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”

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”

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+”

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”

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”

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”

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”