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Members share their vehicles, vehicle modifications, off-road equipment, travel and outdoor lifestyle
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This discussion shares ideas and experiences around your
projects, camping, outdoor lifestyle, four-wheeling and OHV use. If you have an interesting insight to share
with other forum members, post it here!
Everyone is interested in products that work well. Share new
product ideas and your experiences with technical and outdoor lifestyle products. Curious about a particular
aftermarket product for your 4x4, SUV or OHV? Ask here!
Off-Topic and General
This is the forum for asking
general questions, sharing ideas and discussing your unique experiences. These are topics not found in the
model-specific 4WD, SUV, OHV and RV technical and travel
Calendar Events and Outdoor
If you or your off-road
club has a special event coming up, share the details here! This is the forum to post calendar events for
four-wheeling, powersports and OHV activities, organized trail runs, community service and competitive
events. Want to describe a successful event? Here's the forum!
Jeep® 4WD Owners Group
Vintage Jeep® Vehicles
Willys and Kaiser Era
Jeep vehicles, including the military MB, M38, M38A1 and all CJ models. Also discussion of the Willys Pickup,
Station Wagon and Panel truck models plus the FC150, FC170 and original VJ Jeepster and Kaiser-era
Jeepster...(For Kaiser-era Jeep J-truck Gladiator and Wagoneer models, see the Jeep full-size truck forum.)
Share vintage Jeep 4x4 information, experiences and how-to restoration tips
1972-86 AMC/Jeep® CJ and Jeepster
This community represents
owners of 1972-86 AMC-built Jeep CJ and Jeepster/Commando models. Includes the CJ-5, CJ-6, CJ-7 and CJ-8
Scrambler 4x4s. The era includes AMC inline sixes, four-cylinder engines and AMC V-8s. Share how-to, upgrades
Jeep® YJ Wrangler, TJ Wrangler and LJ
information sharing on 1987-95 Jeep YJ Wrangler and 1997-2006 Jeep TJ and LJ Wrangler models. Includes AMC
and Chrysler era vehicles, the LJ and Rubicon editions plus all four-cylinder and inline six-cylinder engines
2007-Up Jeep® JK Wrangler
This group discussion
covers the 2007-up Jeep JK Wrangler models. Includes the 3.8L and 3.6L Pentastar engines, the Rubicon edition
and the 2- and 4-door models. All things JK are on the agenda, join the Jeep JK Wrangler community
Jeep® XJ Cherokee, MJ Comanche Pickup and Grand
Covers 1984-2001 Jeep XJ
Cherokee and the MJ Comanche pickup models. All 2.5L fours, 4.0L sixes and the 2.8L '84-'86 V-6 included.
Buildups and discussion around the popular Jeep inline stroker six! Also includes the 1992-up Jeep Grand
Cherokee, 4.0L, 5.2L, 5.9L, 4.7L and later high-tech engines.
FSJ Models: Full-Size Jeep® Gladiator and J-Truck, Cherokee, Wagoneer and Grand
1962-91 Jeep J-trucks,
full-size Cherokee and Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer models covered here. Includes Kaiser-era Gladiator, Wagoneer
and Super Wagoneer, AMC-era J-truck, Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer (through 1991 Chrysler era) plus the
military M715 Gladiator based trucks.
Jeep® Liberty, Commander and
2002-up models include
the Jeep Liberty, Commander and the Patriot. Owners and those interested in these models can find discussion
topics on upgrades and accessories. Many find the Liberty well suited for buildups and trail running—an
off-pavement contender like other Jeep 4WD models!
Dodge Power Wagon, Dodge and Ram 4WD Trucks
Dodge 4x4 and Ram 4WD
Discussion of Dodge and Ram 4WD trucks, including powertrain, performance upgrades, suspension
modifications, axle, steering and chassis how-to. Share your troubleshooting needs and findings with other
dedicated Dodge and Ram truck owners!
section devoted to Cummins engines and Dodge Ram trucks, including the 12-valve and 24-valve 5.9L and 24-valve
6.7L ISB inline sixes. If you're interested in Cummins power, this is the place to share maintenance, upgrade
and performance tips!
Vintage Dodge Power Wagon
and Korean War era M37 and postwar Dodge Power Wagon civilian models set the stage for light truck 4x4s. Many
restore or use these trucks in a variety of work, play and parade environments. This owners group shares
information, ownership experiences and restoration tips!
Chevrolet & GMC 4x4 Trucks and
Vintage to 1991: Chevrolet & GMC NAPCO and K-Model 4x4
truck discussion, including the NAPCO conversions, the 1960-up GM K-trucks, Chevrolet/GMC 4x4 pickups and SUVs.
