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First impressions off-roading with the New Defender

First impressions off-roading with the New Defender

With the recent release of the New Defender, I was lucky enough to be invited on a trail ride with one of the demo vehicles from Land Rover Denver. They had already done a little outfitting of this one with a 2” air suspension lift and larger 275/60R20 BFG AT tires. We met at the Chinaman Gulch trailhead just outside Buena Vista Colorado Sunday morning. It was a cool dry morning following a pretty good rain the night before which really cut down on the dust on the trail and offered incredibly clear views of the surrounding sky and mountains. Four of us lined up that morning, Chris & Shea Breidenbach in his ’94 D90 nicknamed “The Crusher”, me and Dena in the ’98 P38 nicknamed “Trail Shark”, Steve Burt the GM of Land Rover Denver in the ’20 D110, one of Steve’s sons in his Jeep TJ, the other son hiked most of the trail taking video. We spen ... read more

Making Customer & Employee Health a Top Priority with Ozone Disinfectants

Making Customer & Employee Health a Top Priority with Ozone Disinfectants

Making Customer & Employee Health a Top Priority with Ozone Disinfectants   In an effort to combat the virus, JC’s British & 4x4 is using Ozone Disinfectants to sanitize vehicles and our buildings. Customer and employee safety is our top priority and we want to ensure that we are all safe. So, we are offering ozone disinfectant services to customers who are concerned with their vehicles. Come in and have a cup of coffee while we disinfect the entire inside of your vehicle. This service takes only 15 minutes of running the ozone generator in your vehicle. Our facilities are treated nightly with a two hour run time of our larger ozone generators. We still use hand sanitizers and spray disinfectants for spot treatment throughout the day as ozone can only be used in unoccupied spaces. Given what we have been told as to how easily COVID-19 can be spread it is crucial to disinfect areas that you frequently come into contact with - which include ... read more

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Jaguar services added

Jaguar services added

JC's British & 4x4 is now offering expanded British car services by adding Jaguar to our fold. Since 2005 Land Rover and Jaguar have shared many drivetrain and electrical components as they were both owned by Ford at that time. And since the acquisition of both Land Rover and Jaguar by Tata Motors in 2008 they have been fully merged on a corporate and engineering level into the JLR auto group. JC's British & 4x4 is one of the few Colorado shops that has Genuine JLR diagnostic equipment and a full subscription to JLR factory information and programming, and top tier aftermarket diagnostic tools from Autologic. We invest in the factory JLR special tooling so we can follow that manufacturer's service procedures perfectly, and stock a large volume of parts to expedite our service work to get our customer's vehicle back in their hands as quickly as possible following our thorough post-service test drive. We look forward to becoming your prefer ... read more

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MHJC All-4-Fun

MHJC All-4-Fun

Mile-Hi Jeep Club is a non-profit organization, 501c(7), that combines the love of off-road with the drive to keep the sport alive. They strive to educate their members on the necessity of proper trail use, the importance of protecting and preserving the beauty of the trails they use and assist in search & rescue and other humanitarian missions around the state on a voluntary basis. For the last 52 years, Mile-Hi Jeep Club has hosted the All-4-Fun event. Bringing together hundreds of like minded off-road enthusiasts to enjoy a week of wheeling and other vendor sponsored events, including safety and recovery demos. The location varies from year to year, offering a chance to hit trails all over Colorado. As expected by their name, it is a predominately Jeep event. For the second year, JC’s once again infiltrated the Jeep community. Originally planned for Silverton this year, JC’s had only planned to sponsor the kids’ games, an event held during the Vendor Show to in ... read more

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Perentie adventures – March ’17

 Perentie adventures – March ’17

Since late 2016, I’ve been working on importing an Australian Land Rover Perentie 6×6. As you may recall, we had a customer bring one in earlier in 2016, and I was pretty enamored with the vehicle. So after more research on the Perentie, I decided that the 6×6 flat bed variant would be perfect for us, as it is the only Perentie that comes with the turbocharged 3.9l Isuzu engine, and would be a great platform for any future modifications or use. Not only did I get the Perentie as a cool shop and marketing vehicle, but going through the importing process is part of the knowledge I need for our shop expansion into vehicle sales as I am hoping to bring more of these great and unique Rovers to the states. Here’s some more information from Wikipedia one the Land Rover Perentie. So, after months of waiting (th ... read more

