Thinking about building a 4wheeler but unsure which car to buy? Compare side by side a Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. the Nissan Pathfinder. Both have a small lift kit and upsized tires installed, and have comparable blue book values. That's where the similarities end. The jeep has more power from a larger engine that will give you 15mpg at best vs. 20 mpg in the pathfinder. Also remember the jeep does not have airbags, a considerable drawback for anyone who enjoys living. Both vehicles are capable of reaching 300,000 miles, though based on testimonial you will see the Jeeps need a lot more TLC to get there. That said, for an entry level practical 4wheeler, the pathfinder is clearly the best choice. For those looking to spend 5,000 or more for the ultimate 4wheeling machine, the jeep has more upgradability.
The 4th of July crowds finally abated, we push our pathfinder up the east side of Mt. Evans to get a fresh coat of dirt on the car. With the lift kit installed and the upsized 31x1050x15 tires, the many ruts and rocks in the road were easily traversed at 30mph. Upper Bear Creek road has a few nice camp spots along the way, as well as access to some mellow backpacking trails like the bear track lakes trail and the beaver meadow trail. Check out our cool pics and just visualize how stoked you will be in your pathfinder rolling up the mountainside to some nice pockets of awesome!
Disaster! Stop private parties from barring access to public lands!!! Contact Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and voice your opinion TODAY before more fun disappears from the world :(
What is the number one form of maintenance your car needs?
Changing your oil, of course. While there are many fluids in your car that
need to be changed regularly, the engine oil needs to be changed most frequently
and neglecting your oil changes can also be the most costly. At the very least,
take your car in for an oil change every 3000 miles if you are using bargain
services or every 5000 miles if you are paying for synthetic oil and premium
services. As a general rule, a basic oil change will be somewhere in the range
of 15 to 30 dollars while synthetic oil changes can start at 50 to 60 dollars
and go up from there.
While these are good options for being on the go or if your vehicle is
maintained under a fleet program, you can change your own oil using premium
synthetic oil for less than thirty dollars. Using synthetic oil has numerous
advantages, the foremost being that you can run that oil for longer before
changing it if you combine synthetic oil with a high quality oil filter.
First thing be sure to look at the weight of oil that your car requires. This
will be in the owner manual that came with the car and is sometimes printed on
the oil cap in the engine. This number will usually look something like xxW-xx
(e.g. 5W-30). Most passenger cars will take around four quarts and some trucks
will take more. When buying oil, try a good brand of synthetic oil like
Valvoline or Mobile One. Value synthetic oil tends to burn up, which could be
devastating if you run your engine without enough oil. Pair this with a high
quality oil filter such as Fram Extra Guard or Purloater PurOne. These filters
capture more particles than value filters. With these components you can safely
put 5000 to 8000 miles on one oil change, depending on the season (in Winter oil
needs to be changed more frequently).
Additionally you can use oil additives to improve the lifespan of your
engine, as well as potentially improving your driving quality and gas mileage. I
personally recommend conventional Lucas. This is a product you can find at a
major retail store or auto parts store. Adding 1/4 quart in to your winter oil or 1/2
quart to your summer oil is a great way to slow oil leaks and improve your performance.
Lucas in short helps prevent the wear that comes from starting
your car. If your car is older or has more than 75000 miles, try using an oil
flush product. This is simply something you add to your oil, run the car at idle
for five minutes, then you turn off the car and drain your oil out. These
products contain solvents that pull deep seated grime out of your engine.
To change your oil you are best suited finding a video online that is
specific for your car. Generally the top oil cap is visible on top of the engine
and the bottom drain plug is a horizontal bolt on a square pan below the engine.
Be sure to have a container ready to catch the oil, otherwise you will have
quite the mess on your garage floor. The oil filter location varies widely
depending on your car. Take that off by gripping it firmly with a rag or a
wrench and turning it counter clockwise. Save the oil that comes out of the car
and the filter because this can be recycled for free at a local automotive
establishment and is toxic to the environment if you just dump it. Also put some
new oil in the oil filter before you install it. Otherwise you will briefly
choke your oil flow when you first start the engine. Remember to check the
dipstick too, because this will have a high and a low notch on it. Take the
dipstick out, wipe it off, then put it back in. When you take it out again the
oil on the dipstick should come close to the top notch when your car has enough
oil in it.
