Kentrol has ordered our 2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited!

Kentrol has ordered our 2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited to begin developing new products and offer great solutions for this new and innovative Jeep. 

Here is our new Jeeps features:

2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited Sport S

Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

3.6L V6 24V VVT Engine

8-Speed Automatic Transmission

Uconnect 4 With 7” Display

Alpine Premium Audio System

Total Sticker price is $39,180

The new JL Wrangler has 75 active and passive safety features including blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and a rear-view backup camera. The rear of the vehicle also features a lightweight magnesium swing gate for easy cargo loading. Bigger windows offer better visibility, which comes in handy both on and off the road. For the interior, everything is designed for intuitive use. From the new steering wheel to the redesigned center console, the fourth-gen Wrangler has definitely received some much-needed tech updates. In modern society, connectivity is more important than ever, especially when off-roading. The JL Wrangler will be compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sporting fourth-generation UConnect technology that has a faster startup time, enhanced processing power, and a high-resolution touchscreen, available as a 7-inch or 8.4-inch screen.  JL Wrangler incorporates the history of the Jeep brand with new and improved technology that makes the well-loved Wrangler better than ever.

A Pickup Version Is Coming, But Not Until Late 2019. It’s important to be sure that production is going smoothly for the regular Wrangler before Jeep's Toledo, Ohio factory starts building a second body style.

Everyone's been waiting for this Jeep for a long time, and we can't wait to get behind the wheel. It sounds like it'll be a big improvement over the old JK.

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. 

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. 

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.

 

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.

   

 

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

  

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.

 

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.