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This Week In Jeep:
Jeep sales up 22%, on pace for best year ever!
The U.S. auto industry has shown impressive resilience through the first half of the year, with sales coming in better than most analysts expected. But even against that backdrop, 2018 has been exceptional for Jeep. Through the year’s first six months, Jeep has sold 495,022 vehicles in the United States. Not only is that up 22 percent from last year, but it puts Jeep on pace to eclipse 2016 as the brand’s best year ever. That year, which was the industry’s best on record in terms of sales, Jeep moved 926,376 units. There’s a very real chance Jeep will sell 1 million vehicles in the United States this year. To put that into some context, it was only 2014 when Jeep broke the 1 million unit barrier globally. That really does say a whole lot about where the industry is if an exclusively SUV brand sells 1 million units in a year. And most analysts agree. Jeep is on pace to set the bar higher than any other automaker on the planet. Finally… my predictions of a Jeep based global domination are coming true!
Missing Oregon woman’s Jeep spotted entering Monterrey County
Over the last week or so, you may have seen or heard about a woman and her Jeep pop up in the news. Unfortunately it’s not for anything nice. New evidence indicates Angela Hernandez, a Portland woman who was reported missing while on a trek along the west coast was last seen in Monterey County, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. 23 yr old Angela Hernandez, was driving her white 2011 Jeep Patriot with Oregon plates from Oregon to Southern California to visit family when she disappeared on July 6th. The whole trip Hernandez would call and text relatives several times each day during her journey south…that is until she reached Half Moon Bay, deputies said. On the morning of July 6, she told her family she was getting back on Highway 1 southbound from Half Moon Bay and expected to arrive in Southern California that night. She never arrived. And according to deputies, her family hasn’t heard from her since then. Search efforts ensued, including Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies searching the coastline from the air. On Thursday, deputies said they found video footage from traffic and security cameras showing Hernandez’s Jeep entering Monterey County at about 9:30 a.m. Footage from businesses along Highway 1 helped San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office investigators determine that Hernandez drove as far south as the Carmel area on Friday, hours after she texted that she was leaving Half Moon Bay. Conversations with residents led them to believe she may have taken Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, south of Big Sur, to Highway 101 in order to bypass the closure of Highway 1 in Gorda. Search efforts are slim in that area due to accessibility and terrain. Currently there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to her discovery.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts should call authorities.
Steve 4.3LXJ – Dana 30 Part 7
More Jeep Buttons
Working on another buttons video. This time I’m going to share what the other buttons on the center console do. The two outside with the marking that looks like a chair is the heated seat button. One is for the driver and one for the passenger. The passengers in the back seat are out of luck. Now not all Jeeps have this. I very rarely use this button. The few times I did was when I had lower back pains. But I remember the first time I did it felt like I pee’d myself. The next is button is the Electronic Stability Control button. Then the hill descent which I share in episode …. And I have a video on You Tube. Then you have the hazards and this emblem is red. If you don’t know how to use this you shouldn’t be driving any vehicle. The next button, on my Jeep, is the super stealth button. I plan on showing you how it’s used in my next video which I hope to post on YouTube on Sunday.
Charles W. 5 out of 5 stars
Great show, only listened to 5 so far. I have subscribed will look forward to new episodes every week.
Tech Talk with Jeep Talk
YJ Wrangler Clutch Advice
Scott H. from North Carolina writes in…. “Hello, first off I love the pod cast, THANK YOU! I have a 1987 YJ and it got to where it would not go into gear, no matter how hard I pushed on the stick. No fluid loss from the master. So I pulled the trans down and removed the slave to find it has already been replaced before I got it. I have decided to go ahead and replace the clutch as well. Recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you – Scott from NC”
First off Scott, it is US that needs to thank YOU for not only listening to the show, but for taking the time to write in too. I’m not sure the engine Scott has in his Jeep, so I’m just going to assume he’s got the more popular motor for that year, the 4.2L inline 6. Regardless of the engine, my recommendation will be the same. Even if Scott has the 2.5L 4 banger, I’m still going to point him in the same direction. While you may see all sorts of manufacturers names pop up in searches, there’s one name that stands out above most of the others in terms of aftermarket performance clutches. Centerforce ads are EVERYWHERE. The company has been around forever, and they DO build a decent product. If they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t have the reputation they do. And they definitely do a good job at marketing themselves as if they’re the best clutch for any and all applications….but I’m here to tell you, they are not. Ok maybe with one caveat…. If your Jeep sees more time on the dragstrip than it does the freeway, then there’s prob not many better choices out there. But as you can probably guess, the stuff that’s great for the strip, isn’t necessarily the best for mud or rocks. Centerforce clutches and brands like them, are designed with centrifugal springs that lock it up harder but only at higher rpms which is for….. (SURPRISE!) …..racing applications. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how a Jeep is usually run… especially offroad. Not only that but you’ll pay nearly double for a Centerforce than other brands that may offer a better fit for the type of vehicle a Jeep really is. But like i said, there’s nothing wrong with these companies or their product, it may just not be the best product for you or your rig. If it were me, I would only use brands like MPACT or Centerforce if i had a seriously deep crawl ration – like w/ a doubler or stacked transfer cases, and had a crawl ratio of like 100 to 1.)
Interview With Eric Walton
Editor in Chief at JPFreek Adventure Magazine
A full-featured digital magazine all about what you do to, with and in your Jeep and the Jeep adventure lifestyle.
Eric has more than a decade of professional experience working at marketing agencies, background in engineering, Lifelong passion for Jeeps!
Jeep Momma’s Product Review
Riddler Manufacturing Dana 44 Diff Covers
Dana 44 Front and Rear Differentials – $109.95
Recess for Rubicon locker actuator
Lip Free, Smooth Transition Design
5/16” Wall Thickness
Raised Fill Plug
Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Cast from High Grade Ductile Iron
Hardware and Permatex Sealant included
Comment: Great video. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of swapping out the diff covers until I was driving home from having the fluid changed. I was thinking, it couldn’t be that difficult. You made it look easier than I thought. BTW – I really enjoy your channel, I found it back when you were f-bombing your way through RC.
Who/What: Lake Tahoe’s Hi-Lo’s 4WD Club Presents,
28th Annual Gambler’s Poker Run
When: Sat. Aug 18th
Where: Centerville Flat Campground, Markleevlle, CA
More Info: www.laketahoehilos.com
This is a guided,slow moving 4-wheel drive trip through the Deer Valley trail area, with BBQ and raffle afterwards. Limited to properly equipped vehicles. Minimum 31″ tire size, 33″ or larger recommended. Full size trucks are not recommended! We recommend street legal vehicles as we travel almost 30 miles on highway.
Who/What: Muddy Buddy Jeep Jam
When: Aug 17th – 19th
Where: Clinton County Fairgrounds – Wilmington, Oh.
More Info: http://www.jeepjam.net/
New location, even bigger and better than years past. More vendors, nearly double from years prior, expanded trail rides to include never before wheeld terrain!
On site camping, obstacle course, food, music, and more.
Who/What: Ocean City Jeep Week
When: Aug. 23- 26
Where: Mays Sports Complex in Pittsville, Maryland
More Info: https://www.oceancityjeepweek.com/
Who/What: The Annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion
When: Aug 24th – 25th
Where: LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN
More Info: https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/great-smoky-mountain-jeep-invasion
Links Mentioned in Episode 341:
Jeep Momma’s Riddler Diff Cover Install Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ys26Rxjig
http://4xshaft.com (Tom Wood’s Custom Drive Shafts!)