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Jp Reader Letters To The Editor

Posted in Features on August 10, 2018
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Get Your Show On

I would like to see if you were interested in doing an article on the Southern CJ Fall Swap & Show, which we hold two times a year in north Georgia. It generates around 70 to 80 Jeeps, including CJs, Cherokees, Willys, and military Jeeps. Hundreds of people come to the show; many have parts to sell. At the last show, we had Jeeps from 13 different states and even two families that made the trip down from Canada just for the show. We have everything from low-mileage originals to well-used trail rigs.

The shows are the last Saturday of March and September. Our fall show is normally bigger. As far as I know, there is not another show like this in the U.S. It’s held at our farm and we would love to invite you to come check us out. We have a raffle and raise money to donate to someone in the Jeep community or someone close to them. For more info check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/southerncjjeep.
Dawn Gotsch Abbott
Via facebook.com/jpmag

Thanks for the info! We always love to hear about Jeep-specific events, especially Jeep swap meets with deals we can’t say no to. If you have a Jeep event that you want to let other Jeep enthusiasts know about, let us help you spread the word to the people who need to know about it. Drop us a line at jpeditor@jpmagazine.com, and don’t forget to include any website or contact info readers might need to learn more about your Jeep event.

Nena Knows JL

Great Magazine! The Nena Knows Jeeps column about the JL (Aug. ’18) was very informative. It has left me with a couple questions though.
1: Is the Mopar 2-inch lift a leveling kit, or a complete lift kit?
2: Do you plan on adding lower axle gearing to the Jeeps you add the 35- and 37-inch tires to?
Keep up the good work!
Steven R.
Highland, CA

Nena replies:
Thanks for the kind words! The answers to your questions are:

1. The Mopar (mopar.com) 2-inch lift is a complete kit, including springs, sway bar links, Fox (ridefox.com) shocks, and front lower control arms. Note that we have incorporated a corrected spring retainer into this lift kit, as we experienced spring bowing that caused coil contact with the bumpstop. This corrected front spring retainer for JL is available from Mopar, as well as Daystar (daystarweb.com).

2. We do not regear the JL with 35-inch tires, but we do use the Mopar Vehicle Protection (MVP) Custom Calibration contract to accurately reprogram for tire size. That program also allows you to reprogram for regearing. We will likely use the AEV (aev-conversions.com) ProCal for all of this when they become available for JL. The Mopar Custom Calibration is provided only by a service tech, and only over a period of two months. On our JL Rubicon models with 37-inch tires (we only have Rubicon JLs at this time), I have found the difference noticeable enough to desire regearing. I personally would prefer to regear to a 4.56:1 axle ratio, since the transmission seems to hunt a little more on hills with the factory 4.10 gears. Also, with the extra weight of 37-inch tires and the larger circumference, it does diminish some of that great JL pep on the highway, and the Jeep doesn’t crawl quite as well as I would like in the big rocks. Happy trails.

Sideways M715

Fell in love with the modern M715 pictured in the Sideways column (Aug. ’18). Online searches revealed a similar conversion kit for JKs, but the one pictured looks a little different. The windshield looks chopped, along with other mods. Earn my subscription money and track it down for an article.
Bruce S.
Via email

The modern-day trashcan gray–colored M715 you are referring to is the Nukizer M715 concept Jeep. The Mopar Underground crew debuted it, along with several other concept Jeeps at the ’10 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Jp did do a full feature on the Mopar Nukizer M715. You can find it here: bit.ly/2K1UPKP.

If you are interested in building your own Gladiator-grilled JK, you can purchase a front clip conversion kit from Chris Durham Motorsports (cdmracing.com).

Four-Cylinder Fan

It’s a far cry from a Jeep, but my wife recently picked up an Alfa Romeo Giulia and I absolutely love it. I keep making excuses to drive it because of the copious amounts of torque available early in the powerband. It just pulls and pulls and is a thrill to drive. For comparison, she traded in an ATS with the GM version of a 2.0L turbo with similar numbers on paper, but the experience isn’t even close, in large part due to the superior engine in the Alfa.

