Friday, August 23, 2019

Spraying A Bedliner With ArmorThane

by on August 23, 2019

Welcome back to performance TV, if you own a pickup truck like this Toyota, Tundra, you're gon na haul stuff, and what happens you scratch up? The bed got a beautiful truck and ugly looking bed. Well, I'm with Jack Anderson of ArmorThane and he's gonna put the beauty back in our bed. Now Jack, there are spray-on bed liners, there are drop-in ones. We Will do a spray-on today. Tell me the advantage of that advantage of a spray-on liner is when we spray it in it's going to be a perfect seal in our bed. It's not going to be as slippery as far as holding our load when we break or accelerate fast biggest disadvantage to a drop-in liner is it's in there. It'S looking good, you think you're protecting the paint, but when you go to take it out, you find out that that drop in liner is is moved around on the floor. That'S gonna scratch. It I scratched it up a lot of times. It'S removed all the paint. So now you have bare metal water, dirt, corrosives get underneath even salt on the roads, all in the road I'm in the winter, and so when you pull your drop Ian out, you'll often find that it would have probably been better off. Had it not been in there because of the damage that it's actually done to the bed Wow now we're gonna put a spray-on bedliner on this truck today and obviously, there's gon na be some prep work. So let's get started. Okay, before we ground and our prepping, our bed we're going to go ahead and remove the last of the hardware in here all right, you know the hooks out of it we'll take the tie-downs out now what about these bed bolts, because the owner has chosen To leave them in the armored theme will seal around them and and make a good seal on the floor. Our run some of the trucks, the bed bolts, need to be pulled for a service issue, so in this case the owners opted to leave them in all right, less work, that's worth once we get these tie-downs out. What'S next step, tailgate we'll go the tailgate when we get to our tailgate we're going to check and make sure we don't have any wiring from the tailgate to the the bed for backup cameras or backup. Sensors make sure we have all our wires unplugged and then we'll take and remove our tailgate all right. We got our tailgate off we're ready to tape it off, but we're gon na remove this panel jack. Now. Why are we removing this panel? Well, if we left the panel in place and frayed the tailgate with our machine, we would seal this panel to the tailgate and, unfortunately, mechanical parts have a way of breaking it. So if we had an issue in here, we wouldn't be able to get this panel off all right, so we're just gon na space it up so we're gon na take this panel loose we're gon na tape, the linkage rods in the lock, and then we got These tricky little wood blocks here when we actually spray it we're gon na. Have it spaced up away from the tailgate, we'll still get our arm Athene around the inspection cover and the tailgate, but when we're done spraying we'll take our blocks out, we can push back the lamp and put it back down. It'S removable all right! Well, you're ready tape, I'm ready to tape into prep of the tailgate, but Jack. Now we've got tape off the bed. Well, we're gon na tape. It okay, we're gon na start with our wide tape. We'Re gon na wrap it around this edge. We'Re gon na go clear around the bed. We'Re gon na, take our narrow tape and we're gon na go just behind the crown back here around the tailgate opening all right. Well then, I'm gon na tape off the bolts that will hold the tonneau cover I'll put them back in. So we don't get any liner inside the bowl holes yeah rough up the surface. It'S not gon na. Stick, we don't rough. It up correct crack all right! Then we'll wipe it out with a snowman in all, it's left drape to plastic and we're ready to spray you betcha, once Jack has finished masking the bed. He will cover the rest of the truck with plastic to prevent damage, and he will start spraying will have that when performance TV returns, welcome back to performance TV. Well, now that Tommy, you Jack, have all the prep work done. Now we get a chance to get into the front parts of really making it look good. First of all, I don't understand why Tom Tom he's used to getting them a fire suit all the time. I'M not sure. Why he's not the one? That'S back there doing all that, but anyway Hank operations manager for armor Thane we're putting black today on the pickup truck. But that's just one of a many plethora of colors that you guys offer, and you know all of the different things you guys can apply this to that's really. The neat part is why we brought the mobile unit today to do this work. We can do something in the shop. That'S great. We have the ability to take it so much more beyond trucks, trucks to heavy equipment, to work at a move in marine applications to residential and other commercial work. You can even take it down to the Texas oil fields and spray spill containment around tank batteries and drilling sites anywhere that there's something that needs to be protected. Our materials do a great job protected, and you know like the steps like even putting this stuff on a deck or something like that. Now, though, the prepping be a little bit different, you know and what you think about they have it the mobile unit, and you can do this in a shop hey. This sounds like a great business opportunity. It really is, there's a lot of applications that are opening up and a lot of ability that people have to take it and go somewhere with it and and do a new application or expand an industry. We do like. I said everything from you know: marine applications to spill containment, there's plenty of opportunities around and we're just looking for people who have that get up and go to take it out there and find the next one. Now, keep in mind that spraying a truck bed can take a while. So we asked Jack to fill us in on some of the tips and techniques he uses with armored thing. A lot of places that Apple tell users will miss. Is the area up underneath the bed? Rail and so that's? Why that's one of the first areas that that we sure dealers, how to spray or what to spray, is to stand behind the truck bed and spray up underneath of that rail or stepping to the side? And actually spraying the side panel getting enough thickness around the edges, we like we like to have a full quarter, inch around the tailgate opening and around the edge of the tailgate and usually on the average pickup truck you'll spray, the side walls three to four coats On the floor, sometimes six to eight to get your mill thickness that you require when you get the bed done and you go back to the tailgate and you'll finish it up with your third in your fourth coat for the most part, the plastic or rubber pieces. In the front of the bed, where a hole and access hole to get it down, the assembly line at the plant, there's never anything behind them. So we always ask the customer and/or the dealer you want them sprayed over. Do you want to take them out? We prefer to spray them over because they're made to slip over a piece of thin sheet metal. So when you put 3/16 coating on the bed, then the plugs never stay in. They never look right, and so it's best if they don't have a preference. This frame over there's, what's called a texture coat when you get done the spraying. The truck liner you'll have shiny spots rough spots, not so rough spots, and the texture is what goes over it from a distance of 5 to 6 feet and it's kind of used you're sprinkling the droplets over. What you're gaining is two things you're making it all. Look the same, and that's where you get your slip resistance a bed liner with no texture will be slippery when wet won't hold the cargo load very well so, based on what the truck is going to actually be used for, there's degrees of texture and extra real Severe or you can put a real fine texture, so that's like I said, that's all done from six to eight feet with the gun just moving, slowly back and forth over the pad. Now we have the final finished product. All done. Look how nice and smooth it is it contours nice with the bed, it will keep this truck bed looking beautiful, no matter what you haul in your truck!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

