For a fairly new Jeeper – not quite 3 years yet, this Jeeper jumped in with all fours and hammered down with it! Please welcome today’s Featured Jeeper William Elam
XtremeTerrain: A little about yourself William…
William: I am a 40 year old male off-roader from Eaton, Ohio. Married with 5 children- 4 of which are still at home. I am a Machinist with Parker Hannifin Corporation Tube Fittings Division in Eaton, OH. I have loved the outdoors since I was a kid. I enjoy Camping, Hunting, Baseball, Football. I have been Off-roading for a little over 2 years now.
XtremeTerrain: What type of Jeep do you run?
William: We are a Jeep Family! I drive a 2004 Wrangler X- slowly moving out of stock stages- 4.0l, 5-speed, 31x 10.50 BFG AT’s, Rampage nerf bars. My Wife-Amber, Drives a 1997 Wrangler SE- She went from a Ford mustang to the Jeep and “will never go back.” We are currently building a 1983 Waggoner Limited as the Kids’ Ride- for Will,17 and Britt, 15.
XtremeTerrain: Favorite spot to off road?
William: I enjoy doing road rallies, visiting old, unpaved roads and some old closed stream crossings from Scenic Road Rallies LLC in Sunman IN. (http://www.scenicroadrallies.com/) But My favorite place is definitely at JEEP JAM- the semi-annual event in Harveysburg, OH- sponsored by Muddy Buddy’s Jeep Wrangler Club of Dayton OH and Dave Dennis Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Beavercreek OH. Fun,Friends, and lots of MUD! (www.muddybuddys.net)
XtremeTerrain: Favorite off roading quote?
William: “Spotter remember- If I’m a-walkin’, You’re a-walkin!” -Hozer (Muddy Buddys)
XtremeTerrain: If you could have any modifications done, what would they be?
William: I want to add a 4″ lift, and a rear bumper with swing-out tire carrier. But getting a clear title is a priority for now.
XtremeTerrain: What was your best/worse modification if any?
William: Best- going from stock to 31″ tires.Adding Nerf bars to make it easier for the kids to climb in 🙂
Worst- The Hardtop. It adds too much weight to an already overloaded suspension, is too cumbersome to remove by myself, and is extremely HOT in warm weather! Good thing for the A/C, (huh, Tom?)
XtremeTerrain: Do you belong to any off roading organization, if so which one(s)?
XtremeTerrain: How old were you when you first started off roading?
William: While I didn’t off-road in a Jeep until a year or two ago, I got the bug from getting crazy in the woods on bicycles over 30 years ago-Long before the age of the “bike path”.
XtremeTerrain: Why you love Jeep Off Roading?
William: Off-roading takes one away from the regular world. No computers, no Satellite TV, no Video Games, or road rage. It’s back to nature, and a different adventure every time.
XtremeTerrain: Any off roading story or incident you would like to share.
William: This is a great one. When on a road rally with my son Willy Elam and Bianca Elam, we approached a stream crossing with a small waterfall to my side. I stayed to the right to avoid going over the waterfall, only to find a low spot on the right- sending the jeep above the tires on the passenger side.
This is the first time any of us had been in a situation like this- and you could hear a pin drop. I said “hang on!”, threw it into reverse and hammered down. We came right out. I was never so happy to be in a Jeep. Bianca tells me “I’m never crossing another stream again!” She’s been on every Jeep trip since.