Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build Progress 3

Turbo Diesel JK Wrangler

Work continues on the build for my Africa bound JK Unlimited Rubicon, with Ron at Northwest Diesel Offroad getting closer to wrapping up the diesel conversion. The adapter required us to move the crank trigger wheel to the front of the engine - this is so the Jeep PCM will know the engine is running. I had to make it legit with a … [Read more...]

Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build Progress 2

Test fitting the Warn Zeon 10-S and AEV Front bumper

The build of my Africa-bound JK Rubicon is really coming along, with progress in a lot of different areas. The engine bay of the JK was never designed for an inline 6, so we're short on length, one of the biggest challenges of this conversion.  We've had to move the radiator forward a couple of inches, and changed over to the fan and shroud from … [Read more...]

Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build – Phase 1

Building lightweight cabinets with square aluminum tubing and corner connectors

After dreaming and planning for literally years, I have started the build on my Africa Jeep 2007 JK Unlimited Rubicon to travel around Africa for two years, focusing on the interior “camper.” I removed the back seat and all rear carpet and trim, then installed sound and heat insulation on the entire tub. To finish the floor I glued in a sheet of … [Read more...]

Around Africa in a Diesel JKUR

Planning the route, the Jeep and logistics

Later this year I’m setting out in my ’07 Unlimited Rubicon to circumnavigate the entire African continent. I will explore roughly 30 African countries and cover 80,000 miles over the course of 2 years, plus or minus. Driving a Jeep Wrangler TJ 40,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina on the Pan-American Highway in 2007-09 taught me more than I … [Read more...]

Desert Rendezvous 2012 Hits SoCal March 23-24 2012

Desert Rendevous Logo

The SoCal Desert Rendezvous started as an idea a few friends tossed around while around a campfire one night. Why were all the overlanding-type events being held in other states or geographic regions, and why were we traveling all that way when we had all of this right here at home in SoCal? Thus began the Rendezvous Conspiracy… … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Mods for Overland Travel

Jeep Adventure Photo3 - courtesy of Ben Benedetti

I’ve been overlanding since 2007. Not a long time but long enough to get a good idea of what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need in the terms of vehicle modifications. The good news is most stock high clearance Jeeps can do overland travel in their stock form. There are a few things that in my opinion can make it easier to traverse the more … [Read more...]

Origami Jeep Trailer Wiring Kit For Jeep TJ


Finally a Jeep trailer wiring kit that REALLY provides everything you need to wire your Jeep TJ Wrangler for trailer lights. This kit comes with the wiring harness and instructions, a self taping screw to fasten the ground wire, tie wraps to secure the wires, and several replacement fender shield retainers to replace the one you may need to cut to … [Read more...]