Kentrol recently released Front and Rear 1997-06 TJ Wrangler bumpers!

Kentrol recently released Front and Rear 1997-06 TJ Wrangler bumpers that are made from stainless steel and powder coated black. 

 

We decided to make these bumpers because the factory bumpers on this model year Jeep are faded, dented or rusty. Kentrol created a solution that is made from a marine grade 304 Stainless Steel so the customer won’t worry about rust. This would be a great replacement if your TJ has been in an accident and it’s a significant upgrade over the factory bumper. 

 

  

The Kentrol Stainless Steel bumpers include all the necessary holes to mount factory accessories and includes the 6 bumper screws needed to attach it to the frame of your Jeep.

We set the industry standard more than 30 years ago by manufacturing high quality stainless steel accessories for your Jeep.  Our products are made from T-304 stainless steel. We do 100% inspection of our parts before shipping to ensure you receive the highest quality.  Whether you are looking for a polished or black powder coated finish, with our limited lifetime warranty, we have the accessory to meet your needs.

 

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler is definitely a Jeep Wrangler!

A redesigned Jeep Wrangler will be unveiled later this year. it is exciting to see what it could be. We can have a sneak peek by the photos were posted on JL Wrangler Forums, whose sources claim it’s legit.

      

The first thing that Jeep fans will be happy to see is that the Wrangler continues to use a solid frame with a removable roof and doors. The overall look hasn’t changed much, but there’s a longer hood, a more prominent front bumper, vents behind the front fenders, and a character line running under what appear to be taller windows. It also looks like the window surrounds will be more recessed. Up front, the grille is canted rearward at the top, the fog lights move to the ends of the bumper, the turn signals move to the front of the fender, and the hood latches are pushed forward a bit. The windshield appears to be a bit more upright and less curved than the current model.

At the rear, we can see new taillights, a side-hinged tailgate with hinges on the opposite side, an indentation in the rear bumper where a spare tire would fit, and steps carved into the corners of that bumper.

It finally confirms that the doors and roof are fully removable, a feature that some feared would disappear with the new model. It looks like a fixed roll cage will help strengthen the Wrangler and protect occupants in the case of an accident. Hinges up front mean the windshield is still able to fold forward as well.

Also, we love the new fender flares...looks much better and allows larger tires. Grille looks like a TJ grille, which is a nice change.

Jeep is supposed to reveal the car at the LA auto show in November, and release the car in January. So, until then, we will just have to wait patiently for more (ideally official) information.

CHROME or STAINLESS?

Very common questions --- What is the difference between CHROME and STAINLESS? Will one hold up better than the other? There is a difference.

Chrome

 

Contrary to popular belief, when something like a nerf bar is “chrome” it is not solid chrome. In fact, any accessory with the word chrome in it means it has been finished with chromium plating. It is a finish created by electroplating a thin layer of chromium on the surface of metal (such as steel, aluminum, or zinc alloys) or ABS. This gives auto accessories a futuristic style and reflective surface while protecting the core of the accessory from corrosion.

Polished Stainless Steel

 

When an auto accessory is stainless steel it’s stainless steel from the inside out. Stainless steel is an alloy made by adding chromium and nickel to steel. The amount of chromium and nickel varies by grade, but their addition gives steel a natural resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel is considered a very strong and corrosion-resistant metal. While it is heavier per square inch than aluminum, many enjoy its subtle difference of reflective sheen. The term “polished” really just refers to how the stainless steel was finished. It means after the accessory was shaped, it was then buffed and rubbed with an abrasive compound until a mirror-like luster is achieved.

Kentrol often hears about Chrome vs Stainless Steel when it comes to differential covers. If you own a show car, truck or Jeep and you don’t feel like crawling under your vehicle to constantly polish and clean a differential cover, you’ll want to purchase a stainless differential cover. Trust us, it’s worth the extra few dollars to do stainless and we often hear about it after a customer gets tired of lying on the ground or putting the vehicle on a lift to clean the differential cover.

Kentrol covers all of our stainless steel items with a limited lifetime warranty.

We now Salt Spray Testing all of our products!

Kentrol is proud to announce that we are now Salt Spray Testing all of our products. This test helps us determine material flaws or issues before customers receive the product. In the picture below you’ll see TJ/YJ Hardtop Liftgate Hinges, TJ Hood Hinges and YJ/CJ Hood Catches taking a salty bath for a week.

