Jeep JK Videos
Outside of the Rubicon and the Dusy Ershim, Fordyce is without question one of toughest trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and depending on who you talk to, the hardest of the three. While it wasn’t our original plan to run this trail, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve gone off script, on a whim and really, that’s the kind of thing that makes an epic trek like this so much fun.
Just 2 more days till the release of SNAKE EYES : A fateful Trip across the Fordyce Jeep Trail! To keep your juices flowing, here's another short teaser clip from the film and this time, it's of Moby taking on the infamous Winch Hill #1.
In this short teaser video from our upcoming SNAKE EYES film, you'll get to see our good friend Jeff fording his way through Water Crossing #1.
While it wasn’t our original plan to run the Fordyce Jeep Trail, it wouldn’t have been the first time that we’ve gone off script and on a whim. Of course, it's in times like these that you can really find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime and not always because things go according to plan. If anything, this particular weekend run with our good friends Doug, his friend John, Jeff, Don, Lori, Ray and Mel quickly turned out to be a fateful one that was plagued with problem after problem. In so many ways, our rolling of the dice came up with a pair of snake eyes and if something could go wrong, it did. Still, in a crazy kind of way, this is one of those crazy trips that we always end up talking about around the campfire and always have a good laugh.
Back in the mid-1800’s, a stage route was established across the Jacumba Mountains which are located along the Mexican border and just south of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Its purpose was to connect the growing towns of San Diego, California and Yuma, Arizona and while improvements were made to help accommodate the very first automobiles back in the early 1900’s, the route was abandoned after the completion of U.S. Highway 80 and the subsequent Interstate 8. Thanks to a major storm in the 1970’s, a portion of the route that cut through Devil’s Canyon was washed away and for the most part, all but lost to history.
This is the story of 15 regular guys and gals who worked hard to obtain a permit and ultimately took on this formidable trail in 8 of their Jeep JK Wranglers.
Close to the end of the Wentworth Springs length of the Rubicon Trail, there's a big ledge that you can take on if you're running a big set of tires.
With wet tires and slick granite, this can prove to be a real challenge but as you can see in this clip, Cindy floats Moby right up and over them.
In this short video, Adam tries to take on a big line in his 2-door Jeep JK Wrangler running 35" tires.
Climbing out of Buck Island Lake on the Rubicon Trail, there's a point where there are three different lines you can take.
In spite of the lack of snow we've had up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this year, there was still a good amount of water to be found on the Rubicon Trail.
This is a short clip of Chris Kelly taking on the Rubicon Trail Buck Island Lake Double Bumps which can be tricky not only because of the slick granite you have to climb but also because you have to hit them with your tires wet!
Russ had to wait two years to take on the Rubicon Trail Old Sluice but, as you can see in this short clip, he descended the last and toughest section in his Jeep JK Wrangler like a champ.
This first video is of Cindy taking Moby, our big white JK up the ever challenging Rubicon Trail Soup Bowl.
In this short video presentation, you'll get to see all the fun we have on our most recent WAYALIFE Last Chance Canyon Newbie run. I hope you enjoy what you see and if you're new to the world of Jeeps, I hope you'll join us on our next run.
Our final days of the JK-Experience would start off with a road trip to the south, down into the State of Oregon and to the town of Clackamas where we would get a first hand look at how WARN winches are made and right here in the U.S.A.
Our 4th day of the JK-Experience would start off with a trek to the west, over the Cascade Range, through the Mt. Rainier National Forest and down to a part of Washington that is famous for its deep ruts and menacing mud trenches – the Elbe Hills ORV Area.
For 2014, the Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire, would take 22 built up Jeep JK Wranglers, 46 people from around the world and put both man and machine to the test as they worked their way down the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Click on the link below to watch the official PACIFIC NORTHWEST : The 201 JK-Experience Teaser Trailer now:
2 weeks, 9 states, over 4,000 miles and an adventure of a lifetime! In a nutshell, that was the WAYALIFE California or Bust epic trek across the historic California Emigrant Trail. This short 3 minute teaser video is made from the thousands of photos we took along the way and in it, you'll get a glimpse of all the things we saw and all the fun we had. We hope that you'll enjoy the presentation.
In Part 2 of WILD WILD WEST, you'll get to follow our continuing journey across Arizona, Nevada and California. Along the way, we got to see amazing historic sites, blast through hundreds of miles of wide open desert and test out our Jeep JK Wranglers on trails such as Logandale and the famous Rubicon Trail.
Crossing four states in just seven days and covering almost 1,000 miles of America's wild west, the 2013 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire was by far one of the most demanding adventures to date.
Starting in Hurricane, Utah, and ending up in South Lake Tahoe, California, the 2013 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire was designed to be one of the most demanding excursions to date.
