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Highlights of Our ‘ Choose Your Adventure ’ Jeep Event

choose your adventure

From June until October, Sierra CDJR partnered with The Cliffs in Marseilles, IL, to bring our Jeep customers the event of a lifetime: the opportunity to Choose Your Adventure with us at the Insane Terrain Off Road Park. We picked a day once a month and invited all—yes, all—customers who bought a Jeep from us to join us in traversing the park’s 300 acres of terrain. Needless to say, the day was one of our highlights of the year.

All you needed to do in order to participate was (a) own a Jeep from Sierra CDJR and (b) fill out an RSVP form on our website. We spent the summer and early fall enjoying bonding with our customers, teaching first-timers with an official guide Jeep vehicle and a two-and-a-half-hour special training course, and sharing a free lunch with those who came.

At Sierra CDJR, we are so glad to have been able to provide the Choose Your Adventure opportunity as a token of our appreciation to all Jeep customers. We hope everyone had fun learning about and using their Jeep in The Cliff’s wild off-road park. We hope you’ll even get the great opportunity to venture off-road by yourselves in the future!

Car and Driver Gets a 2017 Wrangler Sneak Peek

Wrangler sneak peek

The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic and legendary mainstay of the automobile market, and it will probably also have a place in the industry thanks to its niche appeal to a cult following. However, insiders question its ability to stay up to date due to an exterior design that increasingly relies on nostalgia, as well as fuel economy numbers that are slowly falling behind the competition. Hopefully, Car and Driver’s Wrangler sneak peek at the new 2017 model will clear up some concerns.

Longtime Jeep fans won’t have to fear the possibility of their beloved Wrangler conforming to more modern design cues, retaining the rugged body-on-frame construction they know and love. However, it does sport a lighter and stronger frame, and parts of the body are rumored to be made from aluminum for an even more dramatic weight loss.

A glimpse at the underside of the 2017 Wrangler unveiled more changes, such as a new suspension and new axles. Car and Driver didn’t get any information on the engine lineup, but they speculate that a diesel engine could eventually make its way under the Wrangler’s hood.

Overall, the Wrangler sneak peek gave us a shot at seeing some of the exterior differences present between the current and upcoming models of the famous nameplate. Whether or not these will make a difference in the specs remains to be seen.

Celebrate Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum

Home Movie Day

You know those old, grainy camcorder videos of you when you were just a little kid, playing around in your backyard? It could be hard to believe that someday, your home movies could be seen as invaluable to historians. That’s what Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum is all about – celebrating these portals into the past that give us an intimate, firsthand glimpse of life in bygone decades.

The event is coming up soon on Saturday, October 15th and runs from 11 AM until 3 PM, and guests are welcomed to bring their personal home movies to the museum in order to showcase the past on film. From friends and family members that have passed on to the fashion trends of bygone eras to the documentation of old shopping centers, amusement parks, and stores that have changed or no longer exist, home movies are a wealth of information to history buffs.

So don’t be shy – come to Home Movie Day to celebrate and watch a variety of different home videos from many different backgrounds and eras. You’re also free to donate old reels you no longer want, or keep them after the event; it’s up to you. Admission to the event is free, so don’t hesitate to swing by for an unusual look into the past on film.

Best Fall Foliage Drives in the Midwest

Best fall foliage drives in the Midwest

The fall foliage holds some of the most beautiful sights that you can see in Illinois, which is why you should take a drive just to admire it! Here are some of the best fall foliage drives in the Midwest.

Wisconsin River Trail

If you want to take a scenic drive up north, this road is the one to do it on. It’ll take you through hills, woods, and unique towns. Plus, it winds the whole way against the north bank of the Wisconsin River, so the water views will be gorgeous too.

Great River Road at Mississippi Palisades State Park

Head out to the great ol’ west on this route. This road rides alongside another river, the great Mississippi! It’ll also lead you to the gorgeous Palisades State Park, where you can find beautifully cliffs, trees, and even an eagle or two!

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

The word “wine” is in the name, so it must be included in the list. While the wineries along the way are certainly nice stops (as long as you don’t drink and drive), there are also gorgeous views along this route. You’ll be driving through dense, beautiful woods and bluffs overlooking lakes.

Parke County, Indian Covered Bridges

What’s a crisp, autumn drive without covered bridges? Enjoy the beautiful trees along the curving roads and the classic covered bridges along the way.

How to Change Your Windshield Wipers: A Step-By-Step Process

Change your windshield wipers

If your windshield wipers are in bad shape, they won’t be able to clear your windshield of falling rain and will decrease your visibility in bad weather. So, here’s how to change your windshield wipers when it’s time for new ones!

First, you’ll need to find out what type of wiper-arm mount you have. The three types are hook slot connector, pin type arm, and straight-end connecter. Then follow the appropriate steps below.

Hook Slot Connecter – First, move the blade so it’s sitting straight up. The arm will have a flap that attaches the wiper to the connector. You’ll have to push or pull this, which will release the blade. Do the same to latch the new blade on.

Pin Type Arm – This wiper is very similar to the hook slot connector, except there’s no tab to pull or push. Instead, you’ll find a pin. Press this pin and pull it out to release the blade, and slide it back in to replace the blade. A screwdriver might help in doing this.

Straight-End Connector – You’ll definitely need a screwdriver with this one as it tends to be the most difficult to change. Some of these have a tab you’ll need to release with a screwdriver, and others have a small screw.

Need help? Sierra Motors CDJR is always here to answer your questions, or to change your windshield wiper for you!

