Jeeps: 3 awesome mods to make this fall
Some of you will recognize this acronym: Jeep – Just.Empty.Every.Pocket. Love ’em. But it’s really easy to pile on the modifications for fun, value or both.
With fall upon us, those who are Jeep-lovers will be making big plans for Jeep autumn festivals, nice evenings with cool, brisk air with the tops and doors off, and last but not least – making plans for their new modifications.
If you own a Jeep or are in the market to buy one of these perfect fall time vehicles, there is a fun mystery that our VP of partner success, Zach Burns, wanted to let you in on. “It is believed that the Jeep Wrangler has 7 slots in the grille because it was the first vehicle to be sold in all seven continents due to its incredible durability in World War II,” said Zach. “A lot of us Jeepsters have heard this and think it’s cool, although it is hard to prove the legitimacy of this mystery.”
Here’s some more interesting history for you:
Ford first designed the distinctive stamped and slotted steel grille into its cars. This was lighter, used less resources, and was not as costly to produce. Along with many other design features innovated by Ford, this was adopted by Willys and implemented into the standard World War II Jeep by April 1942.
Now that you’ve just learned a little about the history behind this vehicle and just how awesome the Jeep really is, let’s talk about the cool modifications you can make to really transform your Jeep this fall:
- Winch – These are necessary if you ever fear the possibility of an emergency. If you get stuck in a cramped space and cannot get your Jeep out, a winch is often your only solution to free a stuck vehicle. If a Jeep rolls, a winch is usually the only way to save the Jeep. The cost of a winch varies along with the installation fees, but we found winch costs varying anywhere between $200 and $1,700. Synthetic rope or steel cable are the two big options. Synthetic is lighter, safer and a little more expensive and you want the pull capacity to be able 2 to 3X the vehicle weight.
- Terrain Tires – Think about your everyday driving conditions and upgrade accordingly. Are you off-roading every day after work? Getting stuck in the deep mud holes? Rock crawling? Standard rock crawlers do well with M/T or A/T tires, but if you really like to get dirty in the mud, then you might want to consider a swamper tire. Size is a key player in this decision. We noticed the cost of terrain tires vary anywhere from $1,000 to $3,200 for a set of 5 tires (depending on the size, of course).
- Lift Kits – Everyone loves a good lift kit. It gives your Jeep that “bad mama jama” kind of look. Adding a lift to your Jeep helps increase clearance, break over angle, approach angle, and departure angle. The price of the lift kit depends on the size, Jeep, make and model, etc with prices varying anywhere from $500 to $,6000+.
If you’re in the market to modify your Jeep, we’ve found three great websites you can browse on. Extremeterrain.com, 4wheelparts.com and quadratec.com are great places to start. If you’re in need of a little extra money to help make these modifications possible, Get started with your loan application right now.
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