Eat, Breath, Sleep, Jeep

The Faces of Jeep interview with Tj Langenbacher, Ambassador for Alien Sunshade

 

FOJ-[Natasha]: “Why did you choose Jeep?”

Tj: “I chose Jeep because I wanted a newer vehicle. I wanted something tough, somewhat luxurious, I wanted the perks of a Rubicon. It was a perfect base model to build on.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “How long have you been wheeling?

Tj: “I have been wheeling for about 2 and a half years. Before that I was four wheeling and motocross racing.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “How many Jeeps have you owned?”

Tj: “I have owned 3 Jeeps. First one was a 1988 Cherokee. Second one was a 2005 TJ. Third one and currently wheeling now is 2011 JK Rubicon.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “What upgrades have you done, and which companies would you suggest to others?”

Tj: “I have done a 3.5 inch Medal Cloak game changer, PCS hydro assist, Rock Krawler steering, 37 inch tires, a Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500, Adams Driveshaft, BesTop soft top. I would suggest Medal Cloak, PCS, Rock Krawler, Superwinch, Adams Driveshaft, BesTop, Superwinch. A lot of those companies have life time warranty, and the Jeep parts of these companies are high quality parts, they also have very good customer service.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “Where is your favorite place to wheel and what kind of wheeling do you prefer best?”

Tj: “My favorite place would have to be Doe Valley, Winber, PA and Rausch Creek, Tremont PA. I definitely prefer rocks.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “What tips would you suggest to a new Jeeper?”

Tj: “Spend a little extra money on lift. If you plan on doing a lot of wheeling buy big tires, a winch is very important, spend less money on looks and more money on underneath upgrades such as axle shafts, lockers, drive shaft, skid plates, etc. Don’t do trails that your Jeep can’t do, and learn from watching other people. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions, most jeep people are very friendly.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “Tell us about one of your favorite Jeep adventure moments?”

Tj: “My favorite Jeep adventure would have to be the time a couple buddies and I did a trail called Fantastic Voyage at Doe Valley. It was nice and dry, the traction was amazing. We decided to try Fantastic Voyage, a trail we all have been dreaming of doing for awhile. It was one to remember because, it was so technical of a trail. We had to spot each rig one at a time over the big rocks. We all accomplished the trail with only one hang up and two almost rollovers.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “How has owning a Jeep influenced your life?”

Tj: “I eat, breath, sleep JEEP! I am always doing things to my Jeep on a weekly basis whether it is big or small. I have met so many fellow jeepers and learned a lot from them. My mind has been blown that there is a whole Jeep community out there.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “Tell us about your ambassadorship Alien Sunshade?”

Tj: “They were the first company to put their product behind my name. Alien Sunshade has helped me get my name out there, and I have helped them out as well. They have generously donated to a Jeep event that I am helping to host.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “What is your favorite part about being an ambassador for Alien Sunshade?”

Tj: “Best part about being an Ambassador for Alien Sunshade is promoting their products that they proudly stand behind. Also Alien Sunshade loves Jeeps as much as we all do and cares about providing high quality Jeep accessories.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “What are some of your biggest accomplishments?”

Tj: “I transformed my Jeep from stock to a rock crawler. I am mechanically inclined but didn’t know a whole lot about Jeeps. After hours of research, reading and talking to other Jeep experts, I have come to know a thing or two about building Jeeps.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “What are your future goals for yourself?”

Tj: “My future goal would be to finish building my Jeep. Buy a Dodge Cummins, trailer and a camper. Load Jeep and camper up and drive one day, four hours to Moab Utah and spend a couple weeks wheeling on some of the best trails in the world.”

FOJ-[Natasha]: “Thank you Tj for sharing your Jeep journey with us. We wish you a great 2018 wheeling season.”

Photo from Tj Langenbacher, Questions asked by FOJ-Natasha Kokkinis & Answers from Tj Langenbacher

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