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Tech Tuesday... Mounting Your Hi-Lift

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         Having a Hi-Lift with you on trail is a must, from swapping spares to getting your rig up off a rock, it is a multipurpose tool that can be used to save the day in hundreds of ways. The only downside to having your Hi-Lift with you in your rig is that it is a big metal object that you have to find or make space for somewhere. Lucky Hi-Lift makes some good solutions.

          Bolting your Hi-Lift down somewhere that it can live full time so that you do not have to handle it every time you want to take your rig out wheeling is a great idea but you also need to keep a few things in mind. Hi-Lift makes a hood-mount kit for the Jeep applications but I have always been a little concerned about putting it there because if you are out wheeling and manage to break the mounting hardware or the mount itself, you know have a loose and heavy piece of metal sliding around on your hood or possibly coming through the windshield. The other concern is in the case of an accident the last thing you possibly want is to send your Hi-Lift flying forward like a missile. The other options out there include tube mounts that you can use to mount it to your bumper or what I commonly suggest, mount it to your roll cage (if you have one). This keeps the Hi-Lift inside the vehicle so it does not face the elements or get stolen off your vehicle and you always know exactly where it is and can easily access it. The only thing you need to do is make sure that you mount it in a position where a hard drop off a rock or an accident cannot send the Hi-Lift into the back of your head. From there depending on what vehicle you are driving there are a selection of application specific mounts and some very smart DIY locations and ideas that you can find online with a quick search.

         Your Hi-Lift is a key ingredient in the mixture of off roading, I strongly suggest everyone to own one and never wheel without it. But make sure that you mount it somewhere smart and safe to keep it dry, out of the sway and most importantly where it cannot come loose and hurt someone. Give us a call or swing by to see all the options we offer so that you can get out there and enjoy.

Tech Tuesday... Light Hands

     One of the biggest problems for newcomers in the world of off roading seems to be the reoccurring issue of damaging/breaking steering components. Of course there is no way to specifically determine a single factory that caused the failure of a part or component a lot of the time, but there are a few small factors that [...]

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Tech Tuesday... The Correct Tire

       One of the questions that the sales guys here at NSOR get all the time and is worth addressing is the famous “What tire is right for my needs?”. Unfortunately, even our knowledgeable staff is not always able to simply know what is “best” for an individual’s needs. For those who don’t [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Slowing it Down

      Running a large set of oversized tires on your wheeling rig is something that everyone aims to do, if that is a 35" mud tire or a 43" sticky, we all hope to figure out the right set up to run a big tire hopefully without blowing up all of our driveline [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Lighting Lighting Lighting

   The lighting world is an ever changing and never ending world of new technologies, styles, approaches and manufacturers. Gone are the days of a good old fashion 7" round mounted to the roof and away you went. These days you have to decide where you want to mount it, figure out the perfect [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Passenger Security

      It is a plain and simple truth. When you mix tight trails with trees, rocks and other obstacles together with a motorized vehicle, things can go wrong. It doesn’t matter if you are just going for a leisurely cruise down an forest service road or you are beating your rig through the [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Lifted Tow Rigs

      There is nothing cooler looking that a big dually diesel rolling down the highway on 40"s towing a clean buggy in most people's eyes, and although we don't see a huge amount of it (yet) up here in BC, it is a daily sight down south. Of course it is the best [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Arms 101

        I had a very long winded and frankly rather confusing discussion a few days ago with someone centered around the basic and common question of “long arm or short arm”? The more we got into it, the more we realized that most people probably don’t really understand the benefits or purpose [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Tires Tires Tires

Buying new tires for your vehicle can change the whole feel of your vehicle as well as take your mild vehicle to a whole new level of ground clearance and capability. Having a big off road tire will not only help your keep your RPMs down on the highway and give you more clearance to [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Tepui Tents

         There is something really special about rolling into the campsite at 10 or 11 oclock at night, tired after a long day of driving and just wanting to turn the vehicle off and pass out, and having a Tepui Tent that will go from fully packed away to open and ready to sleep in [...]

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