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 😀

    Argentine Pass November 2017

    So had the chance to hit the trail with some great ppl, Drew, Brant and a fellow Rover driver (who we just met). The trail we chose was Argentine Pass, close to George Town, Colorado. It has a nice mix of fire road, rocky trails, abandoned mines, and spectacular views.

    So we had a mix… 2 Jeeps and 2 Land Rovers – not saying it was a challenge but maybe it seemed that way :D. All the vehicles performed well and we made it a good portion of the way up, however the snow eventually stopped us.

    The old mine site that we made it up to is called Santiago Mine, now abandoned, but it was a significant site from the early 1900’s. This site is in the process of being restored, so if you go, tread lightly. 🙂 Take photos and nothing else, so others can enjoy this historic site.

    Considering that the trail was above 11,000 ft and the Rovers mid-size power plant, I would say she performed well. We did everything from steep climbs up rocky trails (I say a 3 out of 10), 2-3 ft of snow, and just generally steep rough road and out of all this, the Rover did very well especially in the snow. If it was not for some of the other vehicles stopping (aka getting stuck) the Rover would have easily continued up the trail. The engine temps stayed solid 188 F and the only complaint I had was the fuel economy… but hey it’s a Rover 😉

    This trip was amazing and if we would have made the summit, that would have been the cherry on top… with views of Greys and Torries. However we only got about 2/3 the way up… still a great day!! And well over 13,000 ft not too shabby.

    Hope some of you make it out to this location as it is a trails that is not too busy but close enough to be a nice day trip with a finish in the small town of George Town.