Friday, 10 December 2010

Congratulations to Dust Junkies Racing for their win at the 2010 Baja 1000

Report courtesy of Rubicon Express

Congratulations go out to Dust Junkies Racing for their win at the 2010 Baja 1000. Their Jeep Wrangler #1706 fitted with an “off the shelf” Rubicon Express long arm suspension won 1st in it’s class. Team owner Scott Hartman was quoted earlier in the year saying “Rubicon Express is the only suspension that I would race with. We have over 5000 race miles on a TJ long arm kit with zero failures” I guess we can make it closer to 6500 race miles now that the Dust Junkies took the podium both days at the Bluewater challenge in Parker, AZ and have now finished this year’s gruelling 1000 miles of Baja!  Read the entire Dust Junkies Race Report here

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Bonnet Bounce on the Wrangler JK

If you own a new style Wrangler JK you will know what I mean, get up to a speed in excess of 60mph and the bonnet starts to flutter, which can get a little unsettling. Daystar offer an upgrade for the stock bonnet latches that utilize a weak and stretch-prone rubber that is the cause of the problem. A suspension lift only aggravates the problem by allowing more air to push up on the underside of the bonnet. The daystar upgrade is a direct replacement for the factory rubber used in the bonnet latch. Constructed of a heavy-duty polyurethane material, they provide a more positive lock that keeps the bonnet securely shut regardless of vehicle speed. They utilize most of the factory bonnet latch components, so the upgrade looks factory once complete.

Available from FTE 4x4 Specialists Ltd.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

More pictures posted from past SEMA Shows

Another 12 pictures from past SEMA shows, from 2003  to 2005 a couple of interesting Wranglers. It is amazing what can be done to a car park with straw bales and spray concrete, for a couple of years UROC (United Rock Crawling & Offroad Challenge) built a rock crawling course in the car park, if you are interested do a search on YouTube for UROC some of the stuff they have got up to will blow your mind. More pictures soon.

Friday, 5 November 2010

2003 –2004 SEMA Pictures Posted

Pictures from the SEMA Show 2003 & 2004 now posted on including an interesting 6 wheel drive Wrangler TJ from UROC. Have a good Bonfire Night, more pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Pictures now posted

Well the first 2 lots of photo’s have now been posted, ranging from 2007 – 2009, I have just been trawling through my hard drives and have found photo’s from SEMA dating back to 2003, boy have something's changed.

So please check out and follow the link to SEMA Re-Visited

Sunday, 31 October 2010

SEMA Re-Visited

Well this year I am giving the SEMA Show a miss, I have been for the pass 7 years so I think that by not going this year will give me more enthusiasm for next year, also I do have a lot of Jeeps to work on at the moment. So what I have decided to do this year is to go through my collection of pictures from all the previous years and post some old favourites and ones that did not make it on to the site for lack of time & space.

So here is a taste from 2006, it will be interesting to see the changes in style and looks. The link on the site will become live on the 2nd November, so please check it out at Thanks for looking. Steve

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Some Day All 4x4’s Will Be Made Like This!!

This link was sent to me by a friend Jules, just had to share.

Cams hydraulic Chain-drive 4x4, about 7 feet of up OR down motion on each tire: specs below Engine is a fuel injected Ford 5.0 V8 out of a '93 cobra mustang, c4 transmission and t-case out of an early bronco. 9" w/ 5.38 gears and ARB air locker mounted in the centre (below driver) running chain gears on the ends where the swing arms pivot. Swing arms are hydraulically controlled individually or together, and there is coil spring and shock suspension as well. large chains running inside the swing arms turn hummer gear reduction (2:1) hubs at each wheel. tires are 39.5". The steering is linked through the swing arms as well and the steering box is mounted just in front of the axle below the driver. body construction is steel tubing (mostly DOM) and the total weight is 5900 LB.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Happy New Year to All, Another product for the Wrangler TJ

Happy new year to all, one of my new year resolutions is to try and update my blog at least twice a month. It’s just some times it gets a little hectic here and things get missed. Anyway here is a product that has come to my attention for lifted TJ Wranglers made by Black Diamond it corrects the curvature of the rear spring after a  3”+ lift.

The factory TJ rear springs are mounted in a "leaning forward" position, which causes the coils to bow excessively rearward once the Jeep is lifted, especially when the suspension compresses. The problem is evident at 3" of lift height, and becomes more of an issue as lift height increases. This incorrect coil loading results in lost ride height and a diminished "too soft" spring rate.


Black Diamond's new Coil Correction Kit includes a pair of weld-on frame brackets and replacement upper coil seats; enough for both sides of one TJ. The frame brackets have adjustment holes that permit the coils and compression travel-dampeners to be in the optimal up-right position, even with wheelbase increases of up to 2". Use with any lift brand, 3" and taller in height.

Welding is required to fit the parts.

This kit is available from FTE 4x4 Specialist’s Ltd. please call for your requirements.