     

At the end of the week we pull the products out of the machine and inspect the finish. Why do we salt spray test? We want to ensure that you can daily drive your Jeep behind a salt truck without rust issues. If your thing is parking near the beach during heavy storms with ocean spray, you can do so with assurance that your Kentrol products will look flawless. The Jeep might not look that great, but the Kentrol products will outlast your Jeep. Kentrol tests, inspects and builds our stainless accessories to last a lifetime and we back them with a lifetime warranty.

   

 

Removing your Ugly YJ Full Steel Door Mirrors

Does your YJ have full steel doors with goofy looking plastic mirrors mounted on it?

If so you can update your mirrors with Kentrols TJ style Mirror Kit and a set of Kentrol door hinges. This takes a little work, but it’s a relatively easy installation and the improvement to the look of your Jeep is worth the work.

 

To start you need to order the following parts.

-#50475 Mirror Kit

-#50420 Hardtop Door Hinge Set

-¼ - 20 tap and drill set

-Silicone Sealant

 

Once you have all the parts you need, start by removing the factory  door hinges and replacing them with the Kentrol #50420 Hardtop Door Hinge Set. Once installed take the 1/4"-20 drill bit and CAREFULLY drill 3 holes into the door through the holes shown below. If you don’t drill these holes the mirror bolts will bottom out. Once drilled, take the ¼-20 tap to add the threads needed for the bolts.

 

Now install the #50475 Mirror Kit onto the new hinges using the silicone sealant on the threads of the bolts. This will insure that its totally sealed. Lastly adjust the mirror to your liking and enjoy your updated look. All of the Kentrol products you just installed on your Jeep are made from 304 Grade Stainless steel and will look great on the Jeep for years and years!

 

 

Kentrol at SEMA 2016

Kentrol had a great year at the 2016 SEMA Show with the release of 4 exciting new products. SEMA offers Kentrol an opportunity to meet with existing and new customers, SEMA also offers an opportunity to showcase items we spent a lot of time developing and manufacturing. The 4 new Jeep products we released at the show are  #80706 Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket, #80703 BackSide License Plate Mount with LED’s, #80704 and #80705 Mechanical Hood Catch Kits and the #80702 Heritage Tail Light Guards. For Kentrol, this was the first year that we showcased new products in the new products showcase. To Kentrol… it was a big deal and it was nice to see all of our hard work sitting inside of the case.

 

   

 

Each year at SEMA you see celebrities from the automotive world, late night TV shows and reality TV. This year Juan Ibarra from the hit show Gold Rush stopped by the Kentrol booth to view a few products, apparently one of his family members is a Jeeper. It was interesting to speak with him about the show and he also showed us a $10,000 gold bar that his father called the “Chocolate Bar”.

 

The last day of the show offers something unique and fun to watch. SEMA Ignited which showcases all the vehicles of SEMA driving down the street in Las Vegas. You’ll see everything from Trophy Trucks, ridiculous Jeeps, Race Cars and Super Cars that you could only dream of owning. Kentrol spent some time taking in the sights and sounds before dinner on Friday night. It’s too crazy not to stop and watch.

 

 

 

The SEMA show takes place in Las Vegas and because of its location you have a few late nights with customers. The rule states that you can’t talk about what happens in Vegas, but one event is too fun not to share. On Friday night we had our Kentrol company dinner with all employees, after dinner we hopped in a cab to go back to the hotel and an Audi R8 supercar happened to be lined up with us a red light. We won’t mention names, but one of our employees talked the cab driver into racing the R8. The cabby is lurching the car forward at the light, revving the cab and waiting anxiously for the light to change. During this our employee is talking a little friendly trash to the driver of the R8 out the window. The light changes and the Cabby floors it… we hop out on the R8 because he didn’t think we were serious, then to prove a point the R8 easily passed us. It depends on who you talk to… but in the 60 foot we had him!

 

   

Kentrol New Product is here!

Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket

Keep your Jeep legal with Kentrol’s Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket. This allows you to mount the license plate on any front bumper with a d-ring shackle. The plate mount has seven mounting locations so that it will accommodate any hoop, stinger or bumper design imaginable. The Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket is made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and black textured powder coated.

Universal Application – Will mount on anything with a D-Ring Shackle #80706 $54.46

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=412&idcategory=0

 

BackSide License Plate Mount with LED

Kentrol has your “BackSide” covered with our License Plate relocation and LED 3rd brake light mounting bracket. The bright LED 3rd brake light bar and white LED License Plate Light will keep you legal while you enjoy your JK. The “BackSide” is made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel then black textured powder coated for a lifetime finish. Stainless steel hardware is included to finish the installation.

2010-17 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80703 $95.32

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=413&idcategory

 

Mechanical Hood Catch Kit

Replace your factory hood catch with Kentrol’s Mechanical Hood Catch Kit. Our hood catch kit is adjustable to fine tune the height of the hood once closed. Unlike other mechanical hood catches on the marketplace ours is made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and black textured powder coated so it will never rust or oxidize. Hood Catch Kit includes stainless hardware.

2007-16 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80704 $140.26

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=414&idcategory=0

1997-06 TJ Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80705 $140.26

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=415&idcategory=9

 

Heritage Tail Light Guards

Add a little style to the tail lights of your Jeep with Kentrols Heritage light Guards. These are made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and black texture powder coated so they will never rust or anodize. They include stainless hardware to finish the installation.

2007-16 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80702 $68.08

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=416&idcategory=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEMA 2016 is only a week away...!

SEMA 2016 is one week away and the excitement for the show is building. Kentrol is working on all the final details for our booth and setup to make sure it’s a flawless show this year. If you’ve never been to the SEMA show, you need to add it to your bucket list. It’s an unbelievable experience and perfect for any Jeep or Car enthusiast with over a million square feet of vehicles, new products, displays and anything car related you can image. If you’re attending the show for the first time, map out what you want to see or you will be overwhelmed by the size and scale of the show. Kentrol has been attending the SEMA show since 1991 and there is always something big that happens at SEMA. Each year we question if it can be bigger than the last and it never fails to increase in both size, wow factor or excitement. SEMA for Kentrol is an opportunity to showcase new products and build brand recognition with existing customers. If you are in Las Vegas November 1st  – 4th make time to go to the Las Vegas Convention Center. SEMA is closed to the public, but you can wonder around the outside of the Convention Center and see all the crazy vehicles and get a feel for the insanity that goes on inside the show. If you see someone in a Kentrol shirt, say hello and ask about the new products we released this year.

  

Kentrol TJ tailgate hinges!

Are the tailgate hinges on your 1997 to 2004 and 2006 TJ Wrangler, Rubicon or Unlimited rusty, popping, seized or drooping? Then it’s probably time to replace them with a set of Kentrol Stainless Steel Tailgate Hinges. A  Kentrol Employee found themselves in this same situation when they purchased a used 2004 TJ that spent time in the northeast salt belt. When the TJ was purchased it had seized tailgate hinges that made opening the tailgate difficult at best. Kentrol immediately pulled the Jeep in the shop and replaced the tailgate hinges with a set of Stainless Steel Tailgate Hinges to eliminate the problem and give the Jeep a new and fresh look. The factory hinges are an issue because when they were manufactured there was no concern with hanging larger tires and wheels on the rear tailgate which will cause the bushings and hinges to wear out prematurely. Mopar also didn’t prep the surface under the tailgate hinge which allows the paint to bubble around the hinge and onto the factory hinge surface. You’ll never experience this issue with a Kentrol Tailgate Hinge because they are made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel, even the Black Powder Coated pieces are made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel. If the tailgate hinges on your TJ are looking a little rough or are no longer functioning checkout the Kentrol Tailgate Hinges.

Polished Stainless Steelhttp://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=208&idcategory=62

   

Black Powder Coated Stainless Steelhttp://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=233&idcategory=62

  

Kentrol YJ Door Hinges

Kentrol Door Hinges are a great replacement to the factory door hinge. We have customers who order Kentrol 304 Grade Stainless Steel Door hinges and then have them custom painted to match their rig. John Brainerd runs them on his flawlessly built YJ “The Kentrol black stainless steel hinges were my product of choice. They are great quality and have fixed my old drooping door problem to make things work properly.” Kentrol employees have wheeled with John and his YJ and were amazed at how well built his Jeep is. The attention to detail is second to none and it was great to hear that he thought highly of Kentrol parts. Even hardcore Jeeps need to replace door hinges, windshield hinges or tailgate hinges. Kentrol offers solutions for all Jeepers from the pavement to the trail we can help you keep your Jeep looking great for years to come.