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!

Guess who’s a happy camper?

All but one of my packages arrived today. And, aside from one item containing an I’m-returning-this email from a previous purchaser, everything seems to be in order. Watch for product installs, to follow soon!

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.

Bronco or Bust? Leaked images may show upcoming Wrangler competitor

Images of an upcoming Ford SUV were leaked today following a Ford dealer meeting. The images show a smallish, sporty-looking ‘ute sporting an aggressive stance and round headlights.

Is this the promised Bronco, coming (allegedly) to challenge Jeep’s off-road dominance, or is it a Focus-based SUV that also will be taking up space on dealer lots?

Click here to learn more: https://www.off-road.com/blog/2018/11/13/photos-of-2020-ford-bronco-leak-from-dealer-meeting/


Image courtesy off-road.com.