Kentrol New Product is here!

Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket

Keep your Jeep legal with Kentrol’s Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket. This allows you to mount the license plate on any front bumper with a d-ring shackle. The plate mount has seven mounting locations so that it will accommodate any hoop, stinger or bumper design imaginable. The Shackle Mounted License Plate Bracket is made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and black textured powder coated.

Universal Application – Will mount on anything with a D-Ring Shackle #80706 $54.46

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=412&idcategory=0

 

BackSide License Plate Mount with LED

Kentrol has your “BackSide” covered with our License Plate relocation and LED 3rd brake light mounting bracket. The bright LED 3rd brake light bar and white LED License Plate Light will keep you legal while you enjoy your JK. The “BackSide” is made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel then black textured powder coated for a lifetime finish. Stainless steel hardware is included to finish the installation.

2010-17 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80703 $95.32

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=413&idcategory

 

Mechanical Hood Catch Kit

Replace your factory hood catch with Kentrol’s Mechanical Hood Catch Kit. Our hood catch kit is adjustable to fine tune the height of the hood once closed. Unlike other mechanical hood catches on the marketplace ours is made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and black textured powder coated so it will never rust or oxidize. Hood Catch Kit includes stainless hardware.

2007-16 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80704 $140.26

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=414&idcategory=0

1997-06 TJ Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80705 $140.26

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=415&idcategory=9

 

Heritage Tail Light Guards

Add a little style to the tail lights of your Jeep with Kentrols Heritage light Guards. These are made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel and black texture powder coated so they will never rust or anodize. They include stainless hardware to finish the installation.

2007-16 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited #80702 $68.08

http://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=416&idcategory=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEMA 2016 is only a week away...!

SEMA 2016 is one week away and the excitement for the show is building. Kentrol is working on all the final details for our booth and setup to make sure it’s a flawless show this year. If you’ve never been to the SEMA show, you need to add it to your bucket list. It’s an unbelievable experience and perfect for any Jeep or Car enthusiast with over a million square feet of vehicles, new products, displays and anything car related you can image. If you’re attending the show for the first time, map out what you want to see or you will be overwhelmed by the size and scale of the show. Kentrol has been attending the SEMA show since 1991 and there is always something big that happens at SEMA. Each year we question if it can be bigger than the last and it never fails to increase in both size, wow factor or excitement. SEMA for Kentrol is an opportunity to showcase new products and build brand recognition with existing customers. If you are in Las Vegas November 1st  – 4th make time to go to the Las Vegas Convention Center. SEMA is closed to the public, but you can wonder around the outside of the Convention Center and see all the crazy vehicles and get a feel for the insanity that goes on inside the show. If you see someone in a Kentrol shirt, say hello and ask about the new products we released this year.

  

Kentrol TJ tailgate hinges!

Are the tailgate hinges on your 1997 to 2004 and 2006 TJ Wrangler, Rubicon or Unlimited rusty, popping, seized or drooping? Then it’s probably time to replace them with a set of Kentrol Stainless Steel Tailgate Hinges. A  Kentrol Employee found themselves in this same situation when they purchased a used 2004 TJ that spent time in the northeast salt belt. When the TJ was purchased it had seized tailgate hinges that made opening the tailgate difficult at best. Kentrol immediately pulled the Jeep in the shop and replaced the tailgate hinges with a set of Stainless Steel Tailgate Hinges to eliminate the problem and give the Jeep a new and fresh look. The factory hinges are an issue because when they were manufactured there was no concern with hanging larger tires and wheels on the rear tailgate which will cause the bushings and hinges to wear out prematurely. Mopar also didn’t prep the surface under the tailgate hinge which allows the paint to bubble around the hinge and onto the factory hinge surface. You’ll never experience this issue with a Kentrol Tailgate Hinge because they are made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel, even the Black Powder Coated pieces are made from 304 Grade Stainless Steel. If the tailgate hinges on your TJ are looking a little rough or are no longer functioning checkout the Kentrol Tailgate Hinges.

