Ryan Harden

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For more than 20 years I have been helping motorsport clubs, tracks and facilities start, grow and maintain recreational opportunities across the US. I started with my involvement in the Lakeshore ATV club back in the 80’s. I then got picked to join the National OHV Youth Vision team for National 4H. From there, I started working at the...

For more than 20 years I have been helping motorsport clubs, tracks and facilities start, grow and maintain recreational opportunities across the US. I started with my involvement in the Lakeshore ATV club back in the 80’s. I then got picked to join the National OHV Youth Vision team for National 4H. From there, I started working at the National OHV Conservational Council (NOHVCC) and began teaching for the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America in the late 90’s beginning with the ATV Safety Institute and then also becoming a coach for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In the early 2000’s, I was awarded for being a top Midwestern instructor, teaching hundreds of people a year about their vehicles and how to ride safely. During this time, I also became a Master Trainer for Tread Lightly to help build a stronger network of informed, ethical recreationalists. My college education consists of degrees in Marketing and Business to Business Marketing.

In 2002, I became a commercial lines insurance agent for National Motorsports Insurance Agency. It’s here where I help people across the country build insurable & sustainable tracks, trails, parks, and clubs to this day. I'm also heavily involved in the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Assoc. run by my father, Randy Harden, the international Trail Patrol Ambassador program run by my brother, Adam Harden, and is a board member of the National OHV Informational Services (NOHVIS) group. 

In 2016 My wife and I purchased our 2nd Wrangler JK and we began exploring ways to ride our Jeep on trails. After some research, however, we found that there weren't any public 4x4 trails or registration program in Wisconsin. 

In 2017 we began the Wrangler Riders as a non-profit club and gained access to two private riding parks. Our club ran like a private registration program and soon, we opened a 3rd riding area/park in 2018.  We host rides and training events every month and we quickly became one of the largest clubs in Wisconsin. 

In 2018 we changed the main organization to the Road Legal 4WD Association and made Wrangler Riders one of the primary chapters. This allowed us to aid in starting other chapters through our universal membership. The goal is to build a network of chapters, without the chapters having to fork out a ton of money to develop private and public trails. Furthermore, we began an initiative to reduce the bookwork for our chapters while also providing them with a portion of the membership funds. 

 

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WI Recreational 4X4 Trail Program 2020 Update

Public Trail Program for Wisconsin
As the Road Legal Four Wheel Drive Association, we're working on expanding recreational opportunities for Road Legal Four Wheel Drives and all 4X4's past that. We've hosted multiple VIP rides and talk with many legislators, clubs, and associations to try and figure out the best way to get a program started. We want to address a public trail pr...
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Request to Join the Wisconsin Governor's State Trails Council

I've been going to the Wisconsin Governor's State Trails Council meetings for a while now, and would like the opportunity to represent the 4X4 community in Wisconsin. We need to get more involved with Wisconsin Government and Legislation and as clubs take over the local events for RL4WD, I can now make that change.  Here's a past blog fro...
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March 16th 2020 Updates

I've worked through the weekend to finish all the 501c3 donation packets being made and sent out from Feb. New hoodies, hats and shirts are in and will be added to the store once I have them done up for the videos and pictures for each listing. Right now Eric is screening the next batch of shirts that were out of stock for membership packets. I'm w...
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The Evolution of the Trail Ambassador Program

Some of you may have seen how we're getting volunteers together under our Trail Ambassador program. I want to take a few minutes to explain how this system is evolving and is being used to make more trail riding opportunities. It's our hope to provide educational services like this to Trail Ambassadors, members, and the general public.  Over t...
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Ham Radio in WI and Larger 4X4 Rides VLOG

 Over the last year, we've been working hard to come up with longer distance communication guidelines and we want to work with the right people, clubs, organizations and alike so we can be an asset to the Amateur Radio community. Here's an unscripted VLOG explaining a bit about what we do, where we're at, and how we want to get involved the ri...
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End of Year 2019 VLOG Update

We've had an incredible year of wheeling in 2019. Lots of awesome things are coming together for 2020! Join us at our events and meetings coming up and be part of helping us expand trails, do more rides, and keep trails open!  Wisconsin Updates RL4WDAWe've had a great 2019 season with lots of events, rides and trails opened. We're about to top...
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How to Choose the Right Bumper for Your Wrangler

Upgrading the front bumper of a Jeep Wrangler improves more than just its looks and appearance. The right front bumper will allow for enhanced functionality and protection, making your Jeep more capable of whether you are on or off the trail. Stock Wrangler bumpers are fine for light off-roading, trail riding, and recovery purposes. In order to uti...
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RL4WDA November 2019 VLOG

As we come into Winter, I wanted to report on some things we're working on. Please take notice to the January meeting along with the April annual meeting in Stevens Point, WI.  2020 is going to be filled with wonderful trips, more education, more clubs, and more rides! We're carefully setting up our RL4WDA to keep it growing and sustainab...
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Throttle Out: Joe Dicks Top 3 SEMA Jeeps of 2019

In this Throttle Out, Joe checks out the sights and sounds of SEMA with a mission to pick his top 3 Jeeps in attendance.
​The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show was a big hit in 2019! RL4WD plans to attend in 2020 and we became a member in 2019 to help us achieve legislative goals. Joe Dick of Extreme Terrain gives us his top three picks of the 2019 SEMA show for 2019! You may remember SEMA is where our BF Goodrich grant was announced in 2019, see tha...
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Tire Blog: What type of tire fits your riding style?

It's very important to ask your self "what type of tire fits my type of recreational trails I ride?" This blog contains tips to help you, the rider, gain tire knowledge that may aid you in your next tire purchase!  The recipe for Wrangler's versatility and popularity comes with the fact that you can take it almost anywhere—especially with...
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Recent Comments
Rex Binns
The tire size charts, be it this one, or the ones on Quadratec or Jp magazine, tend to the conservative. For instance, I have 1.25... Read More
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:54
Ryan Harden
Thanks for your reply! Great info!
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:55
Adam Gabrielse
Great article and awesome info shared here.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 08:04
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