Episode 407 – Rolling Smooth With Timken

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“Do you even lift, Bro? Well, whether you lift or not, chances are, if you are listening right now, you probably drive a Wrangler or know someone who does. When it comes to jacking up your Jeep, there are several things you need to take into consideration depending on your personal usage, budget, and even desired tire size. To help make lifting your Wrangler as easy-peesey as possible, the writers at ExtremeTerrain have compiled their definitive guide to Jeep Wrangler lift kits—AND ITS JACKED!

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This Week In Jeep:

By The Skin of His Teeth

Ok, Imagine this…. You are Trooper Ruben Correa, who has been with the Utah Highway Patrol for two years, and you’re responding to a routine traffic stop when you get a call from dispatch about a vehicle on train tracks not far from your current location.  Sounds like a lead up to a scene straight out of a TV cop drama, right? In fact, it actually happened earlier this week. Correa immediately left the traffic stop and began to drive down the freeway using his spotlight to search for the vehicle that he had just gotten word of. It didn’t take long to find the vehicle in question, a 4 door Jeep Wrangler, down an embankment, sitting across the railroad tracks. The driver of the Jeep, a man in his 20s, was unconscious, and a medical issue had caused him to drive off the nearby highway and onto the tracks. The trooper ended up arriving just in the nick of time. As soon as he exited his vehicle, he heard the train. It took 35 seconds from when Trooper Correa got out of his patrol car, to when the train hit the stranded Jeep, said Sgt. Nick Street, the spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol. “At that point, I actually wasn’t really thinking,” Correa said. “I was just doing my job.” Due to the quick actions of the officer, the man was pulled from his Jeep with literally just seconds, and by meer feet to spare, before the train collided with the Wrangler. The trooper and the driver were still just feet away on the embankment when the train came through. The Utah Highway Patrol called Correa’s actions “incredible and heroic.”  After being rescued, the driver was checked out by medical personnel is doing well according to reports. The exact nature of the medical condition has not yet been released. 

Current Jeep Owners Now Eligible For Loyalty Discount On Gladiator

Incentives are once again reducing the price of the Jeep Gladiator for some buyers. But not all. The latest enticement is a loyalty bonus for existing Jeep owners that slices $1,000 right off the top of the pickup’s price. If you are eligible, you will receive an actual coupon for the offer either electronically or in the mail. Unlike the last deal that came down the pike, which was just a lease by the way, this is a little more attractive.  The last offer you could get a Gladiator for as little as $143 a month for 24 months but you were limited to just 10,000 miles per year. Yea, no thanks. I’d like to DRIVE my new Jeep and not just keep it chained up in the garage. Those offers ended in September anyways and were here and gone before you knew it. This one has a little more time behind it. The incentive runs through January 2, so if you’re still on the fence about owning a new Gladiator, there’s no rush. This new deal almost sounds too good to be true, and some of you might be wondering “what the catch is.”  If there is a downside to this offer, it’s that it excludes the top of the line Rubicon trim. But, someone could still apply the discount to the Sport, Sport S, or even Overland trims, though, so it’s not all bad. Online reports show that dealers are rarely stocking base variants with few options anyways, so the chances are good that you can save on a Gladiator that suits your needs and wants. The average asking price for a new Gladiator is around $40,000 so any discount at all (I think) can be appreciated. IF you end up getting one of these coupons, we want to see it! Be sure to send us a pic, or post on our facebook page.

Wrangler Talk:

