OVERLAND Series: PART 1

OVERLAND Series: PART 1

2020 FORD SUPER DUTY F250 BAJA FORGED Edition

We are starting our series off with our BAJA FORGED Ford F250 4wd. This was the perfect platform for what we needed but it can be a pretty big truck for most. We wanted a vehicle that could handle the weight we were adding, still be able to tow our 32 ft fifth wheel, and act as a chase truck with a good ride. So we chose the F250 as the platform since it checked all the boxes on our list.
I want to start off by talking about what is underneath this truck and what it takes to support the heavy load that was added. The number one thing that gets overlooked when someone is setting up their vehicle is their suspension set up. When building these amazing vehicles to go out and do what you need it to do, a lot of people focus on the camping set up first and not what is supporting you getting there and back. Adding that new heavy load is one of the number one things that affects the way your vehicle handles as well as adding wear and tear in a different way.
Your stock suspension is set up to carry your factory weight and most are set up to handle mostly street with light off-roading. When adding this new weight it puts a lot of stress on your suspension, steering components, and much more that can break or fail when you are out on a trail.
We have been on wash boards roads that have done more damage than a more technical sections. This is why retorques are extremely important before AND after going on a trail. Also, always make sure to BRING TOOLS with you when heading out.
On our F250, we installed the ICON Vehicle Dynamic 4.5″ stage 5 kit …this kit includes 2.5 Shocks, Dual Rated springs kit, adjustable trac bar, Dual Steering stabilizer and Upper and Lower 4-link system. We get asked a lot by our customers why we push ICON so much and the truth is we believe in their product! ICON offers a holistic engineering style, which means they build all their components to work together for the best possible engineered product. We offer may different suspension brands and are familiar with most of them out there and all brands offer different pros and cons. When we suggest a brand to our customer, it’s because we know it’s the best one for your set up, even if we don’t sell the brand.
In addition to the ICON kit we added the Hellwig Product front and Rear Sway Bars, plus their Bigwig Airbags and the Viair OBA (On Board Air) system as well as the Transfer flow midship Tank to get that extra mileage range we were looking for.

4.5″ ICON VEHICLE DYNAMIC KIT INCLUDES :

  • DUAL RATE SPRING KIT
  • REAR LEAF SPRINGS
  • FRONT 2.5 VS PB CDCV PAIR
  • REAR 2.5 VS PB CDCV PAIR
  • ADJUSTABLE TRACK BAR KIT
  • DUAL STABILIZER KIT
  • 4 LINK FRAME BRACKET KIT
  • FRONT UPPER LINKS

FRONT LOWER LINKS

In this article, let’s focus on suspension. This kit comes with a Dual Rate spring…If you notice from the picture above that the top of the spring has a tighter coil than the bottom of the spring. This is how you can tell it is a dual rate, otherwise the coil spring will look the same from top to bottom. The top of the coil is the 1st phase of the spring, this is for street driving. The bottom half where the coil starts to change is called the 2nd phase and this portion is used for the heavier conditions or off-road. I always recommend going with a dual rate spring to give you the best of both worlds. Some companies also have a heavy duty spring that can help with that added weight, like a roof top tent or the extra gear, but those are mostly for vehicles that have a rear coil spring set up.
This suspension set up has a 2.5 VS PB CDCV shocks…. Now for the average person that is a mouth full of acronyms, but here is the break down of what that all means. 2.5 is the diameter size of the shock body. VS means “Vehicle Specific”, this is more important than most people think because not all shocks are VS. Some companies will have the correct length and ends you need for your vehicle but only offer a few options for the valving… and the valving in how the shock works is everything! PB means “Piggy Back” which is talking about the reservoir that is located on the side of the shock body ( you can have a PB or a RR, “Remote Reservoir”, which is attached by hose that can be mounted away from the shock body or to another location of your choice.) CDCV is short for “Compression Damping Control Valve”. CDCV technologies allows for 10 different compression damping levels that can easily be adjusted by a knob located on the reservoir. This allows you personally to adjust how you would like your vehicle to ride due to the terrain or load you have on your vehicle. Say your vehicle is a daily driver, so you set the CDCV knob to the softer settings. Now if you want to hit the trails on the weekend, you can get out and adjust those knobs to a harder setting. We played with ours a few times while going out to see what setting we liked ours set to and now we know when we head out just where we want to set them for the perfect ride. So we just used the word “Compression” . Compression is self explanatory, its when the shock compresses from a bump or force. The opposite motion of compression is “Rebound”. Rebound is when the shock returns to its original state after being compressed.
Lets dive inside the shock for a minute. The valving of the shock is what helps control the flow oil inside the shocks. There are small flat valve stacks that sit on top of the shock shaft that is located inside the shock body. The oil for the shock get pressed through the valve stacks and depending on the size of the valve stacks, it regulates how fast the oil flows through it. These shocks have a combination of oil and nitrogen. When you are told your shock has a 210 psi, “Pounds per Square Inch,” they are talking about the nitrogen charge. This is something you have to check every once in awhile. You don’t want to run your nitrogen below 100 psi because it could cause the nitrogen to leak out and then you have no nitrogen and a shock that will not work at its full potential. Check with your shock manufacturer to see where they recommend to set your shocks psi at. We normally charge $10 per shock to recharge them. We check ours before every off-road trip.
Next, at the very top of the photo above, there is a long black bar that has a heim joint at one end, this is the adjustable trac bar. The trac bars job is to center the axle underneath the vehicle correctly. When lifting a vehicle it is recommended to go with an aftermarket adjustable trac bar to make sure that adjust for the shift in the axle position from it’s new ride height.
Honestly… when getting into shocks and all the different types it can get to be overwhelming! So even though I might cover some of the tech lingo and the basics on how it all works, there are some really great videos out there that will cover the more in depth discussion on how a shock works and all the differences. I included some videos below that ICON provided and I suggest checking them out…..
In this article I covered some of the basics on the suspension set up we have on our Ford F250 Super Duty and wanted to help you understand more of the tech lingo as well as the function of it. But really this series is about the importance of your vehicle set up. There are reasons these companies spend so much time and effort to create these products that work. They really do make a huge difference and we want to make sure when you are making this investment into your vehicle that you are making the best decision for your set up. We’re always here to help you select the best suspension combo for your set up.
Overlanding series: Part 1 was all about suspension… but if you follow the rest of the series, I will cover some more products and the importance of them as well as help guide you in setting up the perfect rig for you and your needs!
In this 6 parts series, I will try to cover all the different suspension platforms, but let me know if there is something you would like to see covered in this blog series and I will make sure to include it.
Thanks for reading, till next time…
-Sara Morosan-
Sara@lge-cts.com

BUILD SHEET

For a complete build sheet on our Ford Super Duty and a part list, visit our website where you can view the complete gallery of the build process, purchase all the products and learn more about the complete build!

CHECK OUT ICON VEHICLE DYNAMICS SHOCK VIDEO’S HERE

ICON1K ‘Test & Tune’

Take a seat and ride along with ICON’s R&D team as they put in some off-road miles for new product testing and validation purposes. Taken straight from the dash cam of ICON1K test sessions, these videos are perfect to play in the background while enjoying some chill beats and off-road driving

HOW TO: MAINTAIN YOUR ICON SHOCK ABSORBERS.
ICON shock absorbers are high quality, rebuildable, race style shock absorbers designed for optimal performance. A unit of this caliber on your vehicle does require some routine maintenance to ensure that they continue to look and perform at their highest level.
HOW TO: ADJUST ICON CDC VALVE SHOCKS
Tune in with Scott from ICON Vehicle Dynamics as he explains what the ICON CDC Valve is, how it works, and provides recommendations on adjusting the shocks for your vehicle setup and driving style.

