I’ll Spare You the Details

1One of the most unique and differentiating features of the Willys / Jeep vehicle has always been the presence of an externally-mounted spare tire. In the early WWII-era models, the spare was first mounted to the rear of the tub but was relocated later to the rear side panel as civilian models were introduced in the mid 40’s, making way for the new rear tailgates on the CJ2 and CJ3 models. While the external mounting of the spare was most likely done out of dire shortage of interior space, the fact that it still resides outside of the frame rails today, some 75 years later, is somewhat surprising. With all of the creature comforts and niceties that have found their way into the current Jeep platform, one would almost expect to see the unsightly spare tire hidden underneath the rear end or tucked away discretely inside the cargo area. That just isn’t the way Jeep has ever done it. Jeeps are about no-nonsense utility…if we have a humongous spare tire, we want it right where we can get to it! Otherwise, we would’ve equipped them with teeny, tiny donut-shaped space-saver spares that tucks underneath your passenger seat.

I have information from very reliable sources, from people that have actually experienced an off-road vehicle roll-over firsthand, and they all unanimously proclaim that, in the event of such an occurrence, you do NOT want anything on the inside of your passenger compartment larger or heavier than a small stuffed animal. Cellphones, toolboxes, tire irons, roofing hammers or, heaven forbid, a 30 ounce stainless steel thermal tumbler filled with scalding-hot coffee are all transformed into barrel-rolling projectiles of terrifying mass that will dent, beat and bludgeon anything and everything in their path. While I agree that the spare tire mounted on the outside is still going to wreak unbelievable havoc if you go belly-up, I am much more comfortable with it not using my lap as a starting point for its dismount. For that reason, storing the spare tire outside the Jeep seems to make a great deal of sense.

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3Another dilemma that is not so easily solved is what do we do in the event that we have a damaged tire and need to use our spare? First of all, if your Jeep has even a small suspension lift and larger tires, you will find that your original equipment jack is of little OR no use to you, other than keeping the jack mounting brackets from rattling. You are going to need to utilize a hi-lift or farm jack and some level of ingenuity in your execution of its use in order to change your flat tire. You will also face a similar problem when it comes to decide where to stow your jack. I prefer a hood jack mount for two reasons: first, the fact that the jack is easily accessible regardless of your vehicles positioning. Secondly and more importantly, those unknowing passersby who seem to inevitably mistake it for some sort of machine gun mounting apparatus always yield some really humorous conversations at the fueling station. Many people opt for mounting the jack right next to the spare on the rear bumper or tailgate which has its own merits. Of course, you could mount the jack on the inside of your Jeep, too (see paragraph above).

Once you have a hi-lift jack mounted in a convenient location on your Jeep, yet another dilemma rears its ugly head. Gravity was happy to assist you when you removed the spare tire but now it’s time to remount the flat tire on your carrier and you have seriously underestimated the weight of a wheel and tire combination, even when it’s flat. Hopefully, you have someone riding with you that can assist with the task of lifting the tire. Even a 35” diameter tire can be cumbersome to lift, if not impossible for some, especially when physical exhaustion and uneven terrain become factors. If you have a 37” tire or larger, I might suggest digging a shallow grave to bury it in or hide it under an immense pile of brush temporarily and return later with a friend/accomplice to retrieve it. However inconvenient this may seem at the time, it pales in comparison to the deflation of being found days later, after an extensive search, with only your arms and legs protruding from under the giant spare tire.     

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Spring Accessories

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It’s time to come out from hibernation now that Winter is fading away slowly, Spring is here and that means warmer weather. And it’s time to switch up your accessories with some of Rugged Ridge’s to bring your Jeep back to life. Here are a few of our favorite things:

HALF & TUBE DOORS
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The cold is long gone and with that it’s time to open up your Jeep to enjoy the trails. So if you like the doors off feel but also want the added convenience and utility of having doors on the trail? Rugged Ridge Tube Doors are constructed from heavy-duty 1.5 inch mandrel bent steel tube that is E coated primered and then textured powder coated for a long lasting finish. Tube doors help increase visibility when climbing obstacles and trail riding. These doors interchange easily with the factory steel doors and require no body modification for installation. They are light weight and small enough to be stored easily in back of the vehicle when not in use so you can take them on the go!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL OF OUR HALF & TUBE DOORS

