JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
I've never been one to go to crazy on wheels. I guess I tricked myself into thinking they don't look that much different than the stock wheels. WILL YOU LOOK AT THESE??! What the heck was I thinking? They totally make all the difference, I love the way these babies add individuality and a beefy look that fits perfectly on the Overlander 2.0, don't you think?
Here's the thing, when you pour your heart into building out your Jeep, stopping short on the wheels just doesnt always seem like the right thing to do. In my case...I LOVED the look and performance of my Jeep already, something was just missing. Well...found it! A new set of KO's is exactly what I needed.
The KO brand fly's under the Rev Wheels flag, and for those of you that didn't know Rev Wheels, they are the parent company of DV8 Off-Road, annnnd we all know DV8 Off-Road. Here's a generic, speedy look at the history here...
The McMath family have been in the industry for a long time. Rev Wheels sits as the parent company of the portfolio and from there we can follow the trail down the line to the love child of the two sons...DV8 Off-Road, that's where the off-road wheel line comes in, KO wheels. Sure this is a very loose abbreviation of the history, but you get the just and you get the connection to the Jeep world.
The KO Wheels line offers up a lot of wheel options. From the toughest beadlock to the standard off-road wheel, the entire line is built tough enough to handle the trail. With KO Wheels you can rest assured that all you have to concern yourself with is which model you like best. (models available - 840, 855, 875, 882 & 885)
There are so many models and the information will vary from wheel to wheel, so instead of a 75 page review I thought it would be way better to direct you the Rev Wheel website. From manufacturing, to sizes, looks and pricing view the entire catalog at:
Give your Jeep the custom looking, tough, durable upgrade by slapping on a set of new KO Wheels!
Let's set aside that I'm a total knife geek for a moment. Let me tell you about a brand new knife with such a great design and price point that EVERYBODY should own one!
The all new CRKT HOMEFRONT is a daily carry must have. The idea behind the HOMEFRONT is to be a 100% functional and maintainable field knife for the lucky person that owns it.
Let's take my own personal experience for example, I love the desert, I'm out there all the time and you can guarantee two things...one, my knife gets dirty and two, of course it gets full of sand. Now, imagine the adventures you and your new HOMEFRONT can tackle.
Easily broken down, easily cleaned and easily reassembled. All on the fly too! Brilliant, just brilliant!
The vintage looking model packs a 3.5 inch modified drop point AUS 8 stainless steel blade, 6160 aircraft-grade aluminum handles and brand new technology CRKT appropriately calls "Field-Strip" and the best thing...it's all for a price point of $150 bucks!
A simple flick of a finger and an unscrewing with a thumb, the HOMEFRONT breaks down allowing you to do a quick service, keeping your knife working properly at all times.
Check out the specs:
-Blade Length: 3.502" (88.95 mm)
-Blade Edge: Plain
-Blade Steel: AUS 8, HRC 57-58
-Blade Finish: Brushed Steel
-Blade Thickness: 0.133" (3.38 mm)
-Closed Length: 4.728" (120.09 mm)
-Weight: 4.8 oz
-Handle: 6061 Aluminum
-Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
-Overall Length: 8.313" (211.15 mm)
Take a look at this "how to" clip to see just how easy breaking the HOMEFRONT down really is.
Time will tell for sure, but it looks like CRKT hit it out of the park with this one folks! To check out the HOMEFRONT and the rest of the CRKT line up, check out:
There are two things that I will always improve when I have the opportunity, braking ability and steering performance. Falcon Shocks by TeraFlex makes a beefy steering stabilizer that not only looks great, but gives your steering a subtle boost in performance.
So, what does it do? It's actually pretty simple...the Nexus 2.1 EF Stabilizer is built to tighten up the steering, or..."stabilize" the performance a bit. I know, I know that sounds complicated right? Take a look at what your Nexus will do.
• Equal force side-to-side resistance
• Allows for balanced return to center equilibrium
• Inline oil/gas separator prevents cavitation
• Optimized fitment & clearance
• OEM style sealed rod end joint
• 1,000 hour salt spray corrosion resistance on all hardware
• Lucas Oil full synthetic shock oil
• Patent pending design
• 3 year warranty
Ok, ok, so really...does it work? Here's my experience so far...
