Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!

2017 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

Jeep does this to us every year.  They break our hearts with all these incredible concepts, built for the Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, and then never release them.  In 2012, they made the Mighty FC and the J-12.  In 2015, they built the Chief and the Red Rock Responder.  This year is no exception.  Here’s a handful of the coolest machines from the 2017 event, with the coolest at the bottom.  No, they’re not building any of them for production. Continue reading “Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!”

The Big Time: My First Trip to the Keystone Big Show

2016 Keystone Big Show West
Fab Fours amazing Jeep mod-monster: the 2.Woah

Dallas welcomed us with open arms and beautiful weather after driving from Kansas City with four other members of the KC team (including my boss and my boss’ boss). We had arrived at the 2016 Keystone Big Show West. And I was the n00b, having never been to anything like it. Andy visited PRI a couple years ago and many other members of our team go to these things yearly, but this was my first retailer trade show experience. I have been a member of the Streetside Team for (a little under) 3 years, but had not reached the level of importance to attend a show yet. But my time had come. Time to meet all the important people, shake all the hands, see all the amazing cars, checkout the latest products, and enjoy the hugely impressive show. I had reached the big time.

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Campbell’s Ledge: A Jeeper’s First Adventure

Trail

Seeing this trail again for the first time might elicit the same reaction from me.  Excitement and anticipation, a lack of hesitation, all culminating in the echoing thought, “let’s go.”  It’s not a rough trail or even a challenging one, it’s just a great way to get your feet wet.

For a few months now since my friend John bought his new 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, JKR for those who own them, and all the parts he’s added to it, he’s wanted to go wheelin’.   Being home for a short while gives me a good opportunity to show him some the trails, dirt roads, and grass-covered paths I would venture down in my own JK.  But there was one in particular he kept talking about: Campbell’s Ledge.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: Death of a Driveshaft

2007 Jeep Wrangler JK

Looking back over the last 8 years, we’ve had some trying times.  From broken drive shafts to flooded differentials, electrical gremlins to broken clock springs and even the dreaded and sometimes scary “death wobble”. Honestly, some of these events shook my faith in what we had together.

But none of these dark days could compare to the satisfaction that goes with finally reaching the summit of a mountain pass after a long, rocky climb.  Even the mundane, daily on-road driving is better.  The latest of these semi-paved adventures was a cross-country trek from northeastern Pennsylvania to the great and flat state of Kansas with little more than tire wear and a good sunburn to show for it.

She’s gotten me out of more trouble than she has ever gotten me in and with a few more modifications, I expect her to continue to.

All of these experiences, good and bad, I will keep with me long after we have parted ways.  There are things I would do differently, of course.  Especially if I knew then what I do now.  But those challenges have given me an experience I would not want to give back.  If you don’t know me or haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about my beloved 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK. Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler JK: Death of a Driveshaft”

Jeep On at Your Local Off-Road Park

Jeep Off-Road Parks - Rausch Creek

So you’ve modded your JK.  You’ve even been to a Jamboree.  But Jamborees don’t happen in your area every day.  You can’t exactly lumber onto private property and go Jeeping wherever you want, but you need more rocks, more mud, more of that wide open wilderness.  You need to keep conquering, keep pushing the planet under your tires.  You know from experience that local jungle gyms and those fake rocks outside the Rainforest Cafe are off limits.  Where can you go to test your off-road mettle?  Thankfully, America is peppered with off-road parks, plots of nowhere that are designed to do one thing: challenge your wheeling skills with everything from mud to rocks. Continue reading “Jeep On at Your Local Off-Road Park”

Moab’s Pro Jeeper Richard Mick on the Best JK Mods

Dan Mick's Moab Jeep Tours - Mike & Family
Mike and his family at the top of Hell’s Gate

Mike was surprised about two things.  He was surprised at how much precision their driver and tour guide, Richard Mick, used when piloting a Jeep full of Mike and his family out across the rugged, steep, hazardous, and beautiful terrain of Moab, Utah.  And he was surprised at the capability of the Jeep itself.  It was a modded JK, but Richard also drives a TJ with very minimal modification.  The grades were insane, so steep they don’t really make sense to your brain.  A machine shouldn’t be able to scale that.  Or a mountain goat.  But Richard drove up and down the rocks with ease and aplomb.

