Crush Recovery Build: Rhino Lined Interior

Took Crush Recovery to

Rhino Linings Unlimited to have the entire interior floor Rhino Lined. Rhino Lining offers better protection and is more rugged than the stock carpet. I stripped out all of the carpet myself, and prepped everything for them to do the lining job. Check out the before and after!

 

Crush Recovery Build: JK Exhaust and Receiver Hitch Install

Today I’ve installed the exhaust and receiver hitch, both from Rugged Ridge. No issues with the install process on either part, but removing the factory exhaust… well, that’s another story. One of the hangers on the muffler seemed to be really seized up, so I had to resort to cutting it to remove it, which you’ll see in the photos. The new exhaust definitely gives a good power increase, and has a nice sound from the dual exit exhaust.

 

 

Crush Recovery Build: Wheels and Tires

In the past I’ve run 40″ and up sized tires, but this time around decided to go with something a little less aggressive in size. I chose to go with 37″ Nitto Trail Grapplers, they have great reviews for off road and on road use. They are extremely capable off road, but still give a nice and quiet ride on the road.

I’ve mounted the tires on a set of 17×9 Rugged Ridge Satin Black Alloy JK Wheels. These wheels have a great design, and Rugged Ridge also offers trim rings to help protect the wheels. I’ve matched the trim rings to the color of the Jeep. Check out the before and after pics below:

Crush Recovery Build: Tail Lights and Euro Guards

The last update was pretty hefty, so from now on I’ll try to update with one part of the build at a time. This next part of the exterior changes includes upgrading the tail lights and adding some tail light euro guards. I’ve swapped out the stock tail lights with some Bermuda Black LED lights from IPCW. LED’s are great because they are much brighter and last longer than normal lights, and these also look awesome with the black finish!

Now on to the Rugged Ridge Tail Light Euro Guards. These are great accessories for tail light protection and they look really good too. They fit on stock lights and same size aftermarket lights, like the IPCW LED’s I’ve installed. They’re also offered in a stainless/chrome finish.

Everything was very easy to install, more or less just a few screws and I was done!

Dave Doetsch to Debut Crush Recovery JK at 2012 SEMA Show

We’ve teamed up with famed Jeep® builder Dave Doetsch, who will publicly unveil his latest project Crush Recovery at the Off-Road Success Center presented by OMIX/Rugged Ridge at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, October 30 – November 2.

Based on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4, Crush Recovery is designed to be the ultimate off-road vehicle to recover 4x4s stuck in the toughest terrain. Doetsch outfitted the Jeep with more than 60 of the latest products from OMIX’s family of brands including, Alloy USA’s high-strength chromoly axle shafts and Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Aluminum Bumpers and new half doors for Jeep.

Inspiration for the Doetsch’s Crush Recovery stems from both Jeep’s trusted reputation and unmatched versatility. Known as the most capable off-road vehicle on the market, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4 is the perfect choice for a go-anywhere, off-road recovery vehicle. Additionally, the new for 2012 Jeep color, Orange Crush, provides added utility and safety to Crush Recovery. The vibrant color stands out amongst the green and brown hues of the outdoors, making rescuers easily visible to those in need.

Prior to debuting to members of the press and professionals within the off-road industry at the 2012 SEMA Show at the OMIX/Rugged Ridge Off-Road Success Center, Doetsch will also preview the Jeep to select attendees of the 2012 Airpark Jeep Jamboree in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 13. For additional information and progress updates on Doetsch’s Crush Recovery vehicle, please stay tuned to the Rugged Ridge blog at ruggedridgeoffroad.com/blog.

A lifelong off-road enthusiast, Dave Doetsch transformed an early childhood interest of monster truck racing to a full-fledged professional business, designing and building some of the off-road industry’s hottest vehicles. Using his degree in mechanical engineering, Doetsch’s expertise has taken him from the rocks in Moab to the halls of The SEMA Show. In fact, in 2010, Doetsch built an appropriately named vehicle, JeepZilla, that was showcased during Jeep’s inaugural win of SEMA’s “Hottest 4×4 of the Year” award. In addition to Jeepzilla, other well-known builds of his include the 2011 Black Widow and 2009’s SIKJeep, one of the first ever Jeep Wrangler JKs to be fitted with 40-inch-tall tires, and a vehicle that helped establish the ever-popular tall tire trend

For additional information on OMIX and Rugged Ridge please visit www.OMIX-ADA.com.

Dave Doetsch to Debut Crush Recovery JK at 2012 SEMA Show

We’ve teamed up with famed Jeep® builder Dave Doetsch, who will publicly unveil his latest project Crush Recovery at the Off-Road Success Center presented by OMIX/Rugged Ridge at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, October 30 – November 2.

Based on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4, Crush Recovery is designed to be the ultimate off-road vehicle to recover 4x4s stuck in the toughest terrain. Doetsch outfitted the Jeep with more than 60 of the latest products from OMIX’s family of brands including, Alloy USA’s high-strength chromoly axle shafts and Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Aluminum Bumpers and new half doors for Jeep.

Inspiration for the Doetsch’s Crush Recovery stems from both Jeep’s trusted reputation and unmatched versatility. Known as the most capable off-road vehicle on the market, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4×4 is the perfect choice for a go-anywhere, off-road recovery vehicle. Additionally, the new for 2012 Jeep color, Orange Crush, provides added utility and safety to Crush Recovery. The vibrant color stands out amongst the green and brown hues of the outdoors, making rescuers easily visible to those in need.

