XHD equipped Wrangler vs Xterra


A lot of people ask “How Rugged is Rugged Ridge?”

Every few months we get a thank you email from a Rugged Ridge user whose Jeep was saved by one of our bumpers.  Alot of times we don’t get pictures of these urban trail stories but this time we got pictures.

“I hit a newer model Xterra (about a 2008 model). I hit the right quarter panel traveling about 35 mph. The Xterra had to be towed but I drove my Jeep home. The stinger is broken mainly at the bases where it mounts. Some of the tubing also tore a little bit… I cannot imagine how damaged my Jeep would have been if it had not been for your bumper. Nobody was hurt in the wreck and I credit your craftsman ship to my safety. So again, thank you for keeping me and my Jeep safe and I will be a more conscientious driver from now on.” - Ryan

We are glad no one was seriously injured in the wreck, and we are delighted to hear our bumper saved another Jeeper.  Ryan told us he is planning on replacing Stinger front mount as he loves his XHD.  Remember when replacing your OE bumper you equip your Jeep with something that can withstand the elements…  including the Human element!


With 100’s of combination the XHD gives you the best of all worlds with modular design to choose your bumper configuration and rugged construction.


Rugged Ridge JK Intake/Exhaust Dyno Tested

jeep wragler jk dyno test

When we say we test our parts we weren’t playing around.  We took one of our Wrangler projects to Batlground Engineering for dyno testing.  Batlground is one of the hottest motorsport shops in the southeast known for their drag racing and drifting. Almost new this 2009 Jeep Wrangler 4dr, with 1600 miles, got our Rugged Ridge ORV 4″ Lift Kit and our Black Rugged Ridge Wheels with machined lip wrapped in 35″ Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar provided by TreaDepot.com before we did the test.  So depending on application and wheel/tire package your numbers could vary.  If you have a newer JK Wrangler with 3.8L you know the motor is a dog and when you add an offroad wheel/tire package it just gets worse.  So we wanted to know exactly how much wheel power we were putting to the ground and what performance gains we could expect from our intake/exhaust.


STOCK – Power = 145.87 Torque = 150.75
INTAKE – Power = 153.89 Torque = 158.37
INTAKE & EXHAUST – Power = 163.45 Torque = 167.69

GAINS – Power = 17.58 Torque = 17.69


Around the World in a Jeep. The Paris to New York Transcontinental

They started in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris France, and now a year a half later sit waiting to cross the Bering Straight. The Goal? To become the first vehicle to travel from Paris to New York (the long way) under its own power. Extreme Expedition has passed through eighteen countries in eighteen months, and looks to add two more to its total as it looks to complete its 25,000 mile voyage this June.

Now, the most dangerous part of the voyage lies ahead as the team waits for the weather to clear before attempting to cross the 60 mile Bering Straight. The team has fitted the Wranglers with pontoons for water crossings and to ensure the vehicles won’t crash down through ice flows. From there the expedition plans to drive from Alaska into Canada before criss-crossing the states on their way to New York City.

If you have a lot of “Free Cash” laying around and want to get in on the action: you can! Around $50,000 will buy you 25 days or so behind the wheel of one of the three heavily modified Jeep Rubicon (JK) Wranglers.

Jeep unveils eight Mopar concepts at Moab

Chrysler rolled into Moab with truckloads of “Moparized” Jeeps and wicked Ram Trucks meant to the turn heads of fans at the 44th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

“Our customized production vehicles show how Mopar can accessorize Jeep and Ram vehicles that are on the road today while our image vehicles showcase directions we could take in the future,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and Chief Executive Officer – Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC. “We will gauge reaction to these vehicles. And as we develop our next generation of new Mopar parts and accessories, we will listen closely to this dedicated group of hard-core off-road enthusiasts.”

“Moparized” Vehicles
The Mopar Underground design team is a small group of dedicated engineers, designers and fabricators who are led by Mark Allen, Chief Designer – Head of Jeep Design Studio, Chrysler Group LLC. The Mopar design team has been customizing production vehicles since 2002 and has introduced nearly 20 concept vehicles to enthusiast crowds at the Moab Jeep Safari.

