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Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 05-22-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,201
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Completed A Survey, Got Offered A Free Protection Plan...

I got the Max Care Lifetime contract for my Overland, once it became apparent that I was going to blast past 50,000 miles in less than two years of ownership. Generally, these contracts are a...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 05-22-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: 2014 wk2 interior light buttons not working

Probably a long shot, but there has been a recall of 2014 JGCs for electrical problems related to loose alternator connections and software problems:

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalled For...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 04-02-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,462
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Chrysler Recalls 867,795 SUVs Worldwide for Brake System

My brake booster went out a couple months ago, while towing a trailer weighing a couple of tons. I made it to my destination . . . at low speed and having to pretty much stand on the brake pedal to...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-27-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,372
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: April, 2014 Consumer Reports - Annual Auto Issue

CR is, honestly, the last place I would turn to for reliable and informative information on any vehicle purchase. But, that's just me . . . I prefer the automotive rags, web-based info, and the...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 02-10-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Air Suspension Malfunction Due To Snow/Gravel Buildup?

Truth be told, I'm a little anal retentive when it comes to vehicular cleanliness. But, owning a cabin on a gravel road and having to drive 200-plus miles through snow, slush and general nastiness...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-10-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,229
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Extend remote start time on OEM 14 W2

Wow . . . lots of hostility over a relatively innocuous question. Anyway, here's my two cents worth: I don't believe it's possible to override the 15-minute setting or the double-start maximum. ...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 02-03-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Air Suspension Malfunction Due To Snow/Gravel Buildup?

Thanks. That document contains some helpful illustrations. My wheel wells were absolutely packed with crud in exactly the areas where the links are located, so it's a pretty good bet that the...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 02-02-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Air Suspension Malfunction Due To Snow/Gravel Buildup?

Thanks! I appreciate you sharing that info; had not seen that.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 02-02-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By MikeBoom
Air Suspension Malfunction Due To Snow/Gravel Buildup?

I just got back from a weekend trip to our Wisconsin cabin, and when I got in my 2012 Overland, the EVIC told me, "Immediate Air Suspension Service/Repair Required." The suspension would not cycle...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 01-22-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: access to inside of rear hatch?

I'm with you. Sitting in a dealer's waiting room is pure agony. :thumbsup:

The rear trim panel pops out if you gently pry it outward, starting at a lower corner and working your way around. A...
Forum: Grand Cherokee SRT - WK2 08-08-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,188
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: What Radar Detector is everyone using?

I've been running a 9500ix with Escort Live for a while. Live was getting better, but recent updates have rendered it pretty much worthless. A great concept, however.

I've got a 9500ci in my...
Forum: Grand Cherokee SRT - WK2 04-25-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Winter tires needed on SRT in New England??

A mere Overland guy here, but I'd definitely plan on winter tires. My opinion--not worth a lot, I know--is that you're better off with a combo of all seasons and winter tires. Here's my thinking:
...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 03-16-2013, 06:32 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 16,449
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: 2014 Overland Buzzer Sound while driving

I'll just confirm that I've also experienced this on my '12 Overland. Mine is a V8, so it's not a V6-only issue. It's only happened when I've been driving pretty darned fast, never below 80 mph...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 02-28-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 9,608
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: 2014 Floor Mats - Same as 2013?

I'd suggest you call the folks at Weathertech. I've always found them to be very helpful and well informed. If there is any difference from the 2013 model, they'll likely have them in production...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-12-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Around the World in 365 Days

This reminds me of another observation--the Chicago area is one where reformulated gas is mandated in winter months. Our Wisconsin cabin is outside of the RFG area. I've observed that the RFG gas...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-12-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Around the World in 365 Days

We built in southwest Wisconsin (Prairie du Chien), near the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. We're on top of a bluff that overlooks that Wisconsin River and have great views. ...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-12-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By MikeBoom
Around the World in 365 Days

On Sunday, exactly one year to the day after I bought my Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (V8), I rolled over 25,000 miles.

It pains me to have racked up so many miles so quickly, but it was an...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 02-01-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,038
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: A Small Thing That Improves Night Driving!

I can take a photo. The area where the indicator lights are located is matte black. They're barely noticeable, unless you scrunch down and look for them.
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 01-31-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,038
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: A Small Thing That Improves Night Driving!

Just an FYI...I tried to use a rectangular cutout and just couldn't get it. Dooooh. The circular cutouts proved easier to apply.
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 01-31-2013, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,038
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: A Small Thing That Improves Night Driving!

