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Being an avid four wheeler, I live by my motto of restore, break, rebuild. My latest challenge was rebuilding the many years of abuse and neglect associated with my recent purchase of a Jeep CJ 7. Among many things needed that were purely cosmetic, I decided to get it up and running. My Jeep was equipped with a strong V 8. This is a common swap for some,but it was the selling point for me. The engine was running fair and the drive train was fine. No over heating proved that the coolant system was functioning and it visually seems to be holding tight on all other fluids because there were no puddles on my driveway. The only thing left for inspection was the brake system. A stronger engine means faster acceleration and sometimes the ability to tow, as the CJ’s chassis is rated to tow up to 2,000 lbs. However, the ability of the Jeep’s brake to bring things to a safe halt may be below what it should be. This is a scary issue for me coupled with the fact that I will be putting larger tires and rims on my rig. Most people forget that bigger tires and rims may call for a brakes upgrade.

As a general rule, if the brakes on your Jeep were good before the swap, they will probably adequate after the swap. However, many CJ’s had questionable brakes from the factory. It is up to the individual doing the conversion to ascertain whether or not to upgrade the braking system.This is where I fail. Being a Bronco fan I had no knowledge of Jeep brakes but was willing to learn.

I heard stories of the ultimate bulletproof rebuilds, brake upgrades,substituting Nissan Maxima and 300z brake parts but being a novice to Jeep brake replacement I chose to go with a stock rebuild. Taking pointers from the Jeep gurus on many forums,I set out to rebuild with stock parts and upgrade where my pocket book or my wife would allow. I found a web site called Xtremeterrain.com and began to root through for the much needed parts. After hours of looking and cross referencing I located the parts. The Xtremeterrain website was clear and fully stocked for any option. I surfed and checked out many parts that were labeled with enough info for me to make an intelligent decision and not break the bank.

Days went by as I waited to be assisted by anyone who stopped by my house. I’m not a master mechanic so it did take much longer than I thought but the parts went on without a hitch. Today I kinda smile when people say “hey nice rig” . I put in many hours. Restore,break,rebuild. Jeep life!

K ROBISON

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Jeff Hiltz (Picture taken by Cindy Holman)

Hi Everyone.. I am excited to share with you yet another exciting Jeeper – Jeff Hiltz! If you would like to see your name up on the XtremeTerrain Blog just drop us a note on our facebook and we will get in touch with you so we can get things rolling! 🙂 Now.. without further ado.. allow me to let Jeff take things from here.. Enjoy everyone! 🙂

Jeff on Ghost Train

My name is Jeff Hiltz, A.K.A. “The Pirate” (I was blinded in one eye as a teen and have worn an eyepatch ever since.) I’m 46 years old, although I don’t really act, look or feel it! My Jeep keeps me young!

Jeff and Cindy (Sorry Jeff.. I personally love this picture!)

I’m in love with a sweet Jeep girl, Cindy (Luvmyjeep on our message board) who I met on on a “Support Our Troops” run with the Nova Scotia Jeep Club and we have been together ever since, I have already been down on one knee in the mud to ask her for her hand in marriage and we’ll be having a Jeep themed wedding in the next year or two.

 

My Jeep, A.K.A. “The Pirateship” is a 2003 Jeep TJ Sport that I purchased new in 2004. Right away I fully skidplated (Diff covers, oil/engine, steering box, Warn rocksliders) and wheeled her hard for a couple years before putting some lift and 33’s, and it wasn’t much longer I was bitten by the rock crawling bug and had a need to crawl. I picked up some cheap d44’s (Scout front and XJ rear), loaded them with Chromoly shafts, lockers, 5:13’s, then to really slow her down installed a 231/d300 doubler giving me a crawl ratio of 155:1. The build got out of hand and I decided to change the suspension and went with a 8″ Rock Krawler long arm kit with coilovers. One of my latest modifications are my custom boatsides giving me 3 feet of clearance under my doors.

I run 37″ Maxxis Creepy Crawlers on the trails and being that it is still my grocery ghetta and daily driver I run 37″ BFG KM2’s for the streets and mild wheeling. For front end recovery I have a Warn Powerplant. Underneath attached to my engine skid you’ll find a Runva 3500 winch for suck down and soon to have one for rear suck down also.

Video of my Jeep from the past Summer

My only regret is that I didn’t go with tons right away, although I have only broken one axle and that was purely because I was on my side and tried to drive out of it. I have since picked up some RCV Performance CV’s for the front to be installed before the snow melts off the rocks.
The next mods are to stretch her nine inches, a full cage and then move my coilover mounts up higher to bring it all down a little.

Jeff Hiltz

Nova Scotia has an amazing amount of trails, there are many hundred year old j-class roads which have been abandoned for years allowing wash outs to form making for some great wheeling and granite boulders are everywhere. A good friend of mine has 500 acres that we have built Jeep and Land Rover specific trails that zig zag back and forth down the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley on the most slick and slippery most challenging mud you’ll ever find. Then I have another friend with a big chunk of land that has been concentrating on building some crazy buggy trails all over his property. Nova Scotia has everything from mild to wild!

My favorite spot to wheel is probably “High Voltage” which is a powerline trail that has xtreme rock faces going up and down for 4 miles; with lines, you could run with 33’s or lines to challenge the best of buggies.
Video mostly shot on High Voltage at an annual event the “Valley Crawl”

Jeff Hiltz

I’ve had a few Jeeps over the years but it wasn’t till close to ten years ago that I got real serious into wheeling. Originally my Jeeps were purchased to get me to the fishing holes but then I started to find it more fun getting to the fishing holes than actually fishing. Wheeling fast became a severe addiction, I couldn’t stay home. I’d lay in bed at night craving an urge to put the Jeep in 4 low; it was getting out of hand. There was a few years that I spent at least 4 days a week wheeling and if I wasn’t wheeling my friend and I were cutting new trails on his property. I just couldn’t get enough. If anyone ever wanted to go wheeling they knew that they could count on me going out. I just wish I had a hour gauge on my Jeep rather than an odometer to keep track of the thousands of hours logged behind the wheel; you know those days when it takes five hours to go five hundred meters. Those are usually really good days!

Back in 2004 I became a member of the Annapolis Valley Chapter of the Nova Scotia Jeep Club. For the first 4 or 5 years I was extremely active in the club, organizing weekly trail rides, weekly coffee nights and getting involved in everything I could with the club. My first year with the club yielded several awards for “Rookie of the Year”, “Club Spirit Award” to the “Trail Clearing Award”, not that the awards mattered, I was doing it because of my huge passion for the sport and the club. I then started trail guiding for Jeep Jamboree Canada until Daimler Chrysler pulled their funding for the event in 2007 but that wasn’t stopping the NSJC from hosting the event. Beings we did all the work of organizing the event anyways, from choosing the trails and clearing the trails for the event, our club took the reigns and turned it into the NSJC Jamboree which fast became a huge success continuing yearly in June and welcoming well over one hundred Jeeps yearly from all across the maritime provinces of Canada into the States bringing Jeepers from New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and others. Check it out http://nsjc.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=jam

When asked if I had any stories or incidents that I would like to share, there is always one that pops into my head immediately.
It was the 2006 Jamboree and I was trail guiding a trail we call Tia’s Trail (named after a loved member of the NSJC Tia, it was her favorite trail, our much loved friend Tia was taken from us after a courageous and hard fought battle with Cystic Fibrosis at a young age of 21). Back to the story, I was trail guide and tail gunner on Tia’s Trail and at the drivers meeting that we hold at the trail head, we gave our usual little spiel of do’s and don’ts and then I proceeded to tell the participants about the trail. I told them “Tia’s trail” is a very tight trail that winds down the mountain and most of the trail is quite off camber; you will really feel like you might go over but you won’t, no one has and no one will!! Big 6, our trail leader that day, took everyone down the first hill and through the first off camber section without incident, then it was my turn and having run the trail a hundred times before I was feeling a little cocky and tried to hold the high side of the trail but the wet slimy mud didn’t allow me to hold the high side sending me sliding sideways and flopping my Grand Cherokee on it’s side. Back at the closing ceremonies I was fired as a trail guide (all in fun) and they gave me a certificate for the Jeep 101 that participants who took the 101 course receive, except mine had “REVOKED” written across it. I have never lived it down and till this day I am still the only person to ever flop on that trail.

As much as I love off-roading I also enjoy photography and videography. On almost every trail ride I enjoy shooting and editing my pictures and video and upload to my Youtube Channel, “Pirate Jeep Productions” and my photography to my Pbase photography site.

Jeff Hiltz

Hope to see you all on the trails!!
Happy trails!!
Jeff

 

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Derek James Lobato

It has been a while since we have had a featured Jeeper so I am happy to share Derek with you all. Just so everyone knows. I enjoy reading and learning more about each and everyone of you and am always looking for more Jeepers to be Featured. So if you would like to be featured, please do not hesitate to let us know! We would be happy to have you!

Today’s Featured Jeeper is Derek Lobato. Read on and enjoy getting to know Derek a little more from Derek himself.

Derek James Lobato


Hi, My name is Derek and I am 26 years old. I have been married for 2 years. I am originally from Northern Colorado but have been living in Norfolk VA for 2 years. However, I am more then anxious to move back out west!

I currently own a 2005 LJ with Chromoly Dana 44 axles front and rear w/Yukon Zip locker out back, 4.56 gears, 37 inch Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrains(in town). I run 37 inch Pit Bull Rockers in the dirt. 5.75″ suspension lift in front and 5″ lift in rear w/ Fox racing shox, 1″ body lift.

The best modifications to date would have to be my Poison Spyder tube fenders and Savvy Offorad Aluminum gas tank skid and Skid Row Offroad oil pan skid plate as well as my bestop trektop. I love them all! I am very excited about my RockKrawler X factor steering system that I’m installing next week! Still on my Jeep wish list are Gen Right’s 3 link front suspension and 4 link rear w/ Fox coilovers and a full welded rollcage and a Vortec supercharger would be nice!

Derek James Lobato


I started wheelin at a young age of 12 riding around the Colorado and Wyoming mountains in my dad’s and my uncle’s Toyota pickups. I got my first 4×4 at age 18 – a Chevy s10.

Craziest wheelin incident: Breaking a front axle on my old truck and having to leave it above 10,000 ft for 2 weeks in January in the Colorado mountains and coming close to not recovering it until summer.

I always knew I’d buy a Jeep someday. I’ve always loved them so in the spring of 09 I bought my 05 LJ bone stock with 5,000 miles on it and haven’t looked back since. I’ll probably always own one. They are so fun to wheel and they look awesome when you build them right.

My favorite wheelin spot is Rausch Creek, PA. and Wheelin Crew is IFOJ (Independent Friends of Joe).

Derek James Lobato


Let me close with my favorite Wheelin Quote: “Long hauls and close calls”

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Nancy Cutright


There is no better place to get the best Jeep advice or tips from then the Jeep community itself and that is exactly what we did. We sought the knowledge of seasoned Jeepers to create this awesome list of the second set of the Jeepin 101 Tips plus a few bonus ones..  If you like their tips, make sure you let them know… stop by their facebook page and give them a big ol’ healthy Jeepin thanks! Throughout, you will see pictures of some previously featured Jeepers! Enjoy!

