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Jeep Nukizer 715 Concept

We leaked the details of the Nukizer 715 earlier this week. Now here is the official press release:


The Jeep Nukizer 715 is an all-purpose truck that pays homage to the beloved military-only Kaiser M-715 truck. With a military-issue Jeep J8 four-door, the Mopar team converted the vehicle into a pickup body style by adding an aftermarket AEV Brute pickup box built for a TJ. To increase the size of the vehicle, the wheelbase is stretched to 124 inches from 116 inches. Enforcing the brand’s iconic M-715 is a new front clip produced in carbon fiber that re-creates the characteristic forward slant of the M-715 truck. To top it off, Bestop provided a unique soft top which artfully captures all of the quirks of the original.

Drivetrain upgrades include beefy Dynatrac Pro-Rock Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles filled with 5:38 gears and ARB Airlocker differentials. Power is distributed by an Atlas II transfer case spinning custom driveshafts from Tom Woods. To keep the military look, tires are 38-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrains mounted on Hutchinson beadlock wheels.

The powerplant remains a J8-specific 2.8-liter turbo diesel I-4 that has been treated to a re-programmed controller for more boost. Fuel is supplied from a custom Gen-Right tank made specifically for this vehicle and mounts to the rear cross member.

For body protection, Mopar added Jeep Wrangler rock rails and off-road bumpers. Other features include a Warn 9.5XP low-profile winch equipped with a Master Pull synthetic winch line, Warn air compressor, Terraflex dual-rate front sway bar and Garmin GPS Map 640 navigation unit.

Vehicle information:

Engine: 2.8-liter turbo diesel I-4
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Overall height: 75.2 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 124 inches
Weight: 4,500 pounds
Tires: 38 x 14.50-R17 BF Goodrich KM2


Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss

Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss
The Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss was built to showcase Mopar off-road products in the brand’s trail catalog. The Trail Boss is a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that is built for serious off-road duty. The vehicle features a half-door kit, sun bonnet, front and rear AEV off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti winch, rear-tire carrier, AEV hood, 3-inch lift kit, Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlock wheels, Katzkin leather seat trim kit, slush mats and a Kicker audio system.

Vehicle information:

Engine: 3.8-liter V6
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Overall height: 74.4 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 95.4 inches
Weight: 4,350 pounds
Tires: 35-12.50R/17 M/T Baja Claw radial

Jeep Patriot Extreme Concept

Jeep Patriot Extreme
The Mopar team started with a Sunburst Orange Jeep Patriot model equipped with the Trail-Rated off-road package and added a 2-inch Rocky Road Outfitters suspension lift, TJ ‘Moab’ 16-inch wheels, and BF Goodrich KM2 tires. Additional protection is added to the front and rear fascias with custom rock rails. Mopar added heavy-duty slush mats, Kicker audio and a roof-mounted snowboard carrier.

Vehicle information:

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT I-4
Transmission: CVT2L with 19.1:1 first-gear crawl ratio
Overall height: 66.9 inches
Overall width: 69.8 inches
Wheelbase: 103.7 inches
Weight: 3,332 lbs.
Tires: 225-75R/16 BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain

Jeep Wrangler J7 Concept

Jeep Wrangler J7 :
Built off of a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Wrangler J7 is designed to have the basic appeal of military-issued vehicles. The Mopar team removed standard content including carpet, fog lamps, alloy wheels and the stereo system before adding front and rear steel bumpers, ‘helicopter hooks’, a heavy-duty tailgate and steel wheels. Off-road capability is increased with a Mopar 2-inch suspension lift and 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. The unique Mustard Plug exterior paint is highlighted with Jeep Wrangler J7 graphics.

Vehicle information:

Engine: 3.8-liter V6
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Overall height: 74.3 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 116 inches
Weight: 4,482 lbs.
Tires: 35-12.50R/17 M/T Baja Claw radial

Off-Road Industry Magazine names Alloy USA Yoke Conversion Kit a Top 10 pick for 2010!

Off-Road Industry Magazine names Alloy USA Yoke Kits one of the “10 Best” products of 2010! This is what they had to say:

Alloy USA Yoke Coversion Kit - Ten Best for 2010


Wraps off the first Jeep concept in Moab

You don’t have to be in Moab long to see the latest new parts, accessories, and concept vehicles!The guys at Mopar Underground (Chrysler’s Skunk Works equivalent) pulled the wraps off the first Jeep concept a few days early. The Nukizer 715 pays homage to the Vietnam era M-175.

The new war horse shares its under pinnings with the Egyptian J8 military vehicle and is powered by the same  2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel. It produces 158 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed auto tranny — giving it a towing capability of up to 7,716 lbs. It sits atop 38″ BF Goodrich MT’s and narrowed Dana 60 axles taken from the Dodge Ram parts bin. Other goodies include a chopped JK windshield, Warn winch, custom grille, lights and a long list of one off parts.

Stay tuned for more Moab Coverage and Jeep concept vehicles!

Source: JP

Jeep teases concepts headed to Moab Jeep Safari

For years Jeep has brought their biggest and baddest concepts to the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.  This year will be no different, as we expect to see Chrysler ‘s Dodge and Jeep brands unveil four prototype vehicles.  When the dust settles in Moab this is what we expect to see:

Jeep Wrangler J7

Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss

Ram Power Wagon

Jeep Patriot Extreme

The 44th annual Easter Jeep® Safari in Moab, Utah takes place from March 27 through April 4.

