Introducing our new Drakon JK Hubcentric Alloy Wheels. Our Drakon Alloy Wheel offers a sleek hubcentric design that takes style to a whole new level for ’07-’14 Jeep Wrangler(JK) owners. Designed to appeal to even the most hardcore Jeep enthusiasts, the DOT-approved Drakon offers the best fit and style possible, featuring 4.5-inch backspacing and a 2200-pound load rating on the JK’s 5-on-5 inch bolt pattern. The Drakon Alloy wheels are currently available in two different finishes, Black Satin and Gun Metal. Coming to a Rugged Ridge deal soon.
Jeep Beach is an event put on every year in Daytona Beach, Florida, by the Mid Florida Jeep Club. The title sponsors that help make it all possible are Rugged Ridge and BF Goodrich. Rugged Ridge has been telling us what fun the event is for years, but from the pictures and information we’ve seen, we haven’t been all that convinced. This year, the company finally wore us down and we went out to Jeep Beach for the first time—now we wish we had gone to the event sooner.
From the pictures you can see it isn’t another Moab Easter Jeep Safari or a Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari and…well, it isn’t. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a lot of fun in its own right, and the growing number of participants every year bears that out. The 2013 event marked the 10th anniversary of the five-day Jeep Beach gathering, which is held towards the end of April. It all started on Wednesday night with a kickoff party and was nonstop fun until the parade and pool party on Sunday. Thursday featured a Scavenger Hunt where you needed to find items and landmarks and shoot a picture of yourself at the backdrop. The pictures then got entered for a drawing at that night’s Cruise-In. Friday was registration day and a small vendor show at the host hotel where participants could meet some of the key players behind some of the industry’s coolest parts and Jeeps. Saturday was a full day with a much bigger vendor show, a Show-n-Shine, and an Obstacle Course, all in the infield of the motor speedway while NASCAR cars ran practice laps around the course. There was also a raffle Saturday afternoon, and Sunday started off bright and early with a massive Jeep parade along a couple of miles of Daytona Beach, followed by a pool party.
Unlike many of the other events we attend, this one has a strict Jeep-only policy that makes it that much better for us at a Jeep-only magazine. If you’ve got a Jeep and don’t mind the drive down there, you might want to check out next year’s event. Dates are still pending as of press time, but look at jeepbeach.com for updates after checking out just some of the fun that was had this year.
From the September, 2013 issue of Jp By Pete Trasborg Photography by Pete Trasborg
New from Rugged Ridge, these side Window Visors are designed to reduce wind noise while channeling airflow to keep your vehicles interior free of smoke, stale air and window fogging. The special design channels rain around your window while still allowing air to flow.
Tired of bugs and road debris ruining the look of your hood and windshield? The new Bug Deflector from Rugged Ridge takes care of that and creates a great unique look, especially when combined with the Window Visors. Constructed of durable scratch resistant Matte Black finish acrylic, these wind and bug deflectors easily install with automotive grade tape.
Remove the heat and maximize your engine performance with the new Performance Vented Hood from Rugged Ridge. Made of stamped steel and a factory inner core, this hood fits like the original yet allows more heat to escape from the engine compartment than other hoods on the market today. The SRT® inspired design gives a great aggressive look. Vents are removable to make it easier to paint. Uses factory attachment points and most aftermarket accessories will simply bolt into place. Got Heat? You need this hood.
- Stamped steel construction for factory like quality and no heat deformity.
- 50% more ventilation surface area than other aftermarket hoods.
- E-coated to prevent rust, and ready to paint.
- Uses existing factory attachment points, so no drilling required.
This is a pre-production sample – hoods will be in inventory in September, 2013.
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Jeep® Jamboree 2013 Schedule Announced
The official Jeep Jamboree schedule for 2013 has been released, including several new locations. Registration begins December 1st, make sure to visit their website for more information: www.jeepjamboreeusa.com
|9th Texas Spur||March 21-23||Llano||Texas|
|20th Pine Barrens||March 21-23||Hammonton||New Jersey|
|1st Parker Arizona – New!||April 18-20||Parker||Arizona|
|20th Cajun||April 25-27||St. Francisville||Louisiana|
|9th Tennessee Mountains – 3 DAY EVENT!||April 24-27||Oak Ridge||Tennessee|
|23rd Arch Canyon||April 25-27||San Juan County||Utah|
|6th Top of the Ozarks||May 9-11||Seymour||Missouri|
|21st Big Bear||May 9-11||Big Bear Lake||California|
|16th Land Between The Lakes||May 16-18||Marshall County||Kentucky|
|25th Palo Duro||May 30-June 1||Amarillo||Texas|
|22nd Canyon de Chelly||May 30-June 1||Chinle||Arizona|
|4th Badlands||May 30-June 2||Attica||Indiana|
|21st Drummond Island||June 20-22||Drummond Island||Michigan|
|16th Penn’s Woods||June 20-22||Bradford||Pennsylvania|
|7th Killington||July 18-20||Killington||Vermont|
|18th Northwoods – Mole Lake||July 18-20||Crandon||Wisconsin|
|1st Roof of the Rockies – New!||August 1-3||Snowmass – Aspen||Colorado|
|2nd Coal Mountain||Aug. 1-3||Shimoken||Pennsylvania|
|16th Rubicon Trail||Aug. 8-11||The Rubicon Trail||California|
|5th Big Horn Mountains||Aug. 29-31||Dayton||Wyoming|
|21st Black Hills||Sept. 5-7||Deadwood||South Dakota|
|3rd Laurel Highlands||Sept. 12-14||Farmington||Pennsylvania|
|26th Ouray||Sept. 12-14||Ouray||Colorado|
|16th Catskill Mountains||Sept. 19-21||Monticello||New York|
|24th Maine Mountains||Oct. 3-5||Bethel||Maine|
|24th French Lick||Oct. 3-5||French Lick||Indiana|
|15th Moab||Oct. 17-19||Moab||Utah|
|20th Gateway to the Cumberlands||Oct. 24-26||Williamsburg||Kentucky|
|24th Ouachita||Oct. 24-26||Hot Springs||Arkansas|
|4th Cullman Alabama||Oct. 31-Nov. 2||Cullman||Alabama|
Well, just it’s just about complete! At the time of this shoot the paint matched seats and hood mentioned on the previous post hadn’t been installed yet. Everything else is good to go, and everything has come together very well! You’ll notice some the great details in the paint matched accents in the gallery below. The build features more than 60 of the latest products from the Omix-ADA family of brands; some of the newest products from Rugged Ridge such as the new Aluminum Hood Latches and Aluminum XHD bumpers, and Alloy USA’s high-strength axle shafts.
The final outcome of this Rubicon has definitely met the original goal of the build. Crush Recovery is designed to be the ultimate off road vehicles to recover 4x4s stuck in the toughest terrain. Inspiration stems from both Jeep’s trusted reputation and and unmatched versatility. 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. Make sure to follow the coverage of the SEMA Show 2012 from Rugged Ridge to Crush Recover completely finished, as well as all of the other vehicles featured this year!
We’re less than a week away from the 2012 SEMA Show, and the Crush Recovery build is coming to completion. The custom painted ProCar Evolution seats and Truck Master Designs hood are a couple of the last finishing touches. Drew Brothers Customs did an awesome job on these! Check out the photos below:
A lot of work has been put into Crush Recovery recently, and since the last update I’ve also started working on a second JK dubbed Crimson Sol! Within the past few weeks I’ve finished installed the following:
– Rugged Ridge XHD Aluminum Rear Bumper, Tire Carrier, and spare tire
– Rugged Ridge JK Flat Flares
– Rugged Ridge Cowl Armor
– Procar by SCAT seats with custom rear bucket seat mounts
– Daystar™ Can Cam System
– Recon fog lights and marker lights
– Custom gauge cluster and custom paint matched Rugged Ridge HID lights
– Doetsch Offroad Headrest Covers
– Rugged Ridge Half Doors
We’ll continue to keep you all updated as the build progresses to The SEMA Show 2012 – along with Crimson Sol!