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If you are getting into the Jeep lifestyle and have recently joined the world of off roaders, you should seriously consider joining an off roading club. These clubs offer many benefits that you would not think of. Not only will you have the camaraderie of others sharing your lifestyle choices, but you will also have access to a support network that you wouldn’t believe. Here are some of the top reasons to join an off roading club.

  1. You will have buddies to go off roading with. It is always best to go off road with a buddy or two or three or more. This way if something goes wrong you have someone there to help you. You should never go off road alone.
  2. If you are dumb enough, or inexperienced enough, to go off roading alone, you will have someone to call on if you get stuck. Anything could go wrong when you are out on the trail. Something could break or stop working, you could flip, or worse you could roll your Jeep. Having someone to call that can get you out of sticky situations can be a blessing in disguise.
  3. Many club members will do anything to help out a fellow member. This includes swapping parts and helping with upgrades and Jeep modifications. Some clubs spend every weekend together, and work on someone’s rig nearly every weekend. If you have a lot of work to do on your off road vehicle, this is a great way to get some help with it. Just remember that you have to be willing to help out on someone else’s vehicle as well.
  4. Having off road buddies is more like having another family than having friends. Everyone watches out for everyone else.
  5. You can get a lot of advice and tips on how to modify your vehicle or what to do when you take your vehicle out on the trail from people who have already been there. Even newer off roading groups often have at least one or two members that are very experienced in off roading and Jeep mods. This advice and help can go a long way to a beginner.

Of course, all of these benefits can only be had if you choose the right off roading club. Visit a club and attend a meeting or two, maybe go on an outing, before you decide for sure that the group is for you.

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If you want to truly live the Jeep lifestyle, there are some things you need besides your off roading Jeep. There are certain things you should keep in your Jeep so that you are prepared for whatever comes your way while you are off road. Whether you are considering a day trip or a camp out, these items could come in handy either for camping or in an emergency situation.

  1. Tent. If you are camping you will obviously need shelter. But you should keep a tent in your Jeep at all times, so that if you get stuck in the middle of no where you still have shelter. Don’t forget to also pack a tarp to put down under the tent, just in case it is muddy where you wind up camping.
  2. Water. You can never have enough water. Keep a flat of bottled water or several gallon jugs of water in your Jeep any time you plan on going off roading. If you get stuck, you’ll need that water, especially during the heat of the day, to stay hydrated.
  3. Basic first aid kit. This kit should have bandages, tape, gauze, disinfectant, and more. This is a must for any off roading trip no matter how long or short the trip may be.
  4. Other emergency items. You should always have a lighter in case you need to start a fire. A flashlight or head lamp is also important if you are out at night, whether you planned to be or not. A roll of duct tape and a long piece of rope could have many uses in an emergency, as could a swiss army knife or similar multi purpose tool.
  5. Food. If you are planning on camping, you are probably going to take food with you. But if you are going out for a day trip, you may not think about it. Having some extra food in your Jeep, even if it is just bread and peanut butter, is important. If you get stuck off road, you may need to have food readily available.
  6. Map. You should always have a map of the area you are off roading in, as well as a compass. This way you can find your way out if you were to get lost or turned around while off roading.
  7. CB radio or cell phone with great reception. Cell phone reception can fail, so it is always a good idea to have a CB radio any time you go off road. This way if there is an emergency, you can call for help.

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There are a number of modifications that many people want to make to their Jeep, either because they think it looks cool or because they heard someone else got one and it worked for them. However, there are just five modifications that every off roader needs on their Jeep before they take it to do some serious off roading.

  1. Winch. The winch is the single most important upgrade you will ever make to your Jeep. If you plan on going off roading with friends, a winch can keep them out of the ditch and on the road (or lack thereof). Everyone who goes off roading should have a winch to help out buddies on the same terrain. There are some situations that only a winch can get you out of. If a Jeep rolls a winch is the only way to salvage it. A winch could get you home, or get a buddy home, or tow a stranger home in the snow. You never know when it will come in handy.
  2. Choose appropriate Jeep tires for the type of off roading you will be doing. Keep in mind that if you get a tire much bigger than your stock tires you will have to retool the gear differential. This is not as expensive or difficult as it sounds, so don’t be worried. Also keep in mind that if you are getting a lift, you will need bigger tires for certain, so plan accordingly.
  3. The jeep lift is one of the first things all off roaders think to do to their Jeep, and rightly so. A lift increases clearance. This means you can drive over bigger stuff without getting stuck. It also means you can drive through some water sources without getting wet, such as a small creek. The type of lift you get will depend on the type of off roading you want to do. Choose carefully, as this is an expensive modification that you only want to do once.
  4. Rock rails come standard on the Rubicon model of Wrangler, but for any other Jeep you plan on taking off road this is a must have upgrade. It protects your vehicle from so many things, not just rocks. Heck, it will even protect your Jeep from people who open their door too wide. It also acts as an extra step, which is good if you got a lift and aren’t that tall.
  5. Differential lockers are also an important upgrade that comes standard on the Rubicon model. Lockers cause both wheels to spin identically, improving traction in low traction settings, such as snow, ice, or mud.

