JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Call it old age or maybe life experience, but whatever it is…it's not always good.
In a past life so to speak, day in and day out I was actively participating in making the world a “better place”. With every passing day I was also killing off a little of my own humanity with it. It may seem a little backwards, but that's another story for another time.
Now I spend each day consciously making decisions that fill my mind and soul with things like peace, compassion, forgiveness, an attempt at understanding and of course love. I try and discover a bigger purpose and a better me. By doing so I am a way better of a man than I ever have been in the past. This climate we live in today is not a climate that stimulates positivity though. In fact, it's quite the opposite. I don't know if in my lifetime I've seen a more divided country and the world seems more evil than ever!
It’s in these times my heart will weigh heavy because of the state of humanity. It's also in these times I need nature most. Separated by the decisions of mankind I become free to allow creation to help me find my own grace. Grace for others, grace for myself, all very needed to navigate as a light in times of a very dark world.
It’s pretty easy to join the masses in finding a cause to hate for these days, but how about we choose to go against the grain and find one to love for instead? How about we wake up everyday and decide that we are going to make a positive difference in someone else's life. How about we deny the temptations of absorbing the hate and chaos that is so easily consumable through the news and social media channels we spend so much time screwing around on? It only thickens the calluses of our own hearts after all.
Trust me folks…a good dose of fresh air, clean skies and exploring nature will do wonders for finding perspective, refueling your mind and even in the most chaotic time society has seen in a long time, find peace.
This may sound odd, but the first thing I did when I bought my JKU was get rid of the factory top and picked up a TrekTop NX from Bestop. Ever since that day...I was all in with Bestop. I mean it's not exactly rocket science here...a top is one outhouse things where we all know what they look like, what they do and that Bestop is the industry leader for this kind of thing. So of course when we picked up this American Classic 1995 Jeep YJ it was a no brainer where I'm going to go for my replacement top.
The Bestop Supertop gives this very cool retro look off that tells the world that you really are that cool as you drive down the highway. It looks amazing, the quality is the best in the industry, it's easy to install and of course like everything else made by Bestop...will last for many years to come.
-For 1988-1995 Wrangler YJ with factory lower hard half doors (no upper doors included) -Compatible with Bestop #51782 Upper Fabric Half Doors, or #51785 Upper Door ----Sliders sold separately
Not compatible with factory full steel hard doors
-Does not have Sunrider flip-back panel
-Premium 28-oz multi-layer fabric has excellent durability and appearance
-30-mil, D.O.T. approved vinyl side and rear windows have 31% tint to help keep interior cooler in warm weather.
-Removable and replaceable windows feature top of the line YKK scoop count zippers for easy removal or installation
-135 gauge polyester industrial thread use throughout with finished seams for lifelong durability.
-Premium hardware is black powder-coated for corrosion and scratch resistance.
Two-year limited warranty.
Pick up up your Bestop Supertop at: http://www.jcwhitney.com/bestop-supertop-nx-soft-tops/p2032210.jcwx?filterid=d57147y1995g26j1
With the popularity of the off-road trailer these days there's no wonder why the prices have shot through the roof. They can easily climb into the 30k range before you know it. That's where CVT comes in.
Cascading Vehicle Tents is already a monster in the rooftop tent industry, so who better to introduce a very cool trailer that will make any off-roader proud. Built tough and great as is, but I like the idea of a blank canvas to add on whatever my little overlanding heart desires. With a base price well under 10k it's one of the most affordable trailers you can buy.
-Frame constructed of 10 ga steel
-Tub constructed of 14 ga steel
-3500HD Timbren axles with brakes – 6 lug standard, 8 lug optional
-Locking slam latch on lid and locking tailgate
-Full length, bolt on fenders with 2” tube outers
-31” tires standard
-Full led lighting
-7 way trailer plug and buss system for additional electrical upgrades
Check out the CVT Trailer and a full catalog of CVT products at https://cascadiatents.com/
For the first time ever I feel a difference in shocks. Feel the difference in performance and I feel the changes claimed made when I adjust the settings. Falcon Shocks is easily the best shock I've ran, and man I'm glad I made the switch.
Find your new Falcon Shocks and a full TeraFlex line up at: www.teraflex.com
The Jeep industry is full of product and a lot of them are pretty darn nice, but none do it quite like TeraFlex now do they? TeraFlex has been my favorite brand for years now and their balance of great product, great people and the "lifestyle" culture they have create around the brand keep them at the top. (I also love the fact that they have managed to stay family owned in a culture of small business being bought up left and right by some of the bigger corporations out there).