World's First Modified Jeep Gladiator by Off Road Evolution

by on August 14, 2019
], alright, guys what's up Matt here, desert chief, your truck editor, a driving line, I'm here in Moab at the entrance to seal bender and we're here with Mel Wade and male' behind you is the finished Gladiator yeah so g4t, so overland gladiator, I'm 40 inch tires. Okay, like that, oh gee, 40s. That'S the name! We'Re super happy with yeah. It'S awesome, so we just finished up still bender and obviously that trail hides a few obstacles that some people may have an opinion about the wheelbase and the departure angles and the approach angles on the gladiator. But I mean I was in the firm for some parts of the obstacles you're in and we had no issues at all yeah. Why? Don'T you lift him up? You know we went out testing with the stock and yeah. There was some stuff. We wouldn't did that stock. Maybe was a Rubicon even drove over stuff but yeah once we lift it up, you have to get a certain amount of heights on anything belly pan and if you want to do some of the sprawling stuff yeah, so we got that Heights on a chair. We weren't high standing anywhere and the departure angle. We were. We were making jumps inside the car talking about breaking the internet cuz. It was like we're coming off ledges as big, and I hitting on the back so yeah got that bumper up nice and tight awesome. So we got it all set up here, just to show everybody the rooftop tent from Rome, adventure, Co and obviously all the other accessories they put on the bed here. So we have the NATO 40 inch truck grapplers on this AMC machete wheels. We talked about some of the stuff in our previous video when we were at the shop yeah. It was like what 10 days ago that was so you guys did some testing with Casey on White's last night. I understand: did a nice shoe actually angled everything we're pretty cool yeah. We also got the a little best top Sunrider on there yeah. I was looking at that that thing's pretty nice it's a little easier than pulling your hands off. Yeah yeah, that's very cool King shocks, rode real, smooth out there having a lot kind of mouthing so yeah kind of really close a week, some tweaks, but a very happy with the way it is right now actually runs really really good yeah. You guys are running a Warn winch on this guy, but we didn't have to use it I'll get it used this week, pretty sure well, yeah the damn Spicer axles, and then this is the first. I had a long long time the electric lockers on this one. Just try to make it simple and we haven't had any issues whatsoever with that. Yet it looks pretty cool. I'Ve been always a big ERV, guys still em, but on this one we wanted to go kind of simplicity and try to get lectured lockers, and I seem to work out pretty pretty pretty good awesome. You guys obviously have all your Evo armor on there as well. The sliders are just extended versions of the jail once you have currently I'm a little different body. Parts are all different, yeah yeah and then the rear bumper was was the real nice part. Now I was this wasn't done when we were there last time, but you guys have it nice and tucked away without that tow hitch there, and you know you know, there's no, nothing blocking you from being able to cut away and get that clearance. Yes, we actually don't cut nothing on the body. Nothing on the frame the frame is that high. We just brought the bumper off okay, yeah, so pretty cool. Yet there was no cutting or mods on that. It was just our bumper bolts on, in fact their whole bolts right on. You got some lights in there too yeah, and then you got your bracket kit there on the rear, dana 60 that raised up all the actual mouths yeah to help with that. Much lip on shorter, okay yeah, so it corrects all the angles: the track bar yeah. I mean you're, not over lighting until you have over your fridge freezer right. I know I got one of these too and I love it I'd say everywhere you go yeah. It'S awesome, it's got the bed rack here. All finished up looks fantastic, it's a little lower than cab height, so you can mount a ten on there and it's not always way up high. You know the wind resists, a bush is and scrape the whole top sure. Okay, you got all kinds of cool KC lights, all all up and down this rack here too yeah chase rack. Let me doing the trucks oh yeah, yes, Coulson has blinking Amber's and clears and red Red's on both sides after Nick Knowles and flashers. So, just gon na replace your chase truck your Chevy. This will be done. We'Ll start nothing, I'm keeping out it's not going to replace this add-on yeah and that's the closest thing. I love that truck in a week. We will and that's what this spring really felt. Like yeah really felt like that, as opposed but better so yeah, it wasn't as wide, so our Chevy's are with the glass in every line or about two inches wider than the fender flares on these okay. So this two cabs in bored, you can go around stuff versus a full-size Chevy. Do that every night it's pretty pretty nimble through those corners and stuff. Well, I can say with confidence that this vehicle is capable of pretty much anything you can do out here in Moab. We had a lot of fun with it today out on a on steel bender, and we look forward to a few more adventures as this vehicle. The way it is now and, of course, Mel told us in the last video his plans for it coming later, this fall we're gon na run it as a venture vehicle like this over landing and capping a rock rolling all of our jkx stuff, all our Nitto Jqx jlx this'll be on earth Archie's vehicle along with our experiences, but in at the entity or after offered Expo we're gon na bring it back down the stock and put all the stock parts back. Nice showcase that showcase the points and how to enhance and we're gon na make this into a baja truck in the bone stock class for 1000. So super exciting gon na put an all-star team together to campaign this through and they're. Also gon na be bringing our spec trophy truck through all the same time yeah to target to car campaign. Well, I'm super excited, I'm sure you're super excited about that. So we're gon na be following along with og 40, as Mel just saw what it's called on. Some of the more adventures we're gon na be hitting between now and when it starts coming apart and getting rebuilt again, but we also want to give a huge shout out to Jeep. They were they're integral in this whole yeah it so be back by Jeep. Now is absolutely a dream. Come true, yeah Ivan my first car was a Jeep pick up a Willys pickup truck 51 willing to pick up truck, always been buying them always been, and building them up, modifying them to be able to be dealing with the top guys. Over there, just it's so cool, so thank you, Jeep yeah I'll tell you what you guys did such a good job with the spider. You turn this old toyota guy into a jeep guy. I'M actually gon na be buying one of these for myself. Soon, too, we're not trying to replace the Wrangler, so we're really trying not to showcase the rock rolling. That'S our background. I want to showcase some of that. You want to submit those trucks or this step Tacoma. Is that it's a Chevy Colorado. It'S all those campaigns. This not on a box would eat up and then for minimal. This is kind of a wild end, but we can do something for under ten grand and I have absolutely bitchin vehicle. Do all this kind of stuff yeah, pretty neat. I'M gon na hold you to that because I wan na be building mine up pretty awesome. Well, Mel thanks a lot. We got a lot of fun today. Out of your trail run, and we can't wait to see what else you guys come up with with this awesome build, and we appreciate you having us out and showing us. You know this amazing machine you guys put together awesome. Thank you following okay know: we'll see: [ Music ], you

