Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jeep Essentials: Essentials for the Everyday Jeep Owner

Essential Jeep Parts - Jeep Lift KitsFor many Jeepers, off-roading isn't just a hobby – it's a passion. This means that every chance you get, you're going to be out in the wilderness ripping through the terrain, rock crawling with the best of them, and tricking out your rig with Jeep parts built for the off-road experience.
Unfortunately, everyone has to make a living and unless you're one of the few lucky ones, chances are you have to return to civilization sooner or later. If your Jeep is your main method of transportation, this means you need to make sure it's going to handle equally well on and off the road. Here are some Jeep parts that can help make the transition as smooth as possible:

Jeep Tops

OK, these Jeep parts really don’t affect the ride of your vehicle, but that doesn't mean they're any less important. Sure, feeling the cool breeze on your face in the middle of a warm summer's day feels incredible. But when December hits and you're driving to work in the rain, or freezing cold snow, Jeep tops are going to be looking mighty nice. First and foremost, Jeep tops provide consistent comfort no matter what the weather brings. But these Jeep parts don't just protect you – they protect the integrity of your Jeep. If the interior is constantly subject to the whims of the weather, you're going to incur a lot of wear and tear and your Jeep is going to age much faster than it has to. So keep your Jeep in top shape for years to come with Jeep tops.

Jeep Tires

If you like to attack especially rough off-road trails, it's likely you'll invest in some larger off-road tires. These Jeep parts will give you the clearance you need so you don't bottom out or get stuck on any particularly massive rocks. Plus, the less scraping you get on the bottom, the more protected your undercarriage Jeep parts will be and the longer they'll last. These days, you can find awesome off-road tires that are built to handle day-to-day highway driving too. These Jeep parts will reduce the noise and provide better traction on smoother surfaces, keeping you safe and comfortable.

Jeep Lift Kits

Larger tires almost always come hand-in-hand with Jeep lift kits, which are going to make a big difference both on and off the road. On the road, these Jeep parts provide a level drive so you aren't bouncing all over the place on tires made for much bumpier roads. When you take it off-road, Jeep lift kits will give you the extra inches you need to make sure you pass over any larger obstacles that are just a bit too big for your tires to clear. In both cases, these Jeep parts will make sure the tires don't rub up against the vehicle and cause premature wear and tear. The right Jeep lift kit, combined with he right Jeep wheels and tires makes for a formidable off-road machine.
With Jeep tops, tires, lift kits, and other useful Jeep parts and accessories, switching back and forth between the on and off-road experience becomes incredibly smooth. If you're looking for some added flare, Jeep fender flares, decals, tire covers and seat covers spruce up your Jeep and also make for excellent Jeep gift ideas.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

How to Become Our Jeep of the Week

People are always asking us how we select our Jeep of the Week on the Jeep Porn Facebook Page.

In case you’re new to our Facebook page, we host a friendly photo contest every week to see who has the best Jeep in America! You can post your Jeep photos anytime on our Facebook page wall to enter for a chance to be our Jeep of the Week. We usually name the winners on Friday, unless we’re out off-roading!

So what does it take to be our Jeep of the Week? Here are a few things that we like:

Jeeps in action – We love pictures of Jeeps out on the trails and mudding!

Classic Jeeps – If you’ve recently done a full restoration on a classic Jeep send us your photos.

Having a good time – We look for pictures where the people are having fun!

These are just a few of the things that we consider. If you happen to win our Jeep of the Week Contest, we’ll feature your Jeep picture on our wall.

You’ll also be in the running for our Jeep of the Month.

Join our Jeep of the Week contest now. All you have to do is visit our Jeep Porn Facebook Page and post a picture. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Top Tips for Wheeling in the Snow

There is no reason why your wheeling needs to stop just because the summer months are gone and Old Man Winter is blowing. Snow wheeling is a great way to fight cabin fever, and can offer a lot of fun for the well prepared. 

Recovery Gear- Much of the recovery gear that you need for snow is the same as other terrain.  Tow hooks, snatch straps, and winches are all important when traversing deep snow.  A snow shovel is an important addition though, and they are relatively inexpensive.  A shovel can be used to dig out tires, axles, and frames when they are pushing snow and you are not going anywhere. 

Read The Snow- One of the most important techniques in snow wheeling is being able to “read” the snow.  Soft, wet snow in the sun is quite different than hard, cold snow that is found on north facing slopes and in the shadows of trees.  Understanding and anticipating these different consistencies is important.  Wet, heavy snow is often the easiest to get on top of, while dry snow can cause fits. 

Don’t Spin- When you feel resistance in the snow, your natural reaction may be to try and power forward.  Often times this just results in digging holes and if you spin too much your tires can melt the top layer of snow.  When this water re-freezes, it turns into ice and can literally halt you in your tracks.  Instead, ease off the throttle.  If necessary, back up about a foot before trying to continue forward.  Try different lines to the right or left of where you got stuck in order to find a way around the problem spot.

Travel Light- In order to stay on top of the snow, it is best to keep your vehicle as light as possible.  This can often be a delicate balance.  Do you keep the hard top on your Jeep to stay warm and dry, or leave it at home to save a few hundred pounds?  Plan around the weather, and take everything you might need but try to leave everything else behind.  If you are traveling in a group, does each vehicle need a complete tool kit and a Hi-Lift jack when one will do for the entire group? 

Dress Appropriately- These tips are intended to be oriented towards your vehicle, but if you are cold and wet even the best buggy in the world won’t put a smile on your face.  Staying dry is paramount to staying warm, particularly as the day progresses into night.  During the winter daylight hours are short.  Dress in layers in order to easily shed or retain heat. Also focus on synthetic materials, such as inner layers that wick away moisture from your body and outer layers that repel water and wind.  “Cotton kills” is the mantra of mountaineers.  Sturdy, warm footwear is essential as well.  Goggles are another useful item if you are in an open air vehicle, particularly if it is windy.    

Be Prepared- Winter wheeling, and snow wheeling in particular, require extra precautions.  When wheeling in the snow it is advisable to bring along a sleeping bag, extra water, and food such as energy bars.  Leave the alcohol at home since it actually lowers your body temperature.  Even within the shelter of your vehicle, unplanned nights in the snow can be deadly for the unprepared.  Let someone know where you are going and when they should expect your return, so if your trip does not go as planned help will have a head start.  Also always travel in groups of vehicles for safety as getting stuck in the snow is not an uncommon occurrence.