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“Armored to the Teeth.” March 4, 2006

Posted by Rock Hard 4WD in Industry Manufacturers, News.
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Force Protection, INC Buffalo Armored Vehicle

Force Protection, INC completely renovates brand new Mack Trucks into the most outrageous, safe Military vehicles availible! The bodies of these beasts are made of “continuous” steel plates that are over 3/4″ thick! These steel plates hold much better than plates which are rivited or welded together as there are no seams. The blast protection comes from the modified “V” haul which refracts the explosions from underneath to the sides of the vehicles, and the windows are made of multi-layered safety glass which is a massive 5″ thick! even the tires are bomb and mine-proof, as they do not use air to keep their shape, their stability comes from the rim, which is a circular I-Beam which wraps around the rim and keeps the tire from “running flat”. Force Protection, INC offers 2 models, the Cougar, and the Buffalo. Oh yea, they come in at a cool million bucks each. Now if these arent the ultimate in protection, I don’t know what is!

[Source: Force Protection, INC.]

Offroad Jokes… February 26, 2006

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“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups, we all tend to love our Jeeps and dish out large quantities of cash to fix em, but for some reason, no other vehicle makes it outa the trails at the end of the day.”

Hacking GM’s OnStar February 17, 2006

Posted by Rock Hard 4WD in GM, GPS, Hacking, Onstar.
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OnStar Communications Box

Any vehicle with the OnStar Communications box has GPS built in. However, Gm and OnStar charge you, just to find out your GPS Position. Pete Carter has devised a way to get around this service fee by “hacking” your OnStar. This will void your warranty, as with anything where you solder, so if you break it, your gonna pay!

Hacking the OnStar involves just a few simple steps and several solder points. after which, you will be able to get your vehicles GPS Data without any service charge and still have a fully functional OnStar unit!

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Ford Invents Hybrid system that is 300% more efficient than a Prius February 14, 2006

Posted by Rock Hard 4WD in Ford, News.
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F150 Hydraulic Drive

Ford has come up with a revolutionary Hudraulic Hybrid system that will allow for its F150 line to get up to 60MPG in the city! Said to go into production in August 2008, the system will out perform Lithium Ion batteries.

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Gladiator to become reality? February 14, 2006

Posted by Rock Hard 4WD in Jeep Stuff, News.
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Gladiator Concept

The awesome Gladiator concept is coming closer to reality. Rick Krantz states the amount of corporate backing within Daimler-Chrysler for a Jeep pickup is growing. The Gladiator is based on a current architecture, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler, which will also be used by the Dodge Nitro.

The Gladiator should be sold with the much anticipated 2.8L Diesel engine that pushes 295 foot-pounds of torque and 163 horsepower or the all new 3.8 liter V6 with 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque.

[Source: AutoWeek, ALLPAR]

Girlfriends vs. Jeeps February 13, 2006

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I got bored, figured I would post this…

“A Jeep is like a girlfriend, they require lots of attention and care. Wifes/girlfriends get jealous that your vehicle gets more attention and sweet talking then they do.” – Joel

2007 Jeep Wrangler Underside Shots! February 12, 2006

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Autoblog has come up with some of the very first underside shots of the new 2007 Wrangler. The muffler appears to be needing a little better path design, but anyways, here’s the link to the pictures, courtesy, Autoblog.