Think you have to go all the way to Daytona Beach just to find the wild side? Think again. With a Jeep, you can find it just about anywhere. But while it’s fun to cut loose and feel the breeze on your bare skin, there are times when you’re going to need to weatherproof car cover up. From the reddening glare of the sun to the spirit-dampening soak of the rain, riding around in a Jeep means that from time to time you’ll need a little protection for your curvier areas, like your leather interior, dash and floorboards. After all, Mother Nature is a respecter of no one. With continuous solar exposure, what was once vivid, soft and supple can quickly turn dull, cracked and wrinkled. Whether it’s the thunderclouds overhead or the highway patrol creeping up behind, either can potentially rain on your parade. A bikini top is the perfect solution to transform and conceal a Jeep gone wild.
While the stock hard top is great for winter months, it’s hardly conducive to a summer road trip up the coast or off-reading in the mountain air. A Wrangler soft top and Jeep Wrangler bikini top protects you from the glare of the sun that would otherwise burn you to a crisp or the occasional shower that would leave you soaked. Designed specifically to your vehicle’s make, model and year, each Jeep Wrangler bikini top is literally a snap to put on or take off with quick-release fasteners that detach and reattach in a fraction of the time it takes to mess around with a standard hard top Jeep cover. They’re also available in a wide array of colors, come in full-top or brief styles and easily match any finish or sense of style. Manufactured by established industry-leaders like Rugged Ridge, Smittybilt and VDP, the standard Wrangler soft top is constructed of heavy-duty, vinyl-coated polyester and cotton, reinforced in heavy-pull areas with marine-grade thread, and then sealed with heat-seal tape. Plus, Jeep bikini tops feature durable yet breathable materials, including UV-treated mesh that lets the fresh air in while keeping harmful UV rays and other destructive elements out. The high performance of the mesh is due to a special weave that provides both strength and durability. In addition, you can choose between models that come with or without zippered pockets, allowing you to store handy extras for the road, like a GPS device, extra emergency supplies or just a plain old road map.
Jeep Gifts, For Jeep Lovers! Within Everyone’s Budget
It’s a jeep thing; those of you who have an individual in your life who is a Jeep fanatic you’ve without doubt heard that line before. Gift giving can be frustrating for anyone. Purchasing a gift for a Jeep lover can be slightly more complex and costly. No matter what your budget might be you can buy a terrific gift for the Jeep buff in your life, while avoiding the purchase of a typical gift card. Most Jeep part and accessory websites include a gift section with items similar to; grab handles, key chains and clothing with the “Jeep” logo. Common jeep gear can cost from $12 to $40 and would be a perfect gift from a child or from someone who is not familiar with the recipient needs. For those who know the individual well and are aiming to spend a bit more, based on the Jeep model, you can find several Jeep kits available that cost from $75 to $100. Rugged Ridge features a roll bar trim kit (9 Piece Set $99.99) which includes an assortment of Jeep Wrangler handle accessories. The handles/holders strap onto the Jeeps Internal bars. Included in the set are; Grab handles, fire extinguisher holder, cup holder, flashlight holder and a sun glasses holder. Rugged Ridge in addition offers a more expensive 4 Piece Comfort Package ($167.99) that includes; sunglasses holder, rear seat organizer, dash organizer and arm rest pad.
Jeep seat covers as well as floor mats can be a fantastic present as well. Jeep seat covers and floor mats are great for somebody who often drive their wrangler topless. The covers can protect the seat and floor from damage that are usually caused by the sun and unexpected rainfall. Bestop offers good quality seat covers (based on the year of the vehicle) in various colors and materials. The price range for seat covers can run $130.00+. Husky Liners carry a large variety of heavy-duty, good quality rubber floor mats in different colors from $69 to $200+. Let’s face it, if you know a Jeep owner who has a soft top or topless Wrangler, otherwise has a bad habit of leaving their door unlocked. Then you recognize that carrying valuable items in their jeep can be unsafe. Tuffy Security products have a large range of clever products to protect the jeep owners personal items and help provide them a peace of mind. Tuffy Security Products come with a lock and key, and are made difficult to break into. Items as in the universal under-hood lockbox ($113.00*) can be great to store objects such as flashlights and tools. Tuffy also has stereo cover and speaker security boxes that run from $99 to $125+. Still uncertain what to buy your jeep lover as a gift? Need the gift in a hurry? Put together a basket filled with jeep accessories. Online resources and local auto stores have a ton of jeep steering wheels, seat and tire covers, as well as metal signs and decals that range from $14 to $30. Shopping for a Jeep fanatic shouldn’t be hard at all. Keep in mind, “It’s a jeep thing”. Those of you who know a Jeep addict should know that anything Jeep goes.
