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 […]

Land Rover’s Invisible Car Technology

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Tech | No Comments
Land Rover’s Invisible Car Technology

The ‘see-through’ effect looks like it is applied to the hood (or bonnet as Land Rover calls it) to provide an immersive augmented view of the terrain, making it appear as if the front of the vehicle disappears. The concept combines grill cameras and heads-up display technology to create a virtual overlay, revealing the terrain […]

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 […]

2014 Big Run

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Dirty, Event, Trail Ride | One Comment
2014 Big Run

The second annual Big Run at SMORR (Southwest Missouri Offroad Ranch) was Saturday April 12. This event is one of my favorites. A “big” and ” little” from the organization Big Brother’s Big Sister’s is paired with a Jeep. It’s a day of enjoying the sunshine, trails and each other’s company. We had excellent weather […]

How to Detail a Jeep Engine

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Random | No Comments
How to Detail a Jeep Engine

After an epic trip to Big Bend. I have a little bit of maintenance to do on the Jeep. The interior and paint was first, now it’s time for the engine. The back country roads at Big Bend National Park were dry and dusty. That left the a fine white coat of dust on everything. […]

Broken Jeep Shock Bolt=Floaty

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Maintenance, Road Trip | No Comments
Broken Jeep Shock Bolt=Floaty

Our trip to Big Bend was eventful. While driving home through Oklahoma the Jeep’s suspension seemed weird. At the time I didn’t know why, it was just bouncing over the rolling hills on the Interstate. When I got home after driving almost 1000 miles I saw exactly why the Jeep seemed to float down the […]

The Jeep is Back!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Maintenance, Random | No Comments
The Jeep is Back!

For almost a week my dealership has been searching for the faulty wire that left my Jeep inoperable at Big Bend National Park. They finally found it and ordered a replacement harness. Since it’s not a part that is replaced often (or at all) it needed to come from Michigan, which took some time. Amazon can […]

30,000 Miles!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Road Trip | No Comments
30,000 Miles!

The Jeep turned 30,000 miles. I can’t think of a better place to mark the milestone than off-road in the middle of Big Bend National Park.

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 […]

A little Love from Poison Spyder

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Random | No Comments
A little Love from Poison Spyder

The other day I hit up a few Jeep forums and ran across a couple of pictures of my Jeep. I was excited to see the Poison Spyder stamp of approval in the lower right corner. If you’re in the market for top-notch Jeep armor, check them out. They make great stuff.