Custom Just Doesn't Cut It
What do you do when you've owned several highly custom Jeep vehicles and are looking for more? Do you opt for the newest model found at your local car dealership, or do you turn to a custom-fabrication shop to build you a complete custom rig? Well, if you have the cash as Dwight Duncan of Phoenix, Arizona, did, you turn to Campbell Enterprises Custom Fabrication in Gilbert, Arizona.
There are a number of reasons why a fully custom rig is a great choice, but right away we can think of two that stand out.
Number One: Choosing a team like Shannon and Nick Campbell to build your Jeep is like choosing Ivan Stewart to drive your Toyota in Baja. As brothers and teammates, their experience behind the wheel and with fabricating competition-winning vehicles is vast.
Number Two: Having a completely custom-built rig means every part fabricated and installed is done with the consideration of every other part in mind. Having one person or shop welding, notching, wrenching, and bending tubes will always ensure a much more trouble-free vehicle than spending 10 years going through 20 different fabrication shops installing countless aftermarket components and hoping everyone is thinking along the same lines.
In the end, only one question comes to mind: Is it worth it? Go out and spend a day with the Arizona Rough Riders 4WD Club and ask Dwight for a ride, then let us know what you think. We had a blast taking a ride through the Lower Woodpecker Trail, proving that 40-inch tires and big horsepower sure do make a trail ride feel like room service.
The body of Dwight's Jeep was originally from a Wrangler TJ Unlimited, although much of the cab was cut out to make room for suspension and various modifications. The entire floorboard was removed and replaced with steel and cut to accommodate suspension clearance. Chrome-moly tubing was used to cage the Jeep from front to back, assuring that strength would never be an issue. The frame has been boxed in for even more strength, tying in both the front and rear bumpers with chrome-moly. Although the majority of the body is made of steel, both the hood and front grille have been swapped out with Campbell Enterprises fiberglass. Underneath reveals skidplates covering everything from the oil pan to behind the transfer case, all fabricated with 3/16-inch-thick steel plate. Several LED rock lights have also been added throughout the wheelwells to help aid with nighttime wheeling duties.