Oct 31, 2018

Honda Ridgeline Overland Concept

Nov 3, 2018

I had a first generation Ridgeline and we loved it. Very comfortable, reliable, and the dual-action tailgate and trunk were handier than we had anticipated. A soft-roader for sure since there is no low range. Is there any vehicle with a transverse mounted engine (i.e. front wheel drive first) with a low range?

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  • EAG Full Width Rear Bumper for Jeep JLU Review The world of bumpers is a vast and complicated one. There are a ton of aftermarket companies producing a wide range of replacement bumpers for Jeeps, and there has been for years. The features, quality, and cost are all things to keep in mind when looking. With our new JLU we knew we wanted to replace the factory plastic bumper with something a little more robust. Something with a swing out spare tire carrier as the tailgate beef up kits are pricy on their own. With the purchase of 35” tires, our search was accelerated. With some bumpers pushing the $2,000 mark we started to consider the features we were looking for and what we could get away with for our intended use. We use our Jeep for Overlanding which consists of some moderate trails, miles and miles of rough rock and gravel road, and loading our Jeep with tons of gear. For this we needed something that would add a little bit of protection. We aren’t rock crawling and don’t need something that will take that type of impact. We needed options to add gear later on and keep the weight of the spare on the bumper. This will allow us to add more weight via a custom rack on the tail gate later on down the road. With our needs in mind we continued our search. We looked at the Smitybilt Atlas 2. This bumper has many of the features we were looking for but there were a few draw backs. We don’t want to use Jerry cans. Our plan consists of using Rotopax and I didn’t want to waste any space and this bumper was made for Jerry cans. It pushes the rear tire further out then I liked as well. I talked to an owner of this bumper and also received a few mixed reviews from them regarding the hinge. The price point wasn’t bad at $999 but was also out of stock. With all that in mind the search continued. This is when I heard from a buddy of mine that was looking at the EAG rear bumper for his JLU. I decided to look it up and at first glace it didn’t look bad. I like the style, and it had a rear tire swing. At a price point of $679 it left me wondering why. With all other bumpers I was researching why was this one half the cost of most? It had my attention, so I kept researching. The bumper is made form a little lighter gauge steel. Not that big of a deal to me as I don’t plan to be rock crawling as previously mentioned. The reviews didn’t seem to bad. With Amazons return policy I figured why not give it a shot. I ordered the bumper with the intent to see it firsthand. When it arrived, there was a dent in the tire swing where it slides over the post on the bumper. I can never leave anything alone so of course I decided to fix it myself. 20 minutes later and lots of swinging and whacking it with a 5lb hammer, the dent was gone. The bumper was very easy to install. After removal of the stock bumper (check YouTube for instructions) the process took about 15 minutes. There are two bolts on each side of the frame rail and two that go through the rear crossmember next to the integrated hitch. After that the rear swing drops on to the post and a single bolt holds on the grease cap. A few small adjustments to latch and the installation was complete. We have had the bumper on the Jeep now for a little over 3,000 miles. Around half of these miles have been off road down rough gravel roads and multiple trails. The Bumper has held up great. I enjoy having a solid place to stand while accessing the rear of our RTT. The tire swing hasn’t sagged at all and that was one of my concerns. The only negative so far is with the tire swing out, the whole bumper twists and moves a little. There is almost no bracing on the back side of the bumper although the top is fully gusseted. I plan to beef it up a little underneath by adding a support from the end of the bumper back to the frame and I think this will make all the difference. With all things considered. The price point of this bumper, the features and benefits it offers, and the intended use we have for it, its hard to beat. - Trail X Trail Overland
  • my wife and I are rather new to the RTT game. We started with an ARB Simpson 3 and for the most part it worked. We had the opportunity to spend a few days, and nights, with tent at the Northwest Overland Rally. While walking around and checking out everyone’s set ups and the vendor booths we quickly discovered there was more to be had. This is where the FSR A49H comes into the story. The Monday after the rally we went online And made the leap. It diddnt take long for our new tent to arrive and we installed it on our JLU as soon as we could. The difference is clear. we are both so happy with this tent. you need to just hit up YouTube and watch a video. The features will be clear. But setting up and breaking camp is a 3 min ordeal now and this is exactly the kind of function we wanted. On top of that this tent is warm. We will have no problem 4 season Camping and here in the PNW that’s a big deal. theres Plenty of room for my wife and I to sleep and in comfort. We are very happy with our choice and I would recommend this tent to anyone... if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. If your in the area and want to check it out Just drop me a message. And no- I have no affiliation with FSR I just love my tent!
  • Garmin has a new GPS navigation device, and while smartphones may have taken over in-car directions, the Garmin Overlander aims to prove that standalone still has its place. Targeting the overlanding community, the eponymous all-in-one navigator includes not only road mapping and directions but topographical mapping, too. So, whereas Google Maps or your car’s in-built navigation system might give up when you get off the regular roadways and paths, Garmin’s Overlander promises to keep on kicking. It supports off-grid guidance of public land boundaries, 4×4 roads for North and South America, along with points-of-interest specifically catering to overlanding enthusiasts. That means things like POIs from iOverlander, the non-profit mapping project for overlander accommodation listings and more. There’s also Ultimate Public Campgrounds data, with information on camping locations along with hunting and fishing spots. Since they’re stored locally, the Overlander doesn’t require a data connection in order to serve them up. It doesn’t mean there isn’t wireless connectivity, however. Garmin allows destinations and trips to be set up from a phone or desktop, and then be synchronized to the Overlander. Routes also take into account factors which road drivers don’t, typically, need to consider. You can program Garmin’s navigator with your overlanding vehicle’s height, length, and weight, for example, so that it will only suggest routes appropriate to its size. Pitch and roll gauges are integrated, along with a digital compass and a barometric altimeter. There’s support for synchronizing different mapping overlays, too, like satellite imagery and USGS quad sheets. Everything is controlled with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen, and there’s 64GB of storage. If you have a Garmin inReach Mini satellite communicator, meanwhile, you can connect that to the Overlander. That allows for two-way text messaging off the grid, along with SOS distress signals. It’ll work with up to four BC 35 backup cameras, and the Overlander is weatherproof – with MIL-STD-810 drop rating and IP5X dust rating – and comes with a powered magnetic mount and adapter. Battery life is up to three hours.
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