Is The New 2020 Jeep Gladiator Pickup As Good Off-Road as a Jeep Wrangler? Here’s The Verdict!

by on August 14, 2019

It's a jeep and it's also a pickup truck yep. This is the new 2020 Jeep gladiator. Could it be the coolest midsize pickup truck out there or actually could it be just the coolest truck of them all in this video? I'M going to show you this truck on an off-road course here in California. I'M gon na give you all the specs and show you all the high-tech features of this gladiator Rubicon, [ Music ]. Before we get to all the cool off-road bits on this Rubicon, any pickup truck has to start whether it's good, solid foundation and the glacier starts with what Jeep calls an all-new frame. The wheelbase is actually 19 inches longer than a Ford or JL Jeep Wrangler. It'S also 10 inches longer than a short bed crew cab, Toyota Tacoma. So this is a one long truck, but the frame has been designed specifically for it. The glacier is still a midsize truck as far as width and overall length is concerned, but it's getting quiet long. Indeed, this episode is brought to you guys by our friends at max leverage, it's a tool that gives you additional leverage for the tough job, and here we are working late once again on our gooseneck trailer. We need to switch this neck out. The tool comes in several different sizes. Here I have a 24-inch extension, which is pretty big. You can have a 30-degree angle like this or you can mount it this way where it's more of a straight application. It just depends on your access point: [, Music, ], [ Applause, ], [, Music, ], [ Applause, ], it's moving, don't break. My will borrow, don't break my back use, link below to get more details about max leverage. You can buy a tool in the single size or you can buy several of them together as a bundle in this video. I cannot tell you three things. I cannot tell you how the glare drives, what the fuel economy numbers are and also what the price is. It'S because jeep has many many different journalists here this week, reviewing the new truck and then want to make it fair to all of them, and that information is going to come out on march 30th. So go back to our website. Tfl truck comm for all the data and also to this channel, of course, the reason why the glade air is cool: it's because it has off-road cred and has the gear to back it up. I'M talking about solid axle front and the rear, and these are dana 44 third generation axle, but on the gladiator, the tube of the axle itself is thicker about 10 millimetres to handle the heavier payload and towing capability that this truck has and you get these dana 44 s no matter which gladiator you purchase. If you get to base sport model same axles, except the width when you step up to the Rubicon or the maximum towing package, you get slightly wider axle about one inch, wider and jeep says: that's done for better stability. Why does it matter that the truck has solid axles, front and rear we're in this case? It matters a lot for maximum articulation when, on the Rubicon, you disconnect the front sway bar, which is just a push of a switch. The RTI scored the ramp travel index score for this truck is six hundred and twenty three points. If you compare it to a truck like a Toyota, Tacoma four-wheel drive that trucks score is about 410 415, so this truck has much more articulation. That means you can keep the tires on the earth and claw your way through obstacles that really good for a floating of course front and rear, locking differentials on the Rubicon as well, perhaps the not so cool part of the gladiator is actually under the hood. Personally, I was hoping for more power and more torque. It'S a 3.6 liter gas v6, the Panna star, with the rating of 285 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque. There'S a choice of two transmissions and 8-speed automatic. Like you see in this Rubicon here or you can also, of course, get the 6-speed manual, which is awesome. How cool is that you got a crew cab, midsize truck with two solid axles and manual transmission, 4-wheel Drive and well, you can take a roof off as well. There is a soft top there's a premium self tub, and then there is this: either black or body. Colored freedom tops and they work very similar to the way that the Wrangler top works just four latches and boom. You have unlimited sky and Headroom. This is a sport with a Sun rider soft top. Let me show you how it works. You could actually push it up and drive with it fold it and the thing about it. It doesn't go into the bed as to not to protrude into the cargo area. You can still carry your cargo and you could still vote Avalos [, Music ]. Any off-road vehicle needs to have a good crawl ratio for slow speed off roading, and this truck has it. If you get this 8-speed automatic like in this Rubicon, the call ratio is 77 to 1, and that is with a four-to-one, low-range transfer case. If you get the manual, though your core issue improves to 84 to one and that's best-in-class, if you are floating, you got, ta have good lights and the gladiator has these optional LED headlights, just like the Jael Wrangler, but, more importantly, the gladiator will also benefit from All the