This is the second of two short time lapse videos we made highlighting the installation of a MoTech LS motor swap using a GM 6.2L L94 V8 engine and 6L80 automatic transmission. This video will take you from the time the motor is installed on the frame to the point where we get to fire it up. I hope you enjoy.
After more than 6 years of pushing Moby, our big white 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited around with a wimpy 3.8L V6 motor, it was high time to SUPERSIZE things.
Out on the east side of the Panamint Valley, there's a trail that takes you up the Argus Range and ultimately to an old tungsten mine known as the Defense Mine. While the trail is for the most part short and easy, there are a few challenging sections along the way that can be a lot of fun if you choose to take them.
After making some final adjustments on the Off Road Evolution TJ-1 race rig, Mel Wade decided to do a little hooning in the front of his shop.
In this episode, Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution will show you the proper way to install a set of ATX Slab Bead Lock Wheels onto a Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tire.
Out last two days on the 2012 JK-Experience would take us over the Mackinac Bridge to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and then to its eastern most point where we would cross the St. Mary’s river by ferry to the largest fresh water island in the United States, Drummond Island.
This is a short clip we made of the Discount Tire and Nitto Tire sponsored EVO 1 tearing across the desert. With it's new 6.1L HEMI and off the shelf EVO MFG Double Throw Down suspension system featuring King coil overs, bypass shocks, new Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle and state of the art EVO Lever catilever system, this Jeep JK Wrangler has become a true blue King of the Hammers race rig.
There really is no tougher race on the face of the planet than the King of the Hammers. At about 180 miles in length and traversing 20 of the hardest trails in Johnson Valley, the 2013 race was by far the most brutal one to date.
The Discount Tire Sponsored EVO 1 had an awesome start at the 2013 King of the Hammers Race in Johnson Valley, CA.
Because there is so much more to the JK-Experience than just wheeling, our 2nd day would be what is known as a "road day" as we would be doing a lot of on pavement driving but, it was also what I like to call a "tour day" as we got to do a lot of that as well.
In this first of a 3 part WAYALIFE film series, you will see the beginning of our week long adventure which started in Terra Haute, Indiana and got us playing out in the hills of the Red Bird Off Road Park. For most of us, this was our first time playing in real Heartland of America mud and, thanks to a little storm known as Hurricane Isaac dumping 6” of rain before we got there, it was one hell of an experience!
I know a lot of you have been waiting for this to come out for quite some time now and, I'm happy to announce that Part 1 of HEARTLAND - The 2012 JK-Experience WAYALIFE film will be released on Wednesday, January 2, 2013!
It’s not everyday that you meet a guy like Ken Offerbeck. Better known by his screen name HappyCurmudgeon, he was the kind of guy who was committed to helping others, someone that everyone loved and was someone who helped make JK-Forum what it is today.
One of the biggest highlights of the 2012 SEMA Show was to see the unveiling of eBay 1, the BUILT from eBay Team FOUR WHEELER Magazine, EVO built 1971 Jeepster!
Bestop came to the 2012 SEMA Show with a host of new products including an awesome new thicker, quieter and more durable black twill fabric for their Supertop NX soft top. In this short Spotlight video, you’ll get to see Megan Thompson highlight it, some of their great new storage solutions, a new pet barrier and more.
We got a chance to catch up with Seth Green over at ARB and he gave a run down on some of the new products they were releasing at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After making its debut at the 2012 King of the Hammers Ultra 4 Race in Johnson Valley, CA, and after about a year of extensive testing by Off Road Evolution, Nitto Tire has decided to release the highly desired K-Spec Trail Grappler M/T in a DOT approved rubber compound.
For the 2012 SEMA Show, WARN released a brand new line of premium winches called the ZEON. Redesigned from the ground up, this new line of winches are come with a host of new features to go with their futuristic new look.
With Jeep JK Wranglers getting bigger and heavier and boosted up with more powerful engines like a HEMI and equipped with greater gear reduction to move it all, the need for a rear axle that can handle it all has finally come of age.
When it comes to building up badass Jeep JK Wranglers, few know how to do it better than the guys at Mopar. For the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas Nevada, the brought out what they called, “The Sand Trooper”.
Every description I’ve ever seen of Hal Johns Trail does it in three simple words, “rocks, rocks, rocks!!” And, having been out there for myself, I can tell you that it really is all that and more. Located up in the Black Hills about half way between Sturgis and Deadwood, South Dakota, Hal Johns is a badass rock crawling trail that most people rate a 5 out of 5. In this short WAYALIFE RAW video clip, you’ll get to see Mel Wade from Off Road Evolution take on The Waterfall in his 4-door Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited known as, EVO 1. I hope you enjoy.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, we headed back out to the Little Sluice to see first hand what was done and, to run it in Moby, our white EVO built 4-Door Jeep JK Wrangler. In this short video, you will get to see raw footage of what the Little Sluice looks like today and just how much easier it is to run as well.
