What the...? Is it a downsized Hummer? An up-sized Jeep? The largest fender flares in the world? Actually, it's a little bit of all of that. It's called a Landrunner, and beneath its Hummer-esque exterior, it's a true Jeep to the bone. Created by the Landrunner Conversion Company in Huntington Beach, California, the Landrunner encompasses all of the attributes of the Jeep Wrangler, while giving it a bold new stance and the unique body lines of the Hummer. Landrunners are sold in kit forms, allowing consumers to transform a Jeep Wrangler on their own or as turnkey vehicles built by a licensed Chrysler Conversion Company.
In its base-model form, the Landrunner weighs just 58 pounds heavier than a base-model Wrangler, and it's nearly a full 10 inches wider, primarily because of the modified fenders. While this doesn't make it the the most daring rockcrawler ever, it does still allow it to be a fun get-around vehicle on mild trails, sand dunes, and variably, its most suitable terrain, mud. In fact, during testing of these vehicles outside Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico, we succeeded in burying a Landrunner with stock gearing and no lockers above its axles in sandy mud. Much to its Jeep name, we were able to extricate the vehicle from the thick sand trap. True to the Landrunner's name, we didn't get one drop of mud slung in our faces upon doing so.
In addition to keeping the inhabitants of its cab clean and dry, the rear fenders also offer the ability of supporting the weight of two full-grown adults, a great feature when it comes to loading gear in the safari rack. The fenders are constructed of 3/16-inch fiberglass and extend down to heavy-duty running boards made of 1-3/16-inch material. The running boards continue into the integrated front fenders and hood, which are also constructed from 3/16-inch fiberglass. The entire front clip tilts forward for easy access to the engine compartment, and an inner liner/fenderwell is glassed in place to keep the engine free from debris. Similar to the rear fenders, the hood is also designed with use and abuse in mind and is also capable of supporting the weight of a full-grown adult. The company offers a full line of aftermarket accessories for the Landrunner vehicles, including a front brushguard/bumper/winch mount, a safari rack and cargo basket, keychain fob-activated off-road lights, and a choice of suspension components to accommodate as much as 33-inch tires.
However you break it down, the Landrunner is essentially a Jeep in badass clothing. It functions as it's meant to, while its body styling continually distinguishes it from all other Jeeps on the road. If you're looking for something new and unique, you've found it in the Landrunner. For more information, contact: Landrunner Conversion Corporation, (714) 540-5551, www.landrunner.com.