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?


Seizing opportunities

Painted fenders

I’ve been eyeing a set of Nemesis Crawler fenders as an alternative to lifting Smokey before I upgrade my tires early next year. That plan took a detour today, as I stumbled across someone local to me selling a set of Jk Sahara take-off fenders for a price that was too good to pass up.

I’d given up on the idea of finding factory painted fenders for a reasonable price, and I’m looking forward to weather warm enough to permit me to swap out my fenders. The Nemesis flares? Oh, I’m sure I’ll get to them eventually, but I can live with these a few years and focus on other areas of Smokey’s build-up.

All (mostly) better

A little grinding, some primer and paint, and my rear bumper is all well again.

Gladiator is here!

It’s been a long time coming, but a pickup truck is finally returning to the Jeep stable after being without for more than 25 years. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show offering class-leading towing and 4×4 payload figures, Jeep-worthy off-road capabilities, a Wrangler-inspired design and a healthy helping of technology features.

Compared to the Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator’s new frame is stretched 31 inches with a wheelbase that’s 19.4 inches longer. The suspension consists of a lateral and four longitudinal control arms up front shared with the Wrangler, while the rear rides on a five-link coil suspension exclusive to the Jeep pickup for improved on-road ride comfort.

Read the full story and see more photos here:

Hell hath frozen over!

Did you think any body-on-frame vehicle would ever again win Motor Trend‘s SUV of the Year award, let alone a Jeep?