Sleeving Your Axle Tube

Hello JTS Listener on this week’s Wrangler Talk we are going to be covering sleeving your axle tubes. So first let’s talk about what sleeving your axle is. Sleeving your axle tube is the process of plug welding or pressing in another metal tube into your axle tube doubling the thickness of your axle tube. From the factory a Dana 30 and Dana 44 come with two and half inch axle tubes with a tube thickness of a quarter inch and well yes that might be a good strong choice when you are driving to the mall. Although when you starting to hit the trails and rock climbing your axles start to take a bit more abuse especially when you have larger tires on your rig. Remember Jeep designed the Jeep Wrangler with the mindset that this jeep will have 29-31-inch tires on it for its lifetime and it will not need a stronger axle. So, when we start making modification to our jeeps by putting a lift and tires on your jeep we are increasing the overall weight the axles must support. After we start increasing the amount of weight they must support the overall abuse the axle must endure increases as well and the weakest link of these two different axles are the axle tubes. One of the most common axle failure is getting a bend in one of the axle tubes or cracking the tube itself. So one of the ways to increase the strength of your axle tube is by sleeving the axle tubes and there are two different styles of axle tube sleeves, the weld in sleeve and there is the press fit sleeve. In my experience the weld in sleeves are much easier to work with and install. However, both types of sleeve serve the same purpose. So let’s talk about the actual process of sleeving your axle tubes and I want to say sleeving your axle tubes is not for the faint of heart. For both processes you have to disassemble each side of the front axle and pull your axle shafts out. With your axle shafts removed you can start the sleeving of the axle tubes and this is where the processes split. So, for the weld in kind this process might take a bit longer however, working with the weld in sleeves are much easier to work with. The reason why weld in sleeves are easier to work with is because they are machined down so they will slide freely in and out of the axle tube. So, to start the process of welding in your sleeves you are going to have to drill a set number of holes in your axle tubes, normally you have to drill 6 evenly spaced holes on the shorter side of the axle assembly and 10 holes on the larger side of the axle at least that is what it what was when I sleeved my axle tubes. Yes, this is why I said sleeving your axle tubes is not for the faint of heart. These holes that you will be drilling will provide the spots at which you will be plug welding your axle tube to the sleeve making it all one unit. So, after prepping your welding surfaces and cleaning out your axle tubes you will make all your plug welds and reassemble your axle. Now when it comes to press in sleeves, they can be a bit tricky. Press in sleeves are machined down as well however they are machined to an exact fit for the axle tube and requires a bit of force to insert them into the axle tubes. So, when pressing these axle sleeve into the tubes there is possibility that they might get stuck at a certain point in the tube and this creates a much larger problem, and this is why I prefer having weld in sleeves. Sleeving your axle tubes is a great and non-expensive way to increase the strength of your axle and ensure your axle can take the abuse you will be throwing at it when offroad. I have done the process of welding in sleeves and I would recommend doing it because of the peace of mind and strength that it adds to your Jeep. Well this concludes this week Wrangler talk on sleeving your axle tubes. Did I get something wrong or did I miss something? Or is there something you would like to hear about on the Wrangler Talk. Well go to our contact page at JeepTalkShow.com/contact and send us an email or leave us a voice message and we would be happy to answer any of your questions and Remember JTS listener stay tuned to next week where we will be covering upgrading your brakes for larger tires. Thank you for listening and talk to you next week.

Interview with:

Michael Gromosiak – Application Engineering – Timken (https://timken.com)

Mike is Chief Engineer – Mobile On-Highway – for the Timken Company, a world leading manufacturer of bearings and mechanical power transmission products.

In 1996 Mike started his Timken career as an Application Engineer focused on chassis and wheel end products for the North American light truck market.  His Engineering Team works on many light truck and SUV platforms in North America including the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Truck. Mike has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for 23 years serving as chairman of the Akron / Canton section of SAE from 2002 through 2004.

Most recently Mike has lectured at several key industry conferences focused on next generation automotive technologies for both axle and chassis products. Mike is extremely excited to visit the Jeep Talk Show Podcast and share Timken’s engagement with the Jeep Brand.  Don’t miss out on Timken’s give away!  Listen to this episode for details.

Tech Talk With Jeep Talk:

Repairing A Broken Rear Defrost

I have seen it a hundred times. A hard top Wrangler rolling down the street, windows all fogged up from a leaky freedom top, and the rear window has about a three stripes of clear glass on it, the rest – completely fogged up. Hell I’ve owned a vehicle or two over the years where the rear defrost only had a few lines of working defrost-ability, or it plain didn’t work at all. Sometimes the problem is more serious, like a relay or a broken wire somewhere. But, more often times than not, it’s simply a broken or burnt out trace in the glass. What I’m referring to are those little goldish brownish orangish colored lines that cross the back window. Just about every vehicle on the planet that has a reea window has these. They often consist of parallel linear resistive conductors in or on the glass. When power is applied, these conductors heat up, thawing ice and evaporating condensation from the glass. These conductors may be composed of a silver-ceramic material printed and baked onto the interior surface of the glass, or may be a series of very fine wires embedded within the glass. If you have the kind that is embedded within the glass, unfortunately, the window will need to be replaced, as there is no way to service this kind of rear defroster. The surface-printed variety is prone to damage by abrasion, you can actually feel the conductors if you run your fingernail up the inside of the rear window. If you have the surface mounted kind of rear defroster, it can be repaired easily with a conductive paint material. Repair kits for this very task can be found at virtually any and every parts store across the land. My favorite is the Permatex Quick Grid Repair Kit. These go for about $10 to $15, and have everything you need to repair that broken conductor trace on your rear window. The process involves cleaning the window, masking off the area you want to work on , and secure the included template in just the right position over the broken trace. Then you simply paint on a new conductive line where the old one was broken. If you take care in the prep work, and follow the instructions, you’ll be defrosting that whole window again in no time.

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Jeep Weather:

Hey Jeeper, its Mitch and it’s time for your weekend Going Topless-Jeep Weather Report.  Let’s start by Going Topless in Rutland, Vermont. Rutland is out by Green Mountain National Forest. There it will be cloudy and 48 on Friday, 52 for Saturday and 57 for Sunday. There isn’t a rule saying you can’t be topless and run your heater.  Keep your heater on and Go Topless in Yellowstone National Forest, Wyoming. There it will be snowing this weekend with 32 on Friday and Saturday and 28 on Sunday. Just a note: I’m of Scottish decent so ditching underwear and wearing wool clothes in the snow sounds fun!   Alright, so you aren’t quite ready for winter like me, then Go Topless in Corpus Christi, Texas. It will be sunny on Friday of 84 and Saturday of 92, on Sunday it will be partly cloudy and 88 degrees.  If you are looking for perfect weather to work on your winter tan, make someone’s day and Go Topless in Joshua Tree National Park, California. Out here it will be consistent and sunny all weekend: 81 for Friday, 84 Saturday, and 81 on Sunday.  If you have any suggestions or want to know YOUR local weather in an upcoming episode. Just reach out to me at JeepTalkShow.com slash contact. It’s always great weekend to Go Topless if you’re brave enough! Just Go Topless responsibly.

Wheeling Where:

Trucks Gone Wild
November 7-10
Redneck Mud Park – Punta Gorda, Florida
More Info: https://trucksgonewild.com/

The Worldwide Leader in Off Road Entertainment. Mud Bogging, Mega Trucks, ATVs, UTVs and The Biggest Parties in the Mud

SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Markets Assoc.)
November 5th – 8th
Las Vegas, Nevada
More Info: https://www.semashow.com/

Links Mentioned in Episode 407
Extreme Terrain Scholorships: https://www.extremeterrain.com/scholarships.html

Ep 94: Tony May and Rigs & Kids

Presented by @nexentireusa

After recapping the Rigs & Kids event @smtoyota with @_robdaman we talk to Tony May from @jeepnationtv

Interviews and Mentions:

36m57s-Bryan Taylor @ivdynamics

38m17s- Mike Mamic @smtoyota

46m40s: Ryan @bossstrongbox

1h04m47s @redlandsjeep

Episode 406 – American Expedition Vehicles is Here!

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Whether you are upgrading your Jeep’s suspension, swapping axles, changing trannies or modifying your transfer case, one component of your Jeep almost always demands attention—the driveshaft. It’s the critical link in your drive line, and a sensitive one at that. A little off here, a little off there, and if you’re not careful, you could find yourself in big trouble somewhere you can least afford it.  This is why you should put your trust in the biggest name in drive shafts, Tom Woods. Just go to 4XShaft.com find out more, that’s 4XShaft.com

“Do you even lift, Bro? Well, whether you lift or not, chances are, if you are listening right now, you probably drive a Wrangler or know someone who does. When it comes to jacking up your Jeep, there are several things you need to take into consideration depending on your personal usage, budget, and even desired tire size. To help make lifting your Wrangler as easy-peesey as possible, the writers at ExtremeTerrain have compiled their definitive guide to Jeep Wrangler lift kits—AND ITS JACKED!

Nexen tire has been around for 77 years.  Nexen has made passenger and SUV tires along with street performance for many years, and most recently have started making off road tires. The Nexen Roadian MTX is an amazing long lasting off road tire with it’s all around fantastic performance in mud or rocks.  Find out more about Nexen tires by going to nexen tire u s a dot com right now.  That’s http://nexentireusa.com/

This Week In Jeep:

Back From The Dead

Hurricane Dorian was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. From that storm came many stories of harrowing disaster, and a massive cry for humanitarian support for those affected. Then there was that iconic picture framing the epitome of lack of common sense. You know the one…where someone thought it would be a good idea to park their grand cherokee on the wet sand during a hurricane to do some “storm watching.” The pictures went viral, as did countless videos of random people climbing up on  the roof during its last moments for a quick selfie and a claim to fame being photographed with the ill fated Jeep. Many were in an uproar as authorities had no plans to risk themselves or their equipment to try and recover the vehicle during Dorians landfall, essentially sealing the Jeeps fate. Oddly enough the person who drove that Jeep out onto the beach during a hurricane WASN’T the owner. I’m personally glad to hear a Jeep owner wasn’t actually that stupid. It turns out that the actual owners of the Jeep loaned it to a cousin because the weather had turned too dangerous for him to ride his motorcycle. This ever so brilliant cousin drove the vehicle onto the beach to get video of the sunrise over the crashing waves. The Jeep obviously got stuck, and no towing service in their right mind was willing to remove it as Dorian approached Myrtle Beach. The then doomed Jeep quickly  became a TV and social media sensation, and one man even serenaded the Jeep with ‘Amazing Grace’ on bagpipes. The Jeep surprisingly enough, did NOT get washed out to sea, and WAS (believe it or not) eventually recovered after Dorian passed. It is of course a complete and total loss. And even though the owners wanted to buy it back from the insurance company, the company refused stating the Jeep was too much of a health risk to ever be occupied by humans again for any length of time. That hasn’t stopped the owners from capitalizing on the Jeeps fame however. They explained to the insurance company the role the Jeep played in the hurricane coverage and that their goal was to help the Bahamas through the Jeep’s popularity. So the company gave the couple a year’s grace period to use it just for that. The red Jeep (now dry and set up for display purposes) will appear at the Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway next week,  Its owners are using the Jeep to raise money for Dorian victims in the Bahamas through a GoFundMe account, with all donations going to UNICEF.

If you talk by using emojis, you’re vocabulary (thankfully for the rest of us) just got smaller. 

If you’ve listened to the show for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard me touting just how much I have gone out of my way to ensure that I or anyone in my family never own a single Apple device. As a former DJ I have a laundry list of reasons that I used to avoid their products like the plague. That being said I couldn’t be happier for all those who DO have apple devices and use them and our iOS app to download and listen to the show. Just know that it would probably be easier and sound better on an Android device instead. But I digress. This week, Apple did something that on the surface may have a lot of people in the Jeep world upset. Especially those who can’t form proper sentence syntax without using smiley faces, egg plants, and finger gestures. But I for one, as well as the entire Jeep corporation couldn’t be happier.  In its latest iOS update, Apple has removed “Jeep” from the list of words that generate an emoji that looks like a small, blue utility vehicle. In other words, Apple clearly has no idea what a Jeep looks like, (I mean it’s not like Jeep more or less has used the same overall vehicle shape for over 75 YEARS OR ANYTHING!) And in Apple;s infinite wisdom authorised what looks to be a super accurate representation of Fiats smallest vehicle or a SMART car to represent the iconic offroader. Jeep is known for relentlessly protecting its trademark, because the name is often used as a generic term for an off-road vehicle by people who are too ignorant and lazy to learn how to speak using proper terminology. Its interesting to know that there is literally not a single other automaker’s name who launches a car related emoji, but it does show up as a selection when you type car, SUV or automobile into a message. So why did Jeep get picked over say Lamborghini or Ferrari? But while Jeep is making the incredibly smart move to distance itself from stupid immature and overly generic emoji associations, Ford has decided to go all in earlier this year, and submitted a pickup emoji that it designed to the Unicode Consortium, which doesn’t currently recognize one and has made no indication it ever plans to. Smooth move ford. 

Wrangler Talk:

Hello JTS listeners on this week’s Wrangler talk we are going to cover Lockers and the different types of lockers on the market. So first off, most jeeps, unless you have a Rubicon, do not have lockers in them from the factory, this is what we call having open differentials. Meaning that one tire is free to move at a different speed then the tire on the opposite side of the axle which is very important when having your jeep just as a daily driver mostly driving around on dry pavement where there is a lot of traction. This type of open differential is mostly important for making turns because when you are making a turn around a corner or something the inside wheel will spin a slower rate than the outside wheel which could be problematic if you had a locker. So a lockers is a mechanical mechanism in the differential that when engaged or “Locked” links the two wheels on each side on one common shaft. Meaning that when the locker is engaged both tires must rotate at the same speed regardless the amount of traction that each tire has. So as you can see this would be very beneficial when you are off road and there is limited traction on some of your wheels or if one wheel is not touching the ground any longer. So as we can see that lockers are very useful in off road conditions there are a couple of different styles of lockers on the market. The two most common lockers that I see being used in the off-road community is the Eaton E-locker and the ARB Air locker. The Eaton E-locker come stock on all Rubicons and is a tried and true proven reliable locker. They are electronically actuated by providing a 12V power source to a solenoid engaging and disengaging the locking mechanism located inside the differential. The main benefit of having an Eaton E-locker is that you don’t have to worry much about external components failing when out on the trails, the systems only comprised of a switch and the locker itself. Secondly the other most common locker is the ARB Air locker, which uses compressed air to actuate the locking mechanism in the differential. ARB lockers are some of the strongest lockers on the market and has one of the best reputations too. However, there is a down fall to air lockers and that is if you spring a leak in one of your air lines or inside the differential housing the locker will not engage and return to being an open differential. Although ARB lockers do require more components because they are actuated with compressed air so when getting ARB lockers, you also need to install an onboard air compressor and some other components to supply the air to the differential housings. Although one other benefit of having air lockers on your rig you will also be able to use that air compressor for compressed air out on the trails and depending on the rating of the compressor you might be even able to run air tools from it. So finally, the last type of locker on the market is a mechanical actuated locker that is cable driven. The most common mechanical locker is the OX locker. The main benefit of having a mechanical locker is well that it is mechanical, you don’t have to worry about supplying it with any electricity or air to engage and disengage it. Secondly if for some reason the cable breaks OX does provide a plug or pin system that you can use to engage the lockers all the time or fully disengage it when you get off the trails. So with all the different types of lockers on the market there really isn’t a locker that completely surpasses all the others. They each work in their own way but they all serve the same purpose of connecting both tires on some solid axle forcing both wheels to spin as the same speed. This concludes this week’s wrangler talk and remember if you have any more question feel free to contact us at jeep talk show dot com slash contact and we will be happy to answer any more question and please stay tune for next week wrangler talk where we will be covering sleeving your axle tubes and the process behind it, thank you for listening and talk to you next week.

