You’ve got your classic Toyota truck. You’ve got your swamp tires the size of weather balloons. Almost nothing can stop you. Almost.
There are bad judgement calls, and then there’s hiding in a hole so a race car will drive over your head.
Contrary to what might sound logical, four-wheel drive is not ubiquitous in off-road racing. In fact most of the super hot race winners at an event like the Baja 1000 are rear-drive. But that might be starting to change, as builders are figuring out how to match 4WD systems with today’s epic long-travel suspension.
The Mercedes G-Class is The Simpsons of cars– built on great bones, but surviving so long it’s evolved into a caricature of itself. Well wallow no more hardcore G-fans: the 2017 G350d Professional is wiping the slate clean (and muddy) and starting over. The G just got great again.
If you really need one truck to go prerunning, overlanding, mud bogging and rock crawling... you’re going to have to get creative. Or crazy.
A “wheelie” is when you pop up the front wheel of a motorcycle and proceed forward with a tire in the air like you just don’t care. Stupid stunt? Maybe sometimes, but the skill can be downright useful and this is the best tutorial I’ve seen yet.
The U.S. military has been talking about “stealth motorcycles” for years. As of this month, two tech outfits have what seem to be viable prototypes that will both be funded for another revision.
We all know the charmingly gruff Jeep Wrangler will be more modernized for the next generation “JL” due in 2018. But rumor has it the company is now asking customers how they’d feel about no more manual transmissions.
At least it landed on its wheels?
Thirty-five inch Super Swamper tires will get your rig through damn near any mud puddle, but they won’t let you carve deep through the earth’s outer crust. Watch this buggy scar the planet by powering through the ground instead of over it.
With their second insane stunt video on these crazy dirt bike/snowmobile hybrids, Red Bull has officially created the job title “professional snow biker.” And here I was thinking I had a cool job.
The original Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was a solid-axle 4x4 with true low range and loads of off-road potential. The current Cherokee (KL) is a smooth, comfortable crossover. That hasn’t stopped owners from trying to jack it up and cram mud tires on it though, and it looks like somebody’s work has finally paid off.
Australia is a beautiful, vast country with hardly anybody living it. That’s why some 70 percent of the landmass has no cell coverage. But there are still enough people around to try and come up with a creative strategy for backcountry communication.
Nobody expected the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to be a hardcore off-roader. It simply lacks the low gearing and solid axles typically suited to crushing rocks. But Honda’s new pickup still holds its own over rough terrain, and here’s how. Call it “better off-roading through science.”
Off-road racing legend BJ “Ballistic” Baldwin just got hitched (congratulations BJ!) and stuck the traditional “JUST MARRIED” sign and cans-on-strings to the 900 horsepower racing truck he’ll pilot this season. Because bad-ass.
Big splashes, clear and present danger, and oh yeah—no adventure is complete without a good water crossing! Just don’t forget how high the stakes really are before you plunge your SUV into the abyss in the middle of nowhere.