WHY Does ANYBODY Think That This is a Good Idea?!?!?

Why does ANYBODY think that a cup mount phone holder is a good idea?!?!?  There are MANY things in life that I wonder about, however, a cup mount phone holder is borderline dangerous!!!

I have always heard good things about WeatherTech Products, however, seeing their cup mount phone holder, the CupPhone product makes me cringe!!!

Mobile phones are often a distraction while driving, however, using mobile phones hands-free functions, lessens the dangers.  Using a cup mount phone in many ways defeats the purpose of the hands-free functions!!!

IF you must use your mobile while driving, OR if you use the GPS functions, put the phone in a holder that is at LEAST within your sightline while driving!!!

I run the Daystar, Jeep JK Wrangler Upper Dash Panel with holder for Large I Phone and I Phone Plus; Mini Pad; Cradle; Black, fits 2011 to 2017 2/4WD, KJ71057BK and KJ71047BK in my Jeep.

The Daystar mount holds my phone well, and within my line of sight while driving.  I REALLY cannot imagine mounting my mobile phone anywhere else within the cab of my Jeep!!!

There are many dash mount phone holders available on the market. Bulletproof Mounting Solutions has a great looking product available for the JK/JL Wranglers.

While a windshield mount phone holder doesn’t work very well in a vehicle with a flat windshield, it’s still better than a cup mount phone holder!!!

PLEASE!!!  Whatever you do, DO NOT use a cup mount phone holder!!!  IF YOU MUST use your mobile phone, keep it within your line of sight while driving!!!

And Then There Were Seven!!!

Of the MANY topics Jeepers argue and debate, the origin of the sevenslat/seven opening grille that is now THE definitive symbol of the Jeep brand.

The origin of the sevenslat grille is VERY simple!!! It is is not a romantic and mysterious story, it was created out of simple manufacturing necessity.

After WWII, Willys-Overland re-engineered the Jeep for civilian use by upgrading the transmission with gears better suited for civilian use, as well as larger headlamps.  To accommodate the larger headlamps, the stamping die was reworked, stations were removed and reworked to allow the original tooling to be utilized.  The remaining seven openings provided sufficient airflow, just as the nine opening grille did.

Look at the photos below, it’s clear that the overall shape/size of the CJ grille is the same as the MB grille.

  • Ford did not patent the nine opening grill

Henry Ford did not want to have anything to do with the war build-up and only entered the war movement when his son Edsel began working with the Army Air Corp to mass-produce B-24 Liberator bombers.  A.J. Baime chronicles Henry Ford’s ambivalence about getting involved in WWII in his book The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War.

The U.S. Government needed to ensure a reliable supply of Jeeps, and enlisted Ford to produce the Jeep under license.  Henry Ford insisted that parts produced for the GPW were stamped with an F on them, so Ford could not be held responsible for Jeeps produced by Willys-Overland.

Why would Ford patent the nine opening grille?  And if Ford did, why was this design never seen on a Ford product after the war?

  • The Jeep was not the first vehicle on all seven continents

The idea that the Jeep was the first vehicle to traverse all seven continents sounds good, however, I believe that the VW Beetle was the first vehicle to set a tire on all seven continents.

 

If the Jeep was the first vehicle on all seven continents, why didn’t Willys-Overland use that in their marketing of the CJ Universal after the war?

  • It was a simple tooling change to allow for larger headlamps!!!

As boring as it sounds, Willys-Overland needed to sell vehicles to the civilian population after the war.  The CJ needed larger headlamps, and with limited funds, Willys-Overland reworked the existing tooling

It was just a simple necessity that gave the Jeep the sevenslat grille!!!

FAKE NEWS!!!

FAKE NEWS gave us the Wrangler name!!!

Contrary to popular belief American Motors Corporation, AMC, the parent company of the Jeep brand from 1970 – 1987, and NOT Chrysler Corporation, created the Wrangler as the replacement for the CJ-7.  I recall at the time when Chrysler Corporation purchased Jeep in 1987 that they were “blamed” for “ruining” the CJ-7 and giving us the Wrangler.  

New vehicles are in development for several years, between 5 and 7, prior to launch, therefore Chrysler Corporation could never have pulled off a CJ-7 replacement in less than a year!

So, why did AMC drop the CJ naming?  Because of FAKE NEWS!!! Yes, FAKE NEWS existed long before the Communist, or Clinton, I mean Cable News Network (CNN).  Before CNN, we had good ole’ 60 Minutes, with that stupid stopwatch!!!

