Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Introduction to Off-Road Adventures

Monthly Guided Trail Ride 

Selfie on the trails

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

My Jeep

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.  

Selfie with a line of Jeeps

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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Jeep Momma climbing a rock obstacle

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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My Jeep on a hill

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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Grille shot with Jeeps in the background

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.

Thumbs up selfie


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jeep Wrangler Noises!

DayStar Isolator kit Collage

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"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. 

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

Isolator Kit 

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. 

Jeep Momma Installing the Isolator Kit

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

Jeep Momma driving

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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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tips to Winterize Your Jeep!

Embracing the Chilly Season: Jeep Care Tips for Winter

newly fallen snow on my Jeep

(Updated  November 2023) As the icy grip of Old Man Winter approaches, it's a time of year when our vehicles face a tougher test. Cold temperatures, corrosive road salt, snow, and ice can all take a toll on our trusty Jeeps. To ensure your Jeep remains your reliable companion throughout the winter, let's dive into some essential tips I've gathered from my experiences.


In the past, many believed in letting their vehicles warm up for several minutes before hitting the road in winter. However, modern auto experts dispel this myth, advising that you should warm up your vehicle for no more than 30 seconds before driving. Extended idling doesn't actually benefit your vehicle in any significant way, and it's a practice best left in the past.

Preparing Your Jeep's Top for Winter

Soft Top care collage

Using specialized soft top cleaners and applying a quality soft top protectant will help maintain your soft top's condition during the colder months. However, for our friends in the warmer regions of the Deep South and Southwest, now might be the perfect opportunity to shed that hard top and relish the cooler winter temperatures in your open-air Jeep.

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Snow tire tracks

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Jeep

Mirrors and Windshield: Avoid using an ice scraper on your mirrors to prevent scratching. Use a de-icer windshield washer fluid for efficient de-icing.

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Heating and Defrosters: Prioritize safety by checking that your heat and defrosters are in optimal working condition to maintain clear visibility.

Wrangler Owners: Give your Jeep some extra love by lubricating the door hinges and securing the Torx bolts.

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Exterior Care: Wash and wax your Jeep to protect its paint from the corrosive effects of salty winter roads.

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Fuel Tank: Keeping a full tank of gas can prevent condensation from forming on the tank walls and dripping into your fuel, ensuring smooth operation.

Emergency Kit: Be prepared for any unexpected winter challenges by carrying an emergency kit. This should include a shovel, ice scraper, blankets, jumper cables, flashlights, extra clothing, recovery gear, and provisions such as food and water.

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Brake Check: Ensure your brakes are in good working order to guarantee reliable stopping power in icy conditions.

Wiper Blades: Invest in a quality set of winter wiper blades, which offer superior protection against snow, sleet, and ice build-up. Specialized winter wiper blades can be especially helpful in extreme weather.

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Gas tank skid with rust

If you are off-road you most likely have scraped your undercarriage, I suggest spending some time on those scratches to prevent rust from forming. To save some time you may want to take it to a professional who does rustproofing and undercoating. 

spray painting gas tank skid

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to Interpret Those Tire Numbers

Increase Your Tire Knowledge

Spare tire on tailgate

There are many different kinds of tire varieties like compacted, full Size, limited-use, all-terrain, mud-terrain are just some. Some tires have limited tread life and are to be used for a temporary emergency. These are usually what we used to call donut tires. They are a lot smaller. 

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Tire information on Jeep door

How do you know what kind tire came stock with your vehicle? There is a placard in your vehicle. It is usually located in the driver's side door opening. re smaller, we know them as donuts. But you can also tell by looking at the placard in your vehicle.  

My front, rear and spare are all the same -- lt255/75R17 C 

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Tire Tread

The first letter or letters are the type -- lt = light truck

The first set of numbers is the tire width from sidewall to sidewall -- 255 mm 

The second set of numbers is the aspect ratio  -- 75 means the height is equal to 75% the tire's width. The bigger the aspect ratio the bigger the sidewalls. 

The next letter "R" stands for Radial. The construction of the tire which means the layers run radially across the tire.

The next number, 17, is the wheel size. 

Now don't confuse tire and wheel.  Tires are the rubber part that grips the road... the wheels are the round steel or alloy part the rubber tire goes on. 

There are also a lot of other markings on your tires check this page out for more information.  TireRack.com 

My tires are made in the USA and are for the mud and snow. They are tri-guard 3 ply sidewall Mud-terrain T/A.

Then there is the 111/108 Q. This has something to do with the load index and I am not sure what the Q stands for.  

They have Load Range of C which has to do with how much weight they carry. The C's are lighter and a better ride than D & E . 

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