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TREAD

July - August 2021

A Guide To Automotive Adventure & Outdoor Lifestyle

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Engaged Media
Frequency:
Bimonthly
$9.40
$26.87
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
education is key

As I fly home from an exciting weekend out in Uwharrie, North Carolina, I can’t help but reflect on all that happened over the eventful weekend. While there, we attended Overland Challenge and also spent time with Overland Experts (OEX). We grabbed some content for a future story, and Tony let me drive their right-hand-drive Land Cruiser BJ70, which was also a manual. I warned him that I’ve only driven manual a couple of times, but he motioned for me to jump in. Mind you, this is one of my all-time favorite vehicles, and a chance to drive one was a dream come true. Tony’s guidance and instruction made driving this (literally) foreign vehicle easy (a much different experience than when I tried to learn tennis from my father, who used yelling…

2 min
rock ‘n’ roll

Summer is upon us, and it’s time to make your ride stand out and shine. If you ask us, the best way to do this is by fitting your rig with a new set of wheels. Upgraded, aftermarket wheels are often lighter, stronger and almost always better-looking than the stock rollers you’re currently riding on. In addition, strength and weight reduction can increase fuel mileage and performance ... and the good looks will turn heads as you drive by. We’ve collected a few of the latest releases here. Which set caught your eye? TITAN 7/T-AK1 FORGED OFF-ROAD WHEEL This premium sport, off-road wheel is one of the lightest of its kind in the world. “AK1” stands for “all-terrain attack” and is a fully forged wheel with anti-slip knurling for added traction, along with…

1 min
upgrades

PLATFORM: 2006 LEXUS GX470 ENGINE: 2UZ-FE V8 4.7L WITH AFE INTAKE; QUANTUM SOLENOID SUSPENSION: KING 2.5 COILOVERS WITH ADJUSTABLE RESERVOIR MODDED FOR 6-INCH LIFT (FRONT AND REAR); TOTAL CHAOS UCAS (FRONT); ROUGH COUNTRY FJ 6-INCH LIFT; EIMKEITH PCK KIT; DOBINSON 750-LB. REAR SPRINGS WHEELS & TIRES: KMC WHEELS HEX BEADLOCK 17X9 -38 OFFSET WITH 3.5-INCH BACKSPACING; 35X12.5R17 NITTO TIRES TRAIL GRAPPLER EXTERIOR ACCESSORIES: TEQ BADGE; PRADO LC120 TAILLIGHTS; BAJA DESIGNS S2 AMBER FOG LIGHTS; BAJA DESIGNS AMBER AND WHITE SQUADRON; SMITTYBILT XRC GEN3 9.5K COMP; ROTOPAX 3-GALLON TANKS; PELFREY FRONT BUMPER AND ROCK SLIDERS; SNORKEL; RIGID LIGHTING DITCH LIGHTS; RAGO FAB DITCH BRACKETS; FOG LIGHT MOD; JW OFFROAD FULL-LENGTH ROOF RACK AND ROTOPAX MOUNT; BLACKED HOUSING HEADLIGHTS WITH LED; PEDAL COMMANDER PC38; MUFFLER DELETE; CVT ROOFTOP TENT…

3 min
driving impressions

Yes, the Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon and Space Gear share the Delica name and suspension layout, but that’s about all they have in common. These vans drive as differently as they look. The 1986-and-newer L300 Star Wagon is an older platform than the Space Gear. With a forward-control driving position and high seating location, maneuvers feel more exaggerated than those of the Space Gear, which has a traditional engine and transmission layout. The L300 feels a bit more nimble than the L400. Both vehicles ride surprisingly well. However, the Star Wagon feels more top heavy than the Space Gear. Regardless, neither will carve up back roads at breakneck speeds. Speaking of performance: Compared to modern power plants, the vans’ performances range from glacial to “kind of slow.” Star Wagons, with the 2.5-liter turbodiesel,…

8 min
four wheels and four legs

If you're a dog lover, there's no chance you're leaving your four-legged friend behind when you hit the road in search of the next adventure. There's no doubt dogs make the world a better place, and they bring smiles to everyone at the campground. There's also no place they'd rather be than following along on hikes or curled up at your feet by the campfire. Traveling with dogs can be a lot of fun, but it does require a little more planning in order for the trip to go smoothly. By following a few simple steps, the journey will be safer and more comfortable for everyone involved. Prepare Before You Go Preparation starts well before you leave home. I'll assume most readers are responsible dog owners, and their dogs are up to date…

6 min
engineering through bloodline

Light-duty trucks bring the most sales in the United States, with many people using them for multiple jobs. Additionally, as the population of outdoor explorers and enthusiasts grows, trucks need to do more. One of the first accessories often considered is a bed rack. If you’re one to do your research, you probably already know about Leitner Designs. It manufactures one of the best truck bed cargo racks on the market—the Leitner Active Cargo System (ACS). It offers quality craftsmanship and innovative design to bring versatility to the truck owner who partakes in multiple outdoor adventures or needs their truck to do more. Dirt bikers, mountain bikers, hunters and others who have various passions for adventure need the ability to make use of their truck bed on some days; on others, they…