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Garmin’s GPS 12 VS. Magellan’s GPS 2000 XL

Okay, I have to admit, the first time I saw a guy with a GPS unit on the trail, two thoughts came to mind. 1) This guy has waaaay too much money and 2) What the heck would you really need a GPS for, he must be showing off number 1. After seeing a few more the last year or …

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Dynatrac’s Trail Series Dana 60 Rear Axle

 Hard on Rocks… Confidence to Explore… Dynatrac’s ad slogans are boastful and aggressive. We’ve installed and tested several of their tough products over the years, SST shock absorbers, diff covers, etc., but we had never tested Dynatrac’s mainstay – the custom-made, venerable Dana 60 axle. It was time for us to strap one on and give it a royal beat …

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Mile Marker Electric Winch Review E12000 & E9000 models

  Competition is a great thing – really. Whether it’s two competitors dukeing it out on a rock course, or more than one manufacturer making a similar product – competition drives the opposing forces to do or make something better, faster, stronger or even less expensive– which of course is a great thing for the consumer. This brings us to …

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Trans-Dapt Slam-Guard Pans

During the 2009 SEMA show, we spied a new set of off-road focused engine oil pan and transmission fluid pans being offered by Trans-Dapt. The Trans-Dapt Performance Slam-Guard oil pans have 3/16 in. thick skid plates to prevent damage to internal engine or transmission components. The material, oil/fluid capacity and mounting surfaces replicate those of the stock components. That’s where …

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PSC Motorsports Hydraulic Ram Assist Steering System

  When it comes to bulletproof steering there are only few companies that stand out in our off-road realm. Newcomer PSC Motorsports happens to be one of them, and their top-shelf products can make your rig twice as capable and steer better on and off the road. PSC Motorsports can equip your rig with high pressure and high volume pumps, …

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TomTom Go 700 Portable Navigation Unit

I’ll admit it, I’m a gadget guy. If it beeps, blinks, flashes, or performs some useful task that I may or may not use, I want it. When the boss-man and I began discussing our annual trek to Moab, which included a long road trip through the desolate southwestern deserts, we decided this would be the perfect time and place …

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$20 Homemade Plasma Cutting Table

A Homemade Quick and Easy Plasma Cutting Table For About $20 It all started when I was visiting Jody, our Tech Editor, in Tucson, AZ and we were working on a few projects for the magazine. As we were hammering and welding away, he mentioned that if we had time that he wanted to make some American flags using his …

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Dynatrac’s Nodular Cast Iron Differential Cover

Snapping an axle or a u-joint sucks, but nothing can ruin your trail ride like bashed-in differential cover. For all you diff-bangin’, heavy right foot drivers, Dynatrac has the answer for you. Dynatrac’s new nodular cast iron diff covers are all business. It’s function over form in the protection- department for your differentials. Whether you are using a stock diff …

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Jacobs Electronics – AccuVolt

Last November, we had the opportunity to install a Jacobs Electronics Omni Magnum ignition system in our K-5 Blazer and were pleased with the outcome. Several months and thousands of miles have gone by since, and we couldn’t be happier. Their product quality and reputation cannot be beat nor can the support team they have if you should ever need …

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Hypertech’s Power Programmer

If you drive a modern 4×4 with a computer controlled engine, then adding a few extra ponies is a plug and play proposition. Hypertech has been building power adding computers for over 20 years, and when it comes to using 1’s and 0’s to do it, you can trust the computer geeks at Hypertech to unleash the power hidden in …

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