Articles written by: Jim Brightly

A former editor of Truckin’ and Trailer Life magazines, and tech editor of Four Wheeler, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road, and Family Motor Coaching magazines, Jim Brightly is now a semi-retired photojournalist living, writing, and wheeling in northern Arizona. He’s been building and wheeling Jeeps for more than fifty years.

Interior / Tech / Tech Articles

Installing Summit Racing Gauges in a Jeep JK Wrangler

Jeep builds JK Wranglers with engine temperature and fuel level gauges, but provides warning lights—the infamous idiot lights—for oil pressure and battery voltage. Even back in the good old days […]

Brakes & Suspension / Tech / Tech Projects

Big Blue XJ Cherokee (Part Two): Skyjacker Lift Kit

In this episode of our Big Blue Cherokee series, our recycled 1989 XJ Cherokee (soon to be a superior trail rig) becomes a roller thanks to a new Skyjacker six inch […]

Driveline / Tech / Tech Projects

Big Blue XJ Cherokee (Part One): Axle Upgrades

Produced from 1984 through 2001, the Jeep XJ Cherokee was a capable vehicle right from the factory. It came equipped with the 4.0L in-line EFI six-cylinder engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, a […]

Brakes & Suspension / How Tos / Product Installs / Tech

Easy Lift: Installing a Daystar Lift Kit on a Jeep JK

In our opinion, Jeep should include a three-inch lift and 33-inch tires in the JK Wrangler Rubicon option package. After all, this package already includes a heavier-duty transfer case with 4:1 low […]