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  1. There was attempted theft of a 2016 Wrangler in our community last week. A neighbor heard something, turned on lights, and saw people running to a pickup and driving off. They probably came back later to to get mine. Guess that just because one lives in a nice community, doesn't keep the criminals from making late night visits. :-(
  2. We returned from vacation on Thursday evening to find that our 1998 Jeep Wrangler had been stolen from in front of our house while we were gone. If you see this vehicle, call the police immediately. It has a "Sulcata Edition" decal on both front quarter panels where the normal "Sahara Edition" decals would be.
  3. The estimated range of the BearTooth seems to be greater than either of the GoTenna options. But yeah, wish there was a common standard so they could all talk together on the same network. I think the BearTooth will need to get into REI stores, etc. too if they want to be successful. As far as satellite goes, I see this as a compliment to not a replacement for an Iridium phone. The satellite phone will always be good for emergencies. But these off-grid communication systems seem like a better tool for general in-group communication as there is no per-use cost. It is like CB radio for the modern age.
  4. HEMA now offers an app for North America: http://www.hemamaps.com/Home/~/link.aspx?_id=ED5D922B06094C73BC53D158A73721E2&_z=z Before they only were available in Australia.
  5. This was actually their second season. Their first season went to Alaska. It proved to be so successful online that they added a sponsorship from Toyota in the second season. They have a new season in the works but not sure where it is being filmed. Here is their website: http://www.xoverland.com
  6. I finally got around to replacing the resistor last week. The old one was a brittle rusty thing lodged full of cobwebs. I put in the new one, and cool... I now have all four fan speeds.
  7. My Wrangler has the A/C control with the knob (for controlling fan speed) and two sliders (for controlling temperature and mode). The fan only works on positions 3 and 4. After 30 minutes or so my face has formed icicles and there are penguins playing in the back seat. I really would prefer that the fan also operated on the 1 and 2 positions. Before I go tearing things apart, is there anything else I should be looking at besides replacing the fan speed knob?
  8. If you want a military-style gauge, check out these: http://shop.classicinstruments.com/ma00blfbz#
  9. I currently have the Rampage MSR H4 enclosures on my TJ with Silverstar Ultra bulbs. I have take a few large stones to the driver side light and now the lens is completely destroyed. This seems like a good time/excuse to upgrade to LED. I am trying to find the brightest DOT-approved LED replacements. I see Quadratec has a new LED housing... but the output is rated at at 599/1085 lumens vs. the Silverstar Ultra's 910/1500 lumens??? I definitely don't want anything dimmer than what I have now. What other alternatives are there?
  10. Oh yeah, I bought a set on ebay from a salvage yard. Color matched and everything.
  11. Thanks. What year was yours on? Auto or stick?
  12. Anyone here with a TJ have an AEV tummy tucker skid plate? If so, what are your impressions? The shovel of a stock skid plate is the only place I am really contacting on the mid-diffuiculty trails I run.
  13. Did anyone end up ordering one of these? I am looking for a replacement for my Garmin Rino 520. The tiny screen on the Rino just doesn't cut it anymore.
  14. I am looking for a set of functioning full doors for my Moss Green Pearlcoat-colored 1998 Sahara with the Saddle Interior. The glass and interior should be in good condition (no cracks).
  15. You can't drive at the Phoenix one. Somewhere, in small print on the site, it says drive your own isn't available at the auto show locations. Anyway, I went on Thursday. Since I had ridden in the Rubicon before, I took a ride in the new Grand Cherokee. Afterwards, I decided that I should to not eat lunch and instead save up money to buy BOTH a new Grand Cherokee and a new Wrangler. :-)
  16. Reminds me of this Far Side cartoon: http://media.photobucket.com/image/far+side+that+should+clear+/ivorycj/Far%2520Side/Clearup.jpg
  17. You may want to look at using some PEX plumbing. This is garden hose-like tubing that is used in new house construction instead of using copper for long runs (they still use copper for the short runs). It is rated at about 220F at 80PSI.
  18. I have a 2007 Commander with the HEMI. Mine is relatively stock -- although fully loaded -- except for some more agressive, slightly larger tires. I have the sunroof with the CommandView rear skylights and have had no problem with it. There were some models that had water issues due to a blocked drain seal. I believe there was a TSB that addressed that. The 3rd row might work if you have kids, but not really suited for adults due to limited leg room. There is no place for real footwells due to the solid row axle. I folded my third row down the first day I got it and I have only lifted it back up in place once in the four years. I know some people have removed the third row and put a pull out storage cabinent in it's place. With the second and third row both folded, you should be easily able to fit one of those Coleman SUV air mattresses. AEV never moved beyond their concept for the Commander. When the JK came along they moved almost exclusively to that as it was giving them more business than they could keep up with. There are lots of 2 - 2.5" budget boosts out there and then there is the Superlift 4" kit that AEV used for their WK and XK concepts. You need to get the AEV ProCal unit if you are doing any of the lifts or much larger tires or you will get driven nuts by the BAS/ESC/ABS/TPMS sensors. For bigger tires, you will most likely need to change the wheels to something with a different backspacing. There is a nut in the front suspension design that will rub against the tire if you go with anything larger than a 245/70R17 tire on a stock wheel. This is the size of tire I have on mine. You aren't going to find any lockers for them, but if you aren't doing rock crawling and get a Quadra-Drive II-equipped model you really don't need lockers. The Quadra-Drive II (front and rear electronic limited slip differentials) have been ranked by several of the off road magazines as one of the best all around 4WD systems in a stock vehicle. One thing to note about the 3.7L, I think it was available with a Quadra-Trac I system, which has NO LOW RANGE. You definitely want either the Quadra-Trac II or the Quadra-Drive II. You can see pics of mine here: http://www.rubicontrail.net/gallery.aspx?gallery=2007_jeep_commander
  19. On a 2008 Grand Cherokee, you should be able to fit bigger than 31's with a 2.25" lift. I have 245/70R17's on my 2007 Commander (same suspension as an 2008 WK). These are 30.6" overall diameter. So, I am guessing you could fit at least 32's with that amount of lift.
  20. I ran the Cobra 75WXST in my Cherokee with a properly tuned Firestik in my Cherokee. I was overall pleased with the performance but did have to replace the handset after the internals melted in the AZ heat. The replacement worked fine until I -- *sniff* *sniff* -- sold the Cherokee.
  21. CURRENT: 2007 Jeep Commander Limited (Click Here For Pictures) 1955 4WD Willys Pickup (Click Here For Pictures) 2005 Toyota Corolla CE (No Pictures) PAST: 2001 Jeep Cherokee 60th Anniversary Edition (Click Here For Pictures) -- Sold To Help Pay For Wedding 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE (No Pictures) -- My First Car, Bought Senior Year Of College, Traded In For Cherokee
  22. NICE! I will post a link to this from Facebook. The more people that are educated on responsible trail use, the better!
  23. The grey FSJ was built by Mopar, I believe on a J8 architecture: http://blogs.jpmagazine.com/6659709/editorials/jeep-spy-photos/index.html
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