Episode 324 – Underwater Jeeps and Finding Offroad Trails

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This Week In Jeep:  Mahindra Pseudo Jeep / Ultra-Mini-Jeep in the works / Jeep parks underwater in River. [0:02:42]

Here’s something a little different for all of us Jeep lovers out there.

TWIJ-1In early March 2018, Mahindra Automotive North America launched the Roxor, a side-by-side (two-seater) off-road vehicle.   The Roxor is small, and it has no windshield or safety equipment, so it isn’t street legal. It’s made strictly for fun. And could possibly be more fun than bouncing out of a vehicle with bugs in your teeth?…, i can’t think of a single thing! Mahindra is the Mumbai, India-based brand that focuses on industrial and powersports vehicles and has little name recognition in the United States.

Some people choose to park their Jeep in a garage.

TWIJ-3Other’s may opt for the carport, or just leave it in the driveway. However, the owner of a green-colored Jeep Wrangler decided the best place to park THEIR Jeep was in the Wainiha River on Kauai.   What is likely the result of a single vehicle crash has left many residents puzzled. Last Saturday, police responded to a report of a vehicle that was fully submerged in the river on the east side of the Wainiha twin bridges. According to a preliminary investigation, police said the driver possibly struck the bridge and at some point reversed into the river. The driver then fled the scene. A nearby resident is reported to have heard the crash and went to investigate.    Police said the resident went to the scene and observed the newer model Jeep Wrangler underwater with its headlights still on. Thinking the worst, the resident jumped into the river to austensibly rescue the occupants, only to discover the vehicle was empty. Police have since contacted the vehicle owner to remove the Jeep from the river, and to ask the question on everyone’s mind… just what the “F” happened?!?

It should be coming any day now….

TWIJ-6After months and months of speculation and rumors, we may finally have a slightly less muddy picture as to whether or not Jeep will be coming out with a sub-compact model of SUV’s. Speaking to reporters at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Jeep global boss Mike Manley talked about the possibility of Jeep releasing a new SUV, smaller than the Renegade.  “I have to say THAT one has moved on reasonably significantly,” he said. “You will probably have to wait until our big event in June when we talk about the next five years to see if it’s officially in the plan or not.” Jeep and FCA have been toying for years with the idea of a truly compact SUV.


Contributor Segment: Steve 4.3LXJ: Finding Trails [0:11:28]

CaptureIf you recall Steve, 4.3lxj, started a new series on episode 320, Finding Trails.  Tonight we continue in this series with part 2.

Maps mentioned by Steve in this segment;

Wrangler Talk: Top 5 Personal Items to Take Off Road  

Top 5 Personal Items to take when you go off road [0:19:17]

imagesGood Shoes – lightweight your feet are gonna be on the pedal all day. I go for hiking shoes. I bought Merrels before I went to Moab and they are my go to shoes when I off Road. They are perfect when you need to get out of your vehicle on the rocky terrains.  Change of clothes – never know when you might get all muddy or come across some water you might have to wade into for a rescue.  Water bottles – I like my Jeep water bottles. You need to stay hydrated while your out on the trails. Even though you are in your Jeep you need to stay hydrated.



Ed S. 5 stars on our Facebook Page

Wonderful Podcast. I just listened to the interview with Bryan Hutton and his Jeep Stomper (episode 130ish). It just brought a tear to my eye hearing this heroic story about a man and his Jeep vs. Mother Nature

Interview with: [0:29:27]

Paul Roth – Jeep Cables

From The Mind Of NickyG [0:58:04]

Nicky goes after the Supercroc, don’t miss it.

Must Have Stuff for your Jeep: [0:59:15]

Innovative JK Products IJKP-1:

On-Board Air System Kit for Jeep JKU Wrangler (4-Door) for use with ARB Twin Compressor CKMTA12

81+MDbcZVoL._SL1500_So, let’s say you have an ARB Twin Air Compressor. And now you are left with the task of where to mount it and how to plumb it for use? Now there’s a complete solution in one handy kit. Innovative JK Products has taken all the guesswork out, and developed a complete solution for your tire inflation needs on your 4 door Jeep JKU. Innovative JK Products came up with this solution to address many of the common problems with on-board air systems – dirt/mud, overheating, space, and leaks.  Use our Amazon link and we’ll get a few cents from your purchase!

