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The OutdoorWire family websites feature news and information affecting outdoor recreation opportunities and access to public lands. 

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to the four wheel drive recreation...

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to the four wheel drive recreation featuring technical articles and information to promote, protect, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities.  4x4Voice.com focuses on California issues. MUIRNet.net is focused on environmental, administrative and legislative news and information. OutdoorWire.com is Access and Landuse Central with an overall index to the contents of the family of websites. 

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John Stewart

Battery Tips Video - Group 48 Jeep Battery

Batteries are always a hot discussion topic.  Jeff Schwen, DeepCycle Battery Store, hosts this video with a great explanation and recommendation for batteries.

This video discusses why a traditional car or truck battery may be failing in some applications. Some new cars and trucks are rolling off the production line with AGM (absorbed glass mat) style batteries because of the vehicles increased demand for 12 volt power. An AGM battery is better equipped to cycle (discharge and recharge) and has a lower self-discharge rate.

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Throttle Out | Types of Jeep Lift Kits Explained

Leveling vs. Coil Spring Spacer Lift vs. Coil Spring Lift vs. Complete Coil Spring Kit

PAOLI, Pa. (Jan 2, 2019) – In this episode of ExtremeTerrain’s Throttle Out YouTube video series, Ryan Huck talks all about Jeep Wrangler Lift Kits. From Leveling Kits, to Coil Spring Spacer Lifts, to Coil Spring Lifts, and Complete Coil Spring Kits, Ryan discusses their pros and cons, as well as what each type of lift entails and why you might prefer one setup over the other.

“...whether you have a YJ, TJ, JK, or even the new JL this [information] is going to be pretty consistent across all of them...” – Ryan Huck

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Throttle Out | JL Turbo vs V6 Off-road Comparison

Which Jeep Wrangler JL Engine is Best

PAOLI, Pa. (Dec 27, 2018) –ExtremeTerrain’s (XT) Ryan Huck orchestrated a camera crew and two bone-stock JL Wranglers during a trip to Rausch Creek Off-road park to create this Throttle Out episode comparing the new 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder Wrangler against a 3.6L V6 JL.

“If you were making a decision, just based off of a test like we did today, you would be really hard to find a clear winner.” – Ryan Huck

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Tips for Towing on the Highway

Towing a trailer requires care and responsibility from the moment you start inspecting your trailer through to loading it and pulling out onto the road until you arrive at your destination. However, when you’re towing a trailer on the highway–especially when your trip covers long distances–you need to be extra cautious and follow all the rules of the road to ensure a safe trip from start to finish.

Know the Towing Laws

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Throttle Out | How Jeep Suspension Works

Jeep Suspension Geometry Explained

PAOLI, Pa. (Dec 19, 2018) – ExtremeTerrain’s Ryan Huck has produced the video, “How Jeep Suspension Works | Jeep Suspension Geometry Explained”, as an informational tool for the 4x4 community focusing on modified Wranglers. A variety of Jeep lift kits are available for the Wrangler so understanding the components that can improve suspension geometry, handling, and ride quality will, inevitably, make for a well-informed off-roader. 

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