JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
I have agonized over a rooftop tent to finish off my trailer build for almost as longs it took me to choose a winch! I'm happy to say though...I finally placed my order. I'll save the details for my full review, but I'm to excited not to share something! So here it is folks...the Tepui Kukenam Ruggedized! Here's one guys review...I went with Olive Green though.
Hmmm...The Exo-Top from Rugged Ridge looks very interesting. First, I really like the look of it. Anything that gives me that Jeep Safari look is A-OK with me! Now, this is my first time seeing it though. I am sure I will have some good questions popping up in my head all day. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on one someday soon to give a full spotlight review, but for now...I LOVE it.
Today I was on my way home from a doctor appointment I had the top off my Jeep, it was a cool, clean evening driving up the coastline. All I could do was take it all in. The beautiful ocean breaking on to the sand, the skyline seemed bigger than life. People were just enjoying each other everywhere I looked. It was truly one of the times when the worries are all left behind, and being present in that single moment was all The guarantee I needed.
We all have those moments, and if you don't you're missing what matters in life...so grab them when you can. Grab on to what's important now. Grab on to who is important now. Tomorrow won't come forever, and sometimes loving the folks that are in your life and heart today...doesn't get to last.
When the dust settles, it's not what you have, it's not what you do that's important. It's who you have, it's how you love. Life's imperfections will fade, but the moments you're able to touch the people you love will stay their hearts forever. Don't miss a single opportunity to tell the people in your life that you love them. Life is now...live it!
Memorial Day is a very special holiday in this Country. Other than our celebrations of God, this is the most important holiday as well. This Day represents a memorial of the faithful, honorable men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Country...their lives. This unfortunate number grows daily. That is important to understand, because it points out our constant battle for freedom.
We live in a day our freedom as Americans seem to be facing constant challenge from every direction. Countries, religions, agendas, extremists from all over the world, there's even a constant push within our own leaders that battle our freedom. Without the courage of the fallen, that freedom would of been lost a long time ago.
This Memorial Day, let's remember those soldiers, let's remember the patriots, but don't stop there. This Memorial Day lets honor them, and their fight that cost them so much, and gave us so much more...our freedom.
Spend time with your friends and family and take a moment as a group to stop, and appreciate what the holiday represents. Take some time out of "normal life" to do something to give back to the country that allows us this great freedom at a cost of those we lose in that fight. Get outside and see some magnificat landscape, or sunset. Breathe in the air of freedom. Do something different, do something intentional about honoring our Country's soldiers that have laid down their lives so we could live ours.
Having a day set aside to say thanks on the calendar is nice, but the fight of those that we are honoring is all in vain if we do not express, share, celebrate and love our freedom.
Nothing represents the Jeep Life like this video! Love it!!
Well, I've finally pulled the plug on getting a new lift for my Jeep. This time...I'm teaming up with TeraFlex! More details will come with a full install review, but for now check this video from the TeraFlex crew that hopefully helps you as much as it helped me.
This video from TeraFlex may be two years old, but a great place to start! I wanted to install and review a lift on my 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited early 2015, it this is the great company I'm going with. For all of us folks that aren't the "gearhead" type, we are going to need to learn it all...from start to finish, and here's step one! Choosing the right lift for you, and your Jeep.
Today, I jumped in the deep end of the pool! I gave myself less than 2 hours to swap out my rear bumper. I know, I know...some are thinking pshh...easy! Others...Uhhh Ohhh!! I tend to fall on the later view usually.
I started on out of the gate on a mission! Within 30 minutes my old bumper/tire carrier was off! Surprisingly easier than one might think.
Now the unboxing...I love unboxing new Jeep parts! Out of the box the bumper install was only 4 bolts! There is really only one way this thing can go on, so screwing it up isn't an option. It was a very snug fit, I struggled a bit lining it all up. Wasn't bad, just took a few extra moments.
(Now, here's a good tip...if you're sporting the Body Armor Safari Rack, disconnect the lower leg BEFORE you try bolting on the bumper. Makes it much easier.)
Coming from the older model, I found the tire carrier swivel and latch is a huge upgrade! They seem a lot more sturdy and secure.
Just over an hour in and the old bumper was off and the new one was on! So far...I'd say EVERY jeeper could take this project on! From the comfort of your home...with a few hand tools.
Time for the tire carrier! It really is as easy as pop in the bearings and place the tire carrier on the bumper. (Make sure you pack the bearings properly with grease. There is a right way of doing it.) Screw down the carrier, and add a cotter pin. It is done! Well, the install anyway.
Just barely over 2 hours! Easy peasy though! Remember...if there's a hole with some threads, there must be a bolt for it. Just a little tip.
Seriously guys...you can do it...just give it a shot.
Sorry about the bad pics there, I just wanted to show a before and after kind of thing.
Now, the bumper/tire carrier itself is a nice heavy bumper. The wrinkle finish powdercoat gives it a heavy duty, rugged look, and the plate steel construction assures a tough, durable build. Like I said before, the newer latch is much better than the previous model.
It cost about $850 bucks for both the bumper and tire carrier as a set. The look, and easy install makes it worth every cent though!
Lastly, I want to point out 2 really important things:
1. The customer service I received from the Body Armor crew was second to none. I had some issues with that prior model latch, and they worked with me to get everything fixed up. I never have an issue finding a problem, things happen. What I hate is companies that don't stand behind their customers when they should. I assure you...these dudes, did it right! Those of you who know me, know that if there isn't a good customer experience...I ain't buying! I don't care what it is.
2. The word is, Body Armor will be sporting the Made in the USA label very soon! I can't WAIT to have products like these, that are made in the USA!
If you're in the market for some good ol' Jeep customization...check out the many products Body Armor has to offer. I think you will be pleased.
The Safari rack has been around for ever. They are a great way to gear up for all occasions. If it's an exploration trip in the great outdoors you're taking... Load it up. If you're heading to the shore for a fishing trip out on the kayak... Load it up. Heck, I even use mine for my runs to Home every week! They look great, and they work like a charm!
So what's the best rack for you?
I did A LOT of homework on this one. I searched every rack I could find. All the best brands, all the smaller companies, they make a rack...I checked them outl.
There are a lot of choices for racks out there, but I needed something that is big, looks great, and will work for me, (the average guy that gets into a lot of stuff).
I need it to work with my soft top easily, I need it to carry lumber and drywall, I need it to be able to haul my outdoor gear and kayaks. I need this thing to hold up to some serious use. The Body Armor Safari Rack was the answer! Easily the best rack I've seen.
Body Armor is known for being built tough. I've used them for years and their products are built to last.
Made from 2" .120 wall steel tube and feature a durable textured black powder coat finish. It bolts together with grade 8 hardware, and front and rear light bars are standard, and with an attachment for everything you can imagine...you have something for all occasions.
Check out Body Armor at your favorite four wheel parts store for more information, or: www.bodyarmor4x4.com