Prior to debuting to members of the press and professionals within the off-road industry at the 2012 SEMA Show at the OMIX/Rugged Ridge Off-Road Success Center, Doetsch will also preview the Jeep to select attendees of the 2012 Airpark Jeep Jamboree in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 13. For additional information and progress updates on Doetsch’s Crush Recovery vehicle, please stay tuned to the Rugged Ridge blog at ruggedridgeoffroad.com/blog.

A lifelong off-road enthusiast, Dave Doetsch transformed an early childhood interest of monster truck racing to a full-fledged professional business, designing and building some of the off-road industry’s hottest vehicles. Using his degree in mechanical engineering, Doetsch’s expertise has taken him from the rocks in Moab to the halls of The SEMA Show. In fact, in 2010, Doetsch built an appropriately named vehicle, JeepZilla, that was showcased during Jeep’s inaugural win of SEMA’s “Hottest 4×4 of the Year” award. In addition to Jeepzilla, other well-known builds of his include the 2011 Black Widow and 2009’s SIKJeep, one of the first ever Jeep Wrangler JKs to be fitted with 40-inch-tall tires, and a vehicle that helped establish the ever-popular tall tire trend

For additional information on OMIX and Rugged Ridge please visit www.OMIX-ADA.com.

Links Supercharged JK

As the Photo Director/Staff Photographer of RIDES magazine, Andrew Link wanted his JK to stand out from the rest of the Jeep crowd. With the help of Xclusv Autosports he was able to reach his build goals.

LoD Front Bumper

LoD Rear Bumper w/ tire carrier

Smittybilt Sidesteps

Rugged Ridge Windshield Light Bar

Hella Black Magic lights

3M 1080 Scotchprint flat green wrap

R.I.P.P. Supercharger

20″ KMC Rockstar Wheels

37″ Nitto Mudgrappler Tires

2.5″ Teraflex Lift w/ Fox Shocks

 

For More photos, check the full write up on SNTRL.

Jeep and USA Basketball Team Up

PRESS RELEASE_________

The Jeep® brand and USA Basketball announced their partnership today as the Jeep Wrangler was named the “Official Vehicle of USA Basketball.” The Jeep brand formed a global partnership with USA Basketball to support the men’s and women’s national teams. Accordingly, the Jeep brand will launch a full advertising and marketing campaign scheduled to begin Saturday, April 28. The Jeep brand also announced the introduction of a uniquely designed special edition model, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude Edition, which will be featured in the campaign.

“Each member of the USA Basketball team embodies inner strength, passion, a drive to win and a true sense of dedication they use to not only represent their team, but also their country,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Jeep brand is proud to be on the same team as these talented men and women. Both symbolize American pride, a strong history, a humble spirit, integrity, courage and leadership.”

“We are proud to have the Jeep brand’s support of USA Basketball as we prepare to represent our country both on and off the court this summer,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Chairman. “The defining characteristics of these two American brands make the affiliation feel natural, and the strategic buildup of USA Basketball-themed events, along with the comprehensive advertising and marketing campaign, will put the Jeep brand top of mind with sports fans around the world.”

The Jeep brand also named 2012 USA Basketball finalist and 2008 team member, Chris Paul, as its spokesman for this partnership. In this role, Paul will be featured in the Jeep brand’s advertising campaign and appear in a series of video vignettes that will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at various facets of the partnership with USA Basketball.

“Like all Jeep brand vehicles, Chris Paul defines the meaning of true athleticism and capability; we greatly admire his philanthropic efforts and dedication to giving back to the community. His altruistic nature, compassion and drive perfectly aligns with the Jeep brand values and makes him a great fit for this initiative,” said Manley.

“The Jeep brand has always been associated with the American spirit and as a member of the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball National Team, I am proud to serve as spokesman for Jeep’s partnership with USA Basketball,” stated Chris Paul. “The concept of the ‘Power Within’ is evidenced in my everyday life, both on and off the court. It will be that power that will energize USA Basketball and Jeep to maximize this global partnership in support of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams.”

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Read more on the Jeep press release.

Is Your Lift Street Legal?

One of the risks that comes with modifying any vehicle is compliance with the law, and suspension mods can be the most noticeable. Many Jeep enthusiasts want to lift their Jeep to inprove off road capability, but may wonder what their local laws are regarding lift restrictions. It is best to get familiar with your local laws before installing a lift kit on your vehicle to avoid unwanted circumstances as a result. All it takes is a little time to make sure that your mods are done legally and safely. There is a great online resource for enthusiasts to check state by state information, LiftLaws.com.

Go Topless Day 2012 Hosted by All Things Jeep!

 

Weall  know Jeepers love to go topless, and our friends at AllThingsJeep.com know this better than anyone! On May 19, 2012 All Things Jeep is hosting their 5th annual Go Topless Day and are inviting Jeep owners worldwide to participate. This event started in 2008 as a fun local event and quickly spread into a worldwide phenomenon. Thousands participated last year, holding local club events, picnics, community service, and parades. All Things Jeep is holding a photo/video contest this year, check out the contest page for more information!

Here’s some topless photos from previous years events: