WITH massive aftermarket support available for the Jeep Wrangler, it’s no wonder there have been some scintillating builds over the years.
So we’ve assembled five of the neatest custom builds for your amusement. Cue salivation.
V8 HEMI-POWERED JEEP WRANGLER
Originally featured in September, 2015, issue of 4X4 Australia
Owner Mark Clancy transplanted a stonking 5.7-litre Hemi V8 under the bonnet of his 2007 JK Wrangler. The Hemi is factory standard but still growls out 260kW/530Nm – a massive improvement on the standard V6’s 146kW/315Nm.
Other serious additions include a heavy duty Jeep/Dodge auto transmission, Dynatrac diffs front and rear, ARB air lockers, and an AEV DualSport suspension system. It mightn’t look it from the outside, but this Wrangler is packing serious off-road heat. Full V8-Hemi Jeep Wrangler review here.
JEEP JK WRANGLER RUBICON
Originally featured in May, 2016, issue of 4X4 Australia
This JK Wrangler Unlimited is more special than you may think: it’s one of 30 examples that landed in Australia back in 2013. The special edition Rubicon was a serious piece of off-road kit straight from the showroom floor, but owner Jason Storace turned to AEV for an AEV DualSport 2.5-inch lift XT Suspension system.
The bar up front is from Rock-Slide Engineering, while the bar at the back is AEV. It’s also got a Baroud Explorer Evolution rooftop tent, an Eezi-Awn Manta 270 swing-out awning, and a heap more storage and camping solutions. Full custom JK Wrangler Rubicon review here.
JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED
Originally featured in December, 2015, issue of 4X4 Australia
There isn’t one part of this 2008 Wrangler Unlimited that hasn’t been fiddled with by owner and creator, Andrew Speedie. First off, Andrew bolted a Magnuson supercharger to the 3.8-litre V6 engine which has seen a 40 per cent spike in power and torque at the wheels. Then he added a Rubicrawler reduction box to the Jeep four-speed auto and transfer box.
It’s also got a pair of Dana 44 diffs with Eaton locker centres. Aftermarket suspension has given the Jeep a 3.5-inch lift. It’s a fully decked-out remote-area tourer that’ll take you anywhere! Full custom Jeep Wrangler unlimited review here.
JEEP WRANGLER JK-8 UTE
Originally featured in July, 2015, issue of 4X4 Australia
If you’re a Jeep fan but you prefer a tray on the back then check out JK-8 pick-up conversion kit that’s sold through Mopar, Jeep’s performance and accessories arm.
This is exactly what Autobody Prestige proprietor Wayne Bernhard did. This rig started life as a 2007 Rubicon-spec Wrangler Unlimited, but after six to eight months it became a bright orange JK-8 pick-up. Much of the Rubicon gear is carried over, but to achieve the right suspension set-up, Wayne dropped in AEV springs front and rear. Full Jeep Wrangler JK-8 review here.
JEEP JK WRANGLER PICK-UP
This is the Wrangler pick-up Jeep should have built already – some of us can’t wait until 2018 when the production version is expected. So Murchison Products’ Stuart Murchison got on the front foot, picked up a JK Unlimited Sport, chopped the body in half behind the front doors, and fabricated a new rear panel from scratch.
The cut-and-crafted ute body is accentuated by a host of AEV products. Pick up a copy of the November issue – out now – to read all about it.