Thursday, December 3, 2015

M.O.R.E. Skid Plate Install

Modification Decisions

When I first bought my Jeep Wrangler, I didn't know where to start with the modifications. Many wise Jeepers told me I should start with recovery. So my first modification was a new front bumper and the necessary recovery tools.

I also needed to take into consideration how I was going to use my Jeep. Once I figured that out, I was able to make the right choices for me. My Jeep is my daily driver and I take her off-roading.

As I upped my off-roading game hitting more difficult and rockier trails I realized I needed to protect the underbelly of my Jeep. I decided to start with the Engine Skid plate. There is just a crossmember bar near the engine and that just isn't enough protection.  

I decided to go with the M.O.R.E. Oil pan and Engine Skid plate. 
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I enlisted the help of a friend with this installation. Luckily he is a wrencher and owns every tool known to man. 

Install Steps 

First, we removed my banged-up, scraped-up cross member bar.

We needed to loosen the motor mount bolts. This was the toughest part of the whole installation. They are hard to get at, and they are very tough to loosen. Fortunately, he had an impact drill. 

I panicked a little when we had trouble with one of the bolts. The thread was messed up a little. But Dirk to the rescue, no problem, he broke out his bolt re-threader kit and WAH-LAH -- good to go. 

Once that was fixed it was time to drill one hole, then insert in all the bolts and tighten. But wait... One of the bolts was a little too long, so we had to cut some off. We just needed to shorten one of the bolts and good to go! 

With the right tools and muscle power, this install is pretty simple and easy. Now my Jeep is ready for some more difficult trails. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jeep Secrets Revealed

Hidden Gems in My Jeep

When I first got my Jeep, I found joy of discovering all the quirky and clever features my ride had to offer. My adventure into the world of Jeep secrets started with a seemingly mundane item – the center console of my Rubicon. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a gem of a discovery online: hidden beneath the console are specially designed holders perfect for stashing pens, compact flashlights, or even a tire gauge.

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Built in Dog Bowl

But the fun doesn't stop there. Did you ever look at your cup holder and see it as anything more than a place for your morning coffee? Well, it turns out it can effortlessly transform into a water dish for your four-legged friend during those long, adventurous drives.

Hidden Seven Slot Grille

Jeep designers truly embrace the iconic seven-slot grille design, and they echoed this theme in the detailing. Look closely, and you'll find the seven-slot motif cleverly incorporated into the design of the top vent near the hood, a subtle nod to the Jeep's heritage.

Bottle Opener in the Door

Now, for those moments when you're tinkering in the garage and realize you've forgotten a bottle opener, there's no need to trek back into the house. The Wrangler's got your back – or rather, your door does. The silver latches on the body of the Jeep aren't just for looks; they double as a handy bottle opener.

The sun visor was a cool discovery as well. You can pull it out to block the sun near the rear view mirror. Or even along the door. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Evap Canister -- Relocate or Fortify?

Choosing the Right Off-Road Modifications for My Jeep

In my early off-roading years, I struggled to decide which modifications to make on my Jeep. Fellow Jeepers always offered suggestions and advice.

Strengthening the Undercarriage

As I tackled more challenging trails in my stock Wrangler, I recognized the need to strengthen my undercarriage. Wheeling on rocky trails necessitates protecting your Jeep's belly.

Skid Plates: The First Line of Defense

Skid plates safeguard the critical components that propel your Jeep forward. I started with an engine/transmission skid plate, replaced my factory differential covers, and installed rear lower control arm skids.

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To Protect or Not to Protect the Evap Canister

I faced recommendations to shield my evap canister. The choices were upgrading the factory skid plate with a tougher aftermarket version or relocating the canister. Adams Jeep, my preferred shop in Maryland, advised relocating it over the axle. While some Jeepers suggested I could handle this task myself, others recommended opting for a sturdier evap canister skid.


However, many of my wheeling friends advised against any evap canister modifications, as they rarely encountered issues with scraping or hitting rocks. I ultimately decided to keep the evap canister as it was, straight from the factory.

A Decade of Wheeling Without Issues

After nearly a decade of wheeling across the country, I've encountered no problems. Although I usually don't wheel extreme rock trails, I've navigated the Rubicon Trail and tougher trails in Arizona and Rausch Creek without any difficulties.

What is the Evap Canister

The EVAP canister, or Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) canister, is an essential component of a vehicle's emission control system. It plays a vital role in reducing harmful emissions and ensuring the vehicle's compliance with stringent emission standards.

The EVAP canister's primary function is to capture and store fuel vapors generated within the fuel system, preventing their release into the atmosphere. These vapors are created due to the natural process of fuel evaporation and are collected by the canister, which is strategically located near the fuel tank for easy access.

During the engine's combustion process, the stored fuel vapors are gradually purged from the EVAP canister and burned by the engine. This process significantly contributes to a cleaner and more eco-friendly driving experience, as it effectively reduces the release of harmful emissions.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Disconnected Off Road Adventure

Taking My Jeep Adventure to the Next Level

"Your Jeep Can Handle It!"

