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Celebrating the Life of our Friend and Fellow Wheeler: Pete Trasborg - 1977-2015

Posted in News on May 19, 2015
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The Four Wheeler Network and the off-road community are with a heavy heart this week as we mourn the loss of our great friend, fellow wheeler and Jp Editor, Pete Trasborg who passed away last Friday. Pete was a true off-road enthusiast who embodied the real spirit of the Jeep Lifestyle.

As the Editor-In-Chief of Jp magazine, Pete strived to create some of the most engaging and creative content in the industry while spreading his love for Jeeps with his audience. Whether he was racing the Every Man Challenge at King of the Hammers or wrapping himself in protective bubble wrap to wrench on his beloved Jeeps in his driveway, Pete always had a smile on his face.

Even the toughest of jobs—like outdoor photo shoots with models in freezing temperatures while wearing his signature yellow Jp shirt, or welding up a gas tank on a Flattie in the dark during Easter Jeep Safari in Moab—didn’t seem to scare Pete one bit. He could fix a Jeep both on the trail or on the side of the road with little to no tools if need be.

Pete had a wealth of knowledge of all things Jeep and was always quick to help anyone out. His writing was always entertaining and his builds were always impressive. Pete was a pioneer of entertaining content, from Randy’s Electrical Corner to his epic Parking Garage Engine Swap story on his beloved Big Mini Jeep Wrangler YJ.

Pete loved the Jeep community and dedicated his life to living the Jeep lifestyle. He was known as the Jeep guy in his town and people from all around would often drop by his doorstep to show him their Jeeps. Not surprisingly, Pete was always quick to lend a hand, offer advice or share the best jeep knowledge any enthusiast could ask for.

Pete once confessed to us that he had grand plans for this scaled down jeep Flattie. If we remember correctly, the conversation went from snow mobile engine on nitrous to a Hayabusa engine to build the world's fastest little Flattie.

Pete was not the kind of guy that would want us to mourn him. Instead, we will celebrate his life by sharing some memorable stories about how he touched all the lives of the off-road community as well as everyone else around him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Trasborg family and the many friends who will miss Pete sorely.

Rest in peace, buddy!

We would like to invite you to join us this Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Canoga Park, CA. This event is designed to be a social place for friends & family to gather and celebrate this great man's life and legacy, it is NOT a funeral.

Elks Lodge
20925 Osborne St
Canoga Park, CA 91304

All will have an opportunity to share a story or memory of a special time with Pete at the service.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to the Boy Scouts of America in Pete's name at

Pete was definitely the most electrically inclined member of the Four Wheeler Network. He could diagnose and fix a circuit with nothing more than a small screwdriver and a switchblade.
Would you solder a leaky Flattie gas tank? Pete did, and that gas tank is still sitting in Verne's Flattie - Leak Free no less.
Pete was on the side of the road out of gas in this red Jeep Comanche on the 73 freeway. Luckily for him, Jerrod Jones just happened to be driving a Super Duty with a transfer tank in the back. Giving him a hard time about it for weeks after was well worth the $10 of fuel to get him going again.
The right gear for the job at hand was always Pete's motto.
We're going to miss you, buddy. Cheers to the life of Pete!
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