Tom Yash

Tom Yash

My name is Tom Yash and currently I am a product specialist for 4Wheel Drive Hardware’s online merchandising department. I have been employed with the company since I graduated from Ohio University in 2006. I applied to an online job posting on 4WD.com as a way to avoid my Marketing 220 homework. One week later I completed an interview and accepted a position in the sales department. Since that day I have worked as a sales agent, trainer for customer service and sales departments, a showroom employee, and finally my current position as a product specialist.

I have been a fan of 4x4s all of my life and working at 4WD hardware has increased my enthusiasm. I took my first Jeep ride at the age of four and still get excited remembering it. I was in the back of my uncle’s late 70s CJ5 that had the biggest tires I had ever seen – so big they rubbed the body when rounding corners. I still smile thinking about that first ride and how the normally uneventful ride became thrilling. We had driven three miles and never exceeded 40 miles per hour. It’s lame to say but I was definitely hooked.

It wasn’t fate but persistence that helped me land my first vehicle/Jeep. While working at a golf course and saving as much money as my burnt pockets would allow, I managed to purchase a 1976 Jeep CJ5. I still claim that it was the most unreliable vehicle Northeast Ohio had to offer... and I loved it. It broke down on 25% of its journeys. Most of the problems involved minor issues with timing, fuel delivery, and clutches. I named it “The Plastic Coffin” because it was equipped with a fiberglass body, V8 motor, and was without power brakes or power steering. Very scary, very fun, and always unreliable, my old CJ is still one of my favorite jeeps.

What I have learned both at work and on my own is that if you own one Jeep, you tend to keep purchasing them. For instance, I currently own something like 6 Jeeps and since the age of 16 I have owned 22 vehicles. Buying and selling cars is my newest and most fun hobby that shows zero signs of slowing. Instead, after three recent vehicle purchases it might be gaining ground.

By no means am I a collector or restoration specialist. I build, beat, break, and try to repair. I have wheeled as few as 8 different jeeps in the past couple of years. The vehicles with the least amount of money invested seem to be the most enjoyable. I can’t afford a high dollar rig or all new parts. I can afford couple hundred dollar Cherokees with high miles and long wheelbases that work GREAT!

So as I live, breath, and wheel, I am sure that my bank account will be small, my smile will be large, and my garage will be filled with rust and junk.

Come visit Tom Yash at the 4 Wheel Drive Hardware! Partnership with 4WD

4Wheel Drive Hardware has proudly joined forces with 4 Wheel Parts to provide the best service and products for Jeep owners. The Columbiana, Ohio showroom is the biggest Jeep outlet in the Northeast. It's located on State Route 14, about 10 minutes from the Ohio turnpike. You'll find all the Jeep parts you need here, including lift kits, bumpers, winches, tires, wheels, and more. Throughout the year, you'll find some of the biggest off-road events at 4Wheel Drive Hardware. Plus, we have a long-standing relationship with both national and local Jeep clubs. Come down to the store and start building your dream Jeep.

The Annual 4Wheel Drive Hardware Jamboree | July 22-23 Columbiana, Ohio

It’s that time of year again, time for the 4Wheel Drive Hardware Jeep Jamboree. This two-day event will be held Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 – rain or shine.

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4Wheel Drive Hardware Rausch Creek Qualifier Recap

It’s official. The 2011 4Wheel Drive Hardware Rausch Creek Qualifier was my favorite of the Ultra4 races I’ve attended to date. Technical driving was left at the start/finish line and the skinny pedal was the only tool needed to navigate the slick mud and rain-soaked obstacles.

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2011 RCQ MAY 20TH-22ND

Attention all you East Coast Ultra 4 fans! 4Wheel Drive Hardware is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2011 Rausch Creek Qualifier for the King of the Hammers. This is my invitation to you for a wild weekend of Northeast 4×4 fun.

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Jeep Wrangler JK Build Part II

Jeep Wrangler JK Build - Pic 1

This is the second part of my Jeep Wrangler JK build. To see how the project got started, visit my Jeep Wrangler JK Build – Part I blog.

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