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OK, first I gotta wait until the Nokia 5800 comes out (hopefully in Feb.).  Then I will load this app to my phone, and put the phone in its mount on my dash for off roading!

inclinometer

inclinometer

Then, this one seems really useless, but maybe cool for a day when your doing lots of walking at a show or something to see how far you walked.

Step counter app for nokia 5800

Step counter app for nokia 5800

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Also known as the NAIAS, held in Detroit every January, it the most rockin and latest metals from around the globe.  I am going to keep the wordage short and sweet, and let the pics do the talkin’.  My uncle Mark invited and took me up here, we had a great day together hanging out and drooling at all the shiny stuff.

JEEP! This is the constant that all vehicles should be judged by!

JEEP! This is the vehicle that all vehicles should be judged by! (and will be for this review)

Rich mans "jeep".  This is what you wheel if you have more money that brains. Its cool, but not for me.

Rich mans "jeep". This is what you wheel if you have more money that brains. Its cool, but not for me.

This may have a jeep sticker, but is not a Jeep!  I hope jeep is reading this, because that thing needs to be deleted from the line up.  We need more locking axles, not cars.

This may have a jeep sticker, but is not a Jeep! I hope jeep is reading this, because that thing needs to be deleted from the line up. We need more locking axles, not cars.

Another wonderful example of what should have jeep stickers ripped off of it.

Another wonderful example of what should have jeep stickers ripped off of it.

This is not a jeep, this is a Lambo, or also known as, just plain old badness.  This drew ALOT of attention.

This is not a jeep, this is a Lambo, or also known as, just plain old badness. This drew ALOT of attention.

Another pic of a pure wicked speed machine.. cool... even when compared to a jeep.

Another pic of a pure wicked speed machine.. cool... even when compared to a jeep.

Thats my uncle mark in the blue, the other people are a special inside Chrysler/Dodge team that makes videos, commercials, and inside videos for dodge.  They were telling me they were a big part of the commercial of the Dodge Truck Ram Challenge!  They said he will likely be on a youtube promo in a few weeks.. I will post again when I see it.

That's my uncle mark in the blue, the other people are a special inside Chrysler/Dodge team that makes videos, commercials, and inside videos for dodge trucks. They interviewed him with a personally mounted mic for quite awhile!! They were telling me they were a big part of the commercial of the Dodge Truck Ram Challenge! They said he will likely be on a you-tube promo in a few weeks.. I will post again when I see it, they said they would e-mail me a link to post on this blog! Cool!

30!! Mark and I watched in person, then rubbed shoulders with the big shots.

Name that guy! Hint: MTV!!! Click below link to see them pimp a stang in 4:30!! Mark and I watched in person, then rubbed shoulders with the big shots.

Video of Mustang pimp out.

Ford Raptor!  This is ultra trick... think factory truck in the Baja 1000.

Ford Raptor! This is ultra trick... think factory truck in the Baja 1000.

Raptor guts.... rear end

Raptor guts.... rear end

What I would drive if I were cool.  Vette's are just classic cool in a rich guy kinda way.

What I would drive if I were cool. Vette's are just classic cool in a rich guy kinda way.

Jeep future wheelers.  This bad boy is a concept 100% ELECTRIC jeep!

I am buying one of these! 4:1 transfer case, selectable lockers front and rear, pretty much unstoppable off road. I should take delivery of my pre-owned 4 door in approximately 10 years! LOL

Ever see that show "what not to wear" on TLC.  Well, this pic describes "What not to drive, or buy, or take off road".  Unless you like boys! LOL

Ever see that show "what not to wear" on TLC? Well, this pic describes "What not to drive, or buy, or take off road".... Unless you like boys! Yes, I am serious.

Same deal here folks... its just not a jeep.

Same deal here folks... its just not a jeep.

Jeep, jeep hat, jeep sweatshirt. Yep.

Jeep, jeep hat, jeep sweatshirt. Yep.

This is an awesome piece of machinery.  I can see my Cuz Todd driving this bad boy someday.

This is an awesome piece of machinery. I can see my Cuz Todd driving this bad boy someday.

R8.  Yep, that is the car from "that" movie!  Anybody care to be the first to comment on what movie?

R8. Yep, that is the car from "that" movie! Anybody care to be the first to comment on what movie?

Dodge Circuit.  Cool looking electric concept car.

Dodge Circuit. Cool looking electric concept car.

Sweet rearend!  That is pure Dana 44 action with an electric selectable locker in her!

Sweet rearend! That is pure Dana 44 action with an electric selectable locker in her! (in my jeep to be)

one more view of awesome.

one more view of awesome.

The army recruiters were there, and brought a rock wall to climb.  This is not the actual wall we climbed, but it was this same design.  I jokingly said we should climb it.  Next thing I knew we were in line!  All I can say is, we are very fast climbers.

The army recruiters were there, and brought a rock wall to climb. This is not the actual wall we climbed, but it was this same design. I jokingly said we should climb it. Next thing I knew we were in line! All I can say is, we are very fast climbers, and both hit the buzzers at the top in record time.

Well, there you go, that is my review of the NAIAS.  Short and sweet (in words atleast).  Hope you enjoyed.  Love to here you comments, post em up.

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T-shirt contest winner!

Well, after judging all the entries, one contestant was the clear winner: STEVAN SHEETS! Here is his fine creation:

jeep-t-shirt

To buy one of these limited time offer t-shirts (limited time because it says jeep on it and cafepress will make him delete it!) click HERE.  It comes in a bunch of different colors… just not yellow. 🙂  Mine is ordered and I can’t wait to wear it!

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This has got to be the coolest contest EVER!  I am really counting on Stevan and Shawn to come thru!  Here are the 3 rules:

1. I will be the sole judge, no exceptions 🙂
2. You can mark your shirt product up a max of $5.
3. The shirt must say: Driving a Jeep is like peeing in your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth.” (feel free to change wordage slightly)
Thats it! The “winner” will be awarded me buying one of their shirts!  And, I will post a link on the highly trafficked www.jasonknepp.wordpress.com blog for the rest of the world to buy!  Think of the potential, by my estiamtion you could possibly rack up one or two sales.  🙂
To submit your tee, e-mail the shirt link to me, if you don’t know my e-mail, then I guess you can’t play…
Fine print: Shirts must be submitted by this Sunday at the latest.

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Last night my father-in-law told me that the Lions that he is in is having a breakfast this am.  Pancakes and sausage.  I love breakfast… I normally eat 5 or 6 eggs, 2 pieces of toast, and sometimes a couple waffles.  So the boys and I got up early, had a great time stuffing our faces with yummy pancakes.  Then we came out, and the jeep was parked next to a big “double” curb and all of a sudden they both thought they were “big”.

Little jeep or big kids?

Little jeep or big kids?

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More Jeep stuff?

Usually doesn’t seem to be this much jeep stuff in my life, but here it is again.

Went wheeling at Doug Armey’s amazing 180 acres of pure jeep goodness on Saturday.  It was an absolute BLAST.  Good wheeling with good people! Here is the only pic I got before the sun went down

Jeeps!

Jeeps!

I think all total 17 jeeps were there (plus a few wifey rides: van and Xterra).

Well, normally I am very fortunate in the fact that I don’t break much.  Well, not this night.  Not to far into the trail, there was a big tree across the trail that came almost to my bumper.  In order to “jump” it, I had to use a little to much momentum so I didn’t get hung up on it.  Hit log, did nice big “wheelie” then landed… hard, very hard.  That plus some rocks dragging on bottom about 50′ prior to log, caused some pretty odd noises.  Ended up, I very lightly bent a frame rail, broke a welded exhaust mount, bent a thick Warn after market steel Transfer case skid plate, and really bent my cross member… mangled may be a better word for the cross member.  But, before we knew what was making the noise, we thought it was a front hub/bearing, so I dropped off $61 dollars at Napa for a new one, here we are putting it in on Sunday

jeep-in-barn

Mangled view #1

Mangled view #1

Mangled view #2

Mangled view #2

Turns out, the old bearing was fine (now I have a spare).  What was making the noise was the entire drive line got moved to the passenger side somehow…. weird.  Don’t know how that happened.

tree chunks from under jeep

tree chunks from under jeep

 So tonight, I loosened all the skid and cross member bolts, took a uni bit to “relax” the holes. and used a redneck come-along (read ratchet strap) to pull everything at least close to where jeep engineers intended it to be.  Drives great again, no noise.  The noise was the CV joint on the drive shaft rubbing a plastic mount that protects some wiring in the trans tunnel…. sure was loud!

All in all, had a blast!  Oh yeah, and somewhere in the middle of all that, I lost my phone SOMEWHERE on 180 acres.  I walked around on a trail where I knew I had gotten out, said a prayer, and found my phone. It had been run over by several jeeps.  1 small crack, some very minor scratches, but works great. I love Nokia phones.

Anybody wanna go jeepin this weekend? My heep is ready!

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Click here on this video to see what happened!

According to online jeep forums, you cannot possibly swap a broken ring and pinion yourself.  It is some sort of black magic that only “trained” people can do.  Sounded like a challenge to us.  So we decided we could give it a shot.  Here is right after we pulled the carrier out.

Dirty Housing

Dirty Housing

See all the metal particles at the bottom.  That is bad.  I lost track of how many times we installed and un-installed the pinion, and then the carrier for measurements, but it was somewhere around 12!  We started in on it Sunday around 1:00, worked until around 8:00.  Then resumed Wednesday around 5:00 and worked till 11:30pm. Then today (Thursday), Matt went over and got 3 hours work done in 1 hour by himself, then we started back in around 7:30pm, and finally rolled the jeep out the door around 9:00pm.   There was normally anywhere from 2 of us there up to 4 at a time.  I think if you figure it out, we probably spent WAY to much time doing it!  BUT, we learned alot, and had fun, and busted the myth that you have to be a trained jeep tech to do it. Here are some pics of the install.

Sparks

Sparks

 

Uni-bits are amazing...

Uni-bits are amazing...

And last but not least, the end results of all of our work.  Here is the pattern we ended up going with.   You would be amazed how much 10 THOUSANDS of an inch make to this pattern!  (that is .0010″)

great pattern

great pattern

See how even that is? I have some amazing friends.  We saved all the bearings that we honed out for “next time”.

Now we are ready to go beat the jeeps on Saturday at Doug Armey’s Jeep party.  Looking forward to that for sure!

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