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Dispatch - May 2014

Posted in News on April 15, 2014
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Jeep News & Rumors

• Get a Jeep credit card. You’ll benefit from usage at dealerships, including on parts, maintenance, and accessories. Go to
• Jeep set a global record in 2013. Global sales were up 4 percent, with more than 25,000 Cherokees selling in the first two months in the U.S.
• What is “Cherokee Effect”? Go to to find out. Suffice to say, there you’ll find vignettes of expeditions, featuring “celebrities.” We use quotes because they’re celebrities in the sense that the Cherokee is a Cherokee.

• China is demanding Fiat take a closer look at claims of the Wrangler having a risk of catching on fire.
• Automotive News compiled the best automotive blunders of 2013. One was when NHTSA and Jeep decided to put off-the-shelf trailer hitches on older Grand Cherokees and Libertys to help protect the fuel tank during rear-enders. And yet…NHTSA never actually approved the fix. • The ’14 Wrangler was a top 10 model in Kelly Blue Book’s top 10 Best Resale Value Awards.
• What is the perfect 30-mile road trip? That’s what Jeep asked in order for people to possibly win a ’14 Compass or Cherokee. Check out the winners here:
• The Grand Cherokee was Jeep’s top-selling model in 2013, followed by the Wrangler, Compass, Patriot, then Cherokee.

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• By September, all new vehicles will be mandated to have a black box like airplanes?
• The 426 Race Hemi turns 50 in 2014. It gets a new logo.
• Ram is re-adding the Mossy Oak edition to its lineup. The ’14 Ram 1500 is back after a year’s absence and will include a RamBox cargo-management setup for both the 6- and 5-foot bed lengths. Pricing starts at $39,985. It’s a Crew Cab 4x4, based on the Ram Outdoorsman.
• Mopar is getting in to the monster truck business: Mopar Muscle is the first Mopar-sponsored truck in more than 10 years. The Ram weighs 10,300 pounds, has a 2,000hp 565ci supercharged 426 Hemi.
• Is Lockheed Martin building the next Hummer-like vehicle? Its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle has been passing preproduction tests. The vehicle is poised to replace the Army and Marine’s existing Humvees. asked around for the best-looking license plates by state. Wyoming won -- with cowboy and bucking bronco–while Delaware’s is the eyesore -- gold lettering and no picture. How exactly did Delaware beat out California for ugliest? Cali’s simply has a plug for the DMV’s website.
• LoJack’s “Best Recovery Stories of 2013” included one in SoCal in which a Bobcat Skid Steer estimated at $30K was swiped from a construction site, which led them to a junkyard, which led them to a bunker with guns, meth, and marijuana.

Jeep Willys Wheeler Edition
Take a Wrangler Sport and throw in a bunch of off-road stuff like a new Jeep Trail Rated Kit with tow strap, and you’ve pretty much got the Willys Wheeler Edition from Jeep. It’s a throwback to the original Willys, as noted by specific Willys-themed decals (including “4 Wheel Drive” on the tailgate). The MSRP is $25,795.

Industry News
• Lincoln Electric has a mobile app. It’s called Lincoln Library and gives you all the latest welding and cutting info, like product catalogs, specs, and other stuff in Lincoln’s database.
• Zone Offroad Products now offers Factory Protection Plus for eligible late-models with some of the company’s lift kits. Check it out at
• Mickey Thompson scored two 2013 Global Media Awards from SEMA for its Deegan 38 tire and Sidebiter II wheel. The award is for manufacturers whose appeal extends beyond the U.S.
• Rugged Trail Access Program -- that’s a venture from Omix-ADA’s Rugged Ridge brand. Grants worth $5,000 will be provided to nonprofits to help out with keeping trails open on public land, litigation, and education. Learn more at

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• Toyo Tires broke ground on a 700,000-square-foot addition to its tire manufacturing plant in White, Georgia.
• And…Continental Tire’s new Sumter, South Carolina, manufacturing joint was able to start production three months early. The plant is expected to be able to have production capacity of about 5 million units per year by 2017.
• Performance Accessories has redesigned its website. You can search by make, model, year, or app or by way of products by category, for leveling kits, body lifts, and other lift systems. Go to

Quote Without Story “Effective November 1, 2013: JKS manufactured products are no longer available from TransAmerican Wholesale, 4Wheel Parts retail stores, 4WD Hardware mail order and wholesale departments. Correction to previous statement found here: As pointed out by TAP Worldwide legal counsel. TAP Worldwide has only sold authentic JKS-manufactured parts and that TAP Worldwide has not and does not sell ‘imitation’ JKS-manufactured parts or ‘cheap imported knock offs’ as JKS manufactured parts.”
-- Statement issued by JKS. Learn more about genuine JKS parts at

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Jp Staff Gets Naked
Want to learn more about the people who put together your favorite Jeep magazine? Agreed, you don’t. But some of you have been asking questions, so in each issue, we’ll answer those, no matter how weird they -- and you -- are. Send your question to jpeditor with the subject line, “I Need to Know.” We were going to make that subject line “Get Naked,” but we have enough of those already in our spam folder.

Jp Staff Gets Naked
This month’s burning questions: Christian Pete Verne
How many vehicles have you bought because you found them online versus the old-school newspaper classifieds? I bought my Cutlass through the Joe Dirt AutoTrader. My Ramcharger I saw on the dealership’s TV ad. Other than that, every other one of my vehicle purchases were found online. Well, maybe not online vs. old-school papers. While I was a want-ad junkie for a long time, for most of my first 10 years of Jeeps either I heard about them via word of mouth, the person wanting to get rid of it knew me, or I saw it on the side of a road or in a junkyard somewhere. To date, I’ve probably acquired more Jeeps that way than any online ads. Almost all of them came from online ads. My ’49 CJ-3A was for sale out front of a payday cash loan place, it broke down on the test drive, and I had to have it. I think the rest came from Craigslist, dealer websites,, or the like.
What’s your favorite non-automotive magazine? It’s a toss-up between On Target or American Rifleman. There are non-automotive magazines? Underwater Basket Weaving Quarterly. It really is an entertaining rag. Last quarter there was a doozy of a piece on “splinting” with cane off the Great Barrier Reef while snorkeling. Those crazy underwater splinters are the best, and oh, the colors of the fish swimming past! Honestly though, I get kinda burned out on magazines somehow. Maybe I like looking at the pictures in Arizona Highways if one is floating around the house….
Which app do you wish existed? One that shows you which people are the aliens and which are the humans. I broke my fancy sunglasses that did that, and I’m all out of bubblegum. I wish there was an app -- and it only has to have two buttons. Button 1 would be make the person you are emailing actually reply to your email with information that is pertinent to your original request in one email rather than having to repeat yourself 5-10 times in 5-10 emails to get the information, picture, or shipping info you need. Button 2 would be used for when the parts show up at your house and when you take the part out it is: A) the part or parts you ordered, or B) the part or parts actually fit like the company told you they’d fit, with zero hammers, drills, or welders needed. The weekend extender app. It allows you to have a “do-over” Sunday or two in case you are not ready for the work week come Monday morning. A three- to four-day weekend really hits the sweet spot in my opinion.

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