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Wheeling Windrock Park Tennessee - Gone WentWindrock

Posted in Events on January 8, 2015
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In eastern Tennessee lies Windrock Park, a 72,000 acre off-road playground that caters to everything from 4WDs to mountain bikes. It was our destination for an annual event known as WentWindrock, a national wheeling event for Nissan owners. A large crowd of Nissans converged in the Volunteer State, comprised of Frontiers, Titans, Xterras, and a few older Hardbodies and Pathfinders.

The four-day event started with a meet-and-greet evening and then came three full days of trail running. The gathering was aimed at participants with all levels of off-road experience. Each morning a brief Wheeling 101 presentation was given for interested beginners. People split off into groups based on choice of trail difficulty, from forest roads to boulder challenges. Other activities included an expedition cookout, ladies’ and night runs, and a timed rockcrawl contest.

Floridian Ryan Sangster wheeled his ’08 Frontier over the rocks at Windrock. The combined 3-inch OME suspension lift and 2-inch body lift make room for LT285/75R-16 Goodyear MTR tires. Sangster runs a Lokka front locker and a factory electric locker in the rear. He skillfully negotiated all the rock beds he encountered.

We spent a couple of days on the trails with a wide range of rigs and some unique Nissans. The terrain offered a mixed of scenic dirt roads, loose hillclimbs, and rocky canyons throughout the heavily forested Coal Creek area. Experienced trip leaders worked to keep the groups moving and keep the fun level high.

You may not find a better place to talk Nissan than WentWindrock

Saturday night activities ended with a catered dinner and prize raffle. It was fun to meet up and share wheeling interests with people from nearly half of the states across the country. The event began life as the National Xterra Meet in 2011 and has grown each year. If you’re interested in attending, simply point your browser to www.wentwindrock.com for details.

Daniel Melendez was working his ’06 Xterra hard in the rocks when we heard a loud bang and he lost most of his rear drive power. The Illinois resident has his sport/utility equipped with Nisstec upper A-arms and Radflo shocks at all four corners. A broken differential would eventually fail to power his BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains the rest of the way out of the trail.
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