Ever had someone tell you your ride can do wonders you've never even dreamed of? Yeah, I get that a lot with my Jeep Rubicon. And guess what? They're absolutely right. This weekend, I decided to put that to the test and headed over to Rausch Creek Off Road Park for some trail action. And oh boy, was it a ride to remember!

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A Rookie Among Pros 

Kicked off my journey bright and early on Friday, itching to tackle the trails by 1pm. Joined forces with the awesome crew from Disconnected Off Road, hailing all the way from New Jersey. Meeting them in person for the first time had me a tad on edge, but there was no need for any of that.

These folks were nothing short of amazing, embracing me and my stock Jeep into their group of lifted beasts. They're Jeep aficionados through and through, and they were keen to show me the ropes. Spoiler alert: my Jeep didn't just survive; it thrived.

Upgrading My Skills on the Blue

We wasted no time and dove straight into the mix, hitting a blue trail and not stopping till we reached the more daunting black and red trails. Nervous? Sure. Excited? Even more so. One of the guys stepped up as my spotter, guiding me through the tricky parts like a pro.

Turns out, all I needed was a bit of confidence. With the right spotter, conquering those rocky trails felt like a breeze. Big shoutout to all the spotters who made my day smooth sailing. Though, I think they deserve a medal for "Surviving Wheeling with Jeep Momma" for putting up with my cautious driving style.

More Than Just Driving - An Off-Roading Experience

This adventure was far from just sitting behind the wheel. It was a full-on immersive experience. I became a spectator on the Black and Red trails. Watching those lifted Jeeps tackle steep rocky terrains up close was nothing short of thrilling. At one point, we even had to winch a Jeep over a particularly stubborn rock - a testament to the fact that off-roading is as much about teamwork and strategy as it is about driving.

Wrapping Up an Unforgettable Adventure

Hanging out with Disconnected Off Road was on of many highlights that weekend. They're a fantastic bunch, always ready to welcome another Jeeper into the fold. The weekend wasn't just about pushing my Jeep to its limits; it was about discovering a whole new level of adventure and camaraderie. Here's to many more thrilling rides and unforgettable memories on the trails!  


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Wild Ride at Women's Wheeling Day

 🚙💨 The Day I Got to Drive a Monster Jeep!

The 2015 Women's Wheeling Day was off the charts, with over 100 fierce ladies signing up to take on the trails in Jeeps. Picture this: me, getting the keys to the Clayton Off Road Jeep. Yes, the beastly, red, lifted Jeep! It's like winning the lottery for a Jeep enthusiast – we're talking a 4.5 inch lift, 37 inch tires, and all the trimmings. You bet I was on cloud nine!

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🤔 A Slight Letdown... But Not for Long!

So, there we were, lining up our Jeeps, buzzing with excitement, when I found out the Clayton Jeep was assigned guide duties on the beginner trails. A tad disappointing, sure, because I was itching to tackle some serious rocks. But hey, driving this behemoth on any trail was still a thrill!

Driving shifts were shared among us three lucky ladies, with Clayton Walters himself (the wizard behind Clayton Off Road) coaching from the backseat. Despite only having driven my stock Rubicon before, which is basically a baby toy compared to this monster, I tried not to baby the Clayton Jeep too much on the easy trails. Clayton, a saint of patience, endured our newbie antics, guided us, and even laughed off my "Jeep Momma" moments.

Clayton and the WWD Winners!

😂 Goofy Moments and Learning Curves

Yes, I was that person asking if the tires were straight a million times, wondering about the tires under the hood latches, and fumbling with the CB radio. But Clayton? Cool as a cucumber, a true champ at handling our learning curves and endless questions with grace.

Clayton Walters 

🚀 My First Dive into Serious Rock Crawling

Jeep Momma's First Difficult Trail
Outer Limits in Claytons Jeep

Jeep Momma on Outer Limits

Then came the moment of truth – Clayton guiding me on my first hardcore rock crawling adventure. The trail, known as Outer Limits, looked more like a rocky cliff than a path. My heart was racing, fearing I'd accidentally run over Clayton. But after a quick reshuffle, with him safely out of my potential crash path, I got down to business. You can catch this adrenaline-pumping moment on my YouTube channel – it's a hoot!

Outer Limits Trail: Jeep Momma in Claytons Jeep 👉 Watch Here

Despite the initial hiccup of being on the easier trails, Clayton found us a challenging path, giving us a taste of real off-roading excitement. The experience was so exhilarating that one of the guys actually kissed the ground after surviving the trail.

