JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Jeep ownership comes with a few things. One, becoming a part of a community of good folks that share the love of getting outdoors for an adventure whenever possible. Two, carrying the responsibility of driving the sexiest vehicle on and off the pavement. Three...JEEP MODS!
In this case, a 1951 Jeep M-100.
This sweet piece of American history is getting the full make over, but the point here is something bigger. I want to stress the importance of expression. The importance of bringing a vision to life. The fun of rolling up your sleeves and creating something by the sweat of your own brow. Owning a Jeep is more than buying into a cool ride. It's fun, it's adventure. It's stretching yourself with new things you might think you can't take on...but you can!
So, embrace it! Enjoy it! Live it! I don't care if it's 50's model Jeep trailer, or bolting on a new gas door. Just try something. You'll learn a lot about yourself along the way, and happy you did too.
This project will be done and on the trail soon enough, and I just hope you will be out there too. Out there showing the love of what you have created...your Jeep.
Our society is rapidly declining. It seems harder than ever to find things like kindness, compassion, love, and even honor in this world. This can only lead us down a pathway of destruction. Recently, a young man with a mild form of aspergers felt so desperate, so alone, that his only way to find freedom was to take his own life. Why? Bullying!
Bullying is a problem that has plagued our lives for as far back as it goes. Here's what we need to realize...
Bullies aren't born, they are created. Created out of insecurities. Things like abusive homes, no positive role models, parents that don't reinforce a child's self esteem with love as they are growing up. Bullies are afraid to be themselves, they are afraid that they are not good enough to be loved by friends and family. They search to fill the void that they are missing through trying to make others feel the fear and sadness they feel deep within themselves, mostly so they are not alone.
Bullying is a problem that is out of hand more than ever these days, and we need to get a handle on it, but how?
Punishing a bully for bad behavior is a consequence for their action, it isn't a fix to stop bullying. The fix starts at home.
Families need to realize the importance of spending time with each other. Parents need to understand the importance of raising their children through love, and life experiences. I have never heard of a businessman on his death wishing he just could of been able to work more.
If we want to stop bullying, then we need to care about our kids more than we care about ourselves. That means a whole lot of things. Things like living within our means so we can choose spending time together rather than chasing another buck. Things like taking the time to educate your children in the importance of character, not only with your mouth...but with your actions. Things like reinforcing kindness from birth, rather than assuming our kids get it.
The only way we can ever stop bullying is to break the domestication process that we have created for ourselves and embrace a new way of living in this world. A way that puts others before ourselves. A way that glorifies righteous behavior over the evil that we honor in our media, and our entertainment.
Bullying cannot claim another victim. It's to important that we protect our children and bring them up to be better than we are. They will soon rule the world and they will do it through the lessons taught to them by their parents and the world they grew up in.
Make a commitment to yourself to take a stand against bullying today. Help the weak feel strong through love, acceptance and support. Behave in a way that models the love that our children need more than ever to help them feel secure.
It's very difficult to un-teach bullying, but simple start teaching love.
Shown in some images but sold separately, Part #864-01-275
-2-door rear seat can be quickly used with mounting brackets left installed
-Mounts in vehicles with or without the OEM subwoofer
-Large storage area is secured shut when the rear vehicle door is locked
-Lightweight .090 aluminum lid easily hinges open for easy access when the rear vehicle door is opened
-Lid and front can be easily removed without tools
-2-door rear seat can still be used with mounting system installed and it can be stowed folded and tumbled with the deck enclosure installed (See assembly document instructions for limitations)
-Over 20,000 Cubic inches of lockable storage space
The design is down right sexy! Is looks SO good. If Chrysler were smart about this they would partner up with Tuffy to get the Security Deck as an option straight from the factory.
I would go as far as saying that the Tuffy Security Deck is literally the perfect answer to securing up the area behind the rear seat. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
Once again Tuffy Security Products has shown the industry how to do it right!
Tuffy's Security Deck Enclosure is the best option for securing up the area behind the rear seat out today. I've seen several options made for that area, and there are some good features with most of them, but Tuffy has easily come up with the best in form and functionality The installation was also a snap, which to me is important. I'd say anyone can install it for themselves.
California seems so over crowded. Our schools are packed, our parking lots are packed, our freeways are packed, everywhere I go...people, people, people! Well almost everywhere.
One of the struggles of being a new Jeeper is just finding a some places to go. You need somewhere fun, and easy to get your feet wet. Well, If you're in Southern California you recognize the Cajon Pass right? It's basically the doorway to the open desert for us down this way.
