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This Week In Jeep: [00:01:49]
And by fries I mean the boosted performance and economy that comes with a turbo.
As a break from tradition, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will be available with a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine. Sources say the 268-horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque turbo-four is now available to be ordered from Jeep dealers around the U.S. The kicker is that even though choosing the 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo is a $1,000 option over the base, 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with 260 lb-ft of torque…. it will only be available with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Which is itself a $2,000 option. Bringing the turbo total to $3,000.
I’ve got to give a big Jeep wave and a special Jeep Talk Show shout-out to The students of Victoria West High School Engineering & Math department. Who modified and customized, a child’s electric Power Wheels Toy. You know one of those little miniaturized electric vehicles that kids can fit in and drive… (This was part of the nationwide program called Go Baby Go,) …but this power wheels was different. It was of course a Jeep, specially modified to accommodate 4 yr old Abel, whose disability prevents him from being mobile on his own.
I know it seemed like it was all just one big tide commercial, but there were Over 50 companies that advertised in the 2018 Super Bowl game.
Out of all three metrics that YouGov BrandIndex measured in the Super Bowl brands, only three companies made it to the top ten in earnings growth. Advertisers that see a sales boost, if any, from their ads can be found on the Purchase Consideration gainers chart, a key metric of potential sales revenue. Netflix made the biggest gains, followed by Hulu. Both teased amazing originals that are scheduled to be released this year.
Jeep Tips!: [00:15:09]
Steve (4.3lxj) Part 2 of Jeep axle camber
Wrangler Talk: [00:28:27]
Jeep Momma’s Top 5 Must-Do Off Road Mods
When I first started off-roading, I took it slow. I got to know what my stock Jeep Wrangler could do by taking some instructional off-road driving classes. I stuck to the less difficult green trails. As I gained experience and confidence, I knew it was time to start making some modifications to my Jeep. But what changes and where to start was a daunting task. Just like I mentioned last week in Episode 318 when I share the Top 5 Must Have Jeep Accessories products for Jeep Modifications can be just as overwhelming. So here are my Top 5 Modifications to make to your Jeep Wrangler for off-road readiness. These Top 5 aren’t all the modifications you can make, but a great basic start.
#1 Tow Points
#2 Rock Sliders
#3 Diff Covers
#4 Skid Plates
#5 Air Dam Removal
Tech Talk With Jeep Talk: [00:37:17]
Let’s Get Synthetic
It seems like anytime you’re around the campfire, and you start talking about winches and recovery, the topic of synthetic winch line is right behind. It has become a hugely popular choice in recent years as it continues to outperform the cable we’re all used to. So what IS this phenomenon that has dethroned the reigning winch rope champion? First of all, you may have heard synthetic winch rope operating under aliases such as “plasma” rope or “syn” rope. And while it seems like a recently new presence on the winch scene, it’s actually been around since the mid-1990s.
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Interview with: [00:48:45]
I have a 2007 JKU Sahara that I bought my senior year of High school and have been modifying ever since. I actually got into Extreme Terrain and Turn 5 as a company by being a customer to start, and then applying to customer service. Shortly there after that there was a random audition for a position as a Wrangler host, and I figured talking about Wranglers is what I like to do, so why not give it a shot. I ended up landing the position, and now I am here growing with the company as well as the Jeep community.
As you can imagine working here that the mod bug has bitten me pretty bad. I have done a lot to my Wrangler since I picked it up: Teraflex 4 inch lift, 35 inch mud claw tires, 17 inch steel wheels, flat fenders, HD front and rear bumper, Bestop super-top, rocker guards, Light bars, LED lighting from the front to the back, and the list goes on with other smaller goodies.
I also have a couple of things in the works in terms of future mods, and just have not pulled the trigger on installing them yet. I have Chromeoly axles, ARB front air locker, 5.13 gears for the front and back, axle sleeves and gussets for my Dana 30, 37 inch Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ’s, a winch, an air compressor set up and a couple other things that go along to accommodate those mods like a better switch panel and such. Not to mention a lot of other things that I want to get because modifying your Wrangler never comes to an end.
From the Mind of Nicky G: [01:16:30]
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Must Have Jeep Stuff: [01:17:44]
Variable height landing pad spacer system ensures correct bump stop clearance for virtually any lift and tire combination. Allows proper setup of bump stops to prevent suspension from bottoming out. Easily compensates for vehicle changes, spring settling and sagging. Conveniently allows changes to bump stop clearance without removing coils from vehicle. Practical upgrade for inferior bump stop extensions and fixed-length designs.
Cherokee Love: [01:20:24]
What tire size can I fit?
Tony Josh and Tammy have a discussion about tire sizes, lifts, and ground clearance related to tire size. Unfortunately there is no easy answer for what tire size you can fit on your Jeep. During my research for this story I found a great Jeep tire size vs. lift graphic at Quadratec.
Wheeling Where: [01:29:24]
Who/What: Easter Jeep Safari
When: 03/24 – 03/31
Where: MOAB Utah
More Info: www.rr4w.com
Who/What: California 4Wheel Association Convention
Where: Riverside Marriott in Riverside, CA
More Info: https://cal4wheel.com/events/convention
This year apparently has a theme of Steampunk… and there will not only be a table decoration contest, but also a costume contest, so this might be a good event to crash for the sake of the costumes if nothing else. If you are going…we’re going to need some pics and some inside stories of how it went.
More Info: jeepersjamboree.com
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