New badge coming to Jeeps: EcoDiesel 3.0L. Watch for it on the Grand Cherokee first. Imagine it on the Ram 1500 next.
Coming soon: A special-edition Wrangler Moab model. The ’13 Moab will have Trak-Lok standard, and if you get the man tran and 3.73 rear axle ratio, you’re looking at a crawl of 45:1. Stuff of interest: New Goodyear rubber coupled with 17-inch Rubicon alloy wheels in gloss black, a Mopar power dome hood, and black front and rear off-road bumpers. Not of interest: some of the other stuff.
Also coming soon: Jeep Trailhawk. Yeah, you probably fell for that “coming soon” back in 2007 when there was a concept vehicle with that name. Then you probably fell for it again when the ’12 concept was revealed. Has anyone ever told you that you fall a lot? But we can assure you this time Jeep means it: the ’13 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is real and is the production version of that most recent not-production Trailhawk. Both V-6 and V-8 engines will be on tap, as will an electronic limited-slip and Quadra-Drive II for the V-8, plus there’s Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain with Hill Descent Control, 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor rubber with Kevlar reinforcement, and underbody protection. Black-surround headlamps, a special gray grille surround, and a rear lightbar are among its recognizables. A giant hood decal is supposed to reduce sun glare, so don’t be a hater, except of former sun glare.
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“Chrysler Group has concluded that 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles are neither defective nor do their fuel systems pose an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety in rear impact collisions. We would expect that a similar analysis of subject vehicles recently added to this investigation would support a similar conclusion.”
—Chrysler statement stemming from the NHTSA investigation into ’93-’04 Grands, ’93-’01 Cherokees, and ’02-’07 Libertys over impacts resulting in fire
Carlisle Events will be adding the Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Nationals to its lineup in 2013. It will happen each year on the first full weekend following Labor Day. There will be monster truck rides, ATV tests, a hunter’s safety course, archery, swap meet, turkey calling, and…well, we really can’t top speaking in turkey. Look for the first event to be held September 6-8 in, as we mentioned, 2013. If you’re super-optimistic about your future, mark September 5-7 for 2014’s shindig. Head to carlisleevents.com for more info.
The year was 1966, and U.S. Metal Container was the only gas-can maker in the U.S.A. Olive drab jerry cans used in military? That was them. When those cans went red and became available to civilians across the country? Still them. Plastic gas cans in 1987? Them. In 1992, the name changed to Blitz U.S.A. as an ode to the early days of the Blitz can. All a happy story. That is, until November, 2011, when the company filed for bankruptcy. Now, it’s in the process of closing its doors and selling its assets. Why? The costs associated with litigation became too much; according to the company, “We have been operating under extremely litigious environment and have been working toward a solution for quite some time. The defense costs related to increased litigation associated with fuel containment products is the primary factor that leads to our current situation.” Translation: People doing genius things like starting a fire in the wood-burning stove in their kitchen by using gas from a Blitz can, then suing and winning.
AAMCO (aamco.com) has started a “50 Cars in 50 States” program, which as a nod to the company’s 50th anniversary this year will be about repairing the vehicle of one combat veteran in every state. AAMCO has partnered with Military Order of the Purple Heart (purpleheart.org).
Mickey Thompson has a new company Facebook page: facebook.com/mickeythompsontires. There’s a busload of photos, videos, product info, news, and everything else that’s possible to upload these days.
he Sacramento Bee is reporting that California State Parks Director, Ruth Coleman, resigned (as has her next in charge), because officials learned the department had been hiding almost $54 million in surplus money—to the tune of nearly 12 years. This includes $20.3 mil in parks and recreation funds and $33.5 million in the off-highway funds. In case you’re keeping score of your disgust at home, 70 parks have closed in the past year due to state budget cuts. Anti-off-road conspiracy? Smells like it.
More Cali: Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the federal government—specifically Tahoe National Forest—for illegally closing off more than 800 miles of trails and roads. “We are filing this lawsuit to stop the U.S. Forest Service from illegally padlocking vast areas of the Tahoe National Forest and blocking the public from enjoying responsible recreational use of public lands,” said PLF attorney Brandon Middleton in a statement.
AAA has launched a mobile app called “On the Go,” which bundles its services, giving you TripTik roadside, discounts, gas station info/prices, campgrounds, and more.
Will Scotland force automakers to make cruise control standard equipment?
Wonder whether this will catch on…in Cape Town, South Africa, police can take away a driver’s cell phone if caught texting or not talking in the hands-free way. The new law equals a 24-hour jail sentence. For the phone.
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2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8
New SRT8s in da house (more specifically, da street). The Alpine and Vapor models are what they call special—as in, editions. They will run the 6.4L Hemi, of course, worth 470 horses and 465 lb-ft of twist, and an SRT-tuned suspension lowered 1 inch, of course, Brembo brakes, of course, plus gloss black as often as it can legally appear, of course. Performance Pages is the neat system for showing instant info on horses, torque, 0-60 mph time, 60-0 braking distance, G-forces, quarter-mile, and more engine info, of course. And get one day of pro driver training from the SRT Track Experience, of course. Did you know this is code WKV? Of course.
Things to Do With Your Jeep
October 13: Mojave Road Adventure hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, El Paso Mountains, Needles, California, 4x4training.com
October 26: Death Valley Adventure hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Death Valley, Ridgecrest, California, 4x4training.com
November 2-3: 32nd annual Hump-N-Bump hosted by the Vegas Valley Four Wheelers, Logandale, NV, vv4w.org
November 3: Off Road Toy Run hosted by Rausch Creek Off Road Park, Tremont, PA, rauschcreekoffroadpark.org
November 4: Eastern PA Toy Run hosted by Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance, Reading, PA, bmja.org
November 8-12: Lone Star Jeep Club Fall Run, Superlift ORV Park, Hot Springs, AR, orvpark.com
November 17: Getting Started Off-Road Driving hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Hungry Valley SVRA, Gorman, CA, 4x4training.com
November 21-26: 2nd Annual Turkey Run, Superlift ORV Park, Hot Springs, AR, orvpark.com
November 24: T&T Rail Road Adventure hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Mojave Desert, Lucerne Valley, CA, 4x4training.com
December 27-31: New Year’s Eve Fire and Ice Run and Bonfire, Superlift ORV Park, Hot Springs, AR, orvpark.com
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