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Many people wonder what type of Jeep is best to buy for off roading. This is a common question that has no definitive answer. It really depends on what year you are looking at buying, and what type of off roading you plan on doing. Let’s look at new vehicles first.

The Jeep Commander is not a good Jeep for off roading. It is so big that it is really only good on flat sand or dirt. Modifying it is not really an option either. So forget that model if off roading is your goal.

The Jeep Wrangler is the most capable of all the Jeeps for off roading. The Rubicon version is the absolute best for off roading. The Rubicon version of the model adds stronger front differential and stronger axles, locking differentials, lower ratio gears, and a disconnecting sway bar. These upgrades are workable for most moderate to difficult trails. However, they are not considered best in class, except the strong axles. If you do decide to modify this Jeep to make it even more suitable for off roading, the factory parts have decent resale value.

The Liberty or Grand Cherokee can also handle easy to moderate terrain, especially if you modify them. The modifications are expensive, but the additional cost is well worth it if you decide to go with this type of Jeep. The advantage to getting a Liberty or Cherokee is that they have added space and great highway capability, so if you spend as much or more time on the highway than you do off roading, it can be well worth it to get one of these models instead of the Rubicon.

If you are looking at older vehicles, perhaps the best off roading Jeep available is the older model Jeep Wranglers, the TJ Rubicon model. It has all of the same upgrades as the new Rubicon version, with the exception of the disconnecting sway bar. It has a peppier engine than the newer Rubicon though.

The older Jeep Cherokee, model XJ, is also very good for off roading with a little bit of work. It takes more money to prepare a XJ for off roading, but you can usually pick them up for a few thousand dollars. So for about ten grand you can have a great off roading vehicle that also has additional cargo and passenger space and has on road manners.

What style Jeep do you sport on the trails?

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When most people get a Jeep 4×4 the first thing they want to do is modify it. They are in such a rush to make it look cool or to take it off roading that they often make some mistakes along the way. This usually comes from inexperience and a lack of knowledge. The best thing to do is learn about all the modifications and what they entail before you do anything. To help you out, here are the top five mistakes that are made by new Jeep owners that you should avoid.

  1. Making decisions too quickly is the number one mistake that people make. It is recommended that you wait six months to a year before doing any modifications to your Jeep. Consider after that amount of time what your primary use of the vehicle is. If it is off roading, then you can make modifications that are appropriate for that use.
  2. Getting in over your head. Make small modifications first. Do things that accessorize your vehicle rather than changing the way the vehicle performs. This includes small projects like adding a come along so you can get yourself out of sticky situations while off roading. These smaller modifications are much less expensive and will start you off on your path to modifications nicely.
  3. Not getting enough information before making Jeep modifications. You should get information from all types of people who have already been there. Ask people what modifications they made to their Jeep, and why they did it. This will give you some insight as to what modifications are appropriate.
  4. Sacrificing quality for cost is another major mistake. Many people want to make a lot of modifications at once, and they don’t really have the budget for it. So they cut costs and by doing so, cut quality. You want the best quality in your modifications if they are going to help your Jeep perform like you want it to. You also want the modification to be durable and not require a lot of maintenance.
  5. Finally, many people do not understand the full effects of making modifications to their vehicle. For example, putting a lift kit on your Jeep means that you must put bigger tires on your Jeep, which leads to gear issues that must be addressed with further modifications. Understand the full impact of what you want to do, and what modifications go hand in hand.

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Over Easter weekend Jeep rolled out a new line-up of concept vehicles.   The new vehicles were announced earlier in the year, but had not been seen until the Moab event in April.  From all accounts the crowd was very pleased with what they saw.  Below is a breakdown of some of the new concepts.

Jeep J12 Concept

Jeep J12 Concept

Jeep J-12 Concept

This vehicle is being called an extended version of the new JK-8 pickup kit for the Jeep Wrangler.    This new concept is spun off of the 2012 Wrangler Unlimited with a 6’ cargo box.  Jeep also added a custom front fender set and a hood.  Chrysler bigwigs said they added the custom touches “as a nod to aficionados of the beloved Jeep Gladiator.”

