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When we go to Moab, is for one reason- to 4-wheel! It isn’t the bikini babes, great food, or cold bear, but to spend the days and nights going off road. That includes breaking parts and denting sheetmetal, all while seeing the most awesome western scenery on the planet.
This year we tagged along with 4-Wheel Parts who invited their best customers and suppliers for an awesome day north of Moab doing the Metal Masher trail. This trail has great obstacles like Rock Chucker and Widow Maker. It’s one of the toughest trails in the area, and has an incredible overlook that’s a bit sketchy if you venture too close to the edge.
Naturally our three hour tour turned into an all-day affair due to the traffic and carnage, but we’d recommend this trail to anyone with a penchant for hard core wheeling. Make sure your rig is fitted with bigger tires and lockers than a stock rig, as clearance and traction are a must.
Step By Step
The newest creation from Fab Fours caught our eye, and it worked better than many other rides on the trail
Our own Fred Williams, Editor of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road and host of Dirt Every Day strolled around in the 2012 Ultimate Adventure Jeep. Fred just swapped in a set of new Dana crate axles and had to test them out on Rock Chucker
Our ride for the day was John Mears driving Machu, his custom Bronco also equipped with the Dana crate axles. John couldn’t break his set either, although he tried as well.
Other participants weren’t as luck, as many a sharp edge cause breakage. This Jeep snapped a right front axle, making it a three wheeler pealer. After a quick clearance of debris, the family continued on with some tugging assistance from a friend.
Among the celebrities in attendance was Cody Wagoner and his dad. While the trail was slow, even Cody cooled his racing background and just enjoyed the ride.
Brett Riley in the FabTech Dirt Logic JK cruised over the tough stuff, which is why manufacturers love to test out their latest offerings on these runs.
Corey Bloom decided for the straight ahead approach on this obstacle, and he made it look easy. Many others didn’t have such a good time on this one.