Polished Stainless Steelhttp://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=208&idcategory=62

   

Black Powder Coated Stainless Steelhttp://www.kentrolinc.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=233&idcategory=62

  

Kentrol YJ Door Hinges

Kentrol Door Hinges are a great replacement to the factory door hinge. We have customers who order Kentrol 304 Grade Stainless Steel Door hinges and then have them custom painted to match their rig. John Brainerd runs them on his flawlessly built YJ “The Kentrol black stainless steel hinges were my product of choice. They are great quality and have fixed my old drooping door problem to make things work properly.” Kentrol employees have wheeled with John and his YJ and were amazed at how well built his Jeep is. The attention to detail is second to none and it was great to hear that he thought highly of Kentrol parts. Even hardcore Jeeps need to replace door hinges, windshield hinges or tailgate hinges. Kentrol offers solutions for all Jeepers from the pavement to the trail we can help you keep your Jeep looking great for years to come.

 

 

We have a perfect solution to annoying hood flutter!

What is Hood Flutter?

 

An age-old problem for Jeep owners, factory hood latches degrade over time and fail causing hoods to rattle or even become unsecured while driving. If you own a Wrangler JK you might have experienced it while driving on a freeway. When you go over 60 MPH, you can’t help but notice the hood jumping up and down so you think it is going to fly up and hit the windshield. This can be kind of scary when it really gets going.

Why Does it Happen?

 

Basically this happens because the stock hood latches that hold the hood tight to the fender are made of very a weak and stretch-prone rubber that allows the hood to lift and flutter at speed. This allows the hood to move up and down as the rubber stretches. Hood latches get 'loose' over time causing the hood to be unreasonably loose causing the hood to shake or flutter under various operating speeds.

Can You Fix This Problem?

You can buy replacement hood wranglers which are the rubber pieces of the latch. Several companies make a heavy duty latch kit. The one we suggest is Kentrol JK/TJ Hood Latch. It latches tight and does not move at all. Kentrol replacement hood hold downs eliminate hood movement and are much more durable than the factory hold downs.  All necessary hardware and instructions are included. Installation is simple and maintains the factory look.

 

 

Winter Weather: Drive with Confidence

 

It took its sweet time getting here, but winter weather has finally brought us snow. Whether you’re roaming the snow-covered trails or dealing with slippery road conditions, your Jeep is more than capable of handling any winter driving situation.

If your Wrangler has the standard Command-Trac® 4x4 system splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles, which comes in handy when you need more traction while off-roading. And Rubicon’s Rock-Trac® 4x4 system is surefooted on just about any surface.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions.

 

Drive Cautious

No matter what you drive, ice is ice. Reduce your speeds when necessary and be sure to leave plenty of space between yourself and other drivers. Be especially careful while driving at night, driving through shallow snow, or driving over bridges.

If you hit ice, don’t lock those brakes no matter what. Pump your brake pedal and draw down your momentum before trying to come to a complete stop.

 

Secure Your Gear

When conditions are right, it’s time to ski! Whether you’re heading to the mountains or seeking out a secluded place for some cross-country skiing, make sure your skis, snowboards, and whatever else are secured safely to your rack.

What do you mean you don’t have a rack? Check these out to see which is best for your needs.

 

Off-road With Care

Tread snow like deep mud or sand. Feather the clutch and throttle for the smoothest launch possible to keep from digging down into the cold stuff. High-floatation tires are best for deep snow, on and off the road.

And four-wheel drive only truly helps at lower speeds. Not bad for off-roading, but while driving at higher speeds on-road, it’s best to just take it out of four-wheel drive.

 

Keep Emergency Gear Packed – No Excuses!

Pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re wandering off the beaten path you should always keep some emergency gear stashed for the worst-case scenario. Extra food and water, basic tools, fire extinguisher, flares, spare tire, jumper cables, and blankets are all standard. Here’s an incredibly comprehensive list to consider.

Above all…and we cannot stress this enough…do NOT wait until the last minute. The only thing that sucks more than being stuck in the snow, is being stuck in the snow and thinking about all the things you should have packed.

 

Learn How To Use Your Winch and Tow Rope

 

It seems so simple. You just take that thing, then pull it out of the thing, then…tie it around that thing…then…um.

