Manufacturer Spotlight – JKS Mfg

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If you own a Jeep, and you do more with it (or at least hope to) than drive it to the grocery store, chances are you’ve at least heard of JKS Manufacturing.  For those unfamiliar, we want to take a few moments of your time and fill you in on this company that specializes in Jeep suspension upgrades.  Due to their name, many believe that JKS gained its start from offering suspension kits and components for the widely popular Jeep JK that began production in 2007, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

JKS Manufacturing has been designing, building, and distributing quality Jeep suspension since 1989 with the release of their original Quick Disconnect, a unique sway bar disconnect that sent shock waves through the industry.  Fast forward 27 years, and JKS is at the forefront, still developing cutting edge parts for Jeeps of every kind and used for nearly any purpose. wj end links

What really sets JKS apart from the competition, besides their forward thinking components, is their grasp on the notion that most Jeep owners truly use their vehicles for nearly everything, and need their Jeep to perform just as well careening up a mountainous ascent as flying down the freeway.  And that’s the premise they’ve always taken, which is what led to the original Quick Disconnect.  This kit allowed Jeep owners the ability to easily disconnect their sway bar for maximum off road articulation, yet quickly reconnect for superb street manners without excessive body roll that is typically associated with Jeepers that opt to remove their sway bar.  And now in 2016, with those years of experience under their belt, the masterminds behind JKS have released their latest offering, the JSPEC 3.5” J Konnect Suspension System.  The J Konnect takes all of the experience JKS has accumulated and literally dumps it all into a comprehensive suspension system, ready to tackle whatever adventure you fathom.

And we at Off Road Power Products put the J Konnect to the test!  As we covered in our previous blog post, found HERE, we recently outfitted a 2016 Jeep Wrangler JKU JKS-109K MainRubicon two weeks before the highly acclaimed Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.  Once our JKU was finished, we literally loaded it with gear and hit the long road to Moab, wheeled it on the red rocks for a few days, and headed back home.  To say the J Konnect kit performed well in all situations would be a complete understatement.  We’ve frankly never driven a JK that you could set the cruise control and forget you were in a Jeep, then hammer so hard in the dirt, and still drive home in.

Another important aspect regarding every JKS kit and component we have ever installed is the ease in which it installs.  Some kits require some tweaking here and there, or they do not include a brake line relocation tab or other minor components, but not with JKS.
Sure, some of JKS’ FAB components require welding, but there’s simply no other way to install it onto the vehicle.  And you can rest assured that when it comes time to weld, its JKS-2450-4going to fit perfectly.  And as a huge perk, their kits are priced quite competitively with most of the “lesser” systems found on the marketplace that by no means perform as well. Oh yeah, and their packaging is hands down the best in the industry.  This may seem like something minor, but if you’ve ever ordered something online and had it shipped to you,
only to unbox and find damaged contents, you know how big of a deal this really is.

So if you’re in the market for upgrading your Jeep’s suspension, you really need to look at JKS, we promise, you won’t be disappointed.

To see our full line up of JKS, click the below link:

http://www.offroadpowerproducts.com/m-404-jks-manufacturing.aspx

To check out the video coverage of our journey leading up to and during Easter Jeep Safari 2016, click the below image:

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Off-Road Power Products becomes the “Official Retailer” of the 2012 Peterson’s Ultimate Adventure

Off-Road Power Products becomes the "Official Retailer" of the 2012 Peterson's Ultimate Adventure

Off-Road Power Products becomes the "Official Retailer" of the 2012 Peterson's Ultimate Adventure

Off-Road Power Products was named as the Official Retailer of the 2012 Peterson’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazines Ultimate Adventure. The national exposure for our company is really cool but maybe even cooler is the perk that comes along with it. As a sponsor we get to participate! This means that we get to take the build on the Jeep a few steps farther in preparation. Jeff Garland of Diesel Bruiser has graciously agreed to be our co-driver for the event. Jeff is a great guy and through the Bruiser JK project we realized what a great team our companies make. In related news, our buddies over at Hazzard Fab.Worx were named the “Official Fabrication/Build Shop” of the Ultimate Adventure. That means that they are building the official vehicle of the event. Fred Williams, the co-ordinator of the event had the 2012 Jeep JK transported to Spokane and will arrive later this week to discuss details of the build with the Hazzard gang. Details of the build are top secret but I can tell you that it will put Hazzard Fab.Worx on the map as one of the coolest off-road shops in the country.

Recap of our Week at Easter Jeep Safari in the Diesel Bruiser

After a ton of preparation and a week of memories we are heading back from Easter Jeep Safari in the Diesel Bruiser.

Here’s recap of our week (pictures to follow!):

Tuesday Night-fired up the Jeep and drove it around the block for the first time. An hour later we got in it and drove it 950 miles to Moab.

Thursday– showed off the Jeep at the Safari all day and met a ton of cool people.

Thursday Afternoon-took the Jeep on Hell’s Revenge and then Cooper decided to throw in some pucker factor by taking it up Hell’s Gate. That was even more impressive considering the people we went on the ride with.

Friday-showed off the Jeep all day at the Safari and then headed to the Moab Rim Trail with Jeff from Diesel Bruiser, Rocky from Hazzard Fab Worx and Joe Richards from Premier Performance. Both diesels performed flawlessly and we had a blast. The fact that you could potentially fall 1000 plus feet into the Colorado River definitely added to the excitement. Four other rigs on the way up had busted axles. The only carnage in our group was our swaybar which got destroyed. After we got down our adrenaline was pumping pretty hard so we decided to go over to Potato Salad Hill to watch the usual carnage that has come to be a guarantee there. On the way I told Cooper not to get any big ideas about going up it since we still had short arms on the Jeep and a 950 mile drive home. When he saw the hill I could tell by the look on his face he had no intention of listening to me so I grabbed the camera and got ready to film some carnage. The Jeep climbed it like a mule on crack with the EFR turbo screaming the whole way up. I was relieved and more than a little impressed. Backing down that hill would have been worse than breaking the Jeep in both of our minds.

