DIY Accessory Control Module

Almost every Jeep on the trail has some kind of after market accessory that requires power. Each lightbar, axle locker and compressor requires a switch and running all these wires into the cabin can create a real rat's nest under the hood and behind the dash. There are aftermarket solutions such as the SPOD and the new JL offers 4 programmable buttons to control accessories. The SPOD is quite expensive, and we can't all upgrade to the JL, so here's how you can clean up your wiring and build y...
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Care and Maintenance of your Smart Swaybar

One of the most welcome features of the JK/JKU Rubicon was the electronic disconnecting swaybar, AKA, the Smartbar. This handy feature eliminates the need for aftermarket swaybar disconnects and allows you to improve your flex from the comfort of your driver's seat. It is one of the envious features of the Rubicon, until you get it wet. Then, any number of gremlins may appear. In fairness, it is generally pretty resilient. The one on my 2008 Rubicon went 9 years without any maintenance be...
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Sullivan Lake

A part of the Crag Lake Trail System, Sullivan Lake offers similar terrain. It is very rocky with tight sections and narrow ridges. The trail leads to Sullivan Lake and features two great camping spots by the lake. It is also the starting point for the Evergreen Mountain trail. DO NOT CUT TREES! the tight trail conditions are a large part of what make this trail challenging! OF4WD Rating: 3+
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Selecting a CB Antenna

Selecting an antenna for off-roading can be tricky, and you generally want an antenna that has the following characteristics: Flexible – you don’t want your antenna snapping the first time you hit a low hanging branch Top loaded – Top loaded antennas tend to have better range High Gain – antennas with high gain effectively amplify your signal. As a general rule, on the trail, you don’t need crazy range. Front to back, we’re usually within a kilometer or so. However, every so often, wh...
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Selecting a CB Radio

The EOTB, like many other off-road clubs uses CB radios as the primary means of communication between vehicles on the trail. Most CB radios are very similar. They usually support 40 channels, transmit at up to 4 Watts which is all you really need. You can get some extras like built-in SWR meters, weather radio, channel memories among others. As long as you stick with a reputable brand, you should be fine. It's generally advisable to stick to one of the three major brands, Uniden, Midland or C...
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Jeep 75th Anniversary Event

A few months ago, The EOTB was approached by Formula Special Projects representing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles about assisting them with a media event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand. After a brief negotiation, we came to an agreement whereby we would provide support for their event in exchange for a sponsorship of the club. The event took place in Calabogie on July 26th. The EOTB’s role was to help identify a trail that would appropriately highlight the off-road abil...
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Calabogie Line

The Calabogie Line is a 4.5km stretch of power line that roughly runs parallel to Calabogie road. The entrance to just north of where the power line intersects the road and heads north-north-east from there, exiting onto Ferguson Lake road. The trail has experienced relatively light use, although it is commonly used by dirt bikes. The trail begins with some rocky outcrops that can be attacked from various angles allowing for different levels of difficulty and several climbs and descents a...
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Evergreen Mountain

The Evergreen Mountain Trail is effectively an extension of the Sullivan Lake trail, adding to the Crag Lake trail system. It runs from Sullivan Lake up to the crest of Evergreen Mountain before descending through a narrow gorge to a lower plateau and down the south slope towards Long Bay Lake where it picks up a road that exists to Norcan Lake Road. The trail is very rocky, with several steep inclines at various points along the trail. The trail is quite narrow, particularly as you navig...
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Bear Skulls

The Bear Skulls trail gets its name from a pair of bear skulks found near one of the early obstacles in the trail, now known as the Bear Hug. While the trail is relatively short, it offers a wide variety of rocky obstacles, tight squeezes and off-camber areas. As there are bypasses for some of the more challenging obstacles, the trail can be navigated in modestly modified vehicles while offering challenges for more heavily modified vehicles. The trail is located south of Calabogie Road, a...
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