KTM 530 EXC adventure build for TAT

So it begins.. added to the fleet, a 2008 KTM 530 EXC-R plated California dirtbike. Taken delivery with relatively low hours & miles (180 hours; 3850 miles | 6200km) on the XC4 motor, she appears to have solid potential from the initial baseline of mechanicals and fluids, and enough initial issues to facilitate getting rapidlyContinue reading “KTM 530 EXC adventure build for TAT”

PSA: Wear double eye protection!

Public service announcement: wear double eye protection when grinding metal! Been cutting, welding, and grinding away at a steel lumber rack for the truck in these hot summer days, and had a flaming spark of debris bounce off my cheek behind wrap-around sunglasses, and lodged into my left eye cornea. Despite a PPE suite ofContinue reading “PSA: Wear double eye protection!”

Soquel Demonstration State Forest Flow Trail

Earning those turns mountain biking in Soquel Demo Forest, deep in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. The flow trail is a network of spectacular descent sections, in what feels like an endless carve into the forest; the trail just keeps going and yet another berm beckons. POV shot with a GoPro7 chesty on aContinue reading “Soquel Demonstration State Forest Flow Trail”

OBS F350 front leaf spring | Reverse Shackle Kit (RSK)

Installing Sky’s Off-road front RSK kit, while reusing factory front leaf springs. RSK for reverse shackle kit, moves the shackle from the original front hanger position, to the rear of the leaf spring. The kit includes a new crossmember that ties the frame to the new front spring hangers. It mounts uses existing frame holesContinue reading “OBS F350 front leaf spring | Reverse Shackle Kit (RSK)”

OBS 7.3L Powerstroke Water Pump replacement

Water pump blew up in Death Valley on the eastbound climb up Towne Pass, shortly after taking off and not getting far from Panamint Springs up the 3500′ ascent. The bearings went out, nearly completely apart, but wonky enough the shaft slung coolant all up under the hood by the engine fan draft. Before theContinue reading “OBS 7.3L Powerstroke Water Pump replacement”

Overlander Series #1

Featuring Marcos and Natacha’s unimog rig. Macros, a firefighter and supertanker pilot, possess a incredible amount of charisma and energy, as we met on Superbowl Sunday at a campground in Loreto, BCS. The following day, he took me up on introducing and walking through his rig to feature on my YouTube Channel and Overlander Series.Continue reading “Overlander Series #1”

New Year’s Eve in Los Cabos, BCS

Happy New Year from Los Cabos, BCS, nearly the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula, 6 weeks since dropping below the border! Am highly enjoying this pace, traveling extremely close to the ground, and sea. Ringing in 2020 deep within the SJdC art district with hours of OG #reggae and #roots on LPs; Hawaiian style #wholepigroast, and boondocking an East Cape mini beachContinue reading “New Year’s Eve in Los Cabos, BCS”