Cherokee Love [1:04:14]

Tonight’s Cherokee Love information is truly a Cherokee only info thing.  Now before you non cherokee owners finish groaning and looking for that fast forward button, (Nicky G just said “I can fast forward?”)  This may not be specific to your Jeep but this goofiness may help you figure out a similar problem in the future.  Man I love me some bright lights, LED light bars but also headlights, running lights, blinkers and back up lights.  A few months back I was checking the prices of the LED bulbs of ALL my exterior lights and I found prices have really gone down.  So I ordered 3177 LED bulbs front rear, yellow, red and white. Good Lord them back up lights are white and bright, but I digress.

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Camp Fireside Chat [1:13:25]

Tammy — Family finally went wheeling with me… Remember when Gary from the NWJeepCast was on… I mentioned no legal wheeling in MD  He shared the Frederick Watershed from Trails Off Road.com really close to me about 45 minutes… My family doesn’t go cause too far away… not this time… Frederick Municipal Forest is a 7000-acre oasis. This watershed forest has over 11 miles of gravel, dirt, and slightly rocky roads coursing throughout. The technical rating is a 1 to 2…Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3″ water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees.  Tony — Novak no HD NP242J parts, but willing to build me a HD NP231!

Wheeling Where: [1:23:22]

Uwharrie OHV Jamboree 2018

52nd Annual EJS – Easter Jeep Safari

JEEP NIGHT at Boardwalk Billy’s

Links Mentioned in Episode 324:

Jeep Momma Wheels the Frederick Watershed     






Jeep Talk Show available on Amazon Alexa!

Echo_1500[1]Well we were starting to wonder if it was really going to happen, but as of TODAY you can listen to full episodes of the Jeep Talk Show right from the ease and comfort of your Amazon Alexa.  Stop, Pause, Resume, fast forward, reverse, all from simple voice commands.  Your Alexa will remember where you left off.  Simple say “Alexa tell the Jeep Talk Show to play the latest episode” to get started.

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Ep.323 – New Wrangler Just Got More Expensive

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This Week In Jeep: [0:01:23]

Price Shock

It happens to most of us when we find out just exactly how much that new shiny we want is REALLY going to cost. And in true supply and demand fashion, the new shiny Jeep most of really want, just got a bit more expensive.[PIC-1]    It was reported this week that the 2018 Wrangler JL’s shipping from the automaker’s Toledo, Ohio, assembly plant now cost $750 more than they did just a few weeks ago. That brings the entry price to $28,940. Notably, Jeep sells two vehicles as the 2018 Wrangler—a carry-over design badged Wrangler JK that’s now out of production and a redesigned model known to enthusiasts as the Wrangler JL.

Working out in style

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder, a sports fan, or even a jeeper to appreciate this story. Although the name might not ring bells to most of you the team this athlete plays for might. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara isn’t slowing down during the NFL offseason. As most players focus on healing injuries, reconditioning, and rebuilding. Many players opt to bulk up, add strength and endurance, and hit the gym. This one player however,  is taking that to the extreme…. he’s dragging Jeeps around during his workouts. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year posted a video.

The 4×4 Radio Network: [0:12:40]

The Jeep Talk Show is a proud member of the 4×4 Radio Network.  Just visit 4x4RadioNetwork.com and learn more about The 4×4 Podcast, Centre Steer Podcast, Trailchasers Podcast and or newest member the On the Trail Podcast!

Wrangler Talk: [0:13;02]

Tammy can’t swing out her Extreme Terrain bumper with tire carrier.  She gives us all the creative was she tries to get it removed and re-greased.

Reviews: [0:25;25]

Facebook: Hal H. 5 stars! (We now have 70 Facebook page reviews and 129 iTunes reviews!  Thanks guys!)

Tech Talk With Jeep Talk: [0:27:03]

Unit Bearing Woes

I want to give listener Ryan S. a shout out for sending in this question. He writes…

“I’ve been trying to remove the stub shafts from my Dana 30’s Unit-bearing with no luck. What’s the trick to getting these things out?”

Unless your jeep came from or lives in arizona, or southern california or parts of the south where it hardly ever rains, and rarely ever snows, your jeep is likely going to have a bit of rust here and there. Oh sure i’m sure the body is fine, and the floorboards are all intact and rust free…but those components UNDER the jeep, have faced hundreds of thousands of miles of dust, grime, grit, and who knows what else picked up from the road over the years. Even if the Jeep has never seen snow, salt or deep water crossings, the components under a jeep can still freeze up with oxidation and surface rust. And wheel bearings are no exception. When it’s time to replace those front wheel bearings, know as unit bearings, or a broken stub shaft, separating the bearing from the knuckle or the shaft from the bearing can be a real chore

Interview with: [0:37:52]

David Tracy with JALOPNIK

David Tracy is a Jalopnik writer who spends a lot of his time wrenching on rusty, cheap Jeeps. His interest in off-roading came about after his dad, during a “Take Your Child To Work Day,” got his HMMWV stuck in a mud pit on an army base in Germany. When David and his family moved from Germany to Kansas, his dad bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, which was the car David and his brothers learned to drive on in high school. But they didn’t just drive, they off-roaded that ZJ in the flood plains of the Missouri River.  Hard.

