The Jp Staff Christmas Wish List - Gimmie, Gimmie!Posted in Product Reviews on December 4, 2014
The best way to figure out what kind of gift your favorite Jeep enthusiast covets is to ask another Jeep enthusiast. What they might want doesn’t have to make sense to you; it just has to make sense to them. We asked each Jp staffer what they want Santa to put under the Christmas tree this year, regardless of the fact that they will likely only receive lumps of coal. Here is a list of goodies your Jeeper might like to receive.
What do you do when you have way too many Jeep projects that you can’t seem to finish? Well, if you are Trasborg, you buy another one! One Jeep on his must-own list is an M-725. It’s the perfect 4x4 that will make you the creepy guy in the neighborhood, yet still make you cool to those that actually know what it is. Maybe in 10 to 15 years Trasborg will find the time to actually finish building it. It would certainly become an unreliable, overheating camper/tow rig that gets worse fuel economy than an 18-wheeler hauling 80,000 pounds.
If it’s electrical, then Trasborg wants it. Actually, he needs the made-in-USA ZeroHour XD Flashlight. The tactical-grade flashlight should remain unscathed despite his ham-fisted attempts to destroy it. The integrated dual-USB battery backup can be used to charge his monstrous tablet phone that no doubt has multiple power-draining functions operating at any given time. The 1,000-lumen LED powered by three 3,400 mAh lithium batteries would allow Trasborg to search for electrical short circuits and other issues under his Jeep for up to 24-plus hours when set on low and 6-plus hours on high power. The XD comes with two flat caps, a carabineer cap, and three 3,400 mAh batteries.
Sometimes you’re late to the game. That’s pretty common for Trasborg. He was hoping for a Hobart Trek 180 portable battery-powered cordless wire-feed welder. Unfortunately, Hobart no longer offers the Trek 180. However, the company does offer plenty of other welding machines that are great for the first timer or seasoned metal melder.
Diesel Jeep Kit
Who wouldn’t want more low-end grunt and great fuel economy in the mid-to-high 20 mpg? Hopefully, Santa has some long arms and deep pockets, because Trasborg is expecting a Banks Powertrain VM Motori 3.0L 630T V-6 diesel engine, transmission, and transfer-case package under his Christmas tree. The engine can produce from 200 to 270 hp, and the entire package only weighs 845 pounds. We’re sure Trasborg will find the weak link in whatever rusty pile the engine finds its way into.
Information: Banks Power
Trasborg misses the fold-down tailgates found on the old CJs. He thinks the JK needs a fold-down tailgate. Fortunately, Binks Fabrication has built a custom fold-down aluminum JK tailgate and has considered offering a kit. This tailgate matches the curved body lines of the JK and could be available as a complete kit that includes everything by the time you read this. A complete kit would sure help Trasborg avoid the 40-mile round-trip down the mountain to the hardware store for an extra bolt or two.
Information: Binks Fabrication
Lazy Lawn Gnomes
Trasborg acknowledged that he needs more hands to work on his fleet of molested Jeeps. Anyone have an angle on some tech-savvy gnomes that could come and finish his flatfender? The WWII gremlins that have been doing the work for him up until now didn’t quite work out as expected. One too many unplanned roadside stops led to some much needed shop staffing changes. Good news is, thousands of out-of-work gnomes are available for hire online, but we’re not sure if they’ll get much work done, at least not on your Jeep.
Bring out the pitchforks and fire up the torches—Mansour wants a flatfender Jeep. But this is no run-of-the-mill restored piece of vintage mechanical art; Mansour wants a two-wheel-drive flattie with a Japanese powerplant under the hood. He really only needs the frame and body to get going. With a downright blasphemous request like this, we think he’ll be lucky if Santa doesn’t bring him a brown trout instead.
Every creeper or roller seat that Mansour has ever owned has been run over, broken, or has fallen apart. We suspect most were run over because of a visibility issue. Anyway, at this point, he is over spending a lot of money on a roller anything. The Harbor Freight roller chair is a good value, especially if Santa waits until it goes on sale or he uses one of the super coupons. We’re sure Santa loves a good deal just as much as Mansour!
Information: Harbor Freight
Mansour’s Mac’s tie-down straps have given him over six years of reliable service. They have been across the country and back multiple times and are starting to look a little weathered. Mansour is a little persnickety about his things (the straps are a bit too tattered for his liking), so he thinks it’s time for Santa to get him a new set to keep the Jeep safe on the trailer.
Information: Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs
If you have spent any time on the road with Mansour, you know that you won’t go a single day without him complaining about where breakfast, lunch, or dinner will be. One place he’ll never complain about is Cracker Barrel. A gift card to Cracker Barrel would go a long way in keeping this guy quiet. Sunday chicken anyone?
Information: Cracker Barrel
Mansour isn’t the tallest guy on staff, so it’s easy to see why he would want the Warrior Products Cherokee XJ tube doors on his Jeep. He claims that creature comfort is great but visibility is king off-road. Perhaps he simply can’t see as high as the side window without sitting on a phone book or two. These tube doors eliminate that issue and give your XJ that outdoorsy feel. Now, if Mansour could just find a way to get rid of the lift shoes he needs to reach the pedals.
Information: Warrior Products
Gravity junkies and death-climb pedal pushers alike will appreciate the geometry and function of the Santa Cruz Nomad. Given Simons’ ability to drink ranch dressing from a ladle, we think he fits the former. The carbon-fiber Nomad features an aggressive 65-degree headtube and 6.5 inches of drop-eating wheeltravel. The VPP suspension, rangey cockpit, and relatively steep seat-tube angle make for a surprisingly efficient pedaler. It’s a do-all mountain bike that’s available in several sizes and three different build levels, as well as a bare frame.
Information: Santa Cruz
If you ever call Simons on his cell phone while he’s driving, you’ll quickly learn that all of his vehicles make him sound like he’s in a wind tunnel, making it very difficult for him to hear you. With the JVC KD-X310BT head unit from Crutchfield, Simons can feed his phone calls through the stereo speakers in the Jeep via Bluetooth, just like in a brand-new vehicle. Welcome to the 21st century, buddy.
Cage and tube work in general is an art, but it takes time to fit tubes precisely. Simons has a skillfulness about him that enables him to cut unnecessary corners. The Williams Lowbuck Tools tubing notcher does just that. With it, you can fish-mouth many different sized tubes with the simple pull of a handle.
Information: Williams Lowbuck Tools
Hey Santa, Simons needs a vacation. He’s easy though; forget about Bora-Bora, Tahiti, or a malaria-infused Madagascar adventure. He wants a week on the Rubicon Trail. We’re thinking he needs to hop aboard the Jeepers Jamboree train. Maybe he could hit the event and then take a few days to decompress mid-week once the crowds are gone.
Information: Jeepers Jamboree
Wheeling, camping, and eating might be Simons’ favorite past times, but you can’t camp and eat without cooking. That’s why he’s asking Santa for a Front Runner Spare Tire Mount Braai/BBQ Grate. This stainless steel cooking grate stores over your 29 to 35-inch spare tire and takes up virtually no space. It features both grill and griddle sections making it perfect for pancakes, eggs, burgers, hot dogs, bacon and more.
Information: Front Runner