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Steering - bump steer after a lift

The 4x4Wire JK recently underwent a slight transformation - from stock to gears, lockers, and lift. That change included new (larger) tires. But, that change did not include replacing the steering damper. Extended road driving pointed out the need to upgrade the steering damper in order to reduce vibration caused by the larger tires on certain sections of road.

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The Michigan-based performance off road powerhouse now offers five staged packages with increasing levels of hardware and capabilities for Jeep lovers.

Adrian, MI (Oct., 2012) – VWerks, a specialty vehicle builder and off road parts manufacturer, announced today its new dealer direct program for Jeep Wranglers that customizes JKs to make them look more extreme and be more off-road capable. Through select dealerships, customers can now order Jeeps upfitted with additional hardware to match the level of off-road ability they need and desire.

“We want to customize the Jeep experience,” says Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. “Whether you want a vehicle that looks more menacing than your average Jeep, or you want something capable of crawling over the rocks on a mountain trail, we have a package that fits you.”

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Daystar Hood Wrangler Install

Daystar Hood WranglerEvery JK owner will notice that strange little hood movement known as “hood flutter”.  That is when you pass a semi on an windy day and you see your hood start to lift.  The 2007 and newer JK Wrangler stock hood latches are prone to stretching which allows movement of the hood.  As an easy fix, Daystar Products has introduced the Hood Wrangler, polyurethane replacements for the stock rubber hood latch.  Installation is easy, less than an hour from start to finish, provided you have a the right stuff on hand.

The Daystar Products replacement kit includes necessary parts and instructions.  What the instructions don’t tell you is the size of nut holding the hood latch.  And, more important, the location of the nut provides a challenge to fit a wrench and loosen the nut.

First, it is easy to find where the nut is located.  Yes, there is plenty of room around it, but, access is tight.  To make it real easy to replace the hood latch, remove the radiator or the fenders; slightly more than a one hour job.

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The standard low-mount snorkel system from Rugged Ridge.

The standard Modular XHD Snorkel System comes with a low-mount intake that is located away from the front of the vehicle, a safer position that prevents dangerous exposure to water during fording of rivers and streams. An optional high-mount ‘ram’ accessory moves the air intake up an additional 21-inches to the top of the windshield for deeper water crossing. The new design also benefits from the ability to draw cool air from outside the hot engine bay.

Rugged Ridge’s snorkel is manufactured from durable, heavy gauge plastic, mandrel bent aluminum and high temperature silicone connecting hoses. A built-in valve allows owners to clean and drain a catch basin, preventing water from entering the intake system while out on the trail. Because this system retains the use of factory style air filters, it is not compatible with other aftermarket cold air intake kits and snorkels.

"When JK owners were asked online what they would like in a snorkel design, the response was overwhelming,” said Matt Stanesic, Director of Engineering at Omix-ADA. “Feedback poured in, starting an amazing interactive process between JK owners and our engineers to work together on a totally new concept. After extensive research and development, the new Modular XHD Snorkel System is finally a reality, delivering on the best of these ideas and creating a revolutionary new product.”

Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Snorkel Systems are covered by an industry leading three-year limited warranty and are available online and through select Jeep and off-road parts/accessories retailers nationwide, starting at $319.99. For more information on Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find an approved retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at (770) 614-6101 or visit their website at http://www.RuggedRidgeOffroad.com.

  • Modular XHD Snorkel System with Low Mount Intake, 07-11 Wrangler 3.8L – Part Number: 17756.06
  • High Mount RAM Intake for Modular XHD Snorkel System, 07-11 Wrangler 3.8L* – Part Number:  17756.07 (*Part#17756.06 needed to complete the Modular XHD Snorkel System)
  • Modular XHD Snorkel System with Low and High Mount Intakes, 07-11 Wrangler 3.8L – Part Number: 17756.20

Omix-ADA®, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep®, truck and off-road parts, accessories and floor liners. For nearly two decades, Omix-ADA has designed, tested and manufactured more than 16,000 of the highest quality restoration and replacement parts and accessories. The Omix-ADA family of brands, Rugged Ridge®, Alloy USA®, Outland® and Precision Gear® are distributed throughout the USA and in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, please call Omix-ADA, headquartered in Suwanee, GA at 770-614-6101 or visit http://www.omix-ada.com.


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Available in pairs of either front or rear doors, each kit includes two Half Doors, factory-style hinges, lockable handles, door straps, interior grab handles, interior storage pockets, mounting hardware and a step-by-step installation guide. Like all Rugged Ridge products, the Half Doors carry the peace of mind of an industry-leading three-year warranty.

Rugged Ridge Half Doors are available online and through select Jeep® parts & accessories and off-road retailers nationwide for $799.99/pair. For more information on the Jeep® Half Doors, Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep® and off-road products or to find an approved retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at (770)-614-6101 or visit http://www.ruggedridgeoffroad.com.

About Rugged Ridge
For nearly two decades, Rugged Ridge has designed, tested and manufactured the highest quality parts and accessories for Jeep® vehicles. As a division of OMIX-Ada, the leader in replacement parts for Jeep® vehicles, Rugged Ridge has been helping enthusiasts build the 4x4 of their dreams with a well-established pedigree in the off-road market.

About Omix-Ada
Omix-Ada is the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep® parts and accessories. Headquartered in Suwanee, Ga., Omix-Ada’s products are distributed throughout the USA and in more than 50 countries worldwide. As the parent company of Rugged Ridge®, ORV by Rugged Ridge®, Alloy USA®, Outland® and Precision Gear®, Omix-Ada® Inc manufactures more than 16,000 Jeep® off-road, restoration and replacement parts and accessories. For more information, please call Omix-ADA at 770-614-6101 or visit www.omix-ada.com.

Jeep® is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.


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