Last year at the Beijing Auto Show the Dragon concept was introduced for the Jeep Wrangler and the response was so good that it will be available as a limited edition model in the U.S.
The special edition Jeep is a major nod to the Chinese culture. Chrysler said that the dragon symbolizes strength and power and is an “aspirational character normally associated with royalty.” Historians say that Chinese dragons are seen as benevolent creatures, not the monsters usually associated with Western fairy tales.
This is the most expensive model in the 2014 Wrangler line up starting at $37,090. The Wrangler is only available in black . The design includes a Dark Charcoal dragon decal that snakes along the hood and driver’s side of the vehicle. Other touches include a black spare tire cover with a dragon decal, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and Bronze Satin Gloss exterior trim.
The cabin gets a black-and-bronze theme with Satin Bronze dragon scales on parts of the interior, including the outer seat bolsters, center console armrest and steering wheel.
The 2014 Wrangler is equipped with the 285-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.
Amazon is kicking off September by giving away a custom built 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to one lucky automotive customer. Along with the sweepstakes, Amazon will also be providing discounts of up to 40-percent off select Jeep parts and accessories for the entire month of September. This event marks the first time in its 18 year history that Amazon has given away a vehicle, a radically modified Jeep no less!
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, dubbed the Orange Crusher, has been built to conquer any terrain and features a 4-inch Rugged Ridge ORV lift kit to clear the 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires mounted on hyper silver Rugged Ridge alloy wheels with color matched simulated beadlock rings. A set of heavy duty Rugged Ridge skid plates protect the underside of the Jeep from sharp rocks while crawling around trails. An XHD modular bumper with high-clearance ends offers plenty of protection without getting the Jeep hung up on obstacles. A Rugged Ridge 8500-pound performance winch ensures the big Jeep can pull itself out of any sticky situation. Since most Jeep enthusiast love playing in the great outdoors, a Rugged Ridge roof rack offers plenty of space to mount a kayak or mountain bike as well as HID lights to illuminate the darkest nights. To give the Jeep a little more power under the hood, the Orange Crusher Jeep was outfitted with a Rugged Ridge cat-back dual exhaust system.
Just in case the Orange Crusher Jeep needs to ford any deep rivers or mud pits, a modular XHD snorkel system will ensure it can make the trek across. As in any off-road truck, getting a flat is inevitable and part of the cost of playing in the dirt which is why the Orange Crusher features a heavy duty rear mounted jack.
The cost of a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with these types of modifications is valued at $45,531, but luckily, you can enter for a chance to win this orange beast.
The deadline for sweepstakes entries is 11:59 PM PT on September 30, 2013. Amazon Automotive Jeep Giveaway rules, entry form, and promotion details are available at http://www.amazon.com/jeepgiveaway
Introducing our new Drakon JK Hubcentric Alloy Wheels. Our Drakon Alloy Wheel offers a sleek hubcentric design that takes style to a whole new level for ’07-’14 Jeep Wrangler(JK) owners. Designed to appeal to even the most hardcore Jeep enthusiasts, the DOT-approved Drakon offers the best fit and style possible, featuring 4.5-inch backspacing and a 2200-pound load rating on the JK’s 5-on-5 inch bolt pattern. The Drakon Alloy wheels are currently available in two different finishes, Black Satin and Gun Metal. Coming to a Rugged Ridge deal soon.
Repairing Your Suspension On The Trail
So you are driving down the trail with your sway bar disconnected on your coil- sprung Jeep, you hit a seriously twisty section and boing, pop, clang, and all of a sudden your Jeep is leaned awkwardly to one side. Your spring just fell out. We’ve seen this happen on the front of XJs, and front and rear of TJs, JKs, and ZJs. We’ve also experienced it in our WJ. So what to do, now that your Jeep is leaning uncomfortably to one side and your coil is laying in the dirt taking a nap? This time in “What Now!”-land we will talk about a few ways to get your Jeep going again with all four springs.
It happened to us on one of our off-road adventures. The WJ was all loaded up with dogs, a canoe, camping gear, the wife, and other stuff. We were headed up one of our favorite local trails over a flexy section, when one of the front coils fell out. This sucks, but it’s a fairly easy fix if you know what you are doing. Usually Jeep coils are retained by an upper stem and a lower clamp on spring retainer. If the lower clamp is missing, or your Jeep does not have an upper stem (like on our WJ) the spring can fall out more easily.
