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Dispatch - August 2014

Posted in News on July 24, 2014
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Jeep News & Rumors
Official Winter Vehicle of New England? Jeep Grand Cherokee. Again. Every year since 2011.

SRT baby Jeeps?

Industry News
Maxxis has given its website a do-over—now you can nab more info about tires, Q&As, events, and more. It’s

Goodyear retired one blimp then unveiled another. This one is all state-of-the-art-y and in early testing did 80 mph with a tail wind.

There have been six grants issued from the new Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program. Totaling more than $27,000, the recipients were Blue Ribbon Coalition, Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, Colorado OHV Coalition, New Mexico OHV Association, Off-Road Business Association, and Stay the Trail. Grant money goes toward support and education for off-roading and keeping trails open and respected.

Auto Graphs
The ’14 Ram Heavy Duty Black Package is available for the 2500 and 3500 SRV, Crew Cab and Mega Cab, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Laramie, in either two- or four-wheel drive. It’s a truck with an all-black exterior.

And…the new ’14 Ram Power Wagon features things like Ram Articulink suspension with high-movement joints, sway-bar disconnection, and a new five-link coil rear. A dual-alternator system is also on tap.

There’s an effort in congress to put “National” in “Johnson Valley Off-Road Vehicle Recreation Area.”’s 2014 Vehicle Mileage Survey found that about 80 percent of people surveyed were A-OK with having a vehicle 10-plus years or until it dies. Longtime ownership is the new trend. In 2010, 47 percent surveyed had more than 100,000 miles on their vehicle, whereas today, it’s more than 64 percent.

Automotive Science Group (ASG) punched numbers to try and answer the question, how eco-friendly is that eco-friendly truck? It compared trim levels, body configuration, and more. Results included surprises like the Ram EcoDiesel not ranking the best of the bunch, since a diesel engine is a more expensive option, diesel is more expensive at the pump, and this is a heavier-weighing truck and therefore there are manufacturing issues at play.

Speaking of diesel, Diesel Technology Forum has put together a video series with an in-depth look at various manufacturers’ specialized parts and technology, such as Cummins and Bosch. Check it out at

Look for 80 mph to be coming to Wyoming and Idaho.

Top Activity While Driving? Not Driving
DMEautomotive did a survey and found that singing out loud is the number one thing people are doing while driving. However, uglier things rounded out the top five, like texting. Eating and talking on the phone also made the short list. On the longer list? Flossing, reading the paper, changing clothes, brushing teeth, and using a laptop. You people do know yours is not an autonomous vehicle, right?

Mopar Concept Jeeps
Mopar has gotten in the habit of creating Jeeps that our dreams are made of. The naughty dreams. And said fantasies were revealed at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, which showcase not only Mopar and Jeep Performance parts (both prototype and production, so look closely), but where we’d like to see Jeeps of the future go. Here are samplings of the 2014 editions:

Wrangler Level Red: With a finger pointed at the toughest trails alive—ones marked red—this concept has items such as a 2-inch lift kit, crate Dana 44s, Rock-Trac T-case, and a crawl ratio of 73:1. Accessories include a half-door kit, prototype tire carrier, and prototype bumper ends.

Level Red

Cherokee Adventurer: This one is mostly done up accessories-wise. Roof basket, wheels, and an off-road bag are among the prototypes joined by production items like a skidplate, tow hooks, and more.


Wrangler Maximum Performance: Push-button electronic-locking Dana 60s, 4.88 gearing, a 70:1 crawl ratio, Rock-Trac T-case, 4-inch lift, Stinger front bumpers, and other gems comprise the ruggedness of this one.

Maximum Performance

Wrangler MOJO: Being orange is a big push from Mopar, but we’re going to focus on the stuff like the 2-inch lift, 44s, cold-air intake, low-restriction exhaust, and 59:1 crawl ratio. Prototype shorty bumpers and flat-top fenders also got our attention. That winch? Also a prototype.


Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior: EcoDiesel. This one featured prototype stuff like the roof basket and wheels, and production stuff like rock rails and tow hooks, and it has a 44:1 crawl ratio.

Ecodiesel Trail Warrior

Quote Without Story
“Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents—our children and seniors.”
—U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Rearview camera/safety tech will officially be required on new vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds as of May 2018

Reader Quote Without Story: Renegade Edition*
*As seen on Jp’s Facebook page

Jeep Concept Jeeps
Jeep has created a couple design concepts based on production models, which it calls “Chinese inspired.” Keep in mind these are design concepts, not engineering concepts. So, mostly it’s paint we’re talking about. Don’t get too excited.

Renegade Zi You Xia: The name means rebel, and its blueprint is the Renegade. Rebel doesn’t mean it’s unconventional. It just means it has colors mostly inspired by a performing arts center in Beijing.

Zi You Xia

Cherokee Sageland: The color theme borrows cues from landmarks and scenery in Shangri-La.


Cherokee Urbane: Um, yeah: “couples the night life of a modern megacity with glamour and elegance.”


Wrangler Sundancer: Sophistication meets fashion. That’s the sound of the Wrangler turning over in its shallow living grave.


Where the Jeeps Are
June 21-22
1st Annual Jeep Beach West
Pismo Beach, CA
Oceano Dunes SVRA

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