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A Non-Jeeper's Guide to Jeep Gifting

  
  
  
  

Through the years, we’ve found that our customers often fall into one of two categories: the Jeepers and the non-Jeepers.  We love them both dearly, but there are vast differences between the two.  The first category ranges from those who eat, sleep, and breathe Jeep to those who just acquired their first 4 x 4.  Some know their Wrangler inside and out, from the tips of their front tow hooks to the bottom of their back bumper.  Others are just learning how to lower their soft top. Either way, it’s not long before they’ve got a folder of Jeep parts and accessories saved on their internet browser that only seems to grow.  It’s a Jeep thing, and they understand.  

The second category of customer is the non-Jeeper, bless their hearts. They may not own a Jeep themselves, but somebody that they love does! The non-Jeeper is clever enough to realize that this makes the perfect gift-giving opportunity.  They may have started small with a Jeep shirt, hat, or mug so that their Jeeper could showcase their pride.  This is wonderful!  Every Jeep owner appreciates Jeep themed gifts!  Eventually, the non-Jeeper may grow more ambitious, realizing that a Jeeper’s favorite thing to dress up is their vehicle itself. Often, this is where confusion sets in.  “What’s a YJ?  Jeep tires come in more than one size?  What do you mean 'the doors come off?'”  The non-Jeeper is so close to achieving Ultimate Gift Giver status, but their lack of Jeep knowledge threatens to send them high-tailing it back to the apparel section of the site.  After all, it’s far easier to guess a Jeeper’s shirt size than their tire size.  But, wait!  We can help!  Equipped with some basic knowledge, the non-Jeeper can buy even greater gifts that will not only delight a Jeeper, but also fit their vehicle perfectly!

1. What Year Is It?

The first, and possibly the easiest, piece of information to gather is what year the Jeep is.  Almost all accessories that are not universal fit are designed for a specific year range of Wrangler, referred to as YJ (years 1987-1995), TJ (years 1997-2006), and JK (2007-2014). We also have a variety of accessories for the classic Jeep CJ models.  Figuring out a Jeep’s year is most easily accomplished with a simple “What year is it?” directed towards the owner.  An innocent and convincing “Just wondering!” should divert any suspicions regarding the non-Jeeper’s intentions. 

2. How many doors?

For those Jeepers who have a 2007 or later Wrangler, another pivotal piece of information is how many doors the Jeep has.  Wranglers with 4 doors will, obviously, have a much longer overall vehicle length.  This affects the fit of tops, certain storage solutions, seat covers, floor liners, and other accessories.  Non-Jeepers will want to make sure they know how many doors their Jeeper's JK has before shopping for accessories. 

3. Top Set Up

Another easy to establish Jeep stat is what kind of top set up currently exists.  Hard tops and soft tops require different car and cab covers.  Jeeps with soft tops qualify for a variety of top specific accessories, including window storage solutions, noise reduction systems, and replacement windows.  Jeeps with hard tops can use noise deadening insulators, or storage carts.  The thing a Jeep with a hard top needs most though, is a soft top

4. Tire Size 

This is the information that is hardest to obtain while maintaining a covert gift-giver profile – enlisting the help of someone who often sees the Jeep in question may be necessary!  Our tire covers come in very specific sizes and in order to make sure that the cover fits perfectly, we need to match the cover size with the number found on the sidewall of the tire.  This number is usually in the format of P255/75R17.  Once a non-Jeeper has the tire number, the only other thing they need to get a great gift is an idea of the Jeeper’s taste for the cover itself!

tire sidewall

 

With these pieces of information and the help of the gang at All Things Jeep, even the most auto-unaware of the non-Jeepers can find a wonderful gift for the Jeeper in their life! 

 

 

 

     

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All Things Jeep Celebrates 10 Years!

  
  
  
  

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Once you get to a certain age, you begin to understand that some birthdays are better than others by nature.  Years can pass with nothing more monumental than a cake and some candles to show for your most recent trip around the sun.  Then there are the big ones, the birthdays that really mean something.  Maybe it was your sweet sixteen, when you finally got to taste the freedom of the road (hopefully in a Jeep).  Perhaps it was your eighteenth, when you saw the infinite and overwhelming possibilities of your adult life spread before you, not realizing then just how young you really were.  Whether it’s five or fifty, some birthdays simply stay with you long afterward as more than just a day on the calendar.  We’re delighted to say that All Things Jeep has arrived at one of those birthdays. 

