Wel­come to Moab Jeep Wran­gler JL

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Af­ter a long hard win­ter, we can fi­nally see the light of spring. The days are get­ting longer, the sun is com­ing out and the ground is slowly turn­ing from an icy white to a warm green. How­ever, a sure sign that it is Spring is the an­nual Easter Jeep Sa­fari based in Moab, UT.

The iconic an­nual event is the Mecca of all things Jeep, with pil­grims trav­el­ling from far and wide to take over the small desert town. As in years past, loyal Jeep en­thu­si­asts can be happy that their favourite brand also rec­og­nizes the love, and brings a cel­e­bra­tion of off-road in­spired mod­i­fied con­cepts to show off. It’s not only a salute to the Jeep faith­ful, but also a chance to take the leashes off the de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers to build a se­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles that are both unique and show­case the myr­iad of di­rec­tions one can take with a stan­dard Jeep prod­uct.

With that we present to you a se­lec­tion of Easter Jeep Sa­fari con­cept ve­hi­cles for 2018.


We start things off with the Jeep 4SPEED con­cept, the lat­est in a line of light­weight Easter Jeep Sa­fari con­cepts. The 4SPEED fol­lows the pop­u­lar Pork Chop con­cept in 2011 and Stitch con­cept in 2013, bol­sters Wran­gler’s off-road ca­pa­bil­ity and per­for­mance through ex­ten­sive weight sav­ings, and show­cases the all-new 2.0-liter tur­bocharged I-4 en­gine.

Be­sides the ob­vi­ous stripped black ex­te­rior, the Jeep 4SPEED fea­tures a light­weight hood and high-clear­ance fen­der flares molded in car­bon fi­bre. The rear tub also fea­tures per­fo­rated alu­minum pan­els. We par­tic­u­larly love the fact that a weld­ing cur­tain has been re­pur­posed as a bikini top.

The com­bined weight sav­ings in­creases the ride height 5 cm (2 in) higher than a stock Wran­gler. Over­all length has been short­ened by 56 cm (22 in) while leav­ing the wheel­base at its stock length, re­sult­ing in in­creased ap­proach and de­par­ture angles. Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ra­tio and 18-inch light­weight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Ter­rain tires fin­ish off this con­cept.


In­spired by Baja desert rac­ers, the Jeep Sand­storm con­cept has been built to tear across the desert, while still be­ing ca­pa­ble of han­dling the daily driv­ing du­ties.

To fit the Baja look, the ex­te­rior fea­tures cus­tom styling cues in­clud­ing a vented car­bon fiber hood, vented high

clear­ance front and rear fen­der flares and a cage that in­cludes a rear mounted lay down style spare tire car­rier. The ex­te­rior han­dles and swing gate have been re­moved while the rear doors have been chopped for a cleaner look.

Other cus­tom touches in­clude high clear­ance front and rear tube bumpers, mod­i­fied rock rails, an in­te­grated on­board air com­pres­sor, race-style fuel filler, KC Car­bon series front aux­il­iary lights and a chase light.

The front axle has been moved for­ward four inches and uti­lizes a heavy-duty lon­garm four-link sus­pen­sion and track bar. The rear axle has been moved back two inches and uti­lizes a tri­an­gu­lated trail­ing arm four-link sus­pen­sion. Cus­tom King coilovers and by­pass shocks al­low up to 35 cm (14 in) of travel on the front wheels with 46 cm (18 in) in the rear.

The Sand­storm in­cludes a 6.4L V-8 send­ing its fury to heavy-duty front and rear Dy­na­trac 60 axles with a 5.68 gear ra­tio, 17-inch bead­lock wheels and 39.5inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires.


Want to see how far you can take the new Wran­gler JL with Mopar brand’s Jeep Per­for­mance Parts (JPP) menu? The Na­cho Jeep serves as a rolling cat­a­log.

Jeep Per­for­mance Parts fea­tured on the Na­cho con­cept in­clude a brawny hood that is ac­cented with the stan­dard black hood graphic fea­tur­ing the all­new JPP badge, which is en­gi­neered to ac­com­mo­date a cold-air in­take that feeds the 2.0-liter tur­bocharged I-4 en­gine. The satin black Mopar grille adds con­trast to the Na­cho ex­te­rior, and the sturdy steel Ru­bi­con bumper of­fers off-road pro­tec­tion and func­tion­al­ity, and in­cludes a Warn Winch kit.

Su­pe­rior trail vis­i­bil­ity, in­spired by the Jeep Lu­mi­na­tor con­cept ve­hi­cle shown at Moab in 2017, is de­liv­ered by A-pil­lar and brush guard-mounted LED lights from the Au­to­mo­tive Light­ing divi­sion of Mag­neti Marelli, that mount via JPP brack­ets. Au­to­mo­tive Light­ing LED header lights seal to the wind­shield for ex­tra for­ward il­lu­mi­na­tion, and a rear off-road scout­ing light uses four­colour LEDs to com­mu­ni­cate trail con­di­tions: stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (am­ber), 3-25 mph (green) and a rear flood light (white).

