Thinking of Taking Part in The Jeep Jamboree? Here are 7 Essential Upgrades For Your Jeep Off-Roading Adventure
If you are a Jeep enthusiast, then being a part of a Jeep Jamboree should be high up on your to-do wishlist of Jeep and 4×4 adventures.
Jeep Jamborees are a tradition by themselves and they can offer you some of the best opportunities to connect with a passionate community of Jeep enthusiasts. Did you know that the maximum tire size allowed in a Jamboree is 37 inches? You can find out more by visiting the link where you can view upcoming Jeep Jamborees, including registration and requirements at https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/ or phone them directly at 530-333-4777.
If you have any questions about experiencing a Jeep Jamboree, Ken Sterling-Owner of Texas Truck and Jeep Accessories and Horizon Auto Center is an avid Jeep Jamboree enthusiast and welcomes your questions and can be reached at 469-698-8585. Jeep Jamborees date back to 1953 when the first one was held by Mark A. Smith, who navigated the Sierra Nevada Mountains by the Rubicon Trail, by far the toughest and most popular of Jeep Jamborees. Jeep manufacturers, Willy’s Motors became a part of the Jeep Jamboree culture just a year later 1954.
Modifications and Upgrades-Absolute Necessity for Jeep Jamborees
The beauty of any off-road adventure is that you never know what kind of obstacles you might face – you could be crawling through tight rocky pathways one minute and driving your Jeep or 4×4 through flowing streams the very next. It’s an adventure like no other. Being prepared for every aspect of your Jeep Jamboree is beneficial.
Most newer Jeeps have never been driven in the dirt. In fact, in the city, even putting your Jeep into four-wheel drive can be difficult given the kind of traffic on city roads. If you’re going to be a part of the Jeep Jamboree culture, then you’re going to be hitting punishing terrains that require a few crucial modifications for your Jeep.
The thing about Jeep Jamboree modifications is this – you don’t need to overload on modifications to have fun in the dirt. What you do need is a few crucial modifications and aftermarket components to prepare for an off-road adventure.
A Solid Pair of Tow Points
The one thing about a Jeep Jamboree is that you must be prepared for any eventuality. Regardless of what kind of Jeep modifications you equip your Jeep or Jeep 4×4 with, getting stuck in a tough spot isn’t something that you can be flippant about.
Even the most experienced Jeep Jamboree expert can encounter getting stuck. We suggest one the first things you need to equip your Jeep with at the very least is one front and a rear tow point — if you can add a tow point for every corner, that’s even better!
It’s best to go in for forged open hooks that make it easy to use loop-style tow or snatch straps. Factory tow points, however, are simply welded steel rings which are bolted to the Jeep frame. So, attaching a solid strap can be extremely difficult.
The simple workaround is to simply upgrade your bumpers. This allows you to attach additional tow points. Keep in mind that the tow points, which come with removable shackles are a far more practical option since they are easy to use and quite handy.
Install a Winch for Emergencies
One critical Jeep modification that you should not compromise upon is a winch. The winch is one of the most important Jeep modifications you needed for off-roading and especially for a Jeep Jamboree.
A winch can bail you out of a lot of tricky situations. It can also make it easy for you to provide towing help to someone who’s stuck or in need of help.
While modifying your Jeep with tow points is critical, unless you have a recovery strap to connect the tow points to, the tow points offer no functional utility.
Now when it comes to selecting recovery straps, what you need to be mindful of is the fact there are different kinds of recovery straps as they are designed to be suitable for many situations or environments.
We recommend you open the door for a recovery strap with loop ends. Using a recovery strap that is designed with metal hooks can be extremely dangerous should it come loose on a hard pull.
If your off-road track is soft and mostly mud and sand, then it’s best to go in for kinetic energy off-road recovery rope (KERR) such as Bubba Rope or a snatch strap which stretches under load to provide maximum performance.
Both these types of recovery ropes are designed to stretch and expand so your Jeep can move out of a tough spot that you’re stuck in without having to experience the harsh jerking movements which can cause extensive damage to the drivetrain– a hard pull or jerk could even completely rip off your Jeep tow points!
This can be a costly investment if you’re not careful. It’s easy to be swayed and pick up the biggest tires in the market for your Jeep Jamboree. What you really need are mud-terrain and all-terrain tires that will perform well when you’re off-roading.
The professionals at Texas Truck and Jeep Accessories can assist you in selecting the appropriate tires for whatever your needs may be.
Make sure you first check for tires with stronger sidewalls and dependable tire carcasses as well as ensuring that they have all-terrain and mud-terrain tread patterns to give you a better grip on mud, snow, or sand surfaces.
Jeep Jamborees involve a lot of crawling and climbing. This means you’ll need traction. The best way to boost traction is by installing differential lockers as these help in syncing the spinning of corresponding wheels and give your Jeep much-needed traction.
4×4 Rocker Protection
The rocker area can sustain extensive damage if it hits hard or there’s jutting rocks and surfaces. Given the kind of repair costs involved, it’s best to go in for some solid rocker protection. Depending solely upon running boards or factory steps is not advisable. Furthermore, they can reduce your ground clearance.
However, if your Jeep Jamboree involves rock climbing then a good protection option is going to be rock sliders. They can prove to be highly effective when it comes to keeping your 4×4 rocker from getting all banged up.
In addition, rock sliders can also serve as a recovery point for your winch in the event your Jeep flips over.
Full-Sized Spare Tire
Off-road travel can take its toll on tires since Jeep Jamborees cover extreme tracks and terrains. While we’ve already pointed out the importance of investing in off-road tires needed for a Jeep Jamboree, don’t forget to stack up a full-sized spare tire. Please note that a full-sized spare is an optional feature with some vehicles. Remember the maximum tire size allowed for a Jeep Jamboree is 37 inches.
While some newer models don’t even offer that as an option a full-sized spare for off-road tracks is a critical requirement. Be sure to check the condition of your spare tire before departing for your off-road adventure. The last thing you want on a Jeep Jamboree is to be stranded and foot bound.
It is also important to ensure that the spare tire matches the diameter of your other tires and this is especially important if the size difference between your tires and the spare is several inches. Talking about tires and spares, don’t forget to carry the necessary tools needed to change a tire.
Keep in mind that your 4×4 tools might not be suitable for changing an aftermarket wheel. These are important checks you should carry out before leaving on your Jeep Jamboree.
Be Jeep Jamboree Ready!! The Professionals at Texas Truck and Jeep Accessories can help with any modifications and upgrades you need assistance with~
We help Jeep enthusiasts and passionate off-road enthusiasts with all their Jeep and 4×4 modifications and repairs. We know what it means to include upgrades and modifications that add to the look and functional value of your Jeep or 4×4.
We take the worry out your hands so you can aim your focus on your Jeep Jamboree experience. We work with cost-effective and high-quality upgrades that deliver value for the money while improving your overall driving and off-roading experience.
If you’re looking for upgrades and modifications for your Jeep or Truck, call us at 469-698-4460. We’d enjoy the opportunity to help you select and install the best-in-class mods and upgrades for your Jeep or Truck.
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