News

April 17, 2017

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shockseals.com

I just found out about shockseals.com. They sell all the parts needed to rebuild all the popular shocks, and in my case, they were able to help me find o-rings/seals for a custom application. Great prices too. Check 'em out.

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April 17, 2017

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SolidWorks 2011 already?

I'm still exploring all the new stuff in 2010...

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April 17, 2017

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Long-Travel Tacoma Bedcage is a Work-In-Progress

We're still refining and adding to the bedcage. Our custom bike racks are working out great and we're rebuilding the spare tire mounts right now. We'll update the Utility Bedcage article as soon as we have some progress to share with everyone.

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April 13, 2017

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TLT to Publish New Monthly Column on Off-Road.Com

The Chop Shop is a new series of articles all about tools related to fabrication. Expect detailed product comparisons and reviews, interviews with professional fabricators and discussions about fabrication techniques, as well as tips about how to work around limited resources. We want to help enthusiasts achieve professional results at home.

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April 13, 2017

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building a custom trailbike (Honda CRF + XR250R)

Since I can't buy a modern XR from Honda, I decided to build my own. Stuffing an air-cooled XR250R engine into a CRF450 chassis.

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April 13, 2017

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Long-Travel Tacoma Roll-Cage Getting Completed

The red Tacoma is under the knife again, we have the interior completely stripped out as we begin to complete the roll-cage....

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April 13, 2017

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Maxxis Sponsors MDR Off-Road Desert Racing Series

In its first involvement in off-road desert truck racing, Maxxis has announced sponsorship of the MDR series in California. Maxxis is also offering contingency programs for all races in both series: $1500 for first place, $500 and four Bighorn tires for second place, and four Bighorn tires for third.

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