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





Nissan Atlas Transfercase Adapter

 Putting an Atlas transfercase into your truck, will transform it’s abilities on the trail. The deeper gear ratio will give you more control over the vehicle and multiply the torque to climb just about any obstacle.

In the past, adapters were readily available but have fallen to the wayside due to lack of demand… maybe they were just ahead of their time for the newer Nissans?
I’ve been getting quite a few people reaching out over e-mail as well as the phone asking about this lately, and I’m working on bringing it back.

For 88-2004 Nissan Owners:
I have enough parts to do just one more adapter for the 88-2004 Nissan Pathfinder/Hardbody & Xterra/Frontier. it’s unspoken for. Making more shouldn’t be an issue we just need to see the numbers… orders.. or atleast voices. I need an accurate idea of demand and timeframes for ordering we we can be better prepared. We also can’t over estimate and end up with extra parts on the shelf collecting which hurts the long term likelyhood of furutre nissan products by various people in the industry.

For 2005+ Nissan Frontier / Xterra Owners:
The approach of this adpater is changing compared to what was available before. In the past, a special Atlas Input gear was cut that was used only for the Nissans. It’s was a nice approach but since, the engineering drawings were lost. The lack of demand caused it to be seen as an unwise use of time to go back and redo it. We needed an easier approach. We will likely be taking the same approach as the pre ’04 adapter with a spud shaft and slightly longer adapter plate.

I’ve been in touch with Steve at Advance Adapters to try to push this forward further atleast for some CAD drawings so I can take manufacturing elsewhere if neccessary.

If you are interested in installing an atlas in your Nissan, please do 2 things:
1) Contact me with your name, phone number, vehicle, and realistic timeframe for purchase.
2) Let Steve at Advance Adapters know you’re interested at 800-350-2223 ext 526, he needs to see the demand that I see.

Hopefully we can put these adapters back into constant production if the numbers are there. I can’t do it all alone.

Thank you
-Steven Lutz
Rugged Rocks LLC