To give you an idea of what you can expect to see and experience, this short video will show you highlights from the Camp Jeep we visited with some friends during the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California. We hope you enjoy.
Turtle Ridge on Drummond Island, Michigan was one of the last off road parks we got to play in during the 2012 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience, presented by Nitto and, unlike much of what we had been playing in all week, this place had rocky ledges you could climb.
With this knowledge in hand, Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution asked us to join him on the Rubicon Trail to give this iconic obstacle, one final run. And, on Saturday, September 28, 2012, that’s exactly what he did, completely unassisted and in the very same 4-door Jeep JK Wrangler that he used to conquer it 3 years before. In this short video, you will get to see raw footage of his run with limited edits and no music so that you can the full experience of just how challenging the Little Sluice really was.
Redbird in Indiana was the first off road park we got to play in during the 2012 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience, presented by Nitto and, as luck would have it, Hurricane Isaac just got done dumping 6” of rain before we got there.
In this short product video, you will see highlights of their awesome Jeep front bumpers, rear bumpers, tire carrier, cargo packages, rocker guards and skid plates for the 2007-Up Jeep JK Wrangler.
Born and raised in Southern California, our idea of off-roading has always been about exploring the wide open desert, high mountain peaks and crawling over big rocks. Of course, there is really is so much more to off-roading than just that and, thanks to the Off Road Evolution JK-Experience, presented by Nitto Tire, we got a chance to experience for ourselves how the Heartland of America plays!
Back in May, our good friends Greg and Dave from Powerline Patrol, invited Mel of Off Road Evolution, Cindy and I out to the Arizona desert to run a few of the trails they have out in the Florence Junction area.
Ever since we had the all new EVO MFG Bolt-On Coil Over kit installed on Rubicat (our new 2012 Dozer Yellow Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon), we’ve had a ton of people ask us about how well it performs.
Back in 1860, gold was discovered in the heart of the Owens Valley and by 1864, a hole burrowed into the side of the Inyo Mountains known as the Eclipse Mine was said to be the richest in the State of California. Later renamed the Reward by the Reward Consolidated Mining Co., this mine was worked consistently from 1880 to 1914 and then started up again in 1935 for an extensive period of time. What remains today is an amazingly large network of eight connected tunnels spanning over 500 vertical feet from top to bottom.
In the short video clip below, you will see two Jeep JK Wranglers that are similarly built, both running 37” Falken Wildpeak’s and taking on the exact same line on the exact same obstacle, only one is running a Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 front axle and the other is running a competing axle. See what happens for yourself.
Over the weekend, Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution drove his 4-door Jeep JK Wrangler out to this trail from his home in Southern California, took it on and then drove it all the way back home. In this Project-JK RAW video clip, you'll get to see EVO 1 conquering this near vertical dry waterfall that stands about 8 feet tall. Check it out.
Episode 3 of KEEP IT TIGHT highlights our 3rd and 4th day of The JK Experience Rocky Mountain Run.
Day 2 of the JK-Experience Rocky Mountain Run would take us south toward the town of Buena Vista, Colorado, and to the trail that a majority in our group would run for the day, Chinaman Gulch.
Episode 1 of this 4 part series highlights our gathering in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the starting point of our JK-Experience, and then heads high up into the White River National Forest where we got to run one the most famous and hardcore trails in the state, Holy Cross!
With nothing but sky in front of you, climbing your way up the extremely steep ledges out of Carnage Canyon BV requires skill, throttle control, a good spotter, strong winch and, if you have manual transmission, the use of all your hands and feet. With our upcoming KEEP IT TIGHT : The JK-Experience Rocky Mountain Run series scheduled to be released this February 28, 2012, we thought it would be fun to put this short clip from the cutting room floor - just to get you juices flowing.
This is a short clip of Mel Wade and Jim McGean in the Off Road Evolution EVO 1 Jeep JK Wrangler start at the King of the Hammers.
This is a short clip of Mel Wade and Jim McGean in the Off Road Evolution EVO 1 Jeep JK Wrangler taking on Chocolate Thunder to qualify for the 2012 King of the Hammers Ultra 4 Race.
Please come out to Johnson Valley this February 10, 2012 to support Off Road Evolution as they take their badass EVO1 Jeep JK Wrangler and compete once again against hardcore buggies in this year’s King of the Hammers race!!
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we headed out to Laughlin, Nevada to run some trails with Mel Wade from Off Road Evolution. In this short Project-JK RAW clip, you will get to see Mel take his 4-Door Jeep JK Wrangler, known as EVO 1, up a 6 foot tall vertical buggy ledge near Bullhead City, Arizona. I hope you enjoy.
Back in 2006, Burnsville Offroad came to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada with the very first HEMI converted Jeep JK Wrangler.