When the company began in 2003, we were small.  We’re talking out of a basement, owners wearing the Jack and Jill of all trades hats, answering the phones while cooking dinner for the family small.  Norman and Jean, the company’s founders, had a goal to create a place where Jeepers (and those who love them) could find truly unique gifts.  Over the years, the company outgrew the basement, the whole house, a barn built specially for holding all the Jeep goodies, and an east coast warehouse.  A decade later, our love for Jeep things now spans the country as we are a bicoastal operation!

We’ve been lucky enough to have ten incredible years of working with Jeepers from around the world.  We get to find the craziest gadgets, coolest apparel, toughest accessories, and best gifts.  Even better, we get to pass them on to our lovely customers!  We’ve been able to share our knowledge and learn just as much from this wild community.  And, of course, we throw the biggest topless Jeep party every year!  We’ve had an incredible adventure, and we can’t wait to see what’s on the trail ahead.

Of course, with every special birthday comes a celebration!  We’re inviting you to come celebrate ten years of All Things Jeep by shopping with us and enjoying 10% off site wide.  We’ve got $10.00 tees and $10.00 decals to boot!  All you have to do is enter the coupon code ATJ10ANN at checkout - see what we did there?  Even after all these years, nothing makes us happier than thanking you with a handwritten note for sharing your Jeep life with us. Here’s to another ten!   

         

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Finally, a proper lunchbox for the Jeeper

  
  
  
  

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We know, times are tough all over. Gone are the days of leaving the office every day for a grand lunch out at, say, Denny's or Jack in the Box. Back are the days of brown bagging it.

This wouldn't be so bad if all your friends at work didn't mercilessly mock that re-purposed Safeway bag you use to cart around your sandwich and chips.

It's another sad fact that there is a marked shortage of lunch boxes designed to appeal to the off-road enthusiast of the Jeep persuasion. Until now, that is. Enter: the All Things Jeep lunchbag.

Sleek black, featuring a Zippered closure, a front pocket (for your spoons, napkins, small pets, etc.), foil laminate PE foam insulation (to keep your lunch at the right temperature), this is the coolest way to cart your lunch around since that plaid thing with the Thermos in it. There won't be any question that you belong to the off-road elite, as "Off-road Academy" is screen-printed on the front.

Enough talk! How do I get one of these amazing lunch bags?

Funny you should ask, if you can manage to spend $75 or more on our site, the lunch box is free. The item may otherwise be purchased for $6.99.

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A Visit from Dave of Rampage

  
  
  
  

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What do you suppose the red object in the picture is? I know what you're thinking: Gascan. A good guess, but wrong. You've fallen for the ruse, dear Jeeper, for what appears to be a traditional five-gallon Jerry Can is actually a storage box in disguise — and what a storage box it is. Ideal for tools, there are more drawers and hinges than you could ever figure out what to do with, it locks tight and it even plops into the place your Jerry Can used to go before it became illegal.

This ingenious little Transformer was the star of the show when Dave Williams, of Rampage, brought a bag full of toys over for a visit to the California office of All Things Jeep. It locks too.

Dave showed off several other Rampage products as well.

Highlights:

Tops
Sad, but true: You need a top for your Jeep if you're going to drive it out any time other than, say, Summer, or select days in Spring. Their frameless top, as Dave put it, won't cost a fortune and will keep you safe from the elements.

The top is cool because it doesn't need any additional bows or support hardware, which then makes it even cooler by allowing for larger windows that minimize the threat of the ever-pesky soft-top blind spot. It installs snugly over the factory roll bar. Windows attach to the sides by way of heavy-toothed zippers, and may be removed and stashed in a pouch contained in the top itself.

It also has the distinction of being, essentially, two tops in one. When you need full enclosure, you can have it, but you can also convert to a Safari top. Good fun.

A word of warning, straight from Dave: These windows, transparent and sturdy thought they are starting out, can be discolored over time, if you use brushless car washes. The PH level of the soap involved is apparently off-the-charts acidic. So if you want clear windows, just say no to brushless car washes.

Guess what you're gonna need to make this click onto El Jeep? Quick hint: Rhymes with windshield channel.

Windshield Channels
If you're going to put a top on your jeep, you're going to need one — unless, of course, it's a YJ, in which case you're in luck and can use the factory channel.

The Rampage header channel is actually something of a picnic to adhere to the ol' Jeep. You need not drill, nor even have any tools, it just sort of clamps into place and you tighten the handles.

Double-bladed Windshield Wipers
Yes, you love getting dirty, but your windshield wipers would tell a different story if they could, y'know, talk. They'd probably complain about all the hard work they have to do while you're stomping in mud puddles. Time to put those whiny old things to rest and pick up a set of double-bladed windshield wipers. The patented Double-Blade Technology causes these babies to wipe and scrub simultaneously, a double-action wiper blade.

Each assembly includes the dual blade, frame and universal adapters so you can snap it onto your Jeep no matter what. A pretty cool invention, you ask us. We all like getting dirty, but we still like to see where we're going, right?

Hood Locks

No one likes to return to the parked JK to discover that some dip has helped himself to a free battery. The most obvious reason to have a hood lock is to prevent this. It's also nice, though, that they cut down on the flutter that occurs when you start to pick up speed. The one Dave showed us was die cast, not stamped, metal, which is a plus when you consider how much you'll probably beat it up, the latch being the only protection the stuff under your hood has from the outside world.

Rampage hood lock, locking hood latch

Headlight Guards

These headlight guards snap in place. Isn't that cool? After all, in Dave's own words, "Usually, you have to knock the damn grille off." And who wants to go around knocking the damn grille off?

Other stuff

Generally, we had a blast scoping out all the cool Jeep stuff from Dave's bag of tricks. Pizza and a good time was had by all. Party down with Dave Williams if you see him walking down the street. Just don't ask him to navigate out of the wacky maze that is San Jose Mineta airport.

Gascan tool box, Jerry Can

See? It opens.

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"Shouldn't have taken that left at Albuquerque." The All Things Jeep engineers decode the Jerry Can Tool Box.

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Spiderweb Tops — Go Topless and Avoid Sunburn

  
  
  
  

2011 05 15 spiderwebshade amanda daytona beach 5811 2Spiderweb Jeep Girl Amanda says, "Get a SpiderWeb Top."

It’s mid-Summer, and we’re all driving around topless. Ah, the open air, the open view, the wind ruffling your hair ... Ah, the sunburn, the wind-blasted ears ... That's life, baby. The good goes with the bad.

Yup, too much of this good thing can make you rue the day you dropped your top, as red skin peels and the UV has its way with vulnerable interiors. Baking in the sun gets pretty old, too. And don't you wish there was just a little less wind whistling past your ears?

Sure, you're a moth to the topless flame, but what if there was a way to combine the freedom of going topless with the shade a top affords?

Enter: The SpiderWeb summer tops, which answer the Jeepster-specific Summer conundrum. The see-through mesh blocks 90% of the sun's harmful UV rays, but allows enough light in so that you still feel great and topless, not to mention see the summer sky.

Speaking of fastening, you've never attached a top that goes on as easily as the SpiderWeb Mesh tops. A system of special bungees (spider balls), included, quickly and easily strap the top on. They don’t even require the installation of windshield channels.

 SPIDERBALLIn all it's glory: a Spiderball

Naturally, removing the top is a breeze, too.

Speaking of breeze, the SpiderWeb Mesh Top cuts down on enough wind that you can, say, speak and hear during fast Jeeping — E.g. You can hear a phone while driving 70mph.

It doesn't replace going topless, but its damn close, and when you're done jeeping, none of your so-called friends will have cause to slap you on the back and laugh as you writhe on the floor in blister-popped pain.

No matter what sort of Jeep you’re in, we have a top that fits. Any doubts about how easily they are installed may be curbed by watching the lovely Amanda set up one of the two-piece SW2 models here. The Jeep guys may enjoy watching this more than the Jeep girls will.


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Earth Day Celebration, AllThingsJeep.com and BlueRibbon Coalition united!

  
  
  
  

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We at All Things Jeep are turning Earth Day into a Jeep thing — from now through Sunday, we will donate 5% of proceeds to the BlueRibbon Coalition, an organization dedicated to preserving open space for the Off-Road community.

Since the late ‘80s, the BlueRibbon Coalition has been working to educate the public about the off-road sport while bringing attention to issues involving land use to a national level. The coalition protects the notion that public lands and the natural resources contained therein should be accessible to the public.

As fellow Jeepers, we feel that our regulars would agree with a sentiment that keeps your Jeep on the trail. So, all you have to do help the BlueRibbon Coalition protect your trail is buy lots of cool Jeep stuff. Not such a bad way to celebrate Earth Day!

Still need another excuse to load up on Jeep stuff? Just check in to AllThingsJeep.com this weekend and you’ll get a free Go Topless Day sweatshirt with the purchase of any sweatshirt plus Free Shipping on orders over $75 — and it’s this weekend only.

Earth Day — it’s a Jeep thing. For more information on the BlueRibbon Coalition, visit  http://www.sharetrails.org 

Check out our Earth Day sale: www.allthingsjeep.com/earth-day-sale.html 

 

 

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