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Phil Howell

Phil Howell

Former Editor, 4WD & Sport Utility, 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine

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  • Posted an article in features

    The AEV parts work stunningly well. Except for the axle gussets, all parts were bolt-on easy, and Dakota Customs built the Jeep in one day.

  • Posted an article in News

    The TJ Wrangler is smaller, lighter, and simpler to work on than the JK Wrangler. Most of the electronic nannies that infest the JK didn’t exist in the 2001 model year, making the TJ awesome to work on

  • Posted an article in features

    Kolby installed a GM 6.2L VVT aluminum block V-8 and 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission to his JK. The swap is completely CARB approved and the Jeep is registered in California.

  • Posted an article in News

    Parts may be parts, but these parts were in my shop and will be in my new garage. I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. Each one is a memory.

  • Posted an article in features

    When the Billet Silver 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon arrived, the crew at Dakota Customs immediately went to work naming the project “Dakota.”

  • Posted an article in Product Reviews

    Toyo’s latest Open Country AT II was designed as a jack-of-all-trades. It works well on the pavement and in the dirt but is this jack-of-all-trades is a well rounded tire or a master of none?

  • Posted an article in Product Reviews

    Coming to the Consumer Market?

  • Posted an article in News

    Outback vehicles are built for exploring and long-range travel, not for boulder bashing and rock crawling. Vehicles are modified to make them better long-range tourers.

  • Posted an article in Project Vehicles

    This TJ was none other than what was left of Rocky Road, Currie Enterprises’ rock crawl stock class competition Jeep that Kevin had campaigned at early rock crawling events. See how we resurrect it here.

  • Posted an article in Project Vehicles

    Lucky 13 is a 2013 JK Wrangler Rubicon built by Currie Enterprises around the concepts of timeliness and simplicity.

About Me

I started exploring off-road on a stripped down Honda 305 Scrambler, then graduated to Bultacos. When I finally earned enough to purchase my own four-wheeled vehicle, a ’61 Chevrolet pickup became my passport to the backcountry. I joined the Sareea Al Jamel 4WD club decades ago and ended up the last leader of the Fast Camel Cruise. While exploring and trail riding was my passion, harder trails and obstacles became interesting. They became so interesting that Bob Hazel and I teamed to put on the first rock crawling competition. Rock crawling is fun, but I’ve returned to my original passion of backcountry exploring and searching out old trails and ghost towns. Since that original Chevy truck, I've owned so many Jeeps, Toyotas, Suzukis, full-size 4x4s, etc., etc., over the years I can't remember them all. What I can remember is the adventure every single vehicle afforded me. It's fun to be able to share my passion with readers. Come along for the ride, won't you?

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  • 2008 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon

    2008 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon

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