Its one of our favorite places on earth and each Spring plays host to thousands of Jeepers (and other 4x4s) for a week of trail rides, vendor shows, and other events for Easter Jeep Safari. This year marked the 52nd Annual organization of the event and with it brought the year of the JL. With the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL new to market this event boasted an great showing of JLs from vendors out on the trail, in the vendor show, and several cool concepts on display by Jeep. We joined in with one of our new JLs outfitted with the soon to be released BDS 3″ Lift Kit and some accessories for the JL to allow us to clear 37″ tires. The future looks bright for the newest remake of the formidable Wrangler and we’re excited to be bringing several new JL suspension lifts and accessories to the market soon.
Once again the Red Rock 4Wheelers put on a great event and the town of Moab played a great host with great weather, beautiful views and plenty of trails to explore. A big thanks to Dixie 4Wheel Drive for letting us hang out their shop and host a party during the week. Check out some of our photos and video from EJS2018:
Dixie 4Wheel Drive Party – Live Tour:
Hanging out at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive for the FOX/BDS/JKS/Dixie Party at EJS
Each Spring during the week leading up to Easter thousands of Jeeps and other 4x4s make there way to Moab, UT for the one and only Easter Jeep Safari. This year marked 51-years of Jeepers from around the country and beyond converging on the picturesque town for 8 days of trail riding, with a vendor show and other events scattered throughout the week. BDS has been attending this event for years both for the wheeling and the vendor show. Along with the Jeep trail rides the Fullsize Invasion was back this year expanding to (4) days of trail rides for the fullsize trucks to take part in. Once again this year we brought out the tow rigs showing off Project Ascension (our 2017 Super Duty running the BDS 8″ lift kit and 40s) along with Project Raider (our 2015 Chevy HD running 6.5″ C/O kit and 38s). Check out some of the photos from the fullsize invasion #fsi2017 #bds #bdssuspension #ejs2017
Each year the crew from BDS spends a fair amount of time on the road, visiting dealers and attending trade shows and trail rides across the country. Typically Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT is the event to kick the year off, but this year we have a pair of newcomer events from some established venues that slid in to start the year off. First up we have the Unlimited Offroad Show & Expo (Lonestar Edition) to be held in the Fort Worth, TX at the Texas Motor Speedway March 11-12th. This is an expansion of the Unlimited Offroad Expo held each summer in Louisville, KY and should be a huge event welcoming vendors and 4WD enthusiasts from around the country. BDS is teaming up with several area distributors to showcase some of our latest products and some cool customs. For more on this event head to Unlimited Offroad Show (Lonestar Edition).
The following weekend BDS heads west to Scottsdale, AZ for the Off-Road Expo (Spring Edition). This event stemmed off of the massive Off-Road Expo held in Pomona, CA each fall welcoming 100,000 off-road enthusiasts and this event is expected to bring in huge crowds despite being the first year in this new location. If you’re in the area be sure to stop out and see all the action as this event will boast demos and test drives, tons of vendors and fun for the whole family. The event will be held March 18-19th at the Westworld Facilities and surrounding grounds in Scottsdale.For more info head to Off-Road Expo (Spring Edition).
Next up after that is the 51st Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT. This event is the holy grail for Jeepers as the town of Moab gets overrun by thousands of Jeeps and other 4×4’s for a week of trail riding, nightly activities, a vendor show and more. Each year Jeep debuts several new concept/project vehicles to the public and companies showcase their latest products and new builds. The event lasts and entire week (April 8-16th). BDS has been attending for years and will be on site this year with a new JK build along with some Project Ascension and some other projects to spend the week in the red rocks of Moab. Be sure to stop by and see us during the vendor show (April 13-14th) to check out new products and take advantage of the show specials. For more info on this event head to Easter Jeep Safari.
Each year the crew from BDS Suspension loads up and heads West to that magical offroading Mecca known as Moab, UT. Maybe its the red rock terrain, or the warm spring time temperatures after a long Michigan winter or maybe even the thousands of Jeepers (and other 4×4’s) that flock to the town each Spring for a week of 4wheeling, but its one of our favorite places to attend each year during Easter Jeep Safari (EJS). When it comes to media coverage, this event has plenty, from Jeep in attendance with their much anticipated concept builds to just about every offroad media outlet from magazines, to forums, and TV shows.
This past EJS marked the 50th annual year of the Red Rock 4Wheelers hosting the trail ride and gathering. BDS made it out in an assortment of vehicles including the BDS Colorado, Project Raider (Chevy HD), BDS Crawlorado, and of course Project KJ. During the week we met up with friends, customers and industry partners to hit that trails and test out the equipment. Along the way we met up with Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Offroad TV and ran Pritchett Canyon, one of the quintessential Moab Jeep trails. View breathtaking views and hardcore terrain, this is one of those bucket list type trails that you don’t pass up on. With Ian in his BDS leaf sprung M715 project Lockjaw, us in Project KJ and a handful of other rigs in the mix we set out to run the trail with Ian and his camera crew. The trail lived up to its reputation and challenged not only our group, but all the groups that made it out to the trail head before us that morning that caused a bottle neck getting through the single file through the 4-mile trail. In the end over 11 hours spend on Pritchett Canyon, but made some friends along the way. Outside of some body damage, the only trail damage our group had was a front ring and pinion on Ian’s M715 towards the end as we climbed out of the canyon. For more on our week from the 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari head to our official recap on the BDS Blog.
The 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari certainly didn’t disappoint. With thousands of Jeeps, buggies and other 4x4s in town to hit the trails and enjoy the landscape, Easter Jeep Safari continues to be one of the pinnacle events on our show schedule each year. This year BDS had several Jeep and non-Jeep out at the event including the Project KJ (our diesel powered Liberty on 40s), the UA Crawlorado (LS2 powered solid axle Colorado on 42s), the BDS Colorado (2015 Colroado running the 5.5” DSC Coilover Kit on 33s), Project Raider (2015 HD Duramax running the 3” C/O Conversion on 35s) among other toys we had out on the trail.
Its a busy week out in Moab, UT with trail rides, corporate events, dinner parties and photoshoots. Its hard to take a bad picture out in the red rock terrain with the Rocky Mountains in the background. All week long we navigated our way through the trails hitting Behind the Rocks, Pritchett Canyon, Poison Spider Mesa, Fins and Things, Hell’s Revenge, Area BFE, Kane Creek, and Golden Spike among others. Thursday and Friday the the Red Rock 4Wheelers host a vendor show where we set up inside to talk to customers and show off our latest products for Jeeps. In all a great week in Moab, UT and congrats to the RR4W for the 50-year milestone, Easter Jeep Safari continues to be one of our favorite events to attend each year!
See below for photos from the trail action and see more on the BDS Facebook and Instagram pages. Stay tuned for our recap video coming soon.
Auto manufacturers have their go to events to debut cool concepts for the future and dwell up conversation among the media and general public. Most use the North American International Auto Show in Detroit or one of the other big OEM oriented show. Jeep, on the other hand, heads to Moab, the offroad mecca to debut them at the annual Easter Jeep Safari hosted by the Red Rock 4Wheelers. While most of these concepts will never see production, its a great to see a manufacturer getting out to a retail consumer focused event and actually getting some trail time with the concepts.
This year Jeep is showcasing 7 custom-built concepts at Easter Jeep Safari. They include: