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Old 09-23-2019, 10:54 AM
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Rick Pewe's take on Mods

In the December issue of JP Magazine, Rick Pewe had a very astute observation on the various Jeeps on the road. There were two pictures, an extreme rock crawling modification of what looks to originally have been a JKU and a JKU in Hot Pink with what may be 28" wheels with about 30 ratio tires. Oh, and the wheels are hot pink as well.

The headline said "It's true: I love all Jeeps. Even the ones I personally find unappealing." Later in the article he had this to say - "If you like grumper bumpers and angry bird grilles on a Jeep, that's just fine with us. It's not something I'd personally want to be driving, but it sure beats the heck out of a boring car that resembles a melted bar of soap."


That last bit really drives it home. Each of us likes to make our Jeep our own and that is what is so great about the Jeep culture. I think he has hit the exact reason we all love Jeeps so much. Yes, they can go a lot of weird places (and may get us in trouble trying to go too far), but they sure do beat that boring melted bar of soap.

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In the December issue of JP Magazine, Rick Pewe had a very astute observation on the various Jeeps on the road. There were two pictures, an extreme rock crawling modification of what looks to originally have been a JKU and a JKU in Hot Pink with what may be 28" wheels with about 30 ratio tires. Oh, and the wheels are hot pink as well.

The headline said "It's true: I love all Jeeps. Even the ones I personally find unappealing." Later in the article he had this to say - "If you like grumper bumpers and angry bird grilles on a Jeep, that's just fine with us. It's not something I'd personally want to be driving, but it sure beats the heck out of a boring car that resembles a melted bar of soap."


That last bit really drives it home. Each of us likes to make our Jeep our own and that is what is so great about the Jeep culture. I think he has hit the exact reason we all love Jeeps so much. Yes, they can go a lot of weird places (and may get us in trouble trying to go too far), but they sure do beat that boring melted bar of soap.

Sorry.... You lost me at Grumper! Hahaha
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I can deal with a random grumper and angry bird here-and-there. But if half the cars were like that I would stay home more. Bland cars serve a purpose too! - They blend in to the surroundings and thus are easy on the eyes.
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I canceled my Petersen's 4wheel & Offroad subscription shortly after Rick Pewe took over thats about the time that mag went to $%*!
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:39 PM
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Sorry.... You lost me at Grumper! Hahaha

That was what Pewe wrote so I included it in the quotes. To be clear, I don't even know what a "grumber" bumper is as compared to a normal bumper.
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Just when everything was going fine, why does it always need to go to grumpers.
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Those things are even uglier than the angry bird grilles (just my opinion). I can't imagine paying over 2 Grand for one, you can get a fine functional off road bumper for 1/4 of what one of those cost. But, their whole idea is to get your attention. They do that alright.
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I canceled my Petersen's 4wheel & Offroad subscription shortly after Rick Pewe took over thats about the time that mag went to $%*!
I have always enjoyed Rick's stuff. I've met him a few times too. Nice enough guy.
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I'll happy take a sea of bland cars over a single Jeep with a Grumper, 20 inch wheels or an angry bird grill.
Keep in mind most people are buying these bland cars out of necessity not because its the vehicle they desire (that's IF they even care what kind of vehicle they drive)
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I find it interesting that Quadratec does not carry the Grumper Bumpers. They do have various versions of the Angry Eyes grilles, but they are not quite as ugly.
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Would you park next to this "jeep"?
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Help! I can't unsee that.
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Would you park next to this "jeep"?
It is all about getting the attention at SEMA and this rig does that.
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In the car business (that includes Jeeps) we say "There's a butt for every seat". Sometimes a manufacturer has a crackbrained idea and produces it. If it takes off and is popular, they make a few bucks. If it's a dud, well, on to the next idea.

For me, I prefer well thought out, well executed, practical modifications. Others prefer more dramatic, attention getting mods. Just because I wouldn't have it for my vehicle doesn't mean I look down on any safe and properly executed modification.
I do the easy stuff any more because I don't want to work as hard as the more extreme 4 wheelers do. If a guy that has a built rock crawler dissed my 31s on a D35, I'd laugh in his face. I set my old heap up for me. I'm confident enough in me, that I don't need anyone else's approval.

I don't look down on a blinged up mall crawler. That person simply has different taste than I do. He might think I'm a fool for going off road and getting my Jeep all muddy and risking breaking something. Once we learn that we're all brothers and sisters on a constantly shrinking planet it makes our own life easier.

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To each their own. I remember when I bought my Chief colored 2017. People either hated it or loved it. SOme thought it was girly. Considering I am 6' 1" and 310lbs with a beard Santa is jealous of, covered in tattoos... I am comfortable in my masculinity to drive a "girly" vehicle.

A perfect example of to each their own is the kid from Phoenix on here who has the "custom" show Jeep. He loves it. So much so I feel as if he is addicted to modifying it. In my opinion, its like art. Its not for everyone. He wins awards, so people clearly like it. To me it looks like the Quadratec Christmas calendar threw every part in the catalog up onto his vehicle. Glad he is happy, just not for me.

Jeep owners are unique. They are very cultish and have definitive ideas of what is right and what is wrong. 20's vs 17's is the perfect example. Who gives a **** what anyone thinks. If someone is paying for their rig to look like they want it, who gives two f***s?
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Good Lordy, id rather drive around with a bumper dumper hanging on back than one of them.
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Good Lordy, id rather drive around with a bumper dumper hanging on back than one of them.
At least the bumper dumper is practical. The grumper serves no purpose other than to make your Jeep fugly and Fab Fours money from stupid people.
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If you use your Jeep, as a Jeep, with appropriate mods, we're good.

If you don't, I'll mock you all day.

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It is all about getting the attention at SEMA and this rig does that.
Yeppers...bad attention is better than none at all. Used to tell my psychopathic step daughter that.

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