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

Ram Rebel TRX Concept

Ram Rebel TRX Concept

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

The New Can-Am Maverick X3 Is Unveiled – OffRoadXtreme.com

 

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UTVs have come a long way over the years and the scene is bigger than ever. Arguably, the small off-road vehicle trend started with golf carts getting modified for dirt use. Then, UTVs popped up for industrial and farm use. The Yamaha Rhino lead the charge and suddenly, they were being modified as well. Long travel suspensions, reinforced cages, hopped up motors, the list goes on. The UTV manufacturers noticed the things their vehicles were being used for and started to develop rigs that rolled off the assembly line ready to play in the dirt, not work in it. Read More:

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: 08/17/2016

 

2ND ANNUAL KMC WHEELS SUMMER JEEP-BASH PRESENTED BY JEEP – Jp Magazine

003-kmc-summer-jeep-bashFor the second year in a row, the KMC Wheels Summer Jeep-Bash was a success. Presented by Jeep, the event took place on July 9, 2016 in Long Beach, California, at Shoreline Aquatic Park, just across the channel from the Queen Mary. More than 200 Jeeps showed up, more than twice last year’s attendance, covering the grassy slopes surrounding the lighthouse in the park. Read More…

 

 

Written For: Jp Magazine / Four Wheeler Network
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online – July 25, 2016 Print – February 2017

Hot Tamale, The Red Hot 1952 Ford F1 – Rod Authority

IMG_6185Often times when building a hot rod, there is one area that is the main focus during the process. For Tres Wilcox and his 1952 Ford F1 it was body work and paint. Wilcox has been in the ho trod culture for over 20 years. When his Dad showed him an AutoTrader listing for this F1 four years ago, he liked the look of the rounded fenders and the fact that it was an old truck. Read More…

 

 

 

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: July 18, 2016

The California Goldrush, More Than Just A History Lesson

50-merc-005Dave Baker is a lifelong hot rodder. Years of going to shows with his Dad when he was a kid formed a deep connection in his brain that would never could be shaken loose. His wife, Lisa, has the bug as well. Together they had built some custom cars and motorcycles, but after attending a show in Paso Robles, California, Lisa got a serious drive to build a custom. Since Dave grew up in the Bay Area going to car shows with amazing customs and hot rods built by legends in the making, it had always been on his bucket list. And so the search started. Read More…

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: July 15, 2016