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Off-RoadAdventures/Dec 17
Magazines | Outdoors 2017-12-05 16:06:02
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    48 PAGE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE OUR LARGEST EVER! SURVIVING SNOW TAKING ON THE WHITE STUFF DECEMBER 2017 • $3.50 U.S. + TIPS AND TACTICS: FIXING A FLAT IN TOUGH SPOTS THE RIGHT STUFF: GEAR THAT SHOULD BE IN EVERY 4X4 JEEP SPEED: ONE MAN’S INSANE QUEST TO BUILD THE FASTEST JEEP EVER 100S OF NEW PARTS SUPER LOW PRICES! SEE PAGE 47

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    CONTENTS 14 The beauty of the Sierras provides the backdrop for a perfect week of ‘wheeling with friends. Photo: CHRIS COLLARD 20 26 40 FEATURES 14 TREKKING THE SIERRAS One Of The West’s Most Iconic Four-Wheel Drive Events 20 EXPOSED Our Favorite Rigs From Off-Road Expo 26 FROM CRAWL TO HAUL A Full-Tilt JK Built For Serious Speed 40 INSIDE YOUR RIDE It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts 96 SAND PEOPLE The Sand Sports Super Show 112 QUICK LOOK Pro Armor RZR XP 1000 Turbo 122 TEST DRIVE: 2017 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY TD6 Does The All-New Discovery Preserve Land Rover’s Legendary Off-Road Status? 4 DECEMBER 2017

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    DECEMBER 2017 10 32 ON THE COVER: Let it snow! There is no reason to put away your rig for winter. Get out and enoy the white stuff. Photo by BOYD JAYNES CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 06 PRESIDENT’S CORNER 08 FROM THE EDITOR 10 NEWS 110 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT 128 NEW PRODUCTS 135 CALENDAR 136 PARTING SHOT TECHNICAL 32 SURVIVING THE SNOW How To Stay Unstuck And Alive In The White Stuff 102 EDC FOR YOUR 4X4 Gear That Should Be In Every 4x4 114 KEEP ON ROLLING How To Change A Tire In the Dirt 96 112 114 Follow us on Facebook! Keep up with the latest goings on and post your pics, videos & events. Enter prize drawings available only to our Facebook friends www.facebook.com/oramagazine 122 DECEMBER 2017 5

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    PRESIDENT’S CORNER SAM HOMSIEH GREG ADLER PRESIDENT & CEO 4 Wheel Parts HAPPY HOLIDAYS! As 2017 comes to a close, it is a great time to look back at what has been an amazing year here at 4 Wheel Parts. Once again, we grew as a company, opening eight new stores across the country: A huge thanks goes out to you, and the rest of our customers, for helping to make it a stellar year. I also have to thank all our employees who work hard to ensure that everything goes smoothly. We have big plans for 2018, with ten more store openings rolling out across the country. In fact, we are moving into new regions in the Midwest (Chicago area) and Northeast (Baltimore area). This is an exciting time for the company as we continue to grow and bring our state-of-the art showrooms, top of the line service departments and expert staff that eat, breathe, and sleep truck and Jeep! The holidays can be an extremely busy and hectic time for all of us. Running around looking for the perfect gift, trying to find a parking spot at the mall, and figuring out what people want can stress us out. We are here to help, with a giant 48-page holiday gift guide in this issue of Off-Road Adventures. It is packed with the best products from the top manufacturers in the off-road industry. If you can’t find what you are looking for in our giant guide, remember that we carry almost everything, so stop by your local 4 Wheel Parts store or visit us online. We will also be running our 12 Days Of Christmas holidays specials online at 4wheelparts.com for even more gift ideas. And, if you are last minute shopper like me or have no idea what to get, 4 Wheel Parts has gift cards available in any amount. They will make anyone who spends time on the trail happy. Gifts are great, but one of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to spend extra time with friends, family and loved ones. Hopefully, you get to do the same this holiday season, and enjoy some time off. Happy Holidays from everyone here at 4 Wheel Parts and thank you for your business. —Greg Adler Exclusive magazine for customers of 4 WHEEL PARTS and off-road enthusiasts everywhere. EDITORIAL Craig Perronne Ana Herrera• Rebecca Lacko ADVERTISING Editor/Publisher Creative Director Ad Coordinator Circulation Manager Copy Editor Director of Marketing jnasi@4wp.com 310.900.7721 CONTRIBUTORS John Cappa, Harry Wagner, Ben Stewart, Sam Homsieh TAP WORLDWIDE, LLC • ••••••••• President & C.E.O. • •• • •• • •• ••• Chief Operating Officer ••••••••••• President, TMG Brands • • •••• • • • Director of Marketing ••••••• •••••••• Director of Advertising Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. Off-Road Adventures, 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers and TAP Worldwide, LLC are not responsible for opinions expressed or information contained in this publication. When installing any part or accessory, be sure you completely read and understand the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Articles contained in this publication are meant to be informative adjuncts to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Canadian prices may vary. International destination fees may apply. • • • • • •• • • •• • • • •• • •• • • •• • • • • • •• • ••• • • ••••••••••••••••••• •••••••••••••••••• To get your free subscription or change your address, go to offroadadventures.com/subscriptions or mail to ORA Magazine, 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. 6 DECEMBER 2017

