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  1. Factory Rock Rails vs. Jeep Performance Rock Rails

    I'm not a fan of pinch seam mounted sliders if they're going to be used as actual sliders. In my experience, they deform the body panels after a few impacts. But if you're using them for just a step then you should be fine.
  2. ARB Sliders

    Here's ARB's 2020 EJS build with close-up pictures of the sliders. On a previous JK I had Nemesis sliders that mounted the same way, with nutscerts in the body. The JL body is aluminum instead of steel like on previous Jeeps, so you need enough holes to spread the load and not strip them. A...
  3. NEW Next venture Rock sliders

    Well, that's one way to give your rig a low center of gravity. I appreciate their beefiness.
  4. Muddy Kansas Rocks - Stock Sport to Modified Rubicon Gladiators Tackle Some Trails

    Certainly! From what I recall- Gray Sport Max Tow: only mod was possibly hair extensions. Black Overland: 1.5" leveling kit and 33" ATs (unsure which brands) Red Rubicon: stock suspension, stock 33" MTs, 3/4 bed rack, RTT, Method wheels Black Rubicon (mine): 35" Falken Wildpeak MTs, stock...
  5. Muddy Kansas Rocks - Stock Sport to Modified Rubicon Gladiators Tackle Some Trails

    Five of us went to Kansas Rocks for a day of wheeling in sporadic rain. I've been going there for a decade to stay sharp on my off-roading skills, so when I'm out on adventure trips I know what I can safely handle. The drivers of the Max Tow Sport and Overland have never been off-road before...
  6. Building With Purpose, Not Ego: Berserker Offroad Gladiator Build

    Latest install- the AEV snorkel with pre-filter.
  7. AEV Snorkel Install: Step-By-Step Guide (Don't Make My Mistakes)

    I installed the AEV snorkel on my JT and documented the process because I didn't see a how-to video already done. I installed it primarily for the pre-filter, to "pre-clean" dusty air before it reaches the air filter on trail days. The snorkel and components are stout, but I should have done a...
  8. Building With Purpose, Not Ego: Berserker Offroad Gladiator Build

    I installed the BuiltRight Industries Utility Rail system. Below I discuss why I went with their kit instead of the Mopar Trail Rail system.
  9. Gladiator Cargo Rails: BuiltRight Industries Utility Rail System Review

    My Gladiator didn't come with the Mopar Trail Rail system and I needed more load securing options than the four standard tie-downs. I found an aftermarket bed rail system that, in my opinion, is better than what you get from the factory. That's the BuiltRight Industries Utility Rail System. I...
  10. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    Dude, I'm there with you. Keep it simple so you can enjoy the scenery. Your first paragraph describes what I felt at the Mt. Rushmore KOA. Dozens of expensive RVs crammed in like livestock and the owners were sandwiched between them watching TV. What's the point of going somewhere if you won't...
  11. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    Yep, there are certainly tradeoffs. It's almost as if you need one of each so you're most suited for different trips. I've learned I prefer "base camp" type trips instead of "overlanding". I like setting up in one spot and exploring instead of continually moving. The slower pace gives me more...
  12. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    Dang, that thing is sweet. Two of my buddies are looking to buy one right now. Another friend of mine, the owner of Adventure Motors in Lee's Summit, MO, is a local dealer for those campers. He swears by them and he and his "crew" take them to some crazy places in Ozark National Forest. They're...
  13. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    When my kids were younger my family went to Colorado and the four of us slept in my 2-person RTT ontop of my JK. The kids had a blast and so far the trip is still our family favorite. In the past, I considered a utility trailer just for the fact it would always be loaded and ready to go. At the...
  14. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    I agree. We found out what happens when you take a NoBo off the main forest roads to explore a little. While not ideal, I can see people getting into the same situation we did and end up on terrain the camper wasn't designed for.
  15. It's that pesky weight thing again

    I made a list of things to change and then I read your last paragraph. You truly have my sympathies and I wish you the best. Good for you for getting out there while you can. I'm located in Kansas City- please reach out if you need assistance while on your road trip. Probably the quickest thing...
  16. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    Thank you! My setup finally failed me around noon the day before we left. Luckily, my buddy brought a camper with dual batteries that I could plug my fridge into🤪
  17. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    I'm impressed that that only weighs ~500 lbs loaded, leaving plenty of remaining payload for you and supplies. How's the working space inside? Andrew St. Pierre with 4xOverland had a similar setup for him and his wife. Also, how easy is that to remove if you need to use your bed for something else?
  18. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    I think that's the natural progression. I joke with my wife that we might as well buy an RV now, because that's where we're headed.
  19. I Don’t Like Campers Trip Journal: Tonto National Forest Trip With Gladiator, ZR2, Canyon

    My wife may be my ultimate deciding factor. She likes to camp with me but because of her Raynaud's disease, she's limited to more temperate months. I've towed generators for years for the film and production industry so I'm used to being hitched. I just don't like the liability of a camper...



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