Tomorrow, the worlds largest auto show dedicated to the manufacturers of specialty equipment will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Known as SEMA, this show really is the grand-daddy of them all and one that everyone wants to go to. Unfortunately, this show is only for vendors and those in the industry and, unless you know someone who can get you in, it’s not something that the public is allowed to attend… well, at least not physically anyway.
As always, Cindy and I will be covering the 2013 SEMA Show LIVE and invite you to attend the show virtually by following us here on WAYALIFE.com and on our WAYALIFE Facebook Page. Here, you can be sure to see recaps of each day with TONS of detailed Hi-Res photos of everything we see and on Facebook, you can see quick highlights as we make our way though the show. Of course, if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, please let us know and we’ll keep an eye out.
We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us at the 2013 SEMA Show. All you have to do is click on the link below!!No comments
So I was going through our photo gallery today and just realized that I never made a post regarding a trip we did earlier this summer. Back in July, some friends of ours came up to visit us in Tahoe and to do a little exploring in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For one of our trips, Cindy and I decided to take them up north to the Lakes Basin so that they could run the Snake Lake trail and climb to the top of an ancient volcanic peak know as the Sierra Buttes. In any case, I figure, better late then never and so, here are some pics that highlight our trip. I hope you enjoy.No comments
About 5 years ago, Cindy and I were watching a show on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs and, in one particular episode, the host Mike Rowe went out to Trona, CA to help setup the annual Gem-O-Rama show put on by the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society. Since that time, we’ve always wanted to get out there and participate in the event but was never able to find the time, or at least, not up until now. Thanks to our good friends Tony and Stephanie for reminding us about it this year, we finally got a chance to get out in the muck and dig us some real gems. Click on the link below to see photos from our trip:No comments
After finishing up the Ultra 4 Championship Race out in Congress, AZ, Mel asked Greg, Cindy and I to join he and his family on a run up to Crown King. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this famous off road destination, Crown King is an old mining town located up in the Bradshaw Mountains just northwest of Phoenix. The first recorded gold claim was back in 1875 and in its heyday, had 500 buildings, including company stores, boarding houses, two Chinese restaurants, a railroad and a post office. By the time active mining ceased in the 1950’s, over $2 million in gold would have been extracted from the surrounding area. Today, the town is still very much alive and kicking and finds most of it’s gold from tourists.
While you can visit this remote mountain town from the east off of Interstate 17, most Jeepers make their way up from the south near Lake Pleasant. This route is considered the “back way” to Crown King and what we decided to run. For the most part, the trail is easy with great views but, there are also optional side routes with obstacles you can challenge yourself on along the way as well. Click on the link below to see pics from our trip.No comments
Since getting our first JK almost 7 years ago, I have seen a lot of different check engine codes. Typically, they would start off with the capital letter “P” and then followed with a series of 4 numerical digits. For instance, if you had an exhaust leak, you would get a code that looked like this, P0430. Or, if you had a cylinder 6 misfire, you would get a code that looked like this, P0306. Well, over the weekend, I finally got a code that kind of surprised me being that it contained 2 of what looked like the lower case letter “d”. Specifically, the code I got was P06dd and it was triggered soon after I experienced a sudden inability to accelerate above 3,000-3,500 RPM’s. When I first experienced this problem, I was just trying to get on the interstate and get up to highway speeds quickly. When my transmission dropped a gear to get there, the RPM’s went up and just as I got to about 3,500, power from the motor simply cut out. If you’ve ever driven a manual transmission and accidentally tried shifting from 6th gear doing 75 MPH into 1st, that’s exactly what it felt like. It was as if a governor kicked in and while I was still moving forward, kind of, the motor was unwilling to give me anything more. Not sure what was going on, I pulled over to the side of the road, turned off the engine, turned it back on and then started on our way again. For a brief period of time, things were back to normal and stayed that way until I tried passing a truck on a hill. When I did that, the same thing happened again. Still not sure what was going on, it did become clear that so long as I kept the motor from running up and above 3,500 RPM’s, everything worked okay. And, being that you really don’t need to get up into the higher RPM range to drive from point A to point B, I decided to just keep moving on but at a much more conservative pace.
Before heading back for home, Cindy started to do some research and found that a P06dd is a code that is thrown when your oil pressure is too low. Of course, this seemed odd to me be being that I had just done an oil change a few weeks back and even if it were true, I would have thought that an idiot light would have come on to let me know as much. Still, it was all I had to go on and so I decided to start with the obvious - check the oil. And, after pulling out the dip stick, it became clear, that was low… VERY LOW. When all was said and done, I ended up pouring about 4 quarts back in!! While I was glad to know that my engine is smart enough to try and preserve itself, I have to say that it frustrates me to no end that the idiot light never came on. I mean, does it only go off when it’s too late? Seriously, if Cindy and I didn’t have the means and the know how to look up codes, nothing short of a trip to the dealership would have gotten this easy to fix and critical problem solved.
