Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to Add Color to Your Jeep

Purple Interior Completed! DIY Color Tips

Here are some quick, inexpensive do-it-yourself color ideas to add a pop of color to your Jeep. 

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Interior Accents

Step 1 Remove Door Accents 

I wanted to add some purple highlights to the interior of my Jeep. I started with the door accents and then moved on to the air vent covers. The door accents are pretty simple to take off. You need a torx screwdriver. 

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Step 2 Spray Paint

Step 3 Air Dry & Reinstall

Step 4 Air Vents 

The removal of the air vents can be tricky. I found a YouTube Video to help. 
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Tools Needed

Flat head screwdriver & Flashlight

First locate the hole inside the vent and line up with another hole in the casing by turning the vent. Then use the flat head screwdriver by inserting it in the hole to push down on a lever. Then turn the vent counter-clockwise and pull.  This does take a couple of tries before you get the feel for it. Once you figure it out it is pretty easy. 

The flashlight will help you align up the holes which are near the top of the vent on the inside. 

Once you remove the vent insert, gently place the screwdriver under -- so slightly -- to pop the silver tab. Do this with all the tabs around the ring. 

Then it's time to paint them. I used a paint and primer, Valspar premium finish with micromist spray. After you let the rings dry it's time to put them back on. First you line up the tabs, then snap them into place. 

Next you align the vent with the Jeep letters at about the 11 o'clock position. The  vent should slide into place. One the vent is in place you turn it clock-wise to lock it into place.  


7 Simple Steps to Add Color to Your Jeep Hood

Open Your Hood

Step 2

Lift the Tabs Holding Down the Material Under Your Hood. 

Step 3

Remove the necessary plastic tabs to get at the washer nut combo of the hood windshield hold down bracket or Footman loop. 


You might need a pliers to help pull out the plastic tabs.

I like to find a special spot to put my hardware when I am working on my Jeep. This prevents me from loosing important pieces. 

Using a 9mm socket, remove the two washer net combos from the screws of the footman loop. 

 Remove the loop and tape of the parts you don't want colored. 

Spray the footmans loop with a spray paint meant for plastic. 

Re-Attach the Footman Loop and Plastic tabs. TIP 3: If there is no one there to hold the footman loop while you put back the washer nut combo, tape it down to the Jeep like I did.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My First Jeep Badge of Honor Adventure

Trail 11 in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Adventure is just a push of a button away—at least, that's what I discovered during one of my early off-roading escapades in the captivating Blue Ridge Mountains. This journey wasn't just another mark on the map; it was a rite of passage where I earned my very first Jeep Badge of Honor. Trail 11 at Rausch Creek Off Road Park turned out to be the perfect battleground for my stock Rubicon.

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Earning the Badge

Trail 11 at Rausch Creek offers a mix of challenges for a newbie in the off-roading world.  Rated between 2 and 4 in difficulty, this trail is no Rubicon Trail (a solid 10 on the scale), but it’s the perfect starting line for anyone looking to dip their tires into the world of off-roading. Surrounded by glacial depressions filled with dense woodlands, the trail provided a stunning backdrop to a series of small obstacles, from hard-packed dirt to sneaky mud patches and playful rocks.

What truly amazed me was how well my Rubicon, with factory clearance, handled the more daunting blue trails we tackled.  Amidst the twists and elevations, my Rubicon moved with the grace of a ballet dancer and the agility of a mountain goat. 

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Axle Lock: My Secret Weapon

The real magic happened when I engaged the Axle Lock. As I watched others in my group cautiously navigate a rocky ascent, memories of driving the Clayton Offroad Jeep flashed back. That is when I felt a surge of confidence. With a simple press of the Axle Lock button, my Rubicon transformed. The feature, which might seem just technical jargon to some, was my ace in the hole, enabling me to conquer terrain that challenged even the most decked-out jeeps in our convoy.

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Twisty: The Suspension's Ballet

One of the most thrilling parts of Trail 11 was "Twisty"—a section of the trail that could make any off-road enthusiast's heart skip a beat. Here, the trail offers a choice: take the high road for an easier path or dive into the low road for a test of skill and nerve. I chose the latter, and what followed was a dance of dips and rises that pushed my Jeep's suspension to its limits. Driving down, then tackling it from the opposite direction, was not only a test but a thrilling round of mechanical acrobatics.

Seasonal Surprises: Mud and Mirth

During the wetter seasons, Trail 11 transforms. The usually benign patches of mud become slippery challenges, and spots of standing water turn into unexpected obstacles. These elements add a layer of complexity and fun to the trail, making each trip unique and memorable.

Trail 11 is the perfect training ground for novice riders in stock 4x4 vehicles. It's a trail that offers more than just a drive in the woods but lets you test your limits. 

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