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OJ: The Ultimate Orange Jeep Part 5

Ultimate Adventure Jeep Wheeling
Fred Williams
| Brand Manager, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road
Posted December 1, 2012

We Wrap Up Our Wacky Which-Way Wrangler

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 www.4wheeloffroad.com/ua13_app.

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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.

Sources

Nitto Tire
Cypress, CA 90630
877-565-8448
www.nittotire.com
Bestop
Broomfield, CO 80038
800-845-3567
www.bestop.com
Summit Racing
Akron, OH
800-230-3030
SummitRacing.com
Matco Tools
Stow, OH 44224
866-289-8665
GenRight Off-Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
805-584-8635
www.genright.com
Mopar
Auburn Hills, MI 48321
800-992-1997
www.mopar.com
Offroad Design
970-945-7777
www.offroaddesign.com
American Expedition Vehicles
Wixom, MI 48393
248-926-0256
www.aev-conversions.com
Poly Performance
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-783-2060
www.polyperformance.com
Hi-Lift Jack Company
Bloