Episode 348 – New MOAB Wrangler Details LEAKED

August 31, 2018
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Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition Adds Big Tires, More Standard Equipment

CaptureYa know it’s funny, I think it was just within the last couple episodes, that we were talking about trim levels, and how Jeep has historically, even back to the CJ7 and scrambler days had multiple trim packages available. There was some unofficial rumors floating around the last few months, and this week it was officially announced. The newest trim level for the newest wrangler, the 2018 JL will be the Moab Edition. This answers the call that many have voiced, that there is isn’t a middle ground when it comes to the latest Wrangler offerings. You either get all the off road prowess of the Rubicon, or you got all the more commuter friendly trimmings in the Sahara. This new MOAB Edition is a modest package that adds a bit more style to the Wrangler Sahara, not to mention some added capability for those still wanting to get into the woods or out on the sand.

Aside from the predictable and quite prominent Moab branding on the hood, the other more obvious difference comes with the big 32-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch Rubicon wheels. These however are finished in a menacing low-gloss black. The darker theme continues with the headlight surrounds, grille throats, and tow hooks, all of which get the same blackout treatment. Although this is a Sahara underneath, It wears a Rubicon hood and steel bumpers, and the Moab Edition gets Rubicon rock rails as standard equipment. The new model also gets a standard-issue body-color hardtop, but of course the dual tops or the power top are both optional.

There’s more standard equipment on the drivetrain side of things too. Jeep’s Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case comes with every Moab. And though you won’t see selectable lockers on this trim level, Jeep went ahead and gave you the next best thing. Also installed as standard equipment on every new MOAB Wrangler, will be a limited-slip rear differential and a bevy of other driver assist systems. Most of these fall  in the Safety Group that include blind-spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, and parking assist. Naturally, those systems include a reverse camera and the massive Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation. To complement all that eye candy, your ears will be treated to the booming nine-speaker Alpine stereo. Oh, and did I mention that the interior is trimmed with leather…..? Although the word is out, Jeep hasn’t officially listed  pricing for its latest Wrangler, but if the guesstimates are any indicator, we’ll likely see the Moab Edition available for around $51,000. That number can’t be confirmed obviously, but is probably in the ballpark. Treat yourself, or torture yourself depending on your situation, and schedule a test drive today.

It couldn’t have gone to a better home….

CaptureA special event was held recently, at The Barrel House, a restaurant, bar, and craft beer brewery, in Sioux Falls South Dakota. It was a fundraiser for a program called Hungry Hearts. Their goal is the kids in the local school district. Making sure none of them go hungry, and that every kid gets a hot meal instead of a cold cheese sandwich. SuAnne Knutson had been donating her Saturday as a volunteer at the Hungry Hearts event. When it came time to draw a winner, her prediction came true. About an hour before the event, she bought one of the $50 raffle tickets for the grand prize…. A brand new Jeep valued at $29,000.

She said “I am going to buy a ticket and I am going to win that Jeep,”

The single mom of four, including her son Jack with special needs, was in great need of a new vehicle. Now, she’s grateful for her family’s new ride. After hearing her name she was in disbelief. I think I was in shock for two days,” Knutson said. Knutson picked up the Jeep on Monday and says her son Jack approves of the new wheels.  “He loves the Jeep. He was in there pushing all the buttons trying to figure out all the gadgets. Seeing what everything did. He thought it was pretty impressive,” Knutson said. It was an impressive win on a day that raises tens of thousands of dollars for kids in need. Their goal was to beat last years tally of $93,000. The Barrel House is still counting all the donations from this weekend, but early reports are hinting that they might have just done it.

Wrangler Talk:

What is a Wrangler? (JL)

Interview with: Dan Cole – The 4×4 Podcast

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Tech Talk With Jeep Talk:

Upgrading the JK/JKU Dana 30 (part 4)

We began talking about the Dana 30 found specifically under the 2006 – 2017 JK and JKU Wranglers back in episode 344. Last week we closed with tips and tricks to extend the life of your Dana 30, and improve its capabilities. Along the way I highlighted the importance of doing selective modifications that not only increase the strength of the axle, but also its resale value too. We got pretty specific with the gears, the parts inside the differential, and I want to sort of ride that wave into this episode. Whenever you re-gear a vehicle, it’s a good idea to use a new master installation kit. Just about every gear manufacturer offers these and sometimes they may even be included in your gear set package, depending on where you end up buying from.  This will ensure that you have all the necessary shims, bearings and races that are available to set up the new gears the correct way for dependable service. Setting up the wear pattern of any new gear set isn’t something to be taken lightly. And trust me, this is something that requires specialty tools, like set up bearings, presses, and dial indicators. Unless you are properly equipped and trained, I’d recommend letting a qualified shop do this part. I could go into the details and steps for setting the backlash on a Dana 30, its not terribly hard, but I’d rather not give some of you false hope that it’s something you can do, and you end up grenading your diff. Having a pro handle your gear set up will ensure long life and noise-free operation. Cutting corners at this phase, or trying to do it without the right tools and training, and you can do severe damage to the axle, the drive train, and possibly the vehicles around you. That being said I’m going to bring up the 5 words that anyone who is in the process of a Jeep build NEVER wants to hear…..

WHILE YOU ARE IN THERE…… Those dreaded 5 words are extremely hard to argue with, since what follows always makes sense. Logistically, timewise, financially, you name it, it checks all the boxes and pisses us all off. But it’s true…. while you’re in there, regearing your axles, or having your gears cryo-treated, you might as well take the opportunity to install a traction device of some kind. That’s right, a locker. Regardless of what type of locker you’re going with, (and if you’d like to learn more about the Jeeps differential and the types of lockers out there, check out episodes 302 thru 304) ….doing gears at the same time as a locker install or vice versa is just good sense. I mean why do something twice if you don’t have to?  And it’s not like shop labor is cheap either. Do yourself a favor, and plan for this, make sure you budget out for both axle’s gears, master install kits, and the lockers for both or either. YES, this will be expensive, i’m not going to try and sugar coat it for you. It’s going to be a decent investment, but you’ll see good returns on the back end of this. Trust me. But there are ways to ease the pocket book pain however, including things like ebay auctions, jeep club sell offs, craigslist part outs, and more. It might take you a while to save up the funds or the parts, but your Jeep will be a whole different machine when your done, and will be far more capable than ever before. Not to mention more valuable. With a bulletproof set of gears and a locker to match, the next rational place to focus your attention will be the axle shafts. Oh…. THIS is where things get good!… buuuut yur going to have to wait till next week before we “pull the shafts out.”

Must Have Stuff for your Jeep:

Tailgater – Tire Mounted Work Table  (See more at Amazon!)

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Nicky G: Is Josh and Tammy THE SAME PERSON?!?

Wheeling Where: (Submit your events here)

When: Sept. 29th
Where (City, State): Tuscon Az.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/jeepbacktheblue/
Just a bunch of Jeepers and other 4×4/offroad folks showing support to our local law enforcement. Raffle prices, vendors, food trucks, special presentation to an officer.

Who/What: Trail Hero at Hurricane Recreation Center
When: Oct 2nd – 6th
Where: Hurricane, Utah

More Info: http://www.thetrailhero.com/

Back The Blue
https://www.facebook.com/jeepbacktheblue/
Just a bunch of Jeepers and other 4×4/offroad folks showing support to our local law enforcement. Raffle prices, vendors, food trucks, special presentation to an officer.

Trail Hero
http://www.thetrailhero.com/


 

Episode 347 – Ball Joints, Axle Seals, and Disk Brakes – OH MY!

August 24, 2018
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Root One Six Off Road is a veteran-owned & operated community-focused brand. To ensure they are meeting the needs of the great Jeep and off road community, they need your help! Root One Six is currently looking for Brand Ambassadors to represent them on the trail, in their clubs and of course, at events.  If you are interested in applying email sales@rootonesix.com That is sales at r-o-o-t-o-n-e-s-i-x-dot-com.

Today’s episode of the Jeep Talk Show is also sponsored in part by…ExtremeTerrain, leaders in 1987 to 2018 Wrangler Parts and Accessories. ExtremeTerrain provides top-tier expertise and customer support from genuine Wrangler Experts. Stay tuned to later in this episode for details on their massive Degan 38 Armor package giveaway.

This Week In Jeep:

Recent FCA Recall Affects Jeeps

When this report first hit the news feeds this week, it was amidst a fair amount of drama and speculation. With the dust no where near settled, after the big changes at the executive level, a massive recall was sure to be the spark that would ignite a fire. However the recall although fairly serious, isn’t affecting that many Jeeps. The recall affects 209,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide across multiple platforms to fix spongy brakes. A problem that can cause longer stopping distances than the driver would otherwise expect during normal driving conditions. However most of that is in the minivan side of things. The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan. However with the Jeep Compass and the 2019 Jeep Cherokee also being affected, it’s best to get into the dealer right away if you have one of these, just to make sure you’re safe. The company says a brake-system part wasn’t built to specifications, allowing gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid. Once this happens, the ability of the brakes to apply adequate force to the pads is greatly reduced. Imagine pressing on the brake  pedal, and it not having the resistance you were expecting, not only that, but your ability to stop in a relatively short distance is now impossible.