aftermarket support, including Mopar Performance Parts, additional lights, really cool bumpers. Of course you can add a winch to this truck and that's a good thing. [ Music ] for offroading, you got ta, have good approach, good departure, angle, good break over and great ground clearance. The glacier delivers on almost all of this. Let me just give you the specs right now, class-leading forty three point: four degrees of approach class tying best, twenty six degree of departure, the not so good part, is actually the break over, because this truck has a long wheelbase. The breakover angle is twenty point: three degrees. A lot of the competitors do better than that, but eleven point: one inches of ground clearance is still really great clearance on this Rubicon gladiator, and that includes skid plates underneath for protection. [, Music, ] gladiator, is a truck. So it's got to perform like one right, so it does have a dampened tailgate. The spray-on bedliner is optional, and this tonneau cover is also optional, and this is designed by Jeep and it has a cool feature. You can just fold it right away without any latches and it's spring-loaded, so you can actually drive like this and you can actually put some longer items like fishing poles. Maybe then the tailgate has a 45 degree angle position. The way you do it is actually put these cables in these lashes, and now the tailgate can remain this way. This is to carry four by eight sheets of material where they can slide in here and actually go on top of the fender wells and rest here. This tailgate is capable of holding up to 1,800 pounds and the maximum payload capability on the gladiator is 1600 pounds, and if you want to roll up a tonneau cover, you can pull this latch and just to start rolling it. It'S pretty neat that you can secure it against the cab there. If you're wondering there is an easter egg here, love four one: nine. This has to do with the area code where the truck is made in Toledo. Any truck has to have interior space, and in this case the gladiator has class-leading rear legroom, I'm six-two my leg room here is tight, but I can see it is very similar to a Tacoma or Chevy Colorado, especially if I move this seat a little bit forward. This is pushed all the way back, but it also has class-leading Headroom miles of headroom here, with freedom top or even a soft top. Of course, unlimited Headroom with the top removed the grader has several really cool tech features. First is the front-facing camera, which is, of course optional. You can select it here through this 8.4 inch infotainment screen, and it will actually show you virtual guide lines where your tires are going. It is a single camera, so it kind of flattens your view. A little bit, but it's a very cool feature very similar to the one in the new 2019 Ram Power Wagon and cool thing is you could wash it? We'Ve been going through a lot of mud today and watching it is really cool. Of course, you have a rear camera with guidelines. You can zoom in if you're, towing the trailer or backing up it's very useful. Then there is off-road pages. I like this because it shows you the current status of the truck you can see which lockers are in game boat, your pitch and roll. All information is available. You could always hit trail cam for the front camera and you can use it at slow speeds right here. Yes, you could always disconnect your front sway bar just like on the Wrangler, but there's a new offered class mode. There'S two settings to this in for high. It goes in to what Jeep calls sand mode and it basically relaxes your traction control system and your stability systems, to give you a little bit more real spin to get you out of loose surface situations. But but later you go into for low, the upward Plus mode goes into what they call rock mode, which also adjusts your transmission settings. Your traction control systems really helps you at slow speed. Another thing that helps you flow speed in for low is what Jeep calls select, speed or selectable speed. It'S basically, their version of the crawl control system works from 1 to 5 miles per hour only in for low, and you can control its speed with a shifter. You can go up and down to control its speed, [ Music ]. When you look at the front of the gladiator. Indeed, it looks like a Wrangler. In fact, all these parts are shared, except for the grille inserts. They allow more air to come in to the radiator for better cooling to allow for higher towing capability of up to seven thousand six hundred and fifty pounds, and there is also a higher capacity cooling fan electric fan inside on a gladiator to help things cool, [, Music, ], okay, have I convinced you is the nucleator, the coolest truck of them all? What other truck can you get front and rear solid axles, really great articulation front and rear lockers and four-wheel drive, obviously with a crew cab with a really good curl ratio and a manual transmission option and the topless roof? I think it's the coolest go back to tearful truck comm from the news, views and real world reviews, and we will also have a full driving review with price and fuel economy coming up really soon. [ Music, ]

