Jeep JK spare tire bump stop extensions


Jeep JK spare tire bump stop extensionsOne of the most common upgrades a lot of jeep owners do is a set of new wheels and tires. Once you upgrade your wheels to ones with less backspacing, and you still install your spare tire on your factory tailgate carrier, you’ll notice that your factory rubber bump stops no longer touch your tire and therefore do not protect your tailgate from vibrations caused by the spare tire. This vibration can potentially lead to damage to your tailgate and the hinges.
The solution to this problem is to extend the spare tire bump stops to push against the tire and stop it from vibrating. You might only need an extra 1″ if you’re only getting new wheels and keeping stock tires. Once you upgrade your tires as well, switching to 35’s for example, and still using the factory spare tire mount on the tail gate, you might need to install a wheel spacer or relocation bracket on the carrier to fit the new wheel/tire and clearing the rear bumper. That means that now you might need at least a 2-3″ bump stop extension.
There are two ways you can go about extending your spare tire bump stops. You can purchase aftermarket ones or you can go the DIY way. You have a couple of options for aftermarket bump stops, the most popular are bump stops made by Daystar, and another option is a set by Energy Suspension. The only thing you need to remember is that the Energy Suspension bump stops are 4″ long and the Daystar ones are 4.5″ long.

Going the DIY direction gives you more flexibility in regards to length. I’ve spent way too much time researching this online and from what I can tell, depending on how much you need to extend the bump stops, you could:

1. install a 1-1/2 in. x 1-1/4 in. flexible PVC coupling over the factory bump stop

2. install a radiator hose over the stock bump stops and cut to length

3. insert a 1-1/4 in. garbage disposal air gap rubber hose, cut to length

4. install a hockey puck under you stock bump stop


August 6, 2017 |

Jeep JK Front Track Bar Brace


Synergy Manufacturing front track bar braceIn this post I will attempt to describe a step by step installation of a Synergy Manufacturing Jeep JK front track bar brace. This brace is designed to distribute the increased load the track bar frame side mount encounters on a lifted Jeep or a Jeep with larger size tires. The brace is laser cut and CNC bent from 3/16″ high strength steel. The added track bar bracket thickness prevents the track bar bolt from ovalizing out the stock mount holes, which can lead to vibrations and eventually cause the dreaded death wobble. There are multiple reasons causing the “wobble”, like worn ball joints, loose tie rod ends, worn u-joints, loose adjustment collars on tie rod, drag link or track bar, or worn track bar attachment points on either axle or frame side. Your track bar keeps the axle centered underneath the Jeep when turning and operates under tremendous forces, and the weak stock mounts on both the axle side and the frame side could potentially begin to fail. The holes in the mount might start to become more oval and cause a bit of a play, resulting in shimmies and wobbles. If you use your Jeep as intended and do wheel it, you might encounter a situation where your wheels are blocked by rocks while you try to turn, and your track bar pushes so hard on the mount that it finally brakes it off the frame. It is an extreme scenario, but I have seen it happen. This brace adds strength to the mount and eliminates this weak link in the system.

July 23, 2017 |

Wind Cave hiking trail


Location: Usery Mountain Regional Park

Park Hours: Sun-Thu: 6am – 8pm / Fri-Sat: 6am – 10pm / 365 days a year

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 3.0 miles round trip

Usage: High

Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 ft.

Elevation Gain: 812 ft.

Park Fee: $7.00 per vehicle

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms, vending machines, trail map and information


Weather for Apache Junction, AZ
Partly Cloudy


Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road, follow Ellsworth Road/Usery Pass Road north to the Usery Mountain Regional Park entrance.

July 22, 2017 |

Camping, backpacking and hiking


Camping, backpacking and hikingI decided I’m going to expand the range of topics in the blog beyond offroading. I really enjoy wheeling, the whole offroading culture and people I meet on jeep runs who share the same passion. Sometimes however I feel like driving my Jeep some place away from the crowd, far from the city where there’s no cell signal, get out of my vehicle, and enjoy nature more directly.
I’m talking camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking or backpacking. We are really fortunate to have so many beautiful places in Arizona, with forests, lakes and rivers that are worth visiting and truly enjoying. Enjoying responsibly.
Most places are easily accessible by car, but having an offroad-capable vehicle gives us a chance to discover some hidden gems.