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED DESTINATION IS…

Holcomb Valley in Big Bear, Ca
Holcomb Valley is located in the mountains of Big Bear, CA
just off of Highway 18
Since this is right in our back yard, it’s one of the places that we visit the most during the summer! You will notice that we do a lot of trail rides up here and camp outs. Big Bear has a lot of outdoor activities to offer including ….a lake for fishing and boating, horse back riding, camping, off-roading, and great history. Make sure to check it out.
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Get out and Explore…. Overlanding, our new series

Get out and Explore…. Overlanding, our new series

Overlanding seems to be a huge topic these days and I completely understand why. For many years people have been exploring our great land and seeking adventures that are beyond the pavement. With the way that our world has been changing we’ve seen a huge increase in the Overland and camping scene.
We’ve been in the off-road industry for over 37 years and every year we continue to grow in this marketplace. As fellow adventure seekers we get a lot of customers that ask us for our opinions on many different topics, that is why we started these blogs. So if you ever have questions about something we mentioned or didn’t mention, reply to this email and we will try to answer it as best of possible.
On this series we will be talking about our Overlanding adventures. There is nothing like getting out there and just soaking it all in and expanding our Horizons….When I am out on a trail and discovering something new that just gives me this a feeling that reminds me that we are all part of something that is so much bigger. There is this great big world out there that is just waiting to be discovered…well discovered by us.
So you are like YES, lets do this!! I am READY! Packed up and ready to head out of town…. BUT are you ready for this great adventure?
I have done blogs about “Are YOU ready to off-road” and it had some great tips but setting up your rig for overlanding is a different game. This month we will be talking about Overlanding and some basics to start with, but there is a whole big world when getting into this subject. For now I wanted to start with the foundation.
This will be a 6-part series to make sure that you understand everything you need before heading out. Each week we will cover one Vehicle and the set up on that vehicle. Each featured build vehicle has a completely different set up for a different life style, use, or specific Rigs. We will also include one product review for an essential camping item and a recommendation for a destination point.
The first section about the vehicle may get a little technical but I want to make sure that I cover everything to make your adventure the best it can be.
The proper set up is very crucial and often overlooked. This could make or break your trip. There is so much to talk about on this topic, so I am going to dive into mostly suspension and the basic lingo that you need to know, if you want more technical tips, just email me and I will answer them the best I can.
The product I will go over will also be on our website at LGE-CTS.com and you can purchase directly from our website. If you need help building your off-road or overland rig and getting set up, Let us build it for you! Contact us and make an appointment.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy our series about Overlanding.

-Sara Morosan-
LGE-CTS Motorsports

Photos by Aaron McKenzie

FEATURED PRODUCT

METHOD RACE WHEELS BEAD GRIP TECHNOLOGY

I picked the Method Race Wheel Bead Grip as our featured product on this newsletter, mainly for the reason that it’s great technology and not a lot of people know about it and they should. When off-roading the first thing we do when hitting the trail head is air down our tires and make sure they are at the correct PSI for the terrain we are about to hit. What some people might not know, is you can’t go below a certain PSI on most wheels, otherwise you will pop a bead and no one wants that. You may hear about beadlock wheels and if you are a serious off-roader you have them on your vehicle. Bead locks are great and you can air down to low as you need. The issue with beadlocks, they are not D.O.T basically they are NOT street legal and beadlocks require maintenance they can loose air and you need to check your bolts. The BEAD GRIP Technology from Method Race wheels, allows you to run a street legal wheel and to still be able to air down to that lower air pressure that you need for the dirt road. Plus, they cost less then a BeadLock wheel. Check them out on our website, HERE for more information and pricing.
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FEATURED DESTINATION

LONE PINE/ALABAMA HILLS, CA

Our featured destination is Lone Pine/Alabama Hills area located in California, located in east of Sequoia National park and Death Valley National Park.

We were introduced to this location from the Nitto Tire, Driving Line Team when they invited us to be in episode 3 of their new series “On The Trial” all the photos above are from our trip when we were there last November.

I picked this location for a few different reasons. One, It’s beautiful here, cold but beautiful. with the Sequoia National Park mountain range as your back drop you can’t get a bad view from any angle.

  1. The history in this area is unreal! Beside the countless movies that feature this area. It is also the home of the famous Manzanar National Historical Site which was a Japanese internment camp, which is a part of our history.
  2. The off-roading and exploring in this area is amazing….so many different terrain and some many areas to go and visit. We checked out the rewards Mine which is this crazy mine that you can drive inside of….My sister drove the Ranger in, I walked. lol.

This was such a beautiful trip and the drive was easy to get up there. I highly recommend adding this to your todo list of trips to explore.

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BAJA FORGED 2018 Ford Expedition
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Advanced Accessory Concept 2020 Ford Ranger
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BIG BEAR TRAIL DAY A HIT

BIG BEAR TRAIL DAY A HIT

So I am sure you have heard me say this before and I will say it again…. We love off-roading and we love to have people join us! A few times a year we will invite our friends and customers to hit the trails with us. We do different levels of trails and yes sometimes we push people to go a little bit beyond what they are use to… but I always say it’s better to go out and learn how to handle these terrains with people that know what they are doing for your first time then. Whenever we are invited to go out with Off-Roaders that are more experienced then us, we also try to say yes… It’s were we learn the most. So, if you are ever nervous about joining one of our trial days, don’t be, we are here for you!
So, a few weeks ago we hit the trials of Big Bear, Ca. We met up in Fawnskin, CA at 9:30 am on a pretty warm Saturday for our local mountains where we briefed the group on trail etiquette for those new to the scene. Wheels were up at 10:00 am as we departed north on Rim of the World Drive to the trail head at 3N14. We had 33 vehicles join us from all over southern California show up for a fun (unofficial) trail day on a early Saturday morning. From modified Jeeps, stock Jeeps and SUVs to Raptors, full-size trucks and daily drivers. Of course we took our 2019 Ford Ranger to lead the group, and our Gen 1 Ford Raptor for our recovery/Chase vehicle.
We had a pretty amazing group…. large, but amazing mix. A lot of new faces joined us and some familiar faces attended to also lend a hand and support the group including Sean Holman and Jay Tilles from The Truck Show Podcast, the team (Cody, Matt, and Jose) from Trail Chasers Podcast (talk about some fun radio banter), Funshine Jeep Girls Club, Jason and Marcel from Auto Revolution, AJ and the Team from Paramount Automotive and Dave Cole, creator of ULTRA4 Racing and King of the Hammers. Make sure to check out the links below from Trail Chasers and Truck Show Podcast to hear what they had to say about our adventure.
We followed the planned route that we pre-ran a few weeks before using our OnX GPS app and can confidently report that everyone had a great time, even the few vehicles that had to decline the hill climbs because their vehicles just weren’t quite equipped to make the obstacles. Maybe they’ll take advantage of our July Summer Sale going on now (shameless business plug 😉 – details below).
In the end, everyone tackled their fears and did a great job out on the trail. We can’t wait to do it again soon. Hopefully we will see you out in the dirt with us!
Many thanks to everyone who attended and thank you for supporting our small business during this time! We appreciate you!
Thanks!
-Sara-

Missed out on our Trail day…..Here is the Route that we took

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Get ready to hit the Dirt……

Get ready to hit the Dirt……

Get ready to hit the Dirt……
This Saturday ? Trail Day, July 11th
We are excited you are JOINING US in Big Bear! We will be heading out for a mild day of off-roading in the Big Bear Mountain area on July 11th!

We love to explore the different tails that are right in our back yard and would like to invite you to join us! This will be a mild to moderate off-road trail day (perfect for beginners). Nothing too challenging, but there will be some narrow, off-camber areas and some loose or mild rock sections; nothing difficult, great for learning and fun for everyone!

Since we are all responsibly practicing social distancing we will keep our stops to a minimum and as such this is an unofficial trail run. That said, we will stop randomly and briefly if there are area we want to explore and you may do so at your own risk. We want to go out and enjoy the great outdoors and its not safe to go off-roading alone, especially if you are new to off-road driving. This is a great way to meet others that love to drive on dirt (like us) and we will be onsite to assist if needed. If you need help on the trail please feel free to ask and we will give you the best guidance we can.

PRELIMINARY DETAILS:

COMPLETE LIST OF DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED TO REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS:

·     9:30 AM – Meet at Trailhead (gassed up, prepared and ready to go!)

·     Trailhead is in Fawnskin: Rim of the World Drive, Grapevine Canyon

·     GPS Coordinates: 34.27291, -116.95007

·     9:30-10:00 AM – Air Down and Brief Meeting (standard trail guideline and trail etiquette)

·     10:00 AM – (Hard Time) Wheels Up/Depart on Trail

·     12:00 AM – (Approx.) LUNCH BREAK at Lookout Point

·     3:00 PM – (Approx.) end of trail.

·     Kid / Dog Friendly (Leash Required; for your dog, not your kid)

·     BYO Lunch/Water

·     Pack in Pack out….Please do NOT liter on the trails.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:

 

REQUIRED:

·     4WD

·     Seat Belts

·     Good Attitude

RECOMMENDED:

·     MIN 32-Inch Tires

·     OnX Off-Road App (Maps & Coordinates)

NOT-REQUIRED:

·     Lockers

 

We sent out a newsletter earlier this week with some items to pack, if you missed it Click here. for “Tail Day Must Haves” . We have emails with specials go out monthly so make sure to check them, if you ever have any questions about our product we sell, email our sales team at Sales@lge-cts.com

We can’t wait to see you out on the Trail….If you want to read some more about Beginner Off-Roading, check out our May blog Here.

