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2015 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon With Scars to Prove It

Posted in Jp Dirt N Drive: 2018 on August 6, 2018
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Pierre Franzén was no stranger to Jp Dirt ’N Drive. Nor was he a first-timer in Moab, Utah. His 2015 Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon has taken him to these and many more off-road events and locations all over the American Southwest. The Jeep you see here is pretty much the way it’s been for years, as Pierre knew exactly what he wanted from the rig when he bought it. The mods and upgrades began almost the day he brought it home.

Built for dirt-road trekking as well as rockcrawling, the Wrangler’s suspension was first to get some attention. Long arms and a bolt-on 3.5-inch-lift coilover bracket conversion (including King coilover shocks) from EVO Manufacturing provided superior ride and handling characteristics. That also offered the 40x13.50R17LT Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires wrapped around Raceline Monster beadlocks all the room needed for full axle articulation and nearly constant ground contact. An upgraded steering system, including a PSC hydraulic ram assist, helps tame those 40-inch meats.

With the exception of dual-battery system and a Volant cold-air intake, the 3.6L V-6 has been left alone. The W5A580 five-speed auto transmission and NP241OR RockTrac 4:1 transfer case are untouched. However, the Dana 44s got chromoly axleshafts and 5.13 gears to supplement the factory electric lockers.

A Crawler Conceptz front bumper holds a Warn Zeon 10-S winch, an EVO Manufacturing rear bumper trims up the rear, and an EVO Manufacturing swing-out spare tire carrier/cage that’s mounted to the Jeep’s body captures the fifth 40-inch tire. Sliders from TM-Customs help protect the Jeep’s rocker panels from (duh) rocks, and a Rock Hard cage offers added security for the Jeep’s passengers.

As the scrapes and scratches will attest, Pierre’s Jeep Wrangler JKU Rubicon has seen some heavy-duty trail action. This is certainly not a mall-crawler. If you’re wheelin’ at just about any big Jeep event in the Southwest, it’s very likely you will find Pierre there, continuing to put scars on his 2015 Wrangler JKU Rubicon.

Hard Facts

Vehicle: 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: W5A580 5-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP241OR RockTrac 4:1
Axles: Dana 44 Rubicon front and rear, 5.13 gear, chromoly shafts
Suspension: EVO Manufacturing 3.5-inch-lift coilover conversion with King shocks
Tires: 40x13.50R17LT Nitto Trail Grappler M/T
Wheels: 17-inch Raceline Monster beadlock

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