Luxury and Capability Add Up to Fun
The quality and performance of a Mercedes-Benz are the stuff of legend. No one knows this better than Lisa Riker of Fontana, California. Riker was happy with her E350 performance sedan as long as she looked through the windshield and saw pavement. The trouble was that the side windows offered a premium view of verboten territory. The dirt was calling, and the E-Class wasn't ready to answer.
There are ways to be a Benz loyalist and an off-roader at the same time. Three that come to mind are the M-Class, the Gelandewagen, and the Unimog. While each Benz model offers certain advantages, none rolls overall off-road capability, everyday practicality, ease of upgrades, and affordability into one package the way the Jeep JK Unlimited does. The more she researched the JK, the better Lisa liked it. Plans were made.
As Lisa puts it "As soon as the warranty was up, so was the Benz!" She took delivery of her 2011 JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon in November 2010 and has never looked back.
We have showcased umpteen JKs with extensive custom work, such as engine swaps and custom suspensions. The beauty of the JK is you can build an extremely capable rig using nothing more than off-the-shelf parts. Welding is sometimes required (for instance, with steering knuckle gussets), but much of the time the upgrades simply bolt into place. Lisa has gone the off-the-shelf route, availing herself of the JK Wrangler's extensive aftermarket support.
Because she purchased a 2011 model, Lisa benefitted from that year's redesigned, highly civilized interior. "It's as comfortable as my Mercedes inside," Lisa proclaims. "And I can drive it wherever I want." Behind the wheel of her Jeep everything in sight, pavement or dirt, is fair game. Luxury and capability add up to fun. For Lisa Riker, a Jeep JK is better than a Benz.
|Vehicle:||2011 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon|
|Owner/Hometown:||Lisa Riker/Fontana, California|
|Engine:||Chrysler 3.8L V-6|
|Induction:||Stock EFI, Banks Ram-Air intake|
|Transfer case/low range ratio:||NVG241OR Rock-Trac/4:1|
|Front End:||Stock JK-model Dana 44 with gusseted knuckles, Poison Spyder Bombshell diff cover|
|Rear End:||Stock JK-model Dana 44, Poison Spyder Bombshell diff cover|
|Ring and Pinion:||5.38:1|
|Front Differential:||Factory Rubicon E-locker|
|Rear Differential:||Factory Rubicon E-locker|
|Suspension:||Teraflex 4-inch system including upper and lower control arms. Teraflex Monster track bars front and rear. Rancho 9000-series shocks. ACOS front adjustable coil spacers.|
|Tires:||35x12.50R15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2|
|Wheels/Backspacing:||15x8 Pro Comp 8179 with desert reinforcing rings|