15 Non-Jeep 4x4s from Moab Easter Jeep Safari
From UTVs to fullsizes and pickups, there’s more to see in Moab than just Jeeps.
We love Jeeps. We love going to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari. And we love finding cool Jeeps of all years, types, and styles at Moab Easter Jeep Safari. But Jeeps aren't the only kind of vehicle you'll find on the trails in Moab. With many trails that feature wide turns and few chances for major body damage like Hell's Revenge, Golden Spike, Metal Masher, Poison Spyder Mesa, Cliffhanger, and even Pritchett Canyon, most of the trails in Moab are what we'd wholeheartedly consider "fullsize friendly." And in addition to the world-class off-roading, Moab offers spectacular scenery, killer lighting, and amazing backdrops. We've probably shot more magazine covers collectively as an organization out in Moab than any other location, and many of those featured fully built 4x4s on obstacles like Rocker Knocker on Pritchett Canyon, Potato Salad Hill, and pretty much any spot on Hell's Revenge that features the beautiful snow-capped LaSalle Mountains in the background. But while you may be familiar with some of those fullsize and non-Jeep 4x4s if you've been reading about our print magazines for the past 20 years and gawking at our in-depth vehicle features on , there are many outtake shots that we either didn't have room to publish thanks to the confines of old-school print or that we shot before we were publishing pretty much every image we collect online at the Four Wheeler Network. So here's a quick peek back over the past 10 years at some non-Jeep 4x4s from Moab that you may or may not have seen before.
Squarebody Chevy Blazer
We came across this '80s Chevy Blazer at the bottom of Potato Salad Hill shortly after the damage had occurred. The rig was sporting some pretty big 42- or 44-inch Swamper tires on beadlock wheels and what looked like a -ton Dana 44 front axle. It was pretty obvious the U-joint let go and took out the upper and lower ball joints, which popped the entire knuckles/spindle/hub assembly off. When we rolled by, the Blazer's crew was patiently watching the Potato Salad goings-on while waiting for a trailer. We're guessing they had it fixed pretty quickly and were back out on the trails in no time.
Modified Scout II
We bumped into this very built Scout II on Hell's Revenge trail in 2010 parked near the Escalator obstacle. The owner was no doubt out spectating, but we dug the 39-inch BFG Krawlers, 1-ton axles, and linked suspension.
1960 Land Rover Series II
This one isn't an outtake or previously unpublished vehicle. Christian Hazel shot a full feature on Matthew Jackson's killer little 1960 Land Rover Series II when he was editor of Four Wheeler magazine in 2014. The full specs on this vehicle can be found here.
Rolled and Abandoned Rental UTV
We came across this rental UTV lying in the bottom of the Devil's Hot Tub on Hell's Revenge Trail during the 2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Barring an injury that required a quick extraction, we can't for the life of us figure why they didn't just wait for some help to push it back on its tires and drive it out. On the way off the trail, we ran into a tow rig for the rental company and struck up a conversation. Apparently when you rent one of these things you sign an agreement promising you won't take it in any of the hot tubs, and if you do, all the recovery and repair costs come out of your pocket. We can't remember the figure the recovery driver quoted us, but it was enough to make us say wow.
Ultimate Adventure Derange Rover
Yeah, we're cheating, but you're not gonna find many rigs in Moab cooler than our own Verne Simons' official UA2018 vehicle, the Derange Rover. Verne purchased the '89 Range Rover Classic as a non-running but relatively complete vehicle and built it to lead the 2018 Ultimate Adventure event. Highlights include a full rollcage, Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel Crate Engine, NV3550 five-speed transmission, Offroad Design Magnum Box planetary low-range, and a Ford NP205 T-case system shooting power down to a pair of Ultimate Dana 60 axles with 4.88 gear and Eaton E-Lockers. The suspension is a mix of home-fabricated and Skyjacker components, and the whole thing rides on 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T tires on Method beadlocks.
