The weather has been AWESOME. 10 degrees celsius in March is as much as we can ask for. I had so much planned for my AE86 this week. It’s been a slow time at work, midterms are done. My AE86 was practically going to be on the road again. But freaking ZJ got jealous and demanded attention. Lots of attention. Jeeps are […]

My Ruined Week

Yellow on Purpose
Yellow on PurposeAs I said, the ZJ left us stranded on Saturday night. Last winter, on the coldest of days I had observed a charging problem. It seemed the alternator couldn't keep up with the heater, and defrost, and tunes and the like. It never left us anywhere, but when it gone down to -30 or so I was definitely weary. In the summer... it wasn't really something that I was keeping an eye on. I guess I knew that I had to do something about it before winter hit again, but it turns out I wouldn't get that far. And so... since ultimately I like our ZJ, I fixed it right.


Co-drove at auto-x yesterday with Ryan in his SW11.  It’s nice to have actually been able to drive again… I didn’t REALLY manage to keep pace.  As I’ve said before, a half a second at auto-x is way OTB… and compared to Ryan I was that far back or further.  I’ll blame only a small chunk of that on the […]


After our truck got broken into, I made the mistake of taking it into the local Speedy Glass. Speedy Glass Crowfoot and I have a pretty long history. And it’s been a postivie enough history. I’ve probably given them 2000$ in the past ten years… which I guess isn’t that notable, but aside from tire mounting, glass services are the […]

Don’t Let Someone Else Work On Your Car .

Coming down on Top of the WorldI'm missing our new camera hard. Ran "Top of the World" on Sunday with a small group that included Ryan and his monsterous YJ. Monsterous? Well... maybe not but it's certainly a capable rig. And even though it's running what most publications would call a smaller tire size (35"), it has a lot of advantages over stockish rigs on 31's. Out on trails and actually facing adversity... the ZJ has some major disadvantages over other more popular rig choices. Facing 2' drops and gigantic walls of dirt and mud, polyurethane bumpers seem like the dumbest idea ever. Especially when they are as long and as fat as those on the ZJ... even after my trimming. And clearance... whether a stock XJ or Toyota or Nissan would hit bottom as often as I did I don't know, but I hit it way to much for comforts sake. I was definitely glad for the armour I do have, and will certainly invest in some more. And the 318 that is so nice on the streets and highway... is pretty irrelevant on the trail.

Top Of The World

Back in town. I’ve learned a little more love for my ZJ… and a lot more hate for Crackheads. Lastnight windows were smashed, cords ripped out of dashes, luggage rummaged… and our Camcorder and Ipod stolen. So much for all the pictures I had to share. Kamloops is seriously a dump town. Shops boarded up, gigantic chain restraunts staffed with […]

Road Trip

Gotta be AmberWe all want to be fabricators extraordinare. Custom stuff adds so much to your car life. My problem is that because I have a few tools, I feel like I can do stuff that I really can't. Wife and I are heading off on a week long road trip tonight, and given the amount of driving we'll be doing, and the inadequacy of the factory head lights I thought it was important to add some auxillary driving lights. My past experience with driving lights has been... not that exciting. Everything I've ever bought has left me wondering... upon turning them on... if I had in fact turned them on. So this time around, I bought the biggest lights I could find... and afford. That meant some 7" 100W units that I found at Princess Auto... for... $50. Meh. The other lights I've had have all been 55W or 80W so... hopefully these do the trick. But where could I mount such big lights? They could have easily been mounted in the stock position, in front of the grill, but... given there gigantic size[...]

My Problem With DIY

Thick all-terrain tires give courage to try interesting things with wheel placement at speed. I’m not enthusiastic or proud enough though to go through the trouble of supplying you with action shots. So here is a boring picture-less post. When I installed my 31×10.5″ BFG A/T’s I expected the consequences to be decreased fuel economy and occasional rubbing. Pssht. I […]

31″ Check Up

Just Plain ZJ
Just Plain ZJWhat have a really said about my ZJ? It's been good... I like it. I'm not entirely fond of it though. Ryan bought a YJ shortly after I bought my Jeep... and it's been a total nightmare, breaking every other week, catching on fire, causing serious bodily harm to it's owner. Apparently it's a Jeep thing. I guess... in someways I get it. I think I may have been living in denial. I've been telling myself that Ryan's nightmare YJ was not a nightmare because it was a JEEP engineered and built in America, but rather because it was a modified, well driven trail rig. After all... I've owned my JEEP for the better part of a year now, and the only work I've done on it has been typical maintenance: tires, fluid changes etc. But now... almost a year in, I can see a LOONNG list of items piling up. The transfer case has never been perfect. The shift linkage actually broke shortly after I bought the truck. It has never gone smoothly in and out of High/Low. I've fixed the linkage, adjusted the linkage, changed the TC oil... and still no luck. Apparently it's not uncommon... likely a result of the wrong fluid being used for a very long time. As we all know... your local repair shop is full of hacks and lazy asses. I know how it works... they only stock one kind of transmission oil. [...]

ZJ… Where are you going?