Want a Hummer?

eewwww. Not that way perv.

Photo from  IronPlanet

Photo from IronPlanet

Apparently the US government is unloading 4000 humvees right away for auction. These are actual military Humvees from AM General and the bidding is starting at $10,000. Not sure if we can or how we could get one of these across the border but even if we could, these are being sold as "Offroad Only" vehicles. It would be a great deal to snag one of these for a build vs. the latest offering of a shell of the Hummer H1 with no drivetrain for $60,000.

In case anyone was looking into it, you can find the info to bid on IronPlanet. As far as I can tell, this is technically only open to Americans but enterprising individuals might be able to find a way around it. The auction for 20 or so of them is taking place on Dec. 17th.


Winter Trail Run

The winter trails opened up, so it was time to head out to the Ghost.

Our goal was simple. Head out and conquer the winter loops and be back in time for dinner. Since this was the first run under the new banner it was time to flex our muscles. It was a small and capable crew, consisting of Doc McCoy, Kapper, 1985bj60, Northernfly, fjtent and Cory (our lone Jeep of the day). 

Hitting "four corners" it was obvious that there were few tracks heading north, onto the winter trails. The decision was made to continue on to the Margaret Lake side and attack from that angle, doing the hill climbs first instead of trying to end our day with them. The trucks did well but the south facing slopes were very icy and required a full throttle attack. No one was interested in pushing their trucks much further, realizing that every subsequent hill climb would provide the same (and boring) challenge.

We turned around and took our time on the way out through "Lost Knife". With the added time it allowed us some play time on some of the more technical obstacles along the way. All in all, a fun day out in Waiparous but we'll be back soon for revenge against the winter loops.

David Wakely
Hacking the Hi-Lift

Bought a new All-Cast Hi-Lift jack and took some photos as the jack was modded to be a little more convenient on the trail. By removing the cotter pins from the jack and replacing them with lock pins, the Hi-Lift is made even more trail friendly. Specifically, the base and handle may be removed very easily after this quick hack.

Complete list of needed materials;

  • Non-Extreme Hi-Lift Jack
  • 2 * 1/4" PTO Lock Pins - Cost is approx. $4 total
The running gear of the new hi-lift jack

The running gear of the new hi-lift jack

Done this exact hack to my original "survivor" jack and it has worked well for years. However, I am replacing my i-beam on it for the second time in sixth months and realized that I require a second hi-lift anyway. As a bonus, this allows me to do a quick write up on how to do this little hack, quickly, cheaply and with very few tools.

The cotter pin that needs to be removed; secures the base to the hi-lift i-beam.

Squeezing the one side of the cotter pin and pulling from the other side will free the base.

Working on the base first. There is a cotter pin that goes through the base that holds it to the hi-lifts i-beam. This needs to be removed. The hole for this cotter pin is 1/4" inside diameter. Test fit your new lock pin in the spot that the cotter pin occupied. Using a quarter inch lock pin for simplicity sake makes this the easier of the two mods. Just replace the base onto the i-beam and use the lock pin to secure everything. The base should still have it's full range of motion but now can be removed much quicker with far less tools.

Now that the cotter pin is gone, the base can be removed from the i-beam.

With the base back on the i-beam, slide the lock pin through the same hole. Hi-Lift Hack #1 complete

A second smaller cotter pin is located in the handle to keep the handle attached to the Hi-Lift running gear.

A second smaller cotter pin is located in the handle to keep the handle attached to the Hi-Lift running gear.

The next mod involves the handle. The handle is kept from flying out of the running gear on the hi-lift by a small cotter pin. This one should be a tighter squeeze as it was never really designed to be removed. After working the cotter pin out of the handle, you'll be able to remove it from the running gear. At this point you may notice that the hole for the cotter pin only exists on one side of the handle. In order to install a lock pin, we'll need to drill a secondary hole exactly opposite from the first on the the handle.