Probably just what you need. There are two versions...the dimming version and some that totally black out the offending light source. They're cheap, easy to use, and--at least in my instance--they...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 01-30-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,038
Posted By MikeBoom
A Small Thing That Improves Night Driving!

Since the day I got it, the headlight/foglight/high beam indicators on my WK2 have driven me nuts . . . they're much too bright.

I just put LightDims cutouts over the offending indicators last...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 01-04-2013, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,877
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Why do people feel the need to tell us they have an Overland?

Good one!

Seriously, while I love my Overland, it's just what best met my personal requirements. I don't think I go out of my way to mention the distinctions, except when they're pertinent to the...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 01-03-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,877
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Why do people feel the need to tell us they have an Overland?

Speaking as an Overland owner, I am happy to share my experiences with WK2 owners of every ilk, even those of a lower social caste. :D
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 12-30-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,045
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Break-in MPG?

I can't say I've noticed much difference in mileage, except in the past couple of months, when we switched to the winter gas formulation in the Chicago area. If you're in an area where a winter...
Forum: Wheels/Tires 12-26-2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,436
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Good all-season/winter tires on OEM SRT8 rims?

I have a mere Overland V8 (:o), but not so long ago I owned a Subaru STi with the Conti DWS tires that I used year-round in northern Illinois and Wisconsin. They're excellent all-around tires, with...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 12-18-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: 15,000 and broken in now???

Funny that someone should mention this at this point. I've felt from the beginning that my V8 ran nicely, but I noticed around the 18-20,000 mile point that it seemed to be running especially sweet...
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 11-08-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 871
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Iphone 5 & 730N

I just discovered this last week, after I boarded an eight-hour flight. :mad:
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-12-2012, 05:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Help Locating a Phone Mount?

Will do. I'll order it once they have their iPhone 5 holder ready. I've been using the ProClip mount that attaches to the A/C vent; it positions the phone perfectly, but I'm not happy with the way...
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-11-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Help Locating a Phone Mount?

You're a genius! Thank you.
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-11-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By MikeBoom
Help Locating a Phone Mount?

I'm losing it. Sometime in the not-too-distant past I saw a phone mount/bracket that attaches via the screws that hold the audio head unit in place. It requires popping the bezel out, loosening the...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 10-09-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 512
Views: 71,285
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Any new Updates heard for a WK2 Programmer - BullyDog, HyperTech, SuperChip

I've pretty much lost hope at this point. I didn't buy my Overland thinking I was going to be lighting up all four tires at 80 mph, but the stock tune and transmission calibrations could definitely...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 08-06-2012, 08:27 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 15,755
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Is Anybody on here happy with there WK2?

Overall, I'm very happy. The build quality of my 2012 Overland V8 has proven to be excellent. Apart from a noisy sunroof (fixed by adjusting the glass), it's been 100% reliable. There are a couple...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 07-25-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,633
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Borla Exhaust on my Hemi

Could've been, but it was bad. Ultimately, they sent two annular resonators. The first did nothing, but the second tamed things quite a bit. However, I still regretted it.

Not saying that...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 07-24-2012, 11:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,633
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Borla Exhaust on my Hemi

Keep us posted on how this works out for you. I have been a little gun-shy when it comes to Borla, after a bad experience with a 300C. I installed a Borla and it had the most horrific drone...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-24-2012, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,945
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Pano Roof One Touch Shade Open

I haven't figured out the magic, either. A couple of times it's opened fully, but I honestly don't know what I did differently. Maybe, as suggested, it's more than a momentary touch of the button.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-12-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 480
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Huge Price Range for Mods

I don't really know these brands, but my past experience has been that the third-party skidplates from companies that supply to off-road enthusiasts are more robust than the corresponding OEM...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-10-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 9,360
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Have you seen this? Moose test

There have been many instances where journalists have rigged these sort of "tests." It's a little sickening. Not claiming to be an expert, the thing I noticed in stopping the video at various...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-05-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,457
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Speeding Ticket

Just to jump in here, with a point or two, though I don't expect to win any hearts or minds . . .

POP has been detectable by radar detectors for years. When an officer "pops" a vehicle a couple...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 06-26-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,534
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Extended Warranty

All the options make me a little dizzy. I'm thinking of getting the Lifetime Maximum Care warranty for my 2012 Overland. Is the website listed above the best source? Any suggestions?
Forum: Grand Cherokee SRT - WK2 06-14-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 958
Posted By MikeBoom
Re: Looooong wait....

I figured as much. Maybe you should consider defecting.
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