#51. Fire Extinguisher. Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#52. If winching a buddy out on slippery slopes anchor your rig to a tree or another rig. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#53. Carry the proper socket for your lug nuts! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#54. Use proper space for rig in front of you, ie: climbing hill, mud hole, wait for signal they are done. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#55. Always offer help to a fellow Jeeper who may be stuck or broke down. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Little Moab II


#56. Remember the Jeep wave!! ~Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#57. Jeep to your abilities. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#58. 54 Carry hand saw or chain saw if applicable. Only cut wood from existing trail, do not make new ones.~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#59. If you don’t have starting or lighter fluid…use a ratchet strap around the tire…tighten and air up until you here the bead pop back on 🙂 ~ Alan Chilly McGowan

#60. Know your limitations…But also know that your Jeep CAN pull your friends big trucks out of the mud! ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

Annette Wheatcraft


#61. Carry fresh water in well rinsed out bleach bottles to clean up with, wash windshield or use in radiator. Bleach bottles are made sturdier than other gallon containers. ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#62. Don’t go wheeling far from home unless you have means to trailer a broke-down rig home. ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#63. If you’re wheeling topless, put long hair up or wear a hat! ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#64. Jay (hubby) just added “If you’re wheeling topless, make sure if your husband is driving that he’s watching the trail & not you.” ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

#65. Flashlight w/extra batteries. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Michael Riley


#66. When wheeling on a trail and you encounter horses, we always pull off and shut our engines, as not to spook horse for rider safety. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#67. Carry an extra belt whether its a v-belt or serpentine belt, you will be glad you did. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#68. Make sure you have any “special” tools with you…13mm 12 point sockets for TJ steering knuckles, 36mm for hub nuts, that kind of stuff. ~ Lee Boening

#69. Have enough things to share on the trail, whether it be zip ties, water, fuel, nuts, bolts, fuses, etc. You never know when that may save someone from a long walk! ~ Lee Boening

#70. NEVER EVER, overlook that a dead vehicle may be due to a blown fuse…I can’t count how many times I’ve seen people spend 30-plus minutes trying to change a fuel pump, etc. and find out it’s a bad fuse. Many times older rigs have less than ideal wiring situations and it may take some poking about to find “all” the fuses for a particular component. ~ Lee Boening

David Lane


#71. Always bring extra radiator hoses just in case you blow one. along with u-joints etc… ~ Cameron White

#72. Bring spare everything…ie:joints, fluids, any parts we take off for mods we keep, they come in handy when we need to MacGyver a broken part. Oh and bungee cords help a tons as well! ~ Kelli Pietrzykowski Lawson

#73. Keep gaskets with you at all times!. ~ Tyler Alexander

#74. Don’t wheel and hold a beverage or you might lose grasp of the wheel and end up hitting a tree like I did! Lmao! ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#75. Always be courteous and pull to the side when fellow wheelers are coming through the path. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

Pete Lopes


#76. Don’t follow another’s bumper too closely or you might kiss it ; ) ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#77. Always take oil at least 4 quarts you never know when u need more oil. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#78. If you go through a river or small creak change you dif oil ~ Jeffery Swafford

#79. Try to take a tow strap not chain. Chains brake and can hurt some one really bad. Straps don’t whip back. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#80. D-rings are stronger than tow hooks. ~ Jeffery Swafford

Keith Norton Sr.


#81. Take some extra vacuum lines and an extra air filter you never know how dusty the trails are. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#82. Always carry an extra jug of Coolant/Antifreeze. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#83. Cb Radios are awesome when cell phone service is not an option .. And or Gps tracking device. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#84. Check to see if you have lock tight on your distributor cap. ~ Krista Kunkel

#85. Never leave home with out TOOLS ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

Lisa Mallinson


#86. Keep a potato in your tool bag – it is the best odd addition you can have. You can use to fill a hole in the radiator. You can cut and rub over your windshield to have water bead up if your wipers stop working. You can use it for quick trail food if you break down and have to camp, plus it is bio degradable for trail friendly people. ~ Pam Cechini

