We hit up this year’s LA Auto Show to see the new Jeep Wrangler JL unveiling. They had a really cool presentation and the build up was fantastic. Check out the pics below of how the show went.
Since everyone knows #blackfriday is coming, we thought it would be fun if we ran a giveaway to help pass the time.
This time we’ve got a bad ass Alpine ICE Cooler (MSRP $1,499.00) up for grabs. With this In-Cooler Entertainment System, you can keep your drinks cold while jamming to your favorite tunes. Oh, did we mention this thing is valued at $1,499.00 MSRP?
To enter, click the link below and follow the steps. The more steps you complete, the more entries you get! We’ll pick a random winner on Monday 11/27.
Don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT. Good luck!
This past Veterans Day, we sponsored the Metberry Gulch Trail run during the Wheelers for the Wounded of Colorado event. We had a total of 18 rigs, filled with Veterans and their families. It is a pretty easy trail, but does still offer a few challenges along the way. There is a pretty good section of whoops going down towards a huge rock slab that has to be traversed. Being covered in dust and small gravel, it makes for a pretty slippery slide to the bottom. Once we reached the end of the trail we had a quick lunch, and then headed back up. Everyone made it out, without any issues. Once back at the trailhead, we aired up and headed back to the raffle. The weather was great and the company was even better.
Last weekend, Rigid came out provided dinner and did a little demo on some of their new stuff. We even took a handful of customers up to the mountains for a more in depth “trail” demo as well as some night shooting. Take a look at the pics below. If you missed it, man you really missed out. This was a great time with lots of information on Rigid products, free swag and free street tacos for all. We can’t thank Rigid enough for this. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we would like to make this a more regular thing.
In celebration of Rigid Nights, we’re giving away a set of Rigid Dually Hybrid Spot lights.
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Did you hear about our latest giveaway on Facebook?
We’re giving away a sweet Trunk Storage Bag from Rightline Gear. If you haven’t seen these, you’re really missing out. If you’re like most of us, the cargo area of your Jeep JK is a mess. Just like all of their bags, this one will help organize your gear and it looks great too.
Check out the sweet little video we made about them!
We’ll pick a random winner on Monday 6/26/17. Good luck!
Starting December 7th, each business day we will open a new present and reveal what is inside. Once opened, click here to check our Facebook page for requirements to enter to win that prize! We’ll announce the winner the following day along with the next opened gift. Super simple, just check back here and Facebook every day!
Here’s a quick video we made just to show you how easy it is to remove a dent from your MCE Flexible Fenders. These are the only fenders on the market that you can do this with.
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The group had limped into Glen Allen as wheel speed sensors had plagued us again as well as a driveline issue. It was going to take some serious ingenuity to get the JK from Tactical Jeeps back the road…luckily Mel has some of the best wrenches in the nation on these trips. Kelly Carter from Low Range 4×4 and Russ Huff took a look at the situation and found that the JK would need a new driveline and as luck would have it there was one on the trip but it was going to require some serious fab work to convert it from an Atlas transfer case to the stock JK case. A local CAT service trucked pulled into the hotel parking lot about the time they realized that Russ had brought every tool needed for this fix in his JK. The driver graciously gave us his service truck and everyone went to work. It would require milling down a flange to fit the stock t-case and then re drilling and tapping the part for bolts. It was going to take some real thinking and backyard machining to make this work.
When it was all said and done the part worked flawlessly and the machine work was even balanced and didn’t vibrate. With the repairs complete, we had our last drivers meeting of the trip. Mel told us to expect to use the snorkles and that we’d be doing some roads miles to the next wheeling place and then from there back to Anchorage where the group would be attending a meet and great for locals to come meet the MFG’s and the drivers and see the rigs of the JK Experience.
We pulled out of the parking lot and all of us had that overwhelming feeling of almost sadness. We’d been on the most amazing adventure and covered almost 2000 miles in seven days and worked through the harshest mechanical and weather conditions. No one wanted the journey to end but if it had to end we knew it was going to be amazing. As we reached the parking lot of the Knik Recreation area everyone aired down for high speeds on gravel and mud and rock. Eric and CJ decided they were going to make the trek up river in a burned out Subaru instead of their built JK’s.
