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The Big Ode to the Rainbow of Shock Boot Colors

Springtime is coming and now is the time for more colors, cute baby animals, Easter, and warmer weather. Ahh the birth and regrowth is always a magical time. Also with spring comes rain and rainbows. Well the automotive world comes colors and there is no more color displayed than in the various paints and wonderful finishes on cars, trucks, and SUV. So lets move on from the sometimes colorless winter and into the rebirth of spring.

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But one place we love to see color is in our shock boot, you see shock boots are like the leg warmers of your shock absorber. It keeps them protected and free from mud, road dirt, debris, and water. It helps them last longer and they look great. But shock boots just dont come in a taupe dingy tan (no offense to tan) but they have almost all the colors of the rainbow and maybe a few more.

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Like Skittles, Easter eggs, and a kids multi color crayon box, the poly-vinyl shock boots come in a lot of fun and vibrant colors. From lime green to black and a lot more in between I am sure you can get a color to match your vehicle.

Shock Boots are good for the following reasons:

  • They protect the piston of the shock from rust or impact damage.
  • They are made of poly-vinyl and last a long time.
  • They install easily and quickly.
  • One size fits most shock sizes.
  • And most of all they come in a wide array of colors to match any vehicle color scheme!
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So if you are excited for spring, love Easter, and always gaze at a rainbow then we know you love color! So get some color on that vehicle of yours and get a shock boot set to make it look like spring!

SEE OUR SHOCK BOOTS HERE…

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Sometimes Great Parts go Bad or Don’t Work Right

I dont think that we all live in a land of make believe where we think that every product that comes to us will be perfect. If that were the case, well then we wouldn’t be human. But what happens when great parts go bad or they dont work right? Well this is where customer service comes in. When a part is bad or doesn’t work like it is supposed to then the old adage “the customer is always right” definitely comes into play.

So you see not all of the time do our parts we sell come out perfect or do the manufacturers we use or endorse put out a 100% perfect phone, we do though believe the problem should be corrected as soon as possible. Here are some examples of some parts that did not work out as intended.

This one is the Pits – sometimes pitman arms are not bored out correctly. In this case the taper went wrong and it was discovered until the parts were installed. While this is a very rare problem it sometimes happens. But one the problem is discovered it was an easy fix with the manufacturer to make sure it does not happen again.

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The Bling Gone Bad – we sell a lot of interior trim kits that add a little bling to the vehicle. Well one manufacturer we used got a bad batch and we did not find out until a customer was kind enough to bring it to our attention. So we were able to fix the problem with the maker of the product and we ended up giving the customer a credit on the part he was not happy with. The other part of the kit he loved!

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This Dana 30 bushing kit was not fitting correctly on the mount. It seems like the bushing was able to move laterally or side to side. The customer was not happy with this. We found that the problem was the bushing may have used an inadequate metal sleeve or the bushing tab on the Dana 30 axle had worn out. Normally when you remove the bushing from the upper control arm mount tab you need to pound it out and reuse the metal sleeve then it will pound right back in.

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Sometimes you need help identifying an axle. This can normally be done by looking at the pumpkin style or the stamp of the axle itself. But if you need more help you can do a search on the internet for an axle identification guide.

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Sometimes spacers made of polyurethane will squish and crack. It is very rare but happens when to much weight is applied or there is a slight manufacturing error. If this happens it usually will do so once the weight is placed on the spring then onto the spacer. Other times spacers are installed without the proper mounting bumpstops to hold them in place. And other times the wrong spacers are ordered for the vehicle and they do not fit over the bumpstop mounting cup.

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Our last example shows what happens when you try and use a sway bar link set that is extended for a stock mounting point on a stock vehicle but put in a lifted vehicle. When you do this you put to much pressure on the end link and it may snap like a twig.

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5 Jeep Cherokee XJ Comanche MJ Cosmetic Upgrades You Need

The last year they made the Cherokee XJ was in 2001 and the Comanche MJ was 1992. That was over 14 years ago and longer for the MJ. After this much in the weather and under the sun things start to go bad and exterior parts start to look bad and deteriorate to the point they are not useable.

