Monday 25 May 2015

Crossing some items off the "To Do" List

Last weekend (May 16-18) was the Canadian holiday known as the May 2-4. I took advantage of an understanding wife and the incredible weather to scratch a couple of items off the Jeep to do list. 

A year ago I had purchased some TMR Customs rear fame tie-in's. I finally got around to tackling the install. It required dealing with some bumper bolts that refused to move. I'll save you the gory details of the impact gun and torch. The brackets really made a huge change to the stiffness of the bumper and tire carrier. Where it used to sag when opened, it now doesn't move. 

I had also purchased some wider fender flares for the Jeep. Trying to keep road spray down and Johnny Law off my back. I attacked the rears first. After fighting the inner fenders out (and into the garbage can) the bolts generally came out really easy. The new to me Bestop flares went on easy and rally improve the coverage of the tires. I ran into a hitch on the front, as they won't fit with my rock sliders. No worries, I have tube fenders to go in eventually.

I did a quick brake job on the front. Nothing really fancy there. 

To top it off, I put the soft top back on. May as well, it's now summer and trail season. 

Coming Soon... Installing the new tires

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Time for new tires

My close to new "Spare"
It's been about 14 years since I picked up my set of Goodyear MT/R's. Something close to the first set National 4 Wheel Drive ever sold. Had them mounted up on some AR 767 rims and they've served me very well over the years

Pavement Still Sucks
Pavement Sucks
They've been through two Jeeps, a frame up restore, trips to Rockport Off Road, Rauch Creek, countless trips to Ardbeg and Bobcaygeon. They have thousands of road miles under them, and now it's time to out them to rest.

14 years the road
They've finally wore out.
I knew the time was coming, they were losing traction in rain. They didn't dig as well in snow, and they're developing rim leaks now.

Things have changed in 14 years. I'm married, I have a mortgage and a kid to take care of. Blindly dropping $2000 in tires isn't an option. I think I've found a good compromise in the Eldorado MTZ Sport. They're made by Cooper and have good reviews. I've placed my order and will report back with how they work out.