We had so much fun wheeling with fullsize rigs at Easter Jeep Safari 2012 in Moab, Utah (“Fullsize Invasion,” Sept. ’12), we did it again in 2013. Easter Jeep Safari, commonly known as EJS, is truth in advertising. This event draws hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Jeep vehicles to Moab for the monster event that has been held annually since 1967.
For all of its Jeepness, there’s a subculture of fullsize rigs that attend EJS. They tend to get lost in the crowd, but they’re there. We were fortunate to spend a couple of days on the trail with some fullsize rigs (well, mostly fullsize, we’ll get to that in a moment) and we ran the Behind the Rocks and Hell’s Revenge trails. We had the opportunity to meet some great folks, see some cool rigs, and take part in some great wheeling.
As we mentioned earlier, not all of the rigs were fullsize, but most of the ones that weren’t were fitted with many fullsize features, which makes ’em OK in our book. So sit back, relax, and check out a few of the rigs from Fullsize Invasion 2.
At Top Truck Challenge 2006, we learned that Robert Boggio isn’t afraid to put his ’86 Chevy S-10 in precarious positions. We also learned that he’s able to dominate situations like that. Boggio was one of three past TTC competitors to come out and hit the trail with us in Moab, and he carried on the tradition of putting his S-10 on tough obstacles. In this case, he wisely chose to use a strap to counterbalance the tall Chevy on White Knuckle Hill.
Bryan Howell, owner of Power Products Unlimited, wasn’t afraid to put his ’12 Ford F-250 “Raptor SD” in even the most challenging places. Howell says the truck was built as a “heavy-duty Raptor,” and was a joint collaboration between Off-Road Power Products and Hazzard Fab Worx. Mods include Fiberwerx fenders and bedsides, a Warn 16.5ti winch, Titan fuel tank, Rigid Industries light bars, 17-inch Method Double Standard wheels, 40-inch-diameter Toyo Open County M/T tires, and custom decals by JK2 Detailing and Designer Decal. Engine mods to the 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel engine include an H&S Performance tuner and cold air intake and Flo-Pro exhaust. Suspending the truck is a flexy and tough Carli/King/Icon suspension system.