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Off Road Podcast 386 – Ultimate Truck Builds

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

Tonight, Aaron climbs a ladder, Jeremy is a ghost, & Ben bangs his starter

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, and Jeremy and my name is Ben.  Welcome to the show.

Aaron – Got some free cabinets for the shop.  Installed about ¼ of the clear siding.  Worked on the Nissan a little bit.  I ordered parts to fix the power steering leak.

Ben – finished the starter only took an afternoon added some narcan to my first aid kit cleaned the yard and had to winch Vern from one side of the yard to the side of the house way to go warn hub was able to sit in my dad’s xj and winch from my 4runner so I could hold the brake pedal since e brake is trash finishing packing 4runner to leave for Montana 

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  • Rigs Stuck on the Rubicon in the Snow
    • December 12th, My friends are stuck at Wentworth Springs campground at the Rubicon, they’ve been trying to get out since yesterday. There’s 8 lifted trucks. Any help is greatly appreciated and  I will update what they tell me. They don’t have the best communication. 
    • Dec. 13th, 7+ ft of  unconsolidated snow. We made it within 2.5 miles of Wentworth springs campground when the snowcat caught up with us. Snowcat made it another 1/2 mile before he had to turn around. The low sections of Wentworth next to Gerle Creek are 4+ feet deep water holes. We gave it our best try, maybe someone else can get through the water holes or snowmobile in gas, diesel and food.
    • Dec. 13th, We spent all afternoon and night trying to get to the guy stranded at Wentworth Springs. When the snow cat couldn’t go any further due to flooded crossings under the snow we had to turn around. Not sure if anyone else is set out to help the guys however you might want to consider that even a snow cat couldn’t get to them. We made it to 1.8 miles from the group. Hats off to the guys and their rigs and the snow cat owner who all volunteered a ton of time and effort it speaks volumes as to the integrity of this group
    • Dec. 13th, The group has been resupplied. They are all in good spirits again, and are much closer to being out than they started this morning. They will be continuing their adventure and camping one more night. The weather is gorgeous up there and now that they have food, fuel, and warmth, are happy to be almost done. Massive shout out to the Gomez family for being who they are and handling the resupply mission.
    • Dec 14th, Update time. The ground plan worked last night and there is now a decent trail packed past the obstacle. There is currently about .5 mile between there and where the group is. We need 3-4 CAPABLE rigs and experienced drivers to head in today to be insurance and ensure they are out by evening. 40-42″+ tires, locked, lightweight, and winch only.
    • Dec 14th, Made contact with Wardlow. Our guys made it past Mudrak and went into the campground. They are turning around now and coming out. They will stay with Mudrak the whole way out once they catch back up. Everyone should be out before sundown.
    • Dec 15th, Everyone is officially back on unplowed pavement. There should be no more obstacles or anything to hang them up now. Apparently, the 2nd water hole and snow drift took a small (3-4 hour) delay getting all the vehicles through. But they are through and should be at air up location within the hour.
  • Rental Van Stuck on a Snowmobile Road
    • Which one y’all thought it would be a great idea to rent a @travellersautobarn and drive it into a blizzard past the sign that read “No Vehicles; Snowmobiles Only” get stuck and be rescued out?  Use better judgment and planning on your next adventure. You can come back in May after all the snow melts to pick up your tourist van. Troy Meadows, Sequoia National Forest
    • only posted sign on the south fork is carry chains. They did not have any
    • she purchased all insurance options, no added fees or expenses. Just a tourist from Texas, that was given some bad information.
    • it’s a designated snow mobile area, not Rv play area, so the gates are open. Common sense is the only barrier.
    • People were safe and transported to the Kennedy meadows general store by Deputy Baillie, where they were met by an ambulance and treated for exposure conditions. Deputy then transported them to ridgecrest. On Thursday I retrieved their property from the Rv and delivered it to them. Rental company is working with local authorities to see if removal is possible.

Main Topic powered by WARN  

(1) Matthew

Hey guys!  For the dream build if I won the lottery.  A 1995 Jeep YJ with Dynatrac 60 axles, 74weld portals, 42″ BFG Krawler red label stickies on 20″ KMC beadlocks, r2.8 Cummins swap with AX15 5 speed, Atlas transfer case, Motobilit 4 link suspension, King coilovers, Motobilt custom roll cage and bumpers, of course a Warn winch (I like the 9.5 CTI but it’s discontinued), KC lighting, PRP seats with a third seat in the back for my dog. Autometer Jeep YJ gauge package and gotta have those MTX subs and speakers paired with an Alpine head unit.  Painted Anvil with Toyota Inferno Orange accents.

