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Off Road Podcast 358 – Soft-Roader Showdown

This episode of the Off Road Podcast is Sponsored by WARN, Medical Gear Outfitters, and Colby Valve.

Tonight, Aaron has bad news, Jeremy is a big nope, & Ben does yard work

Welcome to the off-road podcast. A podcast about everything off-road. We cover the news, review products, and interview people in the off road industry.  Your hosts tonight are Aaron, Jeremy and my name is Ben.  Welcome to the show.

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**10:25 Ben has a noise**

Jeremy – Big fat nutthin

Aaron – Worked on my shop. Test fitted Warn wheels.  Made some Avalon decisions.

Ben – Worked in my backyard. 

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News brought to you by Colby Valve

  • Jalopnik – F150 Raptor R
    • Not confirmed by Ford
    • Raptor is getting the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8 that powers the Mustang Shelby GT500
    • Photo leaked of 5.2L engine listed on a Raptor build sheet
    • No other details
    • Plan for it to have big tires, super low crawl ratio, and large suspension travel
  • Motor Trend – 40th Anniversary of the 4Runner
    • The 4Runner turns 40!
      • 4Runner Concept: 81-83 Toyota Trekker
    • 40th anniversary will have:
      • Classic Toyota Stripes
      • 17” Bronze wheels
      • 265/70R17 (31.6”) Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 Tires
      • Premium Trim
        • body-colored front and rear bumpers
        • door handles 
        • heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lights
        • fender flares
        • side rocker panels
        • rear spoiler. 
        • roof rails are painted black 
    • Only 4,040 will be made!

Main Topic powered by WARN  

Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

  • Ground Clearance 8” LOWEST
  • Tire size 265/60R18 (30.5”)

Toyota RAV4 TRD

  • A/T Tires with TRD wheels
  • TRD shocks
  • Better bump stops
  • Parking assist
  • cameras
  • Running board cladding
  • torque vectoring system
  • Ground Clearance 8.6 inches
  • Factory Tire size 225/60R18 (28.6”)

Subaru Outback Wilderness

  • Higher ground clearance 9.5 inches HIGHEST
  • A/t tires 225/65R17 (28.5”)
  • High clearance bumpers f/r
  • Anti glare hood
  • Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Front skid plate
  • X-mode
  • BOA 21.2 degree

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

  • Tow Hooks.
  • 1-Inch Suspension Lift for Added Ground Clearance.
  • Underbody Skid Plates.
  • 21 Deg BOA
  • Jeep® Active Drive Lock 4×4 System with Four-Wheel LOW Mode.
  • Exclusive Front and Rear Fascia.
  • Optimized Approach and Departure Angles.
  • Ground Clearance 8.7
  • Tire size P215/65R17 (28”)
  • Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System.

Ford Explorer Timberline

  • increased ground clearance 8.7 inches
  • Factory tire size 265/65R18 (31.6”) BIGGEST
  • 18.9 Deg BOA
  • improved approach and departure angles
  • steel skid plates
  • Torsen® limited-slip differential
  • Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires 
  • new shocks
  • springs 
  • stabilizer bars

Kia Telluride X-Pro

  • rugged-appearance trim
  • 0.4-inch-higher ride height 8.3 inches of gc
  • Tire size 245/60R18 (29.6”)
  • swaps the 20-inch wheel for 18-inchers with all-terrain tires
  • Increased tow rating
  • Different headlights
    • Not released yet

Honda Passport Trailsport

  • Model-specific bumpers with faux skid-plate inserts also are included
  • 18-inch wheels with a greater offset that widen the Passport’s track by 0.4 inch
  • All season tire
  • no suspension lift, unlike the TrailSport version of the Pilot has 8.1 inches of ground clearance
  • Factory tire size P245/60R18 (29.6”)

Chevrolet Trailblazer

  • Three drive modes
    • Awd, fwd, snow
  • “Sport” terrain tires
  • 8 inches ground clearance LOWEST
  • Factory tire size 225/60R17 (27.6”) SMALLEST

Ford Bronco Sport

  • 29.5-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tire
  • Ground clearance 8.8”
  • BOA 20.4 degrees
  • tow hooks
  • bash plates
  • decent approach and departure angles
  • Focus RS-style twin-clutch rear-drive unit to get power to the back wheels, it can simulate a locked rear differential
  • Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl drive modes

VW Touareg

  • additional driving modes
  • 8.3 inches of ground clearance
  • Factory tire size 255-60-17 (29”)
  • BOA 22 degrees 
  • two towing eyes
  • fuel tank increased from 20 to 24 gallons
  • underseal system and radiator grille
  • reinforced underbody guard
  • protective part for the 12v battery
  • particularly robust aerodynamic fairing, tank guard and stone deflector

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

  • P265/70R17 (31.6”)
  • 9.6 Ground Clearance
  • 19.8” Break Over Angle

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

  • 32” Tires
  • 10.8” Ground Clearance 
  • 22.6 Deg Break Over Angle

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