We went out tonight to check the aim on my new Rigid D2s. I’d already adjusted them down, thinking they were too high. I guess I should have let them be!

Watch for a short video, coming soon …


Random stranger in store parking lot: “I like your Jeep, man. It looks good.”

Me: Thank you, sir. I appreciate that.”

Can I tell you, that never gets old!

My package arrived — fun things to come soon!

So many of us in the same boat! #TBT

Longtime followers of this site may recall its evolution: Begun as a place to document my (incredibly slow) build, I also created posts to document ideas I was considering for the Jeep or comparing similar products about which I’d not made up my mind.

About the same time my fledgling build stalled, I also began receiving comments and the occasional email from readers who were in the same place I was. These folks were new to the Jeeping world and knew as little as I did about turning wrenches. So, I began adding posts on maintenance or highlighting several products in a given category.¬†You see, I’m that annoying researcher type of consumer. I rarely purchase anything I haven’t read up on and know backward and forward. I may not have practical experience with it, but my head is swimming in all the stats and figures.

Lift Comp Screen GrabSo, STJ became not just a place to document Smokey’s evolution, but a (hopefully) helpful guide for novice Jeepers. As such, there are a few posts that are perpetually among the most-visited on the site. Among them is my first lift kit comparison, first shared June 9, 2015. At the time, I was debating 2.5-inch lift kits by American Expedition Vehicles and Teraflex, but had recently been turned onto one of Metalcloak’s kits and reputation for excellence.

Some 7,500 of you have found value in this post, and it continues to pop up almost daily among STJ’s most-viewed pages. This comparison prompted another look at lift kits, replacing AEV in the lineup with one of Rock Krawler’s popular kits.

I’m gratified by the literally tens of thousands of you who visit this site, and by those of you who are encouraged to continue your own Jeep explorations by what you see here. Like you, I’ll keep learning, experimenting and modifying. And, I encourage you to keep commenting publicly or emailing me at I’m glad you’re along for the ride!