Friday, August 2, 2019

10 Most Reliable Off Road Vehicles You Can Afford

by on August 02, 2019

Your dream is to escape your nine-to-five job for an entire week to an excursion of the roughest treacherous, most thrilling landscape of the outdoors. But you think you can't, because your commuting vehicle wouldn't be able to handle your wild side, and you don't want to break the bank for a little fun, but have no fear. You don't have to give up on the dream, because you are about to discover ten off-road vehicles that you can afford. Jeep Cherokee named after the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, the Jeep Cherokee has many variations and generations, and the XJ model has become the more highly regarded SUV in America for trailblazing. The first generation was created by American Motors in 1974 as a predecessor to the Jeep Wagoneer built with a four-cylinder engine, a two-door body style and a much wider, deep pillar with a long, fixed, rear side window. This sporty are more affordable and later on in production. Unibody model was to appeal to a much younger generation of thrill seekers, which also led the Cherokee to be the first of its kind to be branded as a sport utility vehicle once it received its upgrade to an inline 6 engine. The Cherokee now had 173 horsepower and 220 pounds of torque making it the ideal choice for off-roading. Even to this day, Suzuki Samurai, the samurai, is the sj4 one. Three model of a second generation of Jimmy mini off-road vehicles made by Japanese automaker Suzuki released in 1984. The samurai included a larger 1.3 liter four-cylinder engine five-speed manual transmission and four-wheel power brakes. It was introduced to the United States in 1985 and was available as a convertible or a hardtop. With the option of the rear seats. The samurai became immensely popular with the off-road community as the performance and the four-wheel drive capability exceeded, that of its counterparts and even outsold. The Jeep Wrangler by two-to-one come 1987 because the samurais four-wheel drive mechanism came equipped with a transfer case for switched four-wheel, drive and low range. It'S light weight makes it a very agile off-roader and is less likely to sink in softer ground. This vehicle is considered a great beginner vehicle for off-road adventures due to its simple design and ease of interior and exterior modification. The samurai is also known to be prone to rollovers, so the first thing you'll want to do was install that a roll bar Toyota 4runner also revealed to the world. In 1984, another Japanese automaker Toyota revealed their own addition to the arsenal of off-road vehicles. The Hilux sir, but you probably know it better as the 4runner, there are many generations of this vehicle, but it's no debate as to which model is the best for off-roading made between 1999 and 2002. The third generation 4runner finally had an all new body design on an all-new chassis and had stock options that were perfect for off-roading, increased cargo and interior space, dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, coil spring suspension, rack and pinion steering and even 16-inch wheels, which helped the 4runner gain Central differential, enabling the use of four-wheel drive on hard surfaces without complication and best of all a factory installed selectable electric Locker in the rear differential, even though it's not the fastest at a measly 150 horsepower, 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine or even the updated 183 horsepower. 3.4 liter v6 option. It is certainly the most capable, with the seemingly endless catalog of aftermarket parts, to enhance and expand upon. It'S obvious why the third generation is considered the Jeep Cherokee XJ model of the forerunner universe, Lada Niva, now known today, as simply just neva. The former Soviet automaker, Auto ves, created their own off-road chariot, known as the Lada Niva, when being developed in 1976 designers were looking to make a vehicle that was suitable for rural areas, that is to say, for farmers and villagers of the Soviet Union. Thus, the Lada Niva the first off-road vehicle ever to feature the mentioned unibody structure and independent front suspension with coil springs, which, to this day, has become a predecessor to current crossover SUVs, who almost all follow this format. From the moment it was released. The vehicle was in demand all over the world and is said to have captured at least 40 percent of Europe's market for four-wheel drive cars because of its ease of maintenance and comfort. Combining the attribute of a three-door hatchback with four-wheel drive increased ground clearance at 9.25. Inches and, of course, its off-road capabilities, the original model neither hasn't seen an upgrade in about 40 years, and yet time and time again the Neva is being recognized as one of the best off-road performers look forward to a potentially new model in 2020 to you as Model jeeps US 469 has probably been the best kept secret of militaries all over the world. This off-road buggy was introduced in 1971 in order to replace the gas 69 powered by the seventy five horsepower. Umz 452 milliliter inline-four engine, the u-az 469 - has two significant advantages. It was able to drive in virtually any terrain and was incredibly easy to repair the civilian model. The 469 B has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches and the drive axles use a single stage main gear. Without a final drive on later models, you even have the option of choosing a contact or contactless electronic ignition system. The civilian model also had slightly longer PTO shafts manufacturing continued in the Russian army until 2011, while production at the civilian level stopped due to new safety emission standards. However, consumers can still own a little bit of the nostalgia through the updated version dubbed the u.s. hunter for that Russian made