Off-roading….underwater?

Cars are not meant to go underwater, right?  Well, iafrica.com by a staff reporter highlights a video of a Toyota Landcruiser attempting to cross a river in Australia.  The river gets rather deep as the jeep gets half way through before it begins to sink.  Somehow, the driver keeps the engine going and the snorkel above the water.  Eventually, the Landcruiser regains traction and crosses the river.

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Off-Road Power Products Teams up with Bruiser Turbo Diesel

Off-Road Power Products is proud to announce that they have formed a new partnership with Bruiser Turbo Diesel of Clearwater, FL.  Bruiser manufactures and installs the first turnkey conversion kit that allows a 4 cylinder Cummins Diesel engine to function flawlessly in the 2007-12 Jeep JK.  Off-Road Power Products will be a certified sales and installation facility for the conversions.  The kit will consist of a new or performance built Cummins engine, new transmission rated to handle up to 650 ft. lbs. of torque, completely integrated wiring harness and all other component pieces to complete the “factory look” upgrade.

In addition to the standard motor options, OPP will be offering a performance build option which will include options for different turbos, injectors, fuel pumps, cams, valve springs, pistons and the option to have a completely balanced rotating assembly.

The customer will also have the option to add any other standard Jeep aftermarket accessories while the vehicle is at OPP headquarters for the build including suspension, wheels, tires, bumpers, tops, axles, lighting, winches, interior accessories, body armor, stereo options etc.

Bruiser and Off-Road Power Products will announce their affiliation at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT which takes place from March 31- April 8th.  Both companies will be showcasing a Bruiser conversion.  Bruiser is bringing the original Bruiser, a 2007 JK  which was featured at last year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas as well as several off-road publications including the May issue of 4 Wheel Drive Magazine.

Two escape as Jeep goes through Lake Champlain ice


The Burlington Free Press reported that two people made it safety, while their 1992 Jeep went through the ice on Lake Champlain.  A resident of Colchester and an unknown second person were in the vehicle when it went through the ice.  The Jeep went through the ice when the motorist attempted to steer it across a pressure crack.  Both, the driver and the passenger, were able to get out of the Jeep before it was fully submerged.  The Coast Guard reacted to the scene to check for water pollution and safety issues.  “The Jeep’s roof was barely visible. Work crews were able to remove the vehicle from the lake before 2:45 p.m. Sunday…”

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Motor Trend’s First Impressions of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler may have the same illustrative look and feel but according to Motor Trend’s “First Test: 2012 Jeep Wrangler” it has gone through a few alterations.  Allyson Harwood, the author making the critique, was able to drive the new Wrangler on the Rubicon, “one of the hardest 4×4 trails around.”  One change that happened in 2011 was when the Jeep Wrangler JK “(the current generation’s code name) received a new interior”, plus a body color hard top, and fender flares; which may seem minor, but actually drastically changed the Jeep’s appearance.  The new Wrangler also includes a Pentastar engine, which has “more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy.”  Harwood started the road test with changes in elevations and large openings, which gave the testers the chance to put the Pentastar’s acceleration on trial.

2012 Jeep Wrangler (Picture Courtesy of Motor Trend)

This new engine allows for noticeable improvement, offering exceptional response and an enhancement in power.  The new Wrangler “hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, while all of the 3.8-liter Wranglers took between 9.8 and 10.2 seconds.”  Before taking on the Rubicon trail, the testers switched from the unlimited Sahara to the Wrangler Rubicon.  The trail allows for incredible scenery, while the Jeep takes on treacherous terrain due to the harsh winter.  The Jeep got passed the territory without many problems, with the new engine and transition working well.  The Jeep’s goal is to make the Wrangler a better day-to-day vehicle, while keeping its “off-road ability.”

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Off Road Trails and Events 2011

Top 10 Off-Road Trails and Events for 2011

Tierra Del Sol – Ocotillo Wells SVRA, Calif.

Every year for the past 49, Tierra Del Sol (TDS) Safari has boasted being one of the biggest Jeep and 4×4 events in Southern California. The off-road gathering takes place at  Truckhaven, which is now part of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, with the three-day event offering everything from trail rides, obstacle courses, vendor alleys and more. Next year marks the 50th running of the event, which will take place Friday, March 2, through until Sunday, Mach 4th. Visit www.tds4x4.com for more information.

For full coverage and photo highlights of the 49th Tierra Del Sol, click here.

Photo by Jaime Hernandez