(2) Ryan

I’d build a

Land cruiser 70 series to overland with around the world

  • Locked front and rear 
  • 3 inch lift
  • 35s
  • Switch out the bed for one of those awesome Australian tray boxes with the double hatches
  • Fully loaded to explore gear wise
  • Warn 8274 10k winch
  • Beadlocks
  • And enough lumens up front to melt the polar ice cap

(3) Erik

1949 Dodge Power Wagon Crew Cab or 1954 Town Wagon (I can’t decide) painted olive drab with WWII Era stars

Genuine Mopar Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine (would like a Demon, but that may be going too far)

Tremec 6-Speed Transmission for 6.2L Hellcat Motor

The dash would be customized to have all the gauges and switches needed for all my adds. Want to keep it as original as possible though.

I’d have someone design and build a four link to accommodate the 58″ Mickey Thompson Pro XS tires just because they are the largest street legal tires made, but I’d typically run 40s of same tires. Both on bead lock wheels. Suspension would have to be adjustable to make each look right.

Interior adds…

-air conditioning

-power inverter

-tablet mounted with Bluetooth keyboard / mouse pad

-full recovery, tire repair, and first aid kits in drawer system in rear

-ARB twin air compressor with tank (unless there’s something better)

-double din stereo deck with great sound system

-cell phone mount that actually works

Exterior adds…

-front and rear air lockers

-custom front and rear bumpers, rock sliders, and full skid plates

-Warn 16.5ti (front and rear)

-lights all around (practical not for show)

-cameras to create 360° overhead view on tablet

Custom framed trailer made for Power Wagon bed, matching 40″ tires with…

-Timbren (or similar) suspension.


-drawer set with kitchen

-another power inverter (because why not)


-two additional batteries with solar charging

-heater for tent

I’ll take any ideas for additional stuff, but I won’t take any of Aaron’s advice on the things I don’t need (four link, stereo, extra stuff, etc), hahaha!

(4) Paul (Winner)

This is a project I will do someday to some extent but if I was to win the lottery I would do it tomorrow. I would buy a 2005ish crew cab RAM SRT 10 pickup truck and make the ultimate pre-runner. I believe it has the 2500 transmission and obviously plenty of power and gearing. I don’t think it would be too hard to do a long travel suspension. Other than the hood and rear spoiler which I would leave just for fun you wouldn’t be able to tell it was an SRT-10. 

Not sure of the details you guys are interested in but an addictive desert designs bumper with Baja designs lights King long travel all the way around deaver springs humongous Toyo MT on method wheels would be a good start.

Love the show!

(5) Joe

My dream build would consist of the following:

2022 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon


40″ Mickey Thompson Baja Boss

17″ Fuel Warp Beadlocks

74 Weld Portal Kit

*stock suspension because portals are awesome*

Alucab Canopy

Warn EVO 12S Winch

Powertank CO2 setup with all the bells and whistles.

Warn EPIC shackles among other recovery gear (preferably 2)

I’d drive to the deepest snow I could find, air down to 3psi and let it eat.  Snow wheeling is the best wheeling.

(6) Jordan

I would build a second gen bronco resto mod to rock crawl. 78-79 Bronco and wheel it at places like Sand Hollow and the Rubicon

  • Swap in a 6.2L LS3
  • Atlas t-case
  • Dana 60/89 axles w/5.38 gears
  • Triangulated 4 link w/King coil overs
  • Hydro Steering Package
  • 20” race line bead locks
  • 42”stickies
  • Full aluminum skids and bumpers

(7) Nolan

If I were to have won that lottery my ideal build would be a lifted gladiator on 35’s. Full light and bumper set up with a cargo rack on the back. Off-road pop up camper to fit the fam. But with the rest of that money I’m buying land and farm and building a custom off road course. 

(8) Alex

I’d build a new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness and use it to explore all the national parks

  • Ironman 4×4 2” lift kit (gains 1.25” on the Wilderness edition)
  • Rallitek complete Skid plate set
  • Torquemaster rear locker
  • Roof rack with clam shell RTT and 270* awning
  • Warn semi-hidden winch tray with Zeon 8s winch
  • Wilco rear hitch tire carrier
  • 30 inch BFG KO2 

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