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Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself
« Last post by JIMfromAZ on January 09, 2016, 02:30:03 PM »
I’m Jim Link and I recently joined the VA4WDA because my family and I recently moved from the great offroading state of Arizona to Fredericksburg, Virginia.  In Arizona I was a “special project” committee member and had previously held the position of Vice President of the local club, the Cochise County Range Riders.  I was also a member of AZ State 4WD Associations and clubs, served on local land use boards, as well as worked closely with the local Coronado National Forest Rangers Office to help insure continued use of open land and trails here in Arizona.  My wife, Colleen and I were very active and generally went offroading at least twice a month.  Last year we did 18 trails plus eight additional events such as trail clean ups, trail repairs, toys for tots, BBQ’s etc..  Of those 18 trails we led 8 of those runs.  Most of the time I drive, but Colleen does put down the camera and drive too...

We currently wheel my daily driven 2011, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a 4 inch frankenlift which includes; Teraflex upper and lower control arms, Synergy track bars, drag link, and tie rod, 35” Cooper STT Pro tires, 4.88 gears, Eaton front E-locker and rebuilt (w/ modified disc pack) trac-lok rear limited slip diffs, JCR dagger front bumper, AEV rear bumper, 12,000 lbs winch, sliders, Artec cross member, and front axle truss and armor kit, a diablo sport to flash the speedometer and to monitor temps.  I am sure there are a few other mods that are slipping my mind…

Rather than attach photos yet, here is a url/link to a photo album that shows our Jeep and some of the trails we've done: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/109683708968096998517/SharedOffroad?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOO9jor2-amlqAE&feat=directlink
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Vehicles / For Sale: Heavily modified 1997 Jeep Wrangler, Sahara - Forest Green
« Last post by PsycoCavr on October 22, 2015, 11:19:57 AM »
*****   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8) 8)

For Sale:
Subject: Jeep we are selling



Let me know if you think anyone will be interested - looking for $15k

1997 Jeep Wrangler, Sahara  -  Forest Green
4.0L, A/C (all new components), Automatic
New BFG Mud Terrain KM/2 33X12.5 on aluminum rims
AGR Heavy Duty Steering Box
JBA Ceramic coated header
JBL and Infinity speakers with new Kenwood head unit
Smitty Built Front and Rear Bumpers, Rear Gas Holder, Swing Out Tire
       Carrier, Rear Storage Rack

Hella Driving Lights
New 8000Lbs Warn Winch

Front and Rear Pure Jeep Tube Fenders

Rock Sliders
4.5
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Parts, Wheels, Tires / Axles and Tires
« Last post by exc4x4 on October 07, 2015, 08:32:04 AM »
2 axles for sale; full size, Dana 44 front, Ford 9" rear w/ locker, both have 4.88 gears. 5 lug. Currently on a 1993 Ford Explorer that doesn't run, with custom lift. 5 tires 15x39.5x15 Super swamper TSL's. $1000 OBO (three 1 five) 7 eight 3 - 76 five two. Matt
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General Discussion / Pic of the Napier Jeep tent I got at the VA4WDA Gore Run!
« Last post by PsycoCavr on September 10, 2015, 01:23:28 PM »
I camped all last week in the Napier Jeep-tent I got at the VA4WDA run at Gore int he spring.

Just wanted to post a pic of it in use with my Jeep & the rest of my camp!

Thanks VA!

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Upcoming Trail Runs / Oct 24,15 VA4WDA Fall Trail Clean-Up
« Last post by SandySchneirla on September 02, 2015, 08:34:32 AM »
We will host the Fall clean up on Saturday, October 24 at 9:00am.
The trail to be cleaned this year is Bald Mountain (Big Levels) Forest Service Road 162.
Dinner provided Saturday night by VA4WDA. Camping and dinner at Sherando Lake Campground (94 Sherando Lake Rd, Lyndhurst, VA 22952) in the Williams Branch Picnic Area.
Bring your gloves, bug spray, non alcoholic beverages, tools for limbing and brushing. Bags will be provided.
The Ranger will split us into groups to perform the following tasks: removing limbs and brush encroaching the trail, collecting trash along the trail, installing signs (provided by NFS), and updating kiosk documents (provided by NFS).
The Williams Branch Picnic Area has been secured for us. Camping will here for those that did not get to make a reservation. (The campground is full.) There is quick access to bath houses from this area. We will be cooking your dinner there on Saturday night. Please let us know if you are coming. vicepresident@va4wda.org. We do need a head count. You may also follow the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/504088456421691/. Thanks for your support of the VA4WDA!
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Land Use General Discussion Board / VA4WDA Fall Trail Clean-Up Oct 3, 15
« Last post by SandySchneirla on September 02, 2015, 08:32:51 AM »
We will host the Fall clean up on Saturday, October 3 at 9:00am.
The trail to be cleaned this year is Bald Mountain (Big Levels) Forest Service Road 162.
Dinner provided Saturday night by VA4WDA. Camping and dinner at Sherando Lake Campground (94 Sherando Lake Rd, Lyndhurst, VA 22952) in the Williams Branch Picnic Area.
Bring your gloves, bug spray, non alcoholic beverages, tools for limbing and brushing. Bags will be provided.
The Ranger will split us into groups to perform the following tasks: removing limbs and brush encroaching the trail, collecting trash along the trail, installing signs (provided by NFS), and updating kiosk documents (provided by NFS).
The Williams Branch Picnic Area has been secured for us. Camping will here for those that did not get to make a reservation. (The campground is full.) There is quick access to bath houses from this area. We will be cooking your dinner there on Saturday night. Please let us know if you are coming. vicepresident@va4wda.org. We do need a head count. You may also follow the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/504088456421691/. Thanks for your support of the VA4WDA!
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Latest News From Our Land use Chair / Re: Shoe Creek - UPDATE
« Last post by SafariJeepXJ on July 07, 2015, 02:41:20 PM »
Just seeing this, sorry for the delay.

Saw updates on FB that indicate the private property owners have gated off their sections. Look forward to any updates you have, Phil.

Thanks.
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Thirty day comment period opened 4 June for a timber harvest project in Clark's Gap, approximately twelve miles Northeast of Buena Vista, Amherst County, Virginia
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Latest News From Our Land use Chair / Re: Shoe Creek - UPDATE
« Last post by pcwolf on June 13, 2015, 02:28:59 PM »
    MY OPINION OF THE KEY TAKEAWAYS OF OUR MEETING:  (in no particular order)

    • The abuse on the private property is not as severe as I once thought.  I recall two, perhaps three, clearly illegal trails.
      I believe these trails could be permanently blocked by a handful of our volunteers placing barricades or guardrails across them in a weekend or two of work.
    • There is NO right-of-way held by the Forest Service across the private property. Passage is ENTIRELY based on the goodwill of the property owners.
    • We have finally received the official posture of the USFS on the issue of Shoe Creek. 
      I have heard nothing but rumor and hearsay for years, most of which was wrong :)
    • There is NO legal overnight camping along the creek. Day use is welcome.
      Some of the camping clearings are expanding into virgin vegetation and have grown noticeably over the past few years.
    • The Ranger is not terribly optimistic about keeping the trail open for wheeling.  Shoe Creek access is being held by a slender thread.
      If the private property is closed, the USFS will most likely close the ENTIRE trail to motor vehicles rather than keep both ends open.
    • YouTube is NOT a friend of Shoe Creek. Rangers and VA4WDA both note greatly increased abuse with this video exposure.
    • Slick Rock is now on USFS property.  It was private, but due to a land swap the USFS now owns that trail.
    • During our survey we drove up to the "double dip" and walked up to Slick Rock.
      The trail cutting left across the stream and up to The Lookout is also USFS property. This entire trail from the barricade is CLOSED.
    • Locks on barricades are OFTEN vandalized and destroyed in order to get vehicle access.
      This is a federal misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of up to $500, six months imprisonment, or both. That penalty is provided in 18 U.S.C. 1863
      Rangers have found locks booby trapped to cause harm and have learned to examine the locks before reaching in.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?
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    Latest News From Our Land use Chair / Shoe Creek - UPDATE
    « Last post by pcwolf on June 13, 2015, 12:49:40 PM »
    Greetings

    On Friday June 5th, 2015, after over a year of trying to arrange a meeting a few members of VA4WDA Board of Directors met with the U. S. Forest Service Glenwood-Pedlar District Ranger at Alhambra Road bottom entrance to Shoe Creek.  Parking the USFS pickup at the first clearing, Ranger Lauren Stull and lead Forester David Whitmore jumped into the front passenger seat of a couple of our Wranglers and we drove the trail.

    The private property is not currently barricaded.  There are however almost continuous "NO TRESPASSING" signs along that part of Shoe Creek trail.

    We discussed some of the erosion concerns on the USFS portion of the trail, stopping where it was severe.  The Forester held keys to the barricade closing the trail up to Slippery Rock unlocked and opened it so we could survey that trail as well.  Back on the main trail, David pointed out the blaze marks that show the start of private property and then on the top side, the blaze marks that show the resumption of USFS property.

    At the bottom of the trail, President Jesse Schneirla and myself approached the house of one of the property owners. A woman came out and had a friendly discussion with us about what our organization is prepared to offer to prevent offroaders from further abusing the trail.  She said her father owned the property at the top of the trail, took our VA4WDA business card and promised to deliver it to her dad.

    I want to sincerely thank the Ranger for fitting us into their busy schedules. We met at noon and I originally promised to get back off the trail by 2:30pm for her to make other appointments.  We ended up on the trail until nearly 4:00pm.  I believe she enjoyed getting out in Jeeps and our conversation once she saw we are committed, serious and ethical offroaders with a real desire to partner with them. Dave told me on the ride what his typical season is like, handing ATVers, Appalachian Trail Hikers, Bear Hunters, Cyclists, Horse Riders, Greenpeacers, and dozens of other groups who all want resources for their particular interests.

    VA4WDA is large and growing, and member dues allow us to come to the table with serious labor and funds to demonstrate our commitment.

    Whatever people think about the Forest Service and trail closures, they are dedicated hard-working public servants and we are on the same team with the same goal: 
    Preserve public lands and provide open access to ALL users.

    -Phil
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