Here are the top 5 things that need to be changed on your XJ or MJ:

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Liftgate and Tailgate handles are used quite a bit on Jeep XJ and MJ models. Over time these break and then you cant get access to the rear of your Jeep. These are easy fixes and dont require much to change them out. But if yours is showing signs of wear now may be the best time to change it. Normal prices are between $29.99 and $59.99 dollars.

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Your antenna is a necessary item if you like the tunes. For the most part this part wont rust or wear out but chances are it will break, be stolen, or bend. In that case you may want to look at changing it. This may be a good time to upgrade your antenna to a new stubby one or at least a more modern or cooler looking model. There are many styles of aftermarket antennas out there. You can even upgrade to an automatic one that lowers and raises as the radio is turned on or off.

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Mirrors are the one thing that sticks out on the Cherokee and quite often get broken, cracked, or clean sheared off the side of the vehicle. Unfortunately mirrors come in all kinds of models like non-remote, remote by electronics or remote by a manual handle. The non remote set starts at $39.99 and remote models can go up to $129.99 each. While this may seem like a lot you will need to replace mirrors in most states that have a safety test in order to register a vehicle. Mirrors are an important safety device for a vehicle and are needed in order to properly operate a vehicle.

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Door handles are used all the time, after all you need to get in the vehicle in order to use it. Jeep Cherokee XJ models will have either two or four handles. While the Comanche MJ model will only have two door handles. They are made of plastic and are quite heavy duty but after a while the push in part of the handle can wear or the area where they go into the door will rust and the handle will pull away from the door. Another common problem is the gasket behind the handle will wear out and allow water to get inside of the door. You do not need to buy the whole handle to replace the gasket in most cases you can just get the gasket. Handles start at about $29.99 per handle and the gaskets are about $8.00 depending on if you get a genuine Mopar part or an OE style replacement part. Either will work just fine.

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The last part you may need to change a lot is the weather stripping. It will wear quicker if you are in a hot dry climate or you do not keep it properly cleaned and conditioned. The outside the doors where the windows go will have a weather strip. Each door will have a rubber gasket that goes all around the door to keep air and noise out. And finally there will be a tailgate gasket. While there are other gaskets like in the engine compartment, those aren’t the main ones that wear out. The weather stripping and exterior gaskets are important to keep replaced and in top condition because they help keep water, air, moisture, and noise out of areas you dont want them in.

CONCLUSION

Part of the fun in owning a Jeep is the fixing up part. We Jeepers love to add new parts, restore old parts as new, and keep the Jeep looking new by replacing worn out parts.  In order to do this and not pay an arm and a leg for parts from the dealer we recommend OE style replacement parts which generally have the same great quality but are half the price.

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Brand New Jeep Stubbie Antennas Mined from the Moons of Venus

Well somewhere in the moons of Venus lay metal robots whose antenna have long been sought after by the most discriminating Jeep owners. Admired for their beauty these antennas have to be handed over by the robot willingly and the harvesting conversation to get them to voluntarily give up their antenna is long and arduous. Thus making the cost of this luxurious Jeep dress up item hard to come by. Luckliy we have the most skilled harvesters who visit the moons frequently and with skillful negotiation, and loads of 5w40 motor oil they are able to mine only the best antennas.

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Then by developing relationships with robots with only the finest antenna they are able to get them year in and year out as they grow back. Getting the right sized antenna is always a challenge. Getting the robot to give them to you and the precise moment of proper length takes a keen eye and a precise mind. Through our years of training and membership in the robot manufacturing alliance of the moons of Venus we have developed the right skills to pick only the best antenna.

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So far we have been able to perfect the harboring of antenna in lengths of 372-1021 “movenicans” (Venus millimeters). Which in translated to inches is 3,6,9,12,15 and 21 inch lengths. The colors depend on how the atmosphere interacts with the metal in the various moon regions. Each region produces a myriad of fun colors in a matte steel finish, black, red, white, and soon more colors than you can count on a robots hand.

So if you want your own Jeep Stubbie Antenna then turn to the experts and let us get the perfect one just for you. Available for sale in our very own Alien Approved Stubbie Jeep Antenna store. See more of our cool colors in our new Jeep Stubbie antenna in RED video.

