All of us have our version of the best. Some go for the most expensive, some the most practical, and some the fastest. In reality however, everyone concocts their own version of perfect. And without further to do, ladies and gentleman, my perfect Jeep.
Basically I would create the ultimate off road Jeep. I would choose a diesel because of its extremely high low-end torque and its efficiency. I would have heavy duty axles to handle huge tires with an enormous amount of ground clearance. In reality however, I am just haooy with what I have.
Sometimes the smallest change makes the biggest difference when modifying a Jeep. Often the best and most cost efficient changes made are the small, yet significant ones. Here are some of the best small touches that can be made to your jeep.
- Door Sill Protectors – These plastic or metal protectors can protect the body under the door when entering or exiting the vehicle.
- Security Drawer – This item cam lock away valuables when leaving your vehicle somewhere; especially helpful when someone can easily unzip your window and steal something.
- Touch Up Paint – Not only does this make the small rust spots that begin look better but it will keep them from growing larger.
- Wipe New – This is one of many products that will restore faded plastics to their original color.
- Grab Handles – These will add a place for a passenger or driver to hold onto going over rough terrain
- Sun Shade – This adds a nice touch to when the top comes off. It will add a barrier for UV rays and maybe even bird poop.
- Tire Cover – An easy way to customize your Jeep’s appearance and protect the spare tire.
- CB Radio – An easy way to stay connected when you are Jeeping on the trail. Communication is the best preparation.
- Decals – An inexpensive and fun way to add a nice touch to make the Jeep yours.
- Fun – The easiest and best mod of all! Remember to have fun!!!
With the dog days just around the corner, we must prepare to take the top of and drive for miles on end! What make a jeep the perfect summer vehicle you may ask? Well I sure do not see convertibles with their tops down and a kayak strapped on top. Also, can you take the doors off of a Jeep and still be protected by a roll bar. And of coarse, you cannot take a sports car off road!
How to take the top off of a Jeep Wrangler JK
- Remove both side windows by opening the door and unzipping them.
- Remove the rear window by opening the tailgate and unzipping it. Then remove the metal bracket that seals the rear window to the tailgate.
- Unlatch the two clips found above the visors.
- Unclip the two latches found above each door.
- Fold back the front portion of the top. Then flip each rear corner of the soft top on top of the top above the rear bracket.
- Proceed to fold down the top by pulling it over the rear of the rollbar.
- Make sure it is fully folded down and you are good to go!
Another awesome product to use during the summer months is a sun shade. This is a mesh that stretches over the driver and passengers that blocks UV rays and make the ride much cooler out of the sun. Enjoy your Summer!!
Another important aspect to consider when building your Jeep is armor. This includes bumpers, skid plates, rock rails, and even types of protection you did not even know existed. This is important if you plan on taking your vehicle off road to protect it from rocks, branches, and sticky situations. They are an essential part of any off road vehicle, but come at a price.
There are a few main types of armor found for a Wrangler. Bumpers, skid plates, and body armor. Bumpers come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to protect your chassis while providing a substantial tow point to recover yourself or others. They can also be built to hold gas cans, a spare tire, a winch and even an antenna. However, a nice front/rear bumper setup can cost over $1,000, pushing some people to attempt to make their own. Another type of armor are skid plates. These protect the vital components on a Jeep such as the transmission, oil pan, exhaust, drive shafts, and steering. Yet again, a nice complete set of skids can cost well over $800, which makes many owners buy the vital skids and not buy a complete set. The last type of armor is body armor. This protects any part of the body from damage. It often protects the body under the doors, on the sides, rear, and even includes upgraded roll cages. All of these strengthen the body to protect the driver or the Jeep itself.
Since Jeeps are not the only off road vehicle ever invented, let us take a look at some other great vehicles that can go just as far as a Jeep. There are many other options, optimized for many different purposes. Among those we will find the ATV, UTV, SXS and other smaller groups such as a 6×6. An ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) also known as a quad, is a small off road vehicle used to reach anywhere within reason that has a mild terrain. They are also used to reach hunting locations and other such tasks. A 6×6 is a version of an ATV with a third axle. This allows greater traction on any terrain. A UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) is usually used as more of a work horse. It is usually found around a ranch, farm, or work site. They usually have some sort of bed to haul or carry material within. A SxS (Side by Side) is a version of the UTV in which it is no longer used as a work horse and rather used as an off road racing vehicle. It can also be used as an off road vehicle that can withstand large amounts of water and rocky terrain.
So in the end, how well do these vehicles measure up to a Jeep? While they may be less expensive and more versatile, the Jeep wins for several reasons. The Wrangler has an independent suspension and greater horsepower and torque. This leaves the others in the dust as far as extremely difficult terrain. See some Pros and Cons of this all here.
Below is a video of a Yamaha Rhino SxS and a Polaris 6×6.
Below is a picture of a Side by Side off road vehicle.
Lifting a vehicle can be an ample improvement to its off road capabilities. However, it can also hurt your vehicle if done incorrectly. If done correctly with the correct parts and components then you will improve your suspension travel and make room for larger tires to increase ground clearance. Usually you are better off spending more money for the right parts than only buy the bare minimum.
There are three main types of lifts for a Jeep. There are suspension lifts, body lifts, and spacer lifts (budget boost).
- The most complete lift for your jeep is a suspension lift because it replaces the stock components of a Jeep’s suspension and improves it. A suspension lift usually includes new springs, bump stops, sway bar links, a rear/front track bar, and sometimes new control arms. This type of lift gives the most improved off road performance for a Jeep.
- Another type of lift for you Jeep is a body lift. This separates the body from the chassis with a spacer. This gives more room for larger tires, but increases the center of gravity without improving the suspension.
- The last type of lift for a Jeep id a spacer lift. This lift uses a spacer like a body lift, but it goes under the coil to space out the suspension. This is not a complete solution however because it is raising the suspension without adjusting for it.
You cannot stop the sun from going down, so why not light up the dark? One of the most important aspects of any vehicle are the lights; they improve safety, visibility, and give the driver the ability to drive at night. Not only are they used on the road, but they are also an essential off-road. If you can’t see what you’re driving over, then you may have a long night. A long night stuck without a way out because of an unknown obstacle.
There are basically two types of lighting; bulb and LED. Each have their advantages and disadvantages.
- Are very efficient
- High light output to low energy use
- Long lifetime
- Smaller size
- Lower temperatures
- Well let’s face it;
In my very slightly biased opinion, LEDs are the way to go. Their advantages over bulb lighting is slowly taking over the lighting business. Not only that, but they are also less expensive – a great advantage also. Here is a picture of the traditional bulb off-road lighting (top) compared to the LED lighting (bottom).