Why does ANYBODY think that a cup mount phone holderis 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 CupPhoneproduct 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!!!
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 Aftermarkethas designed a mirror system that utilizes the windshield hinge as the mounting point, to ensure little to no vibration.
Chris from Motor City Aftermarketexplains in greater detail what makes their trail mirrors superior to competitive products.
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.
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!!!
I attended the indoor Jeep Meet & Greet and was VERY impressed with the products and Jeeps on display.
Motor City Aftermarketproducts 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!!!
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!!!
“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. 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 Roxorwith a tow bar, and probably still be money ahead!!!
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.
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?
While some are upset that Jeep did not bring back the Scrambler name, I suddenly think that the Gladiatorname 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!!!
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!