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Month: October 2016

Don’t lose your rig to rust, prep for winter!

Don’t lose your rig to rust, prep for winter!

If you have ever seen the bottom of a vehicle that is from an area that requires snow and ice prevention, you know what it does. Lately, transportation departments have employed some new countermeasures that, while very effective at snow and ice prevention, are down right brutal to the metal on your precious ride. Today, you will not only find granular sodium chloride (salt), magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate, and potassium acetate, but also liquid forms are being used…

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It’s winter prep time!

It’s winter prep time!

Yep, it’s that time of year…. It’s time to prep the Jeeps for winter and try our best to slow the cancer that the salted roads creates. Last year we used a product from WD40 that worked pretty well but everyone tells me Fluid Film is where it’s at… So we are giving it a go! Time will tell…

Hellcat-Powered Grand Cherokee Spied on the Street

Hellcat-Powered Grand Cherokee Spied on the Street

Turn up the volume (you’ll have to because it’s far more composed than I would like) and enjoy the sound of the 707HP supercharged asphalt eater! Video is courtesy of YouTuber Sinister Life who spied the lightly-camouflaged Cherokee rolling around Detroit. I know some of you will argue it’s just another 470HP SRT Cherokee, but check out those giant Brembo brakes at about 2:14 and who could miss the belt-driven supercharger whine?   What do you think? Hellcat or Homebrew?…

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Rausch Creek October 15th, 2016 “Fall Season Closer Run”

Rausch Creek October 15th, 2016 “Fall Season Closer Run”

Every year we tend to wrap up our heavy off-roading season in mid to late fall so that we have time to clean and protect our rigs before winter (and its salted roads). This year there were only three rigs that were able to make it, but the small group size helped us keep a fast paced day with lots of trail coverage. We began our day on CV Trail to Walk in the Park. Then, we took the hill…

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Shimmy, Thump, and Pfffffffflat!

Shimmy, Thump, and Pfffffffflat!

  We need to get caught up on a few things here…. We noticed the new rubber had audible “thumps” while driving at highway speeds and a slight shimmy was felt in the steering wheel late last week. So, just before we headed out for our little weekend adventure (more on that later), we did a front to back rotation to try to identify the culprit tire. Sadly, there was no change which means they all need to be rebalanced….

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Lifted Trailhawk VS Stock Limited

Lifted Trailhawk VS Stock Limited

We happened to park next to a standard stock KL Cherokee over the weekend… It illustrates the differences between the Trailhawk, lift, and tires we have changed pretty well. Granted we are comparing to a standard Cherokee, but still… 😉

KL Cherokee Trailhawk Fender Liner and Pinch Seam Trim for Larger Tires

KL Cherokee Trailhawk Fender Liner and Pinch Seam Trim for Larger Tires

Whether you are a fan of them or not, the KL Cherokee is still a Jeep and this means its owners will likely want to modify it. We are certainly no different! Although our plans are to keep our KL build mild, we still wanted a little bit better stance and larger tires that would offer just a bit more ground clearance. We are still fairly new to the KL and its nuances, but others have been experimenting and building…

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Slave Cylinder?

Slave Cylinder?

Whelp… it sounds like the slave cylinder is about to go (popping and creaking). Mrs. SSS has been taking advantage of the good weather and driving Dirty all week for some naked Jeep time and noticed it tonight on the way home. Hopefully, the issue is just this or the master cylinder as much more and we will be done with this Jeep for the season. According to the interwebs, this is a fairly common issue. We went ahead and…

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How about ground clearance?

How about ground clearance?

I just finished trimming the fender and pinch seams (I may have some tweaking to do yet) and will work on the article this weekend. While I was out there I took some measurements now that Klondike is at the ride height she will be at for the foreseeable future. She has 12″ of clearance to the ground on an almost completely flat belly. The only exceptions are at the front lower arms which at their lowest point are 10″…

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31×10.50 Tires ON!

31×10.50 Tires ON!

Having sold the Firestone tires that came on Klondike, we were in the market for new rubber and fast. Since we had so much luck with the Goodyear Duratracs that were on Lil-Punkin’, the choice was easy. Especially since there are so few options in this tire size and even less if you are looking for a passenger tire and not a heavy load “LT”. Luckily, the local shop had some available in the size we wanted and just like…

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