We’re lucky because our vehicles can take us to places where others can’t go. We can venture deep into the back country, follow the trail for as long as we want and then set up camp. We can just relax and enjoy the spot, go on a backpacking trip or a day hike.

I’ve always enjoyed camping, backpacking and hiking. The outdoors in general. I recently decided to update my gear, trying to find a balance between good quality ultralight equipment and the price. I have been acquiring new gear over a period of several months and intend to keep doing it into the future. All this gear needs to be tested in the wild, so any chance I get, I head for the back country or at least the desert away from the city.
I am going to post short articles describing the locations I visit and my experience with the gear I selected.

I am going to share my thoughts and opinions on all kinds of camping, backpacking and hiking gear I decided to purchase for myself. Some of the categories of gear will include: shelter, sleep systems, backpacks, cooking systems, water storage, water filtration and more.

I will be sharing descriptions of the campgrounds I had a chance to visit. I will include directions to the site, description of the campsite and amenities, and include some photos of the site.

I will be describing trails I hiked, including directions to the trail head, description of the trail and photos. You really do not have to go far from the Valley of the Sun to find a great hiking trail.


July 21, 2017 |

Do-It-Yourself wooden car ramps


Do-It-Yourself wooden car rampsA lot of work you might want to do on your Jeep, SUV or truck can be done on the ground level and doesn’t require jacking up the vehicle.
If you’re rotating tires, you need to jack up the axles so the wheels/tires are off the ground.
When you’re working on suspension you need to jack up the frame so that the axles can be lowered.
Sometimes however you might need easier access to the under body with more room to maneuver. When you’re changing oil or working on exhaust or skid plates, you could use ramps to drive on top of, to get more room under your vehicle. Using ramps is easier and quicker that jacking up the entire vehicle and setting up four jack stands.

There are several options available if you decide to purchase car ramps, like the RhinoRamps, Scepter Ramp Set, Magnum Ramp System, Black Widow Service Ramps or a Nicky Nice Solid Steel Ramp Set.
Most of them are made out of plastic, some are steel. Weight limits vary and can be anywhere between 6,000-16,000 lbs. These numbers suggest that those ramps should be fine for Jeeps, trucks or SUV’s, but I have seen way too many photos of broken ramps that collapsed under vehicle weight to trust them myself. There is something about the hollow construction of these ramps that makes me uncomfortable. They seem to also slide when you start driving onto them. And there is the cost – they are not cheap, usually you would have to spend around $100-140 for a set of four. They are however light and easy to store.
After considering all the pros and cons, I decided that I would rather make my own ramps and make them out of material that will definitely support the weight of my vehicle – wood. I could custom build them to fit my tires and the height that I prefer. They are much heavier (about 33 lbs each) and larger than the plastic ramps, but they cost less money. You need to make sure you have a place to store them when they’re not being used.

Building your own set of DIY wooden car ramps is a very easy project. If you have all the materials and tools ready, it should take less than a couple hours to complete all four ramps.

July 20, 2017 |

2017 Can-Am® Maverick™ X3 MAX X™ rs TURBO R


Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX


This is the world’s first factory 72-in wide side-by-side vehicle. With 22-in of suspension travel and advanced FOX Racing components, it stretches the X3 X rs’ abilities far beyond expectations for staggering performance… anywhere.


Features may include:


  • 72-in width for ultimate performance
    If there was a rulebook, we’d be accused of cheating: this is the baddest buggy on earth. Punching out the wheels just a bit more gives a staggering performance improvement, not to mention creates the world’s first factory 72-in wide 4-Up side-by-side vehicle. With 22-in of suspension travel and advanced FOX Racing components and a wheelbase 15% longer than the Polaris RZR XP4, it stretches the Maverick X3 MAX X rs’ abilities far beyond your imagination.


  • 154 hp turbocharged and intercooled Rotax® ACE engine
    Meet the king of side-by-side engines, the precision-engineered, industry-leading triple-cylinder Rotax ACE engine. Its 154 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 113 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 RPM give searing speed, no matter the terrain. Tell your friends to look up and hang on.


