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Wrap your brain around this. Race car aficionado Enzo Ferrari once said, “Jeep is America’s only real sports car.” Maybe sports car isn’t the description you’d apply to a Jeep but Enzo is right. A sports car is about fun and freedom and nothing gives you more of each than a Jeep. That also explains why Americans are fascinated with Jeep performance parts. They want their “sports car” to be meaner and cooler than anyone else’s.
I got my first Jeep in 1969 when I was a brand spanking new second lieutenant assigned to a Military Police company in Viet Nam. As Army Jeeps (actually an M151A1) went mine was about as tricked out as possible thanks to some enterprising former members of the platoon.
A steel .50 caliber ammo box had been welded in place between the driver and passenger seats creating a watertight console perfect for maps, smokes and other essentials. An ancient AM radio and speaker was rigged under the dash so we could tune in to Armed Forces Radio. In the passenger compartment we had a bulky VRC 46 radio along with its 8′ whip antenna and a pedestal mount for an M60 machine gun bolted to the floor. Being an MP Jeep it had a red flashing light on the left fender and a siren that wailed out a single, shrieking note on the right. I had the coolest ride in the company.
I didn’t set out to knowingly abuse that truck but when you sat in it you just knew you could go anywhere over any kind of terrain…and I did. I loved that Jeep.
Fast forward 40 plus years and nothing has changed. Americans still have a love affair going with their Jeeps and they are still obsessed with tricking them out.
High Performance Jeep Parts, Accessories and Stuff to Hang Onto For Dear Life
I asked my friends at Auto Parts Warehouse and the Tire Rack what their research shows regarding some of the more frequently purchased Jeep parts. Here is a quick list:
Off road tires for the Interstate. All of that fabulous 4×4 technology won’t mean a thing if those round things you ride on can’t handle rocky, dusty, sloppy, snowy, sandy terrain. At the same time they have to give you a smooth ride to the office. Tread design and tire composition continues to evolve but some of the leaders include the Dick Cepek line of wheels and tires, Nitto Terra Grappler, and the Hankook Dynapro AS RH03 Tire.
Speaking of tires. You have that naked spare hanging off the back of the Jeep. Spare tire covers are almost a no brainer addition. A cover provides protection from the elements including UV rays, deters theft and most of all, makes your Jeep look cool.
Can you see me now? If you are one of those people who think you can never have enough lights on a Jeep here’s something to consider. Permanent roof mounted lights create wind drag and they add to the vehicle height which can make things dicey if you encounter low hanging obstacles. Consider getting “folding” roof lights that allow you to fold them flat eliminating gas guzzling drag and reduces your clearance as well.
Hang on Buddy. The next time you are rumbling across rough terrain and you yell over to the passenger “Hang on Buddy” it would be nice if he actually had something other than the roll bar to hang on to. Grab handles are the answer. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, nylon handles or straps that fit on the roll bar and give your passenger a greater sense of security.
This is just a very small sampling of what you can get to customize your Jeep ride. Here’s how you create an effective bucket list. The next time you’re out and about in your Jeep and you have one of those “I wish I had a…” moments write it down. Rather than just scanning part suppliers make a list of what you really want when you realize you want it.
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Guest Writer: Bill Smith is a full time business writer and part time auto enthusiast who suffers from truck envy. Bill really likes trucks. Bill’s wife thinks trucks are bottomless money pits second only to the boat that Bill bought. Consequently Bill doesn’t have a truck but he does have a 1988 turbo charged Mazda RX7 that lets him play with his buddies who are into performance automobiles and big honking trucks. Writing about trucks and performance enhancing parts allows Bill to live the life without disrupting domestic tranquility. Bill and his Prius loving wife Rachel live in Naples, FL.