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    Mercedes Lilienthal

    Best in Show: The Overland Expo Mountain West

    After its ‘virtual show experience’ in 2020, the Overland Expo series did a full circle this year with in-person events for the 2021 Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, CO, and the Overland Expo Mountain East in Arrington, VA... Read more

    Jan 2, 2022

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    Julien Dumont

    Easy Winter Jeep Upgrades

    As two popular consumer shows - Mountain Expo West and East - have already taken place with great turnouts, and with SEMA leaving a wealth of products in its wake, the availability of new gear to trick out your Jeep or 4x4 is at a peak... Read more

    Dec 18, 2021

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    Peter Storck

    Step Up Your Comfort on the Trail

    Finding an ideal campsite in unfamiliar territory after a long day on the trails can be stressful. After being in this situation more often than we care to admit, our solution was simply having the right mobile accommodations to make this task... Read more

    Nov 13, 2021

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    Peter Boyer

    Kinetic Pulling Power

    Any avid wheeler knows that a good kinetic recovery rope is the first tool to reach for in efforts to get out of a tough situation on a rural road or trail. Unlike a tow strap or a tow chain, which simply bears the weight of a static load, the... Read more

    Nov 1, 2021

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    Sawtooth

    A Great 4x4 Idea Can Net You $75,000

    It’s easy to come up with a good idea, but getting the cash to make it real can be a huge challenge. SEMA’s Launch Pad competition looks for the best soon-to-be products and aims to lend a helping hand with cold, hard cash (and advice). Let’s gaze... Read more

    Oct 14, 2021

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    Bryan Irons

    We Test: The Assault Vault

    We’d all like to head onto the trails and into the great outdoors with every tool and widget, but that comes with a few challenges. The first is weight and the second is where to fit it all. Apart from leviathan off-road rigs like the Ford... Read more

    Oct 8, 2021

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    Peter Storck

    Protection Where it Counts

    If you read our recent “Off-Road Bumpers Explained” article (4WDrive Volume 23 Number 3), you’ll know there are several options available to protect the front end of your rig. After some contemplation, we decided to ramp up the armour on a Chevy... Read more

    Sep 11, 2021

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    Recovery Hooks and Shackles: The Good, the Bad and the Best

    It seems that recovery hooks get slapped on the front of every off-road vehicle that claims they are off-road ready. They are often painted a bright colour (commonly red) so you can’t miss them. This is kind of ironic as it assumes the vehicle... Read more

    Sep 5, 2021

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    Peter Storck

    A Rack with Bragging Rights

    We enjoy testing new gear and reporting all of the results of our first-hand trials. During a recent trail run, the unexpected happened as we endured a sudden rollover (on the rig’s side) and while no one was injured, it was surprising to see that... Read more

    Aug 27, 2021

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    Connor Gabbott

    Choosing a Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier

    Until reality catches up with science fiction, space inside your vehicle will always have a limit. Hitch mounted cargo carriers provide extra storage space on-demand. When it’s time for that trail or overland adventure, connect it to your hitch,... Read more

    Aug 19, 2021

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    Perry Mack

    We Test: The Body Armour SkyRidge Pike Roof Top Tent

    Roof Top Tents (RTTs) are expensive. Some are really expensive, especially when compared to a ground tent, which is why we’ve always admired them from afar, until now. We’ve been jonesing for more weekend and weeklong overlanding adventures for... Read more

    Aug 9, 2021

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    Perry Mack

    Pure Brilliance from Lightforce

    I stopped at the top of a rise and noticed the beam from my vehicle pierced through the darkness, clearly illuminating a white house on the opposite slope. I’m pretty sure they didn’t appreciate having their windows lit up, even if I was half a... Read more

    Jul 26, 2021

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    Peter Boyer

    One Top Cover

    The cool air and hearing the sounds of nature are always a great feeling while off-roading in an open Jeep. This is afforded to many wheeling enthusiasts with soft tops, but one impracticality I always experienced with my JK was keeping the window... Read more

    Jul 18, 2021

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    Quinton Neufeldt

    Trail-Tough Seat Covers

    Pick-up trucks and SUVs endure all kinds of conditions on the trails and my vehicle is no exception. In late spring and summer, when we commonly do a lot of camping and wheeling, it’s hard to keep the interior neat and tidy. Last fall, a season of... Read more

    Jul 4, 2021

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    Perry Mack

    The Power of Genesis Driving Lights

    One of the first three modifications we made to our Wrangler JKU was to replace the stock headlights (and fog lights) with LEDs. The difference was stunning – not only at night but during twilight hours when details at road level begin to fade... Read more

    Jun 20, 2021

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