See you out on the trail!

-Sara-

LGE-CTS

Few more pics from the trail:

Here are a few photos from our Pre-run. We have a couple off-shoot trails that are Black Diamond rated, they are short but for the more experienced drivers that want to try it, let us know if you want to and we will let you know when we come up to these crossroad.
Download the OnX Off-Road App and we will text you the trail map for July 11th!

OnX Off-Road App

We pre-ran this trail run using the OnX Off-Road App. If you have the App (or download and start the 7 day trial) let us know and we will send you the track for July 11th. You will have to email us at sara@lge-cts.com or you can reply to this email and we will add your info to the text list.

 

Make sure to check out these past videos on other trails we have done with our friends and partners:

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Make way for… BAJA FORGED

Make way for… BAJA FORGED

Make way for… BAJA FORGED

Dear Friends, Family, and Fellow Adventure Seekers,

We wanted you to be the first to know about our exciting news!

We are officially launching our new signature brand and off-road lifestyle products under BAJA FORGED.

 

Since 2010, LGE-CTS Motorsports has been creating BAJA FORGED signature builds for over a decade, featuring them on the SEMA Showroom floor and the trails up and down the west coast. The demand for custom products found on these builds has grown and now we will be able to offer them on a larger scale. We have over 28 part numbers on deck; from our signature bumpers, roof racks and side bars to bed cages, protection equipment and accessories for the off-road truck market. BAJA FORGED’s line of products will be available through our retail website LGE-CTS Motorsports and eventually, other authorized retailers so that we can offer them worldwide.

 

Products available for immediate shipping are as follows:

 

 

” You love LGE-CTS Motorsports for our signature style builds, creating off-road products that enhance the look of the vehicle with contoured designs that functions just as well as they look.   LGE-CTS will continue to be the premier shop to build these vehicles, but we are excited to finally offer our BAJA FORGED off-road product line to those of you all over the world asking about building one of our designs yourself .” – Theresa

 

We want to thank you for your continued support and we are excited to see what the future holds as we forge this new path.

 

Thank you & see you on the trails!

Sara Morosan
President
BAJA FORGED | LGE-CTS Motorsports
BAJA FORGED Signature Builds Built by LGE-CTS Motorsports 

2018 FORD EXPEDITION

This west coast inspired BAJA FORGED “Adventurer Expedition” will take the whole family from the everyday busy life hustle, to the less explored paths in style and comfort that embrace the freedom of the outdoors while taking the family to experience life beyond its boundaries!

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2019 FORD RANGER

The BAJA FORGED Ranger has a presence and purpose driven look that gets noticed with its military tough persona and signature style bumpers that is ready to soar off-road.

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2020 FORD SUPER DUTY

The BAJA FORGED Super Duty is an all-in-one overland themed mobile command center, workshop and campsite that will be utilized as a chase truck for LGE-CTS Motorsports’ Baja Forged Ford Ranger.

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2019 FORD RAPTOR GEN1

The BAJA FORGED Raptor was built to PreRun! Inspired by off-road racing, the first BF Build was born…trust us, it’s a killer-Raptor.

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Trail Day Must-Haves

Trail Day Must-Haves

Trial Day Must Haves

Hey Everyone,

We are super excited about our upcoming trail day on July 11th looks like we are going to have a good size group. We have received a few email with a couple of questions about the big day. On July 8th we will send out an email with all the details for the day…but here are a few items that you can make sure to pack and have ready.

 

Trail Day must haves

  • Spare Tire
  • Jack to change your spare
  • Tools
  • Radios (we use race radio’s)
  • Water
  • Air Gauge to air down
  • Compressor to air back up (you can go to a gas station as well)
  • OnX GPS APP (optional)
  • First Aid Kit

 

We list a few of these items below, they are available for purchase on our website. If you have any questions or need more assistance, you can email us at info@lge-cts.com

 

Thanks and can’t wait to see you all out in Big Bear!

-Sara-

OnX GPS APP

For our Trail run we will be using the OnX GPS App to track and download our run. We highly suggest that you download this app before you head out on the trail. Make sure to track the run and save it for the next time you want to go back out and see what trails you have already done.
Airing Up or Airing Down….Make sure you have the Right PSI
ARB E-Z DEFLATOR This is one of my favorite gauages to use. We have them in all of our rigs. They are EZ and fast to use.
VIAIR 400PA Air Compressor Kit We have on board air systems on most of our vehicles, but we also have a couple of portable compressors that are great to put in any vehicles for a road trip, on or off-road.
Recovery Gear and More
ARB SPEEDY SEAL PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT SERIES II So if anyone has heard my story about double flatting on Mojave….Good thing the guys brought one of these along.
WARN Heavy-Duty Epic Recovery Kit This recovery kit has everything you need, strap, tree trunk strap, shackles, gloves and carrying bag. For 5 years I didn’t use my recovery kit, then one trip to Moab and i used it 5x’s that trip. So you never know.
Hi-Lift Jack If you have ever taken one of our suspension 101 classes or have been on a trail day with us. I usually talk about Hi-Lift jacks and how amazing they are for so many different reasons. If you buy one from us, let me know if you want me to give you a quick lesson on how to use it properly.
PRO Eagle Jacks This is another item you will find in each one of our vehicles at all time. In fact we had to use it on the freeway today with our Super Duty, you never know when you will get a flat. We were just thankful it was a fast and speedy tire change because we had the right tools.
1Life Trama Kit First Aid kit are a must, but this Trama kit is so much more. A guy named Josh created this kit after being out in the middle of no where and is friend almost lost his life, so josh wanted to make sure to put a kit together that had everything that they could have used. These are a must have for every vehicle.
BOXO Tool Roll Boxo tools are a great tool kit and come with an even better warratny. We have this kit at our shop on display and I love how organized the boxes are. They also come in different color combinations so you can customize them to your liking. I highly recommend them for your garage or vehicle.
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RAD DAD ALERT!

RAD DAD ALERT!

RAD DAD ALERT!

Do you know an adventure-loving-gear-head father (a.k.a Rad Dad) ? Have you been on the hunt searching for the best, most unique, raddest gift for good ol’ Dad? If yes, then this list is for you! We’ve compiled our favorite Dad gifts that compliment any outdoor or garage hobby, priced to fit any budget, in stock and ready to ship anywhere in the US! Time is running out, so hurry up before you become the punchline in a dad joke.

 

P.S. Feel free to shamelessly forward this to your family.

P.S.S. There’s no shame in gifting yourself.

LGE-CTS’ TOP 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2020
DADS WHO GET LOST, ON PURPOSE

FUNTREKS CA Off-Road Tail Book

CHEERS DAD, YOU DESERVE IT

ARB Elements Fridge / Freezer

DADS WHO KISS BOO-BOOS

1LIFE Trauma Kit

THE HARD WORKING DAD

ARB Touring Camp Chair

BECAUSE DAD’S RACE CAR

BOXO 185pc Metric & SAE Tool Box Set

THE ORGANIZED DAD

WARN Epic Accessory Backpack

DADS WHO SEE EVERYTHING

RIGID RI-800 Lumen Flashlight

RAISING DADS AIR PRESSURE

VIAIR 400PA Air Compressor Kit

COOL DAD CAMO

Fun Trek Off-Road Tail Book

LIFT DAD’S SPIRIT, AND HIS TRUCK

PRO EAGLE 2-Ton Off-Road Jack

Wishing all the Rad Dads out there a great
Father’s Day, including ours, Louie Morosan!
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What is…. SPECIALTY Vehicle Collision Repair?

What is…. SPECIALTY Vehicle Collision Repair?

What is… SPECIALTY Vehicle Collision Repair

What exactly is considered Specialty Vehicle Collision Repair?

We consider vehicles that have any custom modifications like lifted trucks, lowered cars, classic customs, or custom paint jobs that have any type of damage as Specialty Vehicle Collision Repair. Many standard collision repair shops do not work on these types of vehicles. These vehicle repairs take unique skill and require an experienced shop that has the knowhow to get these vehicles back on the road.

