Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The 411 on J.T. Brooks Automatic Tire Deflators

Off-roading is an essential part of life for most Jeep owners - why not have the best tools on hand to give you the best experience possible? J.T. Brooks Automatic Tire Deflators don’t only deflate all 4 tires at once, they also retain the PSI you set so they are instantly ready to use over and over again. Equipped with an Easy-Grip Lock Nut to maintain set PSI, all you have to do is simply lock the deflators in place & screw them onto each tire’s valve stem and then sit back and let them do the work. It’s that easy.

Deflating your tires increases tire traction, helps to protect your drive train components and improves the overall performance of your Jeep. It even helps with your tire’s ability to conform to obstacles which means getting your Jeep over that huge rock just got a whole lot easier. Adjustable from 6-32 PSI and made of high quality brass & nickel plated to resist corrosion, these tire deflators make it easy to spend less time airing down and more time off-roading.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Off-Roading 101 – Essential Rules to Know

For those who have disdain for a smooth and cushiony ride and prefer to take their vehicle over rugged rocks, sandy dunes or thick mud, off-roading holds a special appeal. Beginners to off-roading need to know that switching to "4L" improved torque and traction by powering the wheels more slowly, and shifting to "4H" will give all four wheels power at a high speed. Make sure you have your own tow strap and someplace on the front and rear of your Jeep where you can hook it safely. And remember that lowering the air pressure in the tires of your 4x4 will help you improve the traction.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Next-Gen Wrangler Rumored to Have Aluminum Body

Jeep won't be redesigning the Wrangler again until either 2017 or 2018, but when that time comes, Jeep may follow in the footsteps of what Ford recently did with its F-150. That's right, Jeep could be turning to an aluminum body for the next generation of Jeep Wranglers. Aluminum has considerably lighter weight than steel, but it costs more. Even if Jeep does make the rumored changeover to aluminum, the body-on-frame design would remain; this will surely make the most enthusiastic of off-roaders happy. Depending on the model, the current Jeep Wrangler weighs in at a minimum of 3,760 pounds upwards to a max weight of 4,340. But the introduction of aluminum would result in a body weight much less than that range, which would in turn provide a notable improvement in the gas mileage the Wrangler could achieve. The current Wrangler's combined EPA mileage hovers around 18 mpg. There is no word, however, on the status of the future generation of Jeep Wranglers' solid axles and its 6-cylinder engine.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 Jeep Cherokee on Pace to Hit Milestones

Unveiled scarcely a year and a half ago, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a hit and is on pace to hit major milestones. In 2014, the Cherokee was the second best-selling nameplate in the Jeep lineup. Its sales of nearly 180,000 trailed the sales of the leader, the Grand Cherokee, by just 5,000. The Jeep Cherokee also finished as the third most popular nameplate in the highly competitive lineup of midsized SUVs.

As of April 2015, the Cherokee had actually pulled ahead of the Grand Cherokee, with its sales of 67,000 outpacing those of the Grand Cherokee’s sales of 59,000. Combined with all the other Jeep nameplates, the Cherokee’s success will likely push U.S. sales of the brand overall to 1 million in 2015. The Cherokee’s combination of ruggedness with luxurious comfort and easy drivability have been major factors in its success             

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jeep Luxury Model to Compete with Range Rover

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times. Despite its humble roots as a basic form of transportation for the U.S. Army during World War II, Jeep is developing a luxury model to compete with Range Rover and other luxury SUVs, such as Mercedes and Lexus.

The luxe model, which may be unveiled during the 2018 model year, could cost as much as the Range Rover, which has a sticker price of $100,000. Currently, the most expense Jeep, the Grand Cherokee, has a base price of about $30,000 but can sell for twice that when loaded up with options.

Fiat Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, has enjoyed outstanding success with the brand. Sales of its Jeeps have more than quadrupled worldwide since 2009. But Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler, said during the opening of a new dealership in Canada in May 2015 that Jeep should tap the luxury SUV market.

Marchionne has refused to release any details of what the new luxury Jeep will look like or what kinds of features it will offer. The new model hasn’t been included in Jeep’s five-year plan either, although Marchionne told a Bloomberg reporter that it wasn’t in the plan because the company didn’t want to let competitors know what it had in mind.

Jeep is arguably the first and oldest brand of SUV in the U.S. and in the world. From its bare-bones Army Jeeps of World War II and its Spartan Willy’s Jeeps of the 1940s and 1950s, it gradually began to unleash more comfortable, family-style four-wheelers in the 1960s, beginning with the Jeep Wagoneer. That trend has continued today with increasingly comfortable, user-friendly Jeeps, such as the Grand Cherokee. The trend appears ready to accelerate even more by 2018.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Anticipating the 2015 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival will take place in Butler, Penn., June 12-14, celebrating the 75th anniversary of this classic four-wheeler. Organizers are inviting all Jeep owners to attend, not only to celebrate this proud milestone but also to reclaim a Guinness world record. Butler held the Guinness record of 1,106 Jeeps participating in a parade, but Daytona Beach, Fla., surpassed that record on April 26. Now Butler, the birthplace of the original U.S. Army Jeep, is trying to get that record back where Butler boosters think it belongs.

The largest Jeep event in the U.S., the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has drawn as many as 2,000 Jeeps coming from 30 states across the country to participate. Besides the parade, events and attractions include five offroad trails, a Jeep show, a World War II military encampment and the annual Jeep Invasion street party.

Monday, June 8, 2015

2015 Easter Jeep Safari – Concepts

Jeep built seven concept vehicles for the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab in March 2015. The Chief, Wrangler Africa, Wrangler Red Rock Responder, Wrangler Staff Car, Renegade Desert Hawk, Cherokee Canyon Trail and Grand Cherokee Overlander made up the roster of the 2015 Moab fleet. The Jeep Chief has the foundation of a four-door Wrangler , but there are not any handles for the rear doors on the outside; you have to reach in to open the doors. The Jeep Wrangler Africa has a 2.8-liter diesel V6 with 197 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Cherokee Overlander is aimed at campers whose vehicle must supply all their needs for long stays in the wilderness. The Jeep Wrangler Staff Car has a very firm ride with its 6.5-inch-wide wheels on aired up 35-inch Firestone NDTs. The Renegade Desert Hawk includes a set of steel rock rails and 29.5-inch tires to improve clearance and off-road grip. The Cherokee Canyon Trail has up-sized 30.5-inch tires and a cargo-area stowage system.