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2nd Annual East Coast JKFest 2009

October 21, 2009 wayoflife 2

Rausch Creek Off-road Park once again hosted the 2nd Annual EastCoast JKFest and with a total of 87 Jeep JK’s in attendance on Saturday and over 100 in attendance throughout the weekend. Thanks to the generous help of our sponsors, PureJeep, Hanson Offroad, Clayton Offroad, Full Traction Suspension, 4Wheel Drive Hardware, Northridge4x4, Superchips, LOD, Teraflex and Alpha Expedition this event definitely turned out to be much bigger and better than the year before.

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Project-JK Mojave Desert Black
Mountain Wilderness Winter Run – VIDEO

October 20, 2009 wayoflife 10

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.

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Building a Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 Front Axle

October 14, 2009 wayoflife 4

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.

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2009 Off Road Expo Show

October 11, 2009 wayoflife 0

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the 2009 Off Road Expo in Pomona, CA, rest assured, you didn’t miss much. While this was the 10th anniversary of the show, it was by far the smallest I have seen it in terms of square footage and in terms of the amount of displays. Granted, with 3 fewer buildings and subsequent alleys to fill, the show did feel a lot more crowded than years past and, I suppose that was one of the smartest things the promoters of this show could have done.

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Project-JK Highlights 6: Rubicon Trail Soup Bowl

October 1, 2009 wayoflife 0

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”.

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Die-Tech Off-Road Seat Mounted Fire Extinguisher

September 29, 2009 wayoflife 1

Fire extinguishers are valuable off-road and most off-road parks and recreation areas require that you have one. However, it’s a good idea to have one even when not required, because a fire can start for many different reasons.

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Off Road Evolution Conquers
the Rubicon Trail Little Sluice Box!!

September 29, 2009 wayoflife 9

By far, the most difficult section along the Rubicon, the Little Sluice (also known as the “Sluice Box”) is essentially a narrow crack about 100 yards long and situated between a granite wall on one side and granite slab on the other. Now, what makes this crack so challenging is that it’s filled with enourmous, ill positioned boulders made slick from countless spinning tires and a myriad of fluids left behind from fallen rigs that were either cut open, laid on their side or flopped on their lids. Being that this section of trail is virtually impassable, there are two different bypasses that one can take around it but last weekend, Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution was there to conquer it. And, as luck would have it, we had the priviledge of being invited along side feature editor, Ali Monsour from Petersen’s 4 Wheel & Off-Road and bear witness to this historic moment – the worlds first Jeep JK Wrangler tackling infamous Little Sluice.

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Project-JK Highlights 5:
Dusy Ershim Trail – Chicken Rock

September 23, 2009 wayoflife 0

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.

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