They pull the trailer that has the show rig, race car or off-road beast to the event and then sit in waiting until it is needed again. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Read More…

Written For: Driving Line
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography/Video By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 07/18/2017

HOMEMADE JEEP TJ PICKUP TRUCK – Jp Magazine

2017-moab-dnd-99-tan-tj-truck-clint-malburg-leadThere are millions of different ways to build a Jeep. When the end of the MJ Comanche came about for the 1992 model year, a hole was left in the Jeep market. FCA has teased us with Jeep trucks for years and we may finally have a Wrangler-based Jeep truck on the way in the next few years. What can you do if you just can’t wait and want a body-on-frame Jeep pickup truck now? You do what Clint Malburg did and build your own. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 07/14/2017 – Print March issue 2018

LEAF SPRINGS 101: TALKING WITH DEAVER SUSPENSION – DirtSports+Off-Road

leaf-spring-theory-leadLeaf springs are one of the oldest forms of suspension. For hundreds of years, leaf springs have been used on automobiles, carriages, trailers, and so much more—and they’re still in use today. On the surface, leaf springs appear to be extremely simple. Compared to many other suspension designs, the flat pieces of steel fixed on one end and a pivoting shackle on the other are straight forward and simple. However, leaf springs are much more complex than what meets the eye. Read More…

Written For: DirtSports+OffRoad
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography/Video By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 05/23/2017 – Print September issue 2017

FULLSIZE INVASION OF GOLD BAR RIM AT THE 2017 EASTER JEEP SAFARI

2017-moab-fullsize-invasion-gold-bar-rim-leadMoab, Utah, is generally considered the Mecca of Jeep culture. Every year, Moab’s Jeep population explodes exponentially during the week leading up to Easter for the annual Easter Jeep Safari hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers (www.rr4w.com). However, regardless of the event being called the Easter Jeep Safari, lots of non-Jeep vehicles join in the fun. Read More…

Written For: Four Wheeler Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 04/17/2017 – Print September issue 2017

KOH2017 – Mel Wade’s Race Recap – Driving Line

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King of The Hammers is an experience like no other. Thousands of spectators flock to a dry lakebed in Southern California to watch some of the greatest off-road racers in the world compete on a wide range of terrain. From serious rock crawling to wide open desert racing, these teams battle against each other, themselves and the harshness of some of the world’s most difficult trails. This is all in effort to be named grab the coveted title of King of The Hammers. Read More…

Written For: Driving Line
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 02/17/2017

TIRE TEST: MAXXIS RAZR MT – Jp Magazine

maxxis-tire-razr-mt-review-leadWhen driving off-road, tires can make all the difference. Between wear and tear, design choice and construction, the tire must be able to perform. The biggest axles, lowest gears, and strongest lockers mean nothing if you can’t put that traction to the terrain. That’s where Maxxis Tires has stepped up to the plate. Read More…

 

 

 

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 01/05/2017 – Print May issue 2017

JEEP JK STOPPING POWER UPGRADE – Jp Magazine

 

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Stopping is important. I’m not talking about stopping to smell the roses, though that’s important too. I’m talking about stopping your Jeep on the highway or trail. Most of the excitement of Jeeping is all about going—going to new places, going over that rock, or over that sand hill. To do those things safely, though, a Jeep’s brake system needs operate effectively too. Upgrades make Jeeps heavier and their braking less efficient—good thing there is an upgrade for that too. Read More…

 

 

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 01/03/2017 – Print March issue 2017

 

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