Plenty to see at Offroad Expo

The Lucas Oil Offroad Expo is an exercise in sensory
overload. There is something for everyone and no two people come away with the
same experience. There are plenty of obvious displays of the latest in offroad
advances and some that you have to look closely to discover. Here are some that
stood out to me.

Retro rhino grille and a bed out back make this prototype a
must have for fans of classic full size Jeeps.

Beautiful GM 14 Bolt based dropout and fabricated housings
from Torq Motorsports.

Pre-bent, pre-notched weld it yourself chassis in a box from

The assembled Ibex chassis.

Bryce Menzies is justifiably proud of his back-to-back
Traxxas, TORC series, Pro-2 Championships.

A full line-up of racers were on hand to sign autographs
including these two incredibly fast drivers Josh Daniels, (LT) and TJ Flores,

Steve Strobel’s gorgeous Raptor prerunner that is basically a
door slammer trophy truck.

Electric motor that powers the EV1 all electric offroad race

Magnuson JK 3.8L and 3.6L V6 bolt on supercharger kit is 50
state legal, fits under the hood and comes with a 3yr warranty.

El Rods limit straps use a barrel inside each end to prevent
the mounting plate from cutting into the strap.

Petersons 4Wheel and Offroad magazine’s crazy Jeep with two
front ends.

Poison Spyder Customs had new front and rear Jeep bumpers on
display that were loaded with cool features.

Their new rear tire carrier bumper has an adjustable tie rod
that connects it to the rear door. The load is carried by the bumper but the
tire swings out when door is opened with the factory handle. The angled piece
sits in a rubber mount when the door is closed to eliminate vibrations.

Poison Spyder Customs front fenders are heavy duty and move
the opening higher on the body so you can run bigger tires without excessive

FiberwerX Raptor style front clip for the F-150.




About the Author

Mike Ingalsbee is an automotive writer and photographer who has covered just about everything that burns fuel or throws dirt for two decades. He has been published in over twenty magazine titles and websites in North America, Europe and Australia. He has worked as a design engineer for several manufacturers in the automotive aftermarket and is a founding member of the Association of Motorsports Media Professionals, (AMMP), a trade organization that is involved in land use concerns and consults with sanctioning bodies on safety and media issues.

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