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If Jeep truly isn’t teasing us, i hope this will apply to the Gladiator, because if so, Smokey will be getting a stablemate!

Pain in the rear!

This weekend, I finally got around to rotating my tires. I’d been putting it off nearly a month now.

It’s a simple job, of course, but since relocating my license plate to my spare tire, remounting the plate anytime it’s removed has been a literal pain in my backside. The tabs on my tire carrier could stand to be a quarter-inch or more longer to make the job manageable for anyone with human-sized hands, and I’ve decided I’m going this week to purchase longer bolts to ease the job of (1) holding the plate bracket in place, (2) feeding the bolt and washer through the tiny hole where an easy-adjusting slot should be and (3) simultaneously installing the lock nut.

I’m already dreading having to tackle this the next time!

What a mess!

I guess it’s time to replace my DIY window leak fix again. After yesterday afternoon’s rain, Smokey was wet and ripe! Nothing like coming out after work and finding your vehicle smells like a middle-school gym!

If you’re like me, and fought a leaky JK soft top, here’s how I fixed mine. It’s a temporary fix that has to be reapplied several times a year, but it’s cheap and easy:

First look: The (never) finished product

It’s been a long time coming, but Smokey looks good with the addition of her three-inch Teraflex lift. Admittedly, the difference is less dramatic since I was removing a 1.5-inch leveling kit and taller-than-original springs and already have beefy front and rear steel bumpers, but there’s clearly room now to fit some 35s by early next year.

Here’s how the ride-height results break down by corner after letting the springs settle in over a couple of hundred miles:

img_6361-1Front left: 3.5”

Front right: 3.5”

Rear left: 2.165”

Rear right: 2.415”

I’m moving terribly slowly, so it’s taking forever, but installation of my new Teraflex three-inch lift, track bars, Sport arms and brake lines is starting to come together!