Archive for October, 2009

My Review of Upper Dash Storage Panel by Daystar

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Originally submitted at 4 Wheel Parts

1997-06 TJ Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited;Black OETexture;Easy Installation;Installs over the small coin tray above the radio;No trimming required;Attaches using two small screws;Creates usable space;Limited Lifetime Warranty
Daystar’s Dash Panels create usable storage space on applications w…


Great Producct

By TX OUtdoorsman from Houston, TX on 10/14/2009

4out of 5

Pros: Functional, Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Lightweight

Best Uses: Customizing The Interior

Car & Truck: Jeep enthusiast

I bought this to provide a mounting surface for the control head of my ham radio, but it would work just as well for a GPS, MP3 player or similar accessory. It has a great mounting surface on the front and let me avoid a lot of drilling on my dash. If I want to remove it, I just take it off and put the two mounting screws back in without it and it will look like they are holding in the OEM tray. It also functions well in its intended purpose as a tray to hold my handheld radios and GPS. They would slide out of the OEM tray when I hit a bump.

(legalese)

My Review of Heavy Duty Winching Accessory Kit

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Originally submitted at 4 Wheel Parts

Heavy Duty Winching Accessory Kit; Incl. Recovery Strap; Gloves; Shackle; Choker Chain; Snatch Block; Tree Trunk Protector; Camouflage Case;
HEAVY-DUTY WINCHING ACCESSORY KIT Designed for winch capacities to M12000 with 7/16″”(11mm) wire rope. Kit includes: – Heavy-duty snatch blo…


Good kit, good value

By TX Outdoorsman from Houston, TX on 10/14/2009

4out of 5

Best Uses: Recovery

Car & Truck: Jeep enthusiast

I thought about piecing a kit together to try to save a few bucks, but decided to buy the turn-key solution and am glad I did. When you need it, you generally don’t have a lot of time to look around for the pieces. This keeps it all neatly organized and ready to go. The tube for the chain in the bottom of the bag is a really nice feature you don’t recognize until you open it up for the first time. When headed off road, I just have one bag to grab and put in the back of the Jeep.

(legalese)

My Review of ATV Hook And Strap

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Originally submitted at 4 Wheel Parts

ATV Hook And Strap; Hook With Safety Latch; Warn Logo Pull Strap;
REPLACEMENT HOOK & STRAP WARN ATV hook with safety latch. Includes hook strap.


Don’t Drive Down the Highway With it On

By TX Outdoorsman from Houston, TX on 10/14/2009

2out of 5

I bought one of these straps as I recognize it is an important piece of safety gear. I put it on the winch hook to recover a stuck vehicle on the beach. When I finished, I needed to get out of a moving lane of traffic, so I left it in place. After an hour drive home on the freeway, the end was frayed. So, this was a one use item for me. They should make them a bit more fray resistant, but next time I will take it off before getting on the highway.

(legalese)

Jeep Power Steering Noise

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

One thing I noticed about the Jeep when I got it was that the power steering pump was noisy, like it was low on fluid.  I talked to the dealer about it when I took the Jeep in for its 12,000 mile service and he said that they would replace it under warranty, but that it checked out fine and that all Jeeps have noisy power steering pumps.  I put up a poll at www.Jeepforum.com and 75% of respondents said theirs don’t make noise.  A number of the ones who said theirs were noisy also said that they were going to replace theirs.  I think the bottom line is that I am going to have it replaced.  On the subject of Jeep dealers,  I can tell when a Zerk fitting has been touched and when it has not and it is clear that they did not lubricate the Jeep when it was in for service.  The service writer said that they may have missed a few because most vehicles don’t have them any more.  Excuse me, you are a Jeep dealer.  If your guys don’t know how to service Jeeps, find another line of work.  I did it myself and taught my son how to do it.  We discovered that two grease fittings were missing altogether.  A competent mechanic would have spotted that if he was doing a lube job.  I guess if you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself.