Well it’s been about a week since BDS Suspension has made it home from the 46th annual Easter Jeep Safari. The stack of paper on my desk from being out all week is slimming down and I thought it was would be a good time to recap the weeks events filled with photo shoots, magazine events, long days out on the trail, great food & drinks, a huge vendor show and $200,000+ raffled off to event goers.
Each year during the week leading up to Easter is taken over by thousands of 4wd enthusiasts looking for some off-road excitement. What started as a way to promote tourism to a new demographic has since developed into the Mecca of off-road with the Red Rock 4Wheelers taking the lead to host the event each year. While the event is called Easter Jeep Safari, it is not a Jeep exclusive event. Hundreds bring out Toyotas, Fords, tube buggies, quads, and all types of other capable off-road vehicles. JKs were the most popular to see out on the trail, with everything from stockers to race vehicles hitting the trail for the weeks events. Wednesday was a particularly fun day as the weather was great and we took the tow rig, our 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 running 8” BDS Longarm and 40” tires, out on Posion Spider Mesa for a magazine ride called Fullsize Invasion hosted by FourWheeler Magazine and Off-Road Magazine. The rig performed amazing and took every obstacle without skirting around on the bypasses. While we don’t recommend a full size Dodge as an everyday trail rig, rest assured it is Moab tested.
As the week goes on more and more flood the small town of Moab, Utah and surrounding campgrounds. With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and 4wheeling along with breathtaking views, no wonder this event is such a popular destination each year. Jeep even gets in on the action coming out to the event each year to debut new concepts vehicles and customer creations. This year the head turner was the Mighty FC concept which was a modern throwback to the military Forward Control (FC). All week long there are events going on in town, organized and private trail rides, parties going on and sites to see. Thursday and Friday play host to the vendor show as 100+ companies set up to show off the latest products and talk to customers. BDS set up inside with a number of new and current products as well as to show off the next textured black products. We stayed busy throughout the 2 day show talking to customers, hearing stories about where there BDS-equipped Jeeps have taken them and educating new Jeep owners on our products and warranty.
Each year this event continues to grow and really make this a must see event. As in past years BDS offered up free beers to everyone we came across handing out vouchers out on the trail, in town, at the local parts store, and at the vendor show. Over the course of the week we passing out 750 vouchers. We wanted to thank everyone that stopped to chat with us and for those that took us up on the offer and grabbed a beer over at the Moab Brewery on us! We’re already looking forward to next year, will you be there?
Yesterday, April 4th, the Fullsize Invasion, as it’s being coined by the magazines took over Moab, or at least a small piece of the trail. The inaugural trail ride for fullsize trail rigs came about with the guys over at Four Wheeler and Off-Road Magazine decided it was time to shed some light on the numerous full size rigs that attend Easter Jeep Safari each year. Carter and Mike from BDS headed out in the company tow rig, the monster 2010 Ram 2500 running 8″ of BDS long arm suspension, 40″ Toyo M/Ts and 20″ BMFs with Iron Cross winch bumpers. For the first year organizing there was an impressive turnout with 20+ full size trail rigs (and tow rigs) making it out to run Poison Spider Mesa. Check out some some of the photos and keep an eye out for more in an upcoming issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. See more from the Magazines at Four Wheeler Blog and check out the BDS Facebook page for more.
Check out the April 2012 issues of JP Magazine for a great install article titled “BDS Cherokee Chief Lift Kit: Full-Size Spring Surprise: FSJ+BDS=Kick Ass” by Magazine Editor Christian Hazel. Project Monkey Bus, a 1978 Jeep Cherokee Chief that has been fixed up over the past few months adding a mix of aftermarket parts and replacement parts to be deemed drivable. On the table for this article, Project Monkey Bus received a 4” BDS full spring lift kit and set of Mickey Thompson wheels/tires to replace the worn out and downright dangerous stock suspension. Read the article for tricks and tips with installing the 4” kit and get some background on fixing up your old full size Cherokee, Wagoneer, Gladiator. you can pick up your copy on newsstands now or check out the link to see a digital copy on the JP website. Click Link: FSJ+BDS=Kick Ass
Not many events and/or off-road clubs can say they are celebrating their 50th annual gathering. But this weekend, in the Ocotillo Wells SRVA in southern California the Tierra Del Sol 4WD Club out of San Diego will be doing just that, as the host the 50th Annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari. The event is scheduled for March 2-4 at the Ocotillo Wels SRVA, between Borrego Springs and Salton Sea.
Over the years the vehicles have changed, people have come and gone, and the venue has moved. Now in its 50th year, the event is well organized with on site obstacle park and trail rides, product demonstrations, on site vendor show, and one of the largest raffles of any off-road event. Last year over $155,000 in raffle items were collectively given away.
BDS’s very own Jason Shellhaas will be hanging out showing off so cool new products and our JK from SEMA. He’ll be set up over near Off-Road Warehouse’s booth so stop by and say hi. The First person to post a photo to our Facebook page posing with Jason gets a BDS t-shirt.
So if you’re looking for an awesome event this weekend, make sure you check out the 50th Annual Tierra Del Sol. For more info and schedule of events, check out http://www.tds4x4.com/
Murphy’s Law is in effect, but the BDS sponsored race team of Desert Concepts found a way through it. After a nightmare of a week prepping the competition rig and support vehicles, the IFS buggy is mechanically prepped with the body and graphics getting fitted later today before making the short journey out into the desert for King of the Hammers (KOH). Competition starts Friday morning as the competition rigs take to the course to crown this year’s king. Make sure to cheer on JT Stephens and Bryan Grigsby in car #4454. If you’re out in the desert, make sure to stop by ORW’s tent and say hi to BDS Rep Jason Shellhaas.
Stubby, the monsterous single cab, short bed bright orange F350 made it in the March 2012 issue of Off-Road Magazine on newsstands now. On display in the BDS Suspension booth at SEMA this past November this truck was hard to miss running the bright orange paintjob, fiberglass fenders, colormatched drivetrain, and 44” Boggers. Built by Rok Industry, this truck gets a double take everywhere it goes, look for more on this truck in upcoming magazine issues and out at select events in 2012.