Bobbed Toyota Tacoma
Unfortunately back when we shot this bobbed Tacoma making Potato Salad Hill look easy back in 2010, the digital camera we were using didn't have enough resolution to drill down and see the tire size on the sidewalls of the Swamper IROK tires on TrailGear beadlocks. That said, the clean Taco is indicative of a high-level All Pro Offroad/Trail Gear build from those days with coilover front suspension, Alcan (or similar spec) custom leaf springs in the rear, tube bumpers and armor, and of course, the bobbed rear bed for increased departure angle.
Fullsize Ram 1500
We ran into this fullsize Ram 1500 on the Golden Spike trail back in 2010 dropping down the stair steps just before the turn-off to the Double Whammy obstacle and prior to the Golden Crack. Although we don't remember seeing the driver so much as slip a tire, we do recall him having to take some extra care to keep from crunching the unprotected rockers.
Solid Axle Swap 4Runner
Back in 2016 we hit Pritchett Canyon for the 4-Wheel Parts corporate run, and while a few of the participants encountered some mechanical, traction, or skill-level problems, whoever was behind the wheel of the Sierra Gear & Axle 4Runner has his trail game on point.
Stubby Dodge Dakota
There's so much cool stuff to talk about on this little crew-cab Dakota, we don't know where to begin, so we'll just dive in by pointing out the solid-axle front suspension on coilovers, linked rear suspension on air shocks, cleanly radiused front bumper, and high and tight rocker protection. If we're being honest, we're not huge fans of the rear downbars that "X" immediately without any full stringer or the bobbed rear bed that's just cut without grafting the original end back on, but hey, it's not our vehicle and as we recall, the dude really knew how to drive the thing.
Apparently the Party Patrol was fully fueled by Mountain Dew and on duty at the bottom of Potato Salad Hill during the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari. We remember bumping into these dudes in what seemed to be an otherwise pedestrian F-350 ranch truck with a mile lift and upsized tires on stock wheels just hanging out at obstacles watching people get dumb or bumping down trails several times during that year's event. And that's the cool thing about Moab Easter Jeep Safari—there's something for everybody no matter what you're looking to do. You don't need a super hardcore 4x4 to get out and enjoy what Moab has to offer.
We've known the folks at Predator Inc for years and have seen firsthand the cool H1, H2, Suburban, and other late-model turnkey GM diesel conversions the company does using Duramax or Cummins engines. But that's only the start of what Predator offers, from simple parts to full-blown builds. One of the company's employees was out making most of the harder trails look tame in his personal H1 built with the company's gear.
Low-slung, minimal sheetmetal, solid axle front with leaf springs, and a linked rear is the formula for a lot of mid-budget Toyota builds. We watched this old Toyota with -ton GM truck axles walk Potato Salad like it wasn't there. Even with relatively high air pressure in the old-school Goodyear MT/R Wranglers, this little unassuming back-halved truggy was in its element during the 2010 Moab Easter Jeep Safari event.
Long-Wheelbase Toyota HJ47 Troopy
Known affectionately as a "troopy" in Australia and many English-speaking provinces and as an HG47 troop carrier elsewhere, the long-wheelbase version of the Toyota FJ40 was never imported into the U.S. market as a regularly sold vehicle, and those that were brought into the USA from overseas markets are rare commodities these days. Mostly powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine, we spied this tarted-up three-door wagon version parked at the Spanish Trail vendor display parking lot looking like it had just come off an epic adventure and was waiting to go on the next one.
Tricked-Out Ram Mega Cab
In Moab even the tow rigs are super cool. We were standing on the corner off the Highway 191 main drag when this killer orange-on-black Ram Mega Cab with a Cummins turbodiesel, King shocks, tube bed bar and front bumper light bar, and clearance rear departure bodywork rolled by. We dug it.
We were bopping down Hell's Revenge Trail back in 2010 and swung down this little offshoot to gawk at the view of the Colorado River and Arches National Park when a small group of off-roaders came up on us. This bobbed SAS first-gen Tacoma was leading the way. The Toyota strolled up the obstacle like it wasn't there, then the driver got out and spotted his buddies in a stock-looking 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler and they 'wheeled off into the midday sun.