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On this episode of the podcast we bring you an interview with #teamastrid comprised of Anthony, from Overland Nomads and Bryon from Exploring Elements about the experience in the Mayan Rally. In the news we talk about how the Action Camper lets you skip the RTT for your Jeep Wrangler JKU, Ford Racing wants to teach you how to jump your Raptor, Jeep Wrangler gets a 10th anniversary edition Rubicon, diesel power finally returns to Jeep, Jeep sets a new all time sales record in 2012, and I need a 2WD motorcycle that comes with an oar. In the Outdoor Edibles segment we talk about the Tent Commandments. In the feedback section we talk about what hand tools you bring with you on the trail and one of my favorite new websites: GrabAWrench.com.
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Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition-The iconic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – named after America’s most demanding offroad
trail – celebrates 10th anniversary with new model
-2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is the most capable production
vehicle ever; loaded with hardcore equipment off-road enthusiasts covet
-Off-road features include all-new steel winch-capable bumpers with removable end
caps, even more ground clearance, new rock rails and BF Goodrich KM2 Off-road
-Available one-of-a-kind “Anniversary Red” leather interior
-Limited-production Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition to arrive in
showrooms in spring of 2013For more than seven decades, Jeep® vehicles have defined the benchmark in rugged capability
and utility. The most recognized of these vehicles has long been and still is the Jeep Wrangler,
which has always provided an unmatched level of freedom resulting from the ability to traverse
any trail, anywhere.Ten years ago, for the 2003 model year, Jeep dramatically raised the bar in off-road capability
with the introduction of the Wrangler Rubicon model. Named after one of the most grueling offroadtrails in the world, the Rubicon models were the most extreme Wranglers ever produced.
The 2005 model year saw the introduction of the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited that brought more
utility to the Rubicon’s quickly established off-road credentials. Over the last 10 years, the
Wrangler Rubicon has won numerous prestigious awards including Four Wheeler magazine’s
“4×4 of the Decade” honor for its unmatched level of all-around capabilities.Fast forward to the 2013 model year, with Jeep Wrangler setting sales records and the wildly
popular Jeep Wrangler Rubicon turning 10 years young. To celebrate, Jeep is introducing a
new, limited-production 2013 Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition. It is the most capable
factory-produced Jeep Wrangler ever, packed with equipment die-hard off-road enthusiasts
love.”The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to 10 years of Wrangler
Rubicon history, and to the Jeep brand’s most passionate enthusiasts,” said Mike Manley,
President and CEO, – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This Wrangler Rubicon is for them. It
is a unique vehicle that we expect will long be sought after, a Wrangler that offers an
unprecedented level of capability once only attainable by long hours of custom aftermarket
preparation crafted in the garages of the most avid Jeep enthusiasts in the world.”Now, to celebrate the Wrangler Rubicon’s 10th Anniversary, Jeep has created a stunning new
example of the Wrangler, available with a striking red leather interior, and a host of standard offroad equipment seen for the first time on a production vehicle,” Manley added.The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicion 10th Anniversary edition will arrive in showrooms in the spring
of 2013.Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition
Available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is the most capable Wrangler ever produced. Based on the Rubicon model, it is available with a standard six-speed manual or available five-speed automatic transmission
mated to a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 285 horsepower and 260 ft.-lbs. of torque.
The Jeep part-time four-wheel-drive system has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles
that receive power through a Rock-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 axle
ratio front and rear is also standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials. With a six-speed
manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition has an impressive crawl
ratio of 73.1:1 that makes it a breeze to negotiate any obstacle.The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition has many exclusive features that make it
distinctive, as well as the most off-road capable Wrangler in history. A one-half inch increase in
ride height versus the standard Rubicon model provides the BF Goodrich KM2 265/70R17 tires
more room to claw at rugged terrain. The tires are mounted on 17-inch Rubicon aluminum
wheels painted satin black with polished faces and a red Jeep Wrangler “icon” logo on the
Black front and rear steel off-road bumpers toughen up the exterior, with the front bumper
featuring removable end caps and a winch-capable design. These removable end caps help the
Wrangler climb obstacles without hindrance, and reduce the damage potential to the bumper
system. A dual-intake Power Dome hood helps aid in engine cooling and gives Wrangler a more
menacing appearance. Red tow hooks adorn the front and rear, and Mopar rock rails give
added protection from trail damage. Mopar also supplies the black fuel filler door and tail lamp
guards. “10th Anniversary” badge on the fenders and a red-silhouette “Rubicon” decal on the
sides of the hood add the finishing touches on the exterior.
The Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition comes standard with a Premium Sunrider soft
top and is available with a black three-piece Freedom hardtop or body-color hardtop. Available
exterior colors for the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition are Billet Silver, White and 10th Anniversary Edition-exclusive Anvil.
The interior has many special touches as well. Striking red leather seats with “Rubicon 10th
Anniversary” embroidered into the front seat backs grab attention at first glance. Red stitching
adorns the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the center console. A unique gauge cluster
features a “10th Anniversary” signature and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with various read-outs such as oil pressure, oil temperature and tire
Record surpasses 1999 Jeep vehicle sales of 675,494 units
Jeep Wrangler and Compass record best-ever annual global sales totals
Jeep Wrangler and Patriot record best-ever annual U.S. sales totals
2012 the third consecutive year of Jeep double-digit percentage global and U.S. sales increasesJanuary 9, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® brand recorded global sales of 701,626 units in 2012, setting a new, all-time high – bettering the brand’s previous annual high of 675,494 units sold in 1999.Jeep vehicle sales increased 19 percent globally in 2012 versus 2011, and 13 percent in the United States (474,131 units).”The Jeep brand has achieved double-digit percentage sales increases in each of the past three years, both globally and in the U.S. market,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “In late 2009, we set out on a course to quickly renew our entire vehicle lineup, with a focus on legendary Jeep capability combined with improved on-road driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and world-class craftsmanship. Clearly customers have appreciated the unique combination of attributes that Jeep vehicles offer.”We expect to continue our sales momentum in 2013 with the introduction of an all-new mid-size Jeep SUV, as well as the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be available with a new, clean-diesel engine,” Manley added.In 2012, each major global region recorded increased Jeep sales versus 2011. Specifically, Jeep sales in the Asia-Pacific region rose 94 percent; sales in European markets rose 29 percent; and sales in Latin American markets rose 18 percent. In China – the largest automobile market in the world – Jeep remains the fastest-growing mainstream brand, with sales up 107 percent in 2012. In the United States, Jeep has regained its number-one position in the SUV market.Several individual Jeep nameplate records were also set in 2012. Jeep Wrangler enjoyed its best year ever both globally (194,142 units) and in the U.S. (141,669 units); Jeep Compass recorded its best year ever on a global basis (103,321 units); and Jeep Patriot recognized its best U.S. sales year with 62,010 units sold. Jeep Grand Cherokee recorded sales of 154,734 in the U.S. – its best annual total since 2005.Across the globe, Jeep sales were led by Grand Cherokee (223,196 units), followed by Wrangler (194,142 units) and Compass (103,321 units).The Jeep brand’s sales results in 2012 come on the heels of similar success in 2011 (sales increases of 41 percent globally and 44 percent in the U.S. versus 2010) and 2010 (sales increases of 24 percent globally and 26 percent in the U.S. versus 2009).
The 2012 Ural Limited Edition is here: The Ural YamalREDMOND, WA (November 26, 2012) – IMZ-Ural, the Siberian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars introduces icebreaker-inspired limited edition Ural Yamal – the only motorcycle equipped with an oar.
Yamal, which translates as “the end of the Earth,” is a peninsula in Russia, known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren, and perpetually frozen. It is also the well-known icebreaker that spends its time conquering the frozen Arctic Ocean, just north of Siberia – and a perfect namesake of this year’s limited edition from Ural.
Russian icebreakers are heavy, rugged, and focused entirely on their mission. Though their purpose may not always make sense, these vessels are unique in every way, and when speaking to the right people-absolutely necessary. Ural motorcycles are much like this strange genre of sea-going vessel: durable, dependable, and able to conquer what typical motorcycles cannot.
The limited edition Yamal is spec’d with its own double hull-of sorts-much like the boat: 3M coating is used to weather proof the lower portion of the sidecar body and the fenders for additional protection. The Ural Yamal is painted flat orange-to be easily spotted anywhere. Its sidecar is fitted with dual fog lights to defeat the long nights as you travel from waypoint to waypoint. Both rider and passenger comfort is enhanced with the addition of accessory fairing and windscreen. On demand two-wheel drive, knobby spare tire, and hand guards round out the mission capability of the Yamal.
An impasse may come in other shapes and sizes beyond weather and topography, so Ural throws in an oar with tongue-in-cheek emergency instruction to double as a defensive tool or your last hope of survival on thin ice… you never know. Add the unforgettable menacing teeth and you get yet another one-of-a-kind limited edition from Ural – a motorcycle that sure beats the norm.
The 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition -the only motorcycle equipped with an oar.
Total built for U.S.: 50
For more information on the 2012 limited edition, please visit the Yamal web page at: http://www.imz-ural.com/2012-yamal-limited-edition/