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Tire Problems Shouldn't Deflate Your Day

 

 You usually can reset the bead without removing the wheel from the vehicle. Jack up your vehicle and wipe away any dirt from the inside of the rim. Attach a compressor and begin airing up. Reach around the back of the tire and grab rubber. (You may need a buddy to help with this.) Pull the tire toward you so it can start holding air. Keep pulling and holding until the bead resets.
 
You don’t need a big blast of air to do this. A little ARB compressor, pumping out about 1.27 CFM, is sufficient. Be patient. This will take time, but eventually you will hear the bead pop into place. (Make sure no one’s fingers are in the way!) Lower the vehicle and put away your tools.

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HUMMER Sweeps Production Classes at 2008 BITD

  • H3 Alpha first production vehicle to finish the race
  • Team extends series championship points lead in all production classes
  • Team driver Emily Miller becomes first Vegas to Reno “Iron Woman”

DETROIT – Rod Hall Racing’s Team HUMMER demonstrated its stock class desert racing dominance as the team swept the production classes at Friday’s 2008 Best in the Desert “TSCO Vegas to Reno.”

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EarthRoamer XV-JP first Camper to Cross the Rubicon


EarthRoamer XV-JP first Camper to Cross the Rubicon

On September 5th, 2007, an EarthRoamer XV-JP became the first camper to successfully complete the Rubicon Trail. (see photos here) One of the most difficult and definitely the most well known 4x4 trail in the United States, the Rubicon Trail in the California High Sierras is a proving ground like no other. Twenty two miles of extreme terrain including rocky climbs with massive boulders, narrow passages, steep inclines and an occasional mud-hole - crossing the Rubicon is truly a journey past the point of no return, demanding everything a vehicle and driver has to offer. Driven by Scott Brady and spotted by Chris Marzonie, The Jeep Rubicon Unlimited based EarthRoamer XV-JP did not disappoint on its namesake trail. With its aggressive 33" mud terrain tires, ultra low 5.13 gearing, locking differentials and stout skid plates, the EarthRoamer XV-JP camper has gone where no camper has gone before. This is the first time a self-contained, fully enclosed production camper has conquered the Rubicon.

Vehicle testing – which has taken the XV-JP proto-type from its home base in the mountains of Colorado through the jungles of Central America, the deserts of Moab Utah, and now the Rubicon trail – is complete and XV-JP production has begun.


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Urges Caution at the Lakes over Labor Day Weekend

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Urges Caution at the Lakes over Labor Day Weekend

The last recreation days of summer don't have to be deadly. Already this year for the Fort Worth District, there have been 33 water related deaths at Corps operated lakes in Texas. The Corps of Engineers is encouraging lake visitors to practice safety while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation.

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Tires and Beads - Keeping them together

Tires are a wheelers best friend.  Without a good set of rubber under the 4x4, you are not going to have a good experience.  Inevitably, you will encounter a time when tire problems will happen.  

The trailhead ritual starts with airing down the tires to improve traction on the trail.  As you are letting air out of the tire, you are increasing the risk for popping the tire off the bead seat.  And, there are a number of good and not so good solutions to re-seating the bead.

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