Cutting a Jeep Wrangler JK’s Pinch Seam

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Tech, Wrenching | No Comments
Cutting a Jeep Wrangler JK’s Pinch Seam

Rear tire clearance at the pinch seam is a common problem for lifted Jeeps running 35″ tall tires or larger. Tires are more likely to be damaged by the pinch seam while aired down. The solution is simple: cut off the offending metal. Not everyone needs to do this to their JK. While the Jeep is […]

Jeep Lift Prep

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Wrenching | No Comments
Jeep Lift Prep

It’s like the night before christmas and I’m a kid unable to sleep. Here’s the list of parts going on my Jeep tomorrow: 8 Johnny Joint adjustable control arms (upper and lower) 4 Currie progressively wound coil springs Front urethane Currie bump stop kit Rear Currie bump stop spacers Rear Currie coil spring retaining kit […]

2012 Jeep Wrangler Brake Upgrade

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Maintenance, Wrenching | No Comments
2012 Jeep Wrangler Brake Upgrade

I have looked at upgrading my Jeep’s brakes. I’m still running my factory 32 inch mud terrain tires with a little over 32,000 miles on the Jeep. My brakes still have life but leave me wanting. I’m also planning ahead. 37’s are in my future and the current setup is less than desirable with a larger, […]

New Steering Stabilizer

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Maintenance, Wrenching | No Comments
New Steering Stabilizer

If you venture off-road enough eventually you are going to break something. Most Jeepers see this as an opportunity to upgrade, mainly because we are optimistic people. In my case, the Big Run a couple of weeks ago took its toll on my stock steering stabilizer. The shock’s rod bent and the busted case required […]

Sheared Shock Bolt

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Wrenching | No Comments
Sheared Shock Bolt

I’m experiencing a bit of déjà vu. After driving through Oklahoma I noticed my Jeep was missing a shock bolt. Immediately after the Big Run I could hear a squeak coming from the front suspension. I thought it was just really dirty and would silence after a good bath. While I was washing it I […]

Big Bend National Park Adventure

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Dirty, Road Trip, Trail Ride, Wrenching | 5 Comments
Big Bend National Park Adventure

My wife and I went on an over-landing vacation in the back country of Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas. We went backpacking, camped under the stars and hiked a lot of trails. The Jeep saw a little bit of trail action too. The scenery was beautiful and the hiking was awesome. The trip […]

Water Pump Warranty Work

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Maintenance, Wrenching | No Comments
Water Pump Warranty Work

At about 6,000 miles I started hearing the infamous chirp of a water pump. It was completely random and not reproducible, especially when at the Jeep dealership. I’ve mentioned it several times over the last 20,000 miles to my Jeep service tech. I know I’m not alone with this issue, you can read more here, […]

Wrenching On My Brother’s Jeep

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Wrenching | No Comments
Wrenching On My Brother’s Jeep

Right now I’m making plans to help my brother-in-law build his new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport. He has an impressive list of parts that are ready to go on. Here’s the short list: 4″ Rough Country Lift Surprise Straps SmittyBilt SRC Front Bumper SmittyBilt SCR Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier SmittyBilt Rock Rails Rebel Off-Road […]