April 27, 2016 – The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all off-highway vehicle (OHV) drivers and passengers to ensure they are riding safely by carrying only the number of passengers for which their vehicle is designed.
The reminder comes after a Mohave County couple was injured when their single-rider all-terrain vehicle (ATV) flipped recently while on a difficult roadway in the Hualapai Mountains, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Most ATVs are only designed to carry a single rider.
You’ve driven the trails numerous times. Have hundreds of hours of 4WD experience under your belt (some of which, of course, is spent outside of the vehicle). You’re good with people, and feel your managerial skills are top notch. You’d like to be Trail Leader for an upcoming excursion. What’s next?
First, I commend you for wanting to take on a leadership role. As a certified professional 4WD Trainer with more than 40 years of off-road experience, I know the value of a good Trail Leader. Our hobby could use more people willing to step forward and fulfill this role.
Apr 15, 2016 - In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will extend the comment period on a proposed land-use planning rule by 30 days. The proposed rule aims to improve the planning process by making it more collaborative, transparent, and effective.
In 1971, the Chappie-Z’berg Act established the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program that has successfully provided for a self-funded, high-quality OHV recreation program. The OHV community has supported directing funds to law enforcement, education programs emphasizing safe and responsible vehicle operation, conservation efforts, and closure and restoration of OHV areas.
- Modifying a CV Driveshaft
- Tacoma Manual Hub Conversion
- Changing Rear Axle Shafts
- Drivetrain Lift for More Clearance
- Dual Transfer Cases with an Automatic Transmission
- H55F Transmission Swap on an FJ60
- Convert a Forward-Shift Transfer Case to Top-Shift
- Twin Stick Shifter Install
- Driveline Basics
- Two Piece to One Piece Driveshaft Swap
- Rotated Front Axle Housing
- Permanently Defeating the ADD System
- Replacing Toyota Automatic hubs
- Gears and Traction Devices:
- Solid Spacer vs. Crush Sleeve for Gear Setup
- Setting Up Gears
- Installing the ARB Locker in a 7.5" IFS Axle
- Installing the ARB Locker in an 8" Axle
- Installing the Detroit SoftLocker in an 8" Axle
- Retrofitting the Electric Locker in an 8" Axle
- Retrofitting a Supra LSD in a V6 8" Axle
- Installing a LockRight Locker
- Custom Aluminum Radiator
- Upgraded 22RE Alternator
- Degreeing a Cam on the 22R Series Engine
- 22R Timing Chain Install
- Supra 5M-GE Engine Swap
- Installing Headers on the 3.0L V6
- Premier Power Alternator on the 3.0L V6
- 4Runner Suspension Reviews
- Front Cross Linked Air Shocks
- Rear Cross Linked Air Shocks
- Torsion Bar Tech
- Dana 44 Solid Axle Swap
- Project Mini: Front Suspension Part I
- Project Mini: Front Suspension Part II
- Project Mini: Rear Suspension Part I
- Project Mini: Rear Suspension Part II
- Body & Armor:
- Bumper Roundup
- Rockslider Roundup
- Shaved and Plated Differentials
- Beefing Up the Gas Tank Skidplate
- Tubbing the Fenderwells for More Clearance
- Building a Custom Flatbed
- Tubular Bed Fabrication
- Whittling down the Bed (J. Kopycinski)
- Bobbing the Bed (A. Zook)
- Tacoma Front Bumper Trim
- Relocated Steering Box
- Relocated Cooler
- Cooling System Frequently Asked Questions
- DIY Front Axle Seal Driver
- OEM Fog Lamp Switch Retrofit
- Auxiliary Fuse Block
- $56 Air Locker Compressor Solution
- DIY Tire Siping
- Grooving Tires
- Relocating the Gas Tank for more Clearance
As part of a continuing commitment to improve their management of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way they develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).
This initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into land use planning. They have released proposed revisions to planning regulations, along with a preliminary economic analysis and categorical exclusion for public review and comment. By implementing these improvements, the BLM endeavors to enhance the way that it involves the public in its planning efforts, including measures to provide earlier, easier, and more meaningful participation.
Do not just volunteer; but rather up-purpose your volunteerism! In today’s world when we are all torn in many directions by multiple jobs, kid’s school games, community involvement, paying bills, family commitments and more, we must stop wasting our precious volunteer time. Too many of us have become trapped into the status quo of losing ground in the long run. Herein I will explain purposeful volunteerism and how we need to push beyond just holding our ground when it comes to access to responsible motorized recreation.
SEMA has issued a press release informing the public that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into racecars, even though such conversions have been done for decades. Under the EPA’s proposed rule, it would also be illegal to sell any performance-related products for those cars. The EPA’s proposal would have a devastating impact on motorsports since many types of racing rely on production vehicles that have been modified for use strictly at the track.Ask the EPA to Withdraw its Proposal Now
The below release from SEMA should give every auto sport enthusiast cause to worry about the future of the gas powered engine. The rule making out of the EPA is yet another example of executive overreach that has come to mark the current administration in their drive to regulate every aspect of daily life. While the title and general content refers to "racecars", pay close attention the stated purpose: "...proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars..."
If you enjoyed the recent King of the Hammers off-road event, be worried. If you enjoy building and using a 4x4 as off-road recreation, be worried.
SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers
Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2."
Walking the aisles at the SEMA Show you are exposed to a plethora of products for the automotive world. Often there are new innovative speciality tools that cause you to stop for a closer look. The Thread Wizard is one such tool. Who hasn’t struggled with cleaning bolts during a project? I have used a variety of methods, wire brush, grinding wheel brush, solvent, ultrasonic, and standard threading die.
Fifteen current and former Arizona Game and Fish commissioners urge president to say no on monument designation
(Jan. 22, 2016) PHOENIX – The five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging that he not designate 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona as a new Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
Calling the proposed monument “a solution to a non-existing problem,” the commissioners said designating this large swath of land as a national monument could impose unnecessary rules and regulations, negatively impact outdoor recreation, and compromise the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s ability to manage and conserve the public's wildlife.
PHOENIX -- In mid-December of 2015, personnel from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program positively identified an adult quagga mussel attached to the hull of a boat recently removed from Canyon Lake, a major recreational lake on the Tonto National Forest.