Tankfully Yours: Early CJ Gas Tank Replacement

1946 Jeep Willys Universal CJ2A

It takes stones to climb into the cab of an early model CJ, and head out for a day of wheeling. Not because it doesn’t have ABS brakes, AC, power steering or any other number of modern conveniences, but because each and every time you sit down you are literally strapping yourself to the gas tank. That’s right, to keep the tank from getting dinged or damaged in off road use Jeep located the tank where you could keep an eye on it… Right between your legs, under the driver’s seat.

I can tell you from experience that when you start to hear gas dripping on your side exhaust, or sloshing around by your feet you start thinking about replacing that tank real fast. For years the only option was to purchase a used or replacement steel fuel tank. The problem is that over time gasoline causes varnish and rust in steel tanks, and pretty soon you’ll have a puddle of gas around your feet again. The great news is today you can purchase a modern polypropylene tank from Omix for your vintage ride. A tank that will never rust, and will help keep debris from damaging costly fuel lines and engine components.

For more information click here check out 4WD and Sport Utility’s recent install and review!

New Polyethylene Jeep Gas Tanks from Omix

New Polyethylene Jeep Gas Tanks from Omix


Pine Wood Derby Jeep

Its that time a year again. A time when goodhearted young men take a stab at a block of wood and try to turn it into a sleek racer. Boy Scouts everywhere compete to build cars from blocks of wood and are awarded for their speed and creative design. Of course the real fun happens when these same young men turn to their adult roles models in search of guidance. Experience has taught us to push the envelope of design (aka cheat) and we gladly impart this wisdom to our children, and bonding then occurs.

Since a Jeep is essentially an aerodynamic brick the folks over at Rugged Ridge had a head start into turning their block of wood into a stylish racer. Their team of engineers fashioned a scale CJ8 Scrambler complete with: Fender Flares, Mirrors, Off Road Lights, Jerry Can, Hi Lift Jack, Tube Steps and Spare Tire Carrier from their pine block.

How did it fare? When Rugged Ridge turned their Jeep over to the young racer, they had hopes of only scoring a trophy in the Pine Wood Derby Car Show. However, the wooden model was apparently more aerodynamic than its larger counterparts and scored 3rd in the races.


Jeep Broadens Lineup by Launching Three New Models

Leading up to their 70th Anniversary Jeep is broadening the lineup by launching three new models. The new Jeep Liberty Renegade and Jeep Wrangler Islander edition will be available in Jeep showrooms in the first quarter of 2010. The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition will follow in the second quarter.

Jeep Wrangler Islander

After more than 20 years, the unique Islander theme returns to Jeep.

The limited-edition Jeep Wrangler Islander is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 models. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Islander’s unique beach theme conveys open-air fun at first and every glance.

Jeep Wrangler Islander is featured in unique Surf Blue Pearl Coat, and is also available in Stone White Clear Coat, Bright Sliver Metallic Clear Coat and Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat.

Other exterior features include an Islander “Tiki Bob” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Islander” theme of the vehicle, blackside steps and popular Moab 17-inch wheels shod with 32-inch tires.

Inside, Islander’s seats are Dark Gray with Surf Blue inserts, blue stitching and an embroidered Islander “Tiki Bob” logo adorning the seat back. Blue stitching also has been added to the leather-wrapped steering wheel, with Mopar® rubber floor mats completing the beach theme.

The Jeep Wrangler Islander option package is available at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,120.

Jeep Wrangler Mountain

Further expanding the iconic Wrangler brand’s reach, Jeep delivers another high-impact, limited-edition model with the Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition is based on the Wrangler Sport S package, and is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4×4 models.

Exterior features include a unique “Mountain” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Mountain” theme of the vehicle; painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliqués; tubular side steps; 32-inch tires; black tail lamp guards; and a fuel-filler door from Mopar.

Available exterior colors include Rescue Green Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat.

Interior features include an embossed seat insert with embroidered “Mountain logo,” and anodized graphite heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) rings.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain option package will be available at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $1,820.


Jeep Liberty Renegade

The “Renegade” name returns to the Jeep® lineup for 2010. First used in 1964 on the inside door opening of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Renegade has always represented the rebellious heart and soul of the Jeep brand.

Jeep Liberty Renegade is offered in a new, Renegade-exclusive Salsa Red Pearl Coat exterior, as well as Natural Green Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Standard Liberty Renegade exterior features include painted Mineral Gray Keystone 16-inch wheels that wear new, rugged all-terrain P235/70R16 outline white letter (OWL); dark neutral metallic wheel flares, lower side sills, front and rear fascia, body side moldings and rear license plate bar; black headlamp bezel; Argent Silver accent on the lower fascia appliqué and roof rack; Satin Black vinyl hood graphics; deep-tint glass; fog lamps; skid plates and tow hooks.

Inside, standard appointments include new premium cloth seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, instrument panel grab handle and park-brake boot; new driftwood accent bezels; leather-wrapped center console and soft-door armrests; premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC); cruise control; security alarm; rear cargo cover and steering-wheel-mounted radio controls.

Electric shifting between 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Low is accomplished with a console-mounted switch. A push-pin button is used to shift to Neutral mode. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard on all Jeep Liberty models, including the new Renegade. The 3.7-liter engine produces 210 horsepower (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

All Jeep Liberty models offer customers an “only-in-a-Jeep” open-air experience, courtesy of Jeep’s industry-exclusive Sky Slider™ full-length open-canvas roof.