MTO Saftey… ugh!

So here we are getting the Rover ready for its Canadian citizenship ;).  I was not too worried, had a couple of issues that I thought might be trouble…  guess I should have worried more.

My list from the inspection…

  • Lights out (marker, brake, etc)
  • Tires have slices in side wall (thank you Colorado Rockies)
  • Steering knuckle touching the passenger tire sidewall
  • Rear Radius arms bushings cracked and worn

Well, SHOCKED and DISMAYED… especially because my new tires are now garbage 😦 also was not expecting the thousands of dollars that needed to be spent.  Est. bill with this was approx 2 – 3 thousand.


So my Rover training kicked in… I can do this.  😀

I ordered the bushings from LR Parts in the UK, 8 Euro per bushing, not too bad and shipping was 25.00 CDN.  So good start.  Parts arrived… well looks like I messed up the order or they did… either way didn’t have the right parts.  😦  Off to the computer again… ordered the correct bushings.

But I had already removed the radius arms, so… off the shop to have the bushings I did have, pressed in – **trouble ahead**.  The bushings were ‘difficult’ to press out according to the shop, 200.00 to have 4 bushings pressed out – HOLLY COW!!  And I have 2 more to do when the new ones arrive…. eek!

Next issue… the steering knuckle on passengers side.


So it with some discussion on the forums (love the Rover community, lots of great ppl with experience / knowledge they are willing to share)… the consensus is that the knuckle is bent.  SO in order to pass the safety I have to fix this – first choice is to use wheel adapters.  Which I happen to have.  BUT these adapters were cheap and ‘wobble’ at medium speed (not happy). Next thought… tires are too wide – on to get new tires.  1400.00 later… tadda! new tires on aaaannnnddd


better – sorta AND I lost 1″ of tire height 😦  BUT still not right.  Now with some more discussion with Lincoln from Albuquerque, the thought is the knuckle must be out of whack…. I’m going to have to get some quotes for the labor to replace the knuckle. BUT I have the part (thank you Ebay) and only 60.00 with shipping.


I’ll keep more information coming as the saga continues….

Made it to Kingston…

So after the some 1500 mile trip from Colorado to our new home in Kingston, Ontario… we are slowing settling in.  The Rover was a champ, had some minor issues, but we’ll get to those.  Over all super happy with the move.

So you may be wondering what the ‘minor’ issue was, well I had the crew at Pikes Peak Rovers change my pinion seal on the rear diff and I replaced the upstream O2 sensors.  Well both of those jobs didn’t go as planned – pinion seal leaked after the first 500 miles, and the NGK sensors were garbage (note to self, only use Bosch).  So the outcome was truck ran rough and threw codes… as well as getting a free under coating (silver lining is that the undercoating is necessary in Ontario 😉 ).

Couple other points… man the Rover gets TERRIBLE mileage!  This may be partly my fault for all the accessories I’ve added but 13.8 mpg is not super  AND  here in Canada at 1.36 a liter WOW!!  Gonna have to plan my drives.

Super happy to be back in Canada and looking forward to the new adventures.

Moving – off to Kingston, Ontario

So, after 4 wonderful years in Colorado it is time to move back home. Gonna miss the Rockies and all its glorious beauty. BUT welcome the nice scenery of Ontario and the great lakes. Already been out MTBing and there is always an adventure near by (well, not as near by OR adventurous as Colorado admittedly…).

The trip was some 1700 miles of family adventures :).  The Rover despite the horrible mileage and the noisy safari rack, was cooperative.  There was only one issue… had the Rover looked at by Pikes Peak Rover and the rear differential pinion seal was leaking slightly.  SO preventative maintenance – I had it ‘fixed’.

After 400 miles, gear oil everywhere… 😦  Called and chatted with Eric, might be the flange vs. the seal that was replaced.  Since the differentials were only 6 mo. old, I called Bill at GBR to address the issue.  He was quick to reply – even though he was on holidays (thanks Bill).  Again nothing to be done at the moment…  but he did run through some of the common issues that could be checked.  Long story short – oil leaked the entire 1700 miles.

Along the trip I figured I’d look to the Ottawa Land Rover group for a good Rover mechanic.  Had several replies from Facebook, what a great resource and the community is so supportive!!  I had the name of a shop/mechanic and within hours a phone call – WOW!  Adam at Diesel Rovers was great.

After only a week in Kingston, made the trek to Diesel Rover and had the repair done… and truck looked over.  Glad to say Rover is tip-top and ‘leak free’ for now.

Now to unpack and seek out the new and interesting locations.

MTB Kingston’s club house in the background with the Rover and bike posing.

Looking forward to sharing the adventures as they happen…  till then – Live your own adventure!!


Overlanding Upgrades 3rd Project – Steering

Why the steering

  • what will this mode do for the rig
  • parts, companies selected
  • I bought all the parts for this upgrade months ago 🙂 however it took me till I was moving to get it done. In the end there was not a lot gained from the upgrade… save the more sturdy parts and better bushings.
  • The Rover drives relatively the same, but I have more confidence is the strength of the drag link etc if I go off road where the rocks are big and clearance is close…
  • I chose to go with Terrafirma, as their stuff was more cost effective than some of the others, but may have given up slightly on the on build quality. But at 350.00 dollars, vs. the others (Rovertyme, Rockworks… etc) it was worth it. I would recommend that you do an assessment of your needs, as I will likely not be in the situation where I will need to worry too much about these parts.
  • I am pretty happy with he build to date… the Rover performs very well for her class and keeps up with those big fancy Jeeps 😀 – mostly. Right now the only issue I have run across is the width. The Jeeps line is wider and therefore I need to be wary of those lines… but it also frees the Rover up for picking her own line and making some of the trail obstacles slightly easier… 😀
  • Well hope this was interesting… till next project or adventure!
  • Mosquito Pass

    One of my favorite things to get out and do is to ‘experience’ the history here in Colorado while off-roading, and taking photos. There are so many ghost towns and abandoned mines, I won’t be able to see them all. But I have a couple that are big enough to go to multiple time, London Mines is one of those places.

    With the winter snow melting, there was time and the weather was on my side :). Once again set off early (0530 hrs) for the road trip to the Trail Head 2 hrs away.  I was joined by some a friend and his son, always nice to have a trail buddy – right?  The drive to the Trail Head was ‘uneventful’ but long.

    Once on the trail, we set out to get to London Mines… well that was eventful 🙂

    After the fun… we explored the site and set off to summit Mosquito Pass. Well lets say that Mother Nature had other plans for us… LOL! We were not able to make it up the pass due to snow covered sheets of ice – we decided to call it a day. Always smart to call a trip and save you and your vehicle the chance of damage or worse – right?

    Never the less a wonderful day with friends on the trail exploring.

    Overlanding Upgrades 2nd Project – Drive Train

    Why the Drive train – well lets say I have personally experienced the Rovers weekends (twice). Once you commit to upgrading the Rover and put new, good quality, tires on that are bigger than stock, well you are bound to run into the issue yourself – the differentials are the first thing to ‘give’ in an off road scenario.

    In discussions with Bill Davis of GBR a super guy and very knowledgeable on Rovers… I spent a good amount of time chatting with Bill regarding the drivetrain and what should be upgraded. In his experience, the Traction Control (TC) works well, however if continuous off reading the eventual outcome is differential failure… this (Bill figures) is caused by the TC causing extra stress on the gears – ending in failure

    After discussion with Bill, the choices were, fully locked, partially locked or upgraded differential. I chose the middle ground and went with Detroit Trutrac it was not over the top expensive and was still a good option for a daily driver.

    Installation – so my choices were:

    • DIY
    • Shop

    In the end it came down to time for me… I paid the 300.00 dollars to have Pikes Peak Rovers do the installation. It was only 10% of the total cost and done in a day.

    The end product was an improved version of the Rover… more durable and ready for the tough trails of the Colorado Rockies 😀