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2008 Jeep Wrangler JK - The Missing Link

Posted in Features on February 24, 2014
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There are a lot of JK Wranglers out on the trail. They fall into two general categories: close to stock, or wallet jobs built to the hilt with Hemi engines, aftermarket axles, and 39-inch-tall tires. There seems to be very little variation, but when guys are shelling out a bunch of cash we can’t blame them for not straying far from a winning combination.

Apparently no one told Link Opper though. Flat dash in a JK? Ram Jet engine? 42-inch Boggers? All found on Link’s ’08 Wrangler. “I had nothing but problems with the electronics after running the Jeep through the mud,” he shares. Ripping out all of the wiring was the logical choice. While he gave up some creature comforts, the gains in reliability and trail prowess made it an easy decision.

Link and his wife Gaylene towed the JK down to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari last year, but it was really built for the bottomless mud and narrow trails found in the remote Canadian backcountry. In those conditions the big Boggers, reliable horsepower, dual winches, and wide fender flares are the formula for success.

Link Opper ripped the entire dash out and replaced the plastic with a flat piece of metal reminiscent of a CJ. Auto Meter Phantom gauges monitor the vitals, and an SCS shifter rows the gears in the TH350 transmission. The three shifters on the right control the four-speed Atlas transfer case.

Tech Specs
2008 Jeep Wrangler JK
Engine: GMPP Ram Jet 350ci V-8
Transmission: TH350 3-speed automatic with full manual valve body
Transfer case: Advance Adapters 4-speed Atlas II
Front Axle: Currie Rock Jock 60 with 5.38 gears, Detroit Locker, 35-spline chromoly axleshafts
Rear Axle: Currie Rock Jock 60 with 5.38 gears, Detroit Locker, 35-spline chromoly axleshafts

Springs & Such: Teraflex 6-inch long-arm suspension and 2-inch body lift
Tires & Wheels: 42.5X13.50-17 Super SwamperBoggers on 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic Locks
Steering: PSC steering box, pump, and hydraulic ram
Other Stuff: Flat dash, Auto Meter gauges, Warn winches front and rear, custom rollcage, Warn front bumper, custom rear bumper, Bushwacker fender flares, Kenwood CB, Rigid LED lights, Viair air compressor and tank.

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