Kentrol Anti-Theft Door Nuts

As we all know, the doors on Jeep's are very easy to remove. The thieves know this too! Replacement doors could cost up to $3,000 each. If you own a Jeep your removable doors could be stolen in less than two minutes. Our product will deter anyone from trying to remove your doors. 

Kentrol is proud to announce the release of our Anti-Theft Door Nuts. We got tired of looking at our scratched and corroding OEM door nuts, and running with no nuts at all is just asking for trouble. Kentrol Anti-Theft Door Nuts fill two needs with one deed, thwarting would-be thieves, and replacing those rusty nuts with smooth stainless steel. Each set is inspected for fit, finish, and function. All Kentrol products come with a limited lifetime warranty. Will only work with OE door hinges.  

30711                      TJ Anti-Theft Nuts                              $31.99

30712                      JK Anti-Theft Nuts - 4 Door              $57.99

30713                      JK Anti-Theft Nuts - 2 Door              $31.99

Check out our Installation video.

Kentrol Windshield Wiper Arms

The windshield wiper arms are responsible for keeping your windshield clear and maintaining your road visibility. If you can’t see the road properly because your wipers aren’t working well, schedule an inspection.

 

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Windshield Wiper Arm?

  • Wiper blades streak
  • Wipers chatter when going back and forth
  • One or both wiper blades don’t move when turned on
  • Wiper blade doesn’t touch the window when swiping
  • Your windshield looks worse after the blades have passed over
  • The wiper blades chatter and skip as they glide across the windshield. This is caused by a curving of the blades

   

When the time comes for new blades, remember to replace them in pairs. If one is worn out, its mate can't be far behind. While replacing the windshield wipers, make sure you inspect your wiper arms to ensure that they are in good working order. If the wiper arm spring has lost its tension then it won’t hold your new blades onto the windshield. The perfect solution is Kentrol Windshield Wiper Arms for the JK, CJ, YJ and TJ. 

 

The Windshield Wiper Arms are a great replacement for the factory windshield wiper arms that deteriorate and fail. Our windshield wiper arm for your Jeep comes in a high gloss black powder coated finish. Each set is inspected for fit, finish, and function.  It comes complete with all hardware needed for installation. All Kentrol products come with a limited lifetime warranty. 

40th Anniversary 4WD Jeep Jamboree!

One of the Leading providers of aftermarket Jeep parts and accessories, 4WD, was holding its 40th Anniversary Jeep Jamboree in Columbiana, Ohio last weekend.

Admission to the event was free!  There were plenty of activities for jeepers including trail rides and an obstacle course, over 80 onsite vendors, a Show-n-Shine and lots of 4x4 aftermarket product giveaways. Obstacles included concrete culvert pipe, boulders, telephone poles and holes dug by bulldozers. And, of course, there was water and mud hazards. Anything a true, wild, open air Jeep driver could possibly encounter had been included in the obstacle course.

 

The weather for this year’s event was also a nice treat with temperatures in the upper 80’s and 90’s and sunny all weekend led to a record turnout of Jeepers on both Saturday and Sunday!  If you have never been to this event it is definitely one you don’t want to miss with every type and style of Jeep product that you can get your hands on!  And the best part is being able to walk right into the 4WD showroom and warehouse that is stocked with everything under the sun so you can buy all of your Kentrol products right there and take it home with you!  

   

Overall it was a great Jeeping time! 4WD Jamboree has become well known for putting on an awesome, Well Organized and Fun Filled event, and this one was no different! Looking forward to the next year! 

“Jeep Family” at Topless for TATAs 2017

This month’s blog was written by our newest team member, Scott, who is our inside sales representative.