Yeah. It’s a little more involved than that. Watch this video for a basic tutorial.

 

Know Your Terrain – Downhill is Easier Than Uphill

Remember how much fun sled riding was? Remember how much of a pain it was to walk back up to the top of the track?

Ok, now imagine going downhill for pretty much the entire length of a trail, then turning around and trying to get back out.

Before you get yourself into a situation you can’t get out of, research your intended off-roading area and know the terrain. Know where you want to go, and which places you want to avoid. Having a GPS is great, but knowing how to use and read a compass is indispensible.

 

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All that being said, be safe out there and have fun. And by all means, share your winter adventure pictures on our Facebook, and we’ll put together a photo album for our blog at the end of the winter!

Keep on Truckin’: Updates on What’s New for Jeep

Jeep Truck to be Built in Toledo

On Monday, Jan. 11, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) CEO, Sergio Marchionne, confirmed that the new Jeep truck model will be built at the company’s Toledo Assembly Complex. Production will begin shortly after the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler model begins production.

Jeep has teased a pickup truck variant for years with the previous Gladiator and J-12 concepts, but never pushed the button. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mike Manley, president of FCA’s Jeep brand, confirmed that the Jeep pickup truck will be available prior to 2019.

No specific details were given, other than the vehicle will be assembled in Toledo. In September, FCA announced they would keep production of the JK Wrangler in Toledo while moving production of the Jeep Cherokee elsewhere.

 

Speaking of the JK Wrangler

Since the Jeep community got word that new regulations would force the automaker to redesign the revered off-roader, speculations on the 2017 model have been plentiful.

Starting with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, the automaker needs to find new and inventive ways to reduce weight and fuel economy to meet stiff MPG regulations without weakening capability. All automakers are tasked with boosting fuel economy to meet the mandated corporate average of 54.5 MPG by 2025. By 2017, they must meet an interim standard of 37 MPG (New York Times).

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler 4WD, which runs a 6 cyl, 3.6 L, Automatic (5-spd) or Manual (6-spd) gets about 17 MPG city and 21 highway using regular gasoline, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

If FCA has any definitive information on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, they’re keeping it close to the vest. As of press time any information on release date or changes are purely speculative, but seem to be pretty consistent across the blogosphere. Here’s what we’ve seen:

  • Specifics on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will likely be made public sometime in mid 2016; the vehicle should be ready for sale in early 2017.
  • According to FCA’s Manley, the redesigned Wrangler will have its own platform, and will not be developed on a Fiat platform.
  • Most of the changes seem to be its exterior, including a body-on-frame construction with an aluminum body, making the vehicle lighter. This would improve fuel consumption and increase performance.
  • The old engine will be discontinued and replaced with two models: a base 3.0 L twin-turbocharged Pentastar V6 with up to 300 horsepower and more than 350 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0 L twin-turbo V6 diesel with up to 240 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque. (We talked a bit about the diesel engine in March 2015.)
  • There will also likely be some interior changes, though there has been very little speculation in that regard.

The Toledo Blade reported Wednesday that FCA’s Manley wouldn’t divulge production numbers, but that the next generation Jeep would build an increased customer demand. Last year, Jeep sold a record 255,000 Wranglers globally, but

“We have to make sure that the hard-core guys, the weekend warriors, the people that are out on the trails all the time, feel we’ve been true to the Wrangler almost as a sub-brand,” Manley said. “That’s why I stress I’m absolutely more than comfortable they’re going to be very pleased with what they see.”

The Jeep Wrangler is currently built at the Toledo Assembly Complex.

Last-minute Stocking Stuffers

Need some last-minute gift ideas for the Jeep enthusiast in your life? No sweat – Kentrol has you covered!

Kentrol makes the best Jeep accessories this side of Santa’s Workshop, and we always have something for someone. Give the gift of quality this holiday season with some of these great (and affordable) stocking stuffers! All Kentrol products come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Footman Loops

Product #: 30423, 50423, 30535, 50535, 80535

Available in polished stainless steel or black powder coated finishes, our footman loops are inspected for fit, finish, and function to reliably secure your cargo. They come with all of the hardware you need for installation.

