Altitude Edition? Really?

I was at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005 with clients from Jaguar/Land Rover, and they were poking fun at the then-new, Jeep Commander, making fun of how “boxy” it was.  I know, Land Rover guys making fun of a “boxy” Jeep?!

The Land Rover guys were also making fun of Jeep and the new Trail Rated line that had been introduced in 2004.  The Trail Rated scheme, I call it, had been established to allow Chrysler to utilize their car platforms for new Jeep models.  This scheme gave birth to the Dodge Neon based Compass and Patriot.

I argued at that time with the Land Rover guys that at least Jeep maintained a “real off-roader” with the Wrangler!

I get it, Jeep, like any automaker is in the business of selling as many units as they can, and expanding the brand with these “fake Jeeps” helped to catapult the brand’s sales numbers.  To Jeep’s credit, they have maintained the Wrangler line, even stepping up with the offering of the Rubicon line.

However, I cannot help but to cringe, and be concerned for the long-term identity of the Jeep brand with the announcement of the High Altitude trim being available on the 2020 Wrangler and Gladiator models!

The High Altitude trim has been available on all other Jeep models for some time, beginning with the new non-Trail Rated “fake Jeeps”, however, does Jeep REALLY have to water down the Wrangler/Gladiator line?!

The new 2020 Wrangler and Gladiator High Altitude models were introduced this week at the Chicago Auto Show, and ironically, Jeep seems to be going in the direction of Land Rover, with “luxury off-roaders”!

Again, I get it, it’s about selling units, however, I cannot help but think that this is another step towards the end of the Jeep brand as we have known it!

What’s next, an all-electric, Bro-Rated Jeep?!

It’s a Jeep, NOT a boat!!! IT ALREADY HAS A NAME!!!

As my buddy Dan demonstrated at Bundy Hill last year, a Jeep is not a boat, they don’t float!!!

Boats were given names, THOUSANDS of years ago when humans still believed in all kinds of superstitions such as the world was flat, and there were Gods of every season and any other unexplainable phenomenon.

RiverKeepers.org explains the origins of boat names very well.

You DO NOT need a name for your Jeep, and stop asking this INSANE question on social media!!!


Cars & Coffee – May 19, 2019

I attended the first Cars & Coffee of 2019 at the site of the former Walter P. Chrysler Museum, on the FCA World Headquarters Campus.

Jeep brought out the J6, Flatbill and M-715 Five-Quarter Concepts, and they were VERY impressive!!!

The J6 was my favorite, however I don’t think that Jeep will put it into production.

The Flatbill Concept highlights the extremes that the Gladiator can be taken too!!!

The M-715 Concept looks too much like a concept to me, and not enough like a Jeep.  It certainly had a crowd around it!!!

Cars & Coffee is a regular monthly event that Chrysler has held, since they built the museum.  Unfortunately, Fiat closed the museum and turned it into offices for Maserati and Alfa Romeo.


As mentioned previously, Moparinsiders.com reported that the Chrysler Museum may be making a come back at the old Viper plant.

Click here for the complete article from moparinsiders.com

There were several nice Jeeps on display as well.

Cars & Coffee also had many GREAT looking vehicles on display!!!

It’s NOT the steering stabilizer!!!

Aside from “What should I name my Jeep?” posts on social media, I believe that the age old question of “Why does my Jeep have death wobble?” is the most common question posted.

Listen to me, it is NOT the steering stabilizer, NOR is it time to install a dual-steering stabilizer!!!My JK recently developed death wobble at +90,000 miles and after proper diagnosis, which is explained very well in the video below, I determined that it was my track bar bushings.

I am happy to report that after having Mumbly’s Off Road install a STEERSMARTS Track Bar, no more death wobble!!!

The moral of the story is that death wobble is not going to be the least costly, and simplest part to replace.  I will go out on a limb and state that bad track bar bushings are ultimately the most over-looked cause of death wobble, once properly diagnosed.

I have also heard through the grape-vine that Jeep may be replacing track bars on new JL’s that experience death wobble???

Not only is the STEERSMARTS track bar a solid replacement, it adds even more red to the underneath of my silver Jeep!!!

STEERSMARTS

While attending the recent Motor City Aftermarket Indoor Jeep Meet & Greet, I got a chance to see STEERSMARTS product up close and personal.  It’s impressive stuff!!!

STEERSMARTS offers a complete line of bolt-in steering components for JK and JL, and will work with stock and modified suspensions.

If your Jeep is experiencing death wobble, there’s a 99% chance that it is simply NOT a steering stabilizer, no matter how many times you ask on Facebook!!!

I recommend replacing the failed steering component(s) with a STEERSMARTS component.

Extreme Terrain has a GREAT video on death wobble, and how to diagnose.

Check out STEERSMARTS today!!!

-Chris

Giveaways!!! Giveaways!!! Giveaways!!!

While we are into Jeep Stimulus Package…I mean tax season, and there are a few great giveaways that a lucky winner or two could win to supplement their next round of mods/upgrades.

Use the links below to enter, and good luck!!!


DIABOLICAL INC is giving aways a complete Slipstream Full-Use Jeep Enclosure System


Quadratec is featuring a $3,000 Smittybuilt Giveaway for February


Extreme Terrain is featuring a $5,000 Raxiom giveaway


Good luck!!!

Jeep Wave- ANYTIME!!!

I always wave at other Jeeps, even at night, which got me thinking…is there a Jeep Wave light?  It turns out, there is!!!

Check out Anytime Wave at, https://anytimewave.com/

Perhaps the Anytime Wave could help us pass the Jeep Wave to non-CJ/Wrangler Jeeps?!?!

I am pretty sure this may violate a local traffic law or two, but I like the idea!!!

Check out Anytime Wave at, https://anytimewave.com/, and tell them sevenslats.com sent you!!!

Prediction on the next product from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)

After seeing the official release of the Gladiator, and having seen what AEV is up to, I predict that we’ll see AEV convert Gladiators into the ULTIMATE OVER- LANDING vehicle by offering an Outpost II like conversions!!!

Just a wild-ass idea!!!

-Chris