Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: San Diego, CA
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Just got back from Moab......
I just got back from the Easter Jeep Safari. Here are some of my impressions:
* Many more tube-frame rock buggies than in years' past. Traditional trail rigs like mine are pretty plain.
* I saw the 6 wheeled TJ with Ford 9/Unimog axles. The 6 wheel steering was amazing. It could 'sidewinder' at about a 45 degree angle and had a turning radius of something like 12 feet. It was being used as a promotional vehicle for UROC and while it apparently cost over $100K to build, was pretty cool to see. It went up the dump bump backwards without even a chirp of a tire.
* I saw a wicked roll-over at Potato Salad Hill. Someone had put wheel grease all over the top ledges. The vehicle that rolled hit the large ledges with a lot of throttle and it ended in a double roll. There were over 500 people watching that I'm sure help prod the driver. The hill was steeper than I had remembered from videos I've seen of it.
* My traction bar made a ton of difference on the steep climbs. Last year I was hopping and couldn't get the traction I needed. I made it right up the dump bump this time.
* There are tons of people in moab. I was getting really irratated with the idiots that were tired of waiting on the trails and decided to forge new trails to get around the bottle necks. The ones in the custom rigs surprised me the most. Usually I would expect that from the local rednecks in a stock a pick-up with plenty of beer.
* Rick Russell (sidekick maps/videos) built a bobbed scrambler all from after market parts in two days. It had a 350 V8, 700R4, Atlas II, aluminum body, dynatrac 60s, 37" tires, etc. It was painted yellow and will probably replace his cj6 on the tougher trails at least. It was a really nice rig. I'm sure he had the vendors help prep everything. It was still impressive to see something so clean.
Hopefully my film pics will turn out so I can post a follow-up with pics.
If you haven't been before it is bizarre seeing so many rigs in such a small place. The trais were too crowded and we couldn't even run Pritchett Canyon yesterday on our own because the Sheriff was keeping the general public out until the organized run had their chance at it. I just may have to sign up for some of the runs next year.
Anyone else go this year?