Jeep Life:

Jeep Momma Fired!

They finally fired me at my job. I am now unemployed. It’s been a stressful 2 weeks. Neil’s Maggie May Engine woes. We went from Plan A to Plan F. Neil is finally on the way! We both have had our share of bad luck these past 2 weeks. My ball joints and pinion flange to personal female health issues to Neil’s maggie may issues to money woes.  But that’s we are persevering! It’s what Jeepers do. We adapt to the road ahead of us.  Tammy’s Final Day Before The Big Trans America Trail Adventure

Interview with:

Matt Feldermann – Marketing Manager at American Expedition Vehicles Inc.

Matt Feldermann is the Marketing Manager at American Expedition Vehicles. He has been with them a little over 7 years but has been in the aftermarket industry for the past 20. Matt likes Philly sports, metal, rotary powered race cars and raccoons. Matt and his wife just had a baby boy back in June named Chase, so his life is pretty much consumed with either work or baby stuff right now. AEV’s website is www.aev-conversions.com

Nicky G:

Introduces us to his imaginary friend Bill.

Jeep Weather:

Hey Jeeper, its Mitch and it’s time for your weekly Jeep Weather Report. That’s where I suggest places to Go Topless this weekend! Since we read left to right here: let’s start in Portland, Oregon it will be cloudy all weekend with a chance of rain. 65 on Friday, 57 on Saturday and 58 on Sunday. Just leave your top over your shoulders for accessibility when it rains.  If you want to check off your yearly polar bear swim early while Jeeping, then you can go topless in the forecasted hottest location in Canada this weekend. Victoria, British Columbia is 54 on Friday, and 53 on Saturday and Sunday. To make it a true polar bear drive, it will be raining off and on all weekend. That is a three for one deal: a polar bear drive, in a Jeep, while topless. Now if nippily days and getting wet isn’t your kind of Topless Jeeping, then I have a place for you! Virginia Beach, Virginia is in the temperate neutral zone for Homo sapiens. 70 on Friday, and 72 for Saturday and Sunday. Mother Nature is providing clouds for your Topless . . . Jeep Instagram pictures, just make sure they are within policy to post or just send them to us directly. If clouds aren’t your thing and no tan lines is important to you, then go Topless in Mesa, Arizona. It will be sunny with 85 for Friday, 89 for Saturday and Sunday. If you have any suggestions or want to know YOUR local weather for the weekend. Just reach out to me at JeepTalkShow.com/contact and send me a message. It’s always great weekend to Go Topless if you’re brave enough! Just Go Topless responsibly.

Wheeling Where:

California Four Wheel Drive Association – Panamint Valley Days
November 8th – 11th
Trona, California
More Info: https://cal4wheel.com/panamint-valley-days

This event is a fundraiser for Cal4Wheel. All funds raised go to support the daily operations of the association, as well as fund our natural resource consultants (John and Jeff), to help with conservation projects and the education of the public in the proper use of our beautiful outdoors and to keep our land open for all to enjoy.

SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Markets Assoc.)
November 5th – 8th
Las Vegas, Nevada
More Info: https://www.semashow.com/

Links Mentioned in Episode 406: 

American Expedition Vehicles Inc.

Tom Woods Drive Shafts – http://4xshaft.com/
Extreme Terrain – https://www.extremeterrain.com/axial-jeep-wrangler-parts.html
NEXEN Tires – http://nexentireusa.com/