  • Advanced airflow dynamics
    With an intake and exhaust tuned to maximise power, efficiency, and throttle response, the Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX will never be starved for performance. Three oversized, out-of-the-way intakes feed the engine and the CVT with clean air and keep temperatures low, with a sport exhaust out back to let the Rotax ACE engine roar.

    June 4, 2017 |

    Win Two Modified 2018 JL Wranglers from ExtremeTerrain



    ExtremeTerrain GiveawayExtremeTerrain is excited to give away two brand new 2018 JL Wranglers that have been modified from bumper to bumper in typical XT fashion. One lucky winner will be given the keys to two JL Wranglers, one 4-door model and one 2-door model, that can be shared with a friend, a significant other, or both can be held onto by the winning party.

    For months, excitement has been steadily building around the all-new and redesigned 2018 JL Wrangler as more and more details and images have made their way into the press. The latest iteration of the iconic off-roader that can trace its roots back to WWII, the new JL Wrangler is breathing new life into the model line by taking a different approach to the winning recipe. Additional engine options will be offered, including a 3.0L Diesel and 4-Cylinder Turbo, joining the 3.6L Pentastar V6. The aluminum construction of the JL will reduce weight and improve fuel economy, making it even more off-road capable.

    With the Toledo, OH Jeep plant retooling the line for JL production and order banks opening up shortly, the winner of this giveaway will have two of the first 2018 Wranglers to roll off of the assembly line, with both already completely outfitted with a range of modifications. The one JL in the giveaway is going to be a Rubicon Unlimited (4 doors), using the faithful 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. Sitting on 35 Mickey Thompson Tires and a 2.5 Lift, this JLU will be outfitted with a mix of Deegan38 parts including bumpers, fenders, a grille and much more.




    Complimenting the Deegan 38 JLU, the winner will also receive a 2018 Rubicon Wrangler (2 doors) that will be packing the all-new VM 3.0L Eco Diesel engine. Matching the ride height and tire setup of the Deegan 38 JLU, this Barricade JL will be outfitted with a mix of exclusive parts that includes armor, bumpers, fenders, a winch and much more.




    Both of these JL Wranglers will be off-road prepped and trail ready as soon as the winner takes delivery. The giveaway will run from June 1st through November 24th 2017 when the winner will be announced on Until then, contestants may enter up to once per week by going to



    June 1, 2017 |

    Jeep JK 3.6L V6 thermostat housing replacement


    Jeep JK thermostat housing replacementThis post is my attempt to describe the process of replacing a thermostat housing on a 2012 Jeep JK with a 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine. The primary function of a thermostat is to maintain a minimum operating temperature in your car’s engine. When you start your engine cold, antifreeze / coolant mixture is kept within the engine by the thermostat. When the coolant temperature reaches the specified opening point of the thermostat, it opens. Coolant will then flow through the radiator to keep the engine at a temperature close to the rated temperature of the thermostat.
    The reason I needed to replace my thermostat was because one morning while driving to work, the “check engine” light came on. When I got home I plugged in my Flashcalto read the code. It was a p0128 code (an indication of a faulty thermostat or ECT – engine coolant temp sensor). After talking to few people I decided that the first thing I’m going to replace is a thermostat and see if that fixes the problem. I got the new thermostat housing and a gallon of coolant at my local dealership ($34.00 and $24.00 respectively).


    VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you get the correct type of coolant for your Jeep if you’re going to be adding it to your system. Read this post before proceeding any further!
    Remember that if you drive a MY(model year) 2012 or older Jeep Wrangler you need a HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology) coolant, and if you drive a MY 2013 and newer Jeep Wrangler you need an OAT (Organic Additive Technology) coolant. These two types of coolants DO NOT MIX!

    December 11, 2016 |

    My Jeep recovery gear


    Jeep recovery kitOffroad vehicle recovery is a very important and very broad topic, that every offroading junkie should be familiar with. Every responsible person should be prepared for situations when their offroading adventure is interrupted by a situation where recovery is necessary. The list of recovery gear is long and includes everything from a shovel to a winch. There are many opinions on what are best brands of recovery gear of course. People also have different opinions when it comes to best recovery techniques and minimum requirements for your recovery gear.
    One thing is sure, high quality gear is going to be expensive. You have to remember that you’re going to be trusting your safety and sometimes your life to your gear, so do not try to buy and use equipment that is untested and cheap knockoff just to save money. Make smart decisions.
    I’m not an expert in this topic and I’ll never claim to be one. I’m just learning by listening to others and slowly gaining more experience. The equipment I’m acquiring for myself might not be what you prefer. I’m only sharing what I believe will work for my vehicle and the type of offroading I do. I own a Jeep JK with some modifications, and wheel in Arizona, so it’s mostly desert. Terrain includes sand, mud and rocks.

    I believe the first thing you need to consider when deciding on recovery gear is the type and weight of your vehicle. Your gear is going to differ depending on whether you drive an ATV, side-by-side, Jeep, or a large pickup truck. You have to know how heavy your rig is. Based on some research, I gathered that an average ATV weighs somewhere between 400-800 lbs. An average side-by-side weighs between 1,200-1,600 lbs. A Jeep JK 2DR comes in at about 4,500 lbs stock, but after few mods it’s closer to 5,000 lbs. Jeep JKU 4DR is closer to 5,700 lbs after few mods. An average pickup truck like a Dodge Ram 1500 or Ford F150 weighs somewhere around 5,200 lbs, but the 2500’s or 250’s can weigh more than 7,500 lbs. You have to build you recovery kit based on your needs. Always remember to buy gear with WLL (Working Load Limit) that meets or exceeds your vehicle’s weight!

    Like I said, I drive a 2-door JK so my Jeep recovery gear is going to match that 5,000-lb weight (2.5 tons). Some of that gear will be identical no matter what vehicle you drive, but that’ll be just a few items.

    November 27, 2016 |

    Jeep JK tailgate MOLLE panel & fold-down table


    Jeep JK tailgate MOLLE panel & fold-down tableAny owner of a two-door Jeep Wrangler knows that storage inside of your vehicle is always at a premium (some of you JKU owners might feel the same). And if you’re anything like me and like to be prepared for unexpected situations, you carry a lot of gear in your jeep. Whenever you go wheeling and especially camping you add even more stuff and quickly run out of room inside your Jeep. You have to be pretty creative and use every available square inch of space.

    Having a two-door JK myself I’m always looking for smart ways of storing my gear inside my Jeep, that would allow easy access and keep the items secure at the same time.
    While surfing the web I came across a subject of MOLLE racks, and specifically tailgate racks. It is such an obvious, great spot for storing gear with incredibly easy access. MOLLE system provides great flexibility and there are so many options when it comes to pouches!
    As it turns out there are several products that can be attached to the tailgate. It all depends on what your needs are, and of course what you’re willing to spend on the system.

    You can obviously build a simple panel or rack yourself, and customize it the way you wish. I’m all about DIY projects, but after some calculations I decided that in this case I will save myself time and trouble and pick one of the available products out there.


    So there’s few options (prices and availability might change):

    Smittybilt G.E.A.R. Tailgate Cover. It’s manufactured out of 600 denier polyester, and requires drilling into your tailgate (around $60.00)

    JK tailgate gear MOLLE panel available on Ebay. It’s made out of steel, you can customize the design, it requires drilling into your tailgate ($75.00).

    Quadratec Tailgate Cargo Shelf. Made out of steel, requires no drilling (around $100.00).

    JK tailgate (fold down) MOLLE panel from Ebay. Made out of steel, customizable design, it folds down to a table, requires drilling into your tailgate ($125.00).

    Springtail Solutions JK Rear Door Folding Tray/MOLLE Panel. It’s made out of steel, folds down to a table, requires no drilling into your tailgate ($195.00).

    Teraflex MP Tailgate Table. The MP table is constructed from lightweight aluminum with stainless steel hardware and is rated for 75 lbs. of evenly distributed load capacity. Requires drilling into your tailgate (around $200.00).

    The MP Table (Multi-Purpose Table) from Vector Offroad. It’s manufactured from aerospace alloy aluminum, it folds down to a table, requires drilling into your tailgate (around $220.00).


