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. 

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentrol at The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival!

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, one of the premier Jeep-only events in the nation, welcomes Jeep owners from all over the country to the birthplace of the Jeep in Butler, Pa. 

 

“The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is an event that every Jeep enthusiast can enjoy because you can see thousands of rare military models, modified off-road-ready vehicles and stock daily-driver Jeeps all in the same place at the same time,” said Patti Jo Lambert, Festival director.  “The variety of Jeep models and other Festival activities offer a fun weekend for Jeep enthusiasts of all ages.  We’ve heard the Festival described as “Jeep Heaven” and for many people who attend, it’s exactly that.”

 

Kentrol was proud to attend and display at the Bantam Jeep Festival this year and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Jeep. The event overall was fantastic, we had great weather and got to speak with hundreds of customers about our high quality stainless steel accessories for the JK, TJ, YJ and CJ. For Kentrol it was a great opportunity to showcase new products as well as our newly built JKU Wrangler. We installed 37” tires with a 2.5” lift and Aries Fender Flares to allow the 37’s to fit with minimal lift. The Jeep turned out great and was the perfect selling tool for our new E-Z Detach Mirrors and Foot Pegs.

 

Kentrol is looking forward to attending and participating in the show again next year because it’s well organized. Bantam does a fantasic job organizing a Jeep Parade, obstacle course, off-road trails with Rausch Creek off-road park and a great vendor show layout. The show happens to honor the Bantam Jeep which eventually evolved into the Willys MB and the Ford GPW. It is the father of all Jeeps. Bantam produced a total of 2,675 Jeeps and never produced another vehicle after that. They then produced 'jeep' cargo trailers, torpedo motors and other items until they closed in 1956. The Bantam was built in Butler PA where the show is hosted each year.

 We’ll see you all next year at the Festival which will be on June 9-11 at Coopers Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, Pa!

2018 JEEP WRANGLER IS ALMOST HERE!

The newest announcement that came straight from the top of Jeep states that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is on its way. The details of what the new Jeep Wrangler will look like are still being speculated. The next generation of the iconic off-roader will be the 2018 Jeep Wrangler “JL,” debuting in 2017 (for the 2018 model year), followed by a pickup.

They have made it clear from Jeep that they are going to do everything possible to get the Wrangler back on its feet and keep the legendary brand going. The plan is to stay innovative and make sure that the Jeep has a future.

We expect it to arrive for the 2018 model year and be aluminum-intensive for purposes of weight savings, which will improve fuel economy. The thing is, that if they are going to enhance the fuel economy, they need to get rid of all the excess weight that the Jeep has and make it a lot slimmer. This certainly justifies the use of new lighter materials in the making of the exterior of the car. Jeep did not mention any specifics about what their big secret is in making this possible but there have been some rumors that “it might be the fully independent suspension system which is going to be combined with extremely lightweight materials like aluminum and a great possibility of a diesel engine entering the mix as well.” From what Kentrol is hearing these are only rumors and the Jeep will still have a solid front axle. Whatever happens, we are looking forward to seeing a 2018 Jeep Wrangler that will not take too much of a toll on our wallets.

2018 Jeep Wrangler design news

The best information that concerns the design of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is that they are going to keep it true to itself. It is going to use its own underpinnings and nothing borrowed from any sort of a crossover coming from Europe. They are keeping this one as American as it can get.

Aluminum body panels are certainly going to be used in order to reduce the weight of the vehicle. From what Kentrol has seen of the new Jeep it looks like the front windshield is sloped more to help with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. 

 

Engine Specs and Performance

As of now, little is known about the possible engines that will drive the new Wrangler. All we have are rumors going around of a V-6 and a diesel engine. Some rumors are even suggesting that there will be a hybrid variant. 

Price and release date 

So far there is not much information to go on about the price and release date of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Some sources say that Production of the new Wrangler is expected to start at the current model’s plant in Toledo, Ohio in 2017, meaning the new off-roader should arrive as a 2018 model.

 

The new model seems to be evolutionary as mentioned. And, with the strong fan base on the market, there is nothing this model needs to fear. Even though production unit will be different, 2018 Jeep Wrangler has already won fans hearts to buy one.