You’ve just got to love technology and companies like Edge Superchips for coming out with some amazingly sophisticated programmer/tuners for our Jeep JK Wrangler.
TeraFlex came to the 2011 SEMA Show with their all new new Tera44 Jeep JK Wrangler replacement front axle housing.
Of all the Jeep JK Wranglers at the 2011 SEMA Show, I’d have to say that the AEV Brute Double Cab stole the show.
Among other things, Full-Traction Suspension came to the SEMA 2011 to show off their all new CRC Link for the Jeep JK Wrangler. In this Project-JK Video Spotlight, Steve Kramer explains how easy it is to install as well as the benefits it provides both on and off-road.
If there was one thing that was really hot at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, I would have to say it was pick-up truck versions of Jeep JK Wranglers.
One of the very first stops we made at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, was over at Dynatrac. Before coming to the show, we had heard rumors of a badass new axle they might be unveiling but for the life of me, I wasn’t expecting to see this – a Pro Rock 80!!
Here’s a great clip of Mel Wade in the Off Road Evolution EVO 1 taking on Winch Hill #1 on the Fordyce Creek Trail and, making it look super easy.
Okay, while this short video may not be exactly “UNCUT”, it definitely gives you a good “RAW” look at just how tough Winch Hill #1 really is on the Fordyce Creek Trail.
Earlier in the year, I got a message from a guy named David who lives in Canada and frequents JK-Forum.com. In it, he said that he and a few buddies of his were planning a trip down to the Rubicon and was hoping that Cindy and I might be willing to lead them through.
Just a little past the Carlisle Mine and just before the second water crossing on the Fordyce Creek Trail, there is technical rocky hill you can take on known simply as, “Winch Hill #1”.
In an effort to satisfy the concerns of environmental groups, a new route was recently cut on the Fordyce Creek Trail to direct traffic up and around a deep mud bog near the Carlisle Mine.
Thanks to the lower water levels we saw in September, the second water crossing on the Fordyce Creek Trail was nowhere as deep as the first. Still, it was a lot of fun to ford especially being that it is rockier under the surface and, that the water flow is considerably more rapid here.
One of the most challenging obstacles on the Fordyce Creek Jeep Trail is fording the creek itself. With the exception of about a week in August when PG&E restricts the water flow for the annual Sierra Trek Event, the water level is often very high and moving fast enough to make the required crossings impassible.
For one week during the month of September, 22 Jeep JK Wranglers from around the country and from as far as Canada, gathered in the state of Colorado to traverse almost 1,000 miles though the breathtaking Rocky’s, explore famous historic mining towns and, take on some of the most challenging off-road trails that can be found anywhere.
When it comes to Jeep envy, nothing will give it to you more than seeing a JK in action with a HEMI under it's hood. Here's a short clip of Rob Graft of Nemesis Industries in their HEMI powered Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited simply tear up the last ledge climb out of Billings Canyon like it was a walk in the park. I hope you enjoy the video.
On a scale from 1 to 10, Billings Canyon is a trail that's listed as being a 9. While short in length, pretty much every inch of it has you watching what you're doing and several of the obstacles are technically demanding enough that signs have been erected to inform travelers "it's okay to turn around and go back".
In this Project-JK X-CLIP, you will see him walk up the first winch hill/waterfall with ease and without the need to use his winch.
In all the years we have been coming up to Tahoe in the summer, I’d have to say this is the first time that we've seen so much snow stick around for so long. In fact, even though it’s July, we had heard reports that the Rubicon Jeep Trail was still covered in deep snow from about the top of Cadillac Hill, down to the staging area near Tahoma and enough so that buggies were only recently breaking trail over the 4th of July weekend.
High up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, there is a narrow corridor that cuts between the John Muir and Dinky Lakes Wilderness Areas, and within it lies one of the most famous hardcore trails in the State of California - The Dusy Ersim. In this short video, you’ll get to follow the adventure we had as we made our way across this relentlessly tough yet, beautiful trail. We hope you enjoy.
Well, just for fun, we decided to put together a short high speed video clip showing Lil' Nemo thawing out from a blanket of snow he got over the weekend.
This is a short clip of Mel Wade launching his Off Road Evolution EVO 1 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited up Improbable Hill on the Gold Bar Rim trail in Moab, Utah during the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari. Hope you enjoy:
In Episode 6 of MOAB : Pilgrimage to the Promised Land, we decide to go against our better judgment, throw caution to the wind and take on one of the most challenging trails in the Moab area – Behind the Rocks.
Episode 5 of MOAB : Pilgrimage to the Promised Land, takes you to one of our most favorite destinations in the Moab area, Elephant Hill... you will also get to see highlights from the Project-JK BAR-B-Q Round-Up that we had on the following day.
In Episode 4 of MOAB : Pilgrimage to the Promised Land, we take on a trail that has put an end to our fun in Moab for two years in a row - Metal Masher!
In Episode 3 of MOAB : Pilgrimage to the Promised Land, we head out to AREA BFE to attend The Rock which is an event that takes place at AREA BFE and is hosted every year by Full-Traction Suspension and Superior Axle & Gear.
In Episode 2, you will get to join us on our first real day out in Moab, meet more of our friends from around the country (including Mark Allen - Senior Manager of Chrysler’s Truck Studio/Mopar Underground) and experience the run we did across the Seven Mile Rim Jeep Trail.
Originally completed as a single 1 hour film, MOAB : Pilgrimage to the Promised Land, has been broken down into a 6 part series and documents the week long pilgrimage we made with our friends to attend the Easter Jeep Safari back in 2010.
Coming soon to YouTube, Project-JK will be featuring an all NEW documentary video series entitled, MOAB - Pilgrimage to the Promised Land.
Located up in the Hualapai Mountains just southeast of Kingman, Arizona, Moss Wash is a difficult rated Jeep trail that has big rocks you can play on, tall ledges and water falls that you can climb and, a long series of narrow shelf roads that you will have to traverse.
Approximately 60 miles east of Barstow, there is a nice wide valley situated between the Cady and Bristol Mountains. Within this valley, there lies nice long playa known as the Broadwell Dry Lake that measures approximately 4 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. On January 22, 2011, 35 Jeep JK Wranglers from JK-Forum.com came out to visit this ancient lake bed and for kicks, took some time out to rocket across it at speeds exceeding 80 MPH. With dust plumes streaming from our tires like contrails bleeding from the wings of jet aircraft, the scene was absolutely surreal and one to remember. I know this may seem silly to some but, I hope you enjoy this short film highlighting the fun we had.
The Hammer Trails, which are located in Johnson Valley, CA, are legendary for having some the toughest and most demanding Jeep trails in the world. In this short video, you will see highlights from a run we did with our good friend Jeff (gonegoannas) up one of the easier of the Hammer Trails known as, Clawhammer.
Project-JK was recently hired by RCH Designs to produce two 30 second short video commercial for their clients, of Dynomax and PSC Motorsports
Rodriguez Canyon (sometimes referred to as the Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail) is an Jeep trail that is located in San Diego County, crosses through Anza Borrego State Park and is near the resort town of Banner, CA. Cutting between Chariot and Granite Mountain, Rodriguez Canyon parallels the more well known Oriflamme Canyon Trail and is a part of a network of trails that were established to service the many mines in the Julian area including the Desert Queen and Pandora Mine. While this trail is for the most part very easy and one that can be done in any 4WD SUV, there is a short spur near the Pandora Mine that is very technical and because of it, we affectionately called this section of trail, “Pandora’s Box”.
Roktoberfest is a mega party out in the desert that Project-JK.com puts on once a year during the month of October and out in the Cougar Buttes area of Johnson Valley. Those who come to the party spend their day rock crawling on Jeep trails such as Bullfrog and Cakewalk and then celebrate Oktoberfest well into the night at the Trashed Pumpkin Saloon.
Crossing through the El Dorado National Forest up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Rubicon is truly one of the most beautiful trails I've been on bar none. Of course, its unrelenting 22 miles of boulders that need to be crawled, steep ledges that need to be climbed, narrow trees that need to be squeezed between, deep muddy water crossings that need to be forded and tippy off camber terrain that needs to be carefully negotiated is ultimately what makes the Rubicon Trail so legendary and famous around the world.
I can't count how many times we've come off the trail and heard someone on the CB yell out that they've got death wobble. After pulling over and giving things a quick look to make sure nothing is broken, I have the driver help me perform this simple test.
Being very small, shock resistant, waterproof and offering a super wide angle lens that captures just about everything, we were eager to put it to work trying to get hard shots like that of our suspension system at work.
Inspired by what they saw in our videos, Powerline Patrol Services decided that a new patrol vehicle based on the Jeep JK Wrangler might be the solution they've been looking for.
Located in the Stoddard Valley OHV Area just south of the town of Barstow, CA, the Achy-Breaky is a "difficult" rated Jeep trail that circumvents the base of a small mountain called Watkins Peak.
The Elephant Hill Jeep Trail located down in Canyonlands is by far one of the most beautiful trails you can run in the Moab area. Although it's rated "difficult", any stock JK could run it with ease and without any problems.
Like most everything in Moab, Utah, Metal Masher is a beautiful but tough trail that has a lot of really tall ledges to climb and is home to crazy big obstacles with ominous names such as "Rock Chucker" and "Widow Maker".
At the 2010 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, the members of JK-Forum.com were invited to attend The Rock 7, which is an event that is hosted by Full-Traction Suspension and Superior Axle & Gear over at the world famous Area BFE.
