Click for Coverage
Exclusive Content
Original Shows, Motorsports and Live Events
Try it free for 14 days
Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
  • JP Magazine
  • Dirt Sports + Off-Road
  • 4-Wheel & Off-Road
  • Four Wheeler

OJ: The Ultimate Orange Jeep Part 5

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2012 on December 1, 2012
Share this

The Ultimate Adventure is over for 2012, and the Orange Jeep is getting cleaned up for a year’s worth of shows and trail rides. However, we still need to show you how we finished up the project.

If you’re showing up late to the party here is a 30-second recap: We went to the Jeep factory in Toledo and saw our orange ’12 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon, the Off-Roadster, built on the assembly line. We then went to Zone Offroad and added a 4-inch long-arm suspension and 35-inch Nitto tires. We went wheeling in Moab. We added a front Synergy winch bumper with a Warn winch and GenRight front aluminum fenders. We then went to Hazzard Fabworx and cut the Jeep in half. We grafted the front framerails and the body of a junkyard JK onto the back of the Orange Jeep to give it a front and rear grille and hood section. We added Spidertrax axles with front and rear steering to go with the front and rear grilles and hoods. (Read all about it in the Aug.-Nov. ’12 issues.)

In addition to all the work being done, halfway through the buildup, Hazzard Fabwox moved its entire operation into a new larger facility. Though still in Spokane, the company now shares space with Off-Road Power Products, who happens to be the official retailer of the UA.

This month we’ll button up this wild ride and show you a few items we brought along on the trip. For more info on the UA or to apply to come along on next year’s trip, visit

PhotosView Slideshow

How’d It Do?
And with that, the Jeep left for the trip. We added a few other items, such as a Bestop BikiniTop to keep our domes from getting sunburned, custom mud flaps, and new 40-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers. We’ll tell you more about the tires in our upcoming tire issue, so stay tuned.

All in all the Jeep did great on the trip. We only had to dig out our Matco tools once, and that was when a steering hose on the front worked loose and we had to tighten it. The electronically controlled transmission was acting up now and then, but we feel that is partly due to the custom tone rings we built. We even had a custom AEV ProCal tuner to try and fix it, but we are still working to sort it out for good. However, it never stopped wheeling, and the new Pentastar V-6 has plenty of power for the tires and gearing we chose.

The Jeep is fun to drive, rallies on the road with ease, and clambers over rocks and through ruts like a billy goat. The looks may not appeal to everyone, but you can’t deny the vehicle works, and works well off-road.


Nitto Tire
Cypress, CA 90630
Broomfield, CO 80038
Summit Racing
Akron, OH
Matco Tools
Stow, OH 44224
GenRight Off-Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Auburn Hills, MI 48321
Offroad Design
American Expedition Vehicles
Wixom, MI 48393
Poly Performance
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hi-Lift Jack Company
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Spidertrax Off-Road
Longmont, CO 80503
Warn Industries
Clackamas, OR 97015
Poison Spyder Customs
Banning, CA 92220
Falconer, NY 14733
Bubba Rope
Casselberry, FL 32707
Zone Offroad Products
Ansani Designs
Synergy Manufacturing
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hazzard Fabworx
Off-Road Power Products
Lee Power Steering
Northern Tool & Equipment
Burnsville, MN 55306
True Hi-9
Cole Chrysler Jeep
San Luis Obispo, CA
Designer Decal
Herculiner Truck Bed Liners
Off-Road Connection
Shamrock Machining

Connect With Us

Newsletter Sign Up

Subscribe to the Magazine

Browse Articles By Vehicle

See Results