Jeep News for 3/31/2010

March 31, 2010

There’s a lot going on out there in the world of Jeep this week, so we tried to condense it into one blog entry for our loyal readers.  Enjoy!

Chrysler plans to lauch production for the new Jeep Grand Cherokee on March 3 with sales kicking off in July – Automotive

Chrysler on track to break even in 2010 according to Sergio Marchionne – MSNBC

Customized Chryslers put to off-road tests – Detroit News

Check out the Jeep NuKizer 715!  Wow! –

5 Lucky Jeepers to dig in a giant sandbox.  1st one to find the golden tiki wins a Jeep Wrangler Islander Edition – USA Today

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How to: Carry a Canoe, Kayak, or Surfboard on your Jeep Wrangler

March 29, 2010

Spring has sprung here in Upstate, NY.  The snowmelt and March rains have brought our rivers to full flow and our ponds and lakes into prime recreation levels.  It’s time to bust out those kayaks and canoes!  We get many requests on how to carry them to water with your Jeep Wrangler.  You’ll need to start with one of two base systems:

1.  The first is for 1997-2010 Jeep Wranglers with either no top or with the soft top down, which makes it ideal for sunny days.  You’ll need to start with our Jeep Base Rack Kit (Part#45058) by Thule which includes footers (to attach to your Jeep’s roll bars) and Thule 58″ Load Bars (to attach a carrier to.)  You will also need either a Jeep Kayak Rack, a Jeep Canoe Carrier, or Jeep Surfboard Carrier (if you live near the beach) to carry your vessel.

2. The other option is for the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-2013) with a hard top.  Start with the Hardtop Base System for Jeep Wranglers (Part# 300).  This will include the footers that attach directly to the hardtop and the Thule 58″ cross rails. UPDATE (5.15.12)- See this post for more on carrying a kayak on a Jeep Wrangler JK.

Next you’ll need to attach a carrier to the base rack set up.  To carry a kayak on your Jeep Wrangler, choose either the Jeep Wrangler Kayak Rack (Thule Stacker #830), which can hold up to four kayaks, or the Thule Glide and Set (Thule #883).  To carry a canoe, use the Jeep Wrangler Canoe Carrier (Thule #579XT), which holds one canoe per carrier.  For all you lucky dogs on the coast that need to carry surfboards, use the Jeep Wrangler Surfboard Rack (Thule #554XT) to bring up to two boards to the beach.

This is just another way we want to help you get out there and have fun!  Enjoy!

Round-the-World Jeep Expedition prepares to cross the Chukchi Sea

March 24, 2010

When we last heard from the Extrem Events Jeep Expedition led by Matthias Jeschke, our adventurer’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimiteds were bogged down in the frozen weather of Siberian Russia.  We knew that they had started back up on Dec. 29, 2009 and planned on pulling into New York sometime this Summer.  According to the Toledo Blade:

“The expedition last week reached the Russian village of Uelen, the easternmost settlement in Asia and approximately 56 miles across the frozen waters of the Chukchi Sea from Wales, Alaska. The temperature in Wales yesterday was -17 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.

“Once again, waiting is necessary – and that’s not easy. It costs just as much nerves as the actual driving,” wrote Matthias Jeschke, the 39-year-old father of two who heads Extrem Events, an adventure group based in Limburg, Germany. Mr. Jeschke in 2007 broke a world altitude record for production vehicles by driving a Wrangler to an altitude of 21,837 feet and nearing the summit of Ojos del Salado, a volcano in Chile…

The two Wrangler Unlimiteds have crossed Europe and Asia towing massive trailers that carry giant outrigger pontoons. Those pontoons are to be affixed to the Jeeps for the treacherous crossing across the sea ice, as a precaution in case the SUVs break through. Plans call for a small outboard motor to also be attached to the Jeeps as a precaution, while the expedition members don survival suits for the dangerous sea journey.

“Regarding the weather, it looks really bad at the moment,” Mr. Jeschke wrote in his most recent posting from Uelen. “Therefore we wait and prepare ourselves. We use the time to sort and arrange the equipment, we try on our survival suits, we prepare the first-aid kits, we repair and modify the technical equipment like lamps, telephones, notebooks, the wiring, etc., we break our Bunny Boots in, study maps, hold conversations with whale and seal hunters about the currents, the ice, weather and ice conditions.” The expedition originally expected to roll into New York City in May, 2009, but is now expected to make it by the end of June. (2010)”

Good luck and Godspeed, gentleman.  We can’t wait to see you in New York. – JW

To read the full article in the Toledo Blade click here.

“Moparized” Jeeps to debut at Moab 2010

March 17, 2010

From our friends at egmCarTech:

“Mopar has released sketches for the 44th Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah which takes place from March 27 through April 4.

Chrysler  fifth brand has prepared a total of four vehicles that have been “Moparized” for the big show.”


Jeep Wrangler J7: built off a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and designed to have the basic appeal of military-issued vehicles.

Jeep Patriot Extreme: a Sunburst Orange Jeep Patriot model equipped with the Trail-Rated off-road package and added a 2-inch Rocky Road Outfitters suspension lift, TJ ‘Moab’ 16-inch wheels, and BF Goodrich KM2 tires .

Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss: a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that is built for serious off-road duty.”

To see the sketches, click here.

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