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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.

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

1943 Willys MB Celebrates its 70th Birthday

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After being sent to support the US Army in Sicily in 1943 the MB was finally returned home to Toledo, Ohio, its origninal production site.

Nearly seven decades in Italy, current owner Vittorio Argento, an Italian radio jornalist and history enthusiast, brought the Willys MB back for its 70th birthday.

Watch the video below.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Makes a Splash

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The new design of the Jeep Cherokee has everyone taking a second glance, rather the glance is a good or bad thing is up to you. No longer the classic “boxy” Jeep design that we have all come to recognize as the traditional look for the Jeep brand but a more futuristic feel with sharper features. And if you are a true Jeep lover you will know that there has not been a drastic change for two decades or so until 2002 when Liberty stepped in.

The Cherokee has a strong modern design that now features a sharp nose with slanted lights that are pulled back giving the Jeep a facelift. And as you can guess the interior matches as well with modern features with touchscreens that control all your tech needs is available on all models except the base models.

If controversy comes to mind than stop that thought from growing. Jeep wants to spread its reach further with this new upgrade to venture out into a new world and new supporters.

 

Jeep® Jamboree 2013 Schedule

Jeep® Jamboree 2013 Schedule Announced

The official Jeep Jamboree schedule for 2013 has been released, including several new locations. Registration begins December 1st, make sure to visit their website for more information: www.jeepjamboreeusa.com

Trip Name Date City State
9th Texas Spur March 21-23 Llano Texas
20th Pine Barrens March 21-23 Hammonton New Jersey
1st Parker Arizona – New! April 18-20 Parker Arizona
20th Cajun April 25-27 St. Francisville Louisiana
9th Tennessee Mountains – 3 DAY EVENT! April 24-27 Oak Ridge Tennessee
23rd Arch Canyon April 25-27 San Juan County Utah
6th Top of the Ozarks May 9-11 Seymour Missouri
21st Big Bear May 9-11 Big Bear Lake California
16th Land Between The Lakes May 16-18 Marshall County Kentucky
25th Palo Duro May 30-June 1 Amarillo Texas
22nd Canyon de Chelly May 30-June 1 Chinle Arizona
4th Badlands May 30-June 2 Attica Indiana
21st Drummond Island June 20-22 Drummond Island Michigan
16th Penn’s Woods June 20-22 Bradford Pennsylvania
7th Killington July 18-20 Killington Vermont
18th Northwoods – Mole Lake July 18-20 Crandon Wisconsin
1st Roof of the Rockies – New! August 1-3 Snowmass – Aspen Colorado
2nd Coal Mountain Aug. 1-3 Shimoken Pennsylvania
16th Rubicon Trail Aug. 8-11 The Rubicon Trail California
5th Big Horn Mountains Aug. 29-31 Dayton Wyoming
21st Black Hills Sept. 5-7 Deadwood South Dakota
3rd Laurel Highlands Sept. 12-14 Farmington Pennsylvania
26th Ouray Sept. 12-14 Ouray Colorado
16th Catskill Mountains Sept. 19-21 Monticello New York
24th Maine Mountains Oct. 3-5 Bethel Maine
24th French Lick Oct. 3-5 French Lick Indiana
15th Moab Oct. 17-19 Moab Utah
20th Gateway to the Cumberlands Oct. 24-26 Williamsburg Kentucky
24th Ouachita Oct. 24-26 Hot Springs Arkansas
4th Cullman Alabama Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Cullman Alabama

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

Crush Recovery Build: SEMA Ready

Well, just it’s just about complete! At the time of this shoot the paint matched seats and hood mentioned on the previous post hadn’t been installed yet. Everything else is good to go, and everything has come together very well! You’ll notice some the great details in the paint matched accents in the gallery below. The build features more than 60 of the latest products from the Omix-ADA family of brands; some of the newest products from Rugged Ridge such as the new Aluminum Hood Latches and Aluminum XHD bumpers, and Alloy USA’s high-strength axle shafts.

The final outcome of this Rubicon has definitely met the original goal of the build. Crush Recovery is designed to be the ultimate off road vehicles to recover 4x4s stuck in the toughest terrain. Inspiration stems from both Jeep’s trusted reputation and and unmatched versatility. Additionally, the new for 2012 Jeep color, Orange Crush, provides added utility and safety to Crush Recovery. The vibrant color stands out amongst the green and brown hues of the outdoors, making rescuers easily visible to those in need. Make sure to follow the coverage of the SEMA Show 2012 from Rugged Ridge to Crush Recover completely finished, as well as all of the other vehicles featured this year!