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Top 5 ways to Prepare your car for Spring

Spring is almost upon us and soon the harsh cold and wet winter will be but a memory. The new growth, baby animals. and warmer sunny days all signify a rebirth in nature. It also signifies the time to dust off the garaged car, truck, or Jeep and get it ready for FUN! So prepare your car for spring and you will be glad you did.

So what are the 5 ways you can get your vehicle ready for spring?

TIP # 1 – RADIATOR AND COOLING UPGRADES

When spring comes so does warmer weather and it is a precursor to hotter temperatures and the summer months. So when spring comes it is the time to look at cooling upgrades to make sure your system is prepared for the hot days to come. Here are some ways to upgrade your cooling system.

  • Flush the radiator and do a complete change of coolant fluids.
  • Change out all radiator hoses and check fasteners and clamps.
  • Replace radiator caps.
  • Change out thermostats and housings.
  • Inspect water pumps and any other cooling equipment for proper working order.

TIP # 2 AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Spring is the time to get your air conditioning system looked at and to make sure it is operating properly. Believe me you dont want to have a problem in the middle of summer and have to scramble to fix it. The system will cost more to fix at the start of summer, you know peak demand begets higher costs. So make sure you do some preventative maintenance and fix problem before they occur and now when prices may be less expensive.

  • Turn on unit and make sure it functions.
  • Check compressor, dryer, and evap units. Check hoses.
  • Have unit serviced and recharged if necessary.

TIP # 3 SERVICE TRANSMISSION, CHANGE OILS, AND LUBE

Now is a good time to look at all the fluids in the car including transmission fluid, differential fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, engine oil, and to lube all chassis points. When checking major fluids like engine oil and transmission fluids you may want to get it analyzed to see if there is a deeper issue there. When looking at fluids you may want to do the following.

  • Check transmission fluid and do a complete change, top off, or power flush it. This will make sure that if you do a lot of towing that your transmission will be ready for it.
  • Change differential fluid by draining it. At the very least top it off and make sure you are ready for the off-road trails. Now would be a great time to add a differential bolt kit to dress up your differential cover.
  • Check the system fluids like brake and power steering and top off as needed.
  • Have the engine oil changed and upgrade to a good oil filter. Install an easy drain valve for easier future oil changes.
  • Look for and lubricate all chassis points with grease fittings.

TIP #4 DO EXTERIOR LOOK OVER AND CHANGE OUT NECESSARY WEAR PARTS

On the outside of the vehicle are many wear parts that need to be changed to make sure you can operate the vehicle safely. Do a walk around the vehicle and make sure all seals, weatherstripping, glass, and body panels are in good shape. Look at tires and if they are in need of changing make sure that you do before the peak driving months come. Here are some other things you can do to make sure the exterior of the car is ready to go out of winter.

  • Make sure you power wash the vehicle and get rid of all winter salt and other road debris collected over the winter months.
  • Change out all the wiper blades so you are prepared for the rainy months ahead.
  • Look at the tires, fill to correct air pressure and change if needed.
  • Change out any exterior parts that should be changed for the safety of the vehicle.
  • Turn on all the lights and lamps, test the brake lights and turn signals. Change any bulbs if needed.
  • Change shocks or struts if needed.

TIP #5 GET A TUNE UP, CLEAN ENGINE, AND CHANGE AIR AND CABIN FILTERS

The one thing that people neglect is filters. They dont cost a lot, are easy to change, and can help improve car performance. Also a tune up is another great way to help improve car performance. And lastly you should look at a good fuel cleaner and engine metal treatment to help protect your engine and the components within. Here are some specific ideas you can do to help get your engine ready for spring.

  • Change out cabin filters within the car to get ready of stale musty air.
  • Change out the engine air filter, places that change oil can charge a lot to change this filter but most of the time you can do it yourself and save a lot of money.
  • Get an engine tune up. Or at the very least change out the spark plugs and any damaged wires.
  • Run a good engine fuel cleaner through your system to help clean out deposits and clogged fuel injectors. This will help improve combustion.
  • Finally use a good metal treatment in your oil to help protect metal parts.

CONCLUSION

In the end if you take a little time and spend a few dollars you can make sure your vehicle is ready for the spring and summer months. This preventative maintenance can save you thousands in future vehicle repairs and make sure you are safe on the road and ready to go where and when you want.

So what are some other things you do to prepare your car for spring?

 

 

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