Whew! The next-gen Wrangler will still feature solid axles, and that's great news for off-roaders and the aftermarket.

A recent report says the next-gen Wrangler will retain its core identity in terms of construction and capability, though it will reportedly be able to achieve up to 30 mpg.

A recent story in Automotive News highlighted a conversation with a Jeep dealer who was shown the new Wrangler at a conference in Las Vegas, with the dealer stating the the next-generation Wrangler, which is expected to be a 2018, ‘stays pretty true to its current form.’

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Paso Robles, Calif. –
Dubbed the longest off-road race in America, the Best in the Desert Racing Association’s “Vegas to Reno” is a grueling 545-mile journey through the Nevada desert. The rough and dusty course knocked dozens of competitors out of contention, but both Lazer Star Lights sponsored teams persevered through the conditions to claim impressive finishes in their classes.

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MINNEAPOLIS
— USSOCOM has awarded Polaris Defense a new, sole source, firm-fixed-price contract for the MRZR off-road vehicle platform and vehicle delivery started earlier this month. The $83 million, five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, signed in July, continues delivery order options on MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 vehicles – along with contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training and support as part of the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV) program. Since 2013, Polaris Defense has been delivering MRZR vehicles to USSOCOM under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) against a GSA contract.

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Suwanee, GA
– Alloy USA, a manufacturer of performance drivetrain products, today announced the release of its new D44 X-Joints for 2007-2015 Jeep® Wrangler (JK).

Available for Wrangler Rubicon and Rubicon Unlimited models equipped with Dana 44 axles, the heavy-duty X-Joints are a direct replacement for the factory U-joints. The X-Joints are manufactured from 8620 case hardened alloy steel and incorporate a number of design features to ensure the joints stand up to the stresses of off-roading.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor’s Note: BlueRibbon Coalition recently sent over this note regarding an upcoming meeting for the Dumont Dunes.

The Dumont Dunes Subgroup to the Desert Advisory Council (DAC) has scheduled a public meeting for Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Rd, Barstow, CA 92311 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will provide the public an opportunity to participate in subgroup discussions related to BLM management of the Dumont Dunes Recreation Area. The Dumont Dunes Subgroup discussions and public involvement assists the BLM in managing the recreation area.

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MINNEAPOLIS
– Arctic Cat Inc. today announced it is launching the Stadium Side-by-Side (SXS) Powered by Arctic Cat Racing Series, which will be the undercard, or lead-in race, to the main event at Robby Gordon’s wildly popular Stadium Super Trucks (SST) events. The new Stadium SXS Series Powered by Arctic Cat will feature 10 Arctic Cat Wildcat™ side-by-sides driven by Action Sport Athletes, fans and dealers, who will use the same track as the Stadium Super Trucks.

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Valcourt, Québec
– Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers earned four podiums, including Jack’s Excavating / Can-Am winning the UTV 1000 (Pro) class and overall, at the 2015 Heartland Challenge endurance race in Iowa. In Ohio, Can-Am Maverick 1000R racer Kyle Chaney won the Woods Extreme X-C Racing UTV Open class.

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Reno, NV –
Brandon Arthur, The Stinger, was back in form at rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada. Arthur was fresh off a victory in round 11 at Estero Beach in Baja Mexico. He followed that up the next day with a second place in round 12. Arthur has put together a strong run of five straight podium finishes. Round 13 would make it six.

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SPARKS, NV – Team Toyo’s Kyle LeDuc continues to build on his historic string of consecutive wins… now 12 in a row in the Pro 4 class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).  He scored his latest sweep during Rounds 13 and 14 of the series at the Silver State Showdown in Sparks, Nevada.

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MINNEAPOLIS–(August 24, 2015)-
– Arctic Cat Inc. today introduced the new SPEED brand of race-inspired accessories for side-by-sides at its annual wheeled dealer show. Famed racer Robby Gordon and aftermarket futurist Todd Romano co-developed the extensive line of high-performance products with Arctic Cat.