    After many hours of reading descriptions, reviews and looking at pictures I decided that I wanted four things out of my system:
    #1 – MOLLE rack
    #2 – solid steel construction
    #3 – fold-down option that turns the panel into a table
    #4 – no drilling into my tailgate

    August 17, 2015 |

    Jeep Wrangler JK hood flutter fix



    jeep hood flutterIf you own a Wrangler JK you might have experienced something very unsettling while driving on a freeway. When you go over 60 MPH, you can’t help but notice the hood jumping up and down so violently you think at any minute its going to rip the latches off and come flying up at your windshield. Not everyone notices it and some people simply ignore it. I was ignoring it myself for over three years, even though it always seems to scare the crap out of me! I know that the chances that both latches fail and the secondary metal latch in the front fails also at the same time are slim, but it’s just a distraction that I don’t need while I’m driving my “brick on wheels”. It is funny though how my passengers react to it when I point it out to them…
    Finally after three years of driving my jeep, the passenger that I’m in a relationship with, asked me to do something about it so I did.

    The reason behind this flutter is the fact that the stock hood latches utilize a weak and stretch-prone rubber that allows the hood to lift and flutter at speed. The rubber is very soft! You can actually pull on your locked hood, grabbing it right under the latch and see it lift slightly. That is not a good sign!



    The solution to this problem is to make sure your hood closes tighter and doesn’t lift when the gust of wind hits it.

    February 2, 2015 |

    Bivouac Camping Trailers



    BCTRick Russek and Ron Bernaud, the owners of Bivouac Camping Trailers, set out to design and build the most rugged, functional overlanding trailers on the planet. Their design concept encompassed a trailer that is capable of maneuvering along rough dirt roads, which also contains an entire campsite that can be set up or torn down within five minutes. BCT makes trailers for the intrepid explorer who doesn’t want to stay in the same place all weekend. If you want to see and do more than the average camper, and if you want to go places where the roads can’t take you, then Bivouac Camping Trailers are made for you.

    Bivouac Camping Trailers has been operating in Phoenix, Arizona since June 2008. The company was founded on the basis of providing unique quality off-road expedition trailers and toy haulers for outdoor enthusiasts. We are a tight-knit, local company consisting of family and friends who have come together to fulfill a dream. Our unique designs were created in an effort to fill a niche that had been previously ignored. Our trailers allow adventurers to access camping areas that other style trailers simply cannot reach. With at least 16 inches of clearance underneath, Bivouac Camping Trailers ride higher than most of the vehicles towing them!

    Along the way, we have aligned ourselves with companies that have allowed us to manufacture the best off-road camping trailer possible. One of our partners is Tepui Tents out of Santa Cruz, California ( Tepui Tents are made with incredibly durable materials that will stand up to the most extreme conditions. They use high quality rip-stop fabrics with a superior ventilating coating that provide excellent water and wind protection, yet are more breathable than other tent brands on the market. For added versatility, the M.O.A.B. Fort’s Kukenam tent, for example, can be easily removed from the Fort body and mounted directly onto your SUV’s roof rack or aftermarket roof bars.
    Our camping trailers are also extremely customizable in order to meet your specific requirements. From private porta-potties and hot water showers to grills and even lift kits, you might be surprised what we can add to your Bivouac Camping Trailer. Plus, we can even paint your trailer to match your wheeling vehicle. And with an impressive amount of cargo space, you can haul in all the gear and supplies you’ll need for a long wheeling trip.

    Bivouac Camping Trailers is located at 1 W. Deer Valley Rd., Suites 116 & 117 in Phoenix. Our shop is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and we are also available by phone at 480-235-5557. You can learn more about our company and see images of our trailers on our website, Rick and Ron look forward to sharing their passion project with you and answering any questions you have.