 

ECLIPSE SUN SHADE
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Now that you got your doors off it’s only natural to take the top off too. The Rugged Ridge Eclipse Sunshade gives the open air and “top down” feeling you want, while providing added protection from harsh sunlight. Featuring reinforced mesh construction, the half sun shade installs between the front portion of a JK’s sport bar and windshield to protect either front or rear passengers separately. The full-length sun shade is secured between the windshield and the rear crossbar of the JK’s sport bar to protect both front and rear passengers simultaneously. By using the mesh material with built-in elastic straps, this sunshade was designed from the start to eliminate the need for a header channel as with other similar products. An all-in-one package, this sunshade is simple to install and doesn’t require any modifications. By retaining access to the Jeep’s top clamps, drivers can keep the shade in place and preserve function of the factory top. The Eclipse Sun Shade installs with sewn-in bungee cords and a small mesh carrying bag for storage when not in use. Compact in size, the Rugged Ridge sun shade can be stored in just about any compartment of your Jeep for quick access.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL OF OUR ECLIPSE SUN SHADES

 

SPLASH GUARDS
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As you go trailing your gonna need some protection from the mud. Rugged Ridge has you covered with our Splash Guards! Featuring high quality injection molded TPE material; these guards are paintable and offer styling accents to customize your vehicle’s look.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR SPLASH GURADS

 

DRAKON WHEELS
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Bring the look of your JK to a whole new level with our Drakon Alloy Wheels from Rugged Ridge. Rugged Ridge designed and built its new wheel from cast aluminum alloy and made it available in multiple stunning finishes to create a unique appearance. This gun metal 20×9 inch wheel from Rugged Ridge fits 07-14 Jeep Wranglers. Backspacing is 4.53 inch with a -12mm offset and 5 on 5-inch bolt pattern. These wheels feature a hub-centric design, meaning this wheel will center perfectly every time.

 CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR DRAKON WHEELS

Monthly Give-Away: Summer Brief Top

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Enter for a chance to win a Rugged Ridge Summer Brief Top of your choice

Open to citizens from US and Canada only, give-away closes at midnight EST on 4/30/2014. Winner will be randomly selected on or around May 1, 2014.Void where prohibited.

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Winterize Your Jeep

Winter is in full swing right now and with that comes the cold weather we all don’t look forward to if you have a Jeep. But have no fear, we have a couple of helpful tips to get your Jeep in gear for this cold weather.

Proper Accessories

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We all know how important good accessories can be during this season. Even simple accessories like a good pair of windshield wipers can help you out in a snowstorm especially. But lets not all forget that your interior can be accessorized as well, like with our All Terrain Floor Liners that will protect your Jeep from the daily grime that can accumulate. Also, it is the perfect time to change your tires to Snow Tires to help hold traction on the slippery roads out there.

 

Emergency Kit

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Being prepared for the worst can’t hurt. Having a small emergency kit with the essentials like a blanket, shovel, and other things can really come in handy for when you get stuck on or off the trails. With our Recovery Gear Kit getting unstuck can be done in faster time than without.

 

Full Gas Tank

Now it’s safe to say this is just common sense but we just have to remind you. You shouldn’t be riding around with a near empty gas tank and in the winter you don’t want to be caught on the side of the road. Make sure you’re regularly filling up to help prevent condensation from forming on the walls of the tank and dripping down into your gas.

 

 

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

Jesse’s Custom 1950 CJ-3A Jeeprod

This custom CJ-3A is a project that Jesse over at Fortec Atlanta had worked on for well over a year. Using a bunch of Omix-ADA, Rugged Ridge, and Alloy USA parts, as well as some custom fabrication – the build finally came to completion just before the 2012 SEMA Show! Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the post.