The best thing to do is to back up to where the spring fell out. Hopefully the suspension will flex back to the exact position in that spot on the trail, and you can simply pop the coil back in place. If that won’t work, or it involves putting the Jeep in a position where it is not balanced (like a side hill where the Jeep is leaned over to one side), use your Hi-Lift Jack to lift the side of the Jeep where the coil fell out until you can replace the coil.
We could not quite get the Jeep to flex enough to get the coil back in place, and despite bringing everything but the kitchen sink on our trip, we did not have a Hi-Lift. Instead, we backed up a touch and put a flat rock in front of the rear tire. We then drove up on the rock and the Jeep was flexed enough that were able to reseat the coil. Once the coil was back in place, we re-attached the sway bar. This limited the flex and kept the springs from falling out. Once you get home, you will need to address the problem and add a lower coil retaining clip, limiting strap, or add an upper stem to the suspension so the spring won’t fall out on the trail next time.
From JP Magazine by Verne Simons
Once the Second World War was over, the American vehicle manufacturing industry was still tooled up for production of military equipment, and while there were some factories that were able to quickly adapt to peace-time production, others were bigger and therefore their moves were cumbersome.
However, there was another category which is worth mentioning here – those companies whose products did find civilian uses with minimal modifications, like the iconic Willys Jeep, which got stripped out and sold to farmers who would plough the fields with it, or spread seeds.
Motor Trend wants to see if that purposefully-utilitarian philosophy to building off-roaders has been preserved until the modern day, or in other words, if a modern Jeep Wrangler can cut it on the farm. The chosen vehicle is a Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, coupled to a manual gearbox. It proves that it has more than enough power and traction to do some really hard work, and while it doesn’t have PTO (power take-off) at the back to provide drive to the more advanced farming equipment, it really isn’t bad.
But all of this text would be irrelevant without the video, which is a nice history lesson and generally quite informative, as well as also being posted below.
From Carscoops By Andrei Nedelea
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Andy’s Auto Sport featured Omix-Ada for their feature manufacturer segment. They kicked off their Project YJ build off by replacing their rusty old windshield frame with a new one from Omix-Ada.
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Jeep Beach is an event put on every year in Daytona Beach, Florida, by the Mid Florida Jeep Club. The title sponsors that help make it all possible are Rugged Ridge and BF Goodrich. Rugged Ridge has been telling us what fun the event is for years, but from the pictures and information we’ve seen, we haven’t been all that convinced. This year, the company finally wore us down and we went out to Jeep Beach for the first time—now we wish we had gone to the event sooner.
From the pictures you can see it isn’t another Moab Easter Jeep Safari or a Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari and…well, it isn’t. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a lot of fun in its own right, and the growing number of participants every year bears that out. The 2013 event marked the 10th anniversary of the five-day Jeep Beach gathering, which is held towards the end of April. It all started on Wednesday night with a kickoff party and was nonstop fun until the parade and pool party on Sunday. Thursday featured a Scavenger Hunt where you needed to find items and landmarks and shoot a picture of yourself at the backdrop. The pictures then got entered for a drawing at that night’s Cruise-In. Friday was registration day and a small vendor show at the host hotel where participants could meet some of the key players behind some of the industry’s coolest parts and Jeeps. Saturday was a full day with a much bigger vendor show, a Show-n-Shine, and an Obstacle Course, all in the infield of the motor speedway while NASCAR cars ran practice laps around the course. There was also a raffle Saturday afternoon, and Sunday started off bright and early with a massive Jeep parade along a couple of miles of Daytona Beach, followed by a pool party.
Unlike many of the other events we attend, this one has a strict Jeep-only policy that makes it that much better for us at a Jeep-only magazine. If you’ve got a Jeep and don’t mind the drive down there, you might want to check out next year’s event. Dates are still pending as of press time, but look at jeepbeach.com for updates after checking out just some of the fun that was had this year.
From the September, 2013 issue of Jp By Pete Trasborg Photography by Pete Trasborg
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