It’s actually snowing outside! So far, there’s no real accumulation to speak of, but maybe we’ll get lucky and this will continue into the evening.

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That’s better!

The job took longer than I expected. That’s mostly because, after I removed my grey plastic factory fenders, I was shocked at the number of places they’d rubbed through the paint and primer to reveal shiny steel underneath. I made sure to properly grind, prime and paint each spot before moving forward with each fender’s installation.

Stubborn PlugThen, there was the side-marker light that didn’t want to go back into its plug. And, there was the square clip for the other marker light that had turned brittle with age, and took more finesse in removing and reinstalling in the new fender.

Such unexpected hiccups are what make wrenching on Jeeps memorable.

In the end, though, I couldn’t be happier with the results. This is what Smokey should have looked like from the factory.

I’m a little torn over Jeep’s Gladiator ad for tonight’s game. While the idea is cool, did Jeep have to destroy a classic to make this spot?

What are your thoughts?

LIVE: King of the Hammers!

It’s finally here! Live coverage of King of the Hammers 2019 starts tomorrow — Saturday, Feb. 2. Below is a livestream link and coverage schedule. All times are Pacific.

Watch KOH live – click here!

Schedule

Saturday February 2, 2019 
  • Pre Running Full Course
  • 10 a.m. – Mandatory Can AM UTV drivers meeting
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Can AM UTV qualifying on short course
Sunday February 3, 2019 
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Can Am UTV race, presented by HCR
  • 6 p.m. – Kickoff party
  • 7 to 8 p.m. – Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Monday February 4, 2019 
  • Pre-running day
  • 9 a.m. – Qualifying driver meeting for 4WP EMC
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 4500/4800 qualifying on short course
  • Noon – Vendor show opens
  • 4:30 p.m. – Drivers meeting for 4400 qualifying
  • 5 p.m. – Drivers meeting for shootout
  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Holley EFi Shootout, presented by KMC, King & ASC
Tuesday February 5, 2019 
  • 8 a.m. – 4400 Qualifying on short course
  • Noon to 6 p.m. – 4WP EMC tech and contingency
  • Noon to 8 p.m. – Vendor hours in Hammertown
  • 3:45 p.m. – Awards ceremony for shootout participants
  • 5 p.m. – Qualifying closes
  • 5:30 p.m. – Pit Crew Challenge, sponsored by Pro Eagle, Buggy Whips, Raceline, & Boxo Tools
  • 7 p.m. Drivers meeting, EMC racers
  • 8 to 9 p.m. –  Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Wednesday February 6, 2019 
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. –  4WP EMC Race
  • Noon to 2 p.m. – Toyo Desert Invitational Race tech and contingency
  • Noon to 8 p.m. – Vendor hours in Hammertown
  • 7 p.m. – Drivers meeting for Toyo Desert Invitational
  • 8 p.m. – Volunteer meeting
  • 8 p.m. – King Shocks party
  • 8 to 9 p.m. –  Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Thursday February 7, 2019
  • 8 a.m. – Prologue to Toyo Desert Invitational, presented by Monster Energy
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Toyo Desert Invitational, presented by Monster Energy
  • Noon to 7 p.m. – KOH Tech and contingency
  • Noon to 8 p.m. – Vendor hours in Hammertown
  • 6 p.m. – Volunteer dinner
  • 7 p.m. – Drivers meeting for King of the Hammers Race
  • 7 p.m. – Rigid Industries poker run
  • 8 p.m. – Volunteer meeting
  • 8 to 9 p.m. –  Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Friday February 8, 2019
  • 6 a.m. – Drivers line up, Nitto King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Nitto King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries
Saturday February 9, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. – Awards ceremony, UTV – KOH – EMC
  • 10:30 a.m. – Genright KOH, The Experience
fender clip

Courtesy of Amazon, a bag of clips for my new painted fenders is on its way. Now, to find warm enough weather and, more importantly, time to wash off the Jeep so I can install them …