What's new at NWJeepn.com
Where do you need a Discover Pass?
Among the areas where you will need the new state Discover Pass to wheel are: Ahtanum, Walker Valley, Tahuya, Elbe, Yacolt Burn and Capitol Forest. Also keep in mind. If you own an RV you use when you go wheelin' on state land you need a pass for that too! Here is a MAP of the areas that require the pass.
A glimpse of the new trails coming to Reiter
Although not yet open for full time use, you can get a look at these new trails and have a chance to test them out on a few limited dates. The newly constructed 4×4 challenge course at Reiter Foothills will be open for test rides on December 2nd. For more information and a map of the trail see the WA State DNR Page
Need a wiring diagram for your Jeep?
If you are in need of a wiring diagram for your Jeep, head on over to Google documents. Google documents has wiring diagrams for 1987 through 2009 Jeep Wranglers in .PDF format. Click HERE to go there!
Many of the roads used to access trails from hwy 410 near Cliffdell are closed. Be sure to check with the forest service for the latest information on road conditions before making plans for a trip to the area. Current FS road conditions can be found here.
Eco blocks are a big sign
The presence of eco blocks and Jersey barriers across a road are a really big sign, a sign that even illiterate people can read, a sign that even those considered to be legally mentally challenged by lack of IQ can understand, yet year after year we see people that are dumber than dumb and cant understand what this huge sign says "STAY OUT, THIS IS NOT A LEGAL PLACE TO 4-WHEEL". A local teenager found out the hard way.
Rimrock Area Trail Closures
Effective on July 9th 2010 several trails south of Rimrock lake which effect the Tieton Watershed have been closed to motorized travel. This is a temporary closure but we do not know for how long. During the closure, established as well as unauthorized trails will be closed to protect the watershed. For more information and a map of the affected area see the Naches Ranger District Page on the closure.
Illegal off-roader ordered to confess on Youtube
A 29 year old Camas Washington man was ordered by Clark County Court to confess his activities in a YouTube video after he was convicted of driving his 4x4 around a locked gate and doing an estimated $2000 damage to public land. See the video here. As we have maintained here before at NWJeepn, just because you bought or built a 4x4 doesn't mean you have the right to wheel it anywhere you want. Rickey Sharrot has now learned that lesson the hard way. TREAD LIGHTLY!
Look for and click on the Geocaching symbol on the trails list for caches that are associated with that trail. Some are our own and some have been placed by others.
Join the Forest Watch Volunteer Program and help save our trails.
A growing number of off-roaders are tired of the damage being done by a small number of ignorant wheelers that are destroying our public lands and our credibility. BE WARNED, if you are one who thinks mud bogging our trails, cutting trees down to get your rig down a tight trail or vandalizing public facilities is fun then a member of ORV Forest Watch may just be watching and taking your picture to turn over to the authorities.
If you are a responsible off-roader and are tired of seeing this kind of damage then join ORV Forest Watch and commit to helping solve the problem by turning in violators.
Join Forest Watch on Facebook
Get involved in saving our trails by joining Forest Watch. You can now keep up with them on Facebook.
We have updated our OBA pages to more accurately reflect the changes we have made since the original install over 10 years ago. We have streamlined our systems and updated components to improve reliability and reduce maintenance. Go to the OBA pages to read more.
What is so hard for some people to understand about this? Why is it so hard for some to understand that if you want to fit between two trees that are only 72" apart that you can't use full size axles under your Jeep? Because so many can't seem to grasp this concept the results are trail restrictions which are starting to pop up on some of our northwest trails.
We finally got the chance to run the newly reopened Little Rattlesnake trail. Tight and twisty this is the domain for narrow and short wheelbase rigs only. Read our write-up here.
When your TJ is laid up in the garage needing rear suspension work, a new steering box and steering knuckle ball joints and you have no power to your CB what do you do first? Design and install an inexpensive drop tailgate conversion, priorities man!
We've all seen them, those dumb looking rigs rolling down the street or parked in the lot at the local mall loaded with chrome, and sporting stickers that state "It's a Jeep Think You Wouldn't Understand". So here is our Top 10 Dumbest Jeep Accessories we see all the time.
If it's time to replace your steering gear you might want to consider swapping over to a Dodge Durango steering gear. A direct bolt in replacement for the stock TJ gear, this unit has a bigger piston for more turning power.
We build up a Ford 8.8 axle and install it in our TJ. If you are considering this swap then you will want to read up on it before you get started.
After making over a dozen rear bumpers we have learned a lot. We have recently just updated our rear bumper project pages to let you in on what we have learned.
How cool would it be to be able to monitor your engine ECM in real time, scan "Check Engine" error codes and clear them all using your Droid powered smart phone? Now you can. This is one of the coolest uses for a smart phone we have found yet. Read how to do it.
Looking into upgrading your suspension to a long arm lift? Take a closer look at the Rock Krawler X-Factor lifts for your Jeep. Read about how our installation went and our impressions of this suspension.
You WANT this on your Jeep, you NEED this on your Jeep. Gas tank protection is an absolute must if your Jeepn' the hard trails.
If you own a TJ or a JK Jeep and are having trouble finding the right CB for your rig due to a lack of space then check out the Cobra 75WX.