Our team at LGE-CTS Motorsports has been repairing specialty vehicles for over 30 years. We are experienced in all facets of the process. Specialized repair can be challenging due to many variables involved in the repair process. Our background allows us to guide a customer from start to finish, including assistance in starting an insurance claim to executing the repairs while providing guidance for any modifications along the way. Our shop is equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to complete repairs on just about any vehicle, and we have many resources that help aid vehicles back to its pre-accident condition.

One of the keys to having a successful repair is having a shop that is capable of guiding the customer, like dealing with the complicated processes from insurance companies and locating the correct parts for repair or replacement. We have relationships with most insurance companies, and can make this part of the service as hassle free as possible. We have a vast network of resources for parts and supplies, however, we know the most important part of the repair process is the customer experience. Our team works directly with our customers to make sure their vehicle is repaired exactly how they want it.

Specialty collision repair is not exclusively processed through insurance claims either. We are able to get a vehicle repaired whether you pay for it or paid for by another third party. There are many different circumstances that we can help you work through as there are many details involved with this type of repair.
If you are looking for a shop to help with your Specialty Vehicle Collision Repair, or if you have questions about the process, were ready to help, call us!
Vehicle accidents happen and we are here for you!
Have a great day, be safe out there!

Jason and the team at LGE-CTS Motorsports

Here are just a few vehicles we have repaired below – BEFORE AND AFTER:
Custom Hot Rods – 1932 Ford Roadster
Classic Cars – 1962 Chevy Corvette
Newer Customized Vehicles – 2018 Dodge Challenger
Lifted and Customized Trucks – 2015 Ford Raptor – Gen 1
We specialize in repairing everything from fiberglass and plastic panels on Chevy Corvette’s to installing Ford Raptor fiberglass prerunner fenders and panels.

EQUIPMENT SPOTLIGHT: Blowtherm

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PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: PPG Refinish

Envirobase® High Performance – This paint system is the leading premium waterborne paint system in the North America. Delivering everything high-production collision centers need. It achieves outstanding color for todays OEM and custom finishes, and also provides a suite of undercoats and clear coats that integrate flawlessly with its advanced waterborne base coat providing best-in-class color accuracy and durability.

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ROAD TRIPS… what memories do YOU have?

ROAD TRIPS… what memories do YOU have?

ROAD TRIPS… what memories do YOU have?

We’ve all taken road trips…
But what have been your most memorable? Why? Is it because of where you went? Or who you went with? Or what vehicle you drove in? Whatever the reason, there is that one memory you have, and we want to hear it! So reply to this post with yours! Here are a few of mine!

OUR FIRST ROAD TRIPS…
For us, my sister and I were fortunate enough to have family and friends that loved traveling the intercontinental North American region. And whether it be traveling, or just working on them, I would say most of our memories were based around cars, lol! But there is something about road trips!

Since we were a few years old, my moms parents have taken us to San Felipe in Baja. 

All of the grand kids would ride in the camper on our grandpa’s 1980 Chevy Pick up. Then we would hit the beach and ride 3 wheeler’s all day long. Those were the good old days! 

Then, when I turned 12, my sister and I took a cross county trip during summer with my dad’s parents. With the trip being almost 2 months long, we had tons of memories, lol! But I do have a most memorable! You all remember grandpa Lou right?! Well I was always dubbed navigator. For some reason I was good at directions and remembering landmarks. These were the days of Thomas guides and AAA Trip Tik maps. So as my grandpa and I were coming to a crazy big freeway interchange, it got confusing to me, but I finally said … I think you are supposed to go that way grandpa … as I pointed to the off ramp that we almost passed! But he quickly turned the vehicle towards where I pointed because he knew I would be right. And my eyes grew wide as we flew across a few lanes in our Winnebago on to the correct highway. Grandpa didn’t say a word… just kept on driving! Lol! 

And of course… I remember my dads first fully custom painted 1979 Ford F100 Ranger. Standard cab short bed. Bright yellow with custom graphics. Just the right proportions. I remember when we would drive in it, and he’d let me shift! That was the coolest thing! But I really remember just how many cool places that ride took us too. Mostly Pismo beach… I loved driving down that beach! 

Well, it’s amazing how many great memories we have based around vehicles, or where our vehicles have taken us. Truly a vehicle is just that, something that transports you somewhere! And even empowers you by what it looks like and what it can do. ! I always say they are extension of our personalities! I do have a Supercharged 635 hp Raptor, lol! Just saying! And we now have this amazing Super Duty that has already given us enough memories to share for a lifetime! 

Vehicle’s are truly such a huge part of our daily lives. Look at how many memories our vehicles give us! Look at how they impact our lives. Look at the memories you will create with your next generation. 

We know how important those memories are, and we’re happy we can help make them possible. We’re here to help you create that connection, that bond, of using your vehicle to create memories that you will have the rest of your life. 

Each customer’s builds are so special to us. To hear and know why they want to build something and to help them accomplish their dream of doing that means the world to us. A build is an investment that will make memories that last a lifetime. 

Let’s create some memories together, because memories are worth investing in!

LGE-CTS Motorsports loves building it all, but has a strong focus in offroad lifestyle driven designs. We look forward to building something with you and we are also here to repair your custom vehicle. 

We appreciate your continued support and love having you as part of our Motorsports family! Thank you for your referrals! It’s exactly what has made us grow over the years!

VIAR: Your vital air source

Are you PREPARED for your road trip?

Flat tires happen! So we are always prepared with our Viair compressor’s. Below, Sara is using the portable compressor that we highly recommend for any road trip you might be taking!

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Are YOU ready to Off-Road

Are YOU ready to Off-Road

Are YOU Ready to Off-Road

We know that many of our customers and friends are getting out there and exploring our beautiful land that God gave us…. and we always encourage people to do so as it’s one of the our favorite things to do!
But we want to ask you…. are YOU OFF-ROAD ready?
Here are a few things to think about before hitting the DIRT!
FIRST…I want to talk about understanding YOUR ability as a driver….Do you know what you are capable of driving and feel comfortable navigating the terrain? It is so important to drive within your comfort zone. Having a Co-Pilot is always a great idea to help you navigate a more difficult area on the trail. Each obstacle has multiple lines that you can choose from, so always choose the path of least resistance. You may need to get out of your vehicle, and walk it before hand to see if there are going to be any challenges you might not be able to see from the driver seat. Look for rocks or objects that could possibly damage your vehicle as well. When coming off an obstacle is there going to be something that may damage a shock mount, axle housing, or spare tire ?
Always off-road with a friend, it’s not safe to travel alone. If you need to find a buddy to join you there are great social media group pages or forums with others that are looking to head out. We do a few group day and weekend trail days here in SoCal….If you are interested Click here and it will add you to our list of trail run emails, and make sure to follow us on social media to stay updated on current events, and projects.
Make sure you let someone know where you are heading out on a trail and when they should be expecting you back. If you don’t have someone to call, you can notify the forest services for that area, and ask the Ranger what radio channel they are using. We have a Rugged Radios race radio (you don’t always have cell service) so having a Radio or CB to communicate is important. In the guide book that we use (there is a link below) it has a phone # to the local forest service that oversees that area. I also use OnXmaps to track my trip. The tracking feature on their app is a great way to figure out where you are, or to send to a friend to help find you. If you don’t have service to send your location as a text message, you can radio in the coordinates.

Check out the OnXmap on there website.
https://www.onxmaps.com/offroad-app

SECOND…We want to talk about your VEHICLES ability. It’s really important to have your vehicle set up correctly for the type of trail or terrain that you want to explore, and to be prepared. The biggest part of being prepared is knowing the ability of your vehicle.
This involves having the correct suspension set up, wheel/tire combination, and all the necessary trail equipment on your 4WD. We can help you achieve the proper set up for you and your rig. Another key to being prepared is to properly maintain your vehicle. You invest a lot of money in your rig so make sure to protect your investment by doing preventative maintenance, and service. Inspect your vehicle to insure it is in good working condition and off-road ready before heading out on the trail. If you have had your vehicle modified at our shop, we showed you the painted bolts on your new suspension set up,  these help you inspect for loose bolts and parts. Even your stock factory bolts can loosen up from rough trail driving. So make sure those lines are always lined up, and your vehicle is inspected before you hit the trail. Before hitting any trial we recommend you walk around your whole vehicle to inspect for issues, make sure your fluids are toped off and you have no leaks. This includes inspecting these components prior to any trip; lights, 4wd, jack, compressor, winch or whatever you might need to use out on the trail. It is key to know your vehicle and be familiar with it.

