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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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    Bryan Irons

    Step 22 Tool Storage

    Packing a bunch of stuff in our Jeep that we’ll never use is an edge that we constantly teeter on when we go wheeling.  Riding with us for the better part of a decade has been a 183-ish piece Stanley socket set.  It gets the job done and the... Read more

    Jun 11, 2021

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    Brad Morris

    We Test: Invictus Off Road Rollbar Handles

    One common nuisance daily driving a lifted rock crawler on 40” tires is getting in and out of the vehicle due to the modified height. Inevitably, you’ll end up using the steering wheel or part of the door for accessibility, adding undue stress or... Read more

    Jun 2, 2021

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    Bryan Irons

    Quality Soft Top Install

    In the closing scenes of Ocean’s 11, Brad Pitt lowers the top of his convertible as they ‘drive off into the sunset.’ His character, however, could never have owned a Jeep; pulling over onto the side of the road for 20 minutes to unlatch, fold... Read more

    May 12, 2021

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    Trevor Klassen

    Truck Bed Space Saver

    Having a short box truck presents some minor challenges when it comes to hauling everything you need for an outdoor trip or activity. As a motorcycle enthusiast, I always find it interesting to see how other riders haul multiple bikes and all of... Read more

    Apr 27, 2021

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