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 2012

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

According to the Jeep designers the Trailhawk concept is a way for them to provide a visual punch to the new line-up.   This vehicle will be dressed up in some fun colors including:  Stone White, Mineral Grey and Red.  All the colors will get a matte black hood appliqué that is said to cut down glare.  This new concept gets topped off with 18” Goodyear SilentArmor off-road tires.

Jeep Wrangler Traildozer

Jeep Wrangler Traildozer

Jeep Wrangler Traildozer

Chrysler says that this concept was designed for “Moab’s toughest trails,” and is a spin-off of the Dozer Yellow 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.  Under the hood of this new powerhouse lays a bolted-in 470-horsepwoer 6.4-liter Hemi V8.  This super engine is linked to a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission.      The Traildozer comes with premium Mopar front and rear bumpers, a 9.5 CTI winch and a factory-lifted suspension.

Jeep Wrangler Apache

Jeep Wrangler Apache 2012

Jeep Wrangler Apache

The Wrangler Apache was made to appease the crowd who kept screaming for a V8-powered Hemi under the hood of a Jeep Wrangler.  This vehicle features a brand new Mopar 470-horsepwoer 6.4-litre Hemi V8 conversion kit made for the Wrangler.  It will hit the streets in the summer of 2012 with a 5-speed automatic transmission, but there will be a 6-speed manual to follow.

The Jeep Mighty FC Concept

The Jeep Mighty FC Concept

The Jeep Mighty FC Concept

Designers used a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon as a base for this vehicle that is said to be a nod to fans of the Jeep Forward Control which hit the streets in 1956.  The cabin has been moved over and in-front of the front axle.  The wheelbase has been stretched and they have also added a custom drop-side cargo box.    The FC Concept comes with Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch, a stainless steel exhaust system from Corsa, and King coil-over reservoir shocks.

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The funny thing is; a lot of Jeep owners tend to spend a lot of time, energy, and money on things for under the hood or for the exterior of the car.  However, when it comes to the inside they forget to gussy it up.     Below are a few ideas on how to make the interior of an older Jeep look like new again.

Black Neoprene Center Console Armrest Pad for Jeep Wrangler JK 2011-2012 by Rugged Ridge

Black Neoprene Center Console Armrest Pad for Jeep Wrangler JK 2011-2012 by Rugged Ridge

New or Add a Center Console

One of the easiest things to do inside a Jeep is to replace or install a new Jeep center console.  A lot of the older jeeps never had these, so there isn’t any place to lock up your valuables or (if you get the right one) hold your beverages.    Rugged Ridge makes a great one for 1976-1995 Jeep CJs that comes with a nice one made in black vinyl with a nice padded armrest, two cup holders, and a lock.

Front Trailmax High-Back Fixed Position Bucket Seat for Jeep 1976-02 CJ & Wrangler

Front Trailmax High-Back Fixed Position Bucket Seat for Jeep 1976-02 CJ & Wrangler

New Seats

A lot of the older Jeeps come with seats that are about as comfortable as sitting on a bumpy log all day.   Not only are they not comfortable they are not safe, especially for people who spend a good deal of time off-roading.   Jeep replacement seats can usually be had for less than a $150 per seat and are very simple to install in the comfort of your own garage.

MasterCraft 2" Dual Series Seat Harness

MasterCraft 2″ Dual Series Seat Harness

New Seat Belts

Seat belts are a very important piece of equipment no matter if you spend all your time on the highways or in the wilderness.  Old seat belts can easily get stuck or not function properly leading to some very dangerous situation.  Jeep replacement seat belts can be easily found in either the standard shoulder belt or in a variety of safety harness.

GRAB HANDLE PAIR NEOPRENE REAR COVER RED 07-10

GRAB HANDLE PAIR NEOPRENE REAR COVER RED 07-10

   Grab Handles

Of course any good Jeep off-road enthusiast knows that if you are going to have any fun out in the wilderness you need to install sturdy Jeep grab handles for your passengers.   Now we are not talking about your standard issue grab handles here.   We are talking about sturdy pieces of steel wrapped with a little padding.

High-Back Bucket Seat Covers For Jeep 1997-02 Wrangler

High-Back Bucket Seat Covers For Jeep 1997-02 Wrangler

Seat Covers with Storage

Once you get your new seats installed you will want to dress them up with removable/washable Jeep seat covers with a little storage in the back.  We love the Smitty Built G.E.A.R covers made of 600 Denier polyester and seven different pouches to store everything from a first aid kit to extra bottles of water.  The true genius about these kits is that they are easy to access while sitting in any seat and they will hold all loose objects in place.

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