The Mopar off-road engineering team is led by Keith Montone, Manager – Mopar Jeep and Ram Off-road Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. This experienced group of vehicle engineers is dedicated to providing Jeep and Ram customers with the best off-road parts and accessories. The team has introduced many new parts and played a key role in developing the first aftermarket lift kits available from an automotive manufacturer.

“Moab is a proving ground for us to test our vehicles on extreme trails alongside our customers,” said Allen. “We will take all of the feedback we get from our customers right back to the design studio with us.”

Following are eight “Moparized” image vehicles that will be shown in Moab:

Jeep Wrangler J7

Jeep Patriot Extreme

Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss

Jeep Nukizer 715

Ram PowerWagon

The General

Mopar Ram Runner

Mopar ImMortal

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Jeep Broadens Lineup by Launching Three New Models

Leading up to their 70th Anniversary Jeep is broadening the lineup by launching three new models. The new Jeep Liberty Renegade and Jeep Wrangler Islander edition will be available in Jeep showrooms in the first quarter of 2010. The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition will follow in the second quarter.

Jeep Wrangler Islander

After more than 20 years, the unique Islander theme returns to Jeep.

The limited-edition Jeep Wrangler Islander is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 models. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Islander’s unique beach theme conveys open-air fun at first and every glance.

Jeep Wrangler Islander is featured in unique Surf Blue Pearl Coat, and is also available in Stone White Clear Coat, Bright Sliver Metallic Clear Coat and Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat.

Other exterior features include an Islander “Tiki Bob” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Islander” theme of the vehicle, blackside steps and popular Moab 17-inch wheels shod with 32-inch tires.

Inside, Islander’s seats are Dark Gray with Surf Blue inserts, blue stitching and an embroidered Islander “Tiki Bob” logo adorning the seat back. Blue stitching also has been added to the leather-wrapped steering wheel, with Mopar® rubber floor mats completing the beach theme.

The Jeep Wrangler Islander option package is available at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,120.

Jeep Wrangler Mountain

Further expanding the iconic Wrangler brand’s reach, Jeep delivers another high-impact, limited-edition model with the Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition is based on the Wrangler Sport S package, and is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 models.

Exterior features include a unique “Mountain” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Mountain” theme of the vehicle; painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliqués; tubular side steps; 32-inch tires; black tail lamp guards; and a fuel-filler door from Mopar.

Available exterior colors include Rescue Green Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat.

Interior features include an embossed seat insert with embroidered “Mountain logo,” and anodized graphite heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) rings.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain option package will be available at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $1,820.


Jeep Liberty Renegade

The “Renegade” name returns to the Jeep® lineup for 2010. First used in 1964 on the inside door opening of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Renegade has always represented the rebellious heart and soul of the Jeep brand.

Jeep Liberty Renegade is offered in a new, Renegade-exclusive Salsa Red Pearl Coat exterior, as well as Natural Green Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Standard Liberty Renegade exterior features include painted Mineral Gray Keystone 16-inch wheels that wear new, rugged all-terrain P235/70R16 outline white letter (OWL); dark neutral metallic wheel flares, lower side sills, front and rear fascia, body side moldings and rear license plate bar; black headlamp bezel; Argent Silver accent on the lower fascia appliqué and roof rack; Satin Black vinyl hood graphics; deep-tint glass; fog lamps; skid plates and tow hooks.

Inside, standard appointments include new premium cloth seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, instrument panel grab handle and park-brake boot; new driftwood accent bezels; leather-wrapped center console and soft-door armrests; premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC); cruise control; security alarm; rear cargo cover and steering-wheel-mounted radio controls.

Electric shifting between 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Low is accomplished with a console-mounted switch. A push-pin button is used to shift to Neutral mode. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard on all Jeep Liberty models, including the new Renegade. The 3.7-liter engine produces 210 horsepower (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

All Jeep Liberty models offer customers an “only-in-a-Jeep” open-air experience, courtesy of Jeep’s industry-exclusive Sky Slider™ full-length open-canvas roof.

Hot New Product: 2007-10 Wrangler Windshield Light Bar

11232.21The Rugged Ridge Windshield Mount Light Bar for 2007-10 Wrangler that debuted with much fanfare at SEMA is now in stock and shipping!

That’s right the folks at Rugged Ridge, who brought us the innovative All Terrain Floor Liners and the XHD Modular Bumper system, set their sights on constructing the ultimate Jeep Wrangler Light Bar. The result is this exciting new design that has five light mounting tabs and revolutionary features found nowhere else. Through extensive testing, they were able to incorporate a special wind deflector below the light bar to dramatically reduce whistling and “buffeting” of your soft top. The light bar hugs the contour of your windshield providing a great look without impeding the use of your hard or soft top. Oversized 2″ textured black or polished stainless tubing attaches to your windshield mounts with no drilling. Each Light bar has five light tabs for that accommodate up to five 7″ lights (also available from Rugged Ridge). Each light bar has been specially developed to work with Rugged Ridge Light mount brackets and/or Rugged Ridge mirror relocation brackets. So, you can mount additional lights, and ride around with your doors off while retaining your OE mirrors! Special three piece design makes the packaging small for shipping and eases installation. This is truly the most advanced light bar on the market!

Alloy USA unveils 4140 Chromoly 27-Spline Rear Axle Kit for 1990-06 Jeep Wrangler & Cherokee

Alloy USA Rear Axle Kit

Alloy USA Rear Axle Kit

Suwanee, GA –For years Alloy USA has been the predominant supplier of Chromoly axles for off road enthusiasts looking to increase their axle strength and spline count. Now Alloy USA is using this same great forging technology to produce 4140 Chromoly axles in stock spline counts. Built with the occasional off-roader in mind, these great axles offer unparalleled strength both on and off road, but without the added expense of having to upgrade to a 30-spline differential. High tensile strength 4140 Chromoly is heat-treated twice and induction hardened to produce these heavy-duty axles that are up to 35% stronger than stock 1040 axles. The shafts are then precision CNC machined and magnaflux inspected for cracks before receiving a slick black anodized finish. Each axle shaft is backed by Alloy USA’s exclusive ten-year warranty! Our axle shaft kits include everything you need to complete the job: both passenger and drive side axle shafts, seals, bearings and wheel studs.

Product Review: Rugged Ridge Recovery Gear Kit

So, when the guys at 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility got back to their desks after testing the new Rugged Ridge Recovery Gear Kit this is what they had to say, “There is no better way to make friends  in the back country than by helping a hapless wheeler get unstuck. Rugged Ridge’s Recovery Kit includes everything but a winch and a tip jar, all in a durable tote.”

Key Features:

  • Durable recovery gear bag
  • Heavy-Duty 8-inch 20,000 lb snatch block pulley
  • Premium 2-inch by 30-foot 20,000lb recovery strap
  • Premium 3-inch by 6-foot 30,000lb tree saver strap
  • Heavy-duty 9,500 lb zinc coated pair of D-Rings
  • Winch line dampener
  • Pair of leather recovery gloves

They’re right! Our Recovery Gear Kit is a must buy for any off roader. A great kit like this will save your bacon next time you or your buddy get caught in a sticky situation!

-And if you are looking for the winch and the tip jar, we have those too! Our 2007-10 Jeep Wrangler Rear Seat Organizer makes a convenient tip jar, and we carry a full line of Heavy Duty Winches!


Jeep Debuts New Brand Campaign: "I live. I ride. I am. Jeep."

Jeep® is launching an all-new advertising campaign with a new tagline that communicates the Jeep brand’s unique lifestyle.  According to Mike Manley, President and CEO of the Jeep Brand, “We believe there is a little bit of Jeep inside everyone. Deep down, to some degree, everyone wants to seize every moment and live life to the fullest. This campaign gets to the core of those emotions, effectively communicating that unique ‘Jeep spirit.” The “I live. I ride. I am. Jeep.”  campaign seeks to remind all of us that Jeeps make, “ Mondays feel more like Fridays”.

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Let Rugged Ridge fill your stocking with cash!

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving gifts, and your friends at Rugged Ridge have figured out a way for you to accomplish both at once! Give yourself Let your loved ones give you everything you need to turn your rig into the 4×4 of your dreams and receive up to $200 cash back! That’s right! You can and pick and choose from more than 15,000 of the best Off-Road and Performance Accessories from Rugged Ridge, Omix-ADA, Alloy USA, Precision Gear and Outland and get paid for doing it. Who doesn’t want a new winch or set of HID lights sitting under the tree and cash stuffed in their stocking?

Our lawyer says other terms and conditions apply, but you can read those here . I say, start turning wrenches and get cash back!