When you walk into the machine shop you immediately notice large state-of-the-art CNC milling machines with plexiglass doors and humming away behind them the whirring of cutting bits and splashing lubricant turning someone’s idea into reality. The neat rows of shiny chunks of aluminum parts on rolling carts nearby. The plethora of milling and cutting bits organized on racks throughout the space. That unmistaken smell of amachine shop, the raw metal it transforms and its workers shuffling about from station to station, concept to completion. Even the shop dogs have their place sleeping to the sounds of ideas being born. Here is where Factor55 machines all its parts in Nampa, Idaho.
I wanted to upgrade the electrical on my 2006 4Runner since I was going to be adding some electronic upgrades that I knew would really tax the factory electrical system. I started with the heart of the system: the alternator. I ran some quick calculations to see what kind of power I would need to supply and size my wire accordingly. After doing some research and contacting a few companies, I decided on Mike Singer of Singer Alternators. His website is rather barren and he prefers it that way. He runs a smaller shop and he prefers customers contact him via the form on his website so he can address their individual needs properly.
What? I thought to myself. Wait, what? I eyed my phone’s screen for the second time in a matter of seconds. I carefully read the news flash: President Obama has created the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Talk and rumors became reality. President Obama created the second largest monument in the lower 48 at over 1.3 million acres. The largest national monument, Grand Staircase Escalante Monument, is also located in Utah and a very close neighbor. Utah’s public lands grew considerably with the President’s signature. Utahans felt overjoyed, right? Not exactly.
There’s the age old question of should or shouldn’t I get a snorkel. On a popular FJ Cruiser forum it’s ten pages deep of back and forth banter espousing the pros and cons of having one. There’s everything from power gains, waterproofing to clean air. But in the end, it’s your rig and even if it’s as simple as liking the look, then go for it. The only thing to remember is, it’s permanent. Unless of course you shell out for a new painted fender.
How about a little Monday morning inspiration? Recently Hema Maps posted a nice short trailer covering the Colorado section of their epic Continental Divide Route Expedition from 2016.
While our friends from Expedition Overland are exploring South America, they've been releasing a steady stream of videos covering a variety of subject. Their newest series is called "In The Shop", and they started off with an excellent vehicle: Clay's 2013 Supercharged Tacoma.
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Overland Expo WEST 2017
New Mexico Enchanted Rim Trail
Manufacturer Profile: Factor 55
2017 Toyota Overlander List
Bears Ears National Monument
Texas Overland Adventure
High Performance Dual Battery Install
New & Noteworthy from Vintage Air & OEM Audio +
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The Rugged Charm of the just-released FT-4X Concept car is very clear. Like the FJ Cruiser concept back in 2003, some will love it - others will hate it.
As we previously discussed, Toyota has a full slate of capable, rugged, and dependable Trucks & SUVs. We should know, we’ve been covering them for more than a decade!
Continued from 6 Days on Hema Map Patrol, Part 1.
Our inability to cross the Continental Divide via Union Pass outside of Pinedale, WY had us a little disappointed. However, after three hard days on the trail, we were happy for a nice night in a soft bed.