Off Road Trail Communications

Talking about radio is a bit off the beaten path from talking abou tNissan stuff, and I”ll get back to that shortly. But first lets talk about trail communications.
A very common topic of discussion, ever since I started hitting the trail, is trail communications.  Many people have relied on the easiest form of radio communications to get a hold of. For years that solution was a CB radio, in more recent years there has been a shift to handheld FRS radios but most are still left unsatisfied. Oher options include “Race” Business band radios as well as ham radios.

In many cases the disatisfaction isn’t any fault of the radios, but rather improper setup or unrealistic expactations of the user.  I have put together a few very generalized videos of Do’s and Don’t regarding radio setup and comparisons  of various radio types. I have also included a 70+ mile ham radio demo on the 2m band, the most popular choice for trail and emergency comms among ham radio operators.

Each of the 4 videos are posted here:

2m Ham Radio Demo:

Radio Part 1: Antenna Setup Basics… Very Basic.

Radio Part 2: Coax Cable Do’s and Dont’s.

Radio Part 3, Radio Comparisons


I hope you find these videos helpful, I’ll now get back to the Nissan stuff.


Labor Day Deal on Titan-Swap Gear & Locker Packages


4.10 Gear and Locker Titan Swap Package Deal

I got a TON if Nissan owners giving me feedback via a recent survey on instagram which helped lead to this Labor Day Deal.
For those of you that have been customers of mine for a long period of time, you have likely realized that I don’t usually run sales. In fact, I dont think I have run a sale on anythig in over 10 years.
I like to primarily focus on developing quality products, maintianing the value of the products, and offering a low pressure sales experience.
However, Hopefully saving a couple bucks on regearing and locking your titan swapped Xterra or frontier will be found to be beneficial.
The package deal can be found here:


10,000 Followers Mission

Over the years, there has been lots of some awesome pictures and videos of both Rugged Rocks trucks as well as customers. I highly recommend you check them all out. There are a ton of features on instagram that only become active once we have reached 10,000 followers. Having these features available would allow me to interact with the nissan enthusiasts in a much more effective way,

Please help me out and follow rugged rocks on Instagram


Thank you,
-Steven Lutz





2022 Nissan Frontier Off Road Upgrades

The 2022 Nissan Frontier Off Road Parts Journey Begins

With the 2022 Nissan Frontier starting to hit the lots of dealerships across the country, there are a lof of questions regarding upgradeability. If you are lookingot build a new, 3rd generation 2022 Nissan Frontier, I’m happy to say that you will definitely want to keep an eye on the Rugged Rocks website for parts that are starting to come down the pipe. Rugged Rocks has been a significant player in the Nissan off road space since 2006. If you have never heard of Rugged Rocks, ask around.. you’ll likely be very surprised.

Nissan Truck Platform Breif History

A few fun facts: The platform code is called the D41US, Similar to how the D21 trucks of the early 90’s progressed into the D22, the D40 truck has progressed to the D41US. This is an american only truck whereas the D23 platform was the next step from the D22 sereis which was only released outside of north america, a few years ago.

Transform your 2022 Nissan Frontier Off Road Capabilities

Make no mistake, there are some similarities between the platforms, but with some key notable upgrades to the D41 compared to the D40. These differences are key to understanding what will be required for the big key upgrades to really make these trucks perform in the dirt and on the trail. At first look, upgrades seem simple but as you look deeper you  start to see a twist to many things. I can’t divulge too much information here, but you can expect Rugged Rocks to be a big player with offering many key off road upgrades to this new 3rd generation Frontier.

Cutting to the chase:×4-parts-d41US.html

Definitely follow on Instagram:

The saga continues with the 2022 Nissan Frontier.
Stay tuned and I’ll see you on the trail!
-Steven Lutz