When you hear the brand Jeep being mentioned what comes to mind? We highly doubt it is the new Jeep Renegade or the newly designed Cherokee. What most people will think about are the old CJ models, the old Willies used in WWII, or the Jeep Wrangler and off roading.
The biggest mistake that so many people will make when buying a Jeep Wrangler is they will not consider the true purpose of the Jeep Wrangler versus the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
Even though both versions of the flagship SUV by Jeep is highly capable of hitting the muddy trails, and even rock climbing with the right packages, the Unlimited has been designed mostly for the adventurous type, the risk takers and those types of people that just will not allow a rock to hold them back. The Unlimited isn’t designed for a family that wishes to go on road trips. It is designed for the family that wants to go camping way out in the middle of nowhere.
The combination of freedom, off road strength and refinement has helped the Jeep brand reach an all new popularity with many interested in the lifestyle. Because let’s face it owning a Jeep isn’t just a social status, it is a lifestyle. If you own a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited you need to live up to the expectations of the adventurous type.
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Even those who like to think of themselves as seasoned off road veterans will run into a situation where either their Jeep will stall, or they roll it over, or even find themselves stuck in the mud. But for those of you who are completely new to this expensive and thrilling hobby, we wanted to present you with what we feel are just a few of the basic things to remember when hitting the trail.
Tip Number One.
First and most important tip is to use your head. Don’t take on a terrain that you are uncomfortable with trying to tackle. Don’t push your vehicle to its limits, and most of all don’t assume you can make the climb, or the dash across the mud. Take a minute, step out of your vehicle even, talk to others and convey the possibilities, and express what you think is the best approach. Use your brain before taking drastic measures.
Tip Number Two.
Use your gears. Each terrain and each slope will be different, and based on that certain moment you need to know which gear is best to help you get over that bump or to help you get through that puddle. If you aren’t comfortable with shifting on the fly, then you may want to rethink off roading.
Tip Number Three.
Know what you might or might not face ahead. Do some research, talk to others who have ridden the trail in times past, and figure out what the situation is before you even take off. But also keep your eyes well ahead of what is just directly in front of you. If you are rock climbing the major thing you might face is that if you don’t survey the terrain, you might find yourself reaching that hill top only to realize the other side of the hill is even steeper and more dangerous.
These are just a few of the tips we could provide you on how to properly off road, and should be applied not just by newbie off-roading riders—but even the most veteran riders.
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Our weather has become more unpredictable nowadays with stronger and more devastating storms hitting our lands. Rain has become deadlier and more often than it used to be in the past. Some claim that this phenomenon is due to what we call Climate Change. Some may agree and some may not. And when we are hit by these natural disasters, we can all agree that these disasters can cause damage, damage to property and damage to lives. When the rain is pouring and flood water is rising, the first thing we don’t want to be submerged is our cars. When flood water reaches our cars, it damages everything and it makes the cars no longer safe to drive. Or worse, the cars are no longer functional due to the damage brought by the water which entered the engine bay. And it’s not a simple problem to deal with. It’s an expensive problem to have, so expensive that you might consider getting a new car instead.
The Wrangler (as seen at PomocoChryslerJeepDodge.com ) is one of the longest standing vehicles Jeep has ever produced. It has been awarded with several recognitions from different organizations due to its uniqueness and performance regardless of the conditions. Like the Cherokee and other similar vehicles manufactured by Jeep, the Wrangler is designed to have its engine bay lifted due to the gap between the chassis and the road which is due to the size of the wheels and the suspension of the vehicle itself. This allows the driver to drive through low-level water ways without worrying about water entering the engine bay. In fact, even when all four wheels have already been submerged under water, the engine is still functional. Amazing, isn’t it? This makes the Wrangler still driveable in flood because of its design. And no, the current of flood water can’t easily wave away the Wrangler. Again, this is due to the design of the vehicle, and its weight. Driving in flood water while the rain is pouring down is not an easy thing to do but driving a Wrangler makes things a little bit better. In addition to this, Wrangler’s engine is built to still run even when all its four wheels are already under water. Its suspension also allows it to move more smoothly even if flood water is rising.
Driving in the flood water is extremely dangerous. It’s a thing that authorities don’t invite civilians into doing. It’s not only about the damage of your car. It’s about putting your own life into a deadly situation. You can be stuck in your car when it stopped working due to the floodwater which entered the engine and when that happens, you can drown especially if the flood water is rising at a quick speed. Unless your Wrangler is not yet totally submerged in the flood, it’s still safe to drive it as long as the flood water doesn’t reach the engine bay. And when you and your Wrangler survived the flood, make sure to visit your Jeep dealer to have your Wrangler checker. Remember: Prevention is always better than cure.
The Jeep Wrangler has taken the Hottest 4×4 SUV title at SEMA. Not only that, but it has done so for the fourth year in a row. This is really a testament to the vehicle’s soundness, innovation, and popularity. It has also taken other honors such as being rated Four Wheeler of the Year by Four Wheeler Magazine.
One interesting display at the show is the Jeep Wrangler Copper Edition. This was only one of the Wranglers at the show, but was possibly the most notable from a stylistic as well as functional perspective. The SUV was painted with a copper tone, which in itself is something to take a second look at. Added to this are a number of cool Mopar parts.