From the Mind of Nicky G! [1:03:42]

We’re never quite sure what you’ll hear from Nicky G!  This week Nicky G and his top 5 list of things you should know about North Carolina prior to Tammy’s trip.

Jeep Momma “Tammy” Product Review: [01:36:41]

JT Brooks Automatic Tire Deflator Pros


When I began my off road journey one of the first Off Road accessories I got for myself were JT Brooks Automatic Tire Deflators, they come in a set of four, but recently they came out with the Pro version. The pro version eliminates the need to calibrate, you just simply dial in your desired PSI and Go.  Both of these  tire deflators automatically and accurately deflate tires to a set PSI. Once set —  you screw them onto each tire’s valve stem, and let them do the work. They automatically shut off when the set PSI is reached. This saves so much time on the trails. And all tires can be deflated simultaneously, This allows you to complete other tasks while all tires are deflating.


Cherokee Love: [1:13:46]

Recovery in Reverse

I learned something new, or I knew it and forgot, either way I found it interesting.  I was listening to our new 4×4 network member “On the Trail Podcast” and they were discussing some of their listeners calling them to task about pulling people out, stuck, in harm’s way etc…  Apparently pulling someone’s vehicle out with your Jeep in reverse is a no-no. Why? The ring gear in your diff! Drive and coast part of the ring. When in reverse the you are putting more stress on the angled coast part of the ring which is not as strong.  Josh did you know about this?!?!

Camp Fireside Chat: [1:19:54]

Josh contemplates yard work or Jeep work.  The light is better in the yard… Transfer case rebuild on the schedule this weekend. Borg-Warner Morse chain.  Tammy thinking about heading off road, ALONE!  But it’s close to home, it’s okay, right?  Never wheel alone unless it’s okay, or you have permission from some friends. 😀

Wheeling Where: [1:36:14]

Uwharrie OHV Jamboree 2018

52nd Annual EJS – Easter Jeep Safari

JEEP NIGHT at Boardwalk Billy’s

Links Mentioned in Episode 323:
Dominator 58″ CurvedScrewdrive Pry Bar, 3Piece Dominator Screwdrive Pry Bar Set and Mayhew T-Shirt


Our Next Guest Interview, David Tracy from Jalopnik!

david-tracyDavid Tracy is a Jalopnik writer who spends a lot of his time wrenching on rusty, cheap Jeeps. His interest in off-roading came about after his dad, during a “Take Your Child To Work Day,” got his HMMWV stuck in a mud pit on an army base in Germany. When David and his family moved from Germany to Kansas, his dad bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, which was the car David and his brothers learned to drive on in high school. But they didn’t just drive, they off-roaded that ZJ in the flood plains of the Missouri River. Hard. It was because of the HMMWV experience and especially because of how much fun it was to mud that ZJ that, at the age of about 14, David decided he wanted to work for Jeep. So he enrolled into a mechanical engineering program after high school, and ultimately scored a job after college as a lead cooling system engineer (the Systems Integration Responsible) for the next-generation Wrangler JL. Two years later, he  gets to write cool stuff about cars for a living. Much of that cool stuff deals with old Jeeps.

David is our guest for episode 323, don’t miss it!


Ep.322 – How to turn your JK cooling system to grape Jelly

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This Week In Jeep: [0:02:30]

FCA Hero

TWIJ-1If you’re a die hard Jeeper you’ve probably already heard this story, but it is something we didn’t want the Jeep Talk Show listeners to miss!  The global head of design for Fiat Chrysler Automotives, FCA, is being called a hero. I’m speaking of Ralph Gilles.  No not for his design of the new Cherokee, or the new Renegade but for what he did on his own personal time. Early this past Sunday morning Gilles pulled up to an accident between two Ford vehicles.

FCA to Drop Diesel Engines

2015-30l-ecodiesel-ii[1]Well apparently fuel economy and power and torque aren’t important to FCA because they are dropping diesel engines!  What?  But they just announced that the new Jeep Wrangler JL would have a diesel option later this year?  Not to worry FCA is talking about their diesel cars, and since FCA doesn’t offer any cars in North America we, and the vast amount of our audience won’t be affected.

