September 9th, 2019
4x4 enthusiasts are probably the largest consumers of used tires. This is mainly because of the ever-rising cost of buying big rubber. Plus, tires no longer good for highway driving might still have a life in the dirt.
Keith and Johnny Orange have bought hundreds of used 4x4 tires over the years, and have learned the hard way what is a good purchase, and what is downright dangerous.
Do you know how to date code a tire? Do you know the difference between advertised and actual size and why this matters? Are bias-ply or radial a better choice for your trail rig? Are used military tires a decent deal? We answer all these questions and more on this episode.
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September 2nd, 2019
Are online forums dead? Are Facebook groups the best way to find information for your build these days? Keith and Johnny Orange discuss the pros and cons of each format.
Episode 20 features some extended 4x4 news coverage, including the recent unfortunate passing of Jessi Combs. Johnny Orange updates us on Project XJ. Keith Kodet of Thin Line Offroad starts plans for a 7.3 Excursion build and continues his name search for the FJ60.
The Museum of Offroad Adventure has several important announcements and is ramping up for their annual Wheels in the Woods show.
Extremely exciting news comes from the aftermarket with the insane pricing on 2.8R Cummins swap packages coming out of QuickDraw Brand.
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August 26th, 2019
Keith Kodet and Johnny Orange talk options for 4x4 van conversions, from outfits that sell complete conversions, to DIY kits and more.
Wheelin' is reaching further audiences, including our friends at the Modern Jeeper Show. You can listen to them at www.modernjeeper.com
Setting up a garage with the right tools for the beginner 4x4 builder can be expensive, so the guys talk about which tools to buy first, and how to make quality and safe purchases when it comes to jack stands, air compressors and more.
Wheels in the woods 2019 is coming up Sept 28th. More info at www.wheelsinthewoods.info
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August 19th, 2019
Keith and Johnny Orange, like many automotive enthusiasts, have been guilty of running out of steam on a project. We discuss the causes of delays in our final goals, and how to get back on track.
Johnny Orange gets us up to speed on Project XJ and Keith talks about where he wants to go, or can't decide to go, with his rear axle options for the FJ60.
Wheels in the Woods is getting closer, and we announce the sponsors of the event.
August 12th, 2019
Many different options are available for lifting your rig. What is going to be best for you? Keith and Johnny Orange discuss everything from the cheapest body and puck lifts to the advanced packages required to lift IFS and IRS trucks.
What is going to be best for you to clear that bigger rubber? What else do you need to consider when increasing tire size?
August 5th, 2019
Keith and Johnny Orange mourn the loss of the manual transmission with the announcement that many models have dropped the stick for the 2020 model year.
We continue to discuss the mini-truck market and how you can still order a hand shaker, for now.
One company, QuickDraw Brand, is offering manual transmission conversion products for almost all new pickup models, and we discuss some of their awesome options for those gear shifting die-hards.
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July 29th, 2019
Keith Kodet of Thin Line Offroad started his foray into wheeling with a used S-15 Jimmy, and his first "built" rig was another S-15 as well. How did the little S-truck become so popular? And how did it develop into the Colorado and Canyon line of today. A fan of Wheelin' asked Keith and Johnny Orange for advice on what new mini-truck to buy, with his main choices being the Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. The hosts weigh the pros and cons of each vehicle, and weigh in on what they would buy.
July 22nd, 2019
Keith Kodet of Thin Line Offroad and Johnny Orange discuss when it is time to stop driving the rig to the trail and start trailering instead. They cover such topics such as choosing the right tow rig, what gross vehicle weight rating and gross combined vehicle ratings mean, and how to choose a trailer. Additionally they cover the passing of industry legend Lee Iacocca and his contributions to the Chrysler and Jeep brands.
Additional discussion in the "4x4 Talk" Facebook Group
July 15th, 2019
Keith Kodet of Thin Line Offroad and Johnny Orange tell some trail horror stories, and what they learned from the experiences. Trail damage, getting stuck, and breakdowns happen, are you prepared physically AND mentally?
The Wheels in the Woods show is coming up! We cover what you need to know.
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July 8th, 2019
Keith and Johnny Orange discuss the passing of off-road racing legend Rod Hall, along with his contributions to the 4x4 community, including building the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame into what it is today. More info at http://ormhof.org/
Taking a break from discussion about full-size vehicles, we discuss a brief history of the Honda Corporation, focusing on their off-highway products such as their motorcycles, early three-wheelers, and four-wheelers. We also talk about the future of Honda and theorize where they may be in the full-size market in the future.
A great resource for Honda collectors is Honda Hoarders at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2039882316297155/