toughness. That is, envied on all terrains Toyota Landcruiser. The Land Cruiser is the longest-running series of four-wheel-drive vehicles from Japanese automaker. Toyota production first began way back in 1951, the first Jeep like model for the mentioned company, its reliability and longevity have led to its immense popularity, especially in the world's backyard Australia, where Toyota specifically and extensively tests the Land Cruiser between the years 1980 and 1997, is Where real enhancement began to take place on the Land Cruiser, the FJ 70 series was produced from 1984 until the present day and replaced the then 25 year old 40 series as the off-road bull of the Land Cruisers. While the 60 series developed into a more comfortable passenger friendly, off-road type, then in 1990 the FJ 80 was released. Replacing the 60 series. The 80s had an open centre differential, which was lockable in four high and automatically locked in for low from 1992 forward. They also included anti-lock brakes, which had a viscous coupling that sent a maximum of 30 % torque to the non slipping axle. This model also had the latest generation of diesel engines, which allowed for direct injection turbo in 1996. It was a pair of Land Cruisers that took first and second in the unmodified production class at the dakar rally, which only further solidified this make and models reputation as one of this lists most rowdy and rugged off-road monsters that are still seen everywhere. You track Jeep Wrangler. This vehicle hardly needs any introduction. You'Ve seen them all over the road ever since it was first manufactured in 1986. Currently, in its fourth generation, the Jeep Wrangler was originally developed, similar to the cj7 using the same wheelbase, but a separate body and frame with solid axles, both front and rear, and also borrowed its suspension, drivetrain and interior from the 1984 XJ Model. Cherokee. This Frankenstein of a vehicle had less ground clearance, but a wider track. Wider leaf, springs, more comfort and improved handling on gritty terrain. The first Wrangler also supported track bar suspension links and anti-roll bars because, let's face it, we probably all know this off-road dynamo to be a little too easy to roll, even for those who are just driving within the city, with the ability to remove the doors collapse. The windshield and remove the top the Jeep Wrangler, is always getting down and dirty, especially in the mud over the next 40 years. The Wrangler would continue to mature and yet stay relatively the same with the newest model. Gears adorning similar front ends and body designs. The 2018 model year is almost aesthetically identical with additional power trains, a redesigned transmission and that same easy fold, flat windshield. So you can go outside and play in the mud, again Land Rover Defender. Some would say that the Land Rover stands in a class all on its own and perhaps when they say this, they are referring specifically to their domination of the 80s and 90s when they released the defender model series. Throughout these decades, Land Rover had released the ninety one hundred and 127 models, all of which are named after the sizes of their wheelbase. These models were modernized with coil springs, up-to-date interior, a taller, one-piece widescreen and a new series of progressively more dynamic engines. The 90 set out to directly compete with the Jeep Wrangler, with four-wheel drive system featuring a manual locking center differential and a 183 horsepower 3.9 liter aluminum v8 engine with a five-speed manual transmission. This model even came standard without atop. The 110 model sporting similar Hardware also came with an external roll cage. The 127 model at the time had the newest 200tdi turbo engine, improving the defenders, turbocharging intercooling and direct injection for over 67 years, the defender has proven itself so effective and resilient. Even government law enforcement agencies and a select few of the world's militaries have chosen to utilize this beast for some of the wildest and treacherous assignments, while dominating every kind of terrain Mother Nature has to offer Isuzu Trooper. We bet this one didn't pop into your head. The Isuzu Trooper rounds off the list has probably the most affordable off-road vehicle on the used market, although this contender may not be very appealing to the eye. It is one of the few that can boast about its abnormally large interior space, want to store a bike in the back without taking off the wheels you got, it want to sleep comfortably in the back for fear of being eaten alive. Yep. Two of you can only two generations of this vehicle were ever made and it's the ladder that's utilized for off-roading. That is, if you can find a 1998 or later model. These years came with a dohc 3.5 liter engine with 215 horsepower and a BorgWarner torque on demand. All-Wheel drive system transmissions options are the 5-speed manual, the Asian ar5, and the electronically controlled al 30e 4-speed automatic. The 4 L 30 II was fitted with both a power shift feature allowing the gearbox to take better advantage of the engines power by adjusting the shifting nature and a winter mode which allowed 3rd gear starts for additional stability when conditions are slick. The model year 2000 to 2002 trooper had a feature called grade logic that automatically downshifted the transmission on steep grades in order to help slow the vehicle down the suspension. A fully independent torsion bar in front and multi-link coil sprung rear integrated with a solid rear axle. Even without a high ground clearance, the Isuzu Trooper can still get you through all the adventuring, your heart desires and can help you do it safely and comfortably, allowing you to bring everything your off-roading excursion needs and even more. We hope you enjoyed. 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KNOW YOUR 4x4: Beginners Tips

