JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Ok, this morning is about the 5th time the Top 15 Vehicles Not To Buy list from Forbes popped up on my FB feed. They use a pretty darn cool looking Jeep Willys as the promo pic too! All I can say to the Forbes team is...clearly you've never owned a Jeep!
Jeep represents fun and adventure. It cultivates the free spirit in all of us to get out and explore. Even the folks that are stuck wearing suit and ties stuffed in their offices everyday can't wait strip down to a good tshirt and hit the trails with their freinds. Jeeps bring us a lifestyle that a Honda Accord could never bring.
Sure, you maybe not want to buy a Jeep to add to your retirement portfolio, but I say WHO CARES! The cash most of us spend on our Jeeps after we buy them usually wipes out our retirement funds anyway!
Forbes folks, you can take that report and shove it!! You want my Jeep, you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands! Wait...that sounds familiar.
Anyway...here's what I'm sure of...we are only guaranteed right now, so grab and life and live it to the fullest! Jeep life is the best!
Its been about a month now and we've taken the Trektop NX Pro on the streets, highways, some local trails, AND through the Mojave Trail to see just how tough and versatile it really is. If the goal for Bestop is to make a softtop that has all the perks that softtops offer, but create something so awesome that it also can replace your hardtop too...then this thing better be able to take some abuse, right?
The story begins installing the Trektop Pro on our 2011 expedition JKU. We figured most folks will never do more than some beautiful sight seeing, trail driving anyway, so hitting the trails for a day should do the trick. (Honestly, it took me a good day or so after the install to get past how awesome the top made our Jeep look, before I could even consider potentially ruining it). It looks SO GOOD!
Ok, enough of the look...after the city life for a couple days we hit the trails!
After about 4 hours on the trail we quickly realized that we are barking up the wrong tree here. Regular Jeep use was an easy accomplishment for Bestop. The top was barely even dirty, and after a soft water hosing off, the top look new again.
Yeah, we definitely needed more...
So, the Trektop Pro is off our "light duty" Jeep and on to the big guy, and let me point out how INCREDIBLE the zipperLESS features are! I can't believe how much of a difference it makes for installing and uninstalling. I'm not sure how, but BESTOP...PLEASE find a way to get that kind of feature into all the tops. Getting back to business...we had a brand new Rubicon that was just itching for some fun!
Day one of the Mojave Trail was a fun one. Beautiful desert landscape, trails a bit torn up from the flash flooding of recent storms, perfect! Things were shaping up to be exactly what we needed.
Some of the first noticeable features about the Trektop Pro were things like the lack of noise. The multi-layered black twill fabric with sound deadening characteristics really works, even with the windows down. Very different from other softtops out there. We also loved the rear window sliders, that helped keep the air flowing (often the regular style softtops keep things pretty warm inside the cab) The rear wiper with a washer was a hit too! Perfect for getting the mud off the glass so we can actually see out the back window, and remember...that's from a soft top folks!
Easily the best feature to us though was the flip back sunrider feature. It was so nice to soak in the sun and fresh air of the autumn desert. Then with a flip of the top and 10 seconds of our time, things lock down to keep the weather, mud or whatever out when hitting it pretty hard. (There is an additional sunscreen that can be added that looks cool, but we didn't have to try). Now, we did remove the sides at times to get that open air feel, but I have to admit...although it's an easy couple nuts and the rear window is removed, we were to chicken to try it without a way to keep the glass safe. Maybe next time!
The majority of day two on the trail was full of mud and water, and we LOVED every minute of it. That sunrider feature we were talking about earlier was so great as we went in and out of the mud runs along the trail. The Trektop Pro managed to keep all the the mud and water out when closed up, but honestly...I was thinking for as trashed as it looked, it would never be the same. Wrong! A little warm soapy water and it's the cleanest part of our Jeep again!
Ok, let's talk turkey! (I love saying stupid sayings like that). Anyway, as far as a softtop goes, the Bestop Trektop Pro is easily the best on the market, and I really mean easily. Can the Trektop Pro really replace a hardtop in durability and function? Absolutely!! I know I won't be putting a hardtop on now. Of course there is the potential for rips and tears, but as far as we go...we ran it through branches and scrubs without a scratch. All in all, the years that Bestop put into bringing this dream top to market was not wasted. This top is amazing! Get the best of both worlds I'm tops with the Bestop Trektop Pro.
