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Off-RoadAdventures/Jan 18
Magazines | Outdoors 2018-01-05 13:24:09
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    RING IN THE NEW YEAR! NEW PARTS FOR 2018 Truck • Jeep • UTV Accessory Superstores JANUARY 2018 • $3.50 U.S. WICKED WRANGLER CLEAN, MEAN, CUSTOM AND CAPABLE + SYNTHETIC VS. STEEL: WHICH WINCH LINE IS BEST FOR YOU? GETTING WILD IN SIN CITY: THE CRAZY RIGS OF THE SEMA SHOW RUNNING THE REBELLE RALLY: IT’S NOT FOR WIMPS (OR MEN) 100S OF NEW PARTS SUPER LOW PRICES! SEE PAGE 43

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    CONTENTS 12 Smart driving and skilled navigation were key to the Rebelle Rally. Having fun was just as important. Photo: REBELLE RALLY 18 34 40 FEATURES 12 RUNNING THE REBELLE The 1,200-Mile Rally Raid For Women 18 PROJECT HELLBENDER One Unique Jeep JK 26 NEW PARTS FOR THE NEW YEAR Ringing In The New Year With The Latest Parts 34 VIVA LAS VEGAS The Best Rigs Of The SEMA Show 76 QUICK LOOK Rubicon Express 6x6 84 TEST DRIVE: 2017 CHEVY TAHOE Z71 MIDNIGHT EDITION The Most Capable Fullsize SUV Chevy Makes? 4 JANUARY 2018

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    JANUARY 2018 10 78 ON THE COVER: Project Hellbender takes a break from raising hell to pose for our cover. Photo by BOYD JAYNES CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 06 PRESIDENT’S CORNER 08 FROM THE EDITOR 10 NEWS 40 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT 96 NEW PRODUCTS 102 CALENDAR 104 PARTING SHOT TECHNICAL 68 OFTEN OVERLOOKED Top Ten Things To Remember When Lifting Your Ride 78 WHICH WINCH LINE Is Steel Cable Better Than Synthetic Rope For Your 4x4? 90 COVERING UP Smittybilt’s Smart Cover 68 76 84 Follow us on Facebook! Keep up with the latest goings on and post your pics, videos & events. Enter prize drawings available only to our Facebook friends www.facebook.com/oramagazine 90 JANUARY 2018 5

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    PRESIDENT’S CORNER SAM HOMSIEH GREG ADLER PRESIDENT & CEO 4 Wheel Parts 2018 IS HERE! Welcome to a new year. The start of the year is always a good time to set goals and objectives for the next twelve months. In our case, 2018 promises to be an exciting year for 4 Wheel Parts. We have a lot of new stuff happening, including opening ten new stores! Many of these stores will be in new markets for 4 Wheel Parts so that customers who could only purchase online will now be able to shop a beautiful showroom full of products and displays, and get expert advice from the most knowledgeable folks in the business. They can also get those products installed by the most professional and well-trained techs in the industry. We are starting with the following markets next year: • Carlisle, Pennsylvania • Chicago (Naperville and South Elgin), Illinois • Baltimore, Maryland • Beaumont, Texas • Midland, Texas • Beaverton, Oregon • Several more to come…stay tuned! Plus, we are adding more products to our showrooms, including top-brand UTV accessories. It is one more reason to make 4 Wheel Parts your one-stop shop for all your off-road needs! Exclusive magazine for customers of 4 WHEEL PARTS and off-road enthusiasts everywhere. 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220 310-900-5500 • 4wheelparts.com • offroadadventures.com EDITORIAL Craig Perronne Eddie Melendreras Ana Herrera Barbra Johnson Rebecca Lacko ADVERTISING Jeff Nasi Editor/Publisher Creative Director Ad Coordinator Circulation Manager Copy Editor Director of Marketing jnasi@4wp.com 310.900.7721 CONTRIBUTORS John Cappa, Harry Wagner, Ben Stewart, Sam Homsieh TAP WORLDWIDE, LLC Greg Adler Rich Botello Sean Angues Jeff Nasi Brent Goegebuer President & C.E.O. Chief Operating Officer President, TMG Brands Director of Marketing Director of Advertising TRUCK & JEEP FEST EVENTS ARE ON THE CALENDAR FOR TEN EVENTS IN 2018: • San Mateo, CA February 24-25 • Honolulu, HI March 10-11 • Puyallup, WA April 14-15 • Dallas, TX May 19-20 • Ontario, CA June 9-10 • Houston, TX (New Event) June 23-24 • Denver, CO July 7-8 • Long Beach, CA July 14-15 • Atlanta, GA July 28-29 • Orlando, FL August 11-12 Our Showroom On Wheels will hit the road to many events like King of the Hammers, Moab, and the Off- Road Jamboree series. It all adds up to make 2018 a great year. As our readers know, ORA (Off-Road Adventures) is the best magazine in the business! We look forward to a great year of twelve new editions. As a reminder, all 4 Wheel Parts customers receive this magazine FREE for twelve months from your most recent purchase. When that time runs out, you can keep getting this terrific magazine simply by requesting it. Thank you for your business in 2017 and Happy New Year! Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. Off-Road Adventures, 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers and TAP Worldwide, LLC are not responsible for opinions expressed or information contained in this publication. When installing any part or accessory, be sure you completely read and understand the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Articles contained in this publication are meant to be informative adjuncts to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Canadian prices may vary. International destination fees may apply. COPYRIGHT 2018 BY TAP WORLDWIDE, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRINTED IN THE USA To get your free subscription or change your address, go to offroadadventures.com/subscriptions or mail to ORA Magazine, 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. —Greg Adler 6 JANUARY 2018