by on August 02, 2019

Howdy, this video is all about you, understanding your full drive, so if you have a new one or if you just started out for driving this video is for you. Subscribers welcome back first-time viewers, hi, I'm Ronnie from four-wheeling in Western Australia, calm the full drive and camping information website, helping you to get out there into the wilderness in the comfort of your own four-wheel, drive. Okay. So to kick off this video we're going to start with how to engage full drive in your vehicle. Now every vehicle is different and the best thing you can do is actually grab your owner's manual and read it because every vehicle is different from time to time. When we're out in a track, there's always someone who hasn't been off-road before or hasn't been offroad, often and then actually forgets how to engage his vehicle in the full drive. That'S pretty common, it's a lot more common than what you think. So as an example. This is my Land Cruiser manual in my vehicle. I can shift from second high to four high on the fly, while I'm driving at any speed. That'S what the manual says in the Jeep, for example, you can do the same thing as well, but in some vehicles it may require you to stop and then put it into full drive or to or drive. But the manual will tell you when you go to for low low range, so you got high range, you're low range. When you go to low range, most vehicles will need to be dead. Still, some vehicles will need to be in the neutral position, especially in automatics, but it's all different still. My vehicle can be still rolling at about eight kilometres an hour. That'S what the manual says. There'S a lot of different variants. You can't just take advice from your buddy who's in a different vehicle. Every vehicle has its own specific way. So read your manual before you go out and we'll save you a lot of trouble. So another thing you need to know about your vehicle as well. When you go to engage for drive, is, does it have manual locking hubs or automatic hubs? The difference is the manual hubs. You'Ve got to get out and you're going to lock them yourself with the auto hubs. You don't see the hub it's activated from inside the vehicle or by push button or by lever. In this case, if we were to put the Jeep in a forward drive with the this, one has a lever by the lever, it'll be in full drive, because the hubs lock automatically on my land cruiser. However, on this type of land cruiser 70 series. If I hop in and put the lever into full drive, full drive, high or full drive low, if I haven't locked the hubs, it's not in full drive, it's still in two-wheel drive, so you must get out and lock manual hubs and you don't have to unlock Them when you go back to tool drive another thing, you need to work out about your vehicle. Is it a part time for drive or a full time for drive? Let'S start with part time for drive. Part time for drive is like the Jeep and the Land Cruiser here. Basically, it's only a two wheel drive vehicle until you tell it to be a full drive vehicle by pressing a button or pushing the lever to get it into full drive. That'S a part time for draw a full size. Full drive is it's like an all-wheel drive all four wheels work in a system of like stability control. So what happens? Is it's safer on road now you'll find that the 200 series Land Cruiser? Has it and there's a few other vehicles, Land, Rover etc with those vehicles? If you take him off road without telling it to go into proper fall drive, you will still get bogged quite easily that won't be as capable until you put it into full drive. This is also known as locking the center diff. This thing that's worth working out wherever your vehicle has it or not, is traction aids like trash and control vehicle stability, ABS, stuff it up. If your vehicle has trash and control, you may want to turn it off in certain situations, because trash and control does not work offroad. So keep that in mind, because if you're stuck in a sin, you can't work out why just try and switch the traction control off and don't forget every time you turn your car off and turn it back on. You have to disengage it again because it's part of your safety system in the vehicle. However, if you do put it in low range, most vehicles should turn it off and in the case of this Jeep, it works in the background and it works really well. Actually. So it turns into a secret weapon for them other things in my land cruiser I'm lucky to have front and rear differential lockers. Now, if you're not sure differential lockers are there is a link in the description below that'll. Tell you all about differential lockers now, if your vehicle does happen to have differential lockers, they are a secret weapon when used in the correct way again grab your manual and have a look. It will explain a lot to you in theirs or how to use them. How to engage them and how to turn them off important thing to know about your vehicle is where your air intake is now on mine. I have a snorkel, so it doesn't really worry me. I can go to water up to here, but on a on a stock vehicle or a vehicle that doesn't have a raise there and take or anything it could be quite low. So you need to work out where that is before you go into any water, and I would stay out of water until you know where it is really. Another thing that's worthy of finding out is getting on your vehicle and finding out where your diff breathers are, and you transfer case any gearbox, normally they're only about this much above from where they actually pop out. What you want to do is extend them if you're going to go through deeper water, but what I'm saying is just work out where they are so you know how deep of water you can go through before, possibly sucking in water into your diff, gearbox transfer case, Etc, because you don't want water in there, it will start corrosion, explain angles of your vehicle, I'm not about Elvis or fight. This is going to be my measuring stick so to speak. There are angles on your vehicle. The front of your vehicle is called approach. Angle. Then you have the middle of the vehicle ramp over angle and then you have the back angle, which is departure angle. What you do is to work out your angle. You draw a line from the front of your ties across and then you find a lowest point at the very front at your vehicle and then you stick your stick to the line to the lowest point. That'S your angle, you're not going to walk around with a stick out in the bush and go oh. I have a approached angle of 40 degrees. I'M going to get my angle out and measure that rock you're not going to do that. That'S just silly! What you're going to do is, though, you're going to get a rough idea of your approach angle. The idea is so you don't have to get out of your vehicle and check every single time. The first couple of times you probably still will anyway because you'll be a bit worried, but it's there. So you get a rough idea of your angle and also you can check your angle versus another vehicle. Who'S just done the same thing, and then you can get an idea if you're going to make the obstacle the same way, he did or not that's another good reason to use a stick. Okay, so ramp angle, that's the middle of your vehicle. So, basically, it's aligned from both wheels up to the last point of you're over your car, the ramp of angle. In all honesty, if you put sticks there and have a look you're still not really going to work out exactly where it is you're just going to get out there and give it a go and when he, when you do go over big mounds, just do it Slow have a spotter and then, after a while, you realize how much you can push your vehicle with the ramp angle. To this day, I still I still hit my drive shaft in the middle every now and then because I get it wrong and of course, the departure angle same thing line across the back of your tires. I don't one that before and there you go, you can see it's a big difference from the on my vehicle. That'S because I have a tray back now, tray back, Utes or pickups. Don'T have the most forgiving departure angle just be mindful, though, approach angle, you go up something. It doesn't mean that your arson isn't going to drag as well. So just be mindful of that, you usually the last point will be the diff in my case. Is a death, but at the back it's the rear leaf spring. Now you can see on my vehicle. The death is to this side. A lot of them have them in the middle. However, mine is on that side, so I've memorized, where that is so. If I come up to a boulder, that's you know that's going to hit my deaf, even though I have a protection plate on it. I will then know that I've got to shift across that way to put the rock about here or drive over a rock with my tire to avoid hitting my death, and the same goes for the back now most vehicles with a diff. That'S not yet that's off-center. Most of them will have it the same on the front and rear, but not all of them so be mindful of that too. Now this is solid axle vehicle so, on an independent front, suspension vehicle, the diff, those gifts are always in the middle and they're up higher thanks for watching. I hope you learn some good points and don't forget if you're unsure about anything in your vehicle, your user manual is your best friend. Speaking of best friends, go check out our website. It'S jam-packed load it with free full drive and camping information good for beginners to advanced so do check that out. Also, you can stay updated with all of our videos. If you subscribe right here every time we upload a new video it'll, go straight to you and we already have heaps there so go check him out. Thanks for watching, take care out in the tracks and trails, and I might catch you out, there see ya

2WD versus AWD SUV: Which is best?

by on August 02, 2019

All wheel drive just has to be better right?

