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Outdoor Lifestyle / Tent Recommendations
« on: February 06, 2016, 10:43:01 AM »
Usually my family likes to camp in a travel trailer, but since our camper was stolen out of our driveway last summer (older uninsured camper), we are left without shelter for our camping trips.

We're planning on a Colorado trip this summer, and we're looking for recommendations for a good quality tent that sleeps 4.  The main things we're looking for is something we can stand up inside, and something that sets up and tears down quickly.

Any recommendations?



Market / For sale: set of 4 Kenda Klever M/T's 285/75R16
« on: October 03, 2015, 12:54:37 PM »
Selling my old tires off my Tahoe:


Interior Mods / Phone Mount?
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:51:02 AM »
Any suggestions on cell phone mounts?  I'm wanting a cradle to hold my smartphone for GPS and Music use.

I'm looking at this one currently; has good reviews:

Arkon Mobile Grip 2

I'm mostly concerned with a mount that is secure and won't bounce off when going over rough roads.  The Ram mounts look good, but are a bit pricey.

What do ya'll use?


Vehicle Modification and Creation / Homemade Rock Sliders
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:15:29 PM »
I've been planning to make some rock sliders / rocker guards for quite some time.  Hopefully I can actually pull this off pretty soon now!

I plan to take this pile of somewhat rusty steel:

and turn it into functional body armor.  That's 2x4 steel tubing, 3/16" thick.  A bit overkill, I know.  But I already have it on hand.  I would like to add some tubular outriggers when I'm done as well.


Market / For Sale: 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:11:06 PM »
97 Jeep Wrangler TJ, 4 cylinder, 5 Speed

Asking $5500

More details here:

Casey - 417-850-6225

Tavern / Long-Term Tire Test & Review: Kenda Klever M/T
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:17:24 PM »
April 2013

     In April of last year, I was in need of some new tires for my 1995 Chevy 2-door Tahoe.  I had taken this truck from a soccer-momís SUV to a serious Sport Utility Vehicle, using it for all kinds of new activities, including Overlanding.  The tires that were nearing the end of their life-span were the discontinued BF Goodrich Long Trail Radial T/A, a tire that I have had great success with in the past.  In fact, these were the 3rd set of Long Trails that I had purchased.  While great in strength and tread life, the Long Trails were lacking in grip and off-road abilities.

   Since I was spending more time off-road than before, I started leaning towards a true mud-terrain tire.  I still spend a lot of time on the highway, with a 45 mile round-trip to work every day, so long life was also important to me.  Of course, isnít that what we all want: the most aggressive off-road tire that lasts forever?  Naturally, most mud-terrains arenít known for long tread life, but tire technology seems to be improving, as several tire manufacturers are now starting to offer tread life warranties on some of their mud-terrain products.

   While trying to decide what tire to purchase, a deal fell into my lap: a set of Kenda Klever M/T tires in the perfect size: LT285/75R16, with only a hundred or so miles on them.  If you are like me, you have probably never heard of Kenda tires.  Apparently they are quite well known for their bicycle, motorcycle, and ATV tires.  They have recently spread into the automotive and light-truck market:

   Upon first glance of these tires, I was quite impressed!  The tread looked quite aggressive, and the tread blocks were large with a lot of depth.  I was a little hesitant at first, since I was unfamiliar with the manufacturer.  I was also concerned about noise and tread life.  I had never run such an aggressive tire on a daily driver before.  My Jeep TJ has some mud-terrains with similar tread patterns, but on a Jeep, once youíre above 45 MPH, you canít really hear much anyway.  I was also concerned with the fact these Klendas are made in China.  In my line of work in the RV industry, we have fallen prey to many poor trailer tires being built in China.

   However, I decided the deal was too good to pass up, so I purchased the tires and installed them on my Tahoe on a set of 16x7 Toyota OEM steel wheels.  Instantly, the Tahoe was transformed from a mild-mannered grocery getter to a serious machine that means business!



   Upon driving home after installation, I was quite impressed with how smooth the aggressive tires rolled.  I had no balancing issues, and I was able to cruise 70mph on the interstate with no issues at all.  One of my main concerns was also squashed: the noise level wasnít bad at all.  Of course, noise is a very subjective issue.  I was able to hear the tires, but it was a gentle hum, and not an annoying drone.  I soon discovered that I actually looked forward to driving the Tahoe more in order to enjoy the experience of driving a machine with true mud-terrains as the shoe of choice.

   The Kenda Klever M/T in size 285/75R16 is a load range E tire, 10-ply, with 7 plies on the tread and 3 plies on the sidewalls.  They are rated to carry 3750 lbs per tire at 80 psi.  I have found that 40 psi is a perfect pressure for on-highway use on my rather portly Tahoe.

   Stay tuned as I keep you updated on tread life, how they work on and off-road, and overall experiences with the Kenda Klever M/Tís.

Casey Flint

Vehicle Modification and Creation / Ball Joint Advice
« on: November 17, 2013, 04:02:39 PM »
Looks like it's time for ball joints on my Tahoe.  As far as I can tell, these might be original equipment joints!  I bought the Tahoe with 174K miles on the clock, and it was a one-owner vehicle before that and had an easy life.  I've put an additional 100K miles on her, and haven't had to touch anything on the front end.  (And people say that IFS is weak and should be tossed out!) 

I have one joint that is starting to get a little loose, but all 4 have torn boots, so they don't have much life left now.  They are the pressed-on joints in the welded A-arms.

I know there are a few options for replacement.  I've never had to do this on this style of GM before.  Any advice?



Vehicle Modification and Creation / Roadmaster Active Suspension
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:16:18 PM »
When I installed the new 33" Kenda Klever Mud Terrains on my Tahoe, I cranked the front torsion bars just a bit to help clear the tires.  The truck sat level, but then I had a new problem: when loading up for a long excursion or when towing a trailer, the rear end would sag quite a bit.

I didn't want to install a full lift kit, I don't like lift blocks, and I wasn't crazy about using an add-a-leaf.  Enter Roadmaster Active Suspension.

This company has been asking me to try their product in hopes that I might become an installing dealer (where I work: Mid America RV).  I finally decided to try a set.

It's basically a coiled helper spring that sits on top of the leaf springs.  Very easy to install: no drilling, no removal of OEM equipment needed.

There are two spring tension settings available (actually...the springs are infinitely adjustable), and I went with the lighter setting.  This netted me a 1" lift when empty, and now the rear doesn't squat under a heavy load!  Now the stance and tire clearance is right where I want it, and the ride is great!

I'm not sure yet how articulation will be affected, but I didn't have a whole lot to start with.  I think a locker in the rear diff would be a better solution to traction problems anyway.

If you need a little bit of lift and/or a little more load-carrying capacity, I would definitely check them out!


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