When heading north up the pass you'll see a little exit named Cleghorn Road. Next time you're looking to get away...take it! It's a really easy trail that anyone can handle. (although there are some tougher MARKED trails for you Jeepers that want a little more of a challenge) The hillside is full of trails that everyone can have some fun on. You can make your way up the mountain, drop down into the desert plains, or just mess around exploring the area right there. Easy to get to, easy to drive, won't take all day if you don't want it to, there's really no excuses for getting outside and finding some adventure.
So, if you're looking to get the Jeep a little dirty, pack a lunch and check out the Cleghorn trail.
Nothing is more inviting to me than a good ol' off the grid Jeep Expedition! I love it. Now that my Tepui Tent has arrived and will be mounted on my trailer next week...I am all ready! Check out Death Valley through the eyes of Tepui.
I can't tell you the amount of time I spent researching and trying to figure out what winch to buy for my Jeep. I spent so many hours checking every option out there...probably to much time actually. I know that each brand has their fans base of supporters, but I wanted to find out what the industry actually has in it, and what makes one better than the other. So...here's what I found and this is the choice I finally made.
First, the concept of the winch is pretty basic. Simply defined, it's a motorized spool of cable or rope that is designed to pull. That said...what makes each one so different. Well, nothing in it's core function. It's more about the bells and whistles. Things like the features, power, design and craftsmanship.
Some are very economically manufactured, keeping costs down with the quality of parts and materials being used. Those may not last as long or work quite as smoothly as the higher end winches, but they are cheap. Flip that scenario around and you have the high end of the market.
Ok...high end (for what we would use on our Jeeps anyway), you're talking about a range from $1000 to $1500 bucks. On the lower end...a couple hundreds bucks. I figured I would land somewhere in the middle of that. Remember, most people buy winches like more of an insurance policy than a tool they use daily. So, there probably isn't the need to purchase top of the price range, unless you want to of course. That said however, they are better.
I went into this wanting a few features. I wanted a sealed up, waterproof winch. I wanted a synthetic line, and I wanted it at least rated for 10,000 pound. Those three features cut out all the low end of the market and brought me a starting point of just over $500 bucks. I narrowed it down to a Warn, and a Smittybilt.
Warn obviously stands on its own. They are a cornerstone in the industry and are known for their reliability. BUT...they are three times the cost.
The Smittybilt looks really good, had the features I wanted, cost way less and although they may not have the reputation of Warn, I didn't find any complaints when doing the research. Plus it's a huge benefit to be able to go straight to 4Wheel Parts (which has great customer service) if there's an issue.
I'm sure you can tell the direction I went, right? Yup...I went with the SmittyBilt X20 Waterproof Synthetic Rope Wireless Winch Gen2. This thing is sealed, runs a beautiful synthetic rope, and looks like a beast! I haven't been out to try it yet...but this coming week, should be able to.
Let's look at the specs:
Waterproofing: IP68 Rating
Rated Line Pull: 10,000Lbs (4,545kgs) Single Line
Motor: 6.6hp Series Wound
Control: Remote Switch, 12’ (3.7m) lead
Gear Train: 3-Stage Planetary
Gear Ratio: 218:1
Clutch: Sliding Ring Gear
Brake: Automatic Out-Of-Drum
Drum Size: Diameter 2.5”
Cable: 98.5’ 3/8” Diameter
Cable Type: Synthetic Rope
Remote Control: Included
Integrated Wireless Remote
Recommended Battery: 650CCA Minimum for Winching
Battery Leads: 25mm2, 72”(1.83m)1
Finish: Textured Black
Weight: 67.0Lbs (30.4Kgs)
Mounting Bolt Pattern: 10.0” x 4.50”
Overall Dimensions: (L x W x H) 22.3” x 5.4” x 9.4”
So, for those looking to pick themselves up a winch, I would recommend giving SmittyBilt a look. This is a great product that won't kill you bank account, and for some of us...that's important!
SmittyBilt Wich line up
*SOME SAD NEWS*. One of the things I stumbled across during this little project that was disheartening is that there are a lot of companies priding themselves with there Made in the USA labels, that are not exactly that. Some are assembled in the USA, and some are partially made in the USA. All that is fine with the exception of leading the customer to believe they are actually getting something designed and manufactured here in the USA. Those same items often come at a premium because of that stamp. Customers like myself are happy to pay a few more bucks for something Made in the USA, not what is required by law to be called made here, but actually made here. Just something to keep in mind when spending you're hard earned money.