Once everyone was ready, we had a quick drivers meeting to talk about the river crossing and that we’d be going up the river 25 miles to an ending location and then back down. We turned out of the parking lot and headed up the vast valley of the Knik River.
As we forded a river channel after a mud bog, we were slowly making our way toward the 25 mile goal. You couldn’t really see what was on the other side of this earthen dike, but you could see snow over the top and everyone started motoring!
Once the Jk made the final few feet to reveal what was not the other side, we were all blown away with the beauty nature had placed in from of us. We were at the foot of the Knik Glacier, and how fitting and cool that this spot was the end of the JK Experience. Mel had told us from day one that he had worked his ass off to find the best locations for us to experience and this was the culmination of all his and his teams hard work.
As everyone got out of their rigs, they were almost speechless at the vast beauty that we were witnessing. There are very few places like this on this great planet and were considered ourselves so lucky to be able to be apart of such a grand experience.
Randy Byers, who has been on every JK Expense since day one, said it best “there have been some amazing locations but this moment I will remember for the rest of my life”. Mel had started the JK Experience to showcase what could actually be done in a JK but the trips became so much more than that, the became a platform to blow people away with the beauty of our great country. It became a place for like-minded individuals to get together and became life long friends. It became a place for Sponsors and MFG’s to be on the same playing field as their customers, and it became a place for the inexperienced to be educated by the best the wheeling world has to offer. We covered right at 2000 miles and ran some of Alaska’s toughest terrain, its most dangerous highways, and saw some the most beautiful country we’ve ever witnessed. From the bottom of Alaska to the top, this trip has been amazing.
We, as Northridge 4×4, became a sponsor of this great event to let you know what the parts you buy from us can do, we also wanted you the customers and fans to know we are serious about understanding our parts and not just the part numbers. We set out on this 2000 mile Alaska JK Experience in probably our least built JK, in comparison to some of our other builds, to prove that we carry the best parts from the budget based builds to the most extreme built JK. Its been an honor to cover these events for the past year and we can’t wait to see what Mel Wade has in store for the JL Experience. Thank you for following us on all of our local feeds and look out for the video’s we have coming in the near future!
Everyone awoke in the North Pole and attended to the various problems with their JK’s. We had issues with wheel speed sensors, crank sensors and an oil issue but everything was handled and everyones spirits were high. We were going wheeling again!
After the drivers meeting, we had some quick road miles to make and then we turned left off the highway and looked straight into the mountains.
We had a quick drivers meeting and everyone aired down from the previous road day and we were off up toward the Canwell Glacier. No one had any idea what it was going to look like let alone the fact we would be running up a spine ridge with a couple hundred foot drop off to the left and the mountain to the right.
The JK’s ambled up the trail slowly as we were taking drone footage and there were photographers out getting still content. The higher we climbed the gnarlier the trail became as well as the darker the sky got. It was once again raining in Alaska.
As we neared the end of the trail, it turned right and we stared directly into the Glacier basin and the run off creek it had created. It was truly unreal to think we were parked in a spot that had once been under a hundred feet of snow.
Everyone took the allotted time to eat their lunch and shoot pics of where we were at, for those of us that had never seen a glacier we all took the time to soak it in.
Once we were on our way down Mel decided to take a different route back to the highway and we snaked down the spine ridge and into a different valley that presented us with a beautiful emerald colored lake for a photo op.
We lined up the JK’s and the photographers each took a turn capturing the moment and then we were off to another destination.
A Few short road miles took us into another valley and a stop to walk across an old fashion suspension bridge over a glacier fed river.
Once the group had chance to feel the bridge beneath their feet we were off to see the famous Copper River and we used this time to air back up as we had a few miles yet to go and the morning was going to going to have road miles as well.
The day had taken us to places and sites no one could even dream of let alone drive their JK into. Eric said it best, “I have checked off items on my bucket list I didn’t even know I had on the list.” The trip was winding down but we all knew is was going end in epic fashion.