This site endeavors to share our passion for Jeep vehicles, backcountry exploring, and outdoor adventure. As serious four-wheel drive enthusiasts, we love adventure
vehicles built to take us into the backcountry and return us home again safely; vehicles that are as comfortable as they are
capable, as safe as they are tough. I built this site with the hope that it will provide information, resources, and guidance
in selecting the right approach and products to build your vehicle. With over twenty years of owning, driving, building, and
maintaining 4-wheel drive vehicles, our recommendations are based on real world experiences with daily-driven Jeeps. So explore
the site and enjoy...
Above: Exploring Poughkeepsie Gulch, southwestern Colorado, in a 1996 Jeep Cherokee XJ.
Below right: A tight
hillclimb in Badlands Off-Road Park, Indiana, in a 2003 Wrangler Rubicon TJ.
There are many approaches to selecting and modifying a 4x4 vehicle. Our philosophy is simple: take the time to understand
your needs, preferences, and budget; consider how you intend to use your vehicle; then develop a comprehensive plan to make
it happen. This common sense approach may lack the flash and pizzazz of the latest fad or the hottest trend, but when the
infatuation fades, builder's remorse won't leave you with expensive products you don't want or need. What you'll
have is a well thought out, cleverly designed, capable vehicle that you'll enjoy for years to come.
Like everyone, we have our preferences
for everything from vehicles to aftermarket product brands to style of four-wheeling. And while we appreciate most trucks
and utility vehicles, we prefer those that are heavily biased toward off-pavement performance in stock form, so you won't
find info on CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) or all-wheel drive "soft-road" vehicles, even if they wear a seven-slot
grill. We're also not fans of complex electronically controlled drivetrain/traction systems on off-highway vehicles, unless
they can be manually defeated. Simplicity is very under-appreciated, but for a backcountry explorer, simplicty equates to
durability, ease of maintenance and repair, parts availability, and lower cost. We'll select a low-range transfer case,
solid axles, and a shift lever any day over the latest computer controlled whiz-bang gadgetry.
on the dunes in the Badlands Off-Road Park in a 1983 Jeep CJ-5.