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    by Published on 03-30-2015 05:35 PM

    With the addition of Renny the Red Renegade into the WAYALIFE family, Cindy and I thought it would only be appropriate to take a new 2015 family portrait. From left to right and newest to oldest, we have our new 2015 Colorado Red Jeep BU Renegade known as Renny, our 2012 Dozer Yellow Jeep JK Rubicon Unlimited know nas Rubicat, our 2007 Stone White Jeep JK Rubicon Unlimited known as Moby, our 1997 Stone White Jeep XJ Cherokee known as Plan-C and last but not least, the oldest member of the family, our 1972 Blue and White J2000 Jeep Truck known as Rusty.


    by Published on 03-30-2015 03:21 AM

    Factory Specs:
    2015 Jeep BU Renegade

    • 2.4L I-4 Multiair Tigershark Engine
    • 9-Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission
    • Colorado Red / Black Interior
    • 215/65R17 Goodyear SRA Tires
    • Deep Tint Sunscreen Windows
    • ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera
    • Transmission Skid Plate
    • Transfer Case Skid Plate
    • Fuel Tank Skid Plate Shield
    • Front Suspension Skid Plate
    • Uconnectฎ 5.0 AM/FM/BT
    • 5.0-Inch Touchscreen Display
    • 9 Amplified Speakers with Subwoofer
    • 40 / 20 / 40 Rear Seat with Trunk Pass-Thru
    • A/C Auto Temperature Control with Dual Zone Control
    • Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar Adjust
    • Power 8-Way Driver Seat and Manual 4-Way Pass Seat
    • Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection
    • Passive Entry / Keyless Go
    • Remote Start System

    Build Specs:
    • TBD
    by Published on 03-29-2015 05:13 PM
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    I had originally posted this up on our sister site, www.ToasterJeep.com but being that our new Jeep Renegade is just as much a part of our WAYALIFE as any of our Jeeps, I thought I should post it up here as well. Having said that...

    Cindy and I have been wanting an all new 2015 Jeep BU Renegade since we first heard about the prospect of them becoming a reality well over two years ago. During that time, we had been patiently waiting for them to be released and for a time, it almost seemed like it was never going to happen. Well, just when we were about to give up on ever getting one, they FINALLY made it over to U.S. showrooms and after dealing with a few misfires, we finally found what we were looking for at Sahara Jeep in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Unlike Tobin Prestige, a dealership in Las Vegas who wanted to stick it to me for more than $2,000 over MSRP on a Trailhawk that had ZERO options and claiming they had the "only" Renegade in the State of Nevada or Lithia Jeep in Reno who's idea of Costco Membership special pricing to mean MSRP, Sahara Jeep had an up front, "no-haggle" price and it was a real deal. While Cindy and I had originally wanted an Alpine White Trailhawk with MySky, there simply was nothing available for 800 miles and ordering one would have taken well over 4 months to get, or so we were told. Colorado Red was our second choice and what we did like about the one Sahara Jeep had was that it came with everything else we wanted minus the color and MySky. After giving it a lot of thought and coming to terms with the fact that we will be running a roof rack with this Jeep, we figured we could make this work. Needless to say, I made a call, got talking to Harold Elam, Jr. and got the ball rolling.
    by Published on 03-17-2015 02:53 AM
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    Ahhh - gotta love Monday's!! I mean, what better way to kick off the work week then to get back in the office and get right to work. Of course, when your office is a local trail and your desk is your Jeep, who can complain, right? Fortunately, Cindy and I were able to get our good friend MTG to join us for our Monday Fun Day Run and the trail we got to play on was Bronco Canyon. Located just east of Reno, we started our run off I-80 so that we could work our way up the canyon and make a few stops along the way including one to the historic Choppa Ranch and the Lagomarsino Petroglyph site. From there, we took on the boulders strewn trail and ending our day in Virginia City. Here are some pics from our day at work, I hope you enjoy.
    by Published on 03-16-2015 05:20 PM
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    I couldn't tell you why we hadn't done this sooner as it was always something we had planed to do but, over the weekend, I finally got around to installing a Rock Hard 4x4 Parts front harness bar to go with the MasterCraft Baja RS seats that we've had in Moby for a very long time now. Of course, this allowed me to do a clean install of a MasterCraft Safety 5-point harness and that will help secure us in place as we bomb through the desert. For those of you who are interested in installing one in your Jeep JK Wrangler, this write-up will show you just how easy it is to do.
    by Published on 03-07-2015 05:19 PM
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    For almost 10 years now, Cindy and I have been doing newbie runs up in the El Paso Mountains on a trail called Last Chance Canyon and without question, it is one of our favorite runs that we do each year. Nothing beats seeing the expressions of people who are new to the world of off-roading, take on terrain that seemed otherwise impassible and then conquer it with their Jeep. The smiles and laughter that we see and hear are as sincere as they get and it is in times like these that we truly get to remember what it is about the Jeep WAYALIFE that we love so much.
    by Published on 03-04-2015 05:25 PM
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    As we started to build up our 1997 Jeep XJ Cherokee, one of the things we wanted to do was run as big of a tire as we could and with as little of lift as possible. And, after doing some research, we decided to try running a set of 285/70R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers which have a true measurement that's just shy of an advertised 35x12.50R17 and run them with just a 2.5" Rancho lift kit. Of course, this wouldn't be remotely possible without doing some kind of trimming of the body and, that's why we picked up a set of Bushwacker Flat Fenders.

    Having installed a set of Bushwacker Flat Fenders on our old 2009 Jeep JK Wrangler in the past, I knew they would look factory when finished, would be light weight, would offer a lot more clearance under the wheel well and would also be durable. Once I realized just how much I would need to trim to get them installed, I knew these would be perfect for our needs. The below is an installation write-up on how to install these flat fenders on a 1997-01 XJ and I point that out because there are a few things you will have to do differently on an earlier model XJ. Also, I should point out that this write-up should be used as a compliment to the instructions provided by Bushwacker. ...

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