NE Off-Road Adventure 2016

Recently I was invited to attend the 3rd Annual NE Off-Road Adventure over the weekend of June 10-12th. This off-road weekend, set in the Fort a la Corne forest of east-central Saskatchewan, was full of good friends, camping, and some of the best off-roading available anywhere in the province. I won’t be writing about the […]

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July 5th, 2016

Breaker 1-9 – The CB Install

Any great off-road adventure needs friends, and if that means there is more than one vehicle involved, it also means you need a CB radio. Even today, cell phones just don’t work very well out in the woods. The Explorer has a pretty comfy interior. It also has a centre console full of cupholders and […]

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April 22nd, 2016

Backpack Part 1

This winter, while visiting family, I realized that while the Explorer has a lot of space inside, that space is quickly taken up by my winter survival kit and emergency travel kit. Add in suitcases, and the back gets pretty full. Add in tons of camping gear and you end up squishing pillows between the […]

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February 13th, 2016

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Front Skid Plate Install

While I was installing the tow hooks on the front of the Explorer, I noticed just how far down the radiator hung, and how exposed it was to damage. In stock form, the valence on the front bumper does a really good job of covering the radiator. There is also a plastic air dam that […]

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January 7th, 2016

Front Tow Hooks

I’m going to get stuck. This is just a part of driving off-road. For some reason, Ford chose not to install tow hooks on my, and many other, Explorers. Some Rangers and some Explorer Sport models did come with front tow hooks, but not my 1997 XLT 4 door. This needed to be remedied before […]

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November 15th, 2015

Castle Butte Saskatchewan

One of the places to see in Saskatchewan is Castle Butte, in the Big Muddy Badlands in southern Saskatchewan. It’s mentioned in almost every blog post and book about touring the province, and it’s been on my ‘expedition’ list for a long time. I finally pulled the plug last weekend. Finding clear directions is a […]

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September 30th, 2015

New Boots for Dora

Late in 2014 I installed new front upper control arms on Dora and chose not to have the wheels aligned. I wasn’t sure what my long-term plans were going to be with the truck, and I didn’t want to spend $150+ on a wheel alignment, only to crank up the torsion bars or install a […]

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August 30th, 2015

Canoe Tie-Down Hooks

On my Bronco, I had installed front recovery points which were a convenient place to tie a canoe down to. Dora has no such recovery points, and finding a secure way to mount them (without a body lift) is more than a 10 minute job. That left me with a fancy new roof-rack to support […]

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August 15th, 2015

New Leaf Springs

The Explorer has always had a slightly nose-up stance. While on my Nipawin trip, I noticed that it also sagged dramatically under load. Upon my return, I inspected the rear leaf springs and found that both rear leafs packs had a broken leaf. In fact, each side was missing a piece of one leaf! I […]

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August 5th, 2015

Bike Carrier Part 2

After my failed experiment with the step bumper hitch receiver, I went back to the drawing board, looking for a way to use my receiver mounted bike carrier on a trip. Looking around on the net showed a plethora of frame mounted hitch receivers, all priced at around $200usd and with pretty steep shipping costs. […]

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August 1st, 2015