THIRD…. Know your trails. There are so many ways for you to find a trail….Apps, Guide books, group pages on social media and just plain old exploring. Many trail heads have signs and markings letting you know the levels of the trail… They are called Trail Rating. One of the most important things before you hit a trail is knowing how to read the signs of the trail head and the markings on them before you enter. Depending on what area you are in, there are different ways a trail head is marked. If you don’t know the difference between the trail ratings, there are many websites and books that you can look up that will explain what they mean. Some trails will give you a rating of 1-10, others will give you Diamonds and some have different color markings. One fact that I have learned is…trails are always changing. Depending on how often the trail is traveled, or mother nature deciding to come in and change it herself. Trail conditions, and difficulties can literally change overnight. If you come to an obstacle that you don’t feel comfortable navigating DON’T be afraid to turn around. You already know what’s behind you so if it’s safer to turn around then risk an obstacle you are not ready for…

Below are some great links to pages that have more information on the ratings. I also included a few videos of trails we have done recently. Check them out and next week we will have some more off-road tips and tricks.

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

-Sara-

Make sure to take these items with you out on the trail.

You can read guide book or download different trail maps that help keep you on the designated trails. They are a great place to start.

This is one of our favorite Guide books to help keep you moving along the way.

Rugged Radio has some great ways to communicate. Make sure to check out their different options and see what set up is best for you.

Check out these GREAT Videos

For more great videos on trails we have done check out our media page on our website

https://lge-cts.com/media/

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Changing The World With Color

Changing The World With Color

Changing the world with color.

Where I find my inspiration… T

I really don’t know where my love of color came from or exactly where it started, but I seriously love color… oh and painting! I could paint a wall and be happy, lol! Yes I love it that much. I truly want to brighten the world with color! As you know, color is a sensory state appealing to our sight. All different kinds of color engage us with a different type of emotion, and its just so cool that color can affect’s your mood. It can totally change your state.
MEMORIES… As a child, I remember everything from going to the desert and watching the “golden hour” of sunsets dance across the shimmering sand dunes to the expansive beaches of Pismo with the white, blue, and green waves crash against the silvery sand. So for me, I notice the color in everything, even as a kid. To say the least… the color I see is truly inspired by the nature around me! There is something magical about being outdoors.

INSPIRATION… So as I started to paint and design more, I realized I wanted to be able to recreate moments like those memories I had when choosing and creating colors. So that even without “golden hours” happening, when you looked at the paint, there would be something about it that you knew was magical and would take you to that place, to that moment where it elicits that same feeling in that moment.

In moments like those, everything is organic, and its changing. I think that’s my favorite part… the change that’s happening in the moment. To me, you have to keep things interesting, make it something that people will love looking at time and time again, so if you can make the color so it has properties that change, it keeps it interesting.

Overlooking Johnson Valley from a distance (where King of the Hammers takes place)… admiring all the different tones of brown that show up across the terrain. The Ranger is shown taking on a deeper look, and the color highlights the shape of the body, just like the terrain ahead.

The color green elicits a feeling of calm, security, peace, nature, health, balance, growth…

CHOOSING A COLOR… When I choose an actual paint color for any build there is usually a series of things I do to make sure we are getting the color, and the effect that they really want the color to have. First, “how will they use it?” Then, since people are usually drawn to certain colors, I will have them look through magazines, to see where their eye keeps going. We all tend to have favorite colors we migrate towards! And then, what do you want this color to say. Yeah, colors talk, lol!
So for our Baja Forged Ford Ranger, the idea was that it would always be off-roading, whether it be Baja, the SoCal deserts, or the sculptural terrain of Moab, it needed to have a color that blended in to its environment, but still stood out. So we wanted something that gave a more natural, organic vibe, not something that was blatant and in your face. We wanted it to change colors as much as the landscape around it does.
Personally, I like golds and yellows, remember I do love sunsets, so you will tend to see those colors incorporated into many things I to design or paint, lol. Guessing you are currently seeing lots of yellow and gold in this blog post, lol. So with the Ranger, I chose green. I have always loved military green, I love the outdoors, and I love gold, but really wanted something that almost was camouflaged in its environment. I love subtly in a way that something blends in, but also stands out all at the same time.
CREATING THE COLOR… When I custom mix a color, I will look at the color in different lighting environments, to make sure it has highlights, shadows, and has a sense of depth that draws you in. So, my first thing for the Ranger color was that it was going to have a ton of gold pearl for that “golden hour” glow. Then I wanted to start to see which tone I wanted this green to have, I wanted it to be able to blend in throughout different environments, so we darkened it up a bit. I also love muddy colors, lol, so we added some white to it as well to give it that solid color look most of the time, but when the pearl hit, it took on a whole new life.
Mixing this color was different. It felt different. I wanted to be able to make a really big impact, but still be subtle and under the radar. You don’t know how many people have told me they love the color! That is what I want. I want people to love what’s around them, what they see, what they do. For something to give them a sense of joy just looking at it!
I also want it to make them think. “How did they get the color to do that?” Keeping people guessing is always fun, it leaves for intrigue. Its not black and white, its all the colors in between! With that being said, I do know that my mission is to help change the world with color! Well one of my missions anyway!
COLOR THEORY… Color has meaning. The color green elicits a feeling of security, peace, nature, calm, and wellness. The nature part I spoke about, but its pretty cool that it has all these other effects as well! The color gold elicits passion, courage, wisdom, magic, and a sense of grandeur. I like that! Probably why I use that color a lot! Things we think about… but don’t really think about, lol. Time to start thinking about them more!
MIXOLOGY…So, how do I make a custom color? Well it does take me quite a bit of time, lol, but its worth it! I originally started out using solvent based paint, and that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is! With solvent based paints, you could mix a color and when you looked at it in the cup, that is exactly how the color was going to look sprayed. Ok maybe slightly darker, but pretty darn close. But with waterborne paints (that I have still been using for almost 15 years) it took a little while to get used to! The paint does not look the same from when you mix it to when you spray it, so everything has to be done with a specific formula and then sprayed out to see what the results are. But the results have been phenomenal! Its like anything, you have to really get to know it, to understand it, so once I understood all the different qualities each toner had, it got easier each time!
With paint, the colors are specifically weighed out on a scale down to the grams. It is very specific if you want to get a perfect color match. It’s all chemicals. I tell people its more like baking than cooking. If you don’t get your ingredients perfect, and in the right order, at the right viscosity, and the right temp, then you won’t get the same results. When temperatures change, you have to make changes.
When I teach pin striping classes, most people tell me that they have tried and failed. I tell them, I can teach them, and yes I am confident in that. The one tip that I ca’t stress enough is to have the right viscosity of the paint, the thickness of the paint. It can’t be too thick – it will drag the brush, give you dry jagged marks. It can’t be too thin – it will blob all over, run, and be transparent. If you don’t have that right viscosity to begin with, you will fail at everything else you do when it comes to painting, any kind of painting!
That is my free TIP OF THE DAY!
Well, I hope I was able to inspire you and I look forward to working with you!
With the current world situation, we are living in unprecedented times with a pandemic on our hands that is affecting each one of us. Now more than ever, we need color in our life, to brighten our days, change our mood, or just put a smile on our face. Hope I helped put a smile on your face today!
Now its time for me to get back to the paint booth!
– T

Theresa Contreras has been our in-house custom painter and designer for over 20 years using PPG refinishing systems which include the Envirobase line and the Vibrance Collection. Luis Acosta has been our lead refinishing technician for over 25 years, and works together with Theresa on all projects. PPG Industries is always there for us including, Paul Stoll, who as a mentor, his knowledge, guidance, and support over the years has been priceless!

IG: @designmuse
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Photo by Tim Sutton of Driving Line

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SPOTLIGHT: Real Deal Revolution

Check out Real Deal Revolution. A 501c3 non profit that Theresa started wtih Jessi Combs. Still going strong, Real Deal strives to empower more females to get into the trades by inspiring them!

Real Deal attends events and offers workshoppes. Contact us if you would like Real Deal to be at your next event, or you would like to attend a workshoppe!

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Baja Forged Super Duty

Baja Forged Super Duty

BAJA FORGED SUPER DUTY

The design process…with T

Have you checked out the latest PPG ad featuring our customer painter and designer….Theresa Contreras?

Here are a few words from her, about our Baja Forged Ford Super Duty.

Designing a build… it first starts with function… the what, why, how, etc. The vision that you have of how it needs to function for you. But then of course, you have the vision of how it needs to look, and one of the reasons people choose to come to us is because of our style! We love to be able to invigorate your ideas with our infusion of style and function! Our Baja Forged Ford Super Duty is the perfect example of function and style coming together and showing you all… WHAT… WE… DO!

