Must-have Emergency Gear
100' of heavy-duty rope
Good spare tire
Can of aerosol "flat repair"
Tire Repair kit
Basic vehicle repair tools
Engine Coolant/Quart of Engine Oil in Plastic container
Air pump/compressor or bicycle tire pump
2 Gallons per person of extra water
Comprehensive First Aid Kit
Baling wire & Duct Tape
Ground Cloth or Tarp
Heavy duty Flashlight (spare batteries & bulb)
Shop Towels and/or Roll of Paper Towels
Winch & gear (highly recommended for solo treks)
Many of these items and Jeep Wrangler accessories can be
found at ExtremeTerrain - Jeep Wrangler Parts & Accessories ...
including tow straps, tire repair kits, tire gauges,
|Wax on, Wax off
Got a stubborn bolt that's rusted
or seized? Try heating it up with a blow torch and apply candle wax to the
treads. For really stubborn bolts you may have to reheat it a few times and
re-apply the candle wax to the threads but as wax is applied to the heated bolt
threads the wax is sucked down into the rust just as flux pulls solder into a
pipe joint. As the wax cools it acts as a lubricant, helping to free up the
bolt. A recent conversation with a friend in the racing business had the
pleasure of an old spark snapping off with the threads still lodged in the
engine. Heating the plug and block around the spark plug and applying candle
wax a few times allowed what was left of the old plug to be extracted with an
The Jeep Wave!
An honor bestowed upon
those drivers with the superior intelligence, taste, class, and discomfort
tolerance to own the ultimate vehicle - the Jeep. Generally consists of
vigorous side-to-side motion of one or both hands, but may be modified to
suit circumstances and locally accepted etiquette.
the Rules of the Wave, click here!
Reseat a Bead:
you have unseated your tire on the trail, you can usually get the bead
reseated without removing the wheel and tire from the vehicle. Jack
up the vehicle until the tire is off the ground, make sure there is no
dirt or rock between the rim and seat, and push or pull the tire on the
rim as best you can while a buddy fills the tire with compresses air or
co2. You might try a little water or soda, or whatever to lubricate
the bead surface. If the bead is really stubborn or you blew both
inner and outer beads, you can remove the tire and wheel, put a ratchet
strap around the circumference, and tighten the strap just enough to press
the tire towards the rim. Use just enough air to get the bead
started, remove the strap before you try to seat the bead and fill the
use High and Low Range:
For traction when the area
isn't steep, when stuck in sand, extremely slippery
conditions, snow, ice, rocky, gravel roads, gullies, extremely muddy areas
On wet, slippery surfaces,
passing through sandy
areas, on rough trails, through shallow water, rock-climbing, climbing steep hills,
through mud and descending steep
Engage low-range before you need it. Don't operate 4WD on hard
Filters: There are 4 basic kinds, Paper, Cotton, Foam and Dry
You might be unpleasantly surprised to find that there isn't much that will filter better. They have been standard equipment
on vehicles for years. The downside is when they get dirty, their
effectiveness remains constant, but airflow decreases.
The most common, is usually pleated to create a more effective filtering
surface. Generally, this filter is a good idea that works
well. It lets more airflow into the engine than a paper element.
Foam: Traps a good amount of dirt by using oil to trap and hold
dirt particulates. It is reusable but can be easily over-oiled.
Synthetic: It's new, made of 100% synthetic plastic that
is almost impossible to displace or tear. It uses no oil and
is reusable. The best of all worlds.
Pack supplies, tools and extra gear, just in case. Be sure the gear is
secured inside the vehicle so it doesn't bounce around while you're
Know the underside of your vehicle.
Look under your vehicle and learn where the lowest-hanging parts are
located so you can avoid damaging them.
Learn your angles. Study and know
your approach and departure angles—as well as your breakover angle—to
avoid damaging your vehicle.
Scout tricky terrain on foot. Don't
hesitate to get out of the vehicle to examine, up close, the terrain and
soil conditions. And be sure to scout out what's on the other side of a
hill ahead of time so there are no surprises.
Go slower than they do in TV
commercials. Drive "as slow as possible, as fast as
necessary." Remember to use the gears to efficiently manage engine
power, braking and torque.
Don't wrap your thumbs around the
steering wheel. Sudden steering wheel movements can result in injury.
Create a mental picture. Look
ahead and visualize the paths you want your tires to travel. Follow those
Drive straight up and down hills.
Avoid diagonal lines that put the vehicle in a situation where it might
Wear your seat belt and be safe.
Every electrical device
on your Jeep is connected to ground to complete the electrical circuit.
Some are connected by wire, some are bolted directly to the chassis.
Connecting directly to ground eliminates the need for a negative wire
running from the device to the chassis. An example of this is
your starter. When installing a component that uses a ground
strap, remove the rust and debris with a grinder to expose a place on the
frame to attach your negative connection. Use a star washer and
tighten the strap to the chassis. Coat over the completed
connection with a rust in-hibiting paint, this will seal out any moisture
and oxidation which would lower the amount of current that's able to flow
through that ground point. Also keep your battery terminals
tight and free of corrosion!
DJ '56 - and up Postal
'56 - '65 Forward Control
'01 - and up Liberty
'86 - '92 Comanche
SJ FSJ or Full Size Jeep, Wagoneer, Gladiator and M-715
'97 - and up Wrangler
VJ '48 - '50 Jeepster
WJ '99 - '04 Grand Cherokee
'05 Grand Cherokee
'84 - '01 Cherokee
YJ '87-'95/ '96 Wrangler
'93 - '98 Grand Cherokee
Know The Code!
equipped with a Chrysler computer ('91 and later models) and fuel
injection have a "fault code" feature in the engine controller.
This allows the engine controller to detect certain "faults" in
the system. The codes indicate the result of a failure, but do not
identify the failed component directly. The codes are displayed by the
CHECK ENGINE light flashing a sequence of two-digit codes.
display the codes...
rigs use greaseable joints and some do not. According to most
driveline guys, greaseable joints-properly and regularly lubed will
generally outlast the non-greaseable types by a wide margin. The
myth that non-greaseable joints are stronger is just that, a myth.
If you install a non-greaseable joint, pack it with the best grease
available at installation to help it last longer. Always use the
best grease available for u-joints.