60 Minutes did a piece in December of 1980 based on rigged vehicle tests and miss-leading studies, helping to create the idea that the CJ was an unsafe vehicle.

The 60 Minutes segment was based on a report issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on “the extremely hazardous tendency of the Jeep CJ utility vehicle in highway use.”  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found during a 1981 review of the testing that Dynamic Science Incorporated performed for IIHS, used “abnormal test conditions and unrealistic maneuvers…generated by an automatic control device which…which was programmed to provide input not entirely representative of driver input”.

Several lawsuits followed, some involving the tragic loss of life, alleging that the CJ was the cause of the incident and not simply the risks associated with motor vehicle travel?!

More than one insurance company either refused to issue policies to new Jeep CJ owners or sent warnings to existing policyholders.

The CJ may have also suffered from the bad press that the completely unrelated, however still military “jeep”, M151, did justly receive due to its propensity for rollovers due to a new and unproven front/rear independent suspension system.  Because of the rollover issues, the US Military experienced with the M151, NHTSA did block the sales of the M151 for civilian use, which it had not done to the CJ-based military jeep so that certainly did not help the image of the CJ!!!

AMC began development of the Wrangler in the early 1980s making the vehicle more “user-friendly” with a lower center-of-gravity, softer ride, and added creature comforts, and the square headlights!!!

I am unsure of why the name Wrangler was chosen, however, the CJ name was killed due to FAKE NEWS, and after 30+ years, the Wrangler name has now morphed into us calling our Jeep’s TJ, JK, JL, and JT.

RESOURCES

The Liability Maze: The Impact of Liability Law on Safety and Innovation

edited by Peter W. Huber, Robert E. Litan

Tube Doors/Trail Doors

It finally stopped raining here in the mid-west and I was able to install my Motor City Aftermarket Jeep Wrangler JK, Tube Doors, Trail Doors and I like them!!!

Motor City Aftermarket is a fresh new player in the Jeep accessories space, brining nearly 50 years of manufacturing experience products for the military to the Jeep aftermarket!!!

Motor City Aftermarket offers Tube Doors/Trail Doors for the JK, JL and even the BU – Renegade!!!

Motor City Aftermarket Jeep Wrangler JK, Tube Doors, Trail Doors are made from the same #TankDNA and exceed General Motors OEM AND military standards for manufacturing processes and coatings!!!

Order your Motor City Aftermarket Jeep Wrangler JK, Tube Doors, Trail Doors directly from Motor City Aftermarket today and get free shipping!!!

Do you have a smelly radiator?

Have you had to replace, or had the dealer or other repair shop replace the radiator in your Jeep Wrangler (JK) because it smelled, and was leaking?

My Jeep is starting to smell again, and I think it may be the radiator?

What has been your experience?  Please provide your feedback via the survey button below.

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

Motor City Aftermarket

Need a bumper, rock rails or tube doors for your JK/JL?  Need tube doors for your Renegade?  Check out Motor City Aftermarket!!!

I attended the indoor Jeep Meet & Greet and was VERY impressed with the products and Jeeps on display.

Motor City Aftermarket products are made from “tank DNA” as they state on their web-site, as they are closely partnered with a defense partner that produces parts for the M1 Abrams tank, Stryker vehicle, EFV, and Humvee.

All of their products are designed for no-drill installation, welded by AWS Certified welders and finished with SaltShield Coating System.

Motor City Aftermarket has what I think a great solution for trail mirrors on the JL, when the factory doors are removed.  From the looks of them, I would think that there would be no vibration with them mounted to the rock catcher!!!

In addition to great products on display, Motor City had 40+ Jeeps inside on display, including Big Chief and Frakenbrute!!!

Shaun Day from Stinger Motorsport drove in their King of the Hammers rig and had it on display!!!

Check out Motor City Aftermarket 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 Museum Making a Comeback?

Moparinsiders.com just reported that FCA will be re-opening a portion of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, now known as Conner Center, to display the vehicles from the Walter P. Chrysler Museum that was closed in 2017.

Click here for the complete article from moparinsiders.com

Chrysler did a GREAT job with the Walter P. Chrysler Museum over the years, with great representations of each brand, especially Jeep, as well as changing themed displays.

I am looking forward to 2019, and the opportunity to visit these vehicles again!!!

Meme Monday

Well here we are at Monday again, and what better way to start a week then with some memes!!!