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post #1 of 23 Old 04-15-2017, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Saw some really cool products a the vendor show at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. One that I thought was really cool was Savvy Off Road bumpers. They were showing off a new bumper that should be released in a few weeks. I wasn't familiar with their brand/product line before yesterday but was very impressed with the rep I was talking to as well as the owner.

The new bumper they have coming out mounts to the factory mounting location, and does not require the frame to be cut like they do for their other bumpers. I thought this was nice just in case I ever would change my mind and want something different. It has a two piece bumper that is capable of mounting a winch. The inner part is made of steel with about an inch thick tab in front of each frame rail for a shackle. I think they are a 3/4 inch whole. The crazy part is the outer piece, it's made out of aluminum. It was super light weight, light enough to pick it up with one hand. I had questions about how strong it is, the rep pointed me to the Warn winch both to check out their KOH vehicle (I think it's a JK frame). The front bumper is a Savvy Off Road bumper. I noticed that the front drivers side corner had taken a pretty good hit, there was damage to the hood and front bumper. Other than some gouges in the aluminum, the bumper looked to have held up just fine. The new bumper does have a third piece that is optional to cover up the crash bar or you can cut it off and not use the third piece.

The best part was the price. A light weight front bumper for about $600. I liked it so much I tried to buy it on the spot but they said it was the only one that they had and couldn't sell it yet. How would it be, to be able to install a bumper with out having to have two or three friends come help hold up the bumper.

What did you find hat was cool at the vender show?

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I really felt bad for the vendors, and especially the ones that were outside. Thursday afternoon, by five, you could have blown a cannon off and not hit a show attendee because the winds were so bad. Even in the arena, the dust blowing was amazing. Friday morning, it was a little better, but not much. I didn't see anything that really struck me as new and novel.

I was disappointed in some of the dealer reps out on the trail. The Transamerica guys were awful. They were jumping on trails that other people sponsored, though they weren't in the run. I came out of my hotel to pull out Friday morning and they had the driveway completely blocked with their Jeeps as they were preparing for what looked like a vendor run. Artec had Jeeps there, trucklite, TAP, and Dana. I got angry and they way they handled the situation just made it worse calling me names as they were forced to move their Jeeps so I could leave. It seriously put a damper on my whole week. I thought later I should have taken pictures. I know if I was their boss, I would not only be upset that they had so little courtesy for the hotel guests, but angry that a potential customer was treated that way.
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Let the owners know about it as they are representatives of the companies. Maybe keep them home next year to work during the event.

There was a new company (Axis Industries) there with the new Cummings swap 2.8 on display in a TJ chassis with coil over mounts and some billet aluminum sway bar links and lower 2" aluminum control arms. Looked like good quality and they made everything in Indiana. No diesel for the JK yet because of emissions but the 5 liter Cummings is expected to come out in the next year as it is already 50 state compliant in the Nissan pickup. Advanced Adapters had a sign for the 2.8 swap that said good for up to 2006 Jeeps. There was also a company selling portal axles on what looked like the Ultima Dana 60 axles at a pretty good price. Something like $14999 + whatever locker you choose. Tons of bumpers out there and looked like the trend this year was concentrated on storage solutions with lots of things made to pack up our stuff. Rock Krawler had their race car there with the trailing arms and some insane giant bypass/coil over combo shocks.

I left early around 10:30 on Thursday so I could make Vegas at a decent time and the wind was just staring to blow. It was a good time on the trails and the shows and hope to make it back next year with the wife.

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Don't let a few asshats ruin your day. Usually when people give you attitude it's because they are embarrassed because they are in the wrong. You should contact their bosses and let them know. I think that it should go the other way also. If someone gives you great service then you should let their boss know also.
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I appreciate the RR4W club setting things up and the vendor donations/time but that arena is the worst venue I think I've ever been to for a show/raffle. I was hacking up dirt and shit up for a week after sitting through the raffle last year there. The wind was killing everything and then there were 50 kids running around kicking up dust the entire raffle. I could barely breathe last year and I heard it was worse this year. There is no way I would endure through that.

As for the vendors, send an email to the owner of each. Hopefully you got a picture/video.


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This was our first year and we spent the entire day out there Thursday. The wind was horrible with all the sand blowing around. I was in the market for some rockers and went back Friday and bought a set of Nemesis narrow fenders, Artec rockers, and a Crawltek front bumper, along with some Powertank stuff and some B.A.D. deflators. Had a good time regardless of the sandblasting. There was a lot to look at!
Oh even got to test drive the Boosted Dynamics 2 door on the road!
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I was pretty angry, but my wife felt like she got a great compliment, because they told me to get off my viagra to impress my young wife. Funny thing is she's older than I am. I guess that was a win.
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The wind on Thursday was just brutal!!
Thanks for stopping by too.
We launched a lot of new products that we will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
We got a lot of pics to go through and then we will post up!
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This was our first year and we spent the entire day out there Thursday. The wind was horrible with all the sand blowing around. I was in the market for some rockers and went back Friday and bought a set of Nemesis narrow fenders, Artec rockers, and a Crawltek front bumper, along with some Powertank stuff and some B.A.D. deflators. Had a good time regardless of the sandblasting. There was a lot to look at!
Oh even got to test drive the Boosted Dynamics 2 door on the road!
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The wind on Thursday was just brutal!!
Thanks for stopping by too.
We launched a lot of new products that we will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
We got a lot of pics to go through and then we will post up!
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Awesome, can't wait to get those fenders in my hands. Very nice work.
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AZ scooter, I did see the 2.8L Cummings in the TJ frame. I talked to the guys for a little bit and they said that yes it would only be 50 state legal for the TJ and prior. However, they said what YOU do is up to you. It did look good though.

I too had a bad experience with a trail sponsor. They didn't show up for the trail run. I cornered them at their both at the vendor show. They said the guys chose to run a different trail instead of running the trail that they signed up for. The sad thing is I know that there were a couple other vendors who wanted to sponsor the trail. I heard were several trail sponsors who didn't show up.

BigPrince, I've sent more than 20 Friday nights trying to win prizes in that arena. Yes it is dusty but it's really the only place in town that is big enough to fit 3-5k people in it at one time. I've learned to get my seat early away from the dirt as much as possible.

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BigPrince, I've sent more than 20 Friday nights trying to win prizes in that arena. Yes it is dusty but it's really the only place in town that is big enough to fit 3-5k people in it at one time. I've learned to get my seat early away from the dirt as much as possible.
Well you may have found a way to manage the taste but if it's the only shit sandwhich in town, I just prefer to not eat. I'll support RR4W and MFFW but skip the arena.


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Well you may have found a way to manage the taste but if it's the only shit sandwhich in town, I just prefer to not eat. I'll support RR4W and MFFW but skip the arena.
Are you also going to skip the Jeep trails? Seems like lots of dust on the trails too? What is the difference between the arena dust, and dust on the trails?
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I too had a bad experience with a trail sponsor. They didn't show up for the trail run. I cornered them at their both at the vendor show. They said the guys chose to run a different trail instead of running the trail that they signed up for. The sad thing is I know that there were a couple other vendors who wanted to sponsor the trail. I heard were several trail sponsors who didn't show up.
I guess that is their choice, but it seems that they would want to promote their products. For the second time, on a sponsored trail, a vendor handed out zero swag. I get it if it was a smaller vendor, and even that it is not required. There sure is a lot of good will that is built up by giving it out, though, and doesn't require a lot. Every other trail I had that was vendor sponsored gave a t-shirt. Interestingly, they were both Utah companies that decided the swag wasn't needed. The first was small, and was probably a stretch to be there, the other is pretty good size. It makes no sense to me.
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I went to Moab to go wheeling and had a hell of a time. Spiderweb Shade gave me a t-shirt and I offered to pay for it. Being on the trail with these guys and enjoying their company and the memories I made out there is what its all about to me. I'll be back next year!
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We sponsored 4 trail runs, went on 2, but were at the meeting places for all of them to hand out swag.
It gets a bit tough/tricky sometimes to actually hit the trails all the time, but always have a great time interacting and talking with everyone. For example a few years back we were near the back on Cliff Hanger, it was close to 11 AM and we hadn't even dropped in yet on the trail. We made the call to leave (after talking with the Tail Gunner and explaining what was going on) and headed back and went out for a quick photo shoot.

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I guess that is their choice, but it seems that they would want to promote their products. For the second time, on a sponsored trail, a vendor handed out zero swag. I get it if it was a smaller vendor, and even that it is not required. There sure is a lot of good will that is built up by giving it out, though, and doesn't require a lot. Every other trail I had that was vendor sponsored gave a t-shirt. Interestingly, they were both Utah companies that decided the swag wasn't needed. The first was small, and was probably a stretch to be there, the other is pretty good size. It makes no sense to me.


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Ranch gave out nice shirts on Kane Creek. We were right behind them at the end of the trail.
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Are you also going to skip the Jeep trails? Seems like lots of dust on the trails too? What is the difference between the arena dust, and dust on the trails?
What's the difference in a strong fart in the wind and ripping one in an elevator?


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We sponsored 4 trail runs, went on 2, but were at the meeting places for all of them to hand out swag.
It gets a bit tough/tricky sometimes to actually hit the trails all the time, but always have a great time interacting and talking with everyone. For example a few years back we were near the back on Cliff Hanger, it was close to 11 AM and we hadn't even dropped in yet on the trail. We made the call to leave (after talking with the Tail Gunner and explaining what was going on) and headed back and went out for a quick photo shoot.

We look forward to 2018 out there!!
I hadn't planned on this thread to go in this direction other wise I would have started it in the dirty laundry section.

You do know YOU don't have to sponsor trails, that's your choice. I know last year when you had to leave Golden spike early and I had to get all the vehicles on my trail to pull off to the side so you could get to some event, I had to deal with all the negative comments about your company. More than one said they wouldn't buy anything from Rancho no matter how good it was. When you sgn up to sponsor a trail, by all means plan on running it. If you sign up for a trail plan on it taking all day. This is called scheduling. While I get that sometimes vehicles break down, make every effort to be there. I've seen trail leaders lead the trail from the passengers seat of a friends vehicle. I've filled in as trail leader for trail leaders who have gotten hurt and couldn't make it.

There are companies that have lost my business/money because of the way they act on the trails. And like wise there are companies who have earned not only my money but my respect because of the way they have acted and how they have handled problems. I watched a guy unload on a Teraflex rep at the trail line up. After he was done going off, the Teraflex rep said I'm sorry how can I make it better for you, he gave him his card and told him to call and he would take care of him.

As far as swag goes, that's really up to the vendor/sponsor. I've seen some of the best swag given out by some of the smallest companies at EJS and I've seen some of the cheapest and or no swag given by some of the biggest companies out there. Mopar was one that gave out some of the least swag, and yet they are by far the biggest company/vendor at EJS. I will say that a $5 T-shirt goes a long way, just look at the give away on Friday night, people were going nuts for a free t-shirt but it took 3 tickets pulled before someone came forward to claim a set of 37 inch tires valued at over $1300.

What I've seen, in my years of attending EJS, is that people want to spend time on the trail with the sponsors. They want to talk to them, see there products in action, give feedback to them about their products. The fact that some give out swag is always a bonus, it maybe just what's needed to get someone to buy their product. Vendor/sponsor's actions speak louder then ther words do in many cases.

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