Recently I went up a size in tires. Nothing to crazy, but going from a 10.5 to a 12.5 with definitely made the tires heavier and I don't forsure, but I assume the added size and weight is what made the steering a little more loose than it was before. (Yes the tires are balanced and yes I did an alignment job post new tires).
Honestly, I've always wanted to try a beefier steering stabilizer anyway and now that TeraFlex makes one, I went for it. Well, guess what folks. It does make a difference, I love the tighter more stabile feel of the ride post Nexus 2.1. It's very subtle, but definitely noticeable and any modification I can do to make my steering Performance a better one...I'm all in!
The Falcon Nexus line starts at just under $250 bucks and the 2.1 is all that is currently available so choosing the one you want will be easy. The install is a breeze too. Took me a whole 20 minutes-ish right there in my driveway with just a couple basic tools. To make it even easier check out the install video above.
To get your shopping on you can find the full TeraFlex and Falcon Shocks catalog at:
Now...bring on the Falcon Shocks!
"Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal."
That's what Wikipedia says anyway. To take it one step deeper still, it's what we learn along the journey that becomes the goal. For some it's what they learn while exploring the world. Seeing new places, learning new cultures, finding things that are different and interesting. For others, it's about learning more about themselves. It's about being able to be self reliant, being able to exist not just in this world, but with this world. Kind of a partnership with nature I suppose.
For me, it's about all of that and more. I love Overlanding because that's when I learn the most about myself, more importantly...where my place in this world is. How I can be better, how I can impact the people around me to be better. There's just something so real and honest about being in nature, especially when I'm alone. I often say there's no clearer way to see the Creator than through the Creation.
Overlanding for me is not only a fun, adventurous way to spend time hanging out with friends exploring what's out there...it's also a place to find peace and balance. It's spiritual and grounding. It's the ultimate connector to remind me what's important in life.
If you've never tried it, the next time you get the privilege of overlanding find a moment to spent in silence. Use all of your senses to take in nature and see what you learn. It will be different for everyone for sure, but I guarantee you this...you will leave that time better than you went into it.
I love my UAG iPhone 7 plus cases! I have several and rotate them every time I want a change. Everywhere I go, I know my iPhone is protected and that's some great piece of mind. What about the rest of my over pri...I mean expensive Apple gear? I am outdoors almost more than I'm in my office and taking my MacBook out to the field is risky at best! Well, until now. Urban Armor Gear has once again captured my heart. I've never been a computer case kind of guy until I laid my eyes on ICE MacBook Pro case.
It's very minimal looking, which I love, but the protection is spec'd out to the gill. The fit is snug, the corners are protected, it's vented to keep it cool while working and the design of the "ICE" casing brings ultimate protection to the screen.
The UAG ICE is a no brained for active Mac users. If your throwing your MacBook into your backpack and heading to class or live an active lifestyle that requires you to bring you MacBook with you in to the great outdoors, the ICE will keep you protected. Still a doubter?? Allow me to demonstrate...
A few months ago I picked up some pod LED's from AuxBeam for our JK. The experience was great for a set of budget driven off road lights. So when we wanted to check out LED lightbars we decided to give AuxBeam another try.
The housing of the light bar was good. With the same look and feel of the pods, we were pretty happy. Wanting to find a light bar that would fit in our GOBI rack the size was perfect (there are many sizes offered from AuxBeam, finding one for your fit should be easy enough). We did have to order mounts from GOBI for the lightbar, but they are worth every penny, they look and work perfectly.
Also like our pod lights, although we were very happy for the quality of the light itself, the harness and switch needed to be swapped out. I assume they work fine, we just wanted something a bit more.
While on the trail we found the lights to work like a charm! The lightbar looks great, works great and didn't break the bank! Check out a full catalog of AuxBeam products at: www.auxbeam.com
Jeep has a new family member and thank goodness it's not like a creepy uncle or something. The new Jeep Rubicon Recon is exactly what a Jeep should be and no doubt this beauty is pure awesome!
Beefier 44 axles and tru lok differentials, 4.10:1 gear ratios (same as current models), a sweet Rock-Trac Transfer case, new 17 inch wheels and a 1/2 inch lift that will allow you to roll 35's if you want. Of course there will be cool bumpers, custom badges and RED! Yup, seat belts, stitching, and accents all red...and they look sweet! Pricing as you can imagine starts just over 40k for the 2 door and the 4 door version will push 44k. I can't wait to see one in person!