Broken Axle Housing Lessons

Broken Jeep axle housing resuly

Clara was my 2009 Rubicon Unlimited, with C-gussets and lower control arm skids on her factory Dana 44 axle housing. She was wearing a 2.5” Teraflex suspension and factory BFG KM1’s at the time of the incident described here.   “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his … [Read more...]

Parade of Jeeps – Field Reporter

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By: Stephanie Ambabo If you're looking for something fun to do with your Jeep or Jeep club, find a local parade!  Many parades love to have Jeeps on board for their events and Jeepers usually love to participate.  This is the Milan (Michigan) Christmas parade, which brings thousands of families out to watch the lights, floats and … [Read more...]

Rebelle Rally: First Ever U.S. Off-road Navigation Rally Raid

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JPFreek is thrilled to share the announcement of the Rebelle Rally, the first-ever women's off-road, multi-day, navigation rally raid using paper maps and compasses (no GPS or cellphones). Based on the idea behind the incredible Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco, this rally will be held in the southwest U.S. in October 2016 and is open to the … [Read more...]

DIY Jeep Wrangler JK Breather Hose Extensions

Breather end, drivers side

Extending the breather hoses on the JK Wrangler is great insurance - I want my Jeep to be capable of deep water crossings without worrying about replacing all my fluids soon after. In remote Africa, that likely won't be an option. I'd much rather DIY it than buy an expensive kit, the below cost me under $30 and took about an hour. Things to … [Read more...]

DIY Jeep Wrangler JK Kill Switch

Factory grommet for rear wiper fluid - very top corner of firewall on drivers side

A hidden kill switch is great theft deterrence - even if someone manages to get your keys, they still won’t be able to start the Jeep. It’s an easy DIY on the cheap, total time is something like 30 - 45 minutes. Things to buy A small momentary switch like this: Momentary car push button switch Some wire like this: 12ga 25' Red/Black hookup … [Read more...]

DIY Jeep Wrangler JK grab bar RAM ball mount

DIY Jeep Wrangler JK grab bar RAM ball mount for less than $12

I've wanted to add a GPS RAM Ball mount to my Jeep JK Wrangler for a long time, and I finally figured out a way to do it DIY on the cheap. Total build/install time is 20 minutes or less. Things to buy This Ram Mount Motorcycle Handlebar Clamp Base with M8 Screws from Amazon. Three M8 nuts from your local hardware store for something … [Read more...]

Camp NL VIII Event Report – Field Reporter

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JPFreek Field Reporter Brian Sibbles sent in his story on Camp NL VIII and won our September contest and a $50 gift card from ExtremeTerrain.com! Submit your story now for your chance next month! Day One: A warm Thursday morning with beautiful clear skies, the '88 YJ is on the trailer and the truck is loaded, en-route to Minden, Ontario for … [Read more...]

Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build Progress 3

Turbo Diesel JK Wrangler

Work continues on the build for my Africa bound JK Unlimited Rubicon, with Ron at Northwest Diesel Offroad getting closer to wrapping up the diesel conversion. The adapter required us to move the crank trigger wheel to the front of the engine - this is so the Jeep PCM will know the engine is running. I had to make it legit with a … [Read more...]

Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build Progress 2

Test fitting the Warn Zeon 10-S and AEV Front bumper

The build of my Africa-bound JK Rubicon is really coming along, with progress in a lot of different areas. The engine bay of the JK was never designed for an inline 6, so we're short on length, one of the biggest challenges of this conversion.  We've had to move the radiator forward a couple of inches, and changed over to the fan and shroud from … [Read more...]