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4x4 Trucks & Sport Utility Vehicles Clubs

Posted in Project Vehicles on November 1, 2006
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Photographers: 4-Wheel & Off-Road archivesCourtesy of GMJim WickesCourtesy of Serious ExplorationsRob Modica

One could say this magazine favors Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, and Jeep. One could be right. But that's not to say we dislike certain makes or models just because you don't see them in here every month. Our pages simply tend to fall under the rule of supply and demand: readers demand, we supply. But over the course of this magazine's history, we have not forgotten the non-Big Five. Honest.

Suzukis, International, and Mitsubishi have claimed our cover. An Isuzu, Lexus, and even a Ford Ranger have nabbed 4x4 of the Year awards. Nissan has done that twice. We've covered buildups, trail rides (when they're there, our cameras are on them like Yeti), new products-and just this year called the Scout II and Isuzu Trooper two of the best 4x4s on Earth. While these vehicles may not be as highly requested by readers as, say, a Ford F-150, they've each clearly proven themselves worthy participants in the off-road world. Since Hummer, Nissan, Isuzu, Scout, Land Rover, and Ford Explorer owners are active in the community but feel the most ignored, we wanted to highlight a number of clubs (North American-based, and some official, some not), aftermarket companies, and events dedicated to servicing them. Here's a sampling of what's out there if you're looking to build one-or simply have a hankering to gang up on us with other like-minded enthusiasts.

Isuzu

Isuzu has been hit or miss (Trooper, hit; Rodeo, decent; Ascender, desperate; Axiom, more fun on the pavement than on the dirt; Vehicross, way cool), but it has still managed to sneak some sturdy components into even its less hard-core four-bys, such as a Dana 44 in the Amigo. Isuzu followers almost seem to have gone underground-which is unfortunate, since the brand is struggling and could really use them more than ever before.

Isuzu Online Community We Like: Isuzu Trooper Owners Guild, www.itog.com

Isuzu Event You Might Want to Attend: The annual Zu Zoo (www.zuzoo.org) in Moab.

E-ZooZoo Isuzu 4x4 Owners Club
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/E-ZooZoo/

4x4Wire Isuzu Club
www.4x4wire.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?Cat=&C=15

Midwest Isuzu Off-Road
www.mwior.com

Planet Isuzu Club
www.planetisuzoo.com

VehiCross Info
www.vehicrossinfo.com

Zutah Wheelers
www.zutah.com

Hummer

Whether it's the military H1 or the GM-born H2 and H3, the Hummer is probably the vehicle that comes to mind when the public thinks of an off-road machine. There's the H1's heavy-duty brawn and war-hero rep-plus recent status as collector's item. Then there's the exploding fan clubs for the H2, thanks to its Humvee exterior and 31/44-ton creamy center, all packaged in a more parking-lot-friendly size. The new, shrunken H3 is a rockcrawler that might give potential Jeep buyers pause to think.

Hummer Online Community We Like: The Hummer Network, www.humvee.net

Hummer Event You Might Want to Attend: Northern California Hummer Group's annual Fun in the Sun and Sand at Pismo Beach/Dunes combines with the Southern California Hummer Owners Group to bring together triple-digit attendance.

Arizona Hummer Owners Group
www.azhog.com

Canadian Hummer Club
www.c-hog.com

Colorado Hummer Club
www.colorado-hummer.org

The H2 Club
www.h2club.org

The Hummer Club
www.thehummerclubinc.com

Hummer Club of New Jersey
www.hummerclubnj.org

Hummers of Long Island
www.hummerli.com

Illiana Hummer Club (Illinois and Indiana)
www.illianahummerclub.com

Maui Hummers
www.mauihummers.com

New England Hummer Owners Group
www.nehog.org

Northern California Hummer Group
www.norcalhummergroup.org

Omaha Hummer Owners Group (Nebraska)
www.omahog.com

Pacific Northwest Hummer Owners Group
www.pnwhog.org

Southeastern Hummer Club
www.sehummerclub.com

Southern California Hummer Owners Group
www.h2club.org/socal/index2.htm

Wisconsin Hummer Owners Group
www.whog.us

Nissan

Nissan is cranking out serious players nowadays. Over the years we've found the Frontier increasingly more fun to drive and were blown away by the NISMO off-road package. The redesigned Xterra is the best it has ever been, and the Titan came out of the box with power and performance both on and off road. As Glen Meloy, president of Southwestern Xterra Club, told us, "Nissan has started to come into its own as a company that can really compete in the off-road game."

Nissan Online Community We Like: Nissan Offroad, www.nissanoffroad.net

Nissan Event You Might Want to Attend: Check out Nissan4Wheeler's A-Z Run (in Arizona), and Gone Moab (gonemoab.com, which happens in May the week before Memorial Day).

Arizona Xterra Club
www.azxterraclub.com

Calgary Nissan and Import 4x4 Club
www.cn4xc.com

Eastern North Carolina Xterra Club
www.encxc.org

Heartland Xterra Owners Club
www.hxoc.net

Midwest Xterra Owners
www.midwestxterraowners.com

New England Xterra Club
www.nexterra.org

Nissan 4Wheelers
www.nissan4wheelers.com

Nissan Offroad Association of the Southeast
www.noas4x4club.com

Northeast Import Off Road Association (NIORA)
www.niora4x4club.com

Northern California Club Xterra
www.nccxterra.com

Pacific Northwest Xterra Club
www.pnwx.net

Rocky Mountain Xterra Club
www.rmxc.net

Southeast Xterra Frontier Club
www.sxfc.org

Southern California Club Xterra
www.sccxterra.com

Southern Ontario Xterra Club
www.soxc.org

Southwestern Xterra Club
www.swxc.org

Texas Nissan Trucks
www.texasnissantrucks.com

Twin Cities Xterra Club
www.tcxc.org

Upstate New York Xterra Club
www.unyxterra.com

Utah Xterra Owners Club
www.uxoc.com

Virginia Xterra Club
www.vaxc.org

West Pennsylvania Xterra Club
www.westpaxterraclub.com

Xterra Owners Club
www.xterraownersclub.com

Land Rover

Camel Trophy says it all. The annual event allowed Land Rover vehicles to get beaten, bashed, drowned, and subjected to all sorts of bad smells from its weary occupants competing in the thrash-fest in exotic locales. And yet the trucks just keep on trucking. In the states, Land Rover may have more of a perception of putting out overpriced poseur SUVs driven by overpriced actors, but the debut of the LR3 proved the automaker has still got it. It has kept its off-road legacy alive, and with the most advanced engineering you'll find on the rocks.

Land Rover Online Community We Like: The Enthusiast's Range Rovers Site, www.rangerover.net

Land Rover Event You Might Want to Attend: The annual Land Rover National Rally, which will take place in Moab September 28-30 (as in, a couple of weeks away). The Solihull Society has the details.

Alabama Land Rover Club
www.landroversrus.org

Arizona Land Rover Owners
www.azlro.org

Bay State Rover Owner's Assoc.
www.bsroa.com

Blue Ridge Land Rover Club
www.brlrc.org

Carolina Rover Owners Club
www.carolinarovers.org

Cascade Rovers
www.cascaderovers.org

Chicago Land Rover Club
www.chicagolandroverclub.com

Finger Lakes Rover Club
www.erovers.com

Florida Land Rover Club
www.floridalandroverclub.com

Great Lakes Land Rover Club
www.gllrc.com

High Desert Rovers of New Mexico
www.highdesertrovers.org

Houston Land Rover Club
www.houstonlandroverclub.com

Land Rover Adventure Assoc. of Ontario
www.landroveradventure.com

Land Rover Club of Las Vegas
www.lrclv.com

Land Rover Club of San Diego
www.lrcsd.com

Land Rover Club of Tennessee
www.tnrovers.com

Minnesota Land Rovers
www.mnlandrovers.org

Northern California Rover Club
www.norcalrover.org

OK Offroad
www.okoffroad.com/okrovers

The Old North State Land Rover Society
www.theoldnorthstate.org

Ottawa Valley Land Rovers
www.ovlr.org

Pacific Coast Rover Club
www.pcrc.net

R.O.V.E.R.S.
www.roversclub.org

Rover-Landers of British Columbia
www.roverlanders.bc.ca

Rover Owners' Assoc. of Virginia
www.roav.org

Soggy Oval
www.soggyoval.org

Solihull Society
www.solihullsociety.org

Southern California Land Rover
www.sclr.org

Southern Land Rover Society
www.solaros.com

St. Louis Land Rover Society
www.stlrover.com

Tennessee Rovers
www.tnrovers.com

Texas Rovers
www.texasrovers.com

The Toronto Area Rover Club
www.roverclub.org

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is the best-kept secret in the off-road world. With a few modifications, they become nearly unstoppable," says Rick Horwitz of Serious Explorations. "The trouble is that most people equate a Ford Explorer with soccer moms and shopping malls rather than off-road trails."

Ford Explorer Event You Might Want to Attend: Two of the big annuals for Explorers are Truckhaven Hills (in Southern California) and a trip to Moab about a month after the Easter Jeep Safari. Serious Explorations has the info.

Ford Explorer Online Community We Like: Explorer Forum, www.explorerforum.com

Club 4x4ord
www.4x4ord.com

Kansas City Explorers
www.kcareaexplorers.com

Serious Explorations
www.explorer4x4.com

International

Not many trucks can claim true bloodlines to a farm, but International Harvester dabbled in both trucks and agriculture. When the Scout debuted in 1961, it became "the other Jeep." International's vehicles seem to pop up at farm shows more than 4x4 events, but with an available V-8, Dana 44s, and beefy implement-inspired mechanicals, it's not a surprise that the Scouts, Travelall, and pickup crowd is so loyal-no matter where they do appear.

International Online Community We Like: The Binder Bulletin, www.binderbulletin.org

International Event You Might Want to Attend: Arizona IH Rendezvous, which happens every April. Sonora Desert Scouts will have details.

Bi State Binders
www.bistatebinders.com

Just Internationals
www.justih.org

North Texas Binders
www.northtexasbinders.com

Rocky Mountain Binders
www.dandcextreme.com/club/

Scout Owners of Texas
www.jpeater.com/soottrial/home.htm

Scouts West
www.scoutswest.com

Sonora Desert Scouts
www.sonoradesretscouts.com

Southern Scouts
www.southern-scouts.org

Aftermarket Companies

These sources offer bolt-ons, suspension parts, and performance items for such vehicles as Nissan, Hummer, Isuzu, Scout, Land Rover, and more.







Advance Adapters
www.advanceadapters.com

AEM
www.aempower.com

Automotive Customers
www.4x4parts.com

BDS Suspension
www.bds-suspension.com

Bilstein
www.bilstein.com

Black Diamond
www.blackdiamondoffroad.com

Borla
www.borla.com

Buckstop Truckware
www.buckstop.biz

Cage Offroad
www.cageoffroad.com

Calmini Products
www.calmini.com

Comp Cams
www.compcams.com

Desert Rat Truck Centers
www.desertrat.com

Driveshaft Superstore
www.driveshaftsuperstore.com

DTS
www.drivetrainspecialists.com

Dynatrac
www.dynatrac.com

Eaton/Detroit Locker
www.detroitlocker.com

Fabtech
www.fabtechmotorsports.com

Flowmaster
www.flowmastermufflers.com

Gale Banks Engineering
www.bankspower.com

High Impact Transmission & Gear
www.high-impact.net

Holley Performance Brands
www.holley.com

Jack-It
www.jackit.com

James Duff
www.jamesduff.com

Jet Performance Products
www.jetchip.com

Laguna Speed Shop
www.lagunaspeedshop.com

Lund
www.lundinternational.com

Mag-Hytec
www.maghytec.com

Motive Gear
www.motivegear.com

MSD Ignition
www.msdignition.com

National Drivetrain
www.nationaldrivetrain.com

NCD Customs
www.ncdcustoms.com

ORU
www.offroadunlimited.com

Performance Distributors
www.performancedistributors.com

Performance Products
www.performanceproducts4trucks.com

Pro Comp
www.procompmotorsports.com

Rancho Suspension Systems
www.gorancho.com

Randy's Ring & Pinion
www.ringpinion.com

Reider Racing
www.reiderracing.com

Rock Auto
www.rockauto.com

Rocky Mountain Suspension Products
www.rockymountainsusp.com

Rough Country Suspension Systems
www.roughcountry.com

Skyjacker
www.skyjacker.com

Slee Off-Road
www.sleeoffroad.com

Stylin' Concepts
www.stylinconcepts.com

Superlift
www.superlift.com

Super Truck Essentials
www.supertruckusa.com

Suspension Connection
www.suspensionconnection.com

Top Gun Customz
www.topguncustomz.com

Total Chaos Fabrication
www.totalchaosfab.com

Trail Master
www.trailmastersuspension.com

Truck Performance Center Wholesale
www.truckperformance.com

TSM Brakes
www.tsmmfg.com

Tuff Country
www.tuffcountry.com

Tuffy Security Products
www.tuffyproducts.com

Tyres International
www.tyres1.com

West Coast Differentials
www.differentials.com

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