#87. The reason we don’t use chain is not because they may break and hurt someone but it is because they have no give and when pulling a vehicle out with a hard tug with chains might break one of the vehicles, chain does not store energy so it will rarely fly through the air, in fact tow straps store energy and that’s what makes the recovery easier BUT when they break they will fly like something thrown with a slingshot, I had a strap break once and the 10 foot piece that came back at my Jeep caved my steel Jeep grill right in!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#88. Always remember that an 8000LB winch is only an 8000LB winch when your cable is down to the last wrap on the drum!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#89. Never attach two snatch straps together for recovery using a d-ring or clevis…If something lets go during the recovery that d-ring or clevis will turn into projectile that can and will KILL. There have been instances where the strap broke… and the d-ring came back at the Jeep at hundreds of mph, through the tailgate and through the drivers seat killing the driver. Recovery is NOT something to be taken lightly!! Play safe!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#90. Air your tires down as much as possible!! What you lose in ground clearance you will more than double in traction!!! ~ Jeff Hiltz

#91. Not sure if anyone mentioned first aid kit, sometimes it could be awhile before you reach help. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#92. Try NOT to turn around on a steep hill, can result in landing on your lid. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#93. Carry plenty of drinking water, it is easy to get dehydrated with the top off and the sun beating on you. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#94. Be sure seatbelts are in working order and everyone wears them! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#95. Not a necessity, but padded fleece seatbelt covers are so much more comfortable on the shoulder. ~ Jackie Wakeman-Littlejohn

Winter wonderland...


#96. Not sure if this has been mentioned but don’t forget your highlift jack can be used as a winch ~ Matthew Duffy

#97. Get a small plastic jar and put a bunch of little pieces parts in it. IE Valve stems, caps, fuses, nuts/bolts, tape, tire plug kit, strap ties, hose clamps etc just any thing that will fit. ~ Hozer Outlaw

#98. When recovering a stuck vehicle if you are not directly involved stay back. If the strap or cable breaks it can take off an arm, leg or put out an eye. If the strap is 20 feet long stay back at least 25 or so feet. ~ Hozer Outlaw

#99. It’s tradition that men always do their bathroom business on the drivers side of the trail and women go on the passenger side of the trail…(I know a lot of woman aren’t passengers but this is tradition) ~ Jeff Hiltz

#100. When there’s snow on the ground don’t go down a trail if u have never been on it before, it could be deeper than it looks and u could get high centered. ~ Jeffery Swafford

Joe Paul.. a.k.a. Off Kilter


#101. Bag your tires adds to traction in sand and mud and other spots. ~ Robert Barney Sr

#102. Always let the new guy go first; they are always the most eager to go. ~ John Gould

#103. The big rule for wheelin on snow trails is if not sure get out and walk it. ~ John Gould

#104. Watch your line crossing the stream the first time. Note deep spots you want to avoid on the way back. ~ William Elam

#105. When rock climbing if it’s a lil muddy and you have your head out the window to see were you are going were sun glasses and keep your mouth closed! ~ Jeffery Swafford

Angela Griffith-Paul


#106. When off roading always have a shovel, axe, and hoe. ~ Jeffery Swafford

#107. Always bring along trash bags on the trail for trash and to catch any oils you may spill when doing trail repairs. ~ Arturo Guerra

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Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

There is no better place to get the best Jeep advice or tips from then the Jeep community itself and that is exactly what we did. We sought the knowledge of seasoned Jeepers to create this awesome list of the first 50 Jeepin 101 Tips. If you like their tips, make sure you let them know.. stop by their facebook page and give them a big ol’ healthy Jeepin thanks! Throughout you will see pictures of some previously featured Jeepers! Enjoy!

#1. Don’t get 2 different size tire on 4wd. It will mess up the drive train. ~ Jeffrey Swafford

#2. Always remember safety is first… Secure yourself and all passengers and any lose objects. ~ Mark Kestner

#3. Always make sure you have front and rear recovery points and a good long strap free of metal, which could break and cause injury. ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

#4. Keep a light n steady throttle foot in low range, slow and steady will usually get ya thru or up it!! ~ Paul Zupancic Jr

#5. When on a multi section obstacle, remember when you pick a line up the first part, check how that line will affect you on the next section. ~ Lee Boening

Kenneth Putnam at Tejon Ranch

#6. Keep a good reliable spare tire of the same size of you are currently wheeling! ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

 

#7. Don’t go off-roading alone! ~ Lucas Buchanan

#8. Watch big rocks they hurt! ~ Charles Claiborne

#9. Keep all body parts in jeep when tiping or rollin! You won’t stop 3500 lbs with a foot or hand! ~ Chad Johnson

#10. After Jeeping in Mud or Water check fluids in tranny, transfer case, and front & rear diff’s and change accordingly. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#11. When crossing water, remember that the spray outside your rig that looks cool is also just as impressive under your rig, you just cant see it slamming into your intake, a/e, hydrolock! Got one in the shop right now! ~ Camp Crocker

#12. When someone says “Hang on, I wanna try something” – HANG ON! ~ Becky Stokes

#13. If one of your friends says, “Hey fellers, watch this!” Watch……………….:-) ~ Camp Crocker

#14. Take pictures OR it NEVER happened! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#15. ALWAYS keep a first aid kit handy! Be prepared for the unexpected! ~ Jocelyn O’Gara

DawnMarie Loomis

#16. If your plan to get over or through an obstacle is to “stomp the skinny pedal” make sure you and your passengers have your seat belts on!! This cannot be said enough! ~ Ken West

 

#17. Always carry a patch kit and an air compressor with you or in the group you’re with. ~ David Hatfield

#18. Always carry spare U-joints. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#19. Always have spare axle shafts! ~ David Hatfield

#20. Always keep the ice chest inside of the vehicle, not hanging off of the back.. haha good experience. We took out half our backseat to fit ours :p ~ David Hatfield

#21. Carry spare fluids, brake, gear, tranny, & oil. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#22. Stay on the marked trail, don’t blaze your own way without permission. Tread Lightly! ~ Eric Deverick

#23. WD-40 – Must have onboard! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#24. Keep jumper cables or battery booster with you. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#25. Duct tape and bailing wire Got to love them on the trails!!!!! ~ David Hatfield

Zach Harkness

#26. A piece of old dog chain…quick fix for muffler hanger. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

 

#27. 40 channel CB ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#28. Empty water bottle w/squeezable top…many uses…we used it once to clean the mud from my clutch. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#29. Wire brush ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#30. Always tighten up anything that could possibly be loose before the trip. ~ David Hatfield

Kevin L. Marchant

#31. A good tool box w/ a variety of wrenches ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

 

#32. Always carry a strong rope or a tow strap. ~ David Hatfield

#33. I carry 3 blocks, they are small and a good way to winch at weird angles. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

# 34. Tree strap to make tree huggers happy 🙂 ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#35. Bring great trail tunes! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Andrew Bennett

#36. High Lift Jack essential! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

 

#37. My Smittybilt XRC8 Winch! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#38. Take along spare lug nuts, or beadlock bolts etc. things that are easy to knock loose and out. ~ David Hatfield

#39. Take extra Hose clamps out on the trails. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#40. Bring a Come a long……holds axle in place…when springs are broke…hehehe!! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Alan and Tammy Czech

#41. Snatch block!!!! ~ David Hatfield

 

#42. Air down and disconnect…greatly improves off-road ability. ~ Eric Deverick

#43. Long Pry Bar!! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#44. Toilet Paper!!! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

#45. Starting fluid and a lighter!!!! to pop those beads back on! ~ David Hatfield

Jennifer Russell

#46. Spare Tire of proper size! ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

 

#47. When travelling through deep water or mud, pick a gear and try to stay with it…As soon as you engage your clutch it opens up and allows mud and water in, significantly wearing your clutch out pre-maturely… ~ Jeff Hiltz

#48. Pack out what You pack in! ~ Eric Deverick

#49. Never attach two snatch straps together with a clevis or d-ring! ~ Jeff Hiltz ‎ http://www.facebook.com/Piratejeep