Long story short, if you’re planning on doing a ton of hard and fast driving in the desert for weeks on end, do yourself a favor and keep an eye on your fluids. And, if you ever get a check engine P06dd code, you’ll now know what it is and what you’ll need to do.4 comments
When we bought our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler, we had always planned to upgrade it’s axles to a set of Dynatrac ProRock 60’s. Of course, being that money doesn’t grow on trees, we decided to use the time until we could afford the upgrade to extensively test just how well a set of 37″ tires would do with the new 3.6L Pentastar motor running factory 4.10 gears. For almost 2 years, we took our Jeep just about everywhere we could, driving it to and from the trail, on the highway and around town, up and over mountains, hard and fast through the Mojave Desert, up and over steep ledges in Moab and, crawling it over big rocks on trails like the Rubicon. And, after racking up over 45,000 miles on the odometer, what I can tell you is this… it can be done and it does work surprisingly, okay. For someone who’s never driven a re-geared equivalent, they may not even know what they’re missing.
Having said all that, recent circumstances forced us to upgrade our front axle sooner than we had planned for and, while we were at it, decided to just bite the bullet, take advantage of Off Road Evolution’s $999 special and have our Jeep re-geared with a set of 5.13’s at the same time. After testing them out extensively on the 2013 JK-Experience, all I can say is - why in the hell didn’t we do this sooner!!
While the 3.6L motor has a good amount of power and will do a decent job of compensating for larger tires, it simply can’t make up enough of a difference especially in situations like on long or steep hill climbs. Here, your transmission will try to help make up the difference by dropping gears and running your RPM’s up close to 6 grand just to keep you moving. Of course, this will cause your engine and transmission to run really hot and in some cases, cause your Jeep to go into limp mode - ask me how I know. With a set of 5.13’s, this will no longer be an issue as you’ll have plenty of power to do the same job in a higher gear and running at a lower RPM. Of course, this is to say nothing about the fact that on the rocks, a set of 5.13’s will also significantly improve your crawl ratio - running 37″ tires on 4:10 gears, you’ll go from a 3.36:1 to a full 4.21:1! Of course, for those would might complain about the increase in RPM at highway speeds, what I can tell you is that it’s really insignificant. In fact, the difference you’ll see when compared to a stock Rubicon running 32″ tires and 4.10 gears is only about 200 RPM as you can see in the calculators below:
Trust me, if you’re planning on running 35″, 37″ or bigger tires on your 2012-Up JK, you really will be doing yourself a BIG favor to get it re-geared at the same time. If you live in the SoCal area, be sure to take advantage of Off Road Evolutions $999 special too as it really is a deal that is hard to beat.4 comments
The Rubicon is a trail that Cindy and I typically run several times a year starting from the end of June and ending as late as October and, we typically try to keep our group size to about 10 rigs or fewer. Unfortunately, our first run out for this year just happened last week and, because of the delay, found ourselves with as many as 23 rigs along for the ride. Included in our group were a total of 8 rigs from Canada, 1 from Reno and the rest from SoCal and with vehicles ranging from JK’s to LJ’s and even an XJ. And, while there was a concern expressed regarding our ability to move this many people through the trail and do so in a timely manner, I’m happy to say that everything went smoothly and without too much fuss. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the amazing help of our friends, Doug, Carl, Tony, Brian, Don and Ray who were interspersed within the lineup, providing eyes on the ground and moving things along. Anyway, here are a few pics that we were able to take from our trip. Unfortunately, we were only able to capture what was immediately around us. It is my hope that others who joined us for this run will chime in with theirs as well so that you can all see more. Enjoy.No comments
Last weekend, we headed out to the Nevada desert to help Mel Wade out as he took on the 2013 Vegas to Reno Best in the Desert Race in the Discount Tire/Off Road Evolution EVO 1 Jeep JK Wrangler Race Rig. At almost 550 miles long, it is by far the longest off road race in America and because of it, participants are allowed 24 hours to complete it. For our purposes, we would officially be Chase 7 and our job was to leap frog from pit to pit and assist in any way that we could. Here are some pics from our adventures following EVO 1 to the finish line, I hope you enjoy.
Monday, August 19, 2013
When it comes to desert racing in North America, General Tire’s Vegas to Reno event is about as challenging, and good, as it gets. Vegas to Reno has long been touted as the “longest off-road race in the United States” as it forces man and machine to endure over 500 miles of rough, rocky, and otherwise, unforgiving desert terrain. Taking 1st place in this year’s Ultra4 4400 class was Mel Wade in his Discount Tire sponsored Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This year’s race (held over August 15-17) was open to all types of racers and machines, but few dared entered with a production-based vehicle like the 4451 of Wade.
