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Jeep Grand Cherokee – Look tougher

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee provides the best of both worlds. Extremely nice and comfortable as well as stylish for the weekly commute to work, school or wherever. It is also extremely capable off-road. Since the Jeep Grand Cherokee for many of us is our daily driver you may not realize that there are a number of upgrades and modifications that can toughen up the look of our Jeep Grand Cherokee.

  • Wheels
  • Tires
  • Suspension Lift Kits
  • Bumper Guards
  • Roof and Storage Racks
  • Winches
  • Towing / Extracting points
  • Interior protection
  • Floor Mats
  • Cargo Mats

  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee was evolved from the old Jeep Wagoneer. As SUV’s became popular, so did the Grand Cherokee and most might say it is the premier SUV. It has stood the test of time and provides a great balance between comfort, luxury and off road exploration. Just like those who love modifying their CJ or Wrangler, the Jeep Grand Cherokee owners most likely would like to do the same, especially those that have an 80’s, 90’s or earl 2000’s model. So go out and explore what options exist, you’d be surprised how inexpensive some of the items are and will add differentiation for your Grand Cherokee. Be one of one…not one of many. Enjoy the ride!

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Jeep Truck – Could be coming in 2018

Jeep Truck

Here’s the latest on the potential for a Jeep Truck (JT) coming soon…..Enjoy….

Check out the potential new JT

When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made the decision not to unveil any new vehicles this week during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a lot of people were left scratching their heads.

After all, it would mark the first time since 2010 that FCA didn’t have something new to show off – even though the brand does have a new Wrangler and Ram truck on the horizon.

Well, turns out the automaker did have something to show off in Detroit. A billion somethings, actually. As well as confirmation a familiar nameplate is returning to the fold.

FCA surprised just about everyone Sunday afternoon by officially announcing plans to invest $1-billion over the next few years to retool the company’s Warren (MI) and Toledo (OH) plants. In the process, FCA also confirmed the Wagoneer nameplate is alive and well, and will be produced at the revamped Warren facility, while its JT Jeep Truck Wrangler pickup is coming to Toledo.

For the Wagoneer, Sunday’s proclamation officially cements the vehicle in FCA’s future plans as the automaker had appeared to waffle lately on whether the Wagoneer would even make it to market because of internal design hurdles. However, retooling the Warren plant specifically for Wagoneer models will provide the company much-needed space and production capacity it needs to implement the vehicle’s body-on-frame design.

“The expansion of our Jeep lineup with the Jeep Truck has been and continues to be the key pillar of our strategy,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of FCA in a company release. “In addition, these all-new products will reach new consumers, as well as those that have been part of the Jeep tradition.”

FCA said that the plant investments and retooling would be completed by 2020 and create around 2,000 jobs between Warren and Toledo. As an added benefit, FCA said it could also use the Warren line to produce Ram heavy-duty trucks domestically, should the country’s trade regulations change when President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Ram-branded trucks are currently built in Mexico.

However, Marchionne said Monday that moving production from Mexico to Detroit is not set in stone, and the company will wait for more clarity from the incoming US administration before taking action. FCA also said these plant changes were in motion before Trump’s series of tweets regarding free-trade issues and his opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” Marchionne said. “These moves, which have been under discussion with Dennis Williams and the rest of the UAW leadership for some time, expand our capacity in these key segments, enabling us to meet growing demand here in the U.S., but more importantly to increase exports of our mid-size and larger vehicles into international markets.”

The Wagoneer was the first of a series of full-size Jeeps introduced by Kaiser Motors in the early 1960s, and the Wagoneer nameplate was used on the full-size wagons until 1983.

The new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be rugged, body-on-frame higher-end SUVs that will seat seven or eight people. Marchionne has previously said the Wagoneer will be Jeep’s premium nameplate, capable of competing against rival SUV manufacturer Land Rover, as well as Ford, GM and Toyota.

“The Wagoneer name represents, historically, the pinnacle of premium for the Jeep world,” Marchionne said last year. “But in the same way as you may have an Overland and a Summit, you have different trim levels. So you could imagine the use of Wagoneer to denote a really premium vehicle, and Grand Wagoneer takes it to the very next level. If you were to use that as your naming strategy, that’s exactly how I would use the trims.”

FCA made room to re-invest at Warren by moving its Cherokee production to another facility in Belvidere, Ill.

The Jeep JT Pickup, meanwhile, is expected to go into production later in 2018 alongside the next-generation Wrangler JL. FCA said earlier this year it would build both the current JK Wrangler and JL side by side from November 2017 through March 2018, after which it would close down the JK line to re-tool for JT production.

“I am a huge fan of a Jeep Truck in the Jeep brand line-up,” said Mike Manley, head of FCA’s Jeep brand. “Not just because of the history — it has been part of our history over the years — but also because it is one of the top subjects of topics that we have for discussion with our customers.”

FCA originally announced last January it was planning to stop production of several slower-selling (and less profitable) passenger cars in its lineup, in favor of ramping up SUV and truck production.

FCA said Sunday’s announced investments are subject to negotiations and approval of tax incentives by local and state governments. The company did not list how much would be invested in each plant or how many new jobs would be created at the respective locations.

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Jeep Club – Great for the family

jeep club

Owning a Jeep is good…..belonging to a Jeep Club is great.   There are many resources that list clubs…..a good one is


#1  You can learn  4-wheel driving offroad basics
If you’re new to off-road driving, it makes a lot of sense to hook up with others who’ve “been there, done that”. Not only will they help to make your first few times offroad more enjoyable, they’ll also help you learn how to stay safe (especially if you want to push the limits a bit) and have fun at the same time!

#2 More options 

Chances are, the more you’re in the company of fellow Jeepers, the more you’ll learn about some new trails & places to ride that you didn’t even know existed. Plus, you might even get access to some riding areas that you wouldn’t have been able to gain entry to on your own. Club membership opens many doors for Jeep owners.

#3  Find other Jeepers to ride the trails with.

You  never want to venture off alone. And when you’re part of a Jeep club, it’s always easy to find people to go out trail riding with.  Additionally clubs are a great way to socialize and get together with other Jeep owners.

#4  Giving back to the community and each other.

Many clubs are active in their communities, especially around the holidays arranging for delivery of gifts to children, assembling and distributing bicycles and providing meals for those less fortunate.   Sets a great example for the whole family.   Additionally clubs join forces to help prevent trail closures in one way or another, as well. Organized club activities help to improve the image of all 4-wheelers and Jeep owners alike, which only serves to benefit the sport of offroading.

Considerations when choosing a club to join

  • Size of  Jeep Club – Larger Jeep clubs tend to be a bit more organized, have more activities, and have a solid network for contacting fellow members. Smaller Jeep clubs are usually less organized and much more informal. Sometimes it’s harder to get things going in smaller clubs because some don’t take the “club” aspect as seriously as those in larger clubs might.
  • Age of Members – You will find everything from 20-somethings to retirees who are members of Jeep clubs. The point is, you will probably feel most comfortable in a club with lots of members around your age range. Younger clubs tend to spend more time on more difficult trails & terrain. Older clubs tend to travel farther from home and participate in more overnight activities.
  • Level of Participation – It is important that you ask about the amount of participation that is “required” of club members before you join. Some Jeep clubs make it a requirement that members attend a certain number of meetings and/or attend a certain number of activities each month. The plus-side to this is that such clubs tend to have a very tight network of members and camaraderie like this is hard to find.
  • Trips & Events – You’ll also want to know what types of trips the club typically plans. Do they participate in frequent overnight activities? Lots of day trips to nearby cities? Out-of-state events? Or is most of the riding done locally?
  • Community Involvement – Ask how much community service and trail maintenance they sponsor in the area. For example, a number of Jeep clubs hold fundraising events in support of a local charity. And the most reputable clubs proudly participate in trail maintenance programs and support local environmental issues.
  • Philosophies – Finally, most (though not all) reputable clubs tend to belong to their state’s four-wheel drive association, as well as the national four-wheeling association. Membership in these organizations means that they subscribe to the basic philosophies associated with the Tread Lightly program, in addition to a number of other safety and environmental matters that help to promote offroading as a safe and meaningful sport.

Off-roading with fellow Jeepers gives you an opportunity to fine-tune your off-road driving skills in a safer environment, while providing you with an opportunity to meet other people with similar interests as yourself. Take some time to find the right Jeep club for you — one that meets your offroad skills, and also has members that enjoy some of your favorite offroad activities.

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Jeep Fender Flare – Great Jeep modification

Jeep Fender Flare

Doing a Jeep Fender Flare upgrade is a great way to personalize and customize your ride. They can be changed to accommodate wider tires so you aren’t flipping mud everywhere or maybe your stock ones are aged and you just want a refreshed look. There are many options from many different manufacturers so you’ll be sure to find exactly what you are looking for to make your Jeep unique and functional.

Fender flares can also provide a classy to aggressive look and stance to your vehicle. No matter which type of fender flares you decide on, one thing is certain….your Jeep will stand out from the crowd. Be one of one, not one of many. There’s only one…Jeep! Enjoy the ride.

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Willys Jeep – The start of our Jeep love affair

willys jeep

The Jeep legend began in November 1940 with the Willys Jeep, in the early days of World War II, just a year before the United States entered the war. A small, four-wheel drive prototype, the Willys Jeep “Quad”, was delivered to the US Army. It featured the Willys “Go-Devil” engine, developed by Delmar “Barney” Roos. With 60 horsepower and 105 foot-pounds of torque it not only exceeded the Army’s requirement, but dwarfed the Bantam’s 83 and Ford’s 85 pound-feet of torque, it’s only competitors for the military contract. The Quad was the father of the MB, CJ series, and Wrangler. Willys refined the Quad and built 1,500 units of the Willys Jeep MA model, many of which were used in WWII.

From 1941 to 1945, the MB model of the Willys Jeep was produced, the original go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle, which came to be known by its nickname, “Jeep”. Made famous during WWII, Willys produced over 300,000 MB vehicles. Jeeps were heavily used by every division of the American military, with 144 Jeeps provided to every infantry regiment in the U.S. Army. Large numbers of Jeeps were shipped to the Allied Forces of Britain and Russia: nearly 30% of total Jeep production.

The MB evolved into the M-38 military model, which featured a waterproof ignition system and was built from 1950 to 1951 specifically for use during the Korean War. During that conflict, Willy redesigned the M-38 and it became the M-38A1 with a longer wheelbase, softer ride, a more powerful engine and a new, more rounded body style. In production through 1962, during that time Willys also produced the M-170, which was designed to be fitted with several different body packages. One was a light troop carrier. Because passengers were somewhat enclosed compared to earlier models, the M-170 was also used as a field ambulance. Kaiser Willys Auto Supply has old Jeep parts for all Willys military Jeep models.

At the close of WWII, Willys realized that it could leverage its wartime fame and enter the consumer vehicle market under an already well-known brand name. The first “civilian” Jeep was the CJ-2A, also known as the “Universal” which offered features not found on the military MB model, a tailgate, side-mounted spare tire, higher windshield and larger headlights. The retail price was $1,090 and the CJ-2A was produced from 1945 to 1949.

The CJ series evolved quickly, first as the CJ-3A (1948 – 1953), with improved ventilation and a one-piece windshield that featured wipers at the bottom of the frame.The CJ-3B (1953 to 1965) had a higher hood to accommodate the more powerful “Hurricane” overhead-valve four-cylinder engine. During the CJ-3B production run, Willys also offered the DJ-3A, or “Dispatcher”, a two-wheel drive version of the CJ-3A that was available in hardtop, convertible, and half- and full-top models. It was often used as a vacation rental vehicle at tropical resort destinations. Kaiser Willys Auto Supply has old Jeep parts for all Willys CJ Jeep models.

From 1955 to 1983, the CJ-5 was popular, with special versions including the Jeep Camper, 462, Renegade, Super Jeep, Golden Eagle and Tuxedo Park. A two-wheel drive version, the DJ-5, was offered through 1974. Overlapping with the CJ-5 model was the CJ-6, which had a stretched 20″ longer wheelbase. A two-wheel drive version was called the DJ-6.

Moving closer to modern Jeeps, the CJ-7 was introduced in 1976 and had a very successful 10-year run. With a wheelbase 10″ shorter than the CJ-6, this was the best handling and smoothest riding CJ ever, and it’s still popular today.

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Jeep Top – get yours installed before Spring

Jeep Top

We know…for many of us it’s cold outside but now is the time to inspect your Jeep Top to make sure your ride is ready for Spring and Summer fun.

When considering a new Jeep Top there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Function
  • Ease of Use – Installing / Removing
  • Price

Function:   Depending on where you live, your top can serve different purposes.  It may keep the sun from beating down on you, the rain and wind out and also provide security.   If you are in southern California a bikini top can be used most of the year and never have to be changed, but will definitely give you the open air feel along with protection from the Sun.   If your Jeep is also your daily driver then a hard top may be the best option as it provides a higher level of security and many have the option to easily remove the front panels for open air experiences.

Ease of Use:  How quickly and easily removing and reinstalling a top will dictate our level of satisfaction.  How many of us have been caught in the rain with our tops down only to get completely drenched by the time we were able to get the top up, secured, windows zipped in and back in the Jeep.   YJ and CJ tops are a bit more complex to remove and install but many upgrades are on the market today that allow for easier utilization.

Price:  We all have budgets to work with in so shop around and make sure your getting the best quality and attributes for what you are able to spend.

Happy Jeeping!!!!

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Jeep Light Bar – Increase functionality and style

Jeep light bar is a short or long display of bright LED lights that add functionality, style and differentiation. These supplement your Jeep’s stock headlamps while providing a brighter, broader and penetrating beam of light ahead, behind or to the side. Install some on your Jeep today and gain a significant advantage for night driving or when illuminating trails, campsites or work areas!


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The Cure For Jeep Steering Play in CJ, YJ and TJ

Finally we can cure Jeep steering play!


For as long as there have been Jeeps they have wandered down the road. Wandering along…Now cure jeep steering play.

If you have driven a Jeep, you know the feeling. The steering wheel goes two inches to the right, two inches to the left and then back again, while your vehicle stays in a relatively straight line. That is the result of your Tie Rod rolling forward and backward forward and backward again and again. That’s simply because there is nothing there to prevent it from doing that. And early wear on tie rods simply because they are always in motion. This results in torn tie rod boots because they have been flexed a jillion times in.


Not for use on Tie Rod Ends at the knuckle.

Fits 1997 to 2006 TJ Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited.
Fits 1984 to 2001 XJ Cherokee.
Fits 1986 to 1992 MJ Comanche.
Fits 1987 to 1996 YJ Wrangler.
Fits 1993 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ w/ 4.0L engine **** NOT V8 Engine (For the V8 use the original “Cure” #R1768)

When installing The Cure for Jeep, be sure to verify that the pin on your tie rod end seats completely in the taper.

Manufacturing tolerances in the pin and the taper cause some tie rod ends to seat higher or lower in the taper than others. One sign that the taper is not completely seated is if the cotter pin hole does not sit as far through the castle nut as it did with the standard dust boot. To verify your pin is seated in the taper, apply a marking compound (like gear marking compound, grease, lipstick, etc.) to the pin and tighten down the tie rod end then remove it again. Check the pin and taper to see if the marking compound is spread thinly and evenly around the pin. If it does not spread evenly, the pin is likely not seated completely. Sand down the face of The Cure for Jeep until the pin seats fully.

Depending on the shape of your tie rod ends, some filing may also be required to prevent interference’s around the lip or face of The Cure.

The Cure for Jeep is only meant to be used on the drag link tie rod end in Y-link steering. Using The Cure for Jeep at the steering knuckle/tie rod joints will not allow necessary flex in your steering system and could lead to failure of your tie rod ends or other steering components.


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Jeeps in the Mud

Jeeps in the mud! Very Nice. Who wouldn’t want to be here…..right? After a day’s worth of trail riding and mud slinging, somebody has to clean up after having all that Jeep Mud fun. Remember, it’s always easier to clean up right after while the mud and dirt are still fresh. A combination of a pressure washer, sponges, brushes and some sweat equity will have your ride looking great again in no time. At least until the next time you take her out to have more fun. Enjoy the rides and enjoy the clean ups….Happy Jeepin’.

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Jeep Wave

Jeep Wave

Ahhh….The infamous Jeep Wave……. For those who know of it and perform it regularly, it’s what we consider being loyal to our fellow Jeep enthusiasts as we pass by them on the road. Expressing an appreciation and comradery amongst those who share similar interests differentiates us Jeep lovers from the rest. While some may argue there is an exact etiquette to performing the Jeep Wave, ultimately as long as you wave you are good…at least in my opinion.

Then there is another question that begs an answer. Do only Jeep Wranglers (and CJ’s) participate in waving? The easy answer is Yes. However if a fellow enthusiast, who has a tricked out Jeep Grand Cherokee or a mud-laden Liberty, waves to you…..return the wave! Enjoy the trails and roads Jeepers!