Well the Epic Front Bumper by TeraFlex is a great example of just how good they are over there. Every angle offers a sexy look to it and the build quality is second to none.
TeraFlex keeps their bumper family a short list. Enter the line up with the Explorer (great bumper too) and wrap-up the line with the perfectly designed and built Epic. Here are some details...
-1.75" mandrel bent hoop with laser cut gussets
-Hoop adds extra brush guard protection
-Recessed mounting allows more grill space for taller winches and increased radiator air flow
-Winch mount integrated into bumper design
-Fits all major winch models w/ center bolt pattern including larger Warn Powerplant
-Separate Epic Bumper (4653100) available for offset drum winches like Warn Powerplant
-Steel w/ textured black powder coat finish
-Factory fog lights retain factory style and technology
-JKs 2012+ need vacuum pump relocation bracket (4403100)
-100% bolt-on install
-Lifetime defect warranty, 90 day powder coat warrant
-Cost - $1144.99
The crew that make up TeraFlex love what they do, they love the lifestyle that comes with it and they love their customers. It's pretty simple actually, If you're a Jeeper...TeraFlex has something for you.
Find the Epic and the rest of the TeraFlex catalog at: www.TeraFlex.com
There is always a struggle for space when you combine camping and a Jeep. I mean, look...I drive a JKU without back seats and I still find myself wishing I had a little more space for my stuff on a long trip. Well, at least I used to anyway.
Vector OffRoad, yup...the guys that came up with that awesome dock that sits above the dashboard, put together a solid tray that feels strong, installs easy and almost doubles the amount of cargo space in the rear of your Jeep.
The JK Highland Platform is probably the most well made storage tray I've seen so far. It looks great, feels quality and works like a champ! Check out some of the details...
If you're like a lot of us and need more space in your Jeep, you won't go wrong with the Vector OffRoad JK Highland Platform. From a long trip of exploration to a quick trip to Sprouts to restock the frig, the JK Highland Platform comes in pretty handy!
You can find more on the JK Highland Platform and all of Vector OffRoad at: www.VectorOffRoad.com
One of the places I have always wanted to see is Tillamook the wet, muddy trails opening up to beautiful Pacific Ocean seem right up my alley. Fortunately, I at least get to once again live vicariously through the crew at TeraFlex...because they go to all to cool spots. Check out TeraFlex at the 2017 Jeep Jamboree...Tillamook Edition!
Recently I made a switch from a long time favorite to something brand new from Yokohama Tires. Sure I was a little hesitant, but I've heard nothing but good things about the Geolandar M/T G003 and come on…just look at them!
So…on they went and off I went. Gold Mountain is the testing ground for these babies. The day couldn't be more perfect. 80 degrees, sunny with a light breeze, and the best part…not a single person but us on the trail.
The Yoko Geolandar is a new design that doesn't just look aggressive, but has the engineering behind it to compete with the best out there in the class. Long life, super durable, grips better than any I've tried before and on pavement they are pretty quiet.
Once on the trail I immediately noticed the traction. I was gripping everything and the ride was nice a comfortable. The first obstacle was a small rock shelf and after watching the first guy up I was a definitely curious on how my Jeep would do with out lockers. As you can guess the Geolandar climbed like a champ. The footprint was definitely the difference.
After another little climb we came across a rock garden and this round was more about the comfort the the technical ability. Rock after rock was smooth. Plenty of grip and again the footprint created by the tire was amazing. I've had washboard fire roads that felt worse running other tires.
By the end of the trail I was all in with Yokohama Tires and the Geolandar M/T might just be the perfect everyday tire option for any Jeep! If 6 months from now these tires are treating me like they did the day I ran Gold Mountain...I believe Yokohama just found another customer for life.
Check out the Geolandar M/T and the rest of the Yoko line up at: https://www.yokohamatire.com/
The older I get the more people I see come and go in my life. It seems like more and more the theme of humanity is “me, me, me”. Loyalty stops when self interest starts and when we focus on making the things “we deserve” our priority we often lose ourselves and drift away from the ones we should be drifting towards. Yup, good people are hard to find and that means when you're lucky enough to find some…stick with them.
Jeepers have a hand up on the rest of the world in this department. Jeep owners are generally good hearted, fun loving, regular people from all walks of life that love to share their love for Jeeps, nature and a good time.
Jeepers tend to love community. We love helping, we love purpose we love having the opportunity to leave things and people better off than when we found them. I'm not sure if good people love Jeeps or owning a Jeep somehow feeds our often hidden desire to be good people, honestly…it's probably both, but I know I love being one and I know love hanging out with them!