The Seven Mile Rim Jeep Trail is an incredibly scenic and fun trail out in Moab, Utah. Although it is rated "difficult", most any Jeep JK Wrangler with a small lift and 33" tires should be able to negotiate this trail with ease especially being that the hardest obstacles can be bypassed.
Episode 3 of the Project-JK Moab Experience is the final chapter in this three part series. In it, you will see highlights from one of the largest gathering of Jeep JK Wranglers ever - the 2009 Mega Meet which took place at Area BFE, and you will get to see an excursion we did out to Arches National Monument where we took in the breath taking beauty of Park Avenue and hiked up to the Tower Arch. Last but not least, you will get to see some serious carnage we had out on the Metal Masher Jeep Trail and what it took to get us rolling again.
In this episode of Project-JK's, The Moab Experience, we pick things back up right after JeepCacher breaks his rear drive shaft on the Steel Bender trail. With a big thanks to Northridge4x4, we're able to get the drive shaft replaced and continue our way to the end of the trail and well into the dark.
There is a place that every Jeeper feels a calling to. It is a place of amazing beauty and formidable challenges - a place we must all travel to at least once in our life and this place is called, Moab! Once every spring, thousands of Jeepers from all over the world make their way to this promised land to be a part of an annual event that has been going on for decades and is known as, The Easter Jeep Safari.
Back in September of 2009, Cindy and I were invited to head up to the Rubicon with Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution and Ali Mansour of Petersen's 4 Wheel Drive & Off-Road and be witness to what would be the first ever run through the Little Sluice Box in a Jeep JK Wrangler. Two attempts were required to complete this extremely challenging section of trail but, Mel was able to conquer it and, you can see how he did it in this short video.
Sidewinder is a short, fun but difficult rated trail that is situated within the Corral Canyon OHV area which is located just south of I-8 near to the town of Alpine. Sidewinder is known for is it's large granite slabs you get to traverse and steep unforgiving ledges you get to climb and descend.
The Slickrock Jeep Trail is located about two hours south of South Lake Tahoe, just off HWY 4 and near to the town of Bear Valley. Starting at Lake Alpine, Slickrock makes its way across the Stanislaus National Forest and ends over at the beautiful Utica Reservoir.
The Black Mountain Wilderness is by far one of our most favorite destinations in the Mojave Desert as it is both beautiful and filled with rich history. During the late 1800's, travelers would pass through the Black Mountains and make an overnight stop at Black Canyon Well on their way to the Panamint Range carrying needed provisions or back to Los Angeles with cargo of valuable silver ore. One of these travelers left his mark on several of the black volcanic rock faces indicating that he was "J. & A. Tillman" and that he was in this area on "Sep 3, 1874 San Francisco Cal". Of course, well before the miners, Native Americans spent a vast amount of time in this area and left a stunning array of petroglyphs into the rock faces and some of which depict a herd of big horn sheep.
When you need to have absolute confidence in the quality of your axles and performance you expect them to deliver on the trail, no other company can give you this assurance other than Dynatrac and with their Pro Rock 60. Made 100% here in the United States, the Pro Rock 60 has been engineered entirely with new off the shelf components that are designed to work flawlessly together and without the need to use recycled, refurbished or salvaged parts from older used axles. Of course, the Pro Rock 60 is also the only axle with a profiled differential that offers well over an inch of ground clearance. And, to top it off, Dynatrac is the only company that I know of that offers a ”no-fault” warranty so long as you properly service and maintain your axles.
In addition to the countless boulders, ledges, trees, water crossings, mud, tippy rock faces and tight squeezes that you you have to tackle along the 17 mile length of trail known as the Rubicon, there are still plenty of optional obstacles that you can take on as well and one of the more famous ones is known as the "Soup Bowl".
Approximately 31 mile in length, the Dusy Ershim is a hell of a trail that cuts through the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and straddles the John Muir and Dinky Lakes Wilderness. More than any rock garden to cross or ledge to climg, its excruciating length and slow going pace is truly what makes this a difficult trail.
The Dusy Ershim is a 31 mile long trail that cuts through the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and straddles the John Muir and Dinky Lakes Wilderness. It is an excruciatingly long trail that isn't so much as difficult as it is relentless. In fact, in addition to the beauty you will find, one of the things that makes the Dusy so famous is the mile after arduous mile of squeezing your Jeep between closely planted trees. Now, I had always been told that a long wheel base vehicle couldn't do this trail and from experience, I can tell you that nothing could be further than the truth. While length will make things more challenging, it is the width of your vehicle that'll make it really tough.