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    ARE YOU DRIVER ENOUGH ? ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 + MUD-TERRAIN T/A KM2 800-284-9840 4WHEELPARTS.COM AVAILABLE AT MUD TERRAIN ALL- TERRAIN

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    FROM THE EDITOR REBOOT CRAIG PERRONNE EDITOR/PUBLISHER OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES The end of the year is always a great time to look back and refl ect upon what has been accomplished. It is a good feeling to know that what you set out to do at the beginning of the year has been done. Many of us may also look back with a bit of regret on the goals we never achieved. The busyness, chaos and daily grind that is part of life can get in the way of achieving what we had hoped. Some might dwell on this and let it kill the excitement of a new year. True, it might suck that some of your goals weren’t achieved, but that is how life works sometimes. There’s no need to get all down about it. For me, the start of a new year is not about looking backward. If there is one thing I know to be completely true about the past, it’s that you can’t change it. What has happened has happened. Instead of looking backward and wasting time on what we can’t change, we should be looking forward to what we can. The start of a new year is not a time to refl ect, but to reboot. One of the biggest things a new year brings is fresh opportunity. As long as you choose not to live in the past, you can set new goals for your future. You can decide what your priorities are, or should be, and where you want to head in life. Sure, it’s not as simple as rebooting a computer. But without goals to work toward, one can be adrift in life. We can jot down a bunch of New Year’s resolutions somewhere and hope to remember them. Most of the time that doesn’t work, and often they are forgotten. Small adjustments are great, but if there are too many, they can become de-motivating. What works best for me is to come up with one major goal that will shape everything in the New Year. For 2018, I propose we make a goal to live our lives to the fullest. Last year, I learned that life can be painfully and tragically short for some of us. Life truly is a gift. This isn’t an excuse to go nuts and blow through your life savings on some insane vacation or toy, but we should all enjoy our lives. Buy that Jeep you’ve always had your eyes on, get that new suspension you wanted, a new set of tires, or whatever makes you happy. Go hit the trails and enjoy being outside in this great land of ours. More importantly, spend more time with family and friends doing what you love. That is my plan for 2018. Everything else is secondary. No matter your plans for 2018, I hope that you have a great year. Happy New Year. —Craig Perronne 8 JANUARY 2018

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    Mount & Hardware Included SAE J575 Compliant Shock / Vibration UV Resistant Engineered Plastic High-Grade Aluminum Alloy Heatsink 3-Wire Open Lead for Convenient Wiring Side Shooter Optic & Lenticular Lens for Enhanced Beam Width Break Away Joint for Damage Prevention Multiple Mounting Options Available FRONT BACK Removable Trim Bezel Can be Painted to Match the Color of Your Vehicle Convex Mirror for Enhanced Field of Vision Integrated Amber LEDS for use as Running Lights or Turn Signal 3775 Raw Lumens per Side Wedge Washer for Vertical Adjustments Consult your Rigid Industries’ installation manual, the Rigid Industries’ website and any local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations to determine whether your particular application/installation is authorized for use on a public highway. Rigid Industries, Rigid, and REFLECT are registered and/or common law marks owned by JST Performance, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company d/b/a Rigid Industries.

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    NEWS GREG ADLER FINISHES 50TH BAJA 1000 It might be hard for some to believe, but the Baja 1000 (then called the Mexican 1000) started out in 1967 with a group of racers trying to be the fi rst ones to reach La Paz after leaving Tijuana, Mexico. The fi rst winner of that race was a humble little Myers Manx that fi nished the 950-mile race in 27 hours and 38 minutes. Fast-forward 50 years later, and the Baja 1000 is the now the Super Bowl of off-road racing. Anyone who has ever raced in the dirt, and many who haven’t, dream of taking it on and crossing its fi nish line. Greg Adler, CEO of 4 Wheel Parts, decided he wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines for the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000. He entered his Ultra4 racer in the Hammer Truck Unlimited class to take on the 1,134 miles of brutal Baja terrain. 31 hours and 17 minutes after taking off from the starting line, Adler’s Ultra4 racer crossed the finish line in La Paz. The time was good for the third spot on the podium in his class. TOP STORY JEEP OFFICIALLY UNVEILS NEXT GENERATION JEEP WRANGLER The news that Jeep is coming out with the next-generation Jeep Wrangler for 2018 shouldn’t shock you by now. It has been one of the most anticipated and talked about vehicle launches in history. Renderings, spy shots of test mules, stolen press kit photos, and leaked documents have added to the speculation of what the next version of the extremely popular Jeep Wrangler might look like. All that speculation has now come to an end as Jeep has finally released some offi cial photos of the new JL. Not surprisingly, the new JL looks like a modernized version of the outgoing JK. Much like the Porsche 911 and the Volkswagen Beetle, the Wrangler has an iconic shape. Designers decided not to alter it too much, but instead focused on giving it a more modern appearance. From the photos, they definitely accomplished that, without straying too far from the original. Some obvious differences from its predecessor are rounder windows, more rake to the windshield and front grille, signal lights in the fenders, and LED headlights. One area in serious need of modernization was the interior. The inside of the JK was undeniably retro, and not in a good way. It was outdated and a common area of complaint for many owners. From the few released photos of the inside of the new JL, it appears that Jeep went to town freshening up the interior of the JL. The differences are obvious, with an updated audio/navigation system, color-matched panels, and higher-quality switches. The biggest challenge the new Wrangler faces is offering more comfort on the road while still retaining its legendary off-road capability. Customers also want better gas mileage. Did Jeep achieve this? That has yet to be seen, as driving impressions have not yet been allowed. But keep an eye out for next month’s issue of this magazine. We’ll slide behind the wheel of the new JL to see how it does both on the road and off. 10 JANUARY 2018

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