Dealers are making deals. The Jeep JK and JL are both on the lot. In fact in 2018, Jeep was selling both the JK and JL models and many dealers still have both 2018 models hiding out back with great prices on them. We were very tempted to go with a 2018, but we picked up a 2019 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara JL. While we think it is a little too civilized, it is still a serious Jeep.
The 2019 Jeep JL we picked up arrived nearly identical to the Jeep JK we gave back. We added a lot of Cool Upgrades like LED lights, headliner, and roof rack. The 2019 had all of that from the factory. Well the roof rack was an add on but it was a Jeep Mopar part and we like it better than the Rhino Rack even though it whistles a bit at speed.
After taking it into four foot snow drifts and spending a week in the Lake Tahoe area, we brought it back to the studio for a review and a couple quick add ons. The review is pretty straight forward since our 2019 came equipped just like the 2016 JK left.
Two things we already added to the new JL. First was the fold down tray for the back door which is great for long road trips. Next was a WeatherTech seat cover for co-host Chloe the dog because the old seat cover was not cool. After using several slightly less expensive seat covers in our JK, we spent our own money and bought the WeatherTech. It is the hands down winner, but we suggest a couple of those elastic clips for holding the sheets on the bed. Chloe manages to get it all bunched up when she jumps in. Other than that, the Weathertech seatcover is CoolToys Approved!
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If you have trouble talking on the cell phone, if your head is hot on long trips, or cold in the winter, maybe a headliner kit can help. If you have a Jeep JK that is.
In this episode Scott spends 5 hours in 103+ heat driving up to the old garage studio and then does it again coming back to the beach. On the way up, no headliner and the main camera is in a duffle bag.
On the way back, new headliner and the Canon XF 100 is in a nice Pelican case for the ride home.
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If you want your interior to be even a little quieter, a headliner kit will do the trick.
In the home audio ABUS and Amazon Echo Dot review and test we discovered that the first generation Echo Dot would “clip”. It initially sounded like digital skipping, a result of low bandwidth or bad wifi, but it was something else. The fix is easy.
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ABUS is an industry standard (sort of) whole home audio solution. As our world gets more and more wireless, the range and dependability of the wireless systems becomes an issue. At COOLTOYS we have found that wired is always the best but the cost can be prohibitive.
If you want an easy to install and grow whole house audio system, or maybe even a small office system, see how ABUS does in the COOLTOYS test.
We’ve seen the Amazon Echo, aka Alexa here on COOLTOYS, and now we decided to test the little cousin the dot. The Echo dot doesn’t have a speaker in the first model so you can’t use it to play music directly, but it does have an output jack. That means you can run it into your stereo?
Editors note: Amazon 3rd generation and newer Echo’s have better output amplifiers so we saw reduced clipping at higher outputs and multi room music syncing when the wifi signal was very strong. We have had one unit that needs a reset every time we power it down or the network resets.
At COOLTOYS we are always looking for great ways to be better neighbors and still have COOLTOYS. If you have a musician in the family and they are making the neighbors nuts, don’t miss this episode. Acoustiblok is the king of quiet.
Editors Note: Acoustiblok was also featured in another publication for making an autistic childs room quiet enough for them to have normal activities. We gave it four stars when we reviewed it, but this adds the fifth star we took away because our wives approved it.
At COOLTOYS, we surf. We don’t like the tar on our feet from the oil rigs and we like seeing the mountains now that the smog is gone. Yes you can have a little tree hugger in you and still have COOLTOYS. As Chevrolet introduces the second Generation Chevy Volt we take a look at both models after driving Generation one for two years and Generation two for a month.
Being outdoors and not polluting is always COOL. Now that we have solar on the office, we just use the sun to run around town. That’s COOLTOYS.
Editors Note: After a year of driving the second generation Volt, we are still achieving 50-60 miles of range on battery and 40 plus mpg. Chevy gets another COOLTOYS Star for this car.