Dragzine 2017 Projects

2013 JEEP WRANGLER JKU: Project Sgt. Rocker

One of the project vehicles at Off Road Xtreme is a 2013 Jeep Wrangler (JKU). It’s coated in the factory Commando Green, motivated by the 3.6L V6 and five-speed auto tranny, and although it has A/C and a decent sound system, it was not plushed-out when ordered. The Wrangler is the Sport model, so there’s plenty of room for growth, and we have some pretty big plans for it.

These plans include a moderate lift suspension kit, hardcore wheels and aggressive tires that will allow for some adventurous off-roading, including rock crawling and some serious 4×4 trails. Drivetrain changes such as new axle gearing and driveshafts to help turn the larger tires and alleviate excessive driveline angle changes due to the suspension adjustment are in the plan.

Upgrades such as body armor to protect the sheet metal and undercarriage from severe dings, dents and mangles during said adventures will be in order. An easily removable soft top for warm-weather ventures, as well as recovery and safety equipment will be coming as well.

Interior creature comfort alterations are also something we’ve been considering, but hey, this is a Jeep and we don’t want to get carried away. However, electronics in the way of communications and navigation devices will be on the docket for Sgt. Rocker.

We’re going to take this in stages–just like you would–to show just how well one can do with a basic Wrangler JKU without spending a fortune or going overboard.

Project Specs

Vehicle: 2013 Jeep Wrangler (JKU) Sport

Engine: 3.6L DOHC V6

Transmission: W5A580 Five-speed Automatic

Transfer Case: NV241 Command-Trac

Performance: ProCharger HO Intercooled System

Suspension: Currie Enterprises RockJock CE-9807 JCE Off Road Suspension System

Wheels: Weld Racing REKON 17-inch wheels

Tires: Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ LT315/70R17


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