Friday, September 7, 2018

The Essential Jeep Mods

Half the fun of owning a Jeep is all the wicked awesome mods! Jeep owners love to personalize their Jeeps with every imaginable upgrade to give them the edge on and off the trails. Jeep has incorporated this aspect of their fan base into the development of their vehicles in order to give customers greater control over what they perceive to be the perfect Jeep. Whether cosmetic or functional, modding your Jeep is a fun and exciting way to make the most of your Jeep’s capabilities. So, here are some of our favorite Jeep mods we feel will make your Jeep the talk of the trail!

Soft Top & Door Skins

If you were smart enough to buy a convertible Jeep, congratulations! Jeeps were made for the open air and experiencing everything the outdoors has to offer. Convertible tops and doors give you the ability to enjoy your Jeep through all seasons and weather conditions. The can be removed or installed in seconds and easily store away when not in use. New convertible tops and doors are also made with noise-dampening materials for a quieter, more comfortable ride.

Storage Vault

If you own a Jeep convertible, security is likely a concern. Storage vaults are a great way to transport and store your valuables without any concern of theft or damage from the elements. You can find plenty of storage vaults specifically designed for your Jeep model that provide a perfect fit. These storage vaults are extremely durable and great for hardtop Jeeps, as well as SUVs and other recreational vehicles.

Trail Tires & Lift Kit

If you’re going off-road, you’ll need to make sure your Jeep is ready. Every off-road Jeep should be equipped with trail-ready tires and a lift kit for adding clearance between the ground and frame. A suspension lift will increase the clearance between the axles and frame while a body lift increases the clearance between the frame and body. Installing a lift kit is not a simple task and requires several modifications to your existing internal systems including extending the brake lines and longer shocks. Make sure to consult a professional before embarking on this intense endeavor.

Winch & Tow Line

When it comes to installing a winch and tow line, it’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it! If you find yourself getting stuck, a winch can save you from having to embarrassingly ask others for help, and gives you the opportunity to look like a hero when you use it to pull a friend from the mud. It’s a win-win Jeep mod. They look awesome and are exceptionally functional on the trails. From freeing your vehicle to removing large debris from the trails, a winch is a versatile and extremely useful upgrade.

Flood Lights

This is one of those mods that’s both cosmetic and functional. Whether you install a light bar or individual LEDs, the additional lighting provides plenty of nighttime visibility and looks awesome! Many of these systems tie directly into your fuse box so they can be operated using your existing light switches.

Jeeps are the most popular off-road vehicles for a reason. They are fully customizable, durable, and built for fun! They are the most perfect off-road vehicle to date with few competitors within site.

Send us pics and share stories of your best mods and favorite upgrades. We’d love to hear from you!

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Hottest Summer Drives

Now that the blistering summer heat has finally begun to relax, it’s the perfect time to drop the top and take a scenic drive along your favorite highways. With temperatures in the triple-digits recently, there’s been little relief from the heat even with the convertible top (and gas pedal) all the way down. So, now that the first hints of a cool breeze have begun to tease us from the not so distant future, we’ve decided to review a few of our favorite drives to close out this amazing summer season.

Chattahoochee National Forest

Driving through the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia, which connects with Nantahala National Forest in Tennessee, provides a breathtaking view of the diverse flora and fauna native to the Southeast USA. The Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway and Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway provide an up-close and personal view of the unique landscape, as well as the Civil War battle sites and other sites of historic significance. These scenic highways have plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view with the Cohutta Mountains and Appalachian Mountains providing a spectacular view of North Georgia.

The Swiss Alps of Texas

The Swiss Alps of Texas is a 125 mile loop touring the Texas Hill Country centered around the town of Leakey, Texas. This scenic drive crosses several rivers that provide beautiful swimming, white-water rafting, and plenty of other recreational opportunities. The elevation ranges from 1,500 to 2,400 feet above sea-level with plenty of high hills and canyons to enjoy. On this drive you may encounter tight turns and the slight potential of falling rocks, but the views and experience are worth it! The drive passes through the town of Bandera, which is the Cowboy Capital of Texas.

The Finger Lakes

Driving around the Finger Lakes provides a beautiful view of Central New York. The Finger Lakes has breathtaking waterfalls with extensive gorges and colorful sunsets. These lakes were created by continental glaciers and the area is now home to many unique plants and animals. The Finger Lakes region and surrounding area is home to over 100 wineries producing a wide range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and more. While you don’t have to get out of your convertible to enjoy this drive, there are plenty of activities to enjoy including hiking, swimming, and visiting the local museums.

The Florida Keys

Take U.S. 1 in southern Florida to embark on one of the most fun beachfront drives of your life! U.S. 1 will take you from Key West all the way into Jacksonville, but you don’t have to go that far! The Florida Keys offer plenty of sunshine and highway to enjoy with amazing stops along the way. From delicious seafood and fine dining to deep sea fishing and scuba diving, the Florida Keys has it all!

These are all exhilarating drives for any time of year, but late summer provides great weather and plenty of sunshine to enjoy these drives to the fullest. What are your favorite scenic drives for the summer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tips for Keeping Your Convertible Cool this Summer

Like all cars, convertibles can get pretty hot during the summer months. Whether you’re driving a hard or soft top convertible, you can’t always leave the top or windows down. Heat can damage your car just like cold weather and, over time, can cause parts to age and deteriorate prematurely. So, we’ve pulled together a few tips for keeping your car cool during the hot summer months.

Tinted Windows

Tinted windows not only make your car look sleeker while providing increased privacy, tinted windows will also keep your car cooler than non-tinted windows. Tinted windows block the sun’s rays that generate heat while letting some of the rays that generate light pass through. Depending on the type of tint you choose, the tint can provide up to 80% solar heat rejection for your car. Your local installer will have information regarding the solar heat rejection rates of various window tints and should be able to explain the different types.

Covered Parking

Whether in a garage or in the shade, covered parking provides an excellent means of reducing heat transferred to your car. Covered parking also allows you to park with the windows slightly cracked without any concern of passing rain showers. Pay close attention to where shaded parking spots are when you’re leaving work and other places you frequently visit rather than focusing on finding a shaded space when you arrive.

Sun Shades

Placing a sun shade in the front and back windows of your car can greatly reduce the internal temperature. Not only will this reduce the ambient temperature in your car, it will also vastly reduce the temperature of the metal seatbelts, steering wheel, and other interior parts known for reaching blazingly hot temperatures during the summer months. Sun shades are extremely affordable and can fold up to easily fit in your glove box or center console.

Car Window Fans

There are plenty of battery and solar-powered fans for car windows that are extremely effective. From small, compact window fans to units that cover the entire car window, these units can be extremely affordable and useful during the summer. Most car window fans fit along the top of the window and are secured as the window is rolled up. There are units that pull out odors and hot air while providing cool, fresh air in its place and portable, compact units that can fit virtually any vehicle.

Remote Start

A great way to quickly cool off your car is to install a remote start feature. Using this feature while leaving the A/C on full force will help immediately start cooling down your car with the push of a button. The air conditioning in most cars takes a few seconds to start blowing cold, so that time can be spent walking to your car and preparing for departure. Once you are ready to drive, the A/C is blowing cold and the car’s temperature will already be on the decline.

Using a combination of these tips will ensure that your car stays cool and comfortable all summer long – convertible or not! The internal temperature in your car can climb extremely fast and staying cool during the summer is the best way to ensure your driving is not affected by the heat.

What are your best tips for keeping your car cool during the hot summer months? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A New Jeep Scrambler?

Ever since we heard that Jeep is going to be releasing a truck in 2019 in the style of the Scrambler, and our good friend stopped by with one recently, we’ve been itching to write about this long awaited development. After we put the windshield down and took this bad boy off road for the day, we started getting exciting just thinking about the idea of a new Jeep truck. Once again combining the versatility of Jeep’s maneuverability with the much desired additional storage capacity will put this new innovative Jeep in a class all its own!

Over the years, Jeep has hinted and teased the release of another Jeep truck with nothing making it past the concept stage. But, it appears that the buzz may be real this time. The sleuths at Jeep Scrambler Forum have been able to spot several concept vehicles on the road that have a similar shape and design as the classic Jeep Scrambler. The Jeep Scrambler was a compact-style truck that provided an extended wheel base compared to its predecessors and additional cargo space while maintaining the aesthetics and style of the classic Jeeps. This unique new opportunity offers Jeep the ability to create a lightweight Scrambler-style truck with everything Jeep enthusiasts have been asking for. The general consensus is that the new Jeep truck will have a lightweight aluminum frame, option for a 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine, and options for a hard top, soft top, and completely removable doors and roof. Concepts that have been spotted show a Rubicon-type look with the Scrambler truck bed and Wrangler-inspired taillights, headlights, and grille.

We have a feeling that the new Jeep Scrambler truck (or whatever name is adopted) will have to come equipped with all the bells and whistles in order to compete in this extremely crowded market dominated by long-standing brands people have come to trust over the years. This will inevitably drive up the price tag. Buyers, outside of hardcore Jeep enthusiasts, willing to step outside the box for a Jeep truck will of course expect excellent off-road capabilities, but may require greatly improved comfort, handling, and upgraded accessories in order to commit. The truck bed will be shorter than standard truck beds including the F150, which will limit the hauling capacity. This limitation may keep Jeep trucks off of many work and construction sites, but not from the trails and back roads all across America.

We greatly anticipate the arrival of the Jeep trucks, which appear to be arriving sometime in mid-2019. As soon as you grab yours, share your pics with us on social media!

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