A 2-inch lift kit el­e­vates the Na­cho con­cept for in­creased off-road clear­ance and in­cludes new 2.5-inch di­am­e­ter alu­minum body shocks. Over­sized 37-inch tires wrap around 17-inch bead­lock-ca­pa­ble wheels.


De­signed to pay homage to the Jeepster of 1966, the Jeep Jeepster con­cept harkens back to the orig­i­nal’s clas­sic two-tone graphic theme. The hard­top has been chopped by 5 cm (2 in) and the cus­tom wind­shield is raked back 2.5 de­grees to cre­ate a cropped, com­pact ap­pear­ance.

A rash of LED lights adorn the ex­te­rior along with a range of presently

avail­able Jeep Per­for­mance Parts, in­clud­ing a JPP hood. A 2-inch lift kit and 2.5-inch di­am­e­ter alu­minum body shocks work with over­sized, 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires to raise the Jeepster above off-road ob­sta­cles.

In­side the Jeepster, a con­cept tubu­lar roll cage re­places the sport bar and an ad­di­tional 37-inch tire is se­cured with a cus­tom in-cabin spare tire car­rier.

Re­lo­ca­tion of the spare tire to the cabin pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for an­other cus­tom touch: con­cept stor­age packs mounted to the tail­gate for trans­port of gear and sup­plies such as food, wa­ter and tools. The packs fea­ture a split de­sign to ac­com­mo­date the rearview cam­era. A con­cept rock step — a unique com­bi­na­tion of a rock rail/side step — com­pletes the Jeepster.

JEEP J-WAGON The Jeep J-Wagon con­cept is a good view of what you will soon see on a trail near you. No wild body mod­i­fi­ca­tions here, just some good ba­sic off-road per­for­mance en­hance­ments that will fur­ther the JL’s al­ready stout all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

This con­cept started life as a Wran­gler Sa­hara. The J-Wagon fea­tures a ver­sion of the JPP hood de­signed with a cutout kit to work with the avail­able snorkel. 5-inch LED lights mount with JPP brack­ets on the lower wind­shield and the whole body in­cludes a fair amount of “Brass Mon­key” trim colour­ing. A black Mopar grille was pulled from a Wran­gler Ru­bi­con, which

then re­ceived a body-colour match­ing bezel trim. The J-Wagon gets 35” BFG KM3 tires wrapped around 17-inch slot­de­sign wheels in match­ing brass mon­key trim colour.

Black metal con­cept rock slid­ers, a black JPP fuel door, and Orange Crush ac­cents on the Jeep badge and tow hooks fin­ish the ex­te­rior.


If nos­tal­gia were mea­sured in rain­drops it would be pour­ing around this 1965 Jeep Wagoneer. A 5.7L V8 de­liv­ers power via a 4-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, in this ver­sion of what could be con­sid­ered the first SUV. This isn’t just a restora­tion though, the wheel­base has been stretched 13 cm (5 in) and the body al­tered to ac­cept the ex­tra length, wider track and cus­tom fen­der flares.

Adding to the off-road cred (and dura­bil­ity), Jeep has boxed and reen­forced the frame, added Dana 44 front and rear axles with lock­ers, four-link sus­pen­sion with coilover springs, and 17inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Ter­rain tires.

The ex­te­rior re­ceived some other mi­nor styling changes. We like the fact they kept the orig­i­nal front and rear bench seats, door pan­els and front and rear kick pan­els.


Small can be beau­ti­ful, and of­ten over­looked, like the younger sib­ling who can’t match the prow­ess of the older, and con­tin­u­ally lives in their shadow, but enough about me. It looks a lit­tle dif­fer­ent be­cause it has wider flares, unique fas­cia’s front and back, a dis­tinct up­per grille, and the hood re­ceived heat ex­trac­tors. The roof rack and rock rails are a nice touch as are the 1.5 in lift and BFG T/A Cham­pion tires on 17” wheels.

Like the Lim­ited and Trail­hawk, the 2.4L TigerShark In­line Four-Cylin­der (I4) en­gine pow­ers this lit­tle B-Ute.

SAND­STORM This is not the up­com­ing Wran­gler pickup, rather a desert-rac­ing con­cept ready for fun in the desert. A stripped down JL is the base for this car­bon fi­bre light­weight beauty.

Want to see how far you can go with the Jeep Per­for­mance Part cat­a­log, take a look here. SAND­STORM NA­CHO NA­CHO

Some cus­tom body­work gives this JL a Jeepster look. JEEPSTER


J-WAGON A nice clean JL build, this is what we can ex­pect to see on the trail very soon. WAGONEER A re­stored and en­hanced trail wor­thy piece of nos­tal­gia. WAGONEER WAGONEER

Off-road ready? Where’s the trail-rated badge? B-UTE


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