Rocks and Valley Offroad Park in Harrison, MI, one of the stops on the 2009 Ultimate Adventure, is now open for the season. We just received this email from Chris Orlando of Rocks and Valleys Magazine:

“Thank you so much for all your help with the Easter Treasure Hunt.  We had some rain at the end but that didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm!  We had over 100 rigs, it was a fun zoo!  As of right now we will be open Saturdays in April 10am to 5pm with Fridays available upon request. In May we will be open Saturdays. 10-7 and Sundays. 10-6, same deal on Fridays.”

2010 Events includes:

  • May 15-16, we are planning our 1st Anniversary Wheel and Feast Celebration.
  • June 19th we are hosting Relay For Life. More info to follow.
  • July 10th and 11th – Our leg of the Michigan Rock Crawl Tour
  • July 31st and August 1st – Yogi’s Pig Gig.
  • August 7-8 – Rocks and Valleys 1st Super Swap Meet

For more information visit http://www.rocksandvalleys.com/

Our guys plan on heading up that way to wheel soon, we’ll post pictures as soon as we do!

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We headed out to run Poison Spider Trail with a couple of Jeeps and an F-Toy converted 4Runner. This trail, like most of the others, had a wide range of terrains including sand, rock, and extremely steep climbs.  While out on the trial you’ll see Jeeps, full size rigs, buggies, ATVs and dirt bikes. This trail has the opportunity to be extremely challenging, but offers up bypasses on many of the obstacles. After climbing 50-degree grades and racing through the sandy desert, we came to more amazing views and a chance to take lunch.

We continued on the trail along with hundreds of others that came out to play on this warm, sunny day. On our way off the trail, we saw a number of Crawl feature trucks and top truck challenge competitors which made for quite a sight.

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This was the first day of the vendor show.  To our surprise it was snowing outside and the wind was blowing like crazy.  Fortunately for us, our booth was indoors.  Although the arena isn’t heated, just the wind protection was a blessing.  The bad weather outside drove the masses indoors and we were extremely busy all day.  The vendor turn out was strong and there was definitely a lot for everyone to look at.

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With a good nights sleep we woke up ready to hit the trails. We met up with Warn Industries to run 7-mile rim. This trail, more scenic as it was, still offered up a number of rocks, off-camber obstacles, and steep climbs. With obstacles like the waterfall, ledges, the crack and open sand to run wide open, we pushed the suspension through it’s fair share of testing only to come out unscathed. No further body damage on this trip, however the 40mph winds took a beating on us all day long.

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After a long and anxious 24hr drive, we finally made it in to Moab and prepped the BDS TJ for hitting the trails with Crawl Magazine. The town has been taken over by jeeps, yotas, and full size trucks towing trailers. About 10 minutes outside of town we met up with Crawl Magazine at BFE to run some trails. Crawl debuted their new buggy which didn’t disappoint out on the trails. After a quick drivers meeting we headed out to run the Green Day trail following Larry from Crawl in his yellow LJ.  Watching Larry smash in the driver’s door of his rig seemed like a good idea so we followed suit and there were many more that followed. What made for some great photos for everyone else left our driver’s door mangled. On the positive-side  our door is closing better now, being that previously it didn’t due to carnage at the Ultimate Adventure 2009. On the negative side, the window won’t go up, but who needs windows anyway.

After a long day of wheeling and watching all kinds of trail carnage, we hit the road to head back into town.  On the way out of the trail we had a minor issue when we got passed by our left rear tire.   I have learned over the years that you shouldn’t go wheeling if you aren’t prepared to fix your Jeep on the side of the trail.

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Photo from JP Magazine Install Article

Part 1 of Vern Simons’ article on jpmagazine.com featured the installation of a 4.5″ BDS XJ Long Arm kit. This month Vern tells us how the new kit is driving:

“After pounding our Patriot Blue XJ on and off-road over the last few thousand miles, it’s clear that the BDS 4.5″ long-arm kit with our addition of large bump stops and sheetmetal trimming is just about perfect for 35-inch tires.”

Vern glad to hear you’re having a great time blasting down the trails! For the Part 2 of Verne’s article click here http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticles/suspension/154_1004_cherokee_xj_rear_bds_suspension_lift/index.html