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Off Road Podcast 423 – Mid Sized Rigs With V8s

This episode of the Off Road Podcast is Sponsored by WARN, Colby Valve, and 4Patriots.

Tonight, Aaron eats some pudding, Coy meets a josh, & Ben floats away

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 my name is Coy.  Welcome to the show.

Coy – Meet Josh.  Camping at the coast

Aaron – Also met Josh.  Worked on the chicken yard.

Ben – 

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News brought to you by Colby Valve

  • Autoblog – The Mahindra Roxor isn’t a Jeep According to the Courts
    • Jeep’s years-long fight to stop Indian firm Mahindra from selling the Roxor in the United States due to trademark infringement experienced a setback. The brand can continue selling the redesigned version of its open-top side-by-side, the Eastern District Court of Michigan decided.
    • The bitter legal battle opposing the two carmakers began in the late 2010s, when Jeep — which was part of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles at the time — claimed the Roxor looked too much like the CJ. In 2019, the United States International Trade Commission found Mahindra guilty of trademark infringement and recommended the implementation of a cease-and-desist order. Mahindra redesigned the Roxor with a less CJ-like grille in 2020, but the United States International Trade 
    • The Commission ruled in Jeep’s favor in June 2020. The ruling only applied to the pre-facelift model, however, and a U.S. regulator later decided that the updated off-roader didn’t infringe on Jeep’s intellectual property.Mahindra made several changes to the Roxor to win the case. Most of the updates were found up front, where the off-roader received a shorter, wider grille and narrower fenders. The body remains Jeep-like, but the main styling cues linking the Roxor and the CJ models built for decades are relatively generic, such as flat side panels. Arguably, the second-generation Thar sold in India is far more Wrangler-like.
    • Jeep hasn’t commented on the court’s decision, so we don’t know if Mahindra won the war or a battle.
  • Car Buzz – Toyota is Working on a Sketchy Retractable Tow Strap
    • According to the patent application, this system was developed because tow straps are generally a fixed length, which could lead to a problem in a confined space.
    • Basically, Toyota came up with a nifty solution for not having enough space to remove the slack from a tow rope. You can only start towing something once the slack is removed, which is why there needs to be an apparatus that can adjust the length of said rope.
    • Toyota’s unnamed apparatus consists of a tow rope with multiple notches, an anchoring device, and a reel apparatus.
    • The patent sketches show the tow rope and reeling device stowed in the rear bumper, but the application notes that multiple configurations are applicable. The reel device, for example, could be positioned in the wheel well or near the exhaust. The patent also mentions that this device could be retrofitted, so where it’s mounted matters less than what it actually does.
    • The secret sauce is the reel apparatus and the tow strap with multiple notches. The reel has a hook, which latches securely into place in one of the notches. This gives the person in charge of the recovery control over how long the tow rope is. Even if you only have 10 feet between the two cars, picking up the slack will be no problem.
  • NY Times – Rain Comes to Burning Man
    • Thousands of people who had spent days stranded at the Burning Man festival in a rain-gorged stew of mud and slop began to pack up their camps on Monday and stream away from the sprawling site in remote northwest Nevada
    • But it was a mucky, uncertain trek. The ancient lake bed where the annual festival is held was beginning to dry and harden on Monday after days of torrential rain, but drivers said they were still encountering foot-deep puddles and stretches of muddy bog along the five-mile route from the camp to a paved road.
    • Even in normal years, leaving Burning Man can take up to 12 hours as thousands of cars and trailers creep off the desert playa and onto a jammed two-lane road. This year, organizers urged the roughly 72,000 attendees to consider postponing their departure until Tuesday to avoid creating an epic traffic jam.
    • Roughly a third of the campers had packed up and moved out, and others were collecting mud-caked flotsam left behind in the rutted ground. There were abandoned bikes, mud-smothered tents and the steel skeleton of a 15-foot shade structure. At camps, people raked the ground to search for any items that had become mixed into the hardening batter of dirt and rain.
    • PLAYA FOOT is a malady unique to the Black Rock Desert caused by the alkali dust that makes up the desert. It is, in essence, a chemical burn. The most common cause of playa foot is exposure of your feet to the desert floor by not wearing socks and closed shoes. While this malady is not serious, it is uncomfortable. The good news is that you may easily care for this yourself.

Main Topic powered by WARN  

Some of you out there might not be quite satisfied with your horsepower & torque numbers.  One way to fix it is to add some forced induction via a turbo or supercharger.  Or, you could be like me and swap in a V8 from a donor vehicle.  If you aren’t that handy you might just consider a totally different vehicle.  We’ve put together this list for you of 4×4 trucks & SUVs 

Dodge Durango

Year range: 1998-2003

4.7L / 5.2L / 5.9L / 5.9L Supercharged

HP: 235 to 360

TQ: 295 to 412

Year range: 2004-2009

4.7L / 5.7L / 5.7L Hybrid

HP: 235 to 390

TQ: 300-499

Year range: 2011-current

5.7L / 6.2L / 6.4L

HP: 360 to 710

TQ: 530 to 875

Not all of these HP & TQ numbers are available in 4wd models

Dodge Dakota

Year range: 1987-1996


HP: 225 to 230


4WD was only available with the V6

Year range: 1997-2004

4.7 / 5.2L / 5.9L

HP: 225 to 250

TQ: 295 to 345

Year range: 2005-2011


HP: 230 to 260

TQ: 295 to 310

Nissan Pathfinder

Year range: 2005-2012


HP: 310

TQ: 387

Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon

Year range: 2004-2012


HP: 300

TQ: 320

Hummer H3 & H3T

Year range: 2006-2010  H3T 2009-2010


HP: 300

TQ: 320

Toyota 4Runner

Year range: 2003-2009


HP: 235 to 268

TQ: 315 to 320

The V6 had 245HP & 282TQ

Toyota T100  No V8

Toyota Land Cruiser

Series: 100


HP: 228

TQ: 302

Series: 200

4.7L / 5.7L

HP: 271 to 381

TQ: 275 to 386

Lexus GX

Year range: 2003-2009


HP: 235 to 270

TQ: 320

Year range: 2010-2022


HP: 301

TQ: 329

Lexus LX

Year range: 1998-2002


HP: 235 to 268

TQ: 328

Year range: 2008-2021

4.6L / 4.7L / 5.7L

HP: 268 to 450

TQ: 302 to 521

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Year range: 1993-1998

5.2L / 5.9L

HP: 220 to 245

TQ: 285 to 345

Year range: 1999-2004


HP: 235 to 265

TQ: 295 to 325

Year range: 2005-2010

4.7L / 5.7L / 6.1L

HP: 320 to 420

TQ: 295 to 420

Year range: 2011-2021

5.7L / 6.2L / 6.4L

HP: 360 to 707

TQ: 390 to 645

Not all of these HP & TQ numbers are available in 4wd models

Land Rover Discovery

Year range: 1989-1998

3.5L / 3.9L

HP: 154 to 182

TQ: 190 to 230

Year range: 1998-2004

4.0L / 4.6L

HP: 224

TQ: 380

Year range: 2004-2009


HP: 295

TQ: 313

Year range: 2010-2016


HP: 285

TQ: 380

Land Rover 90/110 & Defender

3.2L / 3.5L / 5.0L

HP: 114

TQ: 188

Ford Explorer

Year Range: 1995-2001

5.0L (4.9L)

HP: 238 hp

TQ: 282



HP: 292 

TQ: 315

Let us know if we missed anything. 

Next Week:  Alcohol Abuse

Closing Statements

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