After your oil is changes take your car out for a spin!
Our modified 3000gt placed 3rd in the two wheel drive rally prepared category, not bad for mud bogging. First and second- taken by highly modified honda civics. Did we mention our CR-V lift kits are cross compatible with civics?
Stop by our products page to check it out, and watch our race video to get a feel for rally driving in Colorado
Introducing our newest generation CR-V lift kit! You will not find a better lift kit for CRV anywhere else. Our streamlined installation guide and CNC milled aluminium spacers will lift your CR-V a net 2.0" off the ground! Check out our products page for more details on our CRV lift kits as well as our other CRV performance products. A popular choice is also the leveling kit, which corrects CRV rear suspension sag. You can install this kit independently or stack it on top of our full kits.
For both the 1997-2001 and 2002-2006 CRV, we feel like the best tire to combine with our CRV lift kits is a General Grabber in the size 205/75/15. This will offer you the best of value, diameter increase, fuel economy, off road performance, vehicle longevity, and all weather traction performance. See "Tire Size" article, which can be found under our Tech tab in the CRV section.
The CRV leveling kits will fit models from 1997-2006
We will also be offering lift kits for the Toyota RAV-4 as well as Honda Accord Lift Kits
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Our 3000gt will be participating in the 2013 Colorado Rally Cross! Just passed emissions and is ready for another weight reduction, as well as some regular maintanence like an oil and water pump, timing belt, etc. Props to Mitsubishi, we are rally ready with over 200k on the ODO. Keep checking back for posts on cheap reliable cars!
Our blog is merging with our other blog at cheapreliablecar.wordpress.com! In addition to documenting our epic rally adventures, you can now come here to learn useful information about cars, maintenance, and how to drive a good car without spending a lot of money. Our first imported article, more MPG tips!
I’m sure at one point or another you have heard that keeping your tires properly inflated can help your car get better gas mileage, but what is “properly inflated”. This is not a myth, if you don’t believe it then please ride a bike with 10 psi in the tires and tell me honestly it is not more work than with 50 psi in the tires. The same concept applies to your car, only working harder means burning more gas. However, properly inflated may not mean what you think it does.
Most people know to look at the sticker on the inside of the driver side door for the proper inflation pressure. This is the factory recommendation and is usually in the ballpark of 30 psi. This is where you should keep your tire pressure in the winter because it will offer the ideal ratio of traction to economy.
The rest of the year, look at the sidewall of the tire itself. Somewhere near the rim there will be some text that says something like Max load xxxx pounds at xx psi/xxx kPa. This is the maximum amount of weight your tires can safely accommodate and their maximum pressure. For passenger cars this should be around 40-50 psi. Inflate your tires to a few psi shy of the max psi on the sidewall to maximize your economy. Be aware though that, especially as your tire tread wears out, increasing the psi in your tires will also decrease your traction. Keep that in mind and take responsibility for your own actions.
While you are checking your tire pressure be sure to check across all four tires. It is essential that they all be inflated evenly across axles. In other words, when you look at the inside door sticker either the front or rear set of tires will have a higher recommended pressure. To help keep your car’s handling character keep this ratio when you increase your pressure. For example, if your factory recommended pressure was 30 psi front/ 27 psi rear and your max tire pressure on the sidewall is 50 psi, try inflating your tires to 47 psi front/ 44 psi rear.
NEVER exceed the max pressure on the sidewall because your tires WILL explode. That is why that rating is there, so you don’t do it!
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Two feet of snow on loveland pass! Time to break out the deep snow rig, a 1996 Nissan pathfinder. We are currently developing a similar lift kit for nissan pathfinders though right now keeping it running is more important. Here's a good tip, for corroded battery terminals mix baking soda and water in a spray bottle. Grab a steel bristle brush or an old toothbrush and spray/ brush those terminals down. You may be surprised at how much corrosion you can remove with this little trick. Happy winter driving!
Summer rally season is over, so let it snow let it snow let it snow. Last season we made double time over pace on I-70 in unplowed snowpack in our 3000gt. Ain't no rally like a snow rally!
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