With the ever-expanding dimensions of each subsequent generation of Wrangler, I wasn't exactly impressed when I first heard that the new JL was getting a turbo four-cylinder, especially as an option. But then a couple days ago I heard the engine going into the JL was pretty much the same one in the Giulia. The reaction of many Jeepers to this news I imagine would range from “What’s and Alfa?” (as mine would been have been not long ago) to “What the heck is FCA thinking sharing engines between a Wrangler and an Italian sport sedan?” With the additional weight and the aerodynamics of a sailboat, the JL will certainly have less gusto, but I have been converted into believing the 2.0L will serve it well off-road. It will probably take some getting used to due to the turbo, but it will have low to midrange torque that I could have only dreamed of in my 4.0L TJ. On top of that, this engine is incredibly efficient, which would be a nice bonus compared to the 13-15 mpg Jeeps I am used to driving.
Kristopher Rotter
Via email

Dirt ’N Drive Sign-Up

How do I sign up for the ’19 Jp Dirt ’N Drive?
Terry Damon
Via facebook.com/jpmag

We will start accepting applications for the 2019 Jp Dirt ’N Drive in late December or early January. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and on jpmagazine.com for updates. We will announce when the application period officially opens and all the information that needs to be included in your application. If you want to be ahead of the game, get a few of your favorite photos together, write a little bio about yourself, a bio about your Jeep, how it’s built, and why you want to participate in the wild adventure. Save it and have it ready to submit as soon as we start taking applications.

New-to-Me XJ

I got my first XJ. I can't wait to take her wheeling.
Dustin Lyons
Via facebook.com/jpmag

You made a good choice! The XJ Cherokee is a great first Jeep to take wheeling and use as a daily driver if need be. It’s relatively compact and maneuverable and easy to modify thanks to an abundance of available aftermarket support. It could be argued that the XJ Cherokee was the Jeep that made four doors popular long before the four-door JK Unlimited came along.

Jp T-Shirts?

Do you sell the Dirt ’N Drive or any Jp shirts?
Ed Birch III
Via facebook.com/jpmag

Normally we don’t sell event shirts. However, if you stop by our booth at any of the major Jeep and off-road events around the U.S., such as the vendor show during Easter Jeep Safari, you can sometimes get a free Jp T-shirt with a subscription. Although, we never really know what they will have available as far a subscription gifts. Also, if you apply for one of our events such as Jp Dirt ’N Drive and are chosen to participate, we provide Jp event T-shirts in our swag bags.

Address Accuracy

Who can I speak to about changing the address on my subscription?
Alfonso Gonzalez Rayas
Via facebook.com/jpmag

For any and all subscription issues, including address changes, please contact our reader services department. You can reach them at 800/678-8012 or 386/447-6385 for international subscriptions. You can also email our reader services department at jp@emailcustomerservice.com. Please include your name, address, and phone number on any inquiries.

Power-Packed 4.0L

I read an article Jp did some time ago about power adders for the Jeep Wrangler 4.0L. You talked about what really works and what doesn’t after doing dyno tests. Do you know which story I’m referring to?
Scott Carnrick
Via facebook.com/jpmag

Power upgrade questions are likely the second-most-common tech letter we see from readers. As such, Jp has done lots of different stories about improving Jeep engine performance, many of which have included real dyno numbers and what to expect from each power upgrade. You can use the search box at jpmagazine.com by typing in “power adders.” You can find one of these power-adder stories here: bit.ly/2M2ur5k.

Rest in Peace

The Jeep and off-road world in general lost legend Scott Fields, this past Father’s Day. Scott was responsible for the Off-Road Training Center at Uwharrie National Forest as well as for bringing the teachings of Tread Lightly to the East Coast in general. He was a UORTC, a Master Tread trainer, and Scott Fields taught basic 4WD to our military, trained many in winch recovery, and was involved in other courses at UORTC.
Joel Church
Via facebook.com/jpmag

It’s always hard to say goodbye to the Jeep people who make a big difference in our communities. Sorry for the loss. We hope that someone else in your area can step up to the plate and take over where Mr. Fields left off.

3.8L Freshen-Up

The engine in my ’08 Wrangler JK Unlimited had just over 75,000 miles on it and it was starting to go through a couple quarts of oil between oil changes. I was also getting oil leaks from the upper part of the pan as well as leaks from the water pump. I have added plenty of aftermarket weight and I tow a small camper that I built, so it was time for a new engine. I’m an IT geek by trade, so what could possibly go wrong?
Richard Creger
Via email

Technically, it’s a bolt-in replacement and far easier than performing an engine swap. It should be fairly straight forward. Good luck and thanks for the pics!

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