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Redusernab Asks: When did the Jeep Wrangler become the TactiCOOL poster child?

Jeff Glucker October 27, 2017 Redusernab Asks

The Jeep Wrangler took over for the CJ back in 1986. It was a vehicle still built upon the bones of a machine bred to serve in wartime, and then refined for civilian duty as the decades marched on. Today we have the JK generation Wrangler, and we’re all waiting for Chrysler to stop toying with us and pull the sheet back on the upcoming JL, especially the long-rumored pickup truck version.

Current Jeep fans fall into many camps, but they all seem to genuinely love their highly-capable vehicles. From the base two-door on up to fancy Unlimited Rubicons, you can take a Wrangler anywhere. Lately, it seems like more and more Jeeps aren’t really going places though, yet the owners are already prepped for North Korea to drop their Nukes on the West Coast.

Am I crazy, or does it seem like there has been a bit of a rise in the amount of heavily customized Wranglers prowling the streets? Not lightly upgraded examples, but Wranglers wearing every LED light offered in a given catalog, an angry scowling front-end half covering the headlights, and the cleanest upgraded suspension bought right off the SEMA show floor. These are Jeeps that appear ready for battle, but bear no scars from prior engagements. These Jeeps are tactiCOOL. Also, it seems to happy more often with the more expensive Unlimited over the standard two-door Wrangler.

Is the modern Wrangler Unlimited basically the AR15 of the off-road world? A good tool sullied by a handful of its owner base that seem hellbent on applying every mod with no care of how it actually affects performance. Or even making use of that performance.

When did the Jeep Wrangler become the vehicular posterchild for the tacticool amongst us?

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Podcast: Episode 223 – ‘Bout Dat Zinfandel Life

Just me and a delicious bottle of beer, sitting around spinnin’ yarns…

Today I talk about running the Pismo Beach dunes in a Polaris RZR, letting someone else drive our Mazda CX-5 so we can taste wine, and then I dive into the upcoming guests for the SEMA episodes we’re going to record next week.

After that it’s question time, and as always you all have some good ones.

A quest to bring a 90’s icon back to its sports bike glory

Image snagged from Jalopnik

When you love a specific point in time for your preferred mode of transportation, you find yourself hunting down ways to gain a piece of that time. For Peter Monshizadeh, that point in time appears to be when sport bikes were colorful, stylish, and well built during the early 1990’s. That’s why Peter decided to track down a unicorn of the era; a 1993 Honda CBR900RR.

Not only did Peter find the bike he was looking for, but he found one with less than 1,000 miles on its odometer.

After acquiring the bike, Peter quickly set to work restoring it to its original glory. That adventure is well chronicled over at Jalopnik. .

Go read it, then day dream about the projects currently in your life or the ones you hope to add in the near future.

Clarion Builds Acura NSX fetches $135K at auction

The Clarion Builds program has moved off another great vehicle from its stable. That’s how it works though, as this program is designed to generate buzz around a cool build and then sell that build at an auction to provide funds for a worthwhile charity. It happened in the past with 2, and now the time has come to hand over the keys to this excellent Acura NSX.

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Redusernab Asks: What vehicle would be the starting point for your overland build?

Jeff Glucker October 23, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Let’s say you were looking to pack up the wife, kids, and maybe a dog. You want to get out and explore, and you want a vehicle that can take you far off the beaten path and then provide shelter once you’re away from others. The world of overlanding is calling you. What vehicle would you use to answer that call?

There are many excellent platforms out there from which to choose, and all cater to a wide range of budgets. Our own Christopher Tracy is doing entertaining day trips and weekend getaways with his Land Cruiser. Friend of Redusernab Zach Bowman packed up his family for an entire year on the road and he used a Dodge truck fitted with a large camper shell. 

If you were looking to head off into the sunset, what vehicle would you want rolling beneath your feet?

Podcast: Episode 222 – Go Team Discovery!

JonathOn Klein and Colin Woodard join us in the Redusernab podcast studio today. You all know Klein, and Mr. Woodard joins us as a guest from Motor Trend. We talk about some of the interesting machines they’ve driven lately. This includes a Dirt Sprint car that apparently wants to behave more like a rally car than a dirty drift machine.

After that it’s time for questions, and we ponder far too long about the fate of the upcoming C8 Corvette.

Redusernab Asks: What was the greatest racing event of all time?

Jeff Glucker October 16, 2017 Redusernab Asks

For those of us who enjoy motorsport, we all have our preferred type of motorsport to watch. Be it two wheels or four, open wheel or closed cockpit endurance spaceship, gravel slinging rally machine or focused street car, there is racing for everyone.

If you had to narrow it down to one singular racing event though, not just an entire series but one actual race… what would you consider to be the greatest racing event of all time?

Will it be Senna in the rain? Audi at Le Mans? Loeb being Loeb? Or maybe it’s Joey Dunlop and one of his 26 race wins at the Isle of Man? There are going to be a lot of great answers… and some serious discussion surrounding those answers.

I can’t wait to see what you have to say in the comments below.

The latest Land Rover Discovery summed up in less than five minutes

It’s been around for decades, and it’s been to every pocket of the globe during that time. The Land Rover Discovery has entered its fifth generation, and this latest one brings the Disco to a new place. Yes, it’s still very much a more approachable Land Rover product than its larger (and more expensive) Range Rover sibling but it doesn’t sacrifice in the off-road equipment department.

It’s also not cheap. This one here costs around $80k. Yes, it’s nice inside and most of the options have been checked, but that doesn’t make the price feel less than it is.

Forgetting that price tag for a moment, the Discovery drives wonderfully both on road and off of it. That’s due in part here to the Td6 diesel engine fitted under the hood. There’s tremendous torque to be had, and it’s available down low and right on up through a major swath of the rev range.

Will those who part with all of this dough be ready to dirty up their own Discos? I hope so, because that’s where the Discovery shines brightest. Not in a Whole Foods parking lot, but in the jungle/outback/desert/snow/mud, or anywhere other vehicles fear to tread. 

[Disclaimer: Land Rover tossed us the keys to the Discovery and included a tank of diesel fuel.] 

Podcast: Episode 221 – Trippin’ in the Benz

Jeff Glucker October 11, 2017 Redusernab Podcast

Here’s a solo episode from the road. I just took my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 for a drive from Orange County out to Palm Springs to sample the new Land Rover Velar. It’s the longest trip I’ve done in the Benz to date, and the old Merc handled it like a champ.

So I chat about that and some plans for the car, but also talk about the Volvo V90 CC I just spent a week driving. After that it’s time for your questions.

Redusernab Asks: Touch-up paint?

Jeff Glucker October 11, 2017 Redusernab Asks

I’ve been working to bring the paint of my ’74 Benz back to life. The folks at Meguiar’s just helped out a lot by showing me how a proper wax job can do just that. One issue that this has highlighted, however, is all of the dings, dents, and scratches that have accumulated on this 43-year-old body.

That’s led me on a rabbit hole of paintless-dent and scratch repair videos. I’ll leave the PDR to a professional, but I want to knock out a number of the paint issues myself. YouTube is a great resource for finding examples of folks who have done the same, but you are a better resource… the wealth of knowledge here is one of my favorite aspects of this place.

So, dear Hooniversarians, what are you experiences with touch-up paint? What brand do you prefer? What methods work the best?

Help me, help my Benz.

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