American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Hi-Lift/Pull-Pal Mount

I remove my American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Hi-Lift/Pull-Pal Mount when I’m not using it.  I didn’t always. My first one got bent when I forgot to take the Hi-Lift off the Jeep and took it through a car wash. One of the brushes got tangled in the Hi-Lift and pulled the bracket out of alignment. WhenContinue reading “American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Hi-Lift/Pull-Pal Mount”

Steering Stabilizer Replacement

When I had American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) install their 3.5” suspension, it included an upgraded steering stabilizer.  After 19,500 miles on the odometer the steering felt soft, but I didn’t notice any fluid leak, so I couldn’t tell if it was broken. As it turns out, the original boot on the shock had ripped andContinue reading “Steering Stabilizer Replacement”

Brake Replacement

As you read in my 20,000 Mile Check / Inspection blog, my brakes were at the end of their life. I spent the next few weeks trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I had a few options: 1.) Replace with factory brakes, OR 2.) Go one step further and get the sameContinue reading “Brake Replacement”

American expedition Vehicles (AEV) Raised Air Intake-Snorkel

The vehicle “snorkel” or “raised air intake” is a dual purpose accessory for vehicles.  It was first widely used in North Africa during WWII with the British Royal Army.  They used them on their tanks and cars to get cleaner air from above the vehicle, avoiding sand and dust.  They are also used for deep waterContinue reading “American expedition Vehicles (AEV) Raised Air Intake-Snorkel”

Midland USA GMRS MXT-400 Communications Radio

Midland Radio is Expedition Team Overland’s first sponsor.  They are outfitting the Expedition Team Overland’s Jeeps with all the communications gear the we need on the trail and at camp.  TJ and I chose the MXT-400 and Dee chose with the smaller MXT-275; we all have the 6DB Gain Whip Antenna’s with antenna cable; weContinue reading “Midland USA GMRS MXT-400 Communications Radio”

Jeep 20,000 Mile Check/Inspection

The fist “major” inspection for the Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU is the 20,000 mile inspection.  I do routine maintenance at 5,000 tire miles for a 5-tire rotation, and I use the oil life “%” as the schedule to do oil changes.   As you can see below what you need to inspect, I used this opportunityContinue reading “Jeep 20,000 Mile Check/Inspection”

Tailgate Table-Adventure Outback Table

This is my second tailgate table.  Having one makes life alot easier, from working with tools, making lunch to simply just a spot to put a drink down.  The first table I had was nice, it used “nut blinds” that went into the vents of the tailgate. It was fine, however when I went toContinue reading “Tailgate Table-Adventure Outback Table”

Carpet Removal and Cleaning

One of the many unique features of the Jeep Wrangler is that you can very easily remove the carpet from the floor.   PRO TIP: The first time that you remove the carpet, you will need to cut the openings in the carpet where you have to get around seat bolts and brackets.  From theContinue reading “Carpet Removal and Cleaning”

Garmin InReach Exploter+

I bought the Garmin InReach Exploter+ for two reasons, one as a backup GPS unit to track where I want to go and where I am, and also as a communication platform for when I am off grid with no cell coverage.  My wife was alway nervous when I was out of communication, this wayContinue reading “Garmin InReach Exploter+”

Winter and Hard Top Installing

Is that time of year, and the Jeep gains 140 pounds.  For most Jeeps installing the hard top is easy.  However with the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) tire carrier/fuel caddy  makes the process just a little more complex.  Add the 3.5” lift and tires, I just need to lift it higher to clear the tireContinue reading “Winter and Hard Top Installing”

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Heat Reduction Hood

Upgrading to the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Heat Reduction Hood was equal parts simple decision to equal parts difficult decision.  I’m very analytical, which is also an equal parts positive personal quality to equal parts negative personal quality. 50% Difficult: First, the JKU Recon edition comes with the non-vented, vented looking hood.  Also the “Rubicon”Continue reading “American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Heat Reduction Hood”

Innovative JK Products Tire Air Up System Review

Innovative JK Products Tire Air Up System Review DISCLAIMER:  I was not sponsored or given any of these products for free! I bought the ARB Dual Air Compressor from OK4WD and the air up system directly from the Innovative JK Products website. I chose to go with the ARB Dual Air Compressor and the InnovativeContinue reading “Innovative JK Products Tire Air Up System Review”

ARB Compressor Install

Having an air compressor in your vehicle for off-roading or overlanding is a “must have” tool.  I will have a blog post about tire pressure and why it’s important to deflate your tires when on the trail, but having the ability to inflate your tires is a necessity. The alternatives of relying on assistance, limpingContinue reading “ARB Compressor Install”