The SD came about because everyone loved our Ford Ranger, and the color that I custom blended in my mixing lab using all PPG paint. So this was all about building its big brother, and recreating the color palette and our design aesthetic in an exciting new way.

The function started with the Pronghorn utility bed that we had to make our own by putting some custom touches on it. So when I saw this big square bed, I knew it needed some work. We had already decided that we would add some modularity to it by adding some cross bars, but when the bed was placed on the truck, I sat staring at it … I am all about stance! I will sit looking at the side profile in a gaze… its like the Mona Lisa… proportions are everything. There is something about having the right proportions on something that makes it so aesthetically appealing, but most people don’t know why… its proportions! So when I saw the bed on the truck, and we already had the wider carbon fiber fenders in the front, the tires in the rear stuck out like a sore thumb! Well, that must be taken care of, and people… when they see that I’m in my gaze, they know its just more work for us all, lol! So, as I gazed at it, I realized we needed a rear fender flare. Mind you, its small, not even that big, but I tell you, you might not even notice it, but it really does make ALL the difference in the world!

So, that is one of the ways this project evolved… but really I’m supposed to be talking to you about the paint work, lol! The final touch to a vehicle… but is it? This project literally revolved around the paint color. People could not get enough of it! And what’s funny is I’m not a green person, lol! But I am a gold person! OK, that’s a lie, I have been a little partial to military green. So I really came up with a color that had tons of gold pearl, so when the light hit the body lines, gold would shimmer down them revealing all the amazing curves. So as you know a Super Duty does not have too many curves to begin with, so we handled that by adding our Baja Forged 5” bulged prerunner fenders in … yes… carbon fiber. I knew, to make an impact on this vehicle, those fenders needed to be carbon fiber, and the color would look amazing against it… and over the top of it! Then of course, the beauty of the color I mixed is that it is a candy, so it is very translucent, like a candy apple. Even with the red candy over the top of the apple, you can still see the apple through it. So with the green over the top of the carbon fiber, you can still see the carbon fiber through it. One of my secrets is to always make it so something is moving as you walk by it so it catches your eye. So from a distance, you can see the green, but if you walk by it, you notice the translucent carbon fiber shimmering through the golden flecks and green tone. Yeah, I like this stuff, lol! Hope you enjoy looking at it!
The cool part was many people showed us how much they liked it as well! We won a Ford design award at SEMA 2019, a Pro-Eagle award at SEMA 2019, and PPG did a feature ad on me and our truck (shown above). Pretty rad stuff! Super grateful for the reception, and I hope that comes through in this reflection… as I LOVE doing this! And I hope it shows, that our whole shop loves doing this, because there is an amazing team that truly makes this ALL happen!
So check out our Super Duty and all the other great stuff on it. It fulfilled our needs, but some of these products might be able to help fulfill yours. Sara is going to go more in depth on the products, because I just make them look good, lol! OK I use them too.
Until nexttime! -T
P.S. … and next time I’ll tell you what inspired this paint color.

BAJA FORGED SUPER DUTY

The functionality of it all… with Sara

Here is Sara Morosan, our in house tech guru, to tell you more about the function of the Baja Forged Super Duty from her view.
Our Super Duty has already attended a couple of events and won a few awards….. but what we love most about our builds are getting to actually use them!
After its debut at the SEMA Show in November 2019 we have attended the King of The Hammer (KOH) in Johnson Valley, CA and The Mint 400 in Las Vegas.
I don’t know what we love most about our truck since there are so many great upgrades done to the truck and we haven’t even used all of them yet!
Check out our review on some of our favorite products…..

Suspension, wheels, and tires…

To us one of the most important things is SuspensionIt is so important to invest in a good suspension set up that you can trust and still has all the qualities you are looking for.
We get customers that want to find the lowest priced suspension for a truck or SUV that they just spent a lot of money on, and they usually plan on keeping their vehicle for a least a few years. So why would you want to put the cheapest suspension on your vehicle? A better quality suspension will save you money in the long run.

For us we look at three major things when picking a suspension setup for our personal vehicles, and for our customers…. Is it Reliable?….How does it handle on road?…..How does it handle off-road? We went with the ICON Vehicle Dynamics Stage 7 set up on our Ford Super Duty. We really wanted to build a truck that we could drive in comfort for our long road trips, but also handle off-road when we are out in the middle of now where. A lot of times when we are heading out to an event we have a fully loaded truck and usually a trailer full of product, and/or show vehicles that we are taking out. So reliability is huge for us and I hope that it is for you as well.

I don’t know about you, but all of our vehicles are our daily drivers as well as our off-road vehicles. So when looking for a suspension kit, we focus on products that offer comfort on and off-road. We have found at times you may have to sacrifice one for the other. When we started running the ICON Vehicle Dynamics kits we realized that we could have booth. One of my favorite things about giving rides to people is their reactions to how impressed they are with the ride quality of the kits.

Wheels and tires
We love the wide front end set up with our Baja Forged Carbon Fiber front Fenders, but we wanted to make sure that we filled it out correctly with the right wheel and tire combo. A lot of people understand the importance of making sure that their tire has the correct rating to tow the heavy load, but they often neglect that their wheels also have a weight rating. Knowing that Method Race Wheels offers their HD series wheels that have a heavier load rating up to 4500lbs, we thought they would work perfect for our project. If you are looking for a heavy duty wheel, make sure to check them out.

Next we wanted to find a tire that would help enhance and work well with the rest of our set up. We decided to wrap our Method Race Wheels in a set of BF Goodrich 37×13.50R18E Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires. These tires are a great looking and a great performing tire as well. They offer a quiet stable on road ride, yet perform excellent when out on the trail. They feature extra sidewall protection which really comes in handy when in areas with sharp rocks and trail debris that can cause flats. The last thing we want to do is change a flat out on the middle of the trail, but we have our Pro Eagle jack mounted in the bed if we need to. 

Equipment…

As soon as we hit the trail we air down for better ride comfort and a larger foot print for better traction in the dirt. One of the things that we stress so much to our customers is having the right equipment and products on their rigs. One of the first things we added to our truck was the Viair Corp On Board Air (OBA) system. It is so important to air back up before hitting the highway again, for your safety, plus it helps keep your tire maintained at its proper air pressure. Our OBA Viair system works flawlessly to get us back on the road again, and keeps us from having to wait in any long lines at the gas station for air. The OBA has come in handy in many ways not just for airing up tires. We also have it plumbed to air up our Hellwig Product Helper bag set up for towing. Once you have it you will never want to be without it.
 
We have not used our Tepui Roof Top tent yet and I am really sad about this, but with all this social distancing maybe I will be able to head out for a secluded camping trip soon, and get to use it. So far we have set it up a couple of times for shows, and find it very easy. We have had the soft style tents before, and find they are harder to set up than the hard shell style rooftop tent. So far, this Tepui hard shell tent seems to be a much more convenient set up and much lighter product…I think I am going to really like it, but I will have to let you know once I have actually used it…..so stay tuned for an update.
I do have to say I love our ARB Awnings. This is not the first time we have had the awnings, but every time I am more impressed with them, and how useful they are. The only hard part of setting them up is my height. I can’t really reach them with our large trucks, and it makes it hard for me to do the set up by myself, but with the help of a friend it is a really easy and fast set up. It is so much nicer not having to carry around a big bulky Ez-up.
 
Ok, so my new favorite products
We installed the 60 gallon Transfer flow tank, at first I was a little hesitant on the upgrade….but until I had to make the drive to Vegas for The Mint 400 and I didn’t have to stop to get gas….Game changer! I don’t know about you, but I am in a zone and not having to stop makes a world of difference. Plus, I was towing our trailer with a SXS on it as well, and I try to avoid going through gas stations or crowded areas when I am towing. I am really glad my sister installed the Katzkin leather seats as well….These things are so comfortable, and since I never had to stop to get gas a comfortable seat was a must. All the hands free Scosche Products we received came in super handy as well. It was like I had my own personal set up for my comfort, and it worked with our Ford CarPlay. I didn’t have to take my eyes off the road once.
 
All in all, so far I am really happy with all the products and set up of our Ford Super Duty…I can’t wait to use it more and really put it through some more testing. I think the biggest thing I am looking forward to is using the B&W gooseneck set up. We haven’t needed to use it yet, but I can’t wait to see how it pulls. Unfortunately, I will have to wait till we are all off of this quarantine, and can get back to traveling again.
Let me know if you have any questions on any of these products or any other brands…We have been doing this for 22+ years and have come across pretty much everything. We would love to help you find your next product to outfit you rig!
-Sara Morosan
For the Full Story on our Ford Super Duty head over to our build page….

