Author: Cary

About Cary

Currently a nonprofit marketing official, Cary R. Varnado also has worked as a writer, award-winning designer and copy editor since 1998. Passionate about multimedia’s role in modern worship, he also has been employed in church media ministry, where he gained experience with website design, projection technology and video production. Cary is a military brat. He was born in Mississippi and also was reared in Nebraska, Texas and Montana. In addition to spending time with his wife, their two young children and numerous pets, Cary is an avid follower of the automotive industry and enjoys reading, bad movies and the outdoors.

Jeep’s Chinese cloud-mapper

Motor Trend is reporting Jeep’s debut of the Yuntu Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Yutu, loosely translated as “cloud map”, is a seven-seat, plug-in hybrid SUV targeted at China’s growing SUV market. There are no current plans to bring it to the U.S.

Check out the full MT report here:

Superwinch unveiled its new premium EXP winch models at SEMA last year, but in all honesty, I missed it. That’s a tragedy, too, because the interwebs are mum on much detail (including pricing, which I’m betting hasn’t been set, though I’d expect a Warn Zeon-level cost) about this cool new winch. Superwinch, though, recently shared a video by FourWheeler on their Facebook page highlighting it’s ground-breaking features. Check it out!


I’ve spent most of my four-day weekend working in one way or another, so I used this afternoon to wash Smokey, followed by two coats of wax, a good vacuum and an interior detailing. Yes, I’m tired, but that shine is worth it!

A little help …

To the Jeeper searching our site to learn whether or not AEV’s 3.5-inch lift maintains the factory nose-down take, the answer is yes. All AEV lifts maintain the rake. A few Jeeps have unique-enough weight distribution that they sit nearly level post-lift, but AEV does intend to keep the nose-down stance. 

Hope this helps! Post up a comment and let us know what lift you end up going with. Or, check out @SmokeyTheJeep on Instagram, and tag us in a pic of your ride. 
Happy Jeeping!

After getting fed up with leaks at the top of my A-pillar that have slowly gotten worse since shortly after I bought the Jeep, I began looking at replacement-top options. In doing so, I accidentally stumbled onto a solution to my problem. Watch the video above to learn more.