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San Angelo - Jeep In The Heart Of Texas

Posted in Events on January 3, 2008 Comment (0)
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Coverboy Shawn Brown nailed the throttle in his '77 CJ-5 on this ledge climb, and we don't know how the mostly stock drivetrain stayed together. There's a 304 engine, T-18 tranny, and a Dana 20 T-case with Tera Low kit. The Dana 30 front and Model 20 rear benefit from alloy axleshafts, 4.56 gears, and Lock-Rite lockers. The wheelbase has been stretched to 104 inches thanks to a four-link and coil rear suspension.

Welcome to backyard wheeling. No, we're not saying that everyone in Texas has so much land that they can sport their own off-road park. We're talking about the continuation of Jp's burgeoning trend toward covering the cool wheeling spots near your hometown. We like the fact that we're getting invitations from all over the country to come hang out with fellow wheelers in their backyard playgrounds. It gives us a chance to bring our cameras and show the rest of the world the types of vehicles and terrain that dominate out-of-the-way areas. After all, there are only so many times we can show you Moab's Potato Salad Hill and Truckhaven's silty hill climbs.

For our latest excursion, we called up Matt Hodges of West Texas Off Road to see if he could whip together some buddies for a weekend wheeling trip -- Texas style. On short notice, Hodges had a group of friends assembled raring to go hit the trails of San Angelo, Texas. When you look at a map, San Angelo looks to be nearly dead center in the heart of Texas. And judging from the barbeque they serve, the large areas of open land available for wheeling, and the size of the cowboy hats, its geographic location is keeping with the state's spirit.

If you've got a cool place to wheel and a bunch of friends with Jeeps, give us a shout. Tell us about what your trails are like and about the Jeeps that tackle them. We may grab our camera gear, hop a plane, and come check it out.

Let us know by e-mailing,, or with "Backyard Wheeling" in the subject line. Or send us a snail mail to Backyard Wheeling, Jp Magazine, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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