Personalize That Wrangler with Top Jeep Accessories
It’s a jeep thing; even if you don’t own a jeep, you know of the cult that surrounds the name. From spunky beach-town cruisers to rock crawling monsters, Jeeps are without a doubt the most capable and modifiable vehicles on the planet. If you’re curious about the different paths you can take with your jeep, then this guide is for you. Let’s say you just picked up a canary yellow 4-door jeep from the local dealer. Heck, you probably got a great deal on it, considering the financial trouble that Chrysler is facing. You got the basic package, avoiding any over-priced dealer add-ons, but there are a couple things you are going to need to make the new Wrangler compliment your lifestyle. First things first, get a top for it! Most Jeeps come without a roof, so unless you live on a warm tropical island that never sees any rain, you’ll need something to cover it up. There are a few different options and your choice will be driven the local climate. If you live in an area with 4 seasons, from sunshine to snowfall, you’ll want probably want a hard top. Jeep hard tops have better insulation and offer better vehicle security, but can be cumbersome to remove and store. If winters aren’t too harsh or you don’t drive that much in the winter, a soft top can suffice. Jeep soft tops are a better choice for most people as they can be removed by one person, are easily stored and offer fairly good protection from the elements. If you live in a climate that sees rainfall a few days of the year and are not worried about thieves stealing things out of your Jeep, a bikini top is your best choice. Jeep bikini tops share similar form and function to their bathing suit cousins; they offer maximum exposure while providing a little protection to those vital areas you don’t want to get sunburned. They are easy to store and even easier to install; tie one on and you’re ready for a day of fun in the sun.
If you choose to forgo a jeep top, you’ll definitely want to pick up a set of jeep seat covers. The sun can be a cruel mistress and her UV rays can destroy your seats in just a few short years. If you bought your Jeep used and the seats came sans-fabric, you might want to consider replacing them with an aftermarket set of jeep seats, specially designed to keep you and your occupants planted inside the cab. If your jeep came without doors, do yourself a favor and avoid a lawsuit by getting a pair of tubular jeep doors; they look cool, protect you from falling out and let you see any rocks that your tires might be grappling with. Speaking of tires, jeep suspension kits are a must have if you plan to do any amount off-reading. From front and rear doffs to lift kits and fender flares meant to house 35″ mudders, the options are near limitless. If you plan to go on some big excursions, make sure to have a proper spare tire mount with an extra can of gas. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the wilderness stuck in a rut somewhere with a flat. If you do get stuck, at least make sure to have some tunes jamming to break the silence while you wait for backup. But let’s face it; Jeep did a half-arse job with their choice of stereo equipment. Those 4″ dash speaker just don’t cut it if you drive a vehicle that is an open-air roof 99% of the time. You’re going to need some decent watts if you want to rock out proper. Jeep sound bars are a great way to direct crisp audio to your ears while utilizing the roll bar as a choice mounting location. Toss a sub in the back and you’re ready to walk up that Stairway to Heaven.
What do Consumers Think About Their New Jeeps? It’s Good News
I have read numerous consumer ratings / reviews regarding the latest Jeep models. The overall picture is that consumers are happy if not ecstatic about their recent purchase. They mostly rave about the handling, the comfort, and the safety features of their Jeeps. As one person reported, ” I don’t know if it works yet, but just knowing its there gives me added comfort.” They were referring to the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with the electronic roll mitigation. Most reviewers were impressed with the comfort of the interior in the Compass and were very impressed with the luxury of the Commander. It was also reported that the legroom for 2nd row seating had ample space. The Compass was said to contain a large amount of cargo space. The people writing these reviews all compared their new Jeep to the previous vehicles they had owned. The recently purchased Jeep usually got the better rating even over a previously owned Lexus model SUV. This speaks well for Jeep. One person reported that they were almost swayed into not purchasing a Jeep because of the manner the Jeep had been portrayed in a magazine report. It is their opinion that persons writing these reports were expecting the Jeep Compass to be as rugged as the rest of the Jeep line. They also stated that is was their opinion that the Jeep Compass was built and designed exactly as Jeep had intended and that the Jeep Compass was a great crossover vehicle. They took a test drive in it and were enthused by the Compass’ performance. The most reported feature other than the performance and handling was the gas-economy of the Compass, and even the gas economy for the Commander. The quiet engine of the 5.7L HEMI also seemed to impress those that had purchased a Commander.
Those few reviews that were negative mostly referred to the overall cargo space of the Jeep Commander model and were written by editors. The consumer reviews of the same Jeep model were not nearly as critical. The negative reports from the consumer on the Commander were concerning small details like complains regarding the placement of the cup holder for the 2nd row passengers, the DVD cover not staying on, the navigation system not as simple to use as one on a competitor’s comparable model, or the rain coming inside the vehicle upon entering and exiting the vehicle. We view these as all minor in nature. The Jeep Liberty was touted to be the favorite vehicle of consumers that purchased them. In most cases they were buying a second or even third Jeep Liberty to replace their first one. This type of repeat business really supports a vehicle. One such owner reported that the first Jeep Liberty had survived through 7 hurricanes in Florida and the conditions that come along with them. The Jeep Liberty being traded in for a new one had over 120,000 miles on it, and was reportedly still running well. The Jeep Wrangler is a big hit with all of its owners. One person reported having taken a Chevy Blazer off-road and being quickly reminded that it was not a Jeep! It appears that those who own Jeep Wranglers would not be content with any other four-wheel drive vehicle. The new JK versions of the Jeep Wrangler are larger and more comfortable than the previous Wrangler models with stiffer construction and more insulation for a quieter ride. The designers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee wanted the Jeep Grand Cherokee to be able to maneuver well in city traffic, be roomy enough for the whole family, stylish enough to take out on the town, and still be able to get to those remote places. Many agree that the designers were successful. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the top sellers in the SUV competition. The overall average rating by the consumer on the Jeep models is a 9.0. The designers for Jeep seemed to have succeeding in their endeavors to make each model as they intended and the customers are reporting that they are happy with the results.