1950 CJ-3A
 

Body:
Omix-ADA fenders stretched 8”
Omix grill
Omix “WILLYS” branded tailgate
Original windshield frame chopped 12” and 1” added to opening to accommodate bigger glass
All Omix lights
Original headlamp bucket assemblies
Aluminum tub
Omix stainless steel front OE style bumper shortened
Omix stainless steel OE style rear bumperettes
Omix side view mirror 

Frame:
72-75 CJ-5 frame, boxed and fitted with custom cross members
Custom tubular trans mount
Custom motor mounts 

Suspension, Brakes, and Steering:
Independent front suspension with adjustable coilovers
Parallel 4 link rear with adjustable coilovers on custom mounts
Custom rear track bar and mounts
103” wheelbase
Manual rack and pinion steering
Under dash master cylinder and booster
4 piston front brake calipers
Disc brakes on rear
All hand bent stainless steel brake lines with braided stainless hoses 

Engine:
5.7 Hemi form 2008 Dodge Ram
426 Hemi intake
6.1 Hemi fuel rail and injectors
6.4 Hemi front accessories and oil pan
– 224 / 228 @ .50” lift Cam
High Flow Electric Fuel Pump
15 Gallon Aluminum Fuel Cell
Custom Headers with Gibson Sand Rail Mufflers
Custom Aluminum Radiator
Omix Dipstick handles and oil filler cap 

Transmission:
Built 545RFE from 2008 Dodge truck
3000 Stall 

Rear End:
Dana 44 from 72-75 CJ-5
– Limited slip
Precision Gear 4.10 Ring and Pinion, and rebuild kit
Alloy USA replacement shafts
Alloy USA diff cover 

Wheel and Tires:
Front: 26 x 4.5 / 17 M&H Racemaster tires on 17 x 4 Aluminum Wheels
Rear: 28 x 12.50 / 15 M&H Racemaster tires on 15 x 12 American Racing Outlaws 

Interior:
Omix OE style CJ-3A seats
Omix Leather wrapped steering wheel re-wrapped in brown leather
Omix glove box door and grab handle
Stainless steering column
Custom Aluminum Console

Jeep and USA Basketball Team Up

PRESS RELEASE_________

The Jeep® brand and USA Basketball announced their partnership today as the Jeep Wrangler was named the “Official Vehicle of USA Basketball.” The Jeep brand formed a global partnership with USA Basketball to support the men’s and women’s national teams. Accordingly, the Jeep brand will launch a full advertising and marketing campaign scheduled to begin Saturday, April 28. The Jeep brand also announced the introduction of a uniquely designed special edition model, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude Edition, which will be featured in the campaign.

“Each member of the USA Basketball team embodies inner strength, passion, a drive to win and a true sense of dedication they use to not only represent their team, but also their country,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Jeep brand is proud to be on the same team as these talented men and women. Both symbolize American pride, a strong history, a humble spirit, integrity, courage and leadership.”

“We are proud to have the Jeep brand’s support of USA Basketball as we prepare to represent our country both on and off the court this summer,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Chairman. “The defining characteristics of these two American brands make the affiliation feel natural, and the strategic buildup of USA Basketball-themed events, along with the comprehensive advertising and marketing campaign, will put the Jeep brand top of mind with sports fans around the world.”

The Jeep brand also named 2012 USA Basketball finalist and 2008 team member, Chris Paul, as its spokesman for this partnership. In this role, Paul will be featured in the Jeep brand’s advertising campaign and appear in a series of video vignettes that will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at various facets of the partnership with USA Basketball.

“Like all Jeep brand vehicles, Chris Paul defines the meaning of true athleticism and capability; we greatly admire his philanthropic efforts and dedication to giving back to the community. His altruistic nature, compassion and drive perfectly aligns with the Jeep brand values and makes him a great fit for this initiative,” said Manley.

“The Jeep brand has always been associated with the American spirit and as a member of the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball National Team, I am proud to serve as spokesman for Jeep’s partnership with USA Basketball,” stated Chris Paul. “The concept of the ‘Power Within’ is evidenced in my everyday life, both on and off the court. It will be that power that will energize USA Basketball and Jeep to maximize this global partnership in support of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams.”

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Read more on the Jeep press release.

Is Your Lift Street Legal?

One of the risks that comes with modifying any vehicle is compliance with the law, and suspension mods can be the most noticeable. Many Jeep enthusiasts want to lift their Jeep to inprove off road capability, but may wonder what their local laws are regarding lift restrictions. It is best to get familiar with your local laws before installing a lift kit on your vehicle to avoid unwanted circumstances as a result. All it takes is a little time to make sure that your mods are done legally and safely. There is a great online resource for enthusiasts to check state by state information, LiftLaws.com.