Rugged Ridge Drakon JK Hubcentric Alloy Wheels

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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.

Boing! Your Spring Fell Out – What Now?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

2014 Jeep Cherokee configuration goes live

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee build-your-own configuration with pricing has finally gone live giving Jeep enthusiast a chance to create their own dream ride.  The prices range from lowest at $22,995 for the base Sport model to highest at $29,495 for the sleek Trailhawk that’s off road ready straight from the factory. And with those prices doesn’t include all the pricey options you can add on that range from interior to powertrain.

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Although the Cherokee is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in September, that doesn’t mean they still didn’t have some bumps in the road to get there. There is a problem with the new nine-speed automatic transmission and other parts of the drivetrain needing a little fine-tuning which delayed the official launch hosted by Chrysler.

Head on over to Jeep’s build-it-yourself website and have a look around.

New from Summit Racing Equipment: Omix-Ada Restoration Parts

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Factory-authentic reproductions of impossible-to-find original parts for CJs, Wranglers, Cherokees, Wagoneers—even that old Willys in the backyard. From complete body tubs and seats to carburetors, control arms, door handles, and brake lines, Omix-Ada covers every Jeep generation from Willys, Ford, and Bantam to AMC and Chrysler. Whether you’re doing a nuts-and-bolts rebuild of a CJ or just need a headlight for a Jeep Liberty, chances are Omix-Ada makes it. For authenticity, many of its parts carry an “Official Mopar Licensed Restoration Product” pedigree.

PRODUCT LINK
http://www.summitracing.com/search/brand/omix-ada?GroupBy=ProductName

Tallmadge, OH (PRWEB) August 13, 2013

MT Sees if the New Jeep Wrangler Can Compete with the Classic Willy CJ-3A on the Farm

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

Jeep: A car brand for rich and poor alike

We make a lot of assumptions about people based on the cars they drive. A driver in a new Mercedes-Benz has money. The person behind the wheel of a new Ford Fiesta may be middle or working class. But there’s one auto brand that has managed to attract people across the wealth divide. Car data shows that in new auto sales, Jeep does equally well among people who are making less than ten-thousand dollars a year and those who make over half a million.

The Orange County Dirt Devils, an off-roading group that volunteers on weekends to help clean up trails in the San Bernardino National Forest, seems to exemplify the data. Castulo Olivas, a member of the group who works in air conditioning, says that aside from the fact that they all drive Jeeps, he doesn’t have a lot in common with many of the people in the group.

“I know one guy is a pipeline inspector,” Olivas said. “Another guy works in a computer department, does IT. One person does medical sales. You know — heart valves and stuff. They have professions that require college and people that just work in a gas station. It doesn’t matter.”

If you look at car data based on income, it is stark. There are cars that rich people buy, cars that the middle class buys, and cars that poor people buy. But everyone buys Jeep. Jesse Toprak, an analyst for TrueCar.com says Jeep doesn’t have a lot of models, but it has them at both ends of the price spectrum — from $50,000 to less than $20,000. “You can literally lease some of these vehicles for under $300 a month,” Toprak said. “In many cases, if you live in a big city, your mass transit costs might be more than that.”

Toprak says maybe more than any other brand, Jeep capitalizes on it’s “cool” image. “It does give you that — hey, I’m not a mom driving a minivan,” Toprak said. Analysts say most Jeep owners never take their Jeeps off-road. But the point is — they could if they wanted to.

From Marketplace Morning Report written by Noel Kind

Chryslers $500 million investment for Jeep Cherokee

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Chrysler Group LLC showcased a $500 million investment on July 18, 2013 in its Toledo Assembly Complex.

The investment, which orignally was announced back on Novemeber 2011, is for the poroduction of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Chrysler executives believe the Cherokee could be the brand’s top selling model replacing the Jeep Liberty.

The invesment included:

  • 260,000 sq ft expansion of the plant’s body shop and state of the art, 26,000 sq ft Metrology Center
  • Add a second shift or about 1,100 jobs to the facility.

The remainder of the invesments was for other Chrysler facilities around the U.S.

The Jeep Cherokee is extremely important vheicle for Chrysler. It is the first vehicle that will have a new design with great high tech features also.

2013 Jeep Beach – Fun In The Sun Fun In Daytona Beach

jeepbeach1Jeep 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