Kris & Lisa Lavery’s 2008 Wrangler JK RuBARKon

Our newest Jeep to be named an official Rugged Rigs honoree is a 2008 Wrangler X that belongs to the Lavery family of Old Forge, PA. It’s far from stock and since its painted Detonator Yellow, it’s pretty hard to hide in.

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If you’re wondering about the name RuBARKon, you’ll probably be happy to know that name comes from the Lavery’s two adorable kids who happen to be quite the Jeep enthusiasts themselves, Albie & Santina.  Boxers love to get out in the great outdoors and RuBARKon enables them to see places they never would have imagined.

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When Kris, Lisa and the kids bought the Jeep used back in 2016, it was basically stock. A short two years later and this rig is anything but. The addition of a vented hood, bumpers, tire carrier, GRID GD4 wheels, tube doors, snorkel, Hurricane flares, rails and an Exo-Top Roof Rack make this JK more than capable of stopping traffic.

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A full compliment of LED lighting is on board to melt the darkness while a winch recessed into the bumper stands by just in case things go off the rails.  Since Kris has fitted the front and rear diffs with 4.88 gears and armored covers, it seems like he’s kinda hoping things do go a little wrong so he can show his stuff.

20170819_141038_Film1It’s great to see a Jeep family getting out there and using their rig for what it was built for. And when the adventure develops into a full-blown expedition, you can always alter your Jeep to suit your needs. Great Job, Lavery family! Now, roll over and I’ll rub your belly.  OlllllllO

Justin Howling and his 2014 JK Unlimited #souperwulf

Our very first official Rugged Rig inductee hails from way up north in Windsor, Ontario. Justin began his Jeep journey as innocently as the rest of us. He bought a Jeep because he thought it would make a pretty cool daily driver but with the added bonus of being able to strip the roof and the doors if the mood were to strike. What Justin never counted on was that he was embarking on a whole new way of life.

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Justin has developed an acronym for his beloved Jeep JK that perfectly explains the difference that being a Jeeper has made in his life- Just Enjoy Every Possibility. Whether it’s trail riding, camping,  or exploring the majestic outdoors with any one of several different groups he rides with, Justin has learned the true value of owning a vehicle with no limits.

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“My Jeep gets me to work everyday, it gets me up the side of that mountain and it gets me through the roughest times in life.”…  well-said, Justin Howling, well-said.

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While the internet is full of well-built Jeeps that are shined and polished to perfection, I really prefer to see a Jeep in it’s natural habitat; getting used & abused in the manner for which it was designed. Justin seems to agree with me and he is really familiar with that filthy process. You can even check out his YouTube channel dedicated to his exploits where he lets you ride along on some of his wheeling adventures and see for yourself. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCBoXZyL9GLTmH1jvEIlH1g

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Justin is a great example of what the Jeep lifestyle is all about. There’s something about buying a new car and having it be a life-changing event that may only register with another Jeep owner. Coming to the realization that it’s Your Jeep. Your Adventure. and making the best of every opportunity you can to get out there and experience life is what it’s all about.

Submit your Jeep to be considered for the title of an official Rugged Rigs by emailing photos, details and even your Jeep story to us at ruggedrigs@omix-ada.com and we’ll send you a cool decal for your troubles. Be sure to follow the Jeep lifestyle with us at www.ruggedridge.com/blog 

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We’ll see you all out there!! OlllllllO

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