Jun 20, 2023
Sprucing Up Your Jeep For National Jeep (4x4) Day
Kicking off the Jeep season for the year, the 4th of April (4x4) is observed as
Kicking off the Jeep season for the year, the 4th of April (4x4) is observed as National Jeep Day, and here's what Quadratec had for enthusiasts
With a legacy going back 80 years, there is no denying that Jeep is an American icon. It fought along with soldiers from the allied forces to victory during World War II before being sold to civilians for work and recreation as the famed CJ. Over the years, the Jeep brand has evolved into several vehicles with a huge following. But speaking specifically of the Wrangler, the fact that it still sits on an old-school body-on-frame platform means that it can perform insanely well out on the trail – especially when equipped with aftermarkets parts like the ones that can be found by Quadratec.
Such companies don't just sell parts that make Jeeps even more capable, they even encourage customers to get hands-on with their Jeeps. So, since the 4th of April marks National Jeep Day, let's pay tribute to this absolute legend of a vehicle and Quadratec – the largest Jeep parts supplier that exists!
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While the Jeep brand has an extremely diverse portfolio today, when you think of Jeep, you still think of Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler appeals to two different types of people. First, we have the kinds of people who love to cruise around with the top down and doors removed. This leads to a driving experience that enables people to enjoy a fully open vehicle that puts them closer to the elements. During winter, the Jeeps get their doors and roofs back and they serve as excellent 4x4s in the snow.
Now, the second type of buyer is the one who buys the Jeep for adventures. America is an amazing place to explore as the diversity in natural attractions is insane and the Jeep is the perfect tool for the job. Events like National Jeep Day, have reignited the fire in people to get out of big cities and go explore the great outdoors. So whether it's rock crawling or dune bashing, the Jeep can do it all and there has never been a better time to own a Jeep.
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What makes the Jeep so capable and desirable? Well, first and foremost it is so popular that no matter where you happen to be in the U.S. you will be able to find parts for it. This makes people feel safer on their trips. Then we have the fact that it sits on an incredibly capable and robust platform. The Wrangler is one of the very last vehicles that use this kind of suspension setup which includes a solid front and rear axle.
Ask any off-road enthusiast and they will tell you that you can't beat a solid axle for off-road use. This setup provides the vehicle with more suspension travel which helps keep all wheels in contact with the ground for longer. Therefore, making the offroader more stable while also providing more mechanical grip. This, however, isn't the only benefit. A solid axle is also stronger and easier to maintain. Bushes wear out slower and the axles within the housing do not run at weird angles when the vehicle is lifted. This is the main reason why Jeeps can handle large tires and big suspension lift kits with ease.
Now, compare this to independent suspension which can be found on models like the 4Runner or Bronco and you can quickly notice the benefits that can be had off-road. The whole setup lasts longer, is more stable and capable as it doesn't lift wheels, and is much easier to modify. If you want the ultimate off-roader, the Jeep Wrangler is the 4x4 to get and this is why States like Utah and Colorado have plenty of them.
Oh, and let's not forget the iconic design. The seven-slat grille goes back decades and is synonymous with the Jeep brand. Aside from the fact that its retro styling looks cool, the Jeep's body is designed in a way that protects when off-roading. The wheels sit outside of the body which reduces the risk of damaging the cabin on rocks. The only parts at risk are the fenders and those can be replaced easily. So, as you can see, there are plenty of reasons why one would want to use a Jeep off-road. Granted, on the pavement, it may not perform as well but that's a compromise you should be willing to make when you're getting into any 4x4. But having said that, the 392 mill was the ultimate Wrangler upgrade.
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Quadratec has been by the side of Jeep owners since 1990 when the founder of the company Ted Wentz took his passion for Jeeps and built the world's largest Jeep parts retailer around it. Unlike many other businesses that have been sold to large corporations, Quadratec remains a family-owned business to this day and is still making the life of Jeep owners far easier by offering a huge selection of Jeep parts that can simply be ordered from the comfort of your home.
Whether you're looking for winches, lighting, suspension upgrades, or camping gear, Quadratec has a truly exhaustive list of upgrades and accessories available, allowing you to take your Jeep's capability to the next level. But it's not just newer models that the brand serves as you can get gear for models as old as the first CJs. If you're into restoration and refurbishing an old rig, Quadratec has you covered there as well, as having the right means is essential to get your project build off the ground.
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Jeep might be the only American automaker that can keep real 4x4s alive even as electrification takes over. The Magneto concept and the 4Xe Wrangler which has been on the road for a while now prove this point. The essentials that make a Jeep (chassis and axles) are left unchanged. The only difference is the unit that provides power to them.
While all manufacturers make EVs that sit on unibody platforms with independent front and rear suspensions, Jeep sacrifices efficiency for the sake of capability and they deserve Kudos for that. So, it is safe to say that the future of Jeep looks incredibly good and it might very well be the savior of a proper old-school four-wheel drive.
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