Friday, April 19, 2019

[Event Report] 2019 Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (Cosby, TN)

I was finally able to make it to Tennessee for the Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (SMOR).  This is an event I have been wanting to make since it's inaugural event but there always seemed to be a conflict.

Home, for the weekend at least, just outside Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
It's good to be out camping again.

Read on for my brief review of last week's 2019 Smoky Mountain Overland Rally...

Friday, April 5, 2019

[Product Review] The ARB Maximum Performance Portable Air Supply

I've said it before and I'll say it again, tire pressure management is an essential skill for every overland adventure enthusiast.  It's one of my 'Ten Essentials' and I've even written a stand alone article on it.  Needless to say, when looking ahead to the 2019 season I knew I needed to up my tire pressure management game.

It was like Christmas, but in March!

This article is a product review for the ARB Maximum Performance Portable Air Supply.  In the name of full disclosure, I will be straight up and tell you ARB has come on board as an equipment level partner for this season. However, let me assure you there is a reason I'm sought out a partnership with ARB.  Read on for the review of the portable compressor...

Monday, April 1, 2019

Has overlanding become the next form of off-road cosplay?

With Overland Expo just a few weeks away my thoughts have turned westward with wide eyes.  Having missed Expo West last year I made a promise to myself I wouldn't miss it this year.

Overland Expo West, it's like Boy Scout summer camp only with Jeeps and Skottles

Having been to both Overland Expo West and East multiple times (two wests and four easts) one of the popular questions I get asked by people within the overland adventure community is how the two shows different.   I also get asked from people outside the community what expo is like and what this whole "overlanding" thing is about.  The last time I described it I said something along the lines of, "It's like ComiCon for off-roaders."  That got me thinking about other corollaries between the two events and it has since dawned on me that overlanding has become the next form of off-road cosplay.

Monday, February 11, 2019

2019 Overland Skills Weekends -

From day one the mission of ECOA has been built on the cornerstone of education.  This is a reflection of my own professional past working in academics as well as my personal desire to share my knowledge and experience with those around me.

Over the last four years I have attended large events like Overland Expo as well as smaller rallies and shows as an instructor.  New for 2019 I will be hosting my own series of training events called Overland Skills Weekends.  Read on for details...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Anatomy of an Engine Swap

If you've been following ECOA social media (if you're not you should be) you've no doubt seen me drop a few clues that the LJ is off the road and undergoing an engine swap.  While the details regarding the progress of the process are limited for now (long story) I thought I would at least take a moment to talk about why I'm doing the swap.

While built for back roads, and that's where I want to spent my time,
she still logs her fair share of highway miles.
The time has come to do something about the stock motor and transmission

Motors come in all shapes and sizes. Some are better than others.  The 4.0L inline six cylinder in the LJ is a great motor, if not a bit antiquated in its design.  That said, I'm not really doing an engine swap.  I love the 4.0.  I think you can't get any more "Jeep" than the venerable straight-six.  That said, mated to the engine in my LJ is the 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission.  It's junk.  So I'm not doing an engine swap so much as I'm going a transmission swap.  Read on for details...