There is nothing I would love more than more power in my Jeep, well maybe gas mileage, no... More power for sure! AEV not only makes the impressive Brute conversion, but also sell a 6.4 HEMI conversion kit. It's a pretty good chunk of change for sure, but if you're ready for a new motor or have several thousand dollars burning a whole in your pocket this is the way to go. For $6,999.00 plus installation if you aren't gear head enough to do yourself you can have this monster.
• AEV Motor Mounts
• AEV CNC-Bent Fuel Line
• AEV Transmission Mount
• Flowmaster High-Flow Exhaust with Catalytic Converters
• AEV Transmission Crossmember
• AEV ProCal Module
• Steel Battery Tray (OE or Optima Group 31)
• AEV Decal Package
• AEV Steering Relocation Bracket
• K&N Air Filter
• AEV Air Box Bracket
• Custom Flashed PCM
• AEV Aluminum Cross-Flow Radiator
• K&N Air Filter
• AEV Coolant Recovery Bottle
• Heavy Duty Transmission Cooler
• AEV Wire Harness (100% computer tested)
• Front Spring Spacers (to correct ride height)
• CNC-Bent 3-Piece Air Conditioning Line Set
• CNC-Bent 2-Piece Power Steering Line Set
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This past Saturday I have the fortune of jumping in with Lost Jeep SoCal on there Adopt-A-Trail day up on one of the San Bernardino Mountain trails.
The day starts with a quick meeting in the parking lot of the Cedar Spring Dam. Just to cover the day's events, who's doing what, and a quick hello.
From there it's straight to the trail for some work...and fun of course. Lost Jeeps SoCal is a local Jeep club here in Southern California, I have written some cool stuff about these folks, they are a great group of people.
Their Jeeps range from stock to hardcore, and the best thing about these guys...having fun and making new friends is not a problem at all. If you're interested in jumping in with the club, here's their Facebook Page: Lost Jeeps SoCal FB Page
In case you're not sure what Adopt-A-Trail is, it's pretty simple. Jeep (and other clubs) simply take on the maintenance of a trail or two in their local mountains. That maintenance is pretty basic, anyone can participate. You'll cut back some of the trees or bushes from the trail, keep the drains open, break down illegal fire pits, remove graffiti, and make simple repairs as needed. (I'm sure I'm missing stuff in there, but you get the point).
I love this program. It's such a great way for friends and families to get together and have some fun hanging out. All while focusing their energy and efforts on giving back. (Lost Jeeps SoCal is pretty darn good it too!)
Remember folks...it's not what we can take from this world, it's what we can give to it!
It's a great big world out there and I say... Let's go check it out!!
Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and moving. However, every year we hear multiple stories of lost hikers, and the the rescuers racing the clock to find them before its to late.
I put together a list that every hiker should make sure they look at and follow...The top 6 things every hiker should put in their packs.
1. Water. Hydration is crucial for survival. Although, you might be grumpy without food for a day out so, without water you might not make it. Most packs have hydration bladder pockets which work great. If not, carry your water. It is a must have! Not a bad idea to throw some purification tablets in your pack as well.
2. GPS. Staying on the trail is your best bet, but if you happen venture off you better be able to get back right? Hand held GPS devices are great, but costly. Every smart phone has an app too. Just remember you'll be needing a signal to use them, and depending on where you're hiking...battery life will most likely be an issue. My personal favorite though...A good old compass and map! just make sure you know how to read them.
3. Fire. Ok, don't carry fire. It will hurt...A LOT! Carrying a way to create fire on the other hand, is a piece of cake. Nothing worse than fighting off a cold, dark night. Hypothermia is no joke and avoiding it is critical for survival. Lighters, waterproof matches, and magnesium are all great ways to start fires when needed. Just make sure you don't don't burn the Forrest down! Smart fire making only. :-)
4. Fuel. No not gas, come on. Body fuel. Bring some trail mix, bars, anything lightweight, and nutritional. Fruit is heavy and goes bad fast, and carrying a steak in your pocket...will probably just make you the snack.
5. First Aid. Some type of first aid kit is the best. Make sure it has the basics, an emergency blacket and something for sterilization.
6. Knife. Last but not least, a good knife. Your knife can be used for all kinds of things. If you're in a survival situation, your knife will make your life way easier.
There you have it. My 6 things to carry in your pack. Now...go have some fun, be safe, and respect nature.
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