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Off Road

Rover Riders inaugural run 2016 – Mosquito Pass & Half Moon Creek

Rover Riders inaugural run 2016 – Mosquito Pass & Half Moon Creek

I’ve been wanting to put together an off-road trip for quite a while, and it finally came together with a little push from a long time customer. Thanks Dirk! Ok, I’m going to back up a second and explain why the name “Rover Riders” in the title. The Rover Riders were a club and group of Land Rover off-road enthusiasts that was started many years ago. That club was absorbed by the Solihull Society, the other and still current Land Rover club in Colorado, and the name was lost. I thought the name too cool to let go, and while I have no plans to create another (or competing) club, it was perfect to put it to use as a Facebook group This trip is the 1st time I created an event in that group, and invited some friends and customers of the shop. So it came to pass, that on Saturday July 23rd, 2016, our group of 8 vehicles gathered at JC’s British & 4×4 to head out for some high altitude adventure ... read more

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New employee profile – Technician, Jordan M

New employee profile – Technician, Jordan M

Jordan has joined out team as of March 2016. Coming from another well respected Land rover specialty shop, Rover Doctor in Irvine CA, where he cut his teeth in the Land Rover world over the last 6 years. Jordan also completed an Associates of Science degree in Automotive Technology in 2015 from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Not only does Jordan have years of Land Rover experience, but his is also an enthusiast. Owning two Rovers, a 1988 Range Rover Classic which is set up as his adventuring and camping truck, and a Discovery II for his fiance

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Undercarriage Protection

Undercarriage Protection

I thought I’d share my beliefs regarding undercarriage vehicle protection. – Body protection and “rock sliders” will be covered in another post. Basically the way I see it undercarriage protection falls into 3 general categories: Skid Plates/Guards – which generally cover an area & multiple components Individual component guards – as the name implies, this guard covers just the “one” component that is vulnerable Component Upgrades – for strength & durability Overall, I prefer to avoid skid plates and guards where I feel they are either excessive or have limited benefit. Therefor I tend to prefer component upgrades and individual component guards whenever possible. Below is a bullet point list of some of my thoughts. Pro’s to skid plates & guards: Relatively easy install Designed for “bolt in” installatio ... read more

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A unique Defender comes to JC’s British & 4×4

A unique Defender comes to JC’s British & 4×4

This week, we had the rare opportunity to see and work on an imported Australian Military Defender often know as a Land Rover Perentie. It was in for a fuel tank replacement as the original had sprung a leak, luckily for us the owner had already sourced the replacement as we are not familiar with this Rover variant and what parts are the same as NAS (North American Stock) vehicles or other ROW (Rest Of World) vehicles. Our customer is working to import more of these vehicles, so hopefully we will continue to see more of them as the options seem very well planned in my opinion. Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia on the model: The Land Rover Perentie is a nickname for the Land Rover 110 produced by JRA Limited for the Australian Army, and part manufactured and assembled in Moorebank, New South Wales, during the 1980s and 1990s. There were two build contracts. The first was in 1988 and the second ... read more

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LR3 & RRS heater core issues

LR3 & RRS heater core issues

We here at JC’s British & 4×4 have started to see a trend regarding heating issues on LR3s and Range Rover Sports. This trend has been an issue with heater core blockage and uneven heat coming from the vents. Oddly as the blockage increases it does not evenly reduce the heater core temps from all vents, but lowers the Driver’s side temps dramatically while the passenger side appears to be unaffected. This problem leads many shops and technicians toward replacing the control servos, which in most cases solves nothing. To replace the heater core is a very large and time consuming job, the entire dash assembly has to be removed. We have had some success power flushing the heater core with our Gates Power Flush cooling tool. This is a process we would highly recommend before a noticeable clog/heating issue is present, perhaps ... read more

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