 

 

We had a lot of fun last weekend at Topless for TATAs. This fundraising trail ride started in 2009 to help promote awareness and raise money for breast cancer research. The event is held at Rausch Creek Offroad Park each year for a weekend of four-wheeling, camping and fun with friends. All proceeds for the event are donated straight to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

   

 

Being relatively new to the Jeeping community, I did not know what to expect of off-roading!  I found the experience at Rausch Creek extremely exciting and at times exhilarating!  Although a lot of the trails were slow going across rocks and water holes, the course was continually dotted with very difficult and challenging hills and obstacles making the experience that much more hair raising! I often found myself clutching the grab handles of Roy’s Jeep (Our Chauffeur for the weekend)!

 

   

   

The best part of the weekend was how quickly our trail group took us in and instantly made us feel like part of their “Jeep Family”.  They truly know how to take care of each other whether it means changing a tire on the trail or even having to tow “Pickle’s” Jeep back to camp because of a burned up clutch, both of which happened to us during the course of the weekend!  Everyone took an active part in helping out and making sure everyone got back on the trails safely!

 

   

 

Having made some great friendships at Rausch Creek, I am definitely looking forward to meeting up with that group again next year!

 

PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show 2017 - it was an awesome Jeeping time!

If you’re a true Jeep lover, the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show is the show for you! Since the first show in 1995, it has become one of the longest running and largest Jeep shows around!

 

PA Jeeps was established in July of 1992 by a small group of friends. Now the club has over 115 members, and continues to grow. PA Jeeps is a club full of true Jeep enthusiasts, many of which stopped by our booth and thanked us for coming to support the show. The PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show offers a variety of family-oriented activities, from an on-site Obstacle Course and Show-N-Shine to Vendor Displays and Games.

 

Kentrol set up as a vendor at the show and shared booth space with Fishbone Offroad. Fishbone is a great industry partner to Kentrol, and we share a Jeep to showcase products during the show. The show was very busy! We spoke to a lot of customers about the features and benefits of Kentrol products and how they can improve the look and enjoyment of their Jeep. One of our nightly activities included getting together with the Quadratec Team. We challenged them to a game of Cornhole after learning on social media that they practiced the previous night. We won game 1, and Quadratec won game 2 before we called it a night. Team Green was lucky that we hadn’t established a 3-game series, as we would have left York, PA with the championship. We later learned that our loss came from the owner of the cornhole boards, which is a challengeable offense in the official rules.

 

As usual great food was being served up, the swap meet was buzzing with activity, and many drivers and their Jeeps were testing their abilities in the obstacle course area.

It was an awesome Jeeping time!

 

Kentrol at The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival 2017!

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has become one of the premier Jeep events in the country and is certainly one of the largest in the East. It’s known as the Birthplace of the Jeep and this event brings thousands of Jeepers out to celebrate the heritage of their Jeep.

It takes place at the Cooper’s Lake Campground, a few miles northwest of Butler, near the intersection of Interstate 79 and State Route 422. Cooper’s Lake Campground is a great venue. They had 135 vendors offering everything from vintage used parts to the newest and most trick aftermarket stuff, the Jeep History Exhibit, a big show ’n’ shine field, and plenty of good food.

   

We attended the 2017 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival again this year. Overall, we had a great weekend with really good weather. We saw thousands of customers and had an opportunity to showcase all of our new products to them. The weekend goes quickly because there is always a Jeep enthusiast standing in the booth that’s curious about Kentrol products. 

For an event, Bantam offers the customer a lot. The Event kicks off Friday with an obstacle course, offsite trails, historic Jeep tours and a Jeep invasion on Friday night in downtown Butler PA. Saturday and Sunday offer tons of activities for the customer to participate in. One thing that we specifically enjoy is the WWII encampment. There are vintage Jeeps with tents setup just like they would have been during WWII with fully dressed participants, tents and support vehicles. It’s like going back in time. 

The mission of the Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association Inc. is to educate the public about the history of the Bantam jeep’s creation in Butler, Pennsylvania through the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival and to support charitable endeavors, including through contributions to other 501(c)(3) organizations.

There's something very fitting about a Jeep event in Butler, Pennsylvania. After all, it’s where the Jeep began. 

We have a perfect solution to annoying hood flutter!

What is Hood Flutter?

