What is the JKX?

Back in 2009 Mel Wade of Off Road Evolution started a new jeep adventure called the JK-Experience because the other high profile events frowned on the new Jeep Wrangler JK models participating in their events. He wanted an event that showcased the capabilities of the new Jeep JK and JKU models while providing participants something more than an off-road event he wanted to provide an “experience!” Since that time, JK-Experience had been an annual week-long event, beginning Labor Day weekend, that most JK owners dream of participating in someday.

The premise of the event is that there are 10 sponsors and 8-10 participants who must meet stringent requirements (i.e., sport cage, minimum 37″ tires, etc.) and submit an application in the spring–crossing their fingers they get selected for the trip of a lifetime. You are notified approximately 4 weeks before the event as to the starting and ending location. Once there every day is a surprise as to where you will end up. The only thing that is not a surprise is that there is going to be hard core wheeling and some spectacular site seeing along the way.

This trip quickly became nationally known as the "JKX".  All it takes is a Jeep JK and a team of two that can wheel, wrench, get along with others.

Its a planned route in secrecy and all the participants know is the starting and ending location.  This is what makes the JKX so unique! It's a test of man and machine that is intended to bring out the best in both.  There are some requirements which can be read on the other page BUT a positive attitude and the ability to go with the flow and fix what you have makes the trip a lot easier for everyone. With a limited invitation of 10 guests and 10 sponsors we encourage submission of your application early.  

The JKX is an awesome experience but may not be for everyone.  With such great interest and participation, it has grown into more than just a "JK" thing.  Today, Mel hosts events all over the United States .  With the awesome support of JKX sponsors, Mel and his team also put on yearly events such as:

  • The Jeep-Xperience is typically held in the Lonestar State of Texas.  This is event welcomes ALL BREEDS jeep.   
  • The Jeep-Bash, which is held in beautiful Southern California on the waterfront of Long Beach, California.  In 2017 it will be our 3rd year hosting this event which is continuously growing.  This event is also open to ALL BREEDS jeeps.
  • The infamous JK Experience (JKX). 

Mel and the JKX team put a lot of time and effort into these events to create the best experience for you, from extensive pre-running, obtaining quality staff support, swag bag coordination & preparation, printing of events decals, coordination of food vendors, coordinating hotels & meals and a whole lot more.  After all, it's your experience, it's our job to make it unforgettable!  

You'll have fun wheeling, experience and appreciate the outdoors, spend time with family and friends and create new lasting friendships.  You Ready?  So...Whether you are new to wheeling or a know it all, we have an Xperience for you!

The JKX and all of there events, are a perfect opportunity for building brand exposure especially if you are in the business of aftermarket accessories.  If you'd like more information on being a sponsor or vendor, please reach out to them at t.wade@jk-experience.com.