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General Discussion / New Wheeler in the Family
« on: May 24, 2011, 05:59:45 pm »
Evidently my son Michael was working on more than his Cherokees.  >:D

Allow me to introduce Ava Marie Stevens, the newest and youngest PA Jeeps member!  ;D

Vendor Feedback / Experiences / Garvin Industires
« on: April 29, 2010, 12:47:26 pm »
I'm wanting to replace the locking handle on my Garvin Industries ATS Bumper. All the road salt and chemicals from this past winter left it looking.......less than pretty. My bad for not cleaning the Jeep. :-\

Although the unit stills works great........ I wanted to get a price on a new one.

My phone call to Garvin Industries was answered by Ron Garvin. Ron is a super nice guy extremely geared towards customer service.

I quickly received a price and had a very pleasant conversation with Ron. Ron also explained that Garvin Industries is a family owned and operated business, you gotta love that and made in America too!

Check out Quadratec for all your Garvin needs from bumpers to roof racks. 

Product Feedback / Garvin Industries
« on: April 29, 2010, 12:33:29 pm »
I purchased a Garvin Industries ATS Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier in November. It was purchased through Quadratec on the recommendation of fellow PA Jeeps member Scott Gibson.

Scott was not wrong, this is one solid unit, no rattles or squeaks!

I would highly recommend this unit, Garvin P/N 71000 to anyone looking for a rear bumper with a tire carrier, two D-ring mounts, third brake light bracket, and 2" receiver.  Don't forget to get the optional Hi-Lift Jack mount, sold separately.


Hi-Lift Mount:


Vendor Feedback / Experiences / ARB USA
« on: April 20, 2010, 08:20:59 pm »
Everynow and again you run into a company or business that goes the extra mile. I have found another, ARB USA seems to thrive on customer service.

Now I don't have to explain how good the Old Man Emu products are, or ARB's recovery gear, the products speak for themselves, and yes, I and my sons own a few of their outstanding products.

On a Saturday not long ago, I decided to inquire about a piece of recovery gear, so I shoot an email off to ARB USA thinking I'll get a responce sometime in the week ahead, but no..... I had an answer back in no time, from the president of ARB USA no less. I guess he puts in a Saturday or two like the rest of us.

Well last week my youngest son Matthew encountered a small problem with an ARB product. Remembering the outstanding service from last time, I shoot a late night email. The next day I received a responce from Matt Glass at ARB USA explaining that I can't get that one piece we need. Matt from ARB also explained that the unit was still under warranty and he must send Matthew a more complete set-up.

Well it took about a week(traveling cross country) and what do we find on the doorstep, yes, everything we need to fix young Matthews problem and get him back on the road.

Matt Glass at ARB USA Email:

ARB USA is the real deal, if you have a legitimate problem or just a question, give ARB USA a shout. 

Check out their website:

Thank you Mr. Jackson and Matt.


Product Feedback / BF Goodrich Mud Terrain Tires
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:57:58 am »
Five years ago, I had a set of BFG KM Mud Terrains installed, 33x10.50's to be exact. These tires took me through everything and handled some major abuse. I can't say enough about the traction and toughness. They had cuts and scape's but never cut through to lose any air. I put over 40,000 miles on them and they still had fair tread on them when I upgraded to 35's, great wear properties.

Bad News: It's getting difficult to find these tires since they have been all but discontinued.

Good News: The KM's have been replaced by BFG with the KM2's. I'm running this tire now, so far the traction is as equal or better than the former. These tires are not quiet but then they don't have to be. I understand BFG uses a slightly softer compound on these tires but it's going to be a while before I can get a wear factor on them.

Off road traction on any BFG Mud Terrain is going to be great, on road they are very good too. If you like the hum of an aggressive tire you're going like these.

I loved the KM's and I'm feeling the same way about the new KM2's. I would recommend these tires to everyone.

Technical Advice and Questions / Vibration ????
« on: December 13, 2009, 03:31:38 pm »
Hi All,

On the way home from our club meeting my rig started a very noticeable vibration.

Accelerating some vibration. Slowing no vibration

Cruising at 30-40 MPH most noticeable vibration almost like driving on small rumble strips.

No clunking noises when starting or stopping.

Any ideas??


Technical Advice and Questions / Rear Bumper w/Tire Carrier
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:01:02 pm »
Ok...... What is the best rear bumper with tire carrier?

Solid construction no squeaks or rattles...Is there such a thing?

Lets have some suggestions and opinions folks.

General Discussion / New Forum Members Please Read
« on: August 03, 2009, 08:01:43 pm »
To our latest forum members.
Friends, two years ago we instituted a rule that all forum members must attach their first and last birth names to the "Signature" portion of their profile. Please update your profiles asap to conform with our policy.

Thank You,
Charlie Stevens

Safety / On & Off The Trail / Safety Awareness Training Class
« on: June 15, 2009, 10:41:37 pm »
Hey everyone,

Let's see how many folks are ready to take a training class on off-highway safety and techniques.

We have a few fairly new members.

Post up!


