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

POLARIS XP4 1000 GETS A CAGEWRX RACE CAGE – DirtSports+OffRoad

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Over the years, we have seen UTVs go from farm implements to all-out racing machines. Racers build these vehicles into competitive monsters with serious strength and durability. Those custom-built pieces then have a tendency to end up in the aftermarket by either inspiration or direct relation. CageWrx is what you get when life-long desert racers take to the aftermarket directly and aim to provide high-quality products at a better price. Read More…

Written For: DirtSports+OffRoad
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 03/08/2017 – Print June 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

 

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

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

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

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

How To Choose The Right Wheel For Your Rod – Rod Authority

billetspecialties01Choosing which wheels to put on to your custom or hot rod is a huge decision. Often expensive, the wheels can have a profound effect that either brings the entire build together or, in some cases, blows it to smithereens. Read More…

 

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: July 14, 2016