🌟 Closing Thoughts: Grateful but Hungry for More

Even though we didn't spend all day on the hardcore trails, I'm beyond thankful for the experience. Driving the Clayton Jeep, sharing laughs, and learning from one of the off-roading rock stars was a blast. It's tough thinking about going back to my standard Rubicon after this. I'm already dreaming about lifts and bigger tires for my own ride. Maybe not exactly a 4.5 lift and 37's... but who knows? The sky's the limit now!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Getting Topless: Putting Down the Soft Top Properly

The Perfect Jeep "W"

The Perfect Jeep W

When you go topless in your Jeep it is important to know the proper way to fold back your top to the open position. This will help keep your soft top lasting longer.  There are two positions, the sunrider position where the top is folded back to just above the passenger seat. Then all the way down where the top rests along the tailgate. 

Putting Down that Jeep Soft Top - Are You Doing it Wrong?

I have noticed over the years that there are a lot of Jeep Wrangler owners who don't know anything about the Jeep W. In case you might be a little rusty on the mechanics of the Jeep W here is a little refresher course.  

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The Wrong Way

During my travels across the US I have noticed many Jeepers with their tops folded incorrectly like in the picture above. The arms need to lie parallel along the body of the Jeep.

Another soft top mistake Jeep Wrangler owners make is the folding of the Jeep Wrangler "W". When folding back your soft top to lay above the passenger seat, which can be a one person job, you need to make sure the fabric of the soft top is pulled away from the bars.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Introduction to Off-Road Adventures

Monthly Guided Trail Ride 

Off-roading is an exciting way to explore and feel free. If you've got a Jeep Wrangler, you know that the call of adventure is something you just can't ignore. The place where my love for off-roading began and grew was Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Pennsylvania. It's 3,000 acres of off-roading fun for all skill levels. It's not just a place to visit, it's a must-do for anyone who loves off-roading.

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For newcomers in the off-road community, exploring new trails can be a bit scary especially if you haven't found friends to wheel with. Rausch Creek gave me that chance to explore and meet new Jeep friends with guided trail rides. They offered expert guidance, a safe space to learn, and a chance to meet other off-roaders. 

The Unmatched Benefit of Guided Trail Rides for New Jeepers

The guided rides are an opportunity to learn from an experienced off-roader who knows the trails. The guided ride served as a practical classroom, where every turn teaches a lesson and every obstacle offers a chance to grow. As a new Jeeper, the guided ride boosted my confidence, and deepen my appreciation for the off-roading culture. It was a chance to meet other off-roaders with the same passion.  

My Guided Adventure at Rausch Creek

My first guided trail ride at Rausch Creek, I joined a group of like-minded Jeepers for a day on the green trails. The experience was nothing short of exhilarating. As we navigated through a kaleidoscope of terrains—from muddy water holes and rocky roads to rutted paths and steep inclines—I felt the adrenaline rush that comes with conquering each new challenge. It was a day of firsts for me, tackling trails and obstacles I had previously bypassed, including a daring attempt at the notorious big rock obstacle. Although my four-door's longer wheelbase meant I couldn't go over the rock, the attempt itself was a thrill.

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The Joy of Overcoming: Embracing Every Obstacle

One of the most liberating realizations on this journey was understanding that scrapes on the undercarriage or rock sliders aren't failures; they're badges of honor. They signify that you've pushed your limits and lived to tell the tale. This shift in perspective transformed how I approach obstacles, turning apprehension into anticipation.

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A Symphony of Sounds and Sights

The trail isn't just about the challenges; it's about the stories we bring back. From the cacophony of sounds on the trail to the visual spectacle of conquering a water hole,. Each moment is a snapshot of the thrill that defines off-roading. Sharing these experiences with each other during the breaks or even after the day of wheeling at a campfire is just as memorable. 

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Muddy Water Ride 👉 Watch Here

The Next Adventure Awaits

As I look forward to my next visit to Rausch Creek—especially for the Women's Wheelin' Day—I'm reminded of why I fell in love with off-roading. It's more than just a hobby; it's a journey of discovery, a test of resilience, and most importantly, a celebration of the spirit of adventure that drives us all.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jeep Wrangler Noises!

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Jeep Noises

"Did you hear that?" My mom asked me while we were out cruising in my Jeep Wrangler. I had just installed my new rear bumper. I told her it was my d-rings (shackles) clanging on my rear bumper. Ever since she pointed it out I constantly heard the clanging noise, especially when I would bounce over the speed bumps in my neighborhood. It drove me nuts. 

Try a New Product

I bought the Daystar D-Ring Islolator kit to install on the rear bumper's shackles. 

This kit includes a black isolator and 2 washers. They are constructed with durable polyurethane material.  They are intended to prevent rattling against the anchor points. They also protect the finish of the bumper from damage. No more clanging, so the ad said. 

The claims were right.  The install was simple and easy. The isolator snaps onto the d-ring (shackle). The rubber washers slip between the recovery point and the shackle. 

Put to the Test

Time to put them to the test. I took my Jeep Wrangler out for a test drive through the neighborhood streets over several speed bumps. My top was down allowing for me to hear any noises better. I was impressed. The clanging noise was gone. 


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