Mike captains the good ship StreetsideAuto.com, and earlier this summer, he got a chance to escape the madness for a while and explore the great American interior with his wife and two kids.  They had to make a stop in Moab, but thought that once out on the advanced trails, the driving itself was best left to the experts.  Thankfully, they came across Dan Mick’s Guided Jeep Tours, one of the most respected and knowledgeable Jeep tour companies in the Southwest.  Dan has been Jeeping since the ’70s and leading professional Moab Jeep tours since the early ’90s.  He pioneered some of the most popular Moab trails on the map.  When his son, Richard, was old enough, he began leading tours, as well.  Later, as their customer base grew and grew, Dan added his brother-in-law, Curtis, and his daughter, Lacy Ann Shepherd, to the drivers roster.

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AutoModding your Jeep JK: Stage 3

Jeep Wrangler Mods - JKUR

We’ve covered the basic Jeep Wrangler mods in Stage 1 and a few more intermediate upgrades in Stage 2.  Now get ready for some more advanced mods in Stage 3.  In the immutable words of Kip Dynamite, “I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.”  We’ll start with something important.  So important we’re all surprised it didn’t come up sooner.  We’d rank it above seat belts and functional brakes: Power.

Okay, no, safety is more important, but only slightly.  Power is crucial, especially in this stage.  Back in Stage 2, we added bigger wheels and tires.  Due to the wonders of physics, bigger wheels and tires can actually slow down your Jeep.  This isn’t a huge problem if you’re going off road, because speed can get you in trouble while you’re trying to slog through mud or climb over boulders.  But the best thing about a Jeep is that it works everywhere, on-road and off, and the last thing we want is for you to lose highway speed due to an upgrade.  That doesn’t make sense.  We’re going to reclaim that speed with some top Jeep Wrangler mods for power. Continue reading “AutoModding your Jeep JK: Stage 3”

AutoModding your Jeep JK: Stage 2

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited | Jeep JK Mods

So we’ve hit the basics.  Last week we covered some of the easiest Jeep JK mods and upgrades.  Stuff that was easy to install and practical for everyday life.  Today we’re going a bit deeper, with Jeep upgrades that are moderately easy to install and provide even more utility.  All of them are great for looks, and some of them will even help your performance the next time you feel like taking your Jeep off road.  Let’s dive in. Continue reading “AutoModding your Jeep JK: Stage 2”

Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2015

Moab Easter Jeep Safari - Jeep Chief

Every spring, Jeepers from all over America show up at Moab, Utah, to take off on the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, a nine day romp through the southwestern terrain, proving the trail capability of their Jeeps.  And every year reps from Jeep show up themselves to enrage and disappoint their fans.  Well, that’s not why they arrive, but that’s always what ends up happening, because they always bring at least a handful of concept Jeeps, and then everybody gets all itchy because the concepts never reach production.  The Mighty FC, J-12 pickup, and NuKizer are all alumni of the Safari, and we want them all to actually exist. Easter Jeep Safari 2015 just wrapped on Sunday (Easter) and this year the official Jeep disappointment didn’t disappoint.  Here’s the lineup of the JK-based Jeep concepts. Continue reading “Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2015”

Now Is The Time To Get Your Jeep Ready for the Heat

Get your Jeep Ready

Jeeps do well in any season, but it’s definitely a little “funner in the summer.”  Whether you’re hitting the trails and going off-road, or just cruising downtown on a cool summer night, there’s something special about pulling the top off your Jeep and enjoying the warm weather.

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