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The trail rating system

  • Posted on: 22 August 2016
  • By: Nate

I've run into a person or two who have been a little confused by the trail rating system that we all take for granted.  It's a topic that can be slightly confusing, mainly because not everyone follows the same scale, and trail difficulty can be a very subjective topic.  An "easy" trail to me, might be a nightmare to someone else.  In order to level the playing field, and make sure that everyone can pick their trails on the same scale, we need a common set of ratings.

Jeep LJ Rear seat harness.

  • Posted on: 22 June 2016
  • By: Nate

I've started down the path of adding a 3-point harness to the rear of the LJ.  I've started some rambling on the subect in another blog post.  My intention is to install the harness so that my 6 year old daughter can us it.  I don't do any crazy wheeling with her in the Jeep, but I still want her safe, and I figure this should do the trick. 

I made this video once things were completed, Watching this, and reading this article, should give you a pretty good idea of how to get this all done. Enjoy!

The Rock hard 4x4 TJ/LJ rear harness bar.

  • Posted on: 18 June 2016
  • By: Nate

Just a quick one today.  I recently started looking into a rear harness solution.  Something I can use with the kids, and then adjust as they get taller.  There doesn't seem to be a ton of information on the 'net about this.  I can't tell if this is because no one wheels with their kids, or because no one though that a harness in the back would be a good/safe idea?

Where once there was DIYJ, there is now a void.

  • Posted on: 23 March 2016
  • By: Nate

Well, after much internal debate, I decided to part off and sell DIYJ.  It had sat for so long and I was making little to no proress on it.  The expense of doing what I really wanted to do with it was daunting to say the least.  Building a YJ when I have two kids that I want to take out on the trail with me also seemed a little foolish as well, when I had the LJ which was much better suited for a family.  So I listed a part-out ad on CraigsList, and started selling off parts.  The body, axles, and some other components are all gone.  The frame remains, but I have a buyer lined up for that. 

DIYJ Update

  • Posted on: 23 August 2015
  • By: Nate

I finally had a chance to get some work done on DIYJ.  Finally I have the tub off of the frame.  After quite some time, I figured out the right combination of straps, and ratchets, and whatever to get the tub off. 


Flex is sexy, but only gets you so far.

  • Posted on: 8 June 2015
  • By: Nate

Have you ever come across one of those gym fanatics?  The muscle bound dude who looks like he could pick up a car, but cant turn a wrench if his life depends on it?  Or the super-hot gym bunny who is a shallow as a kiddie pool?  Both fine specimins of the human form, both nice to look at.  Most of us, after seeing them from afar, envy those fitness models, but once you get up close, and see that they've sacrificed so much of their life just to get that shat super-fit body, you start to realize that maybe being super fit isn't all its cracked up to be.