Jeep Obsession

Last week we gave you a sneak-peek teaser of Jeep and Mopar’s fleet of 2018 concept vehicles. This week, we’ve been in Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari, part of which was not only photographing, but also driving these seven beauties over the region’s stunning red sandstone. We even took a few out to play in the sand dunes south of town. Hope you enjoy the ride—we did!

4-SPEED Wrangler

  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-charged 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Axles: Dana 44 w/4.1:1 gears
  • Fenders and hood: custom carbon fiber
  • Raked windshield and stretched door openings
  • Instrument panel: custom
  • Seats: refitted with snowboard jacket material
  • Cage: custom sweep-back
  • Rear deck: perforated aluminum
  • Body shortened 22 inches
  • Tires: BFGoodrich KM2 Mud-terrains
  • Wheels: Forgeline alloy
  • Total weight reduction: 900 pounds

Sandstorm Wrangler

  • Engine: 6.4-liter crate V8
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Exhaust: dual Dynomax cat-back
  • Axles: Dynatrac Dana 60s, 5.68:1 gears
  • Lockers: ARB Air Lockers
  • Suspension: Off Road Evolution custom coil-over long-arm
  • Shocks: King long-travel bypass
  • Hood and fenders: carbon fiber, custom vents
  • Body armor: custom
  • Auxiliary lights: KC HiLiTES carbon fiber pods
  • Instrument panel: LQ3s
  • GPS: Lowrance HDS7
  • Seats: custom front, racing buckets rear
  • Compressor: ARB twin
  • Cage/tire spare tire mount: custom
  • Tires: BFGoodrich 39.5-inch Krawlers
  • Wheels: Method monoblock alloy
  • Wheelbase: stretched 6 inches

B-Ute Renegade

  • Engine: 2.4-liter Tigershark
  • Transmission: 9-speed automatic
  • Suspension: 1.5-inch lift
  • Roof rack and rock rails: Jeep Performance Parts (JPP)
  • Fender flares: JPP
  • Hood: JPP with heat dissipating vents
  • Rear deck: MOLLE-attached emergency gear
  • Tires: BFGoodrich KO2 All-terrains
  • Wheels: 17-inch alloy

Roadtrip Wagoneer

  • Base vehicle: 1965 Jeep Wagoneer
  • Engine: 5.7-liter HEMI
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic
  • Axles: Dana 44
  • Lockers: Rubicon electric locking
  • Suspension: custom 4 link
  • Chassis: original, boxed and braced, stretched 6 inches
  • Body: original, new Coke bottle glass windows
  • Fenders: custom
  • Body armor: custom
  • Instrument panel: OEM
  • Seats: Original, oxblood leather
  • Rear deck: Luggage icebox, Tornado 260cdi I6 valve cover toolbox
  • Tires: BFGoodrich 33-inch KM2 Mud-terrain
  • Wheels: OEM
  • Security: Slack Jaw, the killer canine

Nacho Wrangler

  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, JPP cold air intake
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Axles: Dana 44, electric locking differentials
  • Suspension: JPP 2-inch lift and 2.5-inch
  • Shocks: 2.5-inch aluminum
  • Armor: Rubicon bumpers, JPP rock rails
  • Winch: Warn, synthetic rope
  • Auxiliary lighting: Magneti Marelli LED, JPP brackets
  • Doors: JPP factory-fit tube
  • Seats: Katzkin leather
  • JPP tailgate reenforced mount
  • Tires: BFGoodrich 37-inch KM2s
  • Wheels: JPP 17-inch beadlock-capable alloys

Jeepster Wrangler

  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Axles: Dana 44, electric locking differentials
  • Suspension: 2-inch JPP suspension, 2.5-inch JPP shocks
  • Armor: JPP Rubicon front bumper and rock rails
  • Winch: Warn, synthetic rope
  • Body: chop top fold-down windshield,
  • Auxiliary lighting: JPP LED
  • Hood and fenders: Rubicon
  • Doors: custom half-doors
  • Seats: custom, re-stitched
  • Cage/tire spare tire mount: custom
  • JPP rear mount storage/Rotopax containers
  • Tires: BFGoodrich 37-inch All-terrain KO2s
  • Wheels: JPP 17-inch beadlock-capable alloys

J-Wagon Wrangler

  • Engine: 3.6-liter Pentestar V6, JPP raised-air intake
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Axles: Dana 44, electric locking differentials
  • Armor: JPP rock sliders, Sahara premium bumpers
  • Auxiliary lighting: JPP 5-inch LED
  • Interior: camel-colored Katzkin leather seats and Brass Monkey trim accents
  • Tires: BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-terrain
  • Wheels: JPP 17-inch alloys
  • Accents: neutral-gray paint and tinted glass
  • Roof rack: JPP custom

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Chris spent his formative years riding dirt bikes with his dad in the deserts of Southern California and Baja, Mexico, which led to a lifelong quest for adventure. He is handy behind a viewfinder and at the keyboard, and brings four decades of international travel experience to Overland Journal as Editor-in-Chief. His career, which includes work for National Geographic Adventure, Four Wheeler, Hot Rod, and Autoweek, has taken him through 50-plus countries and to every continent. He has also served as correspondent to magazines in a dozen countries and in as many languages. In 2013 he was part of the Expeditions7 team that crossed Antarctica and he has recently been inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame as a pioneering journalist. When not behind the camera Chris can be found on The Office (his sailboat), or undertaking meticulous “research” for upcoming articles in locales such as Tequila, Mexico.