Trimming Front Stock Tower Mounts

The first time that I really put the Jeep through its paces was when I was out in Moab for Easter Jeep Safari (EJS)  in 2019. I was doing full articulation of the axles and overall putting the entire Jeep under a lot of stress on this trip.  When the Jeep was transiting full articulation,Continue reading “Trimming Front Stock Tower Mounts”

Factor 55 FlatLink

Winches can be a lifesaver and a life taker.  Things can go from bad to worse in a split second.  Along with having a winch comes the responsibility of knowing how to use this tool safely.  The hook, winch line, and hard shackles are where you can get in trouble really fast.  Synthetic line isContinue reading “Factor 55 FlatLink”

Door Storage

(sultry voice) Tell me.  Where and how do you store your doors and windows when you’re driving around naked? The ‘where’ is pretty straightforward – it’s best to keep them in a secure location where they are safe from damage and loss or even theft.  The ‘how’ is a little more challenging.  At my previousContinue reading “Door Storage”

DIY Cargo Platform (updated)

Original post June 18, 2018 updated April 10, 2019 To be a true Overland, one must first be in possession of a few things: MaxTrax, patches on their headliner, and a fridge.  I have two of the three, so I’m getting there!   My first time to Ouray, Colorado and Moab, Utah was in 2015,Continue reading “DIY Cargo Platform (updated)”

Synergy Lower Control Arms & Tie Rod Upgrade

For me a needed upgrade before I head out to Moab, Utah for Easter Jeep Safari, was an upgrad to my  tie road and lower control arms.  On my 2013 JKU I did bend one lower control arm at some time.  When doing research I was looking for lower control arms that are fixed andContinue reading “Synergy Lower Control Arms & Tie Rod Upgrade”

Rock Hard Skid & AEV Skid Plates

Skid Plates, an upgrade that doesn’t add performance; but can minimize  a nightmare scenario on the trail, or make your Jeep look great, but a necessity (in my opinion) for when off-roading.  The Jeep comes with “Skid Plates”, they are “tin foil” thin, and small, I wish Jeep wold make better ones or at leastContinue reading “Rock Hard Skid & AEV Skid Plates”

AEV Lift Install

The day has come, droping off my Jeep at American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).  On my 2013 Jeep I installed myself, with help from friends two AEV lifts, the 2.5” and 3.5” lifts.  Why did I have AEV install the lift on my new jeep?  Time! I was working a busy schedule with not alot ofContinue reading “AEV Lift Install”

Hitch Install

My Jeep did not come from the factory with the tow package.  The tow package from the factory is just the hitch and electrical for the trailer.  There is no upgraded transmission, alternator, or brakes.  Upgrading is a very easy upgrade, all you need to a box wrench and screw driver.  Process take s lessContinue reading “Hitch Install”

Electrical, Electrical and more Electrical

Lights before lockers, thats the phrase we all hear!  Well I now have lockers, so lights, lights and more lights! The lights that I am adding are rock lights under the Jeep, 2-8” HID lights on the front bumper, a backup light, and a LED strip light on the hard top window.  I am running wiringContinue reading “Electrical, Electrical and more Electrical”

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Front Bumper and Warn Winch Install

From my 2013 JKU, I removed the American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) front bumper, on that build I was anticipating having winch so I already had the AEV winch plate adapter.  For my first Father’s Day, my 11 month old daughter, Amelia bought me a Warn Zeon 10S winch.   This bumper was on my 2013Continue reading “American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Front Bumper and Warn Winch Install”

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Corner Guards

When off-roading the most damaged part of any vehicle; Jeep, Toyota, Buggy, side-by-side, is the right rear fender.  People forget to check that corner when backing up or going around an obstacle.  I am lucky that in all the trails that I have done, I have not done any body damage;  I have come close,Continue reading “American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Corner Guards”

First Modification-Painting interior of Hard Top

The fist modification that I did to my jeep was have the hard top interior painted.  All jeep hardtops come in a white/cream paint.  They do this to make the interior brighter inside, I personal do not like the color and chose to pain the inside black. I did this in my 2013 JKU whenContinue reading “First Modification-Painting interior of Hard Top”

Buying a new Jeep

Buying my new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon JKU https://www.expeditionteamoverland.com/2018-JKU-Rubicon-Recon-Gobi-Build/Buying This is now my third jeep!   My 2013 JKU Sport was at the point in the build where I needed to upgrade the front axle from a Dana 30 to at least a Dana 44.  I also needed to re-gear both the frontContinue reading “Buying a new Jeep”