#50. I have these plastic tops which cover a soda can so no mud enters! Wish i can find the website. ~ Sue Vtjeepgirl Norton

Cindy Homans Creighton

Every day we help Jeep Enthusiasts across the United States find the Jeep Parts and Accessories they need. With a selection of over 10,000 and climbing Jeep products, you are sure to find just the item you are looking for.
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Zach Harkness

How many Jeeps have you owned in your lifetime? – 1? 2? Maybe even 3? How about 17 and still going strong? I know of one person who can say they have owned 17 jeeps in their lifetime and I am pretty sure that number will continue to grow. That person would be none the less then Zach Harkness – today’s featured Jeeper. Allow me to turn this over to Zach while he shares his love of Jeeps!

Zach Harkness

“I grew up Jeeping from when I was little in my dads 83 CJ-7; almost everyone in our family owns a Jeep or two. My wife and I currently have two Jeeps a 2009 JK and a 2001 Grand Cherokee Limited with the upcountry package. I used two be the main Fabricator for a local Jeep shop in Salt Lake and have built almost every kind of Jeep there is but for the last four years I have been doing home loans.”

Zach Harkness

“I have been married to my wife Kathy for two years this coming February and our favorite thing to do is jump in one of the Jeeps for the weekend and see where it takes us, the farther away from any civilization the better. Our son Zach is 11 years old and is always asking when we are going to go on our next ride. Our favorite place to go is usually Moab and I know most trails very well since I lived there for around 5 years and ran many of the trails doing daily tours.”

Zach Harkness

“One of our most memorable wheeling incidents was a trip through Capital Reef and then taking an old trail through Wild Horse Canyon to Goblin Valley in our 2001 Grand Cherokee last year. We made it to the muddy river but it had been washed out really bad so the road was completely gone and the river bed was just really soft silt mixed with gravel type rocks. It ended up sinking the whole front of the Grand Cherokee and stranding us on Thanksgiving weekend in the middle of nowhere. I ended up hiking 15 miles to the nearest highway and getting a ride to a hotel 8 miles away and calling the Utah Highway Patrol and search and rescue, my cell phone couldn’t get any reception and when it finally did the battery died.”

Zach Harkness

“We went back for my wife, son and Grandpa who were still waiting at the Jeep for rescue and had built a fire to stay warm with no matches or a lighter. It was 22 degree’s at the warmest part of day so it is easy to say that was the coldest hike or walk I have ever had to make. The whole thing started around 10:00 A.M. and we got home around 1:30 A.M. in the morning.”

Zach Harkness

Favorite off road quote:
“Courage, the feeling you get just before you are about to do something stupid”

Zach Harkness

Zach has done a huge amount of modifications throughout his Jeep owning history, and here is a list of just mods on his current two jeeps followed by a list of his previously owned Jeeps!

Zach Harkness

A list of mods on the 2009 JK:
2009 Deep water blue
Factory 10 Chromoly shafts w/ Cold Forged U-joints & full circle clips.
TeraFlex SS and relocation bracket
TeraFlex disconnects
Airaid Cold air intake
Hypertech programmer
5:13 gears
37″ Super swamper S M-16’s
Incubus off road 17 wheels
4″Teraflex lift and 1.5″ Spacers
1″ daystar body lift
Front Detroit and Rear Powertrax No slip locker
TeraFlex Rear Rock guard bumper
All Crossed up front bumper
Magnaflow Catback Exhaust
Evap relocation
Bushwhacker Flat fender flares
Backup sensors
Under hood lighting
10”sub and amp
Tattons front and rear CV drivelines
XRC-8 w/10,000lb synthetic rope
TeraFlex quick disco mud flaps

2001 Grand Cherokee:
Mostly stock for now but has a lot of factory goodies
Full skid plate package
Front tow hooks
Front and rear limited slips
4.7-V8
5 speed auto
Leather, heated seats, sunroof, etc…