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    FROM THE EDITOR ‘TIS THE SEASON CRAIG PERRONNE EDITOR/PUBLISHER OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES If you are reading this, it means the holidays are upon us. For some, it’s a time of joy and happiness. Visions of beautiful snowfl akes falling from the sky, sipping delicious hot cocoa, eating scrumptious holiday cookies, and relaxing around a warm fire fill the brain. It is a perfect season of warmth, family, love and giving. For others, that’s a bunch of crap. The holidays are a time of stress and panic mixed in with a touch of sheer terror. To cap it off, you get the unique joy of spending time with annoying in-laws and having awkward dinner conversations with that one uncle who won’t stop talking about politics. Ever. For the majority of us, reality probably lies somewhere between these two extremes. Sure, the holidays can be stressful, but we wouldn’t give them up for anything. I remember fi xing a leaking garbage disposal in the wee hours of Christmas morning a couple of years ago. It started to leak during my mom’s annual holiday tradition of fi xing an elaborate breakfast the night before so she can spend all morning with her grandkids. Yes, it was a bit stressful being up at 2 a.m. trying to troubleshoot a garbage disposal and I seriously doubt those super-excited kids recall what they ate for breakfast on Christmas morning. In the big picture, though, it was a minor inconvenience. Knowing that my mom would be happy that the kitchen wasn’t fl ooded, and that she could spend time with her grandkids, was more important than sleep. There is no place I’d rather be during the holidays than with my family – even if it means sleep deprivation. Lots of holiday stress comes from trying to find the perfect gift for someone. Finding the right gift can be extremely hard if that person happens to be an off-roader. There is so much gear and parts out there, the options seem almost endless. How do you narrow it down to something they’ll like? Here is some useful gear I always suggest that any wheeler will like, no matter what vehicle they have: a quality set of gloves, a tire plug kit, shackles and a recovery strap make great gifts. Even if your favorite off-roader has them already, they’ll eventually need replacing. And you can’t go wrong with spare recovery gear. If you still can’t fi gure out what to get, a 4 Wheel Parts gift card is the perfect solution. My dad’s post-holiday tradition used to be returning all our gifts and getting what he actually wanted. Now, I just get him a gift card and he can pick whatever he wants. Lots of wine, as it turns out. To be honest, it really doesn’t matter what gifts I get anymore. As I’ve gotten older (and hopefully somewhat wiser), I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter what you get, but whom you are with. I hope tha t you get to spend plenty of time with those who matter most to you this season. Happy Holidays! —Craig Perronne 8 DECEMBER 2017

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    ••• • THEY’RE HERE: FUEL CELL SEMIS ALREADY AMONGST US We are always interested in the future of heavy-duty trucks. Any technology that can work in semi-truck should have no problem working in the lighter-duty trucks most of us drive. Plenty of companies like Tesla, Nikola One, and Cummins are working on their vision of the future of trucking. While those vehicles are mostly in prototype phases, Toyota’s vision is already hard at work. Dubbed “Project Portal,” the hydrogen fuel-cell powered Class 8 truck has logged more than 4,000 development miles to date. Now it will be pressed into service, moving goods from the Port of Los Angeles to surrounding rail yards and warehouses. The localized, frequent route patterns are designed to test the fuel cell system’s duty-cycle capabilities. As data is captured, longer haul routes will be added. The semi-trucks developed by Toyota use two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery to produce a healthy 670 horsepower and 1,325 lb-ft of torque. They have a combined weight capacity of 80,000 lbs., and the estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fi ll of hydrogen. Their only emission is water, making them a zero-emission vehicle that is already here. Will they be the future of trucking and eventually trickle down to the trucks we drive? Only time will tell. TOP STORY CHEVY CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF TRUCKS The debut of the 2018 Chevy trucks will mark 100 hundred years of Chevrolet producing trucks. The very first 1918 model Chevy one-ton truck was powered by a four-cylinder engine that produced only 36 horsepower. Its top speed was a meager 25 mph on fl at ground and possibly with a tailwind. Today’s base 4.3L V6 produces 249 more horsepower while the 6.2L V8 makes almost 400 more horsepower than that very first four cylinder. Today’s modern Chevrolets can easily cruise at triple the speed of the 1918 truck in total comfort. A century of development has indeed made great advances in Chevy’s trucks. To celebrate 100 years of making trucks, Chevy unveiled special Centennial Editions of both the Silverado LTZ Z71 and Chevy Colorado. The Silverado special edition features special heritage emblems and badging, a spray-in bedliner with heritage bowtie emblems, matching fl oor liners, 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, and special Centennial Blue exterior paint. The Colorado gets much the same treatment as its bigger brother, but uses smaller 18-inch wheels. While not exactly anything spectacular, we definitely dig the new blue hue. Chevrolet will also roll out its Truck Legends program nationwide. The program recognizes Chevy truck owners who have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, or who have purchased or leased more than one new Chevy truck in their lifetime. It was originally launched as a Texas-only program in September of 2016 and has already grown to a community of more than 5,400 Chevy truck fans. In addition to Truck Legends-branded merchandise and access to a members-only online community, Chevy will periodically offer members once-in-a-lifetime experiences leveraging Chevrolet’s partnerships. These can range from front-row seats at concerts, to attending sold out Major League Baseball events, to getting a special sneak-peek at new Chevy models. Heck, we’ll take a free concert anytime, as long as it’s not polka music. 10 ••••• ••••••••

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