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As you’re prepping for rides this spring and summer, it might be worth having a look at these adventure bike tips compiled by four-time Baja 1000 champion Quinn Cody for the website ADV Pulse. He covers planning, prep, gear, as well as riding tips. Good to know.

Link:
Quinn Cody’s Off-Road Safety Tips for Adventure Riders » ADV Pulse.

Chris Harris, one of my favorite YouTube presenters, gives a quick overview of the Mercedes-Benz G350 G-Wagen for the UK car magazine Evo.

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Here’s a great photo series on how to repair a cracked dashboard.

The basics involve grinding out the cracks and damaged foam with a Dremel, filling the cracks with expanding foam, then sanding (several rounds of this), and few rounds of sanding and spraying with rubberized spray paint.

Links:
Here are the basic steps
Here is a Rennlist forum post with steps in detail

YouTube user Ronny Dahl offers this video of off-roading in southwestern Australia’s Yeagarup Dunes and Callcup Hill. It features lots of Land Cruiser 70-series utes, water crossings and, of course, dunes and beach driving. Good fun and a beautiful spot.

Links:
4-Wheeling in Western Australia
Ronny Dahl’s YouTube Channel

 

It’s refreshing to see a video from the Middle East that’s about the people and the land, instead of the turmoil. Modern Motorcycle Diaries takes us aboard their KTM 990 on a trip through Oman. It looks beautiful.

Links:
Modern Motorcycle Diaries

Sometimes it’s just fun to watch a Porsche slice and dice in the dirt. In this video Chris Harris, one of my favorite YouTube presenters, does just that. This is a Porsche 997 Cup car that was privately modified for rallying by Tuthill Porsche in England.

Link:
Tuthill Porsche 911 RGT WRC Rally Car

Here’s a nicely modified Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero set up for overlanding the Australian outback. It’s got everything you could ever want in a vehicle and then some.

Bolt-on portal axles from TIBUS Off-road engineering

You are no doubt familiar with portal axles (found on the likes of Unimogs, Hummers, and Volvo C303s) that raise ground clearance by porting the axle above the wheel’s centerline. Usually the portal ends and the axles are built as one piece. Did you know, however, that portal axles are available in bolt-on form?

A German company called TIBUS Engineering offers them for popular overlanding marques such as Land Rover, Mercedes, Toyota, and Jeep but states on their website that they can be fitted to almost any vehicle. There’s a lengthy forum discussion on Expedition Portal started by a guy that worked with them to get portals fitted to his Land Rover Defender.

Interesting stuff.

Links:
TIBUS Engineering
Expedition Portal, portal axle forum post

Here’s another video from the Australian show Low Range. I like seeing their camp setups, how and what they cook, as well as the trails they drive. Good fun!

 

According to the BlueRibbon Coalition over 100 miles of Moab trails are being threatened with road closures by the proposed Grand County Council Public Lands Initiative.

The initiative is open to public comment until the 31st of March. Check the link for more details on the issue and how to comment.

Link:
National Call To Action – Help Save Moab’s Trails | BlueRibbon Coalition.