How good are mud tires in the snow?

How good are mud tires in the snow?

We recently got 2 feet of snow dumped on us in New England so naturally, it was time to go have some fun. While I was at it, I decided to pay attention to the road handling characteristics of my 31″ Goodyear mud terrains in the snow Here are the non-technical results. It is fairly common knowledge that mud tires are as good or better than rock crawlers or all-terrains in most offroad situations. They are still very good on…

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Jeep XJ License Plate Light Fix

Jeep XJ License Plate Light Fix

This is a post about fixing that pesky license plate light, as well as other issues you may encounter due to broken wires at door and tailgate hinge points I recently got pulled over for having my license plate light out. I thought it was a simple bulb fix. But like with most issues with the Jeep, I was very wrong. After replacing the bulb and checking the fuses, all to no avail, I finally found a few probable causes…

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Will lifting your jeep make it unbalanced and unsafe?

Will lifting your jeep make it unbalanced and unsafe?

Ahh the age old dilemma – “To lift or not to lift”. For many of us there is only one answer to this question, but a more sensible person might want to consider things a bit. “That really depends” seems sensible. But “depends” is a really stupid answer. It’s not even an answer. Its a stupid into to whats undoubtedly going to be a stupid answer. So I am going to go ahead and say no, your jeep will not…

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This company builds Amazing Jeep XJ’s – That you can still take wheeling!

This company builds Amazing Jeep XJ’s – That you can still take wheeling!

A while back a stumbled on a youtube video of a nice modified Jeep Cherokee XJ. The video was a walkaround and the vehicle was for sale. The company that built it was Davis Autosports. Looking into what they do, I found out that they make tons of beautiful, purposeful, and capable XJ’s. I wanted to write a post about them, because their work is worth checking out. Their products are expensive, I admit. How do you feel about putting…

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Things to look for when buying a Jeep

Things to look for when buying a Jeep

Jeeps are amazing vehicles. There is nothing else like them. There are very few things that will make you feel like they do. There is a reason we fall in love with them. Even though, generally speaking, Jeeps are well built vehicles and easy to work on, they do tend to have a lot of issues. Here is what to watch out for when buying a used one. The XJ had a 17 year model run and there are some…

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Places to go wheeling in the North East – The Pine Barrens

Places to go wheeling in the North East – The Pine Barrens

Living in New England, we don’t have a lot of offroad parks. People here it seems just hate fun. I have been trying to find places to wheel for quite some time. This one is a gem. The Pine Barrens in New Jersey is amazing! If you live in the North East, it is definitely worth the drive, and even and overnight stay if you must. It is not a hardcore off-road park. Its mainly woods trails. There may be…

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Spend a little extra on quality tools – They make all the difference

Spend a little extra on quality tools – They make all the difference

We have all McGyvered a solution to a problem when we don’t have the right tools to solve it. When it works out, it feels awesome. The thing is, going by the rule of averages, most of the time it won’t work out, and will leave you frustrated, waste your time, or your money if you ruin whatever it is you are working on. Most McGyver fixes I know about involve using a bigass hammer and a blow torch to remove…

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Save yourself some dough on repairs – Diagnose your issue correctly

Save yourself some dough on repairs – Diagnose your issue correctly

Unlike my advice in the title suggests, I don’t do this. Ever. I don’t ever learn from past mistakes. When something brakes, I throw parts at it until something sticks. Expensive parts. I jump to a quick conclusion, convince myself that this it what is causing the problem and nothing else, and borrow a car to head down to Oreilly’s. More often than not, I am wrong though. Just the other day, after my brake failure fiasco, I got myself…

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