Products Available

Icon Vehicle Dynamics
Stage 7 kit
Pro Eagle Jack
 
Viair Corp
OnBoard Air System

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2019 SEMA Show Ford Booth
King of the Hammer on Display in the middle of Hammer town in the Ford Booth
The Mint 400 in Fords Booth at the Off-Road Festival

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Mark your Calendars

Mark your Calendars

Mark your Calendars
for theses 2020 Events coming up!
King of the Hammer January 31st – February 9th Johnson Valley, Ca

King of the Hammers is just around the corners.
January 31st – February 9th

This is the perfect event to start off the New Year and it’s less than 2 hours away.

More information click on the link below

Can’t make it out?… Watch it live.

The Mint 400 March 5th-March 9th Las Vegas, NV

We are so excited for The Mint 400 this year!

Join us as we Rally to the Races…from Barstow to Vegas!

Join our group or start your own! We have a full schedule of actives, from our own area at the Off-road festival, a special area to watch the races and more!
For more information on Off-Roading to The Mint email us

For More information on The Mint 400 and what it’s all about

Easter Jeep Safari – EJS April 4th – April 12th Moab, UT
Want to go have some fun on the Rocks of Utah?
If you haven’t gone to this event you have to add it to you list of must dos!

This is a week long event and the Red Rock 4-Wheelers do a great job!

Make sure you book your rooms and sign up now for the trails. They go fast!

Tierra Del Sol – TDS February 28th-March 1st Ocotillo Wells / Salton Sea
Just down in Salton Sea / Truck Haven area, the Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego puts on this amazing event every year. It’s a great family event, the off-road trail is a mild to easy trail with lots of beautiful scenery plus they have a great vendor area with a great firework show on Saturday night!

We will not be able to make it out this year, but we wanted to make sure it was something that you put on your Calendar.

Rally To The Races!

Rally To The Races!

We are heading to The Great American Race and we want you to join us!
The Mint 400 is one of the most iconic Off-Road races and we will be
OFF ROADING from Barstow to Las Vegas to watch and be apart of the Fun!

See Below for the Full line of activities, you DONT want to miss!

Thursday & Friday, March 5th and 6th

Real Deal Workshoppes

Welding Workshoppes
Leather Workshoppe
Paint Workshoppe
Workshoppes will be held all day Thursday and Friday!
Learn how to Weld, Pinstripe and Leather work.

We ask for a $20 donation to our non-profit for the workshoppes to help cover the material for the classes, you can make the donation on site with cash or Vemo.

We love to be out at these events to help spark interest in hands on skilled trades! Do you
Love what we do?…Be part of the Revolution! Help Real Deal get to The Mint. These girls are so passionate about what they do, they donate their time and money to get out there to help. a simple donation will help them with these expenses.

Help the Renegades get to The Mint 400
Be part of the Revolution and donate
What is REAL DEAL ….
Visit their website to find out what it is all about!

Thursday, March 5th The Mint 400 Schedule

9:00am – 5:00pm Real Deal Workshoppes

9:00am – 5:00pm The Mint 400 Off-Road Festival Day 1 Las Vegas Blvd to 11th St
Special parking at the Off-Road Festival Thursday and Friday. Pick one of your favorite vehicles from your group to have a special parking to show off their off-road rig.

7:00pm – Midnight The Mint 400 Block Party at The Mint 400 Main Stage / Llama Lot

7:30pm Qualifying Awards for The Mint 400 Main Stage / Llama Lot

7:45pm Miss Mint 400 Crowning Mint 400 Main Stage / Llama Lot

7:30pm – 9:30pm Pit Crew Challenge Mint 400 Main Stage / Llama Lot

Friday, March 6th The Mint 400 Schedule

9:00am – 5:00pm Real Deal Workshoppes

9:00am – 5:00pm The Mint 400 Off-Road Festival Day 2
Las Vegas Blvd to 11th St Special parking at the Off-Road Festival Thursday and Friday. Pick one of your favorite vehicles from your group to have a special parking to show off their off-road rig.

9:00am – 5:00pm Driver Meet & Greet TBD

8:00pm – Midnight Post Race Party Open to GA in VIP Suite

Saturday, March 7th Race Day

RACE Day…RACE Day….RACE Day….Lets go watch some Racing!
One of our favorite things to do is watch Racing….If we aren’t Off-roading then there is nothing better then watching Off-road races. Are we RIGHT!!

As all the Spector’s gather on Saturday morning to watch one of America’s toughest off-road races we will have our own area where we will all watch the races. Bring your Ez-Up’s, Chairs and coolers it’s an all day thing.

For more information about Race day and spectator info Visit Their website
and Hotel information

Love cool Merchandise as much as we do!?

This merchandise is available here Online at DirtCo. or you can purchase it out at the Off-Road festival.

During The Down-Time

During The Down-Time

During this some unexpected down time…

Here are some videos and articles you can catch up on !

Dear friends…

Like you, we are all doing our part to keep COVID-19 at bay, and closely monitoring the situation to take the necessary precautions to keep family, employees, and customers safe.

That is always our number one concern and we have implemented additional hygiene protocol to ensure this.
As things are changing daily, we are still open at this time, as we are listed as an “essential” business, being able to accept damaged vehicles as needed.

At this time, you can feel free to walk-in our business or you can choose to have minimal contact with our convenient key drop and we can handle all paperwork electronically.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by email: info@lge-cts.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your understanding through this difficult time.
Sincerely,
LGE-CTS Motorsports family
info@lge-cts.com
909.599.2203

Re-Cap of our trip to The Mint 400

Re-Cap of our trip to The Mint 400

A few weeks ago, we headed out to The Mint 400 also known as the Great American off-road race, held in Las Vegas, NV. We have been attending this race for many years, and I have to say, the detail that the Martelli Brothers and their team put into this is pretty darn impressive! I was watching “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” the other night, and all though it’s a strange movie, it was great to see some of the details that are still incorporated in today’s race, which is pretty amazing. A few years ago Theresa received one of the famous limited edition decanters when she raced, and they truly are a work of art in their own! After watching the movie and seeing the decanters in it, this made me realize that even though I knew they would be a collectors item, also seeing it as a piece of history made me love the sport even more. Because this truly is what we have a passion for! So, it’s just awesome to be able to cherish these moments that we have together and be apart of history!

This year we did things a little different… While every year we have a great time and get to meet so many amazing people and see old friends. This year did not disappoint, but we did change things up by beginning our trip in the dirt. We went off-roading, all the way from Barstow to State line. Once at the Mint we got to meet new friends, saw some old friends, taught some classes with the Real Deal Renegades, went to parties, stayed in Old town Vegas, walked the Off-Road festival, went to a concert and watched some off-road racing! It was quite a week, life doesn’t get much better than this! It truly was an epic time and I can’t wait to go again next year. I hope that ALL OF YOU can one day join us in experiencing this off-road race and a part of history!

We will be starting an email list for anyone that would like to know about next year’s adventures. So sign up NOW. It’s always the first week of March so make sure to mark your calendars!

I can’t thank The Mint 400 enough for suggesting for us go out and do this. Thanks Matt for everything!

Below is some highlights of our 5 day Adventure…… Hope you can join us next year!

Off-Roading to The Mint 400….Barstow to Vegas!

We left on Wednesday and headed to Barstow, CA where we hit the dirt at the Lake Delores water park that is located just off the 15 Fwy and ended the trip at Primm, NV overlooking the solar field.

We headed down Powerline road that was a total of 209 miles in the dirt. We stopped on the way a few times to check out the sights and had lunch at the Coliseum mine, which was truly epic. Make sure to check out our photos below of all the great places we stopped and a video that Auto Revolution made of the trip.

We took 3 of our LGE-CTS Motorsports vehicles on the trip with us. Our Ford Super Duty did not make it our on the dirt since it was carrying most of the Real Deal supplies for the booth but our Ford Expedition and Ford Ranger were out there tearing it up with its Icon Vehicle Dynamic suspension systems.

I would like to give a huge shout out to Dirt Dynamics for helping lead the trip and pre-run it with us.

If you are looking for a cool umbrella or flag pole holder for your truck or SxS, make sure to check out their website at https://dirtdynamix.com/

We have one on our Ford Ranger and it’s pretty awesome to be able to get out of the sun when you are tailgating at your favorite event or just hanging out in the desert for a quick stop.

Auto Revolution did a short video of our off-road trip… Check it out!

If you have never checked out AutoRevolution.com , You should! They have some great video and shows. It’s a great time to catch up on their content with all this free time!

Real Deal out at the Off-Road Festival

The Real Deal Renegades came along for the trip and set up their booth on Thursday and Friday at the Off-Road Festival in downtown LV, where they taught welding and painting classes to the spectators that stopped by. One of my favorite things about the Real Deal Renegades is watching how excited these girls get to share their talents with others and to see how excited people get when they learn something new! Theresa and Kayla were teaching paint classes but both have their different style and techniques. Ashley was out there teaching welding

Another Huge thanks to The Mint 400 for their support of Real Deal Revolution , which is a 501c3 non-profit. We all had an amazing time and the races were always great to watch. I can’t wait until next year! Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s race and event … you don’t want to miss!

Theresa was teaching pinstriping and Kayla was teaching Helmet art. Both are super talented girls and it is just awesome to sit there and watch them share their magic.
One of the newest Renegades is Ashley. She has been helping teach classes for the last few events and she is doing an amazing job.

This is a photo of her showing our friend Brian from Bink’s design’s son how to weld.

For more photos visit our website at …… www.lge-cts.com

Race Day….Race Day…..Race Day!

Race Day….Race Day….Race Day….Who doesn’t love Race Day? Am I right?

Race day is one of my favorite days, the smell of race trucks in the air is a beautiful thing. The races start super early and have different start times throughout the morning depending on the class you are in. Of course, we were out there cheering on all of our friends and our favorite teams that were out racing and it was super fun to see some of them cross that finish line. It’s amazing to see the time and effort that goes into racing. The passion and love these guys and girls have been beyond anything I have ever seen. So, it is truly an honor to cheer, scream, cry and laugh with these teams of amazing people.

After the races were dying down we headed over to the VIP tents, listened to the amazing race commentators, looked at some awesome walls of art filled with old photos of past races, drank some great beer, and had some amazing food.

Like I said earlier, its a great time and the Martelli Brothers and their team do an amazing job bringing in all the best of the best. I don’t have all the stats on the races, but below are some links to catch up on the latest news and some cool gear that you might have missed.

Well, Folks, that is all for now, hope you enjoyed our newsletter.

Till next time!

-Sara and the LGE-CTS Crew-
To catch up on all the News from The Mint 400….Visit their news page Here.
Missed the Mint 400….Grab your Gear Here!

EASTER JEEP SAFARI 2019

EASTER JEEP SAFARI 2019

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In early April this year the LGE-CTS team headed out to our 5th Easter Jeep Safari 2019 in Moab, UT. We can honestly say; it is one of our favorite events! We left early Sunday morning and drove straight through to Moab. Every year we always have quite the caravan and this year was not different. We were joined by our industry friends from Rollin’ Big Power (RBP), Advanced Accessory Concepts (Trigger Controller), and Hellwig Products. The first stop was Peggy Sues for breakfast, while we waited for the whole group to meet up. It was a surreal moment when you just feel so blessed to have so many great friends and the opportunity to go on work trips like this one. Yes, for us this is a work trip, but for many this is a bucket list trip with family and friends… if you haven’t been you need to go!!

This year Louie was able to join myself and Audry out on the trip, which was super awesome! Now that he is retired, he was excited about joining us on this amazing trip, plus we were able to take out our Jeep and our new Ford Ranger. I was way braver this year on the obstacles that I tried too since I knew my dad was there to help me just in case I broke anything major, lol.

Early Monday morning we met up at the arena for the annual Skyjacker run which this year was the trail head Steel Bender. All the trails out in Moab are beautiful, each one of them bring a totally different terrain or viewpoint. Steel bender is more of tree lined trail and has great obstacles. I was able to use my Warn Winch for the second time in my life. I tried to pick a hard line and got caught up on a rock. Our friends at ICON were nice enough to help us out and we used their Jeep as a winch point. A few of us split from the group and went to spend the day with ICON and we watched Tom Wayes play in his race car. It was pretty freakin’ cool to see what he can do in that car and how it handles so well. Makes me want to race!! The rest of our group finished with Skyjacker run and we all met up for dinner to reminisce about our days and the great times we had before we headed over to Zak’s for an industry party.

Tuesday morning was another early start as we headed out to join the Jk Forum and Hellwig run, Metal masher. This is my second time doing this run, so I was a little braver on trying some of the obstacles. I started to get to brave and attempted “Widow Maker” well I didn’t make it…I had to use my winch for the second time, and I broke my spare tire carrier. Thanks to Icon again for helping me winch out and Mike from Hellwig for changing my spare tire carrier for me. I do have to say we got a great picture of my dad standing under my Jeep. Lol. Maybe next year, I will have better luck! That night after hitting the trails Audry and Melanie (Hellwig) headed over to the Ladies Off-road network to go visit a few of our friends and then we all met up for dinner and to celebrate Melonie’s birthday.

Early Wednesday morning, we joined our friends from ICON on the Trail “Fins’n’things.” I did part of this trail last year in my dad’s black Super duty with Full-size invasion and it was definitely different. Doing the trail in a Jeep was way easier, lol. This was a pretty cool trail, lots of big slick rock sections but had some great switch back area’s that we were able to go fast and got some great shots of all of us. It was a fun day with a smaller group of people. That night we headed over to the RBP party at Woody’s and had a great time hanging out with friends, it’s hard to see everyone during the day so it’s great to still be able to catch up with them in town.

Thursday morning was our turn to lead a trail. Joe Bovee at R&R Marketing helped us plan a trail ride on Hell’s Revenge and was able to take out all of our friends from SEMA / TORA. Even the SEMA president and the Chairman of the board joined us. R&R Marketing team lead the group and made sure we hit all the great spots. ICON Vehicle Dynamics was part of the group and they brought Tom Wayes with his Ultra 4 race car … and he was giving us rides! How awesome to be able to go for a ride in an Ultra 4 car with Tom Wayes…well you will have to make sure to check out some of the video’s from that day for sure. This by far was my favorite day…. We spent time with industry friends that we only get to see out at the SEMA Show and being able to hangout in a different environment and do the things that we love to do with them was amazing. Hellwig products brought out their CJ2A which was a blast to watch go up everything. This really was such a fun day! That night we met up with all of our SEMA / TORA friends for the Town Hall Meeting and the TORA launch party. It was a great party with music, great views and even better company. Later that night we headed to Grandpa’s Garage to meet up with our friends from GenRight Offroad for a night cap before we headed home.

Friday was finally our mellow day…We hit up the show at the arena to go and visit all the booths to see if we could find any new products or cool clothing we couldn’t live without. We came across this cool welding trail kit called “__________” it gives you the ability to weld small thing on the trail that might need to be fixed, like brake lines and radiators. I was pretty impressed with it. When we were finished at the arena, we headed back out to the trail Fins’n’things with ICON and did the second half of the trail again, because we had so much fun on it the last time we were on it. It was a bittersweet trail ride since it was the last one for the week and we were going to head back to camp to pack up and head home.

All of our rigs did amazing and we couldn’t be happier with how our week went. It’s pretty cool to go out and really push yourself and your vehicles to the limit especially when you know you have good product on your rigs that you can trust, there is nothing more important. Plus, my dad didn’t have to help me fix anything major. Part of the reason we go out there on the trails is for product testing, we want to be able to let our customers know firsthand how something works, and how it holds up. We want to make sure we can sell products we believe in.

If you are interested in attending the event next year, check out Red Rock Wheels website: https://www.rr4w.com/ for more information about the upcoming Easter Jeep Safari’s. If you can’t make it out to the actual event and want to head out another time, their website is great to visit for trail info and other great information about Moab.

Check out the photo gallery of all our fun out in Moab and to see how well our products and rigs did out there.

Thanks for reading, till next time!

-Sara-

Check out our friends on Instagram for more great photos from our trip.
ICON Vehicle Dynamics

https://www.instagram.com/ivdsuspension/

Hellwig Products

https://www.instagram.com/hellwig_products/

SkyJaker Suspension

Trigger Controller

https://www.instagram.com/triggercontroller/

Gibson Exhaust

https://www.instagram.com/gibsonexhaust/

Kahn Media

https://www.instagram.com/kahnmedia/

RBP

https://www.instagram.com/rollingbigpower/

Tom Wayes

https://www.instagram.com/twayes

GenRight Offroad

https://www.instagram.com/genrightoffroad/

SEMA TORA

https://www.instagram.com/sema_tora/

Red Rock Wheels

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