Saturday-We gave our Jeep a break and cruised around in Jeff’s Bruiser and Luke Shuman from Hazzard Fab Worx with his offroad car. Luke scared the crap out if us all but it was awesome. We shot some great video and got some great pics.

Saturday Night– Said goodbye to Jeff and Andre from Diesel Bruiser and started back. The Jeep is filthy and the swaybar is mangled but otherwise good to go. Cruising along at 80 reflecting on another epic week at Offroad Power Products!

Off Road Jeep Concepts at Moab

In the spirit of last weekend’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah we wanted to show you some of the Easter Safari concept rigs Jeep came out with. Still more to come on our trip to the safari, it was a blast!


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept Live


Mopar Accessorized Jeep Wrangler


Jeep Jc 12 Concept


Jeep Mighty Fc Concept


Jeep Wrangler Apache Concept

Ford Explorer is Saudi Auto’s 4×4 of the Year

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Albawaba announced that the new Ford Explorer has received the 4×4 of the year award from Saudi Auto, which is a leading Saudi Arabia car publication.  The contenders for the award were assessed by the “Saudi Auto jury panel based on five criteria – value, practicality, durability, off-road capability and technology.”  The 2012 Ford Explorer has received many honors, which has included the North American Truck of the Year award for 2011, “while its innovative and industry-first rear inflatable seat belt technology won the 2011 Best New Technology Award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and has been named a Breakthrough Product Award winner by Popular Mechanics.”  In the Middle East the new Ford Explorer was unveiled in October last year, showcasing its off-road capabilities with its new Terrain Management System.  This system improved driving dynamics, segment-exclusive technologies, and segment-leading safety innovations.  The 3.5-liter V6 engine enables highway fuel economy; featuring six-speed automatic transmission, electric power-assisted steering and aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff, and wind-skimming aerodynamic shape to maximize fuel economy.

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Off Road Innovation of the Year

The variety and capability of handicapped outdoor mobility equipment available to wheelchair users has drastically changed in the last decade.  This has given a countless amount of people the ability to participate in activities they otherwise would have been spectators in.  The Boma7 off-road chair from Molten Rock “allows almost anyone, regardless of ability, to participate in hiking, cycling or simply enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.”  Chris Swift, founder of Molten Rock, has spent 16 years as a wheel chair user and is very aware of the challenges that the mobility impaired face when it comes to outdoor environments.  “He said : ‘Enabling people through providing a well designed product like Boma7 is extremely rewarding.  I know that traveling off tarmac into a previously inaccessible forest or onto a beach is exhilarating for any wheelchair user.’”  The Boma has been field tested and proven in both the UK and Africa.  In June 2011 a trial Boma7 off road chair became the first electric wheelchair to drive to the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.  Chris Swift said, “‘Many customers will never push their Boma7 to its performance limits but it’s good for them to know that chair will cope if they need to cross some muddy ground.’”

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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML Goes Off-Roading?

Some may think that if you have a Mercedes-Benz ML you are the envy of your town, however, that is not the case when it comes to off-roading.  A video was released spotlighting the crossover going off-road, which is, according to In Auto News, comical.  In their article, “2012 Mercedes-Benz ML goes off-road,” In Auto News alludes that “the automaker has something to do with this off-road test, or this is someone with big connections who just got his brand new Mercedes-Benz ML and wanted to brag himself.”  Throughout the demonstration you can tell that the videographer is highlighting the crossover’s ability to go through ponds and up and down a hill.  This video shows its viewers “what we already knew, that the Mercedes-Benz ML doesn’t have anything in common with off-roading, just like the BMW X5 dosen’t or the Audi Q7, or the Volkswagen Touareg, and so on.”  The best use for the ML is to drive your children to school, “and if you see a pond on the way, don’t worry, you won’t get wet.”  If you are into off-roading, get an appropriate vehicle and start altering, not the ML-class.

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Motor Trend’s First Impressions of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler may have the same illustrative look and feel but according to Motor Trend’s “First Test: 2012 Jeep Wrangler” it has gone through a few alterations.  Allyson Harwood, the author making the critique, was able to drive the new Wrangler on the Rubicon, “one of the hardest 4×4 trails around.”  One change that happened in 2011 was when the Jeep Wrangler JK “(the current generation’s code name) received a new interior”, plus a body color hard top, and fender flares; which may seem minor, but actually drastically changed the Jeep’s appearance.  The new Wrangler also includes a Pentastar engine, which has “more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy.”  Harwood started the road test with changes in elevations and large openings, which gave the testers the chance to put the Pentastar’s acceleration on trial.

2012 Jeep Wrangler (Picture Courtesy of Motor Trend)

This new engine allows for noticeable improvement, offering exceptional response and an enhancement in power.  The new Wrangler “hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, while all of the 3.8-liter Wranglers took between 9.8 and 10.2 seconds.”  Before taking on the Rubicon trail, the testers switched from the unlimited Sahara to the Wrangler Rubicon.  The trail allows for incredible scenery, while the Jeep takes on treacherous terrain due to the harsh winter.  The Jeep got passed the territory without many problems, with the new engine and transition working well.  The Jeep’s goal is to make the Wrangler a better day-to-day vehicle, while keeping its “off-road ability.”

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