IT DIDN’T long for Bruiser Conversions, an aftermarket garage based in Florida, USA, to turn its spanners towards the all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL.
The American mob has plenty of experience with Jeep products, fettling plenty of JKs over the years and turning them into insane dual-cabs, single-cabs, open-roof and four-door wagon versions.
This prime example you’re ogling is a JL Wrangler Sahara that has been stripped down to its bare bones and copped a wheelbase extension – the ladder-frame chassis also received been cut and stretched.
Modelled on a chaser truck – vehicles designed to carry equipment and chase race rigs on desert sprints – the dual-cab Wrangler has a customised ute tray loaded with plenty of aftermarket goodies: CO2 tanks for tyre inflation, an aux fuel tank, a water tank, a portable arc-welding system, power inverter, compressed air bulkhead powered by a twin ARB compressor, Snap-on tools, and two spare 37-inch beadlock wheels with BFG Baja T/A rubber.
Helping with off-road pursuits is a set of Dana 60 axles with Eaton E-Lockers, Warn manual-locking hubs, a BDS Long Arm kit, a JKS coil-over conversion (up front), Fox 2.5-inch dampers (rear), Air Lift suspension airbags, and Steer Smarts Yeti steering components.
Bruiser Conversions has a reputation for fitting LS3 V8 engines into its custom vehicles, and this JL dual-cab is no exception. Matched to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the brutal 335kW/610Nm V8 is dialled in brilliantly to the Wrangler front-end; with the only other tweak being JE Reel 1350 driveshafts.
The serious desert-conqueror is packing plenty more kit, but to read the full review you’ll need to keep an eye out for the March 2019 issue of 4X4 Australia – in stores March 7.