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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Axial $5K Wrangler and Tacoma Parts Giveaway

Win a $5k Shopping Spree on ExtremeTerrain.com | Sponsored by Axial PAOLI, Pa. (October 9 th, 2019) – Attention Wrangler and Tacoma owners: here is your chance to win a $5,000 parts spree on ExtremeTerrain.com (XT). Sponsored by Axial, manufacturer of off-road LED lighting, the Axial $5,000 giveaway will award one finalist with $5K to spend on XT's...
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Ryan Harden
What would you get for your rig with $5k? I know I'd be looking at the TeraFlex Alpine Control Arm Kit, RedRock 4x4 Stubby Front B... Read More
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:30
Michele Salamun
I’m frugal and won’t replace tires that are still good (ie NEW! ?) but with free cash KA-CHING... lift kit and new tires here I co... Read More
Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:01
Michele Salamun
Don’t know if it’s new since this post... but there’s also a Deegan 38 $4K armor sweepstakes. Enter through 11/30/19
Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:08
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Trail Ambassadors Train With Wisconsin Emergency Management

In the event of a recovery emergency, Wisconsin has a great set of partners when it comes to offering aid to local crews who need help. Our Trail Ambassadors (Division 1 & Division 2) support Wisconsin Emergecy Management's Air Coordination Group as one of the potential ground crews. Yesterday, we did a statewide practice between...
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Michele Salamun
This sounded like such an amazing educational experience and tempted me to sign up as a trail ambassador.
Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:14
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State Trails Council Meeting July 26th, 2019

Overview of the WI State Trails Council Meeting
​I had the pleasure of filling in for Luana Schneider, our WI4x4 rep, at the July WI State Trails Council meeting which was held at 10 am at the Waupaca County Courthouse. For those that don't know, The Wisconsin Governor's State Trails Council (STC) was created by statute 15.347(16) in 1989. The STC provides advice and consulta...
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Thank you for taking the time to do this. It’s wonderful that we have a voice and presence as (what should be) a valued recreation... Read More
Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:20
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Member blogs are now active!

The RL4WD site is being designed to give members the ability to write, share, and learn. One of the powerful features is our blogs. Here, premium members can write or show reviews, share their riding adventures and more.  While writing adventures isn't for everyone, for those who want to do this, now it's an option! 
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Michele Salamun
Great addition. I’ve been learning so much!
Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:22
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WI VIP Ride 2019

The 2019 WI RL4WDA VIP Ride
Our first ever VIP ride is in the books! We had a fantastic time showing lawmakers, tourism and DNR officials what Road Legal 4WD recreation is about, how Slow Speed Trails work, and objectives we want to accomplish. Ultimately, the end goal is to have a public trail program for RL4WD's and other 4x4's in Wisconsin. A RL4WD program would help&...
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Michele Salamun
Such a great idea. Do you think it would become an annual event?
Saturday, 02 November 2019 19:23
Ryan Harden
Yes it will. It's important that the 4x4 community has an event for WI to address thoughts, concerns, and possibilities. We'll wel... Read More
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 14:35
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National Forest Week July 8th - 14th

National Forest Week July 8th-14th 2019
 Many of our 4x4 trails, waypoints, routes, and tours are in the national forests. Without them, we'd have far fewer places to enjoy trails. Let's work together to help promote this amazing week with photos in the woods tagged with #NationalForestWeek in our social media.  Most people just don't know that we own the national forests ...
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Trail Update 5.22.19

 The last few weeks have been filled with lots of awesome contacts, work being done, some movement of events, and more. Watch the vlog and comment below on your thoughts!  We're gearing up to finish the mapping system, streamline the website, finish producing our 2020 production videos for each page, kick off the online learning and more....
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April 2019 Update

As we head into the coming riding season, the warm weather is very much anticipated after a long winter. This winter gave us unprecedented snows, rain and flooding. As such, we had to cancel a few events and move some things to accommodate the extra moisture. Our next ride is scheduled on April 20th where we'll be taking upwards of 25 rigs through ...
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Vehicle Equipment Guide

Important Rig Equipment
Fire Extinguisher  Every rig out on the trail should have some basic equipment to aid you in the event something happens on the trail. While there are thousands of options for many types of products, we're going to attempt to highlight some of the basics to get started with. You'll see the products we'd recommend you take a look at via Amazon ...
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Winch Cycle Reminder

The winch is one of the most commonly neglected accessories of the 4x4. Most folks who have a winch tend to install it and forget it. Every 30-60 days, you'll want to cycle your winch if it hasn't been used to test and heat up the winch to help burn out any condensation that may be gathered during normal driving.  As you can guess, moisture an...
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