    February 1, 2015 |

    Choosing the right lift for your Jeep



    Lift KitMany first time Jeep owners don’t realize that a stock Jeep is not designed for the heavy of road use often seen in magazines and on TV. If you want to have the ability to take your Jeep on those rocky trails and steep hills, you’re going to need an aftermarket lift kit. Suspension Lift kits can drastically influence the way your vehicle handles and performs. For that reason it’s important to choose a kit that best fits your specific needs, whether it is for function or style. There are two basic ways to lift your Jeep – with body lift kits and suspension lift kits. Off-road enthusiasts can benefit from the extra ground clearance suspension lift kits offer, giving them the ability to climb over large rocks and trail obstacles.


    Here’s a great video from Teraflex about choosing the right lift for your Jeep:



    November 2, 2014 |

    SpiderWebShade mesh top



    It is obvious that a huge part of the great fun of owning a Jeep is the open-top wheeling that goes with the vehicle. However, it does not take long to realize that open-top fun comes with the bonus of a free sunburn, especially when you live in a state like Arizona, where it’s sunny almost every day.

    When you own a Jeep with a hardtop and you wanna loose it for a while and enjoy the open air, you have few options. You can buy a soft top and only use it when it rains, you can get a Bikini top or a mesh top. Soft top and bikini top are good options, but they are really thick and once put on, they block all the sun, breeze and the view of the sky. They will protect you from the sun rays very well though. They are pretty expensive, and with bikini tops you have to remember to buy a separate windshield channel, which is as much as the top itself.

    As I was trying to decide which option would be the best one for me, I accidentally came across few pictures of another jeeper, who had a mesh top intalled and it looked really good on his jeep. I also liked that it seemed like a really easy install with apparently few bungy cords. He seemed very comfortable with a nice amount of shade inside his jeep. After talking to him and getting his feedback, I decided to order the mesh top for myself. It is made in Orlando by SpiderWebShade.

    October 10, 2014 |

    Next Jeep Wrangler may be made out of aluminum



    jeep-wrangler-rubiconThe next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have an aluminum body, instead of steel, and be assembled somewhere other than Toledo, Ohio, where its roots go back more than 70 years to the first Willys MB was made for the U.S. Army.

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne also hinted at the Paris Motor Show that the iconic Wrangler also could be built on a unibody, rather than a body on frame, structure.

    “If the solution is aluminum, then I think unfortunately that Toledo is the wrong place because it requires a complete re-configuring of the assets that would be cost-prohibitive,” Marchionne said. “It would be so outrageously expensive that it would be impossible to work out of that facility.”

    The next Wrangler, due in 2017, would benefit from an aluminum body as Chrysler works to improve the fuel economy of all its vehicles. The U.S. government is requiring automakers to reach a fleet average of 56.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

    “We need to downsize the engines … and then increase the capabilities by putting turbos in,” Marchionne said. “This requires a complete rethink of the architecture, and before we start committing capital to particular places we need to make sure that we don’t spend an inordinate amount of money trying to get it done.”

    However, removing the Wrangler from Toledo would be a major blow for the city where the Jeep started in 1941, then owned by Willys-Overland.

    The first Willys MB Jeeps were produced in 1941 for the U.S. military. The first civilian models were made in 1945. It is the oldest off-road vehicle ever made.

    Chrysler makes both the Wrangler and the Jeep Cherokee at its Toledo Assembly Complex.

    The Auburn Hills automaker has been working to wring more Wrangler production out of Toledo for several years as global sales climbed.

    In 2012, for example, Chrysler built more than 200,000 Wranglers, which come with either two or four doors and hired 200 more workers.

    As for a suitable location for the aluminum Wrangler, Chrysler plants in Mexico and Canada seem to be out of the question because Marchionne said he wants to preserve Wrangler’s heritage as an American vehicle.

    Plants in Sterling Heights and Belvidere, Ill., are able to build unibody cars and SUVs.

    It’s possible Toledo would produce another new vehicle, the full-size Jeep Wagoneer by 2018.

    “I will never build a Wrangler outside of the U.S.,” Marchionne Thursday. “The commitment to Toledo was certainly in terms of Jeep, and I think the fact that we brought the Cherokee to Toledo is huge. We’re selling over 200,000 of these.”


    October 5, 2014 |

    2016 Jeep Wrangler with 30mpg EcoDiesel?



    jeep-wranglerJust as 2014 Jeep sales are set to get underway, new details regarding the next generation of Wrangler rumored to debut in 2016 are coming out. CEO Mike Manley hinted strongly that Chrysler’s new EcoDiesel V-6 very well may find its way into the new Wranglers as an option for 2016.