Zach Harkness

List of previous Jeeps:
1. 1968 Jeepster Commando
2. 1973 J4000 Jeep truck
3. 1977 CJ-5 Renegade
4. 1977 FSJ Cherokee Chief
5. 1982 FSJ Cherokee Chief
6. 1983 CJ-8 (I sold it two years ago 71,000 original miles on it, it was a sad day)
7. 1988 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
8. 1989 Cherokee Limited
9. 1990 Wrangler
10. 1995 Wrangler
11. 1995 Cherokee Country edition
12. 1995 Cherokee Country edition
13. 2001 Cherokee
14. 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
15. 2001 Wrangler
16. 2007 Wrangler
17. 2009 Wrangler

Zach Harkness


Mr. and Mrs Harkness would like to thank you fro reading about their love of Jeeps and wish you many years of Happy Jeeping!

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Krista Kunkel

It has been a while since we have had a featured Jeeper so I am pleased to bring to you Krista Kunkel. If you would like to be a featured Jeeper like Krista and the many others before her, just leave a comment on our Facebook FanPage and we will be in touch with you! Without further ado.. allow me to introduce you to Krista, a Michigan girl with a big love for Jeeps and Jeep off roading!

 


Hi everyone, my name is Krista Kunkel. I’m 20 years old with a birthday coming up on February 13th. I am not married but I am dating a Jeep boy and we do spend most of our time under one of our Jeeps working on them together. Our conversations always consist of the word “Jeep”. My last boyfriend actually ended up breaking up with me because he couldn’t take the fact my Jeep is my love. (haha)

I’m a small tattooed pistol of a girl and I have tons of Jeep smarts to back me up. Many of my MODS are all my ideas or something I made. The Jeep quote I most relate to is “I live. I ride. I am” used in Jeep commercial which describes me perfectly. Another one of my favorite off roading quotes is “My Jeep won a War, What did your car do?”

I am a real Jeep girl and everything in my life revolves around my Jeep. I have a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Tj, The best mod I have which I think is just the funniest to me is my ” angry eyes” I get a lot of laughs because of that. The worst mod would be the fact my light racks chrome so I have to keep repainting it black but I cant complain it was a gift.
As of present my Jeeps MODS include:

  • Rough Country lift which is 2.5″ coil and the 1″ body lift,
  • Carr light rack, Angry headlights ( I made),
  • Fog Lights, Smitty tire carrier and bumper (rear),
  • Stinger, 33′ Duratracs tires,
  • Cragar wheels,
  • Rough Country steering stabilizer,
  • Bestop halftop,
  • Tow hooks & hitch,
  • Cobra CB radio,
  • Tinted out lights,
  • VDP roll bar padding,
  • Diamond plate rocker guards,
  • Posi in my rear diff


I don’t have a favorite off road spot because I think the best part of offroading is when you find someplace randomly but as for a park the only one I’ve went to as of now is the Mounds because everything was closing when my Jeep was offroad ready. I am looking forward to the summer though to visit the other Michigan parks.

I ended up becoming one of the original members to pull a club together for southeast Michigan – N2Deep. We wanted to focus on getting all Jeeps together stock or not in our area. We are a free club and family friendly.

I think for me, I love offroading because I love to be in the mud. I love when my Jeep does something I didn’t expect it to or how when someone breaks down everyone stops to help. No Jeeper is ever left behind. I was really surprised the first time when my Jeep broke down at the mounds because water got in my distributor and not one but ten people stopped and waited for me to get it fixed. I also enjoy showing the men that women also can do something that was once consider to be a “man thing”.

By the time this is posted on the blog I will be ripping my Jeep apart and putting a new Rough Country lift on because I believe in go big or go home. I will be purchasing the Rough Country 4″ kit but with my body lift staying I will be sitting at 5″s all together.

Happy Jeepin everyone, and if you are in the southeast part of Michigan, check out N2Deep!

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