Like many of the trails in Moab, Steel Bender is one that is rated "difficult" and is one that offers a lot of tough ledges to climb. In this Project-JK YouTube Video Highlight, you will see a few short clips that show a series of Jeep JK Wranglers (both 2-Door and 4-Door) climbing up a large optional ledge close to the beginning of the trail. This ledge is not only big but it's also one that has soft sand at its base and does a fine job of kicking things up a notch. Lockers definitely help here but knowing how to "bump" your way up and maintain good throttle control sure makes a big difference as well.
Steel Bender is a difficult rated trail located in Moab, Utah and offers tons of fun rocks to play on as well as tough ledges to climb and big drop-offs to descend. While the scenery is beautiful on this trail, it is also a great trail to run in at night. In this Project-JK YouTube Video Highlight, you will see a few short clips of what it's like to take the plunge off "The Wall" and climb up the "Wizard Steps" in the dark.
The Rock Pile is a large granite playground within the Niagara Rim OHV Area which is located east of Modesto, CA and up near the Sonora Pass. This short video clip is the first of many highlights that we hope to bring to you and in it, you will see the crazy amount of flex we get from our Off Road Evolution front coil over and rear EVO Lever System. With the help of the EVO Flex system, you will see how they help to make it possible to traverse formidable terrain with ease.
Although this was originally filmed last year and should have been posted a long time ago, I think you will find that the Rubicon is truly a timeless trail and that this video captures both the essence of it as well as the amazing event known as, the Jeepers Jamboree.
Located near the town of Lucerne, CA, the Bullfrog Jeep Trail is one of the newest additions to the Johnson Valley area and one of the most scenic. Although it is one of the easiest trails in the valley, it is still rated “difficult” and depending on the lines you take, it really is all that and more.
With the 3rd Annual Project-JK Last Chance Canyon Newbie Run coming up in just a few weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to give folks a preview of what they can expect to see and the kind of fun they will have. Needless to say, this is a short YouTube video that we put together from our 2nd Annual Run that we did last year.
I have in-laws that live in Henderson, Nevada, and so as you can imagine, I get to spend a lot of time out in the Las Vegas area. And, while I have always known about the Valley of Fire and some of the trails that exist back there, I've never had a chance to check any of them out or at least not until recently. Now, while there is no off-roading allowed within the boundaries of the Valley of Fire State Park, there is a large area located on the outskirts of the park near to the north shores of Lake Mead and to the town of Logandale. This area contains a large network of OHV trails and is specifically known as the Logandale Trails. Of the trails that are designated for Jeeps, the Shitter, Rock Bottom, Hawkins, Bowl, Matterhorn, Arockalpse are the most popular and most of these have tough optional side routes that you can try out such as the infamous S-Turn. Of course, in addition to the great off roading you can do, the scenery is simply to die for and if you're willing to do some exploring on foot, there are some beautiful springs and petroglpyhs that you can hike up to as well.
395 Above & Below is a short video that WOLette put together that highlighs an end of summer excursion we did up the Ownes Valley along Highway 395. Along the way, we drove our Jeep JK Wrangler over a quarter mile down into the depths of the Reward Mine, we spent some time visiting the Manzanar Japaneese Internment Camp and then made our way up to the top of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where we set up camp over at the small but beautiful Funnel Lake. While we were there, we took our JK's up and over 11,000 feet to do some exploring along the baren spine of Coyote Ridge and to take in the outstanding views beyond.
As some of you may know, Bronco Peak is a short but difficult rated trail that is situated within the Corral Canyon OHV area which is located just south of I-8 near to the town of Alpine. According to the Southern California Back Roads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails book by Charles Wells, Bronco Peak is an “difficult” rated “nasty hardcore trail… very steep with tight brush… large boulders” and that “several places are steep enough to cause a rollover if driver is not careful… front and rear lockers are recommended.” And, after being told that a 4-door Jeep JK Wrangler couldn't do this run, you know that it was gonna be a run that I would have to do. Of course, being that the Bronco Peak is so short, our group of 3 Jeep JK Unlimited Rubicons, 2 JK Unlimited Saharas and 2 JK 2-Doors X’s decided that we should first do a run up another short but “difficult” rated trail nearby trail called Sidewinder. Unfortunately, it would also be the only trail that a majority of our group would do.
For our fourth and final Project-JK Norcal Summer Run, we decided to head up to the Niagra Rim OHV trail which is located deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, east of Modesto and near to the Sonora Pass. Of the 10 Jeep JK Wrangler's (three 2-door and seven 4-door) joining us for the run, most were slightly to moderately built up and one was bone stock with street tires. Of the drivers we had, most had some wheeling experience but never on the kind of terrain they would be seeing and a couple were in fact total newbies.
With the 2nd Annual Anza Borrego Coyote Canyon Newbie Run coming up just around the corner, I thought it would only be fitting to show everyone a short video of all the fun we had last year.