 

An age-old problem for Jeep owners, factory hood latches degrade over time and fail causing hoods to rattle or even become unsecured while driving. If you own a Wrangler JK you might have experienced it while driving on a freeway. When you go over 60 MPH, you can’t help but notice the hood jumping up and down so you think it is going to fly up and hit the windshield. This can be kind of scary when it really gets going.

Why Does it Happen?

 

Basically this happens because the stock hood latches that hold the hood tight to the fender are made of very a weak and stretch-prone rubber that allows the hood to lift and flutter at speed. This allows the hood to move up and down as the rubber stretches. Hood latches get 'loose' over time causing the hood to be unreasonably loose causing the hood to shake or flutter under various operating speeds.

Can You Fix This Problem?

You can buy replacement hood wranglers which are the rubber pieces of the latch. Several companies make a heavy duty latch kit. The one we suggest is Kentrol JK/TJ Hood Latch. It latches tight and does not move at all. Kentrol replacement hood hold downs eliminate hood movement and are much more durable than the factory hold downs.  All necessary hardware and instructions are included. Installation is simple and maintains the factory look.

 

 

Keep on Truckin’: Updates on What’s New for Jeep

Jeep Truck to be Built in Toledo

On Monday, Jan. 11, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) CEO, Sergio Marchionne, confirmed that the new Jeep truck model will be built at the company’s Toledo Assembly Complex. Production will begin shortly after the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler model begins production.

Jeep has teased a pickup truck variant for years with the previous Gladiator and J-12 concepts, but never pushed the button. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mike Manley, president of FCA’s Jeep brand, confirmed that the Jeep pickup truck will be available prior to 2019.

No specific details were given, other than the vehicle will be assembled in Toledo. In September, FCA announced they would keep production of the JK Wrangler in Toledo while moving production of the Jeep Cherokee elsewhere.

 

Speaking of the JK Wrangler

Since the Jeep community got word that new regulations would force the automaker to redesign the revered off-roader, speculations on the 2017 model have been plentiful.

Starting with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, the automaker needs to find new and inventive ways to reduce weight and fuel economy to meet stiff MPG regulations without weakening capability. All automakers are tasked with boosting fuel economy to meet the mandated corporate average of 54.5 MPG by 2025. By 2017, they must meet an interim standard of 37 MPG (New York Times).

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler 4WD, which runs a 6 cyl, 3.6 L, Automatic (5-spd) or Manual (6-spd) gets about 17 MPG city and 21 highway using regular gasoline, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

If FCA has any definitive information on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, they’re keeping it close to the vest. As of press time any information on release date or changes are purely speculative, but seem to be pretty consistent across the blogosphere. Here’s what we’ve seen:

  • Specifics on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will likely be made public sometime in mid 2016; the vehicle should be ready for sale in early 2017.
  • According to FCA’s Manley, the redesigned Wrangler will have its own platform, and will not be developed on a Fiat platform.
  • Most of the changes seem to be its exterior, including a body-on-frame construction with an aluminum body, making the vehicle lighter. This would improve fuel consumption and increase performance.
  • The old engine will be discontinued and replaced with two models: a base 3.0 L twin-turbocharged Pentastar V6 with up to 300 horsepower and more than 350 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0 L twin-turbo V6 diesel with up to 240 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque. (We talked a bit about the diesel engine in March 2015.)
  • There will also likely be some interior changes, though there has been very little speculation in that regard.

The Toledo Blade reported Wednesday that FCA’s Manley wouldn’t divulge production numbers, but that the next generation Jeep would build an increased customer demand. Last year, Jeep sold a record 255,000 Wranglers globally, but

“We have to make sure that the hard-core guys, the weekend warriors, the people that are out on the trails all the time, feel we’ve been true to the Wrangler almost as a sub-brand,” Manley said. “That’s why I stress I’m absolutely more than comfortable they’re going to be very pleased with what they see.”

The Jeep Wrangler is currently built at the Toledo Assembly Complex.