 

Hood Bumpers

Product #: 30506

Our hood bumper for your TJ and JK is polished to a mirror finish. Each set is inspected for fit, finish, and function and comes complete with all hardware needed for installation.  An occasional waxing will keep your polished finish looking brand new. 

 

Windshield Tie Down Kit

Product #: 30411, 50411, 30439, 50439, 30503, 50503

Available in polished stainless steel or black powder coat, our windshield tie down kit is a heck of a lot better than zip ties! Kits come with everything you need for installation and are perfect for the Jeep enthusiast who likes to fold down the windshield and get the wind in their hair…y’know, when it’s warm.

 

Door Strap Pins (pair)

Product #: 30549, 30569

Our door strap pin for your CJ/YJ is polished to a mirror finish. They are an excellent replacement for factory door strap pins, and are sold as a pair.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Those are great ideas! So, where can I get them?”

We just happen to know of some outstanding retailers that you can order these parts from. Contact them today and get everything you need for the holidays!

 

4Wheel Drive Hardware (Transamerican)
44488 State Rte. 14
Columbiana, OH 44408
800-269-5062

www.4wd.com

 

Summit Racing Equipment
1200 Southeast Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278
330-630-0255

www.summitracing.com

 

Quadratec
1028 Saunders Lane
West Chester, PA 19380
(800) 745-6037

www.quadratec.com

 

Morris 4X4 Center
2031 SW 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
(877) 553-JEEP (5337)

www.morris4x4center.com

From all of us at Kentrol, have a very happy holiday season!

 

Renovation Open House Recap

 

Check it out! We held an open house on Wednesday to show off our reorganized and renovated warehouse in North Lima. We’ve been working on this since April and we’re very excited with all the changes. It was so nice having everyone stop by to check out our new digs!

We have a brand new roommate! We’re sharing our 40,000-square-foot building with Discover Global LLC, a solutions provider for metal and plastic components for multiple industries. Part of the space that we share will be used for engineering, product development, and product photography. It’s a very cool setup!

 

The reorganized shipping and receiving department also allows for inspections in the same place. And the new receiving dock will make it easier for trucks coming in and going out.

It’s been a great time growing Kentrol for the last 27 years, and we’re looking forward to seeing where things take us in years to come!

 

Chemical Flaw Brings Out the Worst in Factory Hinges

The only thing worse than corrosion is when you can’t do anything about it.

If you own a Jeep JK built in 2007 or later, be on the lookout for bubbling paint on the outside hinge of your door. At the start of the 2007 model year, Jeep started using aluminum hinges that carry a secret; a flaw in the way that the aluminum is anodized causes oxidation under the paint, even with the absence of air and water.

You will feel it before you see it. From the surface, the paint will feel bubbly to the touch. As it continues to corrode, the paint will bubble further until it eventually flakes and falls off. Our own Peter Taraborelli noticed his hinges were bubbling just one year after he bought a brand new Jeep JK in August 2012, and he investigated the issue.

“What you essentially have is a $25,000 vehicle with hinges that are subpar,” Taraborelli says. “There are still Jeeps out there today that are being manufactured with these hinges, as recent as last year’s models.”

Taraborelli, who hosts our installation tutorial videos, says that sandblasting and repainting the hinges or powder coating the hinges won’t matter. The corrosion will continue because these processes don’t change the actual metal itself. He recommends investing in ready-to-paint hinges and having a body shop do a factory-match paint job.

To meet this need, we rolled out a new line of ready-to-paint hinges that are sandblasted, so they can hold the paint better. We also make some very attractive polished stainless hinges, as well as hinges that are powder coated black with smooth and textured finishes.

The best part is that our hinges are made from stainless steel, so you won’t experience that bubbly, corroded mess.

In addition to looking nice, our hinges are designed and manufactured with brass bushings in the lower portion of the door hinge, whereas stock hinges have plastic bearings. Eventually, the plastic bearings deteriorate and break down, making doors very difficult to open. The brass bushings in our hinges provide smooth metal-on-metal movement, ensuring your doors operate better for longer.

For more information on our ready-to-paint hinges, contact our main office at (330) 549-2235.