Technical Articles Relating To Off-Road Vehicle Development

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1963 Kaiser deuce and a half

In December of 2008 I decided to pack it all in and hit the road. Load up my dogs and my bikes and go wander through what's left of the wild west.

1996 Toyota Tacoma

4WD Tacoma project vehicle built in the style of a prerunner/desert-truck. We explore the performance and versatility of developing long-travel IFS technology.

1985 Jeep CJ-7

Full-bodied competition-quality rock crawler. AFW frame-rails, a Kevlar tub and fully integrated rollcage are the foundation for this scratch-built Jeep.

1996 Toyota 4Runner

This SUV is built to travel. Hauling four people, their bikes and gear on cross-country adventures. The buildup strikes a balance between creature comforts and trail-prowess.

1999 Toyota Tacoma

4WD V6/5spd TRD Tacoma. Capable daily-driver and parts hauler, built around bolt-on upgrades.

1989 Toyota 4Runner

Series of technical articles about building a capable, reliable, comfortable truck - on a budget. Our plans for this 1989 SR5 3.0L V6/5spd Toyota 4Runner included a 3.4L V6 engine conversion and long-travel suspension.

2003 Chevy HD2500

The inspiration for the suspension of this HD2500 can be found in the straight-axle desert-racing trucks of the 80's. The goal is to create a workhorse of an off-road truck that is versatile enough to serve as a reliable tow-rig AND desert chase-truck. This vehicle is currently under construction at Johnson Fabrication in Riverside, CA.