Put Summer WingFest in Chicago on Your Calendar

Summer WingFest in Chicago

This is not WingFest, but a picture of the beautiful city it is held in to get your attention.

Saturday, September 5th is on Sierra Motors CDJR’s calendar and we hope that it is on yours as well! Why, you ask? Because it is none other than the day of Summer WingFest in Chicago!

This popular event has been held for the past 16 years in February, but this year has a new date to celebrate the new and improved “Chicago’s Best Summer WingFest”.

WingFest will be held inside and outside of the Bailey Auditorium in the West Loop from 1:00pm – 7:00pm. There will be a large variety of restaurants, craft beers, market venders, carnival games, and music.

If you are a Windy City food lover, you will definitely want to get your tickets quickly, as this event will sell out fast! General admission is $40 and will benefit the Variety the Children’s Charity of Illinois. There are also $100 VIP tickets that include five drink tickets, a goodie bag, and a guaranteed parking spot.

This festival brings the best wing-slingin’ chefs in Chicagoland to a single place and creates one fantastic time for all foodies! Of course, if you need a car to get to Summer WingFest in Chicago, visit us at Sierra Motors!

 

Fox River Jeep Club Serves the Community

Fox River Jeep Club

At Sierra Motors CDJR, we are proud supporters of the Fox River Jeep Club. Based out of Northeastern Illinois, the Fox River Jeep Club has over 90 Jeepaholics. These Jeepaholics love their vehicles, but they also love their communities and give back every chance they get.

There are yearly events held by the Fox River Jeep Club to give back to the community. They are a chapter of Wheelers For The Wounded which supports the local veterans and have an annual WFTW trail event in August at The Cliffs Insane Terrain.

Another way the group gives back is through their annual Benefit Jeep Show. They collect household items for local homeless women and children. The Jeep Show has a great turn-out and helps those in need.

The members of Fox River Jeep Club have more in common than their vehicles, they also have great hearts for helping others. For more information on the Fox River Jeep Club and to check out all their events, visit their website at: https://www.foxriverjeepclub.com/.

Jeep Camping Accessories You Should Bring With You

Jeep camping accessories

Jeeps are known for their off-roading capabilities and association with the great outdoors, so it only makes sense that Jeep drivers would want to take their car with them when they adventure to a nearby campground. Because Jeeps are so popular among outdoor enthusiasts, a number of retailers sell Jeep camping accessories that you can latch right onto your vehicle to enhance your experience in the wilderness.

First of all, special camping tents are made for Jeeps that attach seamlessly to a vehicle’s roof racks. On-the-go organizers, special bags and coolers designed just for a Jeep, and floor liners are also available for the camping enthusiast wanting to spice up their ride for the trip. Grab necessities like a First Aid Kit or off-road trail utility tools. Water craft racks, receiver hitches, and more are all available specially-made for Jeep drivers.

If you want to add extra capability to your Jeep and optimize your vehicle’s storage for your next camping trip, keep Jeep camping accessories in mind. You might even just want to enjoy the warm summer air with a special summer top for your Wrangler, or show off your pride with licensed Jeep clothing. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a way to fit it into your Jeep.

Five Best Midwest Off-Roading Parks for Jeep Owners

Best Midwest off-roading

The Midwest is full of great adventures. That’s why we’ve tried to compile a list of the best Midwest off-roading parks so you can choose your next big journey off the beaten path.

Badlands Off Road Park

Attica, Indiana offers a number of different terrain options in the Badlands, ranging from sand to mud to rocks and more. A campground is provided on the park’s 700 acres of land.

Coal Creek OHV Area

Imagine being in the middle of 72,000 acres of wilderness. That’s where you’ll be at Coal Creek, which offers year-round off-roading fun on 160 miles of trail.

Hannibal Rocks

While the park itself is only 70 acres, the big draw of Hannibal Rocks—located in Hannibal, Missouri—is how often it has big social events for off-roaders.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park

This is possibly the easiest option on the list due to the fact that it’s all sand. It’s a fun option for drivers looking just for a single day of fun, or for nice views of the nearby Lake Michigan.

Superlift ORV Park

Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this park covers 1,250 acres of land and offers RV campsites. A big perk is that all trails are marked with a difficulty level ranging from Level 1 to Level 5.

This list of the best Midwest off-roading parks isn’t comprehensive, so make sure to look into any number of other fun off-roading areas near you to get the most out of your Jeep!

Midwest Jeep Jamboree USA Events

Midwest Jeep Jamboree USA Events

Jeeps are machines built to conquer any road, no matter how rough the terrain is. The best way to put your Jeep vehicle to the test is by participating in a Jeep Jamboree USA trip. Jeep Jamboree USA is an organization that works to bring jeep vehicle owners together to participate in outdoor events across the country. Some of those events take place right here in the Midwest region. If you are looking for a way to explore the rugged wilderness in your Jeep, be sure to participate in one of these Midwest Jeep Jamboree USA events:

Drummond Island, Michigan (June 16-18)

What better way to celebrate any Jeep-loving fathers you know than by taking them to this Michigan-based event during Father’s Day Weekend! The beauty of this Michigan trail is only outmatched by the beauty of Jeep’s vehicles.

Crandon, Wisconsin (July 14-16)

During this event, Jeep drivers will cross a diverse range of environments, including heavily-forested areas and swamps. It’s the perfect place to test just how rugged your Jeep can be!

Williamsburg, Kentucky (October 20-22)

Taking place later this year in the fall, this Jeep Jamboree USA trip involves journeying across the beautiful Kentucky Cumberland Mountains in your Jeep vehicle!

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