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Five Best Local Jeep Off-Roading Trails

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Now that you’ve got the keys to a new or new-to-you Jeep from Chapman Chrysler Jeep, you’re probably itching to put it to the test. Las Vegas offers some great Jeep off-roading trails all within a short drive of the metro area. We’ve done the dirty work and found you five of the best local spots to get those tires (and mirrors and windshields and just about everything else) muddy. Let’s go!

1. Logandale: Just a short 50-mile drive from Vegas, Logandale has a variety of trails from easy, scenic routes to hardcore climbing through and around the Valley of Fire. One 12-mile trail should take about four hours to complete.

2. Rocky Gap Road: Also known as Potato Ridge, this rugged trail tops out at 6,400ft elevation and drops to 4,000ft in nine miles. As you go along, the backcountry trail becomes increasingly difficult, so this isn’t one to attempt without tools, extra fuel and some safety gear. Plan for about four hours to complete the whole thing.

3. Angel Peak: This one is a bit of a drive from Las Vegas, but the steep and easy climb offers great views that make the trip worth it. Angel Peak is in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (Mt Charleston area) just northwest of Las Vegas. A 44-mile stretch takes about four hours to drive. You’ll want to watch for snow in early spring, otherwise, this is a great ride to get a break from the Vegas heat!

4. Gold Butte (Mesquite, Nevada): This 90-mile Mojave Desert trail can be done in about eight hours. It’s a pretty easy drive of dirt roads and offers lots of opportunities to ditch the Jeep and go for a walk. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for sink holes!

5. Radar Mountain: If you need a quick off-roading fix, drive up to Radar Mountain to take in the city lights. It’s not a far drive, but it offers great views and may give you just enough of a taste of off-roading to get you through a busy work week. Bring your mountain bike for some two-wheeled off-roading excitement!

Find a Las Vegas Jeep Club for even more ideas!

We hope it goes without saying that all off-roading is done at your own risk. Please practice safe driving and know your route before you head out. Always let someone know where you are going, and bring plenty of water and food. Stay safe out there, drivers!

AEV Jeep Wrangler: What are they and how do you get one?

One of the many appealing aspects of the Jeep Wrangler is the limitless customization an owner can do to it. Snorkels, suspension lifts and big, knobby tires are just a few things one can do to a Wrangler.

AEV, American Expedition Vehicle, is not a parts company, but a true Jeep Wrangler company. They take an ordinary Jeep and make it something more; something far better and unique than you can get off the dealership lots. AEV offers multiple conversions and parts for your Jeep. Two popular conversions are for the Jeep Wrangler: JK Wrangler and Brute Double Cab. Be sure to check out Chapman Jeep for the latest information.

Converting into the JK Wrangler doesn’t mean just adding parts to an already great chassis. The JK Wrangler takes a regular Jeep and turns it into the ultimate off-road machine. It adds versatility where you didn’t even know you needed it. The stamped steel bumper and front skid plate are designed to take some serious off-road abuse. There is a WARN winch and IPF off-road lights available.

Jeep Brute Double Cab

Another popular Jeep conversion is the Brute Double Cab—the Jeep truck people have been longing for. This is a more extensive build and conversion. The Brute Double Cab draws its inspiration from the Land Rover Defender 130, and its historic off-road prowess.

With seating for five and expanded cargo capacity thanks to the addition of a truck bed out back, the Brute Double Cab is a remarkable thing to see. The Double Cab is for people looking to overland, the hobby of driving to a remote area with the journey being the primary goal.

The quality of AEV products is so good that AEV earned a Chrysler Design Excellence Award for the Brute Double Cab. This quality is what separates AEV from other aftermarket Jeep companies. AEV doesn’t believe in compromising quality for performance.

Getting your hands on an AEV Jeep conversion is easy. While the company is based in Michigan, AEV understands their products have a wide and popular following. There are numerous part and vehicle distribution centers across the country. Contacting AEV directly is the best way to not only get more information about what they do, but they can direct you a shop near Las Vegas Jeep.

2015 Chrysler 200 revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is a very important car for the automaker. The previous generation 200 has not sold in competitive numbers. Anyone who looks at the 2015 Chrysler 200 can see it shares a similar shape to the recently unveiled Dodge Dart. The 200 is based on the same platform, Chrysler’s Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform. The look of the 200 is cleaner and more luxurious than the Dart, though.

Power comes from a 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four engine. It comes with Fiat’s MultiAir2 valve-lift technology. The Tigershark engine produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. An optional engine choice is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, making 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of engine choice, a ZF-designed nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. An option for the 200 is a variation of the all-wheel-drive system found in the new Jeep Cherokee.

