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Members' Rigs: Lance "Moondust" Wilson




We didn't know why his Jeep is called Wiley but we do know why we affectionately call Lance "Moondust".

It's because on our very 1st trip, the Devil's Highway, after Lance came through the moon dust area of the road without a rear window and no rear side windows, he was covered from head to toe with a very good coating of the powdery dust.

WILEY is Lance's 95 YJ that he bought bone stock with the exception of 30 inch Michelin tires. In the past 5 years Lance has continually built WILEY up to the Jeep he drives now. Starting out with 1.5 inch heavy duty shackles, Lance has added anther 2.5 inches of lift with a Pro-Comp lift kit including both front and rear leaf springs and Pro-Comp shocks for a total of 4 inches of lift. WILEY is now running 33 inch GoodYear Kevlar tires mounted on Rock Crawler rims. The drive train has been upgraded with an SYE kit, although the front axles are now Dana Super 35's and the rear axles are still stock Dana 30's. WILEY is not equipped with lockers....yet, and runs 4:11 gearing. The original soft top has been replaced with a Smitty Bilt bikini top, a rear windjammer and cargo net to keep the camping supplies inside. A Mile Marker 8000 lb winch sits in front of WILEY'S chrome grill and the original battery was replaced with an Optima Yellow Top. The spare tire is now attached to a custom made Sly Dawg swing out tire carrier that has been strengthened and modified by Rubber Side Down. Neoprene seat covers are found on the front seats while the rear seat has been removed for more space. Upcoming projects include rock sliders and an onboard air system.

As with many people here in AZ Lance came here from elsewhere, in this case the Midwest and he bought his Jeep just 3 weeks prior to moving here 8 years ago because, to quote Lance, "I knew this was going to be an awesome place to do some serious off roading". Lance joined the AZVJC and did a couple of runs with them and then a few runs all on his own (uh,uh,uh, never go wheeling alone in the desert). Lance also took an off road driving course just to get to know his Jeep and his own limitations.

In the fall of 2006 Lance was thinking about getting together with some others to do a trip on the El Camino Del Diablo (the Devil's Highway) and found us, the beginnings of what is now the Jeep Expeditions Group. Lance is one of the original members and is in his second term as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jeep Expeditions. Lance has done many trips with his club and has been a trip leader on a few runs as well. Lance is certified in wilderness first aid and is a Ham radio operator as well.

Lance finally broke down one day on one of our expeditions and explained how WILEY got his name. It seems that on on one of Lance's excursions out in the desert at the Octave ghost town with an old high school friend who also lives in AZ, Lance started chasing a road runner down the trail. Lance's buddy said, "Who do you think you are, Wile E. Coyote"? to which Lance replied, "No, but my Jeep is"! and that's how "WILEYS" name came about . And now you know the rest of the story.




 

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