For that two-wheel drive. Vs. all-wheel drive is the classic SUV dichotomy and the default presumption is all-wheel Drive is better, but the truth is a lot of this really depends upon you and how you'll be using the vehicle. Mary'S question about this is pretty typical. I'M looking for a good SUV, I've been told or wheel drive is a better safety choice, as there is more control in braking I'm doing a lot of driving between a low dollar and Sydney and often have the grandchildren with me. So this is obviously a concern. Can you help okay, so there's a bit of myth-busting? We have to do here and some simple advice: upfront. If you want to go off-road, adventuring exploring on fire trails, whatever get the all-wheel drive, you do not want to be in a position where you go down. Some fire trail to an idyllic campsite where you can burn the dinner and commune with nature, listen to the kids bitch about not having Wi-Fi all night long and then it rains in the morning and you can't actually get home because two wheel, drive plus muddy ascent, Equals fail, regular trips to the snow, launching a boat on a ramp rural property with a driveway from hell all excellent reasons to own the all-wheel drive. But if you want an SUV really only to act in the capacity of a de-facto family station wagon - and that's all you want it to do - you probably don't need all-wheel drive. In fact, if you've had a car all these years and you're getting an SUV and you don't plan on driving any differently, two wheel drive is going to be fine. Goodness me look at the time it's bullshit, busting o´clock. The first thing to remember is that plenty of SUVs are only two-wheel drive in essence, moderately camp Qashqai and Honda's exceptionally, gay HIV, for example, are two-wheel drive only and the base models of plenty of other SUVs like the Mazda cx-5 Kia, Sportage and Hyundai Tucson the Base models are all front drivers at this point. We better put Subaru in a box on its own. That company only does all-wheel drive and it's a unique ish selling proposition. In fact, Subarus symmetrical all-wheel drive is an excellent system and, together with their involvement in rally, it rocketed them from a herbal hippie obscurity in the 1990s to where they are today swimming happily in the mainstream. In Subarus case, all-wheel drive really does mean all the wheels are driving all the time, but in the majority of the rest of the market, not so much we'll get to that now most all-wheel drive systems are on demand, meaning they are predominantly overwhelmingly two-wheel drive for The vast majority of their operational lives, all-wheel drive, is only invoked when there is front wheel spin when the front wheels lose it. That'S the demand for on demand or wheel drive. So let's be perfectly clear. Your common notionally all-wheel drive SUV just driving down the road. Normally is doing so under the tractive effort of just the front wheels if they're not threatening to spin the rear wheels are not threatening to drive most of these on-demand systems statistically never engage all-wheel-drive 99.9 % of the time. They'Re, just two-wheel drive, in fact 99.9 %. Would be one kilometer in every 1000 kilometers and I really don't think they're doing that much all wheel driving sure you can lock all-wheel drive in manually if you see Kim Kardashian's ass up ahead, lubed up with Sun Tan Lotion, I'd be locking in all-wheel drive. If you want to make it across without slipping into the crack - and he was never heard from ever again - locking in all-wheel drive is also a really good idea in that rain. Overnight camping scenario, we discussed a bit earlier, but it's really a bad idea. At other times, especially on high traction surfaces, we're driving in all wheel, drive, we'll start scrubbing out the tires and potentially break the transmission good safety tip there leave it in auto. You have to remember that the front end of the car and the rear end follow slightly different paths. When you drive around curves, therefore, they travel different distances. Therefore, they need to turn at different rates if you lock them together by pressing that button and traction levels are high, there's an excellent chance. You will brake something expensive. Subaru gets around this problem with a viscous coupling just behind the gearbox. It'S a bunch of precise hardware swimming in very thick viscous silicon fluid, and the upshot is that it allows the front and the rear prop shafts, to turn at different rates without blowing up. However, you can turn the viscous coupling into an AED of sorts by fitting different sized tires front and rear, even slightly different, all by abusing the crap out of it generally by attempting hardcore off-roading when that's really not the vehicles remit, apart from additional traction in slippery Conditions, the purported advantages of all-wheel drive for ordinary drivers are pretty much fluff. All wheel drive used to be a huge contributor to overall dynamic Stability. The then, when the dinosaurs all died out and Twitter was invented, cars came with a bunch of other stability, enhancing technology like electronic stability control and that's pretty much leveled the playing field by making two wheel drive vehicles just as stable in most driving scenarios, people say All-Wheel drive gives you more grip, but this is unmitigated. Bullshit grip is a function of rubber on the road, it's not a function of which wheels are driving. What all-wheel drive does, however, is reduce the tractive effort at each wheel for any given throttle input, in other words, all-wheel drive makes it more likely you'll be able to maintain traction in slippery conditions when equivalent two-wheel drive systems would be spinning their tips off. Like a pole, dancer on crack Mary is under the impression that all-wheel drive helps under brakes on the highway. I do not know why people have told her that, but they have the truth is actually pretty different. In fact, many on demand or wheel drive systems have braking algorithms that disengage the all-wheel drive to avoid feedback effects and thereby boost stability under braking, so two-wheel drive under brakes out II does that and frankly, with electronic brake-force distribution and all the other high-tech brake systems? It'S pretty hard to see the drive line, contributing anything to overall retardation when the chips are down. The other thing most people don't realize. I guess, is that all wheel drive is generally interlocked out so that it cannot be engaged automatically at speeds over about 60 kilometres. An hour in most of these vehicles, this makes good engineering sense, because all-wheel drive is a response to wheel, spin and wheel. Spin in typical SUVs never occurs at those higher speeds in general. At those higher speeds, the earing does not allow sufficient torque at the wheels to invoke wheel spin. It just doesn't happen in the context of ordinary driving around the suburbs and on the highway. All wheel drive offers no particular advantage as you step up through the range in most SUVs like cx-5 sport tires Tucson, the bigger engines come with beefier Drive lines and those drive lines are packaged with all-wheel-drive, there's nothing wrong with all-wheel-drive, and it does make it a Little less likely to invoke runaway wheel spin in the wet when the traffic lights go green, but it does cost you significantly more money. They have to build a transfer case in there, a rear prop shaft, the rear, diff, a couple of rear axles and all the control architecture. None of that is free, of course, and the Tucson active petrol is a good example. In two-wheel drive it's $ 4,000 cheaper than the Tucson active diesel and that additional cost is probably 50/50 split between the engine and a driveline. The rest of the car is the same, nor is there a particular benefit for towing. All-Wheel drive doesn't really help, especially for conservative towing assignments well inside the vehicles. Maximum total limitations. All-Wheel drive will help. Of course, if you have to get a boat up, a slippery boat ramp, sometimes you're not going to have a choice. Of course, if you buy a Subaru SUV, you're going to get all-wheel drive, but I hope you now know enough about this issue, at least to make an informed choice. I'M John Cadogan. I hope this helps and thanks for watching you

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