Battling fuel delivery issues throughout the race, Wade’s Discount Tire/Off Road Evolution race team worked diligently to keep the Jeep platform moving forward. Although time is always a major factor in any racing situation, Wade still managed to aid his MasterCraft Safety teammates in their #42 Trophy Truck. Using the Extreme Performance-built 6.1L Hemi V-8, the Wrangler towed the disabled truck three miles in for repairs and then headed back out to continue the race. Fortunately, for the Discount Tire/Off Road Evolution team, the good deed kept up the karma for the crew and allowed them to continue their charge into the night without issue.
Handling the sole driving duties was Mel Wade. Driving solo is no small task, but Wade’s experience with the Wrangler in both recreational and racing settings, got him through the event. Co-driver duties were held by Off Road Evolution’s head fabricator Colin Fletcher, along with EVO ’s Crew Chief Kyle Giard. A proud father of two, Wade even had his 14-year-old son co-pilot for over two hundred miles of the race-a future racer for sure.
With a cutoff time of 24-hours, Vegas to Reno is no quick two-track jaunt. Using a host of off-the-shelf EVO Manufacturing components, Wade’s 4451racer finished with an impressive time of 18 hours and 11 minutes. When asked about the race, Wade accredits much of his and team’s success to the hard work everyone put in and the great components attached to the vehicle. Along with Discount Tire, AXT Wheels and Nitto Tires have been integral part and support of the Off Road Evolution racer. Despite running at speeds upwards of 90 miles-per hour through the rubber mangling course, there wasn’t a single tire or wheel failure.
“The ATX Slab beadlocks were flawless and kept the Nitto 40 inch K-Spec Trail Grapplers getting traction. We took many hits throughout the day and cycled through major obstacles that sent other racers to the pits. ATX has been a trouble-free and race-proven combo that I am happy to run on EVO1.” Mel Wade.
With only a fraction of the vehicles that entered the race able to finish, just finishing the race was a major victory for the team. Taking 1st place was simply icing on the cake.
Special thanks MasterCraft Safety for all the pit support!No comments
As everyone knows, changing your engine oil is a necessary part of routine maintenance on your Jeep JK Wrangler and, it’s one that is required on a regular basis. Fortunately, it’s also something that is super easy to do, something that just about anyone can do and, something that can save you a money. Of course, for those of you who have never changed your own engine oil before, this short write-up will explain in detail what all is involved and just how little you will need to do. And, after you done this on your own, I can almost guarantee that you’ll never take your Jeep back to your dealer or a shop to have it done for you again.
In 1905, gold was discovered in the Seven Troughs mountain range which is located deep in the Northern Nevada desert. By 1907, miners from Tonopah and Goldfield flocked to the area after an assays of $100,000 a ton was revealed and a town bearing the name of the range it resided in was established. Before the end of the year, over 350 people, a post office, several stores and saloons inhabited Seven Troughs. Even after a deadly flash flood killed 8 people and destroyed most of the town and surrounding camps in 1912, the town continued to proper for the better part of 10 years as it produced approximately $2 million in gold. By 1918, the gold veins began to play out and efforts to drain and haul ore started a rapid decline in population. To help address these issues, the Nevada State Mining Co. decided to dig a 2.5 mile tunnel through the mountain and, in spite of the discovery of several gold veins, boring was ultimately ceased in 1934 after wet rock caused the cost of continuing to become unviable. While the town of Seven Troughs and it’s surrounding camps, Vernon and Mazuma were abandoned by the 1930’s, small scale mining in the area continued on and off well into the 1950’s and man named Art lived in the neighboring town of Tunnel (the one established for the boring of the 2.5 mile tunnel through the mountain) until his passing in the late 1990’s.
Back in the middle of July, Cindy and I decided to make a trip to explore what is left of this remote and relatively well preserved mining district. From there, we headed north to a major cross road in the Emigrant Trail known as Rabbithole Springs before making our way east back to civilization. I hope you enjoy.No comments
This is the second of two short time lapse videos that we made highlighting the installation of a MoTech LS motor swap into Moby using a GM 6.2L L94 V8 engine and 6L80 automatic transmission. This video will take you from the time the motor was installed on the frame to the point where we got to fire it up. I hope you enjoy.1 comment
Far in the northwest corner of Nevada, there’s a remote stretch of desert that hasn’t seen a whole lot of change since early emigrants started crossing it on the Applegate Trail back in the 1800’s and really, long before that as well. This area is known as the Black Rock Desert and while some may be familiar with its extensive playa and the Burning Man Festival that it hosts every year, it once sat at the bottom of an enormous ancient body of water known as, Lake Lahontan. For this trip, we topped off our tank in the small town of Gerlach and spent the better part of the day and over 160 miles all on dirt exploring tall canyons, historic sites, hot springs, wonderful geology and endless playa before calling it a day. Here are some pics from our trip, I hope you enjoy.
