READER'S RIDES: DES­TI­NA­TION MOAB, UTAH

4WDrive - - Contents - BY BLAIN SCHACHER

A FEW YEARS BACK we built a Jeep for our good friend Mike Kele­men at our shop Shocker Me­chan­i­cal, in Cam­rose, Al­berta. It was a pretty se­ri­ous build. We started out with a mint con­di­tion 2012 Jeep Ru­bi­con with low kilo­me­tres, then we did a gear ra­tio change from 4:10 to 4:88 & G2 axle shafts front and rear, diff cov­ers, and G2 full gus­set kits. Then we added a 4.5 BDS long arm sus­pen­sion kit and up­graded 1350 front and rear drive shafts. We in­stalled a RIPP su­per charger sys­tem, cus­tom ex­haust, XRC Bumpers and winch, an on­board air sys­tem, 35 ‘Gen­eral Grab­ber tires, flares, rock slid­ers and ex­tra skid plat­ing and a bunch more… RIPPED Ruby was born.

That fall Mike and his fi­ancé Therese drove RIPPED Ruby from Cam­rose, Al­berta to Moab, Utah and wheeled with it for five days be­fore mov­ing on to Parker, Ari­zona to wheel some more, then drove back to Cam­rose. While on their trip they posted some in­sane videos of their ad­ven­ture on Face­book. Mer­lin Friel and I de­cided Mike was hav­ing too much fun. So Mer­lin and I pulled the trig­ger and found two brand new 2016 Ru­bi­con’s & fol­lowed the for­mat from Mike’s build. They each have a lit­tle dif­fer­ent look to them, but the meat and pota­toes are the same. I named mine “Shock3” while Mer­lin named his “Ester”.

The fol­low­ing Septem­ber, Mike, Therese and their dog Hawke Eye; Mer­lin & Fran and their dog Pep­per drove to MOAB; my­self, my wife Ja­clyn and our three kids, Bella, Brook & Blain Jr. fol­lowed be­hind in our diesel pusher with Shock 3 in tow. We all made our way from Cam­rose to Moab in three days.

We set up camp at the KOA camp­ground and went wheel­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble mo­ment we could. We saw the sun set on the red rock desert and wheeled trails to places you could oth­er­wise never see. We were blown away

by how the land­scape was com­pletely dif­fer­ent on each trail. It was un­for­get­table wheel­ing with amaz­ing peo­ple in a truly in­cred­i­ble part of the world. How much bet­ter can it get?

#shock­er­me­chan­i­cal­jeepad­ven­tures #jeeplife #moab2018 Blain Schacher is owner of Shocker Me­chan­i­cal Inc. in Cam­rose, AB www.shock­er­me­chan­i­cal.com Face­book @shocker.me­chan­i­cal

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