Mapping Crew - Alaska
Trail Reviews: 3900 points
Questions Answered: 200 points
Getting out there.
lift, 32" tires)
1994 Toyota Land Cruiser (4"
lift, 35" tires)
Kyle has been into off-roading since getting his license at 16 and wheeling the family SUV (possibly without informing his parents of these wheeling trips in their vehicles). He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Electrical Engineering degree. He lives in south-central Alaska and is raising his two young kids. Kyle stays busy year-round by working full-time as an Electrical Engineer who spends his weekends wheeling, hunting, fishing the local lakes, and raising his family. He is eager to share his love of the outdoors with others, especially when it involves a 4WD. His goal is to create an amazing resource for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the endless beauty Alaska has to offer while respecting the trails and keeping them open for years and generations to come.
My Garage (2)
Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 32"
Kyle's 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad Premium is essential to his growing family. This is his family grocery getter that won't be rallied as hard as his dedicated trail rig he built specifically for wheeling, although on occasion you can find him mapping easier trails with it as well as crawling the mall curbs with the kiddos in tow.
1994 Toyota Land Cruiser
Lift Size: 4"
Tire Size: 35"
Factory Center Locking Differential
Slee 4” Lift http://www.sleeoffroad.com/products/80_suspension.htm
2 x SOF4FM Front Coil Springs
2 x SOF4RM Rear Coil Springs
2 x N60070L Shocks
2 x N60071L Shocks
1 x SD24 Steering Damper
1 x Double Cardan Front Drive Shaft
1 x Front Sway-bar Drop Kit
1 x Rear Sway-bar Drop it
1 x Front 2" Bump Stop Drop Blocks
1 x Rear 2" Bump Stop Drop Blocks
1 x Set Stainless Steel Extended Brake Lines
1 x Front Panhard Rod
1 x Rear Panhard Rod
1 x Set Adjustable Rear Upper Control Arms.
2 x Breather Extensions
1 x Emergency Brake Cable drop bracket
Sleebuilt Front Lower Control Arms http://www.sleeoffroad.com/products/suspension_pieces_arms.htm
Nitro 4.88 differential gears https://www.nitro-gear.com/
Harrop E-Locker Front https://www.harrop.com.au/shop/4x4-performance/elocker
Harrop E-Locker Rear https://www.harrop.com.au/shop/4x4-performance/elocker
SCS F5 17” Wheels x5 https://www.stealthcustomseries.com/products/f5
BFG 315 70 R17 x5 +1 matching spare without rim
Sony Model DSXA415BT Single Din Bluetooth Media Receiver
Alpine PWE-S8 Compact Powered Subwoofer (under driver’s seat)
Blue Seas 1039 Dual USB Charger 4.8A, next to rear heater controls, 14 gauge wire to Tap-a-circuit
Blue Seas 5026 Aux Fuse Block, 12 position, with grounding bus, 6 Gauge wire from 100A circuit breaker https://www.bluesea.com/products/5026/ST_Blade_Fuse_Block_-_12_Circuits_with_Negative_Bus_and_Cover
100A Resettable Circuit Breaker feeding Aux Fuse Block, mounted on Vapor Canister
Center Diff Lock Switch, OEM
ARB Front Winch Bullbar http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/acc_ARBbullbars.html
Comeup 12.5RS Winch https://www.metaltech4x4.com/comeup-seal-gen2-12-5rs-12v-synthetic-line-winch/
Factor 55 Offset Fairlead https://factor55.com/product/offset-fairlead/
All aftermarket wire from Polar Wire http://www.polarwire.com/
Pfran LED interior lights http://www.pfranleds.com/80-series-interior-led-kit-2/
SuperBright LED T4 for HVAC and switches
SuperBright LED 74 for keyring, glovebox, shift indicator
Garmin Overlander GPS Navigation (thanks Expedition Overland!) https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/685257
Premium Gaia GPS Offroad Navigation https://www.gaiagps.com/
Trailsoffroad sticker https://www.trailsoffroad.com/
Baby yoda vinyl (From the Mandalorian) by @airborne22 Tacomaworld https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/baby-yoda-decal.644019/
X2 Group 27F battery 930CCA https://www.batteriesplus.com/product-details/auto_light-truck/battery/x2power/sli27fagmdp
Midland MXT275 GMRS Radio
Cobra 75WXST CB Radio
My Trail Reviews (10)
(within last 6 months)
The trail was dry and crowded from people exploring the area on the holiday.
Today was a great trip to the area with a friend in his Jeep Rubicon JL.
My 14 month old daughter and I drove to the end of the road then we hiked up to the Swetmann Mill and Mine. The scenery was great!
I brought my dad along for the ride on our way to Seward for some fishing and we had a great time on the trail. There was still a little bit on snow on the trail but the views were spectacular.
I saw a black bear near the Moose Run golf course. The road was pretty wash boarded on the steeper sections.
The pass is open, the pass is open!! The snow clearing crews put in some work and opened the pass ahead of typical timing. We took the opportunity to hike Gold Mint Trail and drive the pass. A great time was had.
The trail is open and calling! A new mine is operating just to the west of the trailhead now too.
Knik Cleanup hosted by Alaska Extreme Four Wheelers was great!
The road was icy and snow covered from the base all the way to the top. I wanted to try making it up in 2WD and I might have gotten a little sideways on a few corners on my way to the Ski Area. I passed a yoga photoshoot or something on the scenic S turn at waypoint 4. Keeping it classy Anchorage, I like it.
As you may have surmised, the Kings River Trail in early February was covered in snow... The day still was a fun little off road adventure.