Some examples include the lightweight 17 inch black beadlock wheels, matte black grille, and Rubicon bumper. Onto the bumper a 9.5ti winch is attached, as well as a trailer hitch. The vehicle also has rock rails. The transfer case of this Jeep was updated to allow it to more easily crawl up and down rocks. This is Jeep off-roading at its most focused and intense.
The non-SEMA 2014 Jeep Wrangler comes in a number of different varieties, and after speaking to Utah’s Jeep headquarters, Ken Garff West Valley Jeep, we learned that a large percentage of Jeep buyers are at least interested in the huge Mopar parts selections that allows customers to customize to their heart’s content. There are 2 door and 4 door versions, and 4 basic varieties – the Sport, Sahara, Rubicon, and Freedom Edition. These Jeeps are much more comfortable and smooth riding than in the past, showing an evolution toward a more and more successful integration of toughness, style, and cushiness as the model has developed over time.
Engine-wise the Wrangler has been powered by a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 since 2012, and offers a choice of 5-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual. It only gets 16 city miles to the gallon, which is not very competitive fuel economy these days; but remember that many owners of this Jeep use it for genuine off-roading, so they are not after vehicles to use to drive to and from work.
Wranglers have the distinction of being the only 4×4 SUV around today (excluding crossovers) that is also a convertible. Both the hard and the soft top versions have tops that are completely removable. Even the windsheild can be flipped down. This convertibility has been a feature of many Jeep vehicles for decades, but it is nice to see that it is still being maintained as these off-roaders are getting classier and more advanced. This shows the ancestry of the vehicle and gives the driver a link with its rugged and even battle seasoned past.
Jeep has been known for manufacturing rugged yet elegant cars that only the brand can offer. However, the company showed a softer side after launching its Super Bowl official commercial ad paying homage to the American troops who are at the frontlines.
A YouTube Sensation
The company launched the commercial titled “Whole Again” and presented it through the brand’s official YouTube channel on February 3, 2013. It became a sensation after gaining more than seven million views and nine thousand likes since it was shown at the famous online streaming site.
The commercial started with a quote by Oprah Winfrey saying, “We wait. We hope. We pray. Until you’re home again,” then followed by videos of American troops’ families doing their daily activities while waiting for the day when their loved ones return home. At the latter part of the commercial, the narrator indicated that being whole is more than just being a family. It goes beyond being with them. When that time comes, they become a nation that is whole again.
Lines stated in that the commercial hit close to home for some YouTube viewers. They are the individuals who experience having a family member staying away for a while due to their duties or those who are actually a troop member. Moreover, some comments also own a Jeep and made them feel prouder in owning the vehicle. The video gained a resounding compliment from viewers and shared it through other social media sites. Due to its concept, numerous individuals named the commercial as the best Super Bowl commercial.
Supporting a Cause
Jeep had a deeper reason for coming up with the commercial’s concept. It is about supporting the cause called Operation SAFE Return (OSR) in collaboration with USO. In line with the cause, Jeep announced that it will donate a dollar to the USO for every tweet with the #joinOSR hashtag. The donation can reach up to $300,000 for supporting the country’s heroes.
In addition to the commercial, Jeep also set a specific page introducing the OSR project and USO. According to the page, the company became an integral part of the battle in 1941 as it brought the troops back to their camps. Now, the company wants to be there in welcoming them back home.
SAFE stands for Secure Transport, Aid for Transition, Freedom Adventures, and Enduring Care, a platform established by Jeep that aims to extend financial assistance and in-kind support for troops reuniting with their families. Through USO, returning troops will experience smooth transition in terms of work, home and health.
The company worked with USO, an organization known in lifting the troops’ morale by extending services that support them and their families. It is a non-profit organization that established numerous projects beneficial for American soldiers like innovative programs, support for wounded warriors, military families and a lot more. Dealerships all over like Crosstown Jeep are working together with Jeep and this organization.
Jeep touched numerous people through this commercial and the project is well-received. It showed its commitment to the cause and the importance of promoting a united nation through being whole again, by waiting for troops until their return together with their loved ones.
Another special edition Jeep is out there and getting the talk going. The Jeep Wrangler is adding the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler edition. This is a Wrangler that pays homage to the World War II era, the time that really put Jeep on the map.
Before there was Jeep, there was Willys Overland. The latter was an American auto manufacturer who put in bids to be a manufacturer of military vehicles during the war. Winning the contract resulted in Willys producing the Jeep MB – the lightweight and tough vehicles that the army needed as a standard for its ground operations. These vehicles were rugged, resilient, had long-running, sound engines, and could handle all kinds of absurd terrain with spunk and elegance. On the battle field is where the Jeep legend and its well deserved fame really began.
After the war, Willys kept on producing the lightweight vehicles as what they called Willys CJ (Civilian Jeep) editions. And so the consumption of classic Jeeps by the general public of the United States began.
It is all of this that the Jeep is celebrating with this Wrangler special edition. The Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition and is based on the Wrangler Sport. The upgrades include BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain tires on black 17-inch wheels. They also add a Dana 44 rear axle with limited slip differential and 3.73 gears.
Other perks include rock rails, gloss black grille, and hood stickers that say “Willys.” Also included are a tow strap, a D-ring towing hook, and gloves.
There are no changes to the motor, which is the same sturdy 3.6 liter V-6 used in other Sport editions. The latter puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Consumers can choose either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with this engine.
We found out from the Jeep headquarters in Hagerstown MD that we spoke to, Hoffman Jeep, that the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler will make its debut appearance at the Los Angeles auto show. It will be available to the general public early next year.