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!!!

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!!!

Trail Mirrors – Motor City Aftermarket

Tomorrow is Go Topless Day and for some, it may be a go naked day!!!  When running with the doors off, you’ll need mirrors to stay legal.  If you drive a JL, you should really check out the Trail Mirrors from Motor City Aftermarket.

Motor City Aftermarket has designed a mirror system that utilizes the windshield hinge as the mounting point, to ensure little to no vibration.

Chris from Motor City Aftermarket explains in greater detail what makes their trail mirrors superior to competitive products.

As with all Motor City Aftermarket product, the JL Trail Mirrors come with a Lifetime Structural Warranty, and a 5-Year Coating Warranty!!!

I am excited to see Motor City’s trail mirror solution for the JK!!!

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

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!!!

What kind of Dress???

Apparently Jeep (FCA) thinks it’s a Jeep!!!  I had previously posed the question of what makes a jeep, a Jeep?  That post was met with mixed reviews, however according to autoweek.com, Jeep (FCA) seems to think that the Roxor is a Jeep!!!

Click here for the complete article from Autoweek…

Jeep (FCA) is trying to invoke the “Trade Dress” clause.  Trade dress, according to Wikipedia is:


“a legal term of art that generally refers to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging (or even the design of a building) that signify the source of the product to consumers.[1] Trade dress is a form of intellectual property.”


For the price of a JL Rubicon, I would seriously consider going with a JL Sport, then buying a Roxor with a tow bar, and probably still be money ahead!!!

In a twist of fate, Mahindra North America was able to secure a spot on the main floor of the 2019 North American International Auto Show that opens this week!!!

I don’t know much about trade dress, however I am going to consider the Roxor to be like a Jeep, in the same vein in which I consider the HMMWV/HUMMER to be like a Jeep!!!

Ultimately, I believe that Jeep (FCA) will lose the argument, just as Jeep (DaimlerChrysler)did in 2002, as reported in the Toledo Blade.

Click here to read: “Appeals court rules in favor of GM in HUMMER grille fight”

I look forward to the Detroit Auto Show each and every year, and am especially looking forward to this years show to compare the Jeep, and the Roxor side by side!!!

See you at the show!!!

-Chris

Citizens Band (CB) for Trail Comms – Can CB make a Come Back?

Back when I had my first seven slat vehicle, a 1990 Wrangler (in 1992), cell /mobile phones, were not as ubiquitous as they are today…the CB radio however, was not yet TOTALLY forgotten…


Sidebar…remember the Nextel phone, and the Push-to-Talk feature?  Now, if that service still existed…and if it does, there can’t be more than two people that still have it…it would be the perfect trail comms solution.


Today, the CB radio is all but forgotten, however I believe that the CB radio is an effective trail comms solution.  Many in the Jeep community would argue for the use of two-way radios, or hamm, and I understand that these technologies are in many ways better, however for overall investment, ease of use, and practicality, I believe that the CB radio is the way to go for trail comms.


Below is my set-up in my 2014 JK.

For the radio, I chose the Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio.  I like the 75-822 as it’s an “all-in-one” design, and can easily be removed from the Jeep when not in use.

I chose a CoolTech VersaMount2 (http://www.cooltechllc.com) for my dash/grab-handle.  There are similar mounts available from Amazon as well.

I did have to add a Metal MIC HOLDER / Clip – Screw In for CB / Ham Radio to the CoolTech mount, as well as a Universal Replacement Microphone Hanging Buttonfor the belt clip that comes with the radio.

For an antenna, I chose the Quadratec JK-ANTMK-L Extreme Duty Stainless CB Radio Antenna Rear Tailgate Mount with 48″ Antenna for 07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK

I added the Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring to my antenna mount for what little flex I can get between the tailgate and tire, however more for the couple of extra inches to reach above the top for better reception.


***WARNING***WARNING***WARNING*** 

When routing your antenna coax DO NOT wind any excess coax in a circular coil shape, as this can cause RF (radio frequency) issues that will interfere with your signal. 

***WARNING***WARNING***WARNING*** 


Very important is to tune your antenna, and I use the ASTATIC PDC1 100 Watt SWR/RF TEST METER W/ Workman 3 foot jumper CX-3-PL-PL as it is simple to use, and comes with the needed jumper wire.

I recently learned, while listening to the Jeep Talk Show, that it is a good idea to check and re-adjust your antenna tune if your antenna impacts anything on the trail AND if you remove the top and/or doors on your Jeep!  Below is a great video from Right Channel Radios on how to tune your antenna.

So that’s my set up, what’s yours?  Can we MAKE CB RADIO GREAT AGAIN?

-Chris

The Gladiator is Back, and I Like It!!!

The Jeep Gladiator made it’s official debut on Wednesday at the LA Auto Show, in what I thought was an impressive presentation!!!

I had previously posted the question, “Will it Sell? – Jeep Scrambler”, and I am already wrong on one point…the Jeep pick-up was not named the Scrambler!!!

While some are upset that Jeep did not bring back the Scrambler name, I suddenly think that the Gladiator name is a good fit!!!  The Jeep Scrambler was not a huge sales success when it was new, and like many unique vehicles, has only gained in value and popularity since it has been out of production.

The Gladiator/J-10 was a purpose built pick-up, and it’s appropriate that the new Jeep pick-up bear the Gladiator name again!!!

Besides, who is really worried about the actual name that their Jeep came with?  There are countless Jeepers living in agony, needing HELP coming up with a name for their Jeep!!!

 

And if you are not obsessed with naming your Jeep, you now have a new lettering scheme to discuss the Jeep Gladiator.  The code for the Gladiator is JT, just like the CJ, YJ, TJ, JK, JL, so now we can discuss who has a JTR = Rubicon, JTS = Sahara or JTO = Overland???

Jeep gave the Gladiator a respectable payload and towing capacity, giving it a legitimate shot to compete in the mid-size truck segment.

There have been some detractors that believe there should be a two-door version of the Gladiator, however you can hardly find a full-size pick-up with only two doors still in production!!!

Speaking of doors…I have also read that Jeep should have given the Gladiator a larger rear door.  I imagine that the doors are interchangeable between the JT and JL, keeping the body tooling somewhat universal.

To me it’s more of a visual perception against the longer body-side on the Gladiator, and you don’t have the fender right there to contend with, as you do with a JL.  I do believe that Jeep made the rear door a little larger for the JL/JT, over the JK, so I do not believe the rear door shape will be a deal breaker.

I still question, “Will it Sell?” based on the MSRP pricing, considering the sticker pricing of the JL, however I understand that it is a product of the technology craze within the new vehicle market, however I still believe that an automatic transmission is too fancy technology!!!

I do like the Trail Cam feature for the Gladiator, considering the length of it!  A Trail Cam would be a nice addition to a four-door JK!

I see Jeep Gladiator owners helping the tailgate net industry make a comeback!!!  I believe that the same folks who change their grill, will also take off their tailgate for a tailgate net!!!

After seeing the reveal, and reading feedback on the Gladiator, I like it even more, and look forward to purchasing one in a couple of years when I hand my JK down to my kids!!!

-Chris