FCA has received no customer complaints or reports of any crashes or injuries from the problem as of yet. Owners will be notified shortly if they haven’t already gotten the notice. Dealers will replace the brake fluid, which Fiat Chrysler says will solve the problem.

Man Falls From Jeep While Hunting and Dies

A Utah man was pronounced dead after he fell off the back of a Jeep while hunting late Monday night, according to the State’s Highway Patrol. The deceased has been identified as 28 year old Nicholas J Demas, of West Valley City.  A silver Jeep Wrangler was traveling westbound on state route 153 near milepost 21 in Beaver County around 10:35 p.m. The two passengers were standing on a homemade rack on the back of the Jeep while bowhunting mule deer. While they were traveling, a single strap/handle that was attached to the roll cage of the Jeep broke, according to Utah Highway Patrol. When this happened, Demas then fell off the back of the Jeep. It is unclear how fast the Jeep was traveling at the time, but when he fell, his head hit the pavement. CPR was initiated on scene by first responders. A Life Flight helicopter also responded to the scene. Demas, however, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.

Contributor Segment:

Steve 4.3lxj – Dana 30

Wrangler Talk:

Tammy Talks about the TJ

Tammy interviews Charlene, Ladies Offroad Interview

Interview with:

Mike Heath

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Tech Talk With Jeep Talk:

Increasing the strength of your JK/JKU Dana 30

Nicky G:

Bad News For Sir Craps-a-Lot

Wheeling Where:

NW Off Road Expo:
http://www.northwestoffroadexpo.com/

Extreme Off Road Expo:
https://www.facebook.com/events/861067804059673/

Lucas Oil Off Road Expo:
https://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Links Mentioned in Episode 347:

Extreme Terrain – Deegan 38 Armor Giveaway:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/deegan-38-armor-giveaway.html


 

Erik K. Johnson – The Podcast Talent Coach Reviews the Show

August 18, 2018
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A few months ago Dave Jackson, of the School of Podcasting, and the Podcast Review Show and Erik K. Johnson of the Podcast Talent Coach reviewed the Jeep Talk Show.  They had many great ideas and we implemented several of them.  After a few months I reached out to The Podcast Review show, unsure if they would do a follow up review.  I emailed the Podcast Review Show, Dave Jackson, a couple of times.  I never heard back from Dave so my assumption was he was too busy, or didn’t do second reviews.

After “meeting” Erik K. Johnson during the prior review, I subscribed to his podcast, Podcast Talent Coach.  Erik has great information and it’s presented, well as you’d expect from someone in radio for 30 years.  After listening to several episodes of the Podcast Talent Coach and hearing that Erik would be happy to do a one on one review of your podcast I contacted him about a review.  He was happy to do it.

Many of you are probably aware we put out a survey recently and I thought the timing of a show review might be an excellent timing.  You can still make your voice heard by clicking on the Survey icon, just to the left side of this post, or find it on our contact page!  I asked if he would mind if we did the review in the form of an interview, hosted by me.  He agreed.  Now you won’t see this episode in our app, or any of the regular ways you listen to the show.  It’s only available here, on the Jeep Talk Show website.  We did this because it’s far outside the normal infotainment we bring you.  This is for the folks that like to know more of the nuts and bolts of how the show is made!

Feel free to comment below or  go to our contact page and respond there. We DO want to hear from you!  Is Erik right?  Is he wrong?  What did we miss that you think could make the show better?

Episode 346 – Jeep Thieves Get Justice

August 17, 2018
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Root One Six Off Road is a veteran-owned & operated community-focused brand. To ensure they are meeting the needs of the great Jeep and off road community, they need your help! Root One Six is currently looking for Brand Ambassadors to represent them on the trail, in their clubs and of course, at events.  If you are interested in applying email sales@rootonesix.com That is sales at r-o-o-t-o-n-e-s-i-x-dot-com.

Today’s episode of the Jeep Talk Show is also sponsored in part by…ExtremeTerrain, leaders in 1987 to 2018 Wrangler Parts and Accessories. ExtremeTerrain provides top-tier expertise and customer support from genuine Wrangler Experts. Stay tuned to later in this episode for their latest Throttle Out episode titled, “First 5 Parts to buy for your JL Wrangler!”

This Week In Jeep:

This Jeep Owner should have his Jeep Privileges revoked.