Jeep Talk Show Amazon Echo Alexa Skill

Echo_1500[1]We here at the Jeep Talk Show are very excited to announce that we were selected to be one of the very first podcasts at Libsyn to be available on their new Amazon Echo skill!  If you are an Echo owner you’ll soon be able to listen to full episodes of the Jeep Talk Show on ANY of your Amazon Echos or Amazon Echo enabled devices!  In the next couple of weeks you’ll be able to say “Alexa, tell Jeep Talk Show to play latest episode.”



Contributor Segment [0:09:20]

Gary with NWJeepCast shares an interview with TreadLightly while at King of the Hammers!

The 4×4 Radio Network [0:14:03]

The Jeep Talk Show is a proud member of the 4×4 Radio Network.  Just visit 4x4RadioNetwork.com and learn more about The 4×4 Podcast, Centre Steer Podcast, and Trailchasers Podcast!  And our most recent show on the network is the On the Trail Podcast!

Wrangler Talk: [0:14:48]

Top 5 Must Have Fluids to Take Off Road

Top 5 Must have Fluids to take on the trail. Again I don’t have a whole lot of experience with this, so I reached out to my fellow Jeepers for their suggestions on the fluids to take with you on the trails.

#1 Oil
#2 Coolant
#3 Water
#4 Brake
#5 Differential (gear oil) /Transmission or Gas

Tech Talk With Jeep Talk: [0:25:36]

No Good Modification Goes Unpunished

You may never have heard the phrase, “No good modification goes unpunished” but if you’ve modified your Jeep you instantly knows what it means.  You gotta have that lift then you find that causes a problem that you have to resolve, or several.  For example Tammy lifted her JKU 3.5 inches and during an inspection she found her resepa was leaking due the steeper angle it was at and had to buy a replacement that was designed for the greater angle.

Interview with:

Andy with Warn Industries

s-l300[1]Andy Lilienthal is the Digital Marketing Manager at Warn Industries, and first started with the company in 2006. He’s a lifelong gearhead, and currently has a number of 4WD vehicles including his 2001 Jeep Cherokee which he’s wheeled all over the west including Moab, Ouray, CO, Tillamook State Forest, and Tahuya State Forest among other places. When not in the office, you can find Andy representing the brand a number of events including Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep Jamboree, and other Jeep and 4WD events. He also does media relations, social media, and puts on the occasional winching demonstration.



From the Mind of Nicky G!


Nicky G’s REAL Jeep needs Pizzas!  You never can tell what Nicky G is going to call in about, or what he’s going to say.  Join in and have a laugh and a snort!



Must Have Jeep Stuff:

Engine WatchDog  


The gizmo that I used to finally figure out that my Jeep cooling system wasn’t overheating was the Engine Watchdog TM-1.  Engine Watchdog, and Australian based company which means you’ll need to specify fahrenheit or celsius on the units’ readout.  They have several models to choose from.  TM-1 to TM-4.


Wheeling Where:

Who/What: Jeep Night and 4Wheeling 4Help
When: March 5th (Thats Monday!) 6pm to 10pm
Where: Boardwalk Billy’s in Charlotte NC
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/143836222910866??ti=ia
This event is this Monday March 5th. If you missed it this is why you should listen the day we release the show or better yet, SUBSCRIBE!
This event, a charity event and fundraiser support sloane Marie and congenital heart defects.

Who/What: 56th Annual Tierra del Sol desert Safari
When: March 2nd – 4th
Where: Just outside of San Diego California
More Info: https://tdsdesertsafari.com/
Come out and experience the magic and splendor of southern California’s finest wheeling. This year will be another epic event with fantastic vendors onsite and the best raffle on the planet (over $150k in prizes)…Yes, we are going to do it again! We want to give a big shout out to Jeremy Coffin, who sent us the details of this event. He went last year and said it was a blast.
Judging from what I’ve read on the web about this event, he’s not mistaken.

Who/What: Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo
When: March 16th – 18th
Where: Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno Nevada
More Info: www.lockettshows.com

Who/What: Easter Jeep Safari
When: 03/24 – 03/31
Where: MOAB Utah
More Info: www.rr4w.com

Links Mentioned in Episode 322:



The best way is to go by part numbers:  OAT (purple) gallon is #68163849AA for straight coolant, #68163849AB for 50/50 premixed. HOAT (orange) gallon is #68048953AB for straight coolant.