Includes the Suburban and K-Blazer/Jimmy. Share your troubleshooting issues, problem solving, upgrades,
modifications and experiences with other owners in this discussion
1987-Present: Chevrolet & GMC
Silverado, S-Trucks and 4x4 Suburban, Yukon and
owners of GM trucks and SUVs will find discussion of engine, geartrain, chassis upgrade, and performance
modifications here. S-truck and T-truck, S/T Blazer and Jimmy also covered here! Share the 'LS' and Duramax
engines, late transmissions and other interest areas. Discuss troubleshooting issues, problem solving and
experiences with other owners in this group!
Humvee and Hummer H1, H2 and H3
military utility truck platform departed radically from the traditional, lightweight field 4x4. The Humvee's
access and sheer mass raised questions, yet the move proved practical as the Humvee met a wider variety of
demands. In civilian Hummer and H1 form, these vehicles found their way to the suburbs, highways and public
streets...The G.M. acquisition from American General spawned stylized and popular light and compact truck
versions. This forum provides a community base for owners seeking technical and maintenance answers plus a place
to share travel and other experiences!
F-Series, Full-Size SUV and Ranger Trucks, Bronco II and Explorer
1948-Present: Ford F-Series
for owners and Ford truck enthusiasts from the earliest F-series to today's models. Share 4WD, diesel engine,
FE, small block and modern Triton and Eco high-tech engine details, troubleshooting and other questions. Discuss
restoration, upgrades, how-to and F-truck owner experiences!
Full-Size Ford SUV, Bronco 4x4, Excursion and
4x4s are popular. This is forum for owners wanting technical information, troubleshooting tips and other details
from fellow owners. Find how-to and share experiences with other Ford SUV full-size truck owners! Ford Excursion
includes diesel and gas models.
Ford Ranger, Bronco II, Explorer and Mercury
discussion group reaches Ford Ranger pickup, Bronco II, Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer owners. Find
troubleshooting, upgrades, repairs and the experiences of other Ford compact truck and SUV
International-Harvester 4x4 Light
Trucks, Scout and Scout II
International-Harvester 4x4 Light Trucks, Scout and Scout II
trucks were quick to apply factory 4-wheel-drive systems, years ahead of Ford and GM. Offering rugged workhorse
light trucks, the Travelall and the Scout, I-H saw the need for 4WD in its commercial, recreational and
agricultural markets. The original Scout evolved into the Scout II, and I-H remained competitive with 4WD Jeep
and GM vehicles. Devoted owners and enthusiasts meet at this forum to discuss I-H history, vehicle design,
how-to, restoration and upgrades related to the International Harvester light truck models and
Toyota Truck, Land Cruiser, FJ Cruiser
and Toyota SUV 4x4s
Toyota Sequoia and Land Cruiser 4WD: FJ, DJ and FJ
original Toyota 4x4 was the Land Cruiser FJ series. These formidible models are still combing the Rubicon Trail
and Fordyce—and owners have strong loyalty. Meet others and share your experiences and needs around the FJ40,
FJ45, FJ55, FJ60, FJ80, DJ80 and other beam front and rear axle Toyota models! For those with a late-model FJ
Cruiser or Sequoia, here is the place to discuss upgrades, performance and
Toyota 4WD Pickup, Hi-Lux, Tacoma, Tundra and
earliest Toyota Stout and mini-pickup, Toyota trucks have earned a loyal following. Whether you have a newer
Tacoma or Tundra, a vintage trail running mini-4x4 or a 4Runner, this forum group discusses upgrades,
troubleshooting and owner experiences!
Datsun and Nissan 4x4 Trucks,
Pathfinder and Xterra
Pathfinder, Xterra and SUV
original Nissan Patrol was as rugged as an FJ40 Toyota, and there's been a loyal Nissan following since. If you
own a Nissan SUV or utility 4x4 truck, this is the group forum for sharing troubleshooting, upgrades and your
Nissan 4WD Pickups: Datsun, Nissan, Frontier and
the earliest Datsun and Nissan compact pickups attested to their toughness. Modern Frontier pickup and V-8 Titan
models compete with all other brands. This owners forum shares troubleshooting, upgrades and ownership
4WD Land Rover
Land Rover, Discovery & Defender
Rover emerged from the postwar era to become a British World Class 4x4. Rugged, sophisticated and boasting a
loyal following, the Land Rover is the topic here. Whether you're restoring, troubleshooting, upgrading or
overlanding, share it at the forum!
Mercedes-Benz ML, Gelandewagen and
Mercedes-Benz ML, Gelandewagen and Unimog
Mercedes-Benz builds exceptional 4WD and 4x4 vehicles. Known the world over for design and
engineering prowess in automobiles and trucks, Mercedes-Benz has a loyal owner following. This community
provides the technical and discussion forum for owners, shops and enthusiasts of these
4x4 Suzuki Samurai and Sidekick/Geo
Samurai took the global market by storm. Its popularity centers around dimensions much like the original Jeep MB
and flatfender CJs, with solid beam axles front and rear! There is focused aftermarket support for upgrades,
trail prepping and performance modifications. Share your experiences and climb up the Suzuki Samurai learning
curve with this community!