For Fathers Day weekend, Cindy and I decided to head up to the Owens Valley and do a little exploring up in the Inyo Mountains. It’d been a while since we’ve visited the areas surrounding the old ghost town of Cerro Gordo and so, we decided to start our adventure by heading up the Swansea Trail and then circle back down Cerro Gordo Road. Along the way, we made a stop over at the old Burgess Mine and spent some time over at the historic old salt tram and cabin along the ridge top. Here are a few pics from our trip, I hope you enjoy.
A full width front bumper on a Jeep JK Wrangler is something that Chrysler is required to provide in order to meet federal safety standards and, while I’m sure they do their job, they’re a complete nuisance out on the trail. They get in the way of rocks, they effectively reduce your approach angles, they make it difficult for you to disconnect your sway bar links and being that they’re just plastic, they start to look pretty bad after just a few minor hits on the trail. And, it’s for these reasons that chopping up the front bumper and making it into a stubby is one of the most popular, useful and effective modifications that you can make on your Jeep JK Wrangler. Of course, in addition to all the benefits you will get from this mod, the best part about doing this is that it can be done for next to nothing and this write-up will show you how.
After more than 6 years of pushing Moby, our big white 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited around with a wimpy 3.8L V6 motor, it was high time to SUPERSIZE things. In other words, it was time for a V8!! But, rather than install a HEMI, we decided to do an LS swap or specifically, a GM 6.2L L94 V8 attached to a 6L80 automatic transmission. All this would be going in at Off Road Evolution using a MoTech LS kit and, in this short time lapse video, you’ll get a taste of what’s involved in a project like this. A more complete video will be produced once everything is done.1 comment
Out on the east side of the Panamint Valley, there’s a trail that takes you up the Argus Range and ultimately to an old tungsten mine known as the Defense Mine. While the trail is for the most part short and easy, there are a few challenging sections along the way that can be a lot of fun if you choose to take them. The biggest obstacle on the trail is known as Waterfall Zero or Zero Fall and, as the name suggests, it’s essentially a big dry waterfall made of marble, polished smooth and shaped like a chute. If you’re not careful, it’s definitely one that can do some real damage. Just past it, there’s an optional route to the top known as the Cummings Cutoff and, if you choose to take it, you’ll find yourself on a nice length of trail strewn with loose chop and big rocks. In this short video, you’ll get to see highlights from a recent run we did up this trail with a total of 8 Jeep JK Wranglers, 6 of which were 4-door Unlimited models and 1 of which was a 2-door Sport. We hope you enjoy it.
A BIG THANKS goes out to Tony, Stephanie, Doug, Moochie, Adam, Don, Lori, Dave, Laura and Ray for joining us on this run and for helping to make this video possible.No comments
I always love hearing about how well Chrysler and especially Jeep is doing and apparently, both the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass each recorded their best sales ever. The Jeep Wrangler specifically sold 16,272 units which is up 13% - this shatters the sales record it set back in June of 2012!! Of course, Chrysler Group LLC as a whole reported May 2013 U.S. sales increased by 11% Percent, the best May Sales in 6 years!! Anyway, just thought I would share - GO JEEP!!!
Airing down your tires for the trail is an essential part of off-roading and one that will give you significantly better traction on the rocks and will also offer a much more comfortable ride. However, getting your tires aired back up at the end of the day can be somewhat of a problem especially if you’re still a ways off from a gas station with a working air compressor. Of course, the best solution to this problem is to bring your own source of air but a good hard mounted compressor or CO2 air tank can take up a lot of space inside your Jeep and most of the basic portable units simply don’t have what it takes to fill up four over sized tires in a reasonable amount of time. And, that’s why we decided to get an ARB High Output On-Board Air Compressor for our old 2009 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited.
Compact and powerful, the ARB High Output On-Board Air Compressor is affordable and can be installed with ease under the hood. With this setup, you’ll have a reliable source of air with you at all times and without taking up any space inside your Jeep.To find out how easy it really is to install the ARB High Output On-Board Air Compressor on your Jeep JK Wrangler, simply follow the instructions below.47 comments
Memorial Day weekend has always marked the beginning of summer for us and once again, this year was celebrated with a camping trip up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. However, unlike the previous 3 years which were more of a winter finale than anything, the weather was absolutely perfect this time around and we spent our time relaxing, exploring, partying and enjoying the company of good friends. Click on the link below to see pics from our trip - I hope you enjoy.