ORBA-Logo-10-8-15Editor’s Note: The Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) sent over this note today regarding the creation of five new OHV area in California. Check out the note below.

A SAN-supported bill, the “California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act” (HR 3668), has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to create five new National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Areas in the California Desert (Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley) in addition to designating Johnson Valley as a National OHV Recreation Area and expanding it by nearly 20,000 acres.

Please contact your U.S. Representative Immediately to Request Support for HR 3668

BFGoodrich-THUMB-Outstanding-Trails-New-4-1-15Pomona, Calif. – BFGoodrich Tires, in collaboration with Four Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Off Road Business Association, today announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Trails program. Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected and the associated clubs for this year’s program are:

• Applegate-Lassen Wagon Trail, Nev., High Rock Trekkers
• Bald Mountain OHV Trails, Sierra National Forest, Calif., Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers
• Barrett Lake Trail, El Dorado National Forest, Calif., Hi-Landers 4WDC
• Black Bear Pass, Silverton, Colo., Creeper Jeepers Gang of Durango

Greeley, Colo.
– Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy, Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service recently celebrated the completion of three priority Restoration for Recreation projects implemented this year on the Pawnee National Grassland, near the community of Greeley, Colorado. The final project was held at the Baker Draw Designated Shooting Area, where volunteers cleaned and improved the popular public space with new permanent shade structures.

Team-DynaMax-Racing-Off-Road-9-30-15Monroe, MI, Sept. 30, 2015 – DynoMax driver Clay Gilstrap dominated a long, difficult course to finish more than three minutes ahead of the competition and earn his first ULTRA4 victory in the ULTRA4 Hot Springs Race. Other Team DynoMax drivers also posted top-10 finishes: Levi Shirley finished second; Wayland Campbell, fourth; Bailey Campbell, sixth; and Shannon Campbell, eighth. Rob Matzell finished second in the 4500 Modified series race. DynoMax Performance Exhaust is “The Official Performance Exhaust” of ULTRA4 Racing.

This was the third annual race at Superlift Off Road Vehicle Park in Hot Springs, Ark., and the last of the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series. While the weather was clear and dry this year, the course was longer and more difficult, covering some dense forest terrain. Some areas forced drivers to make passes on difficult rock obstacles that lead to rollovers.


Wily spy photographers have struck again, this time capturing a 2018 Ford Expedition being tested.

It appears that the test model is equipped with a Ford F-150 front end and cab. We suspect it will have some unique styling by the time it is ready for dealer showrooms. The F-150 front end was likely chosen because the body panels on the new Expedition will be made of aluminum, which will help it lose some weight.

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (September, 2015)
– The Jeep Grand Cherokee has long been the vehicle of choice for those of us who wanted to go off-road occasionally but didn’t want to sacrifice creature comforts with something like a Wrangler. The Grand Cherokee is a solidly built, reliable, capable machine that is available with a variety of engines. These rigs also represent a tremendous value on the used market and as such they are super common and make a great starting point for a variety of off-road builds. One area in which they could use some serious improvement however, is their exhaust system. The stock exhaust system is extremely quiet and restrictive, definitely not something an enthusiast would want. Luckily, MagnaFlow is here to help with their new cat-back system for 2011-2016 Grand Cherokees with the 5.7 liter V8 and 2014-2016 Grand Cherokees with the 3.6 liter V6.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Black Bear Edition.
Although it may be another year or two before we see the new Wrangler, depending upon whom you ask, Jeep will be offering some updates to its 2016 lineup, with one standout being its new Black Bear Special Edition Wrangler. Taking its name from the trail in Telluride, Colorado, this Wrangler is build based on a Sport model but adds unique exterior and interior features.

Dick-Cepek-logo-1-26-15Stow, Oh. – September 24, 2015 – This year, DickCepek Tires & Wheels launched a rebranding campaign that more authentically represents the company spirit and the high-quality tire and wheel products they make. The rebranding has been incorporated into a new mobile-friendly website, enhanced social platforms, new logos, apparel and a variety of marketing elements.

Established in 1958 by avid outdoorsman Dick Cepek, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels has long been regarded as the innovator of the original adventure tire.

Suwanee, Ga. (September 22, 2015) – Leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep® parts and accessories, Rugged Ridge, today announced that it is hitting the road with a custom designed trailer to raise the bar on their show efforts at Jeep and off-road events in 2016.

Monroe, MI
– The Monroe “Shocktober” promotion is here for September and October, enabling consumers to get four qualifying Monroe or Rancho shocks or struts for the price of three at a participating vehicle service provider or parts store.