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The General Jeep Wrangler Concept

The General
For the ultimate in rock-crawling capability, “The General” features a custom Mopar 4.5-inch performance lift kit installed on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. A new flat fender kit and Mopar/Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks allow tire pressure to be safely lowered for extreme driving conditions. Front and rear off-road bumpers and rock rails offer serious protection while the Mopar half-door kit provides improved visibility. The hood and rear spare tire carrier feature custom Mopar graphics splashed across the Mopar Blue exterior.

Vehicle information:

Engine: 3.7-liter V6
Transmission: 42 RLE
Overall Height: 80 inches
Overall Width: 77 inches
Wheelbase: 94.5 inches
Weight: 4,000 lbs
Tires: 37-inch Goodyear MTR’s

Ram PowerWagon Concept

Ram PowerWagon
The mighty Ram Power Wagon is the full-size pickup truck of choice in a range of off-road situations. For Mopar’s Ram PowerWagon image vehicle, the team mated a unique 120-inch wheelbase chassis to a regular cab and step-side box. Axle articulation is greatly increased by utilizing the rear link-coil suspension of the Ram 1500. To gain additional ground clearance, Mopar added a new 4-inch suspension lift and 40-inch tires. Body protection comes from Rock-Slide Engineering-supplied sill guards, and custom front and rear bumpers. The spare tire is re-located to the cargo box. For visual impact, the team used a menacing two-tone black-on-white look, inspired by the wild paint schemes of Power Wagons in the 1970s.

Vehicle information:

Engine: 5.7-liter HEMI V8
Transmission: five-speed automatic
Overall height: 81.5 inches
Overall width: 83.5 inches
Wheelbase: 120 inches
Weight: 6,500 pounds
Tires: 40-14.5R/17 BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain

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

Video of the day: Cherokee River Crossing & Recovery Gone Bad

So, what does a river crossing, a sinking XJ, and naked dude have to do with a day of wheeling? -Not much if you know what your doing. Sadly, these guys didn’t. Don’t worry, the guys sans clothing is to far away too be any nuisance , and he doesn’t remain in the picture long. But the clip is a reminder of what not to do, and great comic relief.

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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