Safety / On & Off The Trail / Driving Defensively
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:55:47 pm »
                                                 Driving Defensively

From the National Safety Council

More than 41,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes each year and over 2.4 million more suffer disabling injuries, according to the National Safety Council. The quadruple threat of distractions, high speeds, impaired or careless driving and not using occupant restraints threatens every driver—regardless of how careful or how skilled.
Driving defensively means not only taking responsibility for yourself and your actions but also keeping an eye on "the other guy." The National Safety Council suggests the following guidelines to help reduce your risks on the road.
• Don't start the engine without securing each passenger in the car, including children and pets. Safety belts save thousands of lives each year! Lock all doors.
• Remember that driving too fast or too slow can increase the likelihood of collisions.
• Don't kid yourself. If you plan to drink, designate a driver who won't drink. Alcohol is a factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes.
• Do not use cell phones (including hands free) or any other mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. This includes, but is not limited to, answering or making phone calls, engaging in phone conversations, reading or responding to e-mails and text messages, adjusting a Global Positioning System (GPS) and accessing the internet.
• Be alert! If you notice that a car is straddling the center line, weaving, making wide turns, stopping abruptly or responding slowly to traffic signals, the driver may be impaired.
• Avoid an impaired driver by turning right at the nearest corner or exiting at the nearest exit. If it appears that an oncoming car is crossing into your lane, pull over to the roadside, sound the horn and flash your lights.
• Notify the police immediately after seeing a motorist who is driving suspiciously.
• Follow the rules of the road. Don't contest the "right of way" or try to race another car during a merge. Be respectful of other motorists.
• Don't follow too closely. Always use a "three-second following distance" or a "three-second plus following distance."
• While driving, be cautious, aware and responsible.

General Discussion / Directions to Monthly Meeting
« on: May 09, 2009, 07:16:24 am »
It was brought to my attention this information was a little hard to find. Any information pertaining to the club meetings can be found in the "Monthly Meetings/Information" section of this forum. Please refer to the schedule for club meeting times and dates.

Directions to Monthly Meetings:

From I83 South take Exit 16A (Rt. 74 South). Proceed on Rt. 74 South through three traffic lights and turn left onto Oak Street.
Proceed on Oak Street to the stop sign. Proceed straight at the stop sign (after stopping of course) past the York Regional Police Station towards the end of the lane. At the playground on your left turn left into the parking lot. We utilize the pavilion and the adjascent building.

Directions compliments of Rick Bear.


14th Annual (2009) / 2009 Event Shirt Artwork (FRONT)
« on: May 08, 2009, 09:24:55 pm »
"Here's the Jeep artwork for this years Event Shirts"


14th Annual (2009) / Riddler Manufacturing
« on: April 06, 2009, 09:50:46 pm »
Riddler Mfg. produces indestructible differential protection at a very competitive price, these covers even come with a lifetime guarantee.

Since Riddler Mfg. is based in Colorado, a trip to the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show would be almost as extreme as their diff covers. Instead, Tim from Riddler has offered to send a couple of differential covers as prizes for our famous show raffle.

If you want to see what Riddler Mfg. has to offer look under my rig or visit


Technical Advice and Questions / Drilled and Slotted Rotors ?
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:40:47 am »
Having trouble with with the front rotors warping on Matthews XJ. You can feel the brake pedal oscillating going down hills, we just replaced them with Auto Zone rotors and they warped again.

Will a set of drilled and slotted rotors cure this problem???


Safety / On & Off The Trail / Holiday Season Safety
« on: December 13, 2008, 10:36:22 am »
Submitted by Mr. Breeden
                                                        Holiday Season Safety
Did you know?
Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.
The National Safety Council offers these suggestions to help make your holiday season merry and safe.

Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass angel hair (a tinsel-like decoration used for a glow effect). It can irritate your eyes and skin.
A common substitute is non-flammable cotton. Both angel hair and cotton snow are flame retardant when used alone. However, if artificial snow is sprayed onto them the dried combination will burn rapidly. Also, when spraying artificial snow on windows or other surfaces, be sure to follow directions carefully. These sprays can irritate your lungs if you inhale them, so wearing a filter mask over your nose and mouth may help.

Disposing of Decorations
Do not burn evergreens or wreaths in a fireplace or in a wood stove to dispose of them. They are likely to flare out of control and send flames and smoke into the room. Also, do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace because it often contains metallic materials that can become toxic when burned.

Toys and Gifts
Be especially careful when you choose toys for infants or small children. Avoid giving gifts with small parts that could to get caught in a child's throat, nose or ears. Also avoid toys with parts that can be pulled or broken off. If you are giving toys to several children in one family, consider their age differences and the chances that younger children will want to play with older kids' toys. When selecting gifts for older adults, avoid items that are too heavy or awkward to handle. For persons with arthritis, make sure the gift does not require assembly and can be easily opened and closed.
Choose books with large type for anyone with vision impairment.

Holiday Plants
Small children may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat. But many plants can cause severe stomach problems. Plants to watch out for include: mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis. Keep all of these plants out of children's reach.

Food and Cooking
The holidays often mean preparing large meals for family and friends. Wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that comes into contact with raw poultry. Keep in mind that a stuffed bird takes longer to cook. For questions concerning holiday turkey preparation and cooking call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555.

Alcohol, Parties and Driving
Being a smart party host or guest should include being sensible about alcoholic drinks. More than half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related. Use designated drivers (people who did not drink alcohol) to drive other guests home after a holiday party.

The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. You can't avoid stress completely, but you can give yourself some relief. Allow enough time to shop rather than hurry through stores and parking lots. Only plan to do a reasonable number of errands. Finally, take time out for yourself. Relax, read or enjoy your favorite hobby at your own pace.

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