Modifications Are Fun and Easy With a Jeep Wrangler

For the Wrangler, Jeep engine parts are plentiful and low-cost, so you can spend your time worrying about how to create the car of your dreams instead of worrying about how to stick to your budget. For example, you can purchase a new Wrangler header for a few hundred dollars, and with a little bit of work, you can dramatically boost your engine’s performance and efficiency. Even if you have an older Wrangler like the CJ series, you can still enjoy new, high-quality Jeep engine parts. While you may not be able to find certain official Jeep CJ engine parts, there are many high-quality replacements by third-party manufacturers that adhere to the original specifications established by Jeep. Just because you have a vintage Wrangler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it for years to come. While performance is the primary consideration of most people when they purchase Jeep engine parts, you shouldn’t forget that style is just as important when crafting an amazing ride. When you pop the hood, you want your friends and strangers alike to be impressed by a great looking engine. There are many affordable, easy-to-install parts to make your Jeep engine styling project a breeze. Odds are if you have an older Jeep, or even a Jeep that’s only a few years old, your valve covers are looking a little worse for wear. While this might not jump out at you as the first area you should improve when shopping for Jeep engine parts, it can make a world of difference in your enjoyment of the vehicle, and what others perceive. Jeep valve covers are the first things people see when they look at your engine, and if they look shabby, you’ve made a terrible first impression. New valve covers are very affordable and simple to install. If you want to spend a little more you can even get custom covers and logos on your valve covers to give your Wrangler that custom shop look.

Replacing your Jeep exhaust system is another smart investment in Jeep engine parts. Getting a new exhaust system is a great way to boost performance, style, resale value, and the sound of your engine all at the same time. This may require a larger investment than the other suggestions here, but putting some fresh pipes on your car can really make a world of difference. Finding the right Jeep engine parts for you is easy and fun, and your Jeep will never have looked so good or performed so well. Compare the widely varying and popular options and standard features on the Jeep Wrangler models Rubicon, Unlimited, and Sahara, which represent the best attributes the Jeep family can offer. You can choose a jeep wrangler cover waterproof with maximum utility and power or one with comforts and accents designed for optimum on and off-roading pleasure.

Rubicon

The Wrangler Rubicon joined the Jeep family in 2003. It features such goodies as special axles with high tech built-in locking differentials; a 4:1 low-range transfer case, 4.10:1 differential gears and diamond plate rocker panels. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The 2003 to 2006 models also feature 16-inch alloy wheels. The 2003 to 2004 model featured a standard NV3550 5-speed manual transmission. In 2005 that became the NSG370, a six-speed modeled on a Mercedes design. The Rubicon was modified for a limited-run promotional campaign and featured many options not found on the regular model.

TJ and JK Wrangler Unlimited

The Unlimited Jeep model came out in two trim styles, the TJ, and the JK. The TJ model was released to the market in 2004, and is also known by an unofficial designation of “LJ.” It featured a 10-inch longer wheelbase than the straight Wrangler, a 3:73 gear ratio, and a specialized 331 transfer case. There was also a Rubicon Unlimited, which has the wheelbase features of the Unlimited, and the off-road features of the Rubicon, which includes a front axle with locking differentials. The JK Unlimited model went on display in the spring of 2006, building on the TJ model with a 4-door option, and almost 21 inches added to the frame length. It features a 95.4″ wheelbase, a standard electronic stability program, optional seat-mounted side airbags, remote keyless entry, navigation system, and satellite radio. The JK Unlimited comes with more standard equipment and options than any previous Jeep Wrangler. Interestingly, it is the only 4-door convertible available in the U.S., as the Hummer H1 ragtop is no longer available to civilians. There was even an Unlimited model designed for military use, called the J8. This Jeep model does everything bigger than a standard Unlimited and is powered by a 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It has a special air-intake system with filtration designed for desert combat.

Sahara

In 2005, a limited-edition Sahara Unlimited Rubicon was released, only 1,000 of which were made. Both the X and Sahara trim options included 2×4 rear-wheel drive in the United States. The Sahara model was in a light khaki color and has such features as a chrome grill, color matched flares, khaki colored hard top or soft top options, graphite wheels, two-tone premium seats, and taillight guards. There is also a special Sahara spare tire cover and Sahara decals on the vehicle, as well as a numerical dash badge. This article is not about a great, Industry mover and shaker that adorns the cover of Entrepreneur, Fast Company, INC magazine or turns up on your favorite search engine. Rather, this is a short quip to recognize a quiet, Industry contributor that has faded from our ranks. It’s odd how life events take shape and unfold. For years, this individual has been a sounding board for ideas and approaches. Some held water, while others were off the wall, but worth consideration. We always had a rousing exchange with continuous stimulation and challenge. Accessible and willing, this individual’s insights and perspectives were different from what could be gathered from the rest of the leveraged, Industry wolf pack. This individual was a unique, strategic thinker with an off beat, proverbial out of box mentality on almost everything that he looked at and decided to participate in. Even when he worked for an employer, one knew it was his sandbox by the atmosphere he created around his domain and the people he enrolled. This was well grounded with a solid foundation of decades of experience in quality systems, continuous Improvement practices, program management fundamentals and a little dabbling in Marketing.

This was an interesting blend.

The marketing was easy for him to comprehend at the high level, although he needed guidance and support to understand how to put it to practice. He put value and kept a sharp eye on the external domain. This is the world of the market, customer and competition and he mastered the balance, between the internal (introspection) and the external drivers to achieve effectiveness. He parlayed a long, Industry career into doing his own thing. He set up a shop in Hollywood California and labeled himself the Master Wrangler. This expressed his depth, but challenged all comers to send him the toughest problems and challenges. During those years, we corresponded regularly. He tapped my brain for market program ideas or we defined the framework for a new campaign for one of his clients. He was a product of the high-tech industry, although most of his clients ranged from notable entertainers to key financiers. It was an interesting mix and some challenging projects came from this. Awhile back, he suggested that we author an Industry article, which would leverage his systematic practices and my marketing expertise. This was an effective blend and we began talking it up and structuring the baseline. We were both driven to write something that was not already available, with the objective of providing our industry associates something that could be put to practice. We wanted to avoid producing another paper model or big picture strategy. Something stalled the process. The co-author went silent. Attempts were made to contact him, although nobody was home. About two weeks later, we received a note that his medical condition caught up with him and he was gone. The guy who lived by always “being ahead of the curve” faded and few noticed his departure. Some time has passed, although the unfinished article has been nagging at me. It became clear that without Mike Shearer’s wit, far side perspective, wry humor and process orientation, the article would remain unfinished. This work is not in the same league, although it is like not finishing Beethoven’s tenth symphony (not sixth). This short article is a tribute to an industry associate, well rounded professional and friend that the rest of the world did not have the privilege of knowing or gaining from his teachings.

Good Hunting wherever you are, Mike!

Copyright 2013

Edmond Hennessy

Performance Marketing Group

Edmond Hennessy is a seasoned, well recognized veteran in the COTS embedded market. He has authored many works including the “Mission-Ready COTS” industry guidebook, “COTS Supportability & the Life-Cycle Proposition” and “Beyond COTS: Repackaging, Reformatting & Tech Transfers.” He has participated in key industry panels, has been a keynote speaker in E-casts dedicated to signal processing applications and has been tapped as an industry executive to comment on disruptive and emerging technologies. The focus is on the Defense & Military, Homeland Security and Healthcare/Medical target segments. Mr. Hennessy heads up the Performance Marketing Group (PMG), a private market programs firm. Despite the Jeep Compass signature features such as the seven-slot grille, round lights, and four-wheel drive, this Jeep is also making quite a noise at the lower end of the SUV market. Designed to attract young car buyers with age ranging from the mid-20s to late 30s, the Compass is quite smaller in size compared to the other existing model. At close inspection, one can tell that the Compass styling is a mixture of slinky curves and chiseled angles that need to be seen in order to be appreciated. Although the Jeep Compass may be considered quite eccentric as compared to other SUVs but there is something endearing about the Compass’ styling. Jeep, by the way, preferred to call their Jeep Compass URV short for the urban recreational vehicle. The Compass is more like its cousin the Dodge’s Caliber in the sense that the two share the same foundation plus some other parts and accessories like Jeep door handle cover taken from the Daimler Chrysler parts bin. But despite the similarities, the Caliber and the Compass have ended distinct from each other. The Compass’ interior is also a maze of hard plastics which includes the aluminum-look surround used for the center console. The cabin was also made tolerable with the use of the nifty two-toned leather seats that have made the dark interior more subtle. The seats were very comfortable except for the steering column beating down on your kneecaps whenever any footwork is required.

If you not used to lounge behind the steering wheel then you’re in for a surprise with the Boston Acoustics sound system at full tilt lolling will somehow make sense. There is also a set of speakers mounted on the tailgate and can be unclipped once you want to take the party out the car. The Compass provides a load space of up to 170 cm3 of space with all the seats folded down. The luggage area is covered with a hardy nylon floor cover that can be removed and washed any time. All of the Compass Limited models are equipped with heated leather seats, power windows, power heated side mirrors, six-disc MP3 compatible CD changer, adjustable steering and a hard sliding armrest located at the top of the center console. In terms of safety equipment the Compass is equipped with dual front airbags and side curtain airbags, ABS complete with off-road calibration, ESP with yaw sensors, traction control with brake assist and electronic roll mitigation. All of the 18 inch alloys are connected to a standard tire pressure monitor. The Compass will also have the MacPherson strut and multi-link arrangement that is a first for any Jeep vehicle. Jeep Compass will also feature the Freedom Drive all-wheel drive system which cab be manually engaged at any speed by using a bright chrome lever placed just above the hand brake lever. Another first for Jeep is the 2.4 liter World Engine which was developed in partnership with Hyundai and Mitsubishi is also offered in the Compass. The 16-valve four cylinder delivers 125 kW at 6000 r/min and 220 Nm at 4500 r/min.

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