I hate to admit it but my Jeep has never seen a trail. It's been in 4-wheel drive for snow and pulling people out of the ditch, but never on an actual challenging trail. I am about to fix that. I will be in Moab Utah for the Red Rocks 4 Wheelers Labor Day Safari September 1st thru the 3rd. My Jeeps first pilgrimage to the promised land.


I might be hanging out a few extra days so This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your in the area or are participating in the event, I'd love to meet you.

My plans aren't set yet but I might also be in the Ouray / SIlverton / Telluride area of Colorado the following Thursday and Friday. I've never been there but I've always wanted to check it out. I'd love to hook up with a group if possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are in the area or have suggestions.

My Jeep in the snow

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Found this on Reddit

My Jeep has recently developed a minor but noticeable case of Death Wobble. It occurs when traveling around 34-36 MPH and usually requires an adequately undulating road surface to initiate it. Researching the issue I found this article at jeepz.com which covers the issue very thoroughly. The issues seems to be a mysterious subject with a myriad of possible cause, as if all Jeeps are on the verge of Death Wobble and the slightest wear on any component will send your steering oscillating. Reviewing the usual suspects I'm guessing I'm going to find a loose component since I don't think old age or wear and tear are going to be a factor with a Jeep as new and well cared for as mine. I have a history with loose bolts, long time readers might remember that I failed to properly tighten my trackbar bolt and had to do some minor surgery to repair the resulting damage (there was a blog post about it but I lost it when my site got hacked last year). I doubt any bushings are worn out and I really doubt the Dana 60's ball joints or wheel bearings will show any wear yet.

A secondary suspect might be my tire balance. My Jeep has about 28,000 miles on it, slightly less on the tires, however I will say the tires are showing significant wear since they were new and probably only have another 10,000 miles in them. 

Do not buy an A-pillar switch pod that looks like this:

I believe this same unit is available under a range of brands but I think they are all the same thing. I bought one of these and didn't realize the thing was a pieces of garbage until after I spent the time to cut out the switch holes. Once I had the unit preped and the wiring all run I disassembled the Jeep and discovered the thing doesn't fit! It's so bad I made a video.

Do you speak winch?

winch hand signals

This is from the Warn Basic Guide to WInching. I had no idea there was an official set of hand signals.

I just installed the Bussmann Accessory Replay Panel I got from Amazon. This is a kit includes a Bussmann relay and fuse panel in a weather-tight gasketed enclosure, some barrel crimps, heat shrink tubing, and some cable ties. The unit has 5 individually controlled relays, each circuit has a fuse for the load, a fuse for the control circuit and a fuse on a "constant hot" supply circuit. You can read about the installation here.

bussmann relay


OK, This is the coolest gift I got this year, my wife got me a custom made mikesjeep.com mouse pad!

Mouse Pad


I know what you're thinking, who actually uses a mouse pad anymore? Well that's what I used to think until I recently got a desk with a glass top. Optical mouses (mice?) don't work well on glass top desks, to get by I taped a piece of paper to the desk as a make-shift mouse pad. This is a million times better,