Jeeps were first produced in the 1940’s. They were designed and marketed using the positive reputation that they had gained during World War II and many of the first buyers were veterans who had used them during their time in the war. The first marketed Jeep was the CJ’s they came straight from the factory ready to be taken off-road and enjoyed. Early Jeeps featured high ground clearance, four-wheel drive and the ability to change into low gears. During the time of their release, there weren’t as many highways as there are today which left driver’s with plenty of open space to test their ride and their own off-roading.
It wasn’t long after their initial release that Jeep clubs began to appear. These groups tended to be include members who had a mixture of both technical and driving knowledge. Members of these clubs would organize rides on locally found trails and would also organize trips to other popular trails located nationally. These groups were a way for fellow owners to gather and compare notes on how they used their ride and driving methods that they discovered. There are still many groups/clubs in existence today, they have become better organized and some hold annual events that attract off-roaders from across the country.
One of these events is the Jeep Jamboree. This event was first launched in 1982 by Jeep owners and has now become associated with the Jeep brand. Jamborees are dedicated to providing Jeep owners with an unforgettable off-roading experience, as well as, the chance to test out new equipment and see how other Jeep owners have modified their Jeeps. Jeep Jamborees allow owners to communicate and share tips that they have discovered over the years. Along with Jamborees, there is also Camp Jeep. Camp Jeep is an annual event that has been sponsored by Jeep since 1995. It is held in a different location each year and includes events for every member of the family. Owners can also attend lectures, seminars and visit vendor displays while at Camp Jeep.
Since first introduced,Jeep officially certifies that many of the vehicles they produce are for off-road use and include a Trail Rated certification that can be identified by the emblems on the sides of the Jeep. A Jeep that has been certified as Trail Ready meets or exceeds Jeeps specifications in various off-roading categories. A Trail Ready has been tested for traction, ground clearance, maneuverability and water fording. In previous years all models that were produced by Jeep were Trail Rated; however, some of the newer models are designed purely for city driving.
However you choose to use your Jeep, whether it is for off-roading or city driving you can rest assured that it can handle whatever you put in front of it. Jeeps have become one of America’s favorite automobiles and they have the reputation to back it up.
On Board Air Compressor
A Jeep on board air-compressor is a must have for any serious Jeep off-road driver because it serves a couple very important purposes. The first purpose for the onboard air-compressor is to help re-inflate the tires in case of an emergency. In addition, depending on the terrain, tire pressure varies to provide the best ground coverage and traction for the type of terrain present. With that being said, it is important to have an air-compressor onboard to inflate or deflate your tires to the proper pressure for the terrain.
Once an air-compressor is installed on your Jeep, another great accessory that compliments the air-compressor is the hookup kit. There are several good ones on the market. The Jeep owner will want to look for a kit that works with their particular air-compressor.
Good kits will include an air hose at least 20 feet in length, male and female tee fittings, male and female terminal connectors, ring terminal connectors, cable ties, air line clips and a continues grommet strip. It is also a good idea to make sure the kit includes the necessary attachments to inflate tires, clean parts and utilize other tools if necessary.
Computer Chip Calibrator
Another must have Jeep accessory for off-road drivers who take their trail riding seriously is a portable computer chip calibrator. Most people think these handy computers are only used for detecting engine codes, but they also can be used to adjust the performance of the on-board computer.
This on board Jeep accessory is available for most Jeep models. Many of the good ones like the Hypertech Max Energy Power Programmer for the Jeep Wrangler 2007-2010 models can do anything a Jeep owner needs including: maximize horsepower, improve fuel economy, adjust shift points, recalibrate speedometer and even lower cooling fan on/off temps. This particular Jeep part can be updated online using a USB cable.
All Terrain Recovery Tool Kit
The last item on this list, but probably the first item any Jeep off-roader should have is an off-road recovery kit. These kits come in handy as a Jeep part because they have everything anyone needs to help remove their fellow Jeep owners (or themselves) from sticky situations.
A good Jeep all terrain recovery tool kit will include such high-tech items as a shovel, an axe, a sledgehammer and a pick axe. It is advisable that when purchasing this Jeep accessory that the handle for these tools be made out of steel and not wood. Wooden handle won’t be able to handle the weight of most Jeep Cherokees or Jeep Wranglers.