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.

SEMA 2017 was a success!

The annual SEMA show in Las Vegas is technically an automotive trade event but has evolved into a no-holds-barred display of tuning and customization genius. There are always hundreds of lifted trucks, slammed imports, and engine-swapped muscle cars. Yet there's far more to the show than that—the parties, the celebrities, the high-octane demos, the excess of it all.

 

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) of the automobile aftermarket was formed in 1963. The first SEMA Show was held in 1967 in the basement of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, before moving to the new Anaheim Stadium in 1974. 

In 1998, the SEMA Show broke the 500,000-foot mark with 502,912 net square feet of rented space. Each year since then, the Show has set new records of some sort. It now occupies more than one million net square feet, draws more than 3,000 media, and has a buyer attendance in excess of 60,000.

If you are looking for one location to experience anything and everything that can be done to car, truck, jeep or anything with wheels, SEMA is the place for you!  Sensory overload has to be the only way to explain the vast amount of space at the Las Vegas Convention Center that puts on the second largest show in Vegas behind the annual electronics show in January!

 

The 2017 SEMA Show brought with it many “firsts” for the Kentrol Team. It was the first time we shared a booth with our sister company, Fishbone Offroad. It was the first time we had a vehicle on display in our booth, and it was the first time we used our new video wall, made up of nine large TVs.

To say our setup was eye-catching would be an understatement. Not only did we have a 10’ x 6’ screen displaying products and event footage, we also had a one-of-a-kind Jeep JK-8 Police Interceptor build, complete with lights and sirens, sitting in our booth. Needless to say, we were busy!

 

The Jeep JK-8 Police Interceptor was built by our friends at Code3IT, an IT and system integration company based in Mojave, California. Being experts in vehicle upfitting, the guys at Code3IT had no problem installing a long list of bolt-on bumpers, armor, and stainless-steel accessories from Kentrol, Fishbone Offroad, and many other manufacturers. The Jeep’s unique combination of tech, off-road capability and attractive design set the stage for a great show where we were able to connect with many new and existing customers.

For the second year in a row, Kentrol made their presence known in the New Products Display. This year we showed off our brand-new Backside Tailgate License Plate Mount with LEDs for the 2007 to 2009 Jeep Wrangler JK.

Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. We were lucky to experience what it's like to attend the craziest show on the automotive calendar and that was awesome! Till next year…

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. 

“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!

 

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. 

2018 JL Wrangler Interior Images!

We are excited to show you the first look at the production interior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL!

Like previous Wranglers, it seems from these photos that the all-new 2018 model will have a shallow, largely vertical dashboard. This kind of design goes back to the flat metal dash of the earliest military and civilian Jeeps, and helps maintain a minimalist air in what is, admittedly, becoming a more and more luxurious 4x4.

You can see the large central infotainment screen, likely Fiat-Chrysler's UConnect system that handles navigation, music and heated seats, and displays information on vehicle settings and climate control.

Below the infotainment screen is a new grouping of buttons for the audio controls, HVAC and powertrain. Three knobs control the audio volume, infotainment screen actions and HVAC, which are joined by buttons for the traction control, heated steering wheel, front axle disconnect, auto-start stop and parking sensors, among more. The roof includes integrated garage door opener buttons, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a manual release lever for the folding roof.

Among the most important portion of the interior spy photo involves the control buttons along the bottom of the center console. The series of buttons reveal several important options that could make their way into production.

And to top it off, a stick shift is seen in this prototype, so there is a good chance that consumers will still be able to bring home a manual transmission. Powertrain options are expected to include a 3.6-liter V6, a 3.0-liter diesel and a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Overall, it appears to be a more pleasant place to spend time while you’re doing extreme off-roading. There’s no reason the modern Wrangler can’t be tough and still nicer inside than the last one.

Do you spot any interesting details from these photos?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 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