Wrangler

BREAKING: Wrangler JL dash caught — no cammo!

JL-interior

Mopar news site Allpar made headlines this morning, revealing an unobstructed view of the new JL Wrangler’s dash and center stack. The new layout is decidedly more civilized and car-like, abandoning the Wrangler’s traditional spartan layout.

What do you think, is this a good move for Wrangler, or is Fiat Chrysler diluting Jeep’s iconic DNA? Leave a comment below.

 

More on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler:

2018 Wrangler JL leaked!

Check out this report from Extreme Terrain, including additional *unmasked* photos and full-color renderings! And, expect more here as I have it.

Early images of the 2018 Wrangler have been leaked, confirming previous rumors and backing up a lot of spy photography.

via LEAKED! First Images Of The 2018 JL Wrangler — ExtremeTerrain.com Blog

10,000-mile update: Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

My 33-inch (285/70/17) Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs began their service life with tread blocks 18/32 of an inch deep. In my August 5,000-mile video review, I reported that depth to be 16/32, which projected a lifespan of about 40,000 miles. Six months later, with 10,000 miles now under their steel belts, my Duratracs’ tread depth has only dropped another 32nd, to 15/32″. (These are both four-tire averages, by the way. At 5,000 miles, there was a single tire among the four on the Jeep that still measured 17/32″. At 10,000, two of the four were right at 15/32″, with the other two a 32nd high and low, respectively.)

The corners of the tread blocks show only normal rounding, and I’ve not encountered any cupping, excessive pitting or any other sign of abnormal or premature wear. I’m continuing to use a five-tire rotation to maximize the set’s usefulness, and I still expect to get at least 40,000 miles’ service from the tires.

tread-comparo

I’ve used these tires in an array of environments, and have been very pleased with their performance:

On-road

The Duratracs continue to be a great choice for daily driving duties. Inflated to 28 psi, they’re quiet and comfortable. Traction on dry pavement is excellent. My street driving, imageparticularly at highway speeds, tends to demand a lot from tires that weren’t exactly designed for hard-charging corners, but I’ve never felt like the Goodyears were at risk of losing grip. The tires don’t miss a beat when the skies open up, either. Wet-pavement traction is just as solid. Dropping the 11.5-inch-wide Goodyears on one side of the Jeep into rainwater collecting along the roadway will, of course, pull the rig that direction, but this is to be expected with any wide truck/SUV tire.

While we’ve had a warmer-than-usual winter this year, what frozen precipitation has come our way has proved no match for the Duratracs. The tires have easily tackled snow up to about five inches with no slipping or other loss of control. On ice-covered roadways, I have seen occasional minor slippage, but only when starting from a standstill. I suspect this is simply my learning curve in applying the tires’ wider contact patch to the icy surface. That aside, both driving and braking are confidence-inspiring.

Off-road

rock-steps-010117I was very excited to finally move beyond the simple gravel roads to test the Duratracs’ mettle against some real off-road challenges. And, I’m happy to report they’ve not disappointed me here, either. They handled the local sandstone and other rock like smooth, dry pavement and impersonated a mud-terrain with easy when the going got just a little soupy. A big point of curiosity for me was how these tires would fare in the deep sand so common in my local wheeling environment. And, I must say, the Duratracs handled the fine sands brilliantly, never spinning a tire.

After more than a year of ownership, I continue to be impressed with the Duratracs. I’m looking forward to years of adventures with them.

 

Revealed! Jeep CJ-66 Concept

Mopar today pulled the wraps off its Jeep CJ-66 Concept at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The CJ-66 is a Frankenjeep, combining a TJ Wrangler frame, a 1966 CJ “Tuxedo Park” body and a 5.7-liter Dodge Challenger R/T-sourced Hemi crate engine. The 383-horse power plant moves a pair of Dana 44 axles via a six-speed transmission.

So, what do you think? Love it, or hate it, the CJ-66 is every bit the creation we’ve come to expect from Jeep concepts!

 

Learn more about the CJ-66 here:

As Jeep enthusiasts across the nation can tell by the new products all their favorite manufacturers have been announcing, it’s time for the annual Specialty Equipment Manufacturers’ Association show in Las Vegas.

And, in that vein, Teraflex took to YouTube Sunday to tease us with word it has developed a new line of shocks designed specifically for Jeep Wranglers. While the video, posted below, provides few details, it does promise new information will be coming via the company’s social media channels.

The Falcon by Teraflex shock line looks to supplant Fox’s segment among Jeep drivers. It will be interesting in the coming weeks and months to see how they stack up against the competition in both performance and price.