Sidekick and Geo Tracker
The Sidekick and Geo Tracker can hold its own in a variety of
4x4 environments. In the mid-1990s, Moses Ludel partnered with Steve Kramer of CalMini Products, taking two Geo
Tracker 2-door 4x4s over the notorious Rubicon Trail. The success yielded an ad campaign for Chevrolet and a
benchmark for Sidekick/Geo Tracker. Join a forum community for Sidekick and Tracker owners. Share how-to,
upgrades and your 4WD experiences!
Quad ATV, UTV and Side-by-Side
'Quad' ATV, UTV and Side-by-Side
forum is the place to compare, share and troubleshoot your ATV, UTV or Side-by-Side 4x4. Discuss equipment,
upgrades and performance needs with other OHV enthusiasts at this focus forum!
Dirt & Dual-Sport
Dirt & Dual-Sport
dirt dual-sport motorcycles have gained popularity for their off-pavement prowess, utility and superior
functionality. If the movie "Dust to Glory" and visions of Baja or the Dakar on two wheels gets your vote, join
other single track riders and enthusiasts at this forum!
Dual-Sport and Dirt Motorcycle Equipment for
discussion group shares information about the off-pavement equipment that works best for adventure overlanding.
From oversized fuel tanks to tire repair kits and air sources, enthusiasts learn which accessories and equipment
provide safety and a way to get back home!
4x4 and Single-Track Travel &
Places You Have
us do more than just work on our Jeep 4WDs, 4x4 trucks, SUVs, dirt motorcycles and OHVs. The lure of travel
drives this forum group. Share your latest—or earliest—accounts of off-pavement
Places You Would Like to
forum group, travelers and planners can share adventures and maps. Get advise for travel to remote outdoor and
off-pavement venues, find out the current condition of routes and any special precautions needed. Find out about
trail closures, necessary permits and onboard tools...Be better prepared for primitive and remote
Discussion group for serious backcountry travelers. Share ideas about equipment, safety,
camping, vehicle recovery and other survival issues. Learn what it takes to be prepared, maintain communication
and travel safely.
Equipping Your 4x4 for Overland
with an outdoor lifestyle know the kind of off-road equipment that works. This group discusses equipment needs
for a 4x4 set up to safely travel remote backcountry. Members make recommendations and share their experiences
with particular equipment.
Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers, Tent
Trailers and Military Surplus Trailers
Travel Trailer and Toy Hauler
Trailering is much a part of hardcore four-wheeling, camping and transporting a trail Jeep,
buggy, ATV, UTV, side-by-side or dirt motorcycles. Camping in travel trailers and toy haulers has become a
simpler way to set up. This group discusses trailers, trailer accessories and trailer camping. Meet others who
trailer regularly and share their experiences!
Military Surplus M415, M416 and Other Off-Road
surplus 1/4-ton and 1/2-ton rated trailers fit a variety of 4WD and off-pavement chores. U.S. M415, M416 and
other trailers have a loyal following. This forum group shares information about these military surplus trailers
and modern equivalents, how to modify them for extreme 4x4 trail use, and the best accessories and
Tent Trailers and
trailer camping is popular among four-wheelers and overland travelers. These specialized trailers have a large
following among outdoor enthusiasts and light tow vehicle owners. Whether you have a 4x4 and off-road capability
or keep your tent trailer aimed at paved road access to National Parks, this group shares details and
experiences with tent trailers and trailering tips!
Tools and Equipment
and Specialty Tools & Equipment
There are tools that can make automotive
diagnostics, troubleshooting and repair work much simpler, safer and more accurate. This discussion is about
"factory" and professional tools, aftermarket tools and how to improvise and create your own specialty and niche
diagnostic and repair tools. Find specialty tool solutions here.
Tool and Equipment
Searching for niche tools or equipment for your 4x4 shop, motorcycle shop,
home garage or for trail use? Learn from others about tool solutions and equipment sources for working on your 4x4
truck, Jeep, SUV, ATV, UTV, dirt and dual-sport motorcycle or trailer.
Welding, Metal Fabrication and
Welding and Metal Fabrication
off-road vehicles, restoration work and repairs often involve welding, brazing and metal fabrication. Discussion
includes welding processes, how-to techniques, projects and chassis fabrication. Whether your project is a MIG
trailer frame, a roll cage built in 4130 or a cast iron repair on a vintage engine or transmission casting,
share your experiences and welding tips here.
Metallurgy and Heat Treating
molten metal requires chemical compatibility! Understanding metallurgy takes welding to the professional level
and provides safer, more predictable welds and finished products. Choosing the right filler material for welding
and brazing is an important step when forming quality bonding and welding. Automotive welding projects often
require metal "normalizing" before welding. After welding, post-weld heat treatment is often necessary. Ask
questions and share experiences here!
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