This is total deja vu for me. Most of you may not remember the Hatch Patrol. I went thru what Jeff's going thru. It's tough to hold a club together, to keep a group of enough guys to even call it a club, much less get them to show up regularly to wheel.
I read all of the above. Changing the name of the club, imposing charters and rules won't help or make for a bigger roster of fellow enthusiasts...
Deal is, your Subaru, with it's spaghetti string axles will never be able to go where the bigger dogs go without constant breakage. You can argue this until you're blue in the face, won't change it. So el pres, if you want to keep wheeling the easy trails and spend half of your day either fixing your rig or watching someone fix theirs, then awesome....
I agree with you that changing the name, imposing charters or rules won't help get guys to come out and wheel. But I think you missed the point there.
The whole reason for those suggestions was to lay out an organized structure and help protect the name of the club. When someone is wheeling in an illegal area and its reported to the police, that "it was a lifted subaru with a NWWO sticker on it", they'll do a quick google search and eventually give Jeff a call because his name is tied to NWWO. I wasn't suggesting anything extensive, just simple common sense things, like no illegal wheeling, taking your sticker off if you sell it, and maybe requirements to get a sticker like a minimum of runs your need to go on.
lol...I would never argue that Subarus can go where Jeeps and Yotas do on tiny stock axles, I'm not sure who would, they suck(the axles that is), and worse yet, they're getting harder and harder to find.
To clarify, I never said I want to just keep wheeling easy trails...thats why I'm in the process of getting my rig ready for a SAS...I explained that in my reply to Scott ... Once I have my SAS done, I'll still wheel with other Subarus on 27's and I'll also wheel with Yotas and Jeeps on 35's. The whole reason I want to see this club stay alive is to give guys a chance to get out on the trails on a shoestring budget or guys who just like wheeling Subarus. I first started wheeling Subarus when I was on unemployment and couldn't afford to build or run my Jeep anymore and realized its actually funner. I was also starting to get bored with Jeeps and Yotas, because I think they're just too easy to wheel and build, and I wanted more of a challenge. I realize that doing a SAS/transfercase swap will get me in the realm of Jeeps and Yotas, but don't all rigs end up getting axles swaps/regearing eventually?
The whole reason for the idea of county reps is to make building rigs easier, wheeling trips more frequent and diverse, and to make it easier for more guys to get to the trails....that I think, would help make a bigger roster of fellow enthusiasts.