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In another story from this year’s Easter Jeep Safari, we explored the notion that the Wrangler Africa Concept is toying with future changes we could see on the next-gen Wrangler. The Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept subtly does the same thing by exploring a tweak to the suspension system that Jeep hasn’t publicly done before.

RESQ1 was our trail rig for the day on Metal Masher.

RESQ1 was our trail rig for the day on Metal Masher.

The Easter Jeep Safari is a pretty unique and very cool event. Although there are informal business meetings at the event in Moab, cards may get swapped over meals or drinks, and much of Jeep aftermarket displays its latest gear at a trade show at the end of the week, but the event is also very much based in a love of off-roading. So pretty much everyone in attendance spends some time on the trail, because ultimately that’s what it’s all about.

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Renegades on the trails in Moab? Why not!?!

Billionaire Donald Trump once said the two most expensive words in the world are “why not?” In some way, shape or form, practically every off-roader can understand this concept. For some this relates to the truly expensive questions, like why not put 40-inch tires on my Wrangler, or why not put a HEMI conversion in my JK? Or there are simpler ones, like why not try to climb that ledge, or why not use the “bonus” line? Logic need not apply to many of these questions. In fact, they often aren’t questions so much as statements. “Why not” isn’t asking for a counterpoint; it’s making a statement. It says: This is going to happen, and let the cards fall where they may.

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Mark, Allen, head of Jeep Design, describes the 2015 Jeep concept vehicles to the media in Moab, Utah.

Mark Allen, head of Jeep Design, describes the 2015 Jeep concept vehicles to the media in Moab, Utah.

Jeep has a fiercely loyal following, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Easter Jeep Safari week in Moab, Utah. Packing the streets, the trails, the hotel parking lots and everywhere in between during the week of EJS are CJ-5s, 7s, TJ and YJ Wranglers, four-four JK Unlimiteds fitted with 32-inch tires up to 40s, and you’ll even see the occasional Comanche, Willys or Grand Wagoneer around town.

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– OR-Fab and Performance Accessories invites you to visit their booth at the Easter Jeep Safari April 2nd and 3rd at the Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, Utah. Both companies will have their latest products for trucks, Jeeps and SUVs on display, including a complete line of Jeep JK Wrangler bumpers, spare tire carriers and skid plates.

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Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition recently sent out this update related to potential trail closure in Moab, Utah. Read below for more information.

The Grand County Council has identified over 100 miles of road closures in its proposed Public Lands Initiative (PLI) plan to be submitted to Representative Rob Bishop. This proposal is scheduled to be voted on by the end of the month, so it is imperative for you to take action today!

Utah’s Grand County, home to Moab’s world class OHV trails, has been participating in Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative, a plan to resolve some of Utah’s most contentious public lands issues, including Wilderness and OHV use.

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Starting the 15th season of Professional Rock Crawling, Trail-Gear W.E. Rock Western Series Round 1 begins at Thompson’s Ranch in Congress, Arizona for a one day spring event Saturday March 7th.  On Sunday March 8th, the Dirt Riot Endurance Racing series kicks off the 14 event series in the beautiful Arizona desert.  Jones Ford and Fly-N-Hi Offroad are sponsoring the weekend of off road action.  Both events are spectator and family friendly with vendors and food available, small cars will be fine on the 5-mile dirt road to the event entrance.  Vendor row will be busy with Artec Industries, JM Rigging, Jones Ford, the Sickline, Durable Metals and MetalCloak displaying alongside the W.E. Rock General Store.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Las Vegas area is currently fronting a draft plan that could eliminate or greatly restrict both casual and event-based OHV recreation on approximately 3 million areas in Southern Nevada.   The draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) creates an unjustified risk that might preclude “dry washes” from being designated as OHV routes.

DynoMax-Logo-2-24-14Monroe, MI, Feb. 13, 2015 – DynoMax driver Randy Slawson won his second “King” title at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH) race in Johnson Valley, Calif., late last week, followed by other DynoMax drivers Erik Miller in second, Levi Shirley in third and Wayland Campbell in fourth. Only 17 out of 129 drivers finished the epic 215-mile race that marked the opening of ULTRA4’s 2015 race season.

KOH week’s other events included the Every Man Challenge, focused on stocks, mods, specs and legends. As the first and only finisher in the stocks class, Matt Peterson drove the same 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee that helped him bring home a win for Team DynoMax in 2013. Leading the legends class among other alumni ULTRA4 cars was DynoMax driver Ben Napier who took first in a Bomber Fab racecar. Additionally, in the spec class, Luke Johnson won driving the DynoMax spec car.

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– We have prepared for months, traveled for thousands of miles, and begged or borrowed our way to the start line of King of the Hammers – the ultimate extreme desert race. This is it, THE RACE that defines the sport. The struggle and focus is the same for every one of 130 KOH teams. As we inch forward and wait our turn for the green flag there is something however, that sets us apart. We have already raced. We have already faced the agony of mechanical failure in the previous days Legends class. We lead, we broke, and we thrashed to make overnight repairs. Where adrenaline is boiling over in trucks all around us, we groggily wait our turn. Our adrenaline spent the day before, we are happily immune to the last minute panic.