Of all the trails that I have run in Northern California to date, the Slickrock Jeep Trail is by far one of my favorites. Without a doubt, its location deep inside the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest and breathtaking scenery is simply to die for and its relatively short but technically challenging terrain makes it perfect for day runs. Needless to say, when it came time to plan our 2nd run with the JK-Forum.com NorCal Crew, this is the trail we had to do.
Last weekend, Cindy and I finally got a chance to hook up with some of the great people up here in Northern California and do an official Project-JK.com run with them.
So I was watching my favorite TV personality, Todd Offenbacher (a real hoot to watch), on the local Tahoe RSN channel when I saw a piece he did featuring a local wheeling spot that was right here in the South Lake Tahoe basin. Apparently, this area was called Twin Peaks and was just minutes away from the Y (where highway 50 and 89 split off) and if you can believe it, in all the years that I have been coming to Lake Tahoe, I can honestly say that I had never heard of this place.
This Project-JK Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2008 YouTube video represents the final installment of our EJS adventures and is of our Day 4 run across the Elephant Hill Trail. Located south of Moab in Canyonlands National Park, Elephant his is by far one of the most beautiful trails you can run in the Moab area and is a must see for anyone visiting the area. You will have to pay a small entrance fee in order to get in the park but trust me, it's worth every penny. The Elephant Hill Trail itself isn't very difficult but there are a few sections along the way that have big enough rocks and ledges to negotiate that will give a stock Jeep some trouble and is most likely why it gets a "most difficult" rating. The trail is run as a loop and I would highly recommend that you take the time to hike the 1/2 mile trail out to the Confluence Overlook as the view is simply breathtaking.
"The Rock" is an annual off-roading event that Superior Axle & Gear and Full Traction Suspension puts on over at Area BFE during Moab Easter Jeep Safari and it's something that I look forward to attending every year. Although the weather this time around was less than stellar (it was freezing cold), this year's The Rock V still provided us with a fun filled day, good food, lots of friends and as always, great wheeling on the Green Day Trail. And, with the exception of one TJ that took a dump towards the end of the trail, everyone managed to come back from our run relatively damage free.
This latest Project-JK Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2008 YouTube video is of a sunset run that we did up the Kane Creek on Day 3 and is in fact the second run we did that day. Earlier in the day, we attended the Superior Axle and Full Traction Suspension - The Rock V event which was held over at Area BFE and did a run up Green Day. But, being that the last video of Steel Bender was on the long side and of a harder trail, we felt that it would be nice to mix things up a bit and put this easier and more scenic run in between the two.
As luck would have it, our first morning in Moab was met with freezing cold temperatures and steady snow still falling from the storm that followed us in the day before. And, while there was a bit of a break in the weather as we headed into town for some breakfast, the forecast still called for more snow later in the day and so we decided to do our first official Project-JK Easter Jeep Safari 2008 run up Steel Bender with both the top and doors on. Unfortunately for us, Jen (toad) and Jeff (Bullfrog) had other obligations they needed to attend to that day so the only people that would be going on this run would be Jason (SDMF), Cindy (WOLette) and I.
This is the first in a series of upcoming Project-JK video that Cindy (WOLette) is putting together to document our trek up to Moab, Utah to attend the 2008 Easter Jeep Safari.
Filmed back in September over Labor Day Weekend 2007, this Project-JK trail run video highlights our end of the summer two day camping trip up to Monache Meadows and the Sherman Pass 4x4 trail, both of which are located up in the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, close to Lake Isabella.
This latest addition to our growing colletion of Project-JK videos was flimed back in August and highlights our easy 2-day run/camping trip that we did up to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to watch the Perseid Meteor Showers.
For those of you who have been waiting patiently for this, I think you'll be happy to know that Cindy has just finished putting together our latest video of our summer time run up the Slickrock Trail and it can be seen on YouTube now by clicking on the link below:
Hey everybody, Cindy (wayoflifette) has just finished the latest Project-JK video highlighting our recent Summer Sierra Trek 2007 which took place on July, Friday the 13th. The first half of the video covers our morning run up the Sand Canyon and Wheeler Ridge trails and the second half covers our sunset run up to the beautiful Laurel Lake both of which are located just south of the Mammoth Lakes. Anyway, if you wanna see it, all you need to do is click on the link below or on the banner above.
Check it out boys and girls, Project-JK has just finished our latest video highlighting our recent run up the Deer Valley Trail.
With 14 Jeep JK Wranglers (about a 50/50 split between 2-doors and 4-doors), 3 TJ Wranglers and even a Mitsubishi Montero Sport along for the ride, this Project-JK run up Lockwood Creek Miller Jeep Trail was by far the biggest turnout we've had for an outting to date. And, without a doubt, it was by far one of the best ones we've had as well.
For those of you who've been asking to see some videos of the Project-JK Jeep JK Wrangler in action, here's a quick video that Matt (doojer), his cameraman Whit and his awesome production crew put together for us heading up Last Chance Canyon.