Twist and pry the cotter pin out of the handle

The lock pin needs to go through the handle, which requires drilling through the handle

With my other hi-lift, I just eye-balled this part. I drilled through the original hole with a quarter inch bit and then continued on to the other side of the handle. Missed the exact opposite side of the handle and it the lock pin sits at the slightest of angles. It still works this way but bothers me every time I go to use the Hi-Lift.

Marking out the holes to properly drill out handle

Carefully drill out both holes

This time, we're going to be slightly more precise. I measured the circumfrence of the handle, halved the measurement and marked it as such on the handle. This can be done with a measuring tape obviously but I did it by wrapping the handle with painters tape (as seen in the photos). I also took a measurement from the end of the handle to the cotter pin hole and replicated that measurement on the other side. 

With the two measurements marked on the handle I drilled the hole with a cordless drill and 1/4" bit. I'd recommend using a centre punch on the marks to make sure that your drill does not walk from the initial drill point on the curved handle surface. Being careful and using eye protection, I drilled through the original cotter pin hole (smaller cotter pin than the one holding the base) and then drilled from the other side through the marks I had made. To clean up the edges a little, I routed the edges of both holes with the edge of the 1/4" drill bit.

Test fitting the lock pin in the handle.

Result is a quickly removable handle.

Once complete, simply place the handle back into the running gear and run a 1/4" lock pin through the holes on the handle. This allows you to remove the handle and use it with your tools as a snipe to gain leverage while doing trail repairs. Always return the handle back to the jack when not in use. It would be terrible to have taken your Hi-Lift with you only to be unable to operate the jack because you've left the handle at home.

I'm sure that the above hacks would be frowned upon by Hi-Lift. I can only vouch that they have worked well for me over the years but only do these hacks at your own peril. Comment on the forum.

The Forum got Tapatalk!

Here at Untitled Offroad, we want to make sure that everyone is able to use the community in the way that suits them best. We believe that the forum is best viewed in it's native format, on a 100" 4k UHDTV on a yacht. We realize that's not always possible and, while the main site and the forum scale pretty nicely onto all manner of other (and smaller) devices, it's nice to have options on how you view forum content.

With that in mind, we've installed Tapatalk onto the forums. Tapatalk is an app that removes almost all of the formatting from the forum and provides the forum content in a very concise manner. For some phones for instance, you might find it easier to read and post to the forum using Tapatalk than the native web browser format. Now you have the option. Try both and see which you prefer.

After installing, you'll need to start a Tapatalk account. Once you're through all that, search for Untitled Offroad. Use your forum login and you're done. Play around, try reading threads, posting new content and the let us know what ya think. If you have any insight or comments, please post / respond in the Tapatalk thread on the forum; here. If installing Tapatalk on the forum has wrecked something for you, please post / respond in the Vent.

First Week of the Soft Launch

Hey everyone,
This first week has been a nice soft launch to the forum. I'm pretty excited that we've made it through the first week of being online with almost no major problems. There was a scary moment last night where I thought I deleted the template for the whole forum, but I think that only managed to glitch out for a few minutes while I tried to fix things. 

Despite it being a soft launch before we officially open for business, we're all really impressed with how eager everyone seems to be. The content is filling into the forum quicker than we could have imagined. There is a lot of work left to be done but with the help of some great people; burningchrome,  CrawlerJamie,  rickashay,  OESolutions, Reeeno403, Littlebluetaco and RiceFarmer specifically, and everyone that has signed up so far, we're off to a great start. We are hoping to bring something worthwhile to the Calgary 4wheeldrive community. 

This is all still very early, so if you notice anyway that the main site or the forum could be improved, please post here or in our hate mail section, "The Vent". Other details about the Association will be coming out as we feel they are ready for public consumption (ie. we have an idea of what the hell we're doing).

So thanks for checking us out and hope you stick around 'cause we think we've got something really good here and we hope you want to be a part of it.


David Wakely

Here is a spot to write about some junk but I can't think of what to put here in the mean time.

David Wakely
Post CT4WD Drinks

Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle. CT4WD closed it's doors. Drinks were had afterwards and it was very bitter sweet. End of an era but it was great to reminisce.

Hope that we can keep this group of people together.

David WakelyGalagher's Pub