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Off-Road Unloaded - March 2013

Posted in Features on March 1, 2013
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Sand Tires
I’m getting new tires for my Bronco this year. It’s a ’78 that I’ve turned into two-wheel-drive (since I don’t need four-wheel in the sand here in Michigan). I’ve gotten rid of a bunch of weight off the truck and plan on doing more in the future. In the past, I ran BFG A/Ts and BFG M/Ts and both tires worked fine in the sand. However, at times I thought the M/Ts dug a little too much into the sand. I’ve looked at the new General Red Letters, but they seem like they have too stiff a sidewall for adequate flex while airing down. I’ve also been looking at Dick Cepek Fun Country IIs, and these tires seem like they’d be the ones for me. I’ve seen in the magazine that you run them on your red Dodge and black Cherokee, and I was wondering if you had positive thoughts on them. My Bronco will only see the sand (and sometimes dirt trails) and be driven on the road (but not in wet weather because I took off the doors and top for good). Are the Fun Country IIs good sand tires for two-wheel-drive buggy/trucks? Should I go with something else, like maybe an Interco TrXus STS? Any info would be great. Thanks!

We do love those Cepek FC-IIs, but for the best sand performance we’d actually go with the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ. The Super Swamper TrXus STS tires look like great sand tires, too, but we’ve honestly never had a set so we can’t tell you how well they work. I guess we need to get some of those to try out soon! However, you may want to wait a month or two and check out the new Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ and Dick Cepek Fun Country tires coming out. We saw them at SEMA and one of them may be just what you want.

Different Results on a Diesel
Hello, I read your review of the TopDog bypass device that Pareto Point sells and just have to give you an update on my experience with it. I have a 2003 GMC 2500HD with a Duramax diesel engine. I installed it last year and bought the bracket from MadJack Racing to mount the filter. The thing leaked from day one. Turns out I didn’t torque down, nor seal, the plugged ports I wasn’t using, so I did that. Also, I was using both O-rings, and the inside one isn’t necessary for my filter mount so I removed it and fitted a new O-ring and it didn’t leak at all for a while. A long trip later, and it was back to leaking. Not sure where from this time.

I’m about at the end of my rope with this thing and believe the leaking is due to the very small O-rings used in the adapter. If it was bigger or a different design (like an actual oil filter), it would probably work. As it is, I’ve got oil all over the underside of my truck and drips all over my driveway.

The Duramax has more oil pressure than the test mule you installed yours on (a 4Runner), so that’s probably a big contributing factor as to why I continue to have leaks.

Sad Case
I know how you guys like K5 Blazers over there, so I had to send you this picture I found of a rusted-out K5. Does this scare you, Southwesterners? Hahahaha
Terry Wills

Okay, that is a little scary, Terry. The poor K5!

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