An Arizona Jeep Owner's Guide to Suspension
The Jeep Wrangler is an American icon. Its roots reach all the way back to the 1940s when the Willys MB model first appeared in the military’s inventory. During WWII, more than 300,000 models were produced for America and its allies. It was after the war that Willys entertained an idea to leverage the Jeep brand. The rest is history.
There are a number of reasons why people love Jeeps. Jeeps are part of American history, they’re built for off-road adventures, they attract a lot of attention, they’re supported by a large aftermarket industry, they’re easy to repair, they soldier through all types of weather, and they support a unique lifestyle.
The best things about owning a Wrangler:
The Wrangler has a unique look
It can serve as both an SUV or a convertible
Good visibility due to its height
Powerful drivetrain and a short wheelbase
Tight turning ratios
Durable and rugged
Handles well in mud, rain, water, sand, and snow
The Cottonwood Sedona Area
Cottonwood and Sedona, Arizona provide the perfect backdrop for experiencing the very best in outdoor adventures. Sedona is famous for its red rock formations, hot summers, and mild winters. It’s also an amazing place to go off-roading. Sightseeing tours in Sedona are world-famous. Several points of interest include Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross, ultimate Grand Canyon day trip, Broken Arrow Jeep Tour, and a complete list of restaurants, places to shop, hotels, and amazing art galleries.
Cottonwood, at one time, was known for being the “biggest little town” in Arizona. Cottonwood also produced a significant amount of the nation’s copper. Like Sedona, there are amazing landscapes, sunsets, and sunrises best experienced in an off-road adventure. A number of interesting sites and places to visit in Cottonwood include the Blazin’ M Ranch, Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona Stonghold Vineyard, Jerome Wine Tasting, and the Old Town Frame Company. There are also a number of quaint eateries to visit and enjoy.
Best off-roading areas in the Cottonwood and Sedona Areas
With a capable Jeep Wrangler, there’s a lot of opportunity for off-road fun. Broken Arrow Trail is located off Hwy 179 at milepost 312.1. There’s a rock at the beginning of the trail that acts as a deterrent for vehicles that can’t handle the terrain. It’s like a major speed bump. Beyond the rock, adventurers need only follow the tire tracks and signs. There are other areas too for off-roading fun. Most convenience stops and gas stations usually carry maps of the nearby areas.
It takes a rugged vehicle to claim off-road bragging rights. The Jeep Wrangler owns those rights. Oxendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, located at 920 E Hwy 89A in Cottonwood, is a local dealership where Jeep vehicles and parts are sold. The reason that Jeep Wranglers can handle the open and off-road so well is that they have a special array of suspension components.
A Closer Look at Wrangler Suspension Components
When performing at their peak, Wrangler suspension components provide the keys to its amazing off and on-road driving capabilities. Here’s a closer look at Wrangler suspension components.
1. Shocks and Springs. Shocks and springs are the first components that come to mind for most people. Newer Wrangler models have coil springs, and older models have leaf springs. Manufacturers design all shocks and springs to withstand vertical impact. If springs were the only component, a vehicle would continue to bounce up and down upon vertical impact. It’s the shock components that reduce reduce the effects of the up and down bouncing movement.
2. Steering Stabilizers. These are like shocks and absorb impact while when the vehicle is in motion. They help prevent steering from being affected when there are higher speed impacts. While the Wrangler can function without one, it makes life a lot easier.
3. Control Arms. These are over-looked components that serve several functions. They center axle wheels within wheel arches and correct the caster. The caster helps to maintain steering response as accurately as possible. This is an additional element that makes driving the vehicle so much easier.
4. Wrangler Track Bar. This is what helps center the axle from side-to-side. Most driver are unaware that when their Wrangler hits a bump in the road there would be a tendency for the axle to become off-centered drift towards the driver’s side. With the track bar, axle length can be extended and properly centered under the Jeep’s frame to prevent drift from happening.
As such, track bars endure a tremendous amount of pressure. This is one reason why their points of attachment are so critical. Bolts should be thoroughly tightened and checked periodically. Securely bolted sway bars also reduce weight shifting and body roll.
5. Sway Bar Links. These links attach the sway bar to the vehicle’s wheels. They have an exact length that helps ensure the sway bar will be close to flat. It’s common to remove sway bars for off-roading adventures. Removal allows the Jeep’s wheels to maintain contact with rough, uneven, terrain. Restriction would take all the fun out of the off-roading adventure. There are also aftermarket adjustable links Jeep drivers can purchase.
The Benefit of Lift Kits
There may be those interested in buying a Jeep who are unaware that stock Jeeps are not necessarily designed for the heavy off-road adventures made famous on videos and television shows. The ability to climb rocky trails and steep hills may require an aftermarket lift kit. These kits can dramatically affect the way a Wrangler or any other jeep performs in the outback or on the highway.
Whether for function or style, it’s important to choose the kit that fits one’s particular needs. Body lift kits and suspension lift kits are the two types that off-road enthusiasts usually install. With respect to off-roading, it’s all about torque, traction, and clearance. For those off-road trails with boulders, steep climbs and deep dips, these types of configurations are necessary.
What Wrangler Bumper-to-Bumper Warranties Offer
Depending on the Jeep and its year and model, a bumper-to bumper warranty can offer tremendous peace of mind. Owners should consider where their adventures will lead. Will they be road trips, off-road trips, highway trips, or simple city driving? There are also extended warranties for Wrangler owners to consider. Consumers should thoroughly check out warranty options with their dealership.
Taking Care of the Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is a reliable vehicle for whatever year the owner decides to purchase. They can also tow 3500 pounds due to their torque capabilities. As many benefits as
there are to owning a Wrangler, parts will experience wear and tear over time. You’ll know when parts begin to wear out because the Jeep will cease to handle properly.
Reliable performing suspension components are necessary if a Wrangler is to run smoothly. If you’re an ace mechanic, it means regularly scheduling your Wrangler for maintenance and repairs. This means inspection its suspension components, changing the oil, tune-ups, replacing air filters, servicing the air conditioner, aligning wheels and tires, replacing its timing belt, brake inspection and maintenance, transmission service and repair, and exhaust/muffler service and repair.
The same holds true for anyone who lacks ace-mechanic skills. Regularly scheduled maintenance and replacing worn parts is a necessity. Wrangler Jeeps exemplify the spirit of American freedom on the road and off-road. When owners take care of their Wrangler, their Wrangler takes care of them.