We’ve all built a project in a hurry. Late nights, weekends filled with wrenching until the witching hour, way too much coffee, and then other adult libations to take the edge off of the caffeine. The objective that creates the crunched deadline is usually an event of major proportions. Getting it ready to tackle the trails of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab certainly qualifies.
Davy Greenlees, from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, purchased his ’16 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with the plan to build it up slowly, but then the Jeep club he belongs to, the Scouts Canada 22nd Overland Rovers, decided it was going to cruise all the way from Prince George to Moab for the 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari and join us for the 2016 Jp Dirt ’N Drive. That’s when the adrenaline began to flow through Davy.
Davy is a police officer with the RCMP (that’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police to you) and didn’t have a lot of spare time, so with the help of friends and fellow club members, the rush began. First on the agenda was the installation of a BDS 4 1/2-inch lift long-arm suspension kit with all the goodies, including steering system enhancements to correct for the new suspension system’s extra height. That went well, and so a set of Goodyear LT315/70R17 Wrangler MT/R (Kevlar) tires wrapped around the factory Rubicon wheels were added to get more bite on the terrain Davy expected to tackle.
Body modifications to help the Jeep deal with trail activity were next. A Smittybilt XRC front bumper and XRC rear bumper with an integrated swing-out tire carrier replaced the factory bookends. In the spirit of “Rescue,” the theme that Davy decided to go with for his Jeep build, a Warn VR8000 winch is tucked securely into the XRC front bumper. Because he figured he would be trail busting through the woods in his native territory, he also mounted a set of windshield brush-wires from the corners of the Jeep’s nose to brackets along the A-pillars. JW Speaker LED replacement headlights were plugged into the grill for increased illumination capabilities, and at the same time, an UnderCover NiteHawk Light Brow was installed (because Davy thought it looked aggressive) to brim the new headlights.
When we spoke with Davy about his Firecracker Red Rubicon he told us now that the initial rush is over he has plans for more modifications, including gears and maybe some power products. However, for the time being, Davy is very happy with the way his ’16 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has handled the highway and trail miles he encountered on the way to and during the 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari and the 2016 Jp Dirt ’N Drive presented by Jeep. We were happy to have him along.
Vehicle: ’16 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: W5A580 five-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NV241OR Rock-Trac
Suspension: BDS 4 1/2-inch lift suspension system
Axles: Front: Rubicon D44, 4.10 gears, Tru-Lock electronic locker; Rear: Rubicon D44, 4.10 gears, Tru-Lock electronic locker
Wheels: 17x7.5-inch factory Rubicon cast aluminum
Tires: 315/70R17LT Goodyear Wrangler MT/R