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Tech Tuesday... Lighting Lighting Lighting

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   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 size or length, decide what beam you want and figure out a price range that works for you at the very least. Its a whole lot of work, but if you actually spend the time to do it and do it right, the results can be well worth it.

     The first thing that comes to most people's mind these days is the price. With light bars ranging from the highest quality to incredibly poor quality you can spend almost whatever you want and get a light bar or set of pods on your vehicle. Companies light Rigid Industries and PIAA off road lighting come to mind as some of the leaders in the world of nearly indestructible, insanely bright and available for almost any application lighting manufacturers. On the other hand while plenty of people have had decent luck with some of the cheap Chinese brands, normally those are going to leave you in the dark when you least want it.

     The problem with the technology of today is that its not just about spending the money on a quality product, you also need to research and understand not only the specific products but also your application and how to combine a powerful and affecting paring. Just because you have an incredibly high quality and top dollar light bar, if it is a spot beam and you are trying to use it to light up your camp site at close range it probably wont be all the helpful. On the other hand a hyper flood wont help you spot the deer on the road 400m down the highway. There is a light system for every application so take the time and do the research and it will help you insure that you don't spend a ton of money you didn't need to while finding a perfect solution for your lighting problem, or that you don't get roped in to buying something with a low dollar tag attached that does not suite your needs.

      For any lighting questions feel free to give us a call or swing by either of our location to ask our knowledgeable sales staff about info on what light you may be in need of, then get out there and enjoy it.

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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Tech Tuesday... The Right Spotter

      For those who are new to off roading, a new trail can be a very nerve racking experience. Unknown off cambers, rocks and roots can take you for a pretty rough ride if you aren’t sure how to approach them correctly. But the driver of the vehicle is not always in the best position to [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Load and Sway Control

     When it comes to the world of full size trucks and diesels, especially those of an older variety, the questions that we seem to get the most generally revolve around load handling and stability. You take an old truck that could have as many as 4-5 owners throwing who knows what in the bed and dragging [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Performance Upgrades

Generally speaking when you talk about even a semi-serious off road vehicle, terms like “agile” and “quick” are not used too often. When you start putting oversized tires, taller suspension, and heavy metal armor on a truck it tends to slow down a good bit. For some people this is a none issue but there are plenty of people [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Locking Your Beads

      If you have not had a chance to take your rig out and play in the snow or even on the rocks, you may not have much experience with airing down your tires. But if you have had any experience or have overheard conversation about what pressure or air down techniques, odds are you have [...]

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