When fitted with the optional all-wheel-drive system, the system decouples the rear axel, when four-wheel drive isn’t required, to increase efficiency. Chrysler says the front-drive four-cylinder 200 should be good for 35 mpg on the highway.

For cars optioned with the AWD system, a Sport mode is available. The mode adjusts the steering, throttle response, transmission and driveline behavior, stability control, and adaptive cruise-control system for increased performance.

Packed into the 2015 Chrysler 200 is a plethora of safety gadgets and electronic features. Standard is a five-inch Uconnect infotainment screen. An enormous 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen is an available option. A standard five-inch TFT display in the instrument panel delivers information to the driver. A seven-inch screen can be optioned and shoehorned into the instrument panel. Adaptive cruise control, forward-collision and lane-departure warnings, backup sensors and cameras, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-crosspath detection are all on the options list.

Expect the 2015 Chrysler 200 on dealership lots this spring starting at $22,695. Visit your Chapman Chrysler Jeep dealership for more information.

2014 Jeep Cherokee on Sale Now

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, built on Fiat and Chrysler’s modular Compact U.S. Wide platform that also underpins the Dodge Dart, is now on sale at your local dealership. Its styling, though somewhat controversial, is pulled heavily from its bigger brother, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Two engines are available, a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter “Tigershark” four-cylinder that makes 171 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 with 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft. A ZF nine-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

While the Jeep Cherokee lacks a rugged SUV look, it doesn’t mean Jeep has left it stranded in mall parking lots. Three 4×4 configurations are available for consumers. The configurations make the Cherokee a very capable off-road vehicle. The Cherokee can also tow up to 4500 pounds depending on the engine.

On the inside, Jeep looked to the Grand Cherokee for interior inspiration. Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats are an available option, which was lacking on the Cherokee’s predecessor. Depending on the trim level, premium cloth or leather swaddle the interior and soft-touch points. One unique feature is wireless smartphone charging that allows users to simply place their phone in the center console to recharge—no wires needed.

Additional Jeep goodies include adaptive cruise control that can brake the car to a stop if it detects an impending crash, a lane-departure warning system that now will tug at the wheel if it senses you are drifting off path, and a forward collision-warning system.

The compact crossover/SUV segment is already crowded. Jeep hopes to differentiate the Cherokee from its softer competitors by offering a two-speed transfer case and locking rear differential. The Cherokee gives Jeep a wonderful product that can now compete in it. Check out Chapman Jeep in Henderson for more information and to schedule your test drive. The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is on sale now.

Must Have Off-Road Jeep Parts and Accessories

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The name Jeep has become synonymous with a rugged, powerful, off-road vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler in particular has become the model for which most off-road vehicles are made. The nice thing about all Jeeps is that they are some of the best vehicles to customize in the world due to the amount of options one has. Multi-million dollar businesses thrive in the U.S. that do nothing but make aftermarket off-road parts for Jeeps. One can buy these parts from many businesses but the best place to have them installed is at a certified Jeep dealer such as Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Safety first. An upgraded roll cage not only looks cool but it serves a practical purpose of strengthening the parts of the car that surround the passengers. If worse comes to worse, a good roll cage and seatbelts might save your life. To go a step further, reinforced rocker guards, grills, windshields, body panels, skid plates and armored fenders make the vehicle less susceptible to crunching in around the passengers. Also, an underrated aspect of safety is the brake system. Good brakes are great to have in a bad situation. There are also Jeep parts and accessories like upgraded shocks that will allow the vehicle to take more damage safely. Things like aftermarket shocks, suspensions, axles, driveshafts and bushings all combine to make your Jeep stronger and less susceptible to breakage.

Now to the fun stuff like lift kits and tires. Lift kits have become fashionable in the United States. There practical uses are lost on some but others know full well how they can save the underside of a Jeep from being torn to shreds. It is possible to hit a low point or tall rock when off-roading, the added height gives ones Jeep the added buffer room from rocks that would otherwise split open a gas line. To get the full capabilities from your lift kit it is a good idea to increase your Jeeps tire size by adding aftermarket tires built for off-roading. Off-road tires do fine on streets but street tires don’t fare well off-road. So, if your pocketbook allows for it, I highly recommend investing in quality, large, off-road tires.

Some other parts that are worth investing in include winches, off-road lighting and snorkels. A winch is always a great thing to have when a buddy gets stuck in a ditch. Having a winch turns you into a must-know person among off-roaders. Also, like a winch, off-road lighting isn’t always necessary but when it is, there is no replacement. The same can be said about a snorkel. Most of the time you won’t be driving in muddy water higher than the engine. However, if you end up in a high-water situation a snorkel is the difference between an engine full of mud or a working engine taking in air and performing as it was built to.

For more information on Jeep accessories, visit the parts and accessories department at Chapman Chrysler Jeep in Henderson.