    So, What’s the Diesel?
    While diesel Wranglers have been available and sold on the European scene for some time, this would be the first diesel drinking powerplant put into a Wrangler and sold on North American soil. The motor is no slouch, either. Chevy’s bout into the economy diesel market is represented by a V-6 3.0 liter diesel engine making 240 horsepower and over 400 foot pounds of torque. That’s a whole lot of off-roading power and a bright spot for the die-hard wheelers who will thoroughly refuse any Jeep offering that might be a less capable 4×4, regardless of fuel efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, the EcoDiesel expected to be seen in the new Wranglers also happens to be the same motor in the 2014 Grad Cherokee, earning 21 mpg/city, 30mpg highway for the 4×2 models, and 20/28 mpg for 4×4 models while being able to tow over 7,400 pounds. In the Wrangler frame those numbers are mighty inciting while still providing ample torque for weekend wheeling.

    When asked about the new Jeep Wranglers moving toward smaller, turbocharged motors: CEO Mike Manley – “Potentially. As you know, petrol turbo in extreme off-road circumstances doesn’t actually help you because the turbo’s not with you, so we have to make sure that we have the right torque to deliver the capability, That’s why diesel is great for something like Wrangler.”

    October 5, 2014 |

    Diesel-powered Wrangler not for U.S.



    There is a huge number of Jeep enthusiasts in the US who would like to own a diesel-powered Wrangler. I am one of them. Unfortunatelly Chrysler does not offer a diesel engine in the US. Yet we all know that it is being sold in Europe and Australia (in Europe almost 50% of all new cars sold today are diesel-powered, that number in the US is 3%!).
    Chrysler management says that we might see a Wrangler with a turbo diesel in the next three years. Might…

    For now, we can only be glad we are getting the new 3.6L Pentastar engine in 2012, delivering 290 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque, with better gas mileage of 16/23.

    Yet in Europe, you can go down to a dealership today and buy a brand new Jeep Wrangler with a 2.8 liter CRD four-cylinder turbo diesel. That engine sourced from Chrysler has an impressive 174hp and staggering 339 lb-ft. of torque. That is plenty of grunt for crawling rocks, climbing hills and going to WalMart for dog food. Sparking even more jealousy of our European Jeepers, the diesel powered Jeep Wrangler gets 23.7 mpg in the city and 35.8 mpg on the highway. And if you average that out you get a combined 30 mpg.

    July 18, 2011 |

    2012 Jeep Wrangler pricing



    Based on a visit to a local dealership, here’s what the 2012 Wrangler prices look like. The base price is for a Rubicon, both two-door and Unlimited. There is almost no price change for 2012, which is great news, considering the fact that you get a new engine and new automatic transmission. Currently available 2011 Rubicon model’s MSRP is $29,820 for two-door and $33,320 for Unlimited. Obviously since dealers want to get rid of these cars, to make room for the new 2012 model, you can make a good deal and get a nice discount, including $1000 factory cash rebate or 0% financing for up to 60 months.
    These are the prices for a Rubicon model, since that is the only one I am interested in buying, but if you’re interested in other models, it seems like the base prices should also be very similar to current year models. 2011 Sport MSRP is $22,045. Sport S sells for $24,245 and Sahara’s MSRP is $27,745.

    Production should start on July 25th, and it usually takes 6-8 weeks for delivery. It looks like first 2012 Wranglers should be hitting dealerships in late September.

    July 14, 2011 |

    2012 Jeep Wrangler



    With more power and efficiency, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is demanding more attention towards it. The vehicle has eventually received the Chrysler 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine by replacing its 3.8 liter V6 engine.
    The engine is equipped with a five speed Mercedes automatic transmission, a boost from its old four-speed automatic. Basically, the company wanted to move ahead from 4-speed to 5-speed. However, this jump is taken quite late since many automakers are now upgrading their vehicles to seven and eight speed transmissions. Current 6-sp manual transmission will still be available.


    June 27, 2011 |
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