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Update: Closures, Bear Island Area

Per National Park Service:

  • Big Cypress National Preserve has issued an emergency closure for the Anhinga Wildfire which is currently at 518 acres and 5% containment. During the closure, all recreational use including hiking, hunting, and camping will be prohibited in the designated areas.
  • The closures include the following areas: Pink Jeep, Gator Head and Bear Island Campgrounds. The closure includes the following roads and trails: Bear Island Grade Trail, Perocchi Grade Trail, and Bear Island Campground Road. The closures will take effect immediately.

For full NPS advisory please see:
2018-03-10, Big Cypress National Preserve Issues Emergency Closure of Bear Island Campground for Wildland Fire

Florida Issues State of Emergency
For 2017 Wildfires

Please use Extreme Caution if Wheeling the Everglades this time of Year

It doesn’t take much, an under performing exhaust system or maybe a power steering fluid boil over and a wild fire can be ignited. If you must be out there stay on trails where growth is minimal, avoid driving through dry material that can act as kindling, utilize a properly maintained vehicle and bring fire suppression equipment.

(Graphic from The Miami Herald ) – With La Niña in effect and a large amount of fuel from prior wet seasons now drying out, the Everglades and other preserves around Florida are at high risk for fires.

Think carefully before deciding to go out and act responsibly when wheeling this season. Consult park information pages for closures in this fast moving season.

Keep up with latest developments through The Hearld:
Gov Scott issues state of emergency as Florida wildfire season worsens
Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; gov. declares emergency
Wildfire season could be hot, damaging in Florida — thanks to La Niña

Morris 4×4 25th Annual Jeep Meet

April 22nd, Morris 4×4 Center host’s its annual Jeep event at its sales and fulfillment center in Pompano Beach FL. Admission is free and is a great opportunity to see hundreds of Jeeps & 4x4s from mild to wild and classics to current.

Vendors Bestop, Rugged Ridge, Warn, SkyJacker, KC Hilites, and Poison Spyder will be on site to answer questions and show new products. Make sure to stop by Brandon’s Auto Repair tent if you have a mechanical issue that’s got you stumped. Entry and compete in raffles and vehicle competitions and mingle with local club members.

It’s Big – it’s once a year and almost here. Mark your calendars and see you next Saturday at Morris 4×4.

2031 Southwest 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Sat, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Music provided by South Florida’s very own
99.9 FM KISS Country,

Event produced by:

Morris on Facebook

Massey Swamp Runner II Build

Notch out another solid dealer build for Wicked Trails 4×4 in their recently completed JKU Swamp Runner for Massey Yardley, of Plantation FL.

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The setup boasts tough looks and good ground clearance through a two and a half inch Rough Country lift stacked on top of a set of 35 inch Terrain Master M/T tires from AMP.   The package yields a respectable 3.5″ lift total over stock.

Dressing up the tires  and adding a rugged and wider off-road stance is a slick set of Mayhem Hammer rims (18×9) with 4.50″ back spacing.   To keep Swamp Runner from bogging down on bigger tires, the vehicle  came with the factory tow package giving this Wrangler the more torquey 3.73 running gears.

The upgrade was built on a kit that sourced quality parts.

General agreement in the industry is 2.5″ is an ideal height for a moderate JK/JKU lift.  It keeps suspension concerns manageable and avoids a lot of invasive rework such as a front drive shaft replacement or exhaust relocation.  In short it’s easier to keep the factory feel of ride and keep the factory warranty with a 2.5″. 

With core objectives achieved, the build team added Rigid off-road LED lights for lots of bright lumens on a trickle of current and set of beefy all metal hood latches to round out Swamp Runner’s  tough looks.

The result, a sharp vehicle with unmistakable trail aggressive looks and capabilities with little sacrificed to street handling.

No Further Wednesday Meet Ups Planned for the Oar House

Sometimes the trail comes to an end sooner than expected but the ride is always remembered fondly and well storied. The same can be said for the Oar House which closed last week. In the time that we held meet and greets there, the establishment saw a continuous series of full meet nights with great people bring their Jeeps, sharing wonderful stories, planning rides and making new friends.

I’m grateful for all the effort Debbie put into making the Wednesday nights so enjoyable, making the restaurant available to us and for all the people who took time to come out and make the evenings lively. It was a great experience and I met a lot of new people, enjoyed their company and learned a great deal.

Jeeptoberfest 2013

Update Jeeptoberfest 2013 has come and gone. We should have pix and story from or field contact… stay tuned.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can at the event on Saturday or Sunday… Hmm getting out of town this weekend does sounds very appealing.

Non-Stop Shoot at the West Palm 4WheelParts Cover Contest

Motive Image dropped by the West Palm 4WheelParts Monster Sale last Saturday afternoon and shot for the Customer Cover Contest. The concrete and culvert crawl challenge in back of the store made for an ideal photo spot enhancing the already rugged qualities of customer rigs and made for a great contrast; immaculately clean 4x4s in a chaotic debris field.

The shoot started a little after 1:30 and with a pause for the raffle with a bunch of really cool stuff given away including gift certificates, the shoot continued to almost 4:00.

In all 15 entries were shot. Now the tough part, the team at 4WheelParts is tasked with the tough job of picking a vehicle to represent the store and go head to head to head with other 4WP locations.

Amazing vehicles such as this JKU with a flawless mat paint job took on the pile turning the lot into what looked more like a trail shoot.

Special thanks go out to the gentleman in the Silver Ford. His spotting skills got EVERYONE over the course with zero breakage. For people new to rocks he made it a great introduction and all in the spirit and tradition of wheelers helping wheelers. Awesome job!

JK “Stomper” showing so serious flex

Ready for the apocalypse… zombie or otherwise, patrolling a wasteland near you

One of two XJs than attended the shoot

For the rest of the vehicles and lots more pics check out the Customer Cover Shoot Contest Set out on the Motive Photo page.

A huge thanks to Pat, Rob, Jason and Kevin at the West Palm 4WheelParts Performance Center for hosting the event and raffles. And a big thanks to all the folks who came out especially the drivers who waited patiently through the shoot and were up to the challenge of crossing the pile.

For the vehicles that entered, feel free to email Motive at “” for a free DVD containing the entire shoot in full resolution.

Again thanks!

Great Balls of Fire

With a solid lot full of Jeeps, the Oar House was a buzz with activity last Wednesday night. Hollywood Jeep dropped in with their newly wrapped “pink” Wrangler to give away some nifty stuff. Red Neck Mud Mafia 4×4 came by as well and added a couple cool t-shirts from Indian Motor Cycles to the give aways.

Event organizer, Otis of Jeep Off Road Adventures raffled off goodies and discussed future events with Our House owner Debby (stay tune… as it might require some wheel time).

Spontaneous Combustion…
And just when you thought your server was just another pretty face that got you your food and an icy cold beverage in a snap, one of the waitress broke out with the fire twirling.

Note to self, leave a good tip, and never argue with a woman who can sling fire over her head.

We do it again on October 23rd…
Bring your Jeep, bring your friends, make some friends and have blast!

M&G at the Oar House Oct-9

Meet and Greet at The Oar House Wednesday Night

October 10th form 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Show hump day who’s in charge and drop on in for a Jeep get together at the Oar House in Pompano Beach.

Hang out dockside or dine open air in the tiki lounge. Check out everyone else’s rigs, catch up on events and find out what’s being planned. Certain to be discussed:

Morris 4×4 Parts Swap
4WheelParts West Palm Cover Contest
… and Jeep Off Road Adventure is planning some weekend in town and out of town events.

Hollywood Jeep will be there with their newly wrapped JK Wrangler and Otis from Jeep Off Road Adventures will give away some cool stuff in free raffles courtesy of the folks at the West Palm 4WheelParts Off Road Performance Center and Hollywood Jeep.

Remember to show your server the Jeep keys and the bill will be discounted (25% off)… now that’s hitting hump day right where it lives!

200 E McNab Road,
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
(954) 545-0700
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