CaptureIf any of you out there have a commute like mine, where it’s 40 miles door to door, and you’re on the road for no less than 2 to 3 hours a day, you’re bound to see some weird stuff. Stupid drivers, erratic behaviour, drug use, sexual acts, and things I really have no explanation for…. you name it… I’ve seen it all. And thankfully someone saw this one Huntersville North Carolina Jeeper, who thought it would be a good idea to strap his dog down to a steel luggage carrier hanging out the back of his trailer hitch behind the Jeep.

The local Fox News Affiliate put the story out on Tuesday, and the calls and tips came flooding in. Apparently, local police had received several calls from worried citizens, claiming the dog looked to be in bad shape. With the weather in the area lately, hanging off the back of a wrangler sucking exhaust fumes is prob not the healthiest for anyone, let alone a dog. Reports say the driver was spotted at two different restaurants with the dog left sitting on the cargo carrier of this blue Jeep Wrangler. Another person said they saw the driver with the dog sitting on the back of the car at a Zaxby’s in Huntersville as well. She snapped pictures, and said she spoke with Animal Control and police, who trough traffic cameras, store security cameras, and concerned citizens photographs, were able to track the driver down. There is a North Carolina Statute that states that it is unlawful to transport any animal in a manner that can be deemed cruel or inhuman, and is considered a class 1 misdemeanor. The Huntersville Police Dept. is still accepting tips and any other evidence that will help with convicting this person.

Thieves get what they deserve

CaptureSpeaking from experience, I can say that it is rare that a person is ever convicted for stealing your car. Typically, it goes unpursued, is barely logged, and is usually not investigated unless the vehicle was used in a more serious crime, or an officer actually makes contact with the stolen vehicle. Often times, the vehicle is stripped and/or abandoned before that happens. Believe me I know…my own daily driver has been stolen 4 times. And out of those four times and the 3 other times it was broken into, there was only one conviction, and even than, it was only because my car was used in a high speed chase to elude police. That time the thief was of course caught and brought to justice. My little jalopy of a honda getting stolen is one thing. I can tell you with absolute conviction, that had it been my Jeep that was stolen, the story would be much much different. We care about our Jeeps more than we care about the other cars in our driveway. We love our Jeeps, they are our favorite kid, and nearly all of us, can legitimately say we have an emotional if not sentimental attachment to our Jeeps.

So when I’m researching for news stories each week, I undoubtedly see one story after another about a Jeep that was stolen, or involved in a chase, or some other sort of crime and not even half of them are ever solved or have someone brought to justice.

So it was with great pleasure, and utter glee when I stumbled across this headline this week. I don’t normally get pleasure off of other peoples misery, but this time I think it was warranted. The headline simply read: “6 charged after helicopter tracks down stolen jeep” … my heart was all a flutter…..

The story goes like this… It was last Sunday evening when a Nashville Tennesee woman was getting out of her Jeep in front of her home when another vehicle pulled up alongside her. The police reports say that she was then approached by the passenger of said vehicle who brandished a gun, pointing it at her, and demanding her purse. The unarmed 24 year old female did the right thing, and immediately handed over her purse.

She was then instructed to exit the vehicle, which she also did, and as her Jeep drive off, she was thankfully able to call police.

It is unclear what happened next. Somehow the police got wind that the stolen vehicle was going to be used to pick up students from Johnson Alternative School on the following Wednesday afternoon, Metro Police stood watch and tried to stop the vehicle. Upon seeing the stolen Jeep, the police tried to initiate a traffic stop, The driver allegedly refused to pull over and a chase ensued. We’ve all seen the clips on TV, the high speed chase through town that ultimately ends badly for the thief. The police made a tactical decision and called in the Metro Police helicopter was able to immediately start tracking the stolen Jeep from the sky. The vehicle then reportedly got onto I-40 east before stopping near a church on 43rd Avenue North. Police say that’s when six people bailed out of the jeep and tried to run away. They did not make it very far.

Jeep Tips!

Steve 4.3lxj – Dana 30 Part 11

Wrangler Talk:

The History of the YJ

CaptureThe YJ was built in Brampton, Ontario, Canada replacing the Jeep CJ line. The Canadian plant closed in 1992 when they moved production to Toledo, Ohio.  They used the same plant that produced the Willys Jeeps during World War II. Jeep Wrangler YJ Features, Rectangular headlamps (The CJ had round).  Same wheelbase as the CJ-7 with a new wider track. Slightly less ground clearance. More comfort.Improved  handling. Leaf spring suspension wider than the CJ-7. Trackbar suspension links. Anti-roll bars for improved handling and safety making it less easy to flip by untrained or unwary drivers. Larger windshield. Wiper blades rest on the windshield. Wider arc of the blades to clean the larger windshield. (These two changes were later removed when the TJ was launched 1996)

Interview with: Tammy Sorrento

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