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Big Rigs Conquer Moab's Poison Spider Trail

Posted in Events on September 1, 2012
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If there’s one thing you can count on at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari (EJS) in Moab, Utah, it’s that the majority of the rigs will be short-wheelbase Jeep vehicles. Well, we like to mix things up so we hit the trail with a few fullsizes at this year’s EJS.

The beauty of the Poison Spider Mesa trail is that it’s challenging without being a destruct-o-fest.

We like short-wheelbase Jeeps, but we also dig fullsize rigs, and we think that many of the Moab trails are a great place to explore in a fullsize rig, so we joined some big rigs on the Poison Spider Mesa trail. The run was the brainchild of Off-Road magazine Editor Jerrod Jones and Four Wheeler Editor John Cappa. “We just got tired of seeing nothing but JK Wranglers at Easter Jeep Safari the past couple of years. We wanted to make a push with the fullsize trucks. They are awesome to take wheeling because the longer wheelbases and underbody clearance make some of the climbs way easier. Plus, a mildly-built fullsize truck can make a somewhat boring Jeep trail pretty exciting,” says Cappa.

Stephen Watson, the intrepid, amicable owner of Offroad Design led the way in his ’99 GMC 2500 that sports a 454ci V-8, NV4500 transmission, NP203/205 Doubler, Dana 60 front axle, 14-bolt rear axle, ARB Air Lockers, King shocks, 40-inch Goodyear MT/R with Kevlar tires, and a custom Offroad Design-fabbed bed.

We wheeled with over 20 fullsize rigs and they represented 13 states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maryland, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Indiana, Arizona, California, Michigan, and Nevada. Each rig was unique and fascinating and many sported some very unusual mods. Here’s a rundown of most of the rigs that attended.

This incredible MaxBilt ’53 Dodge M-37 has a 383ci V-8, SM465 transmission, NP200 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, 14-bolt rear axle, ARB Air Lockers, custom leaf-spring suspension with Fox remote-reservoir shocks, TrailReady beadlock wheels, and 40-inch Interco SS-M16 tires. It also has an onboard welder/generator, onboard air compressor with 50-foot hose reel, and Warn VR12000 winch among many other features.
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