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 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 got two Jeep events you’ve been waiting for!

­­Time is closing fast, it’s almost here. Wow! We have got the Jeep events you’ve been waiting for! Two awesome ones are coming up…

April 16 and April 20-24 those are the dates to mark on your calendar. Where will you be? Right here with us!

First, come help us celebrate at the 25th Anniversary Morris Jeep Event

Join Us Saturday, April 16TH 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

There’s so much to do!

 

 

Giveaway Prizes.

Sale Specials, Jeep Tech Help & Food and Drink.

"Event Proceeds to benefit 4KIDS of South Florida"

 

4KIDS of South Florida committed to providing a home for every child in crisis.

 

After that we will be seeing you at JEEP BEACH in Daytona on April 20-24!

The beach event in Daytona seems to get bigger every year, Jeeps came from as far away as Alaska. Last year a total of 1,846 Jeeps took part in the parade, which happened on the racetrack at the Daytona International Speedway.It’s one of the most enormous Jeep Beach events!

Jeep Beach is an annual event of Jeep enthusiasts celebrating a passion for off-road vehicles. The event is held in Daytona Beach and is five days of family friendly fun for Jeep owners.

Some of the activities will include:

  • Obstacle courses for all levels of drivers
  • Meet face-to-face with leading industry vendors
  • Drive in a parade
  • Try your luck on winning prizes in our huge raffles
  • Clean up at the Jeep-shining show
  • Party with new and old Jeep friends

The Mid Florida Jeep Club is proud to present the 13th Anniversary of Jeep Beach. The event has become the largest JEEP ONLY five day event in the Southeast USA. This year’s event is shaping up to be the best year yet. They are expecting thousands of attendees, so make your plans now to attend and enjoy the many festivities, great friends and delicious food.

 

We are really excited to see you at both events! Make sure to stop by at our booth where we will be handing out freebies, showing off our new released products and answering all your questions! We will have a Rubicon on display that will be detailed with black textured finished accessories.

 

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Winter Weather: Drive with Confidence

 

It took its sweet time getting here, but winter weather has finally brought us snow. Whether you’re roaming the snow-covered trails or dealing with slippery road conditions, your Jeep is more than capable of handling any winter driving situation.

If your Wrangler has the standard Command-Trac® 4x4 system splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles, which comes in handy when you need more traction while off-roading. And Rubicon’s Rock-Trac® 4x4 system is surefooted on just about any surface.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions.

 

Drive Cautious

No matter what you drive, ice is ice. Reduce your speeds when necessary and be sure to leave plenty of space between yourself and other drivers. Be especially careful while driving at night, driving through shallow snow, or driving over bridges.

If you hit ice, don’t lock those brakes no matter what. Pump your brake pedal and draw down your momentum before trying to come to a complete stop.

 

Secure Your Gear

When conditions are right, it’s time to ski! Whether you’re heading to the mountains or seeking out a secluded place for some cross-country skiing, make sure your skis, snowboards, and whatever else are secured safely to your rack.

What do you mean you don’t have a rack? Check these out to see which is best for your needs.

 

Off-road With Care

Tread snow like deep mud or sand. Feather the clutch and throttle for the smoothest launch possible to keep from digging down into the cold stuff. High-floatation tires are best for deep snow, on and off the road.

And four-wheel drive only truly helps at lower speeds. Not bad for off-roading, but while driving at higher speeds on-road, it’s best to just take it out of four-wheel drive.

 

Keep Emergency Gear Packed – No Excuses!

Pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re wandering off the beaten path you should always keep some emergency gear stashed for the worst-case scenario. Extra food and water, basic tools, fire extinguisher, flares, spare tire, jumper cables, and blankets are all standard. Here’s an incredibly comprehensive list to consider.

Above all…and we cannot stress this enough…do NOT wait until the last minute. The only thing that sucks more than being stuck in the snow, is being stuck in the snow and thinking about all the things you should have packed.

 

Learn How To Use Your Winch and Tow Rope

 

It seems so simple. You just take that thing, then pull it out of the thing, then…tie it around that thing…then…um.

Yeah. It’s a little more involved than that. Watch this video for a basic tutorial.

 

Know Your Terrain – Downhill is Easier Than Uphill

Remember how much fun sled riding was? Remember how much of a pain it was to walk back up to the top of the track?

Ok, now imagine going downhill for pretty much the entire length of a trail, then turning around and trying to get back out.

Before you get yourself into a situation you can’t get out of, research your intended off-roading area and know the terrain. Know where you want to go, and which places you want to avoid. Having a GPS is great, but knowing how to use and read a compass is indispensible.

 

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All that being said, be safe out there and have fun. And by all means, share your winter adventure pictures on our Facebook, and we’ll put together a photo album for our blog at the end of the winter!

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.

Renovation Open House Recap

 

Check it out! We held an open house on Wednesday to show off our reorganized and renovated warehouse in North Lima. We’ve been working on this since April and we’re very excited with all the changes. It was so nice having everyone stop by to check out our new digs!

We have a brand new roommate! We’re sharing our 40,000-square-foot building with Discover Global LLC, a solutions provider for metal and plastic components for multiple industries. Part of the space that we share will be used for engineering, product development, and product photography. It’s a very cool setup!

 

The reorganized shipping and receiving department also allows for inspections in the same place. And the new receiving dock will make it easier for trucks coming in and going out.

It’s been a great time growing Kentrol for the last 27 years, and we’re looking forward to seeing where things take us in years to come!

 

For the Love of Mud: 2015 4Wheel Drive Jamboree

Things got reeeaaally dirty at this year’s 4WD Jamboree, which means it was a total success!

 

Last month, 4,200 mudders showed up with Jeeps and other vehicles in tow to 4WD’s Columbiana headquarters for the 17th Annual 4WD Jamboree for some serious fun, including a rock crawl, mud pit, obstacle course, and the Kentrol-sponsored Show ‘N’ Shine event. We had 1,545 Jeeps climbing, crawling, and plowing through the mud. It was a blast! In case you missed it, here are some pictures from the event! Thanks to 4WD for supplying some great shots from their album.

Jeep & Greet...

The Jamboree kicked off on Friday, Sept. 25, with a Jeep & Greet at the Sandwich Factory parking area in Columbiana.

Because Mud...

So. Much. Fun. It was amazing to see what a Jeep can climb and crawl over, but things definitely got extremely bumpy for the passengers. You will get jostled around. 4WD grabbed some great action shots from the obstacle course and the mud pit!

Photo courtesy 4WD 

Friends and Family...

Kentrol had a Rubicon on display that was detailed half and half, so attendees could take a look at two different finishes. We also gave away two door prizes: black-textured hood kits for JK. There was also plenty to keep the kiddos occupied, including go karts and CJ, 4WD's mascot.

 

Show 'N' Shine...

We had 94 Jeeps entered into this year’s Show ‘N’ Shine event. There were some incredible entries and the judges had a real tough time picking the winners, who took home some really cool trophies that were custom-welded from gear install parts from 4Wheel Drive Hardware’s shop. Too cool!

 

  

We Love Going Topless

For our money, there’s no better feeling on a warm summer day than getting topless and taking a trip to the beach, our favorite camping spot, or just around town. We love feeling the heat from the sun and letting the breeze blow through our hair…

What? We meant taking the top off our Jeep. What did you think we meant?

There’s an indescribable feeling of freedom when you’re cruising down the street with nothing but a blue sky above you. At the very least, it’s worth it for all the looks of envy coming from the other drivers. But if you only have a hardtop, you may never know this unbridled joy.

Before you buy, take a look through these options to see which summertime top is best for you.

 

Soft tops:

There are two types of soft tops that you can consider, and each has its own unique advantages. The full-frame soft tops are probably the most familiar with the rectangular back, but there’s also a frameless soft top. The difference is that the frameless soft top uses your Jeep’s rolls bars to support the top’s fabric rather than a metal bow system.

Four-door Wranglers will end up losing some headroom with the frameless soft top, but it’s not as noticeable on two-door models. The frameless soft top will not be able to fold all the way back, as the full-frame soft top does.

Both are 100% waterproof and can be removed in minutes. However, if you don’t want to be hindered by side and back windows, you can always try the…

 


Bikini tops:

Also referred to as summer tops and safari tops, this type of Wrangler top practically comes in the mail with samples of laundry detergent. They are a Jeep standard and are the closest thing to driving topless while keeping your noggin from getting all toasty.

All you need is a windshield channel to attach the top to the windshield area of the Jeep. Use the straps to attach the rest of the top to your roll bars. They are available in mesh or solid fabrics and will cover either the front two seats or the entire overhead area.

Clearly, the bikini top isn’t waterproof. Consider that before playing in the mud. But, if this type of top just isn’t scanty enough…

 

Shade tops:

This mesh top attaches to your Wrangler’s roll bars with Spiderballs – bungee and ball cords that are fed through the grommet holes on top. If you don’t have windshield channels, this is the option for you, as they aren’t needed to affix the top to your Jeep.

The shade top provides adequate overhead protection while cutting down on wind noise. It can be used with other soft, hard, and bikini tops, so this is a great accessory to have on-hand. 

 

Whatever your summertime top option, make sure you invest in some proper cleaning and protectant products, as well as storage devices. Otherwise, you could find yourself replacing your soft top more often than you’d like.

Happy trails!

 

 

Unconfirmed Rumor: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Will Have Diesel Option

There have been many rumors swirling about the forthcoming 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK. While few things have been confirmed (we don’t even have any pictures), the latest unconfirmed announcement is that there could be a diesel option. 

3.0L VM Motori V6 EcoDieselAccording to Motor Trend’s TruckTrend.com, one of the powertrain options for Jeep’s next-gen flagship will be the 3.0L VM Motori V6 EcoDiesel mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic. What does this mean? Developed by Fiat-owned supplier VM Motori in Italy, the EcoDiesel engine will give the Wrangler some excellent fuel economy – in the neighborhood of high 20s to 30s on the freeway – while still providing plenty of that signature Jeep torque. 

In 2014, the U.S. saw a grand influx of diesel-powered vehicles, including the Grand Cherokee. The EcoDiesel engine gave the Cherokee up to 30 mpg on the highway, up to 730 miles on one tank of fuel, and towing capacity of up to 7,400 pounds. The EcoDiesel also earned the No. 3 spot in Forbes 10 Best New-Car Engines for 2014, powering Chrysler’s Ram 1500 and giving it 24 mpg or better in combined city/highway driving. 

Other confirmed features of the 2017 Wrangler include front and rear solid axles, and body-on-frame construction.