Hi everyone, my name is Randy Rosetta and I am the technical inspection coordinator for this year's Cruise Moab event. The entire CM11 committee is looking forward to another fun and safe event for everyone. One of the ways we ensure that is to make sure everyone shows up with a vehicle that is as safe, reliable and prepared to take on the challenges of Moab as possible.
Please be sure and read through the "Vehicle Requirements" section on the Cruise Moab 2011 website. It's pretty straight forward but were starting this tech forum now so folks have a chance to ask questions if they have any concerns. Don't hesitate to post up with any question. If this is your first trip to Moab we welcome "newbie" questions of any kind no matter how basic they may be. If I can't answer your question I'll enlist the aid of one of our many Moab veterans who can.
Heres a few tips and suggestions to get things started:
It's January 18th and there are only 106 days before CM11 starts! You need to get started NOW getting those brakes fixed, repacking those hubs and wheel bearings, and deciding whether to go with 33's or 35's for those new tires, etc. In spite of this, I know some of you will end up burning the midnight oil at the 11th hour to get that new clutch in just before leaving for Moab
I know, sometimes that is part of the fun. Just make sure you give yourself enough time because we want to see you all here!
If you have a winch, now's a good time to make sure it works well. If you need new solenoids or other parts they can take some time to arrive. It's always a good idea to have a friend help you unspool your cable/rope all the way out and check it for cuts, nicks and frayed areas. Spool it back on straight and even and be sure to wear heavy leather gloves (bring them with you too). Clean the electrical connections at the battery too.
Almost every rig will have a minor drip here or there. Those aren't a problem but please check your rig for more serious leaks and get them addressed early. Remember, for most of the trails we run in Moab we are a guest of the BLM and we have to apply for permits every year for CM. One of the ways we've been able to maintain our excellent relationship with the BLM is by making every effort to protect the environment. We do that by making every effort to not leak coolant, oil or grease onto the trails. All of our trail leaders also carry spill kits in case there is an incident too.
One of the most common tech failures, especially for some of the older rigs, is not having a coolant overflow bottle attached to the radiator. Make sure your rig has one. You can get the generic ones at most auto parts stores for $10 or so, we've even seen liter soda bottles rigged up. As long as it will catch any overflow, you're good to go.
You will see some amazing scenery in Moab, but it is also a very fragile environment. We always stay on the marked trails and never take short cuts or drive into new areas. When you're out of the vehicle watch where you walk. Certain areas around Moab have very sensitive and protected ground covering, learn how to recognize them and don't walk on them. If nature calls, be prepared to pack out your TP and solid wastes. In Moab's extreme and dry desert environment, any waste left behind could last for decades. The only "snow" we want to see on the side of the trails is the type that melts in spring
Folks show up all the time with a variety of straps, ropes and chains for towing and recovery. We strongly recommend you invest in a heavy duty webbed/nylon type tow strap that is properly rated for the size/weight of your vehicle. Ideally you want one that has sewn loops on each end and does not have metal hooks already attached. The hooks have a way of breaking and becoming high speed ufo's. A couple of good quality D rings are a good idea, and make sure you have good attachment points on your rig both front and rear.
If this is your first trip to Utah, especially if your rig is heavily modified, it may be worth going online and checking the Utah DMV website. Moab is a mecca for 4 wheelers of all types and from every where. As a result the Moab police and Utah Highway Patrol are usually pretty accomodating for all but the most heavily modified rigs. But, if you plan on driving on the roads there are rules and limits on certain things like how far your tires stick out, having fenders or mudflaps, etc. I am not an expert on all of those requirements so please check the Utah DMV website and learn the restrictions so you don't get a ticket.