Category Archives: Automotive

No Time

Well I can now say officially:  I HAVE NO SPARE TIME!

Between work and school I’m running ragged right now.  I thought I’d be able to work on this site a bit, but that’s not going to happen for a while.  The kitchen remodel I started a few years ago—still on hold.  I need to win the lottery or something.

On the bright side I’ve been able to take the Jeep out three times in Louisiana and once in Kentucky.  It did great each time.  Still, there’s so much I’d love to do to it to make it even more capable.  That of course requires money, so for now most of what I want will have to wait.  There are greater priorities at the moment.

New Tires Installed

The stock Goodyear Wrangler ST tires are off and some BFG Mud Terrain KM2 tires are on.  The new size is 255/85-16 and measures out to about 4 inches larger than the stock ones.  Definitely makes a difference in the look and overall feel of the Jeep.  The ride is great for them being a mud tire.  Very little noise, even at 60mph with the top down.  I have them at 30psi and so far there isn’t a big difference is ride quality either.  You do feel a bit of rumble at slow speeds in parking lots, but that’s it.

Finally bought a Jeep!

It only took me 15 years or so to do, but I finally bought a Jeep Wrangler.  Purchased new on 02.19.2010 from Brian Harris Jeep in Baton Rouge.  I sold my 2007 Honda Accord earlier in the week and planned on running the Blazer for a few months until I paid off some bills.  However the Blazer seems to have some issues creeping up, partly from age and partly from neglect during the past 3 years.  It might even need a new transmission and I don’t have the cash lying around to do that, so that coupled with a really good deal on the JK made the purchase decision for me.

I was actually looking at a used 2007 model that had 49K miles, but the new one was similarly equipped (only missing the 17″ tire group, which I planned on changing anyway) and a mere $1500 more. Coupled with the fact that no one has beat this one before (I’ve put all but 1 or 2 miles on it) and the way better interest rate on the “new car” loan, it was an easy choice.

2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2-door (JK):

  • 3.8l V6
  • 6-speed manual
  • 4wd
  • 3.73 axel ratios
  • AC
  • White exterior, grey interior, black soft-top

I purposedly bought the base model (only options: $50 axle upgrade, $895 AC) expecting to make some major upgrades in the near future.

Planned Upgrades:

I’ll get some better pictures up in a few days, but until then here’s some teaser pics in stock form.  Sorry about the quality, they were taken the night I brought it home.

Yay!  New toy!!!   2010 Jeep Wrangler JK (4WD, 6spd manual) 2010 Jeep Wrangler JK (4WD, 6spd manual)

Bye bye Honda

Well the lady from Little Rock just picked up the Accord and it’s on it’s way to a new home.  While I enjoyed the car, especially the performance aspect of it, it just didn’t make sense to keep it any longer.  As of the sale date I only had 14,620 or so miles on it and a large chunk of those (almost 3500) were put on a month or two after buying it during my trip home for x-mass of ’07.  I bought it new on October 21, 2007.  As I really haven’t driven home since—it’s cheaper to fly, even with a car getting 32MPG on the highway—I really didn’t save much with it.  Kind of wishing I had bought that yellow ’07 Wrangler I looked at before the Accord now.

2007 Honda Accord EX-L, V6 6-speed manual.  Bought new on Oct 21 of 2007.  Don't need the Blazer anymore, so I'll either sell it or maybe give it to my parents so they can get out easily/safely in the winter time storms up there in Cincy. The Accord the day after I bought it . . . Factory 6-speed short-throw transmission.  With the V6 (244hp under the new SAE rating system) it'll do 0-60 in 5.9s — if you can get traction.  That's about the high 250s to low 260s in HP under the old (pre 2007) SAE ratings.

I’m going to drive the Blazer a bit if I can, then look into a Toyota Tacoma or Jeep Wrangler.  I’ve X’d the Land Rover Discovery off my list due to their inherent reliability issues.   The Jeep is leading since it’s more economical, even new.  I can’t hardly find an 05-08 Tacoma in the price I want to pay.  An ’05 Accesscab 4WD with the V6 and 6-speed manual is still getting $18,000 plus even with 100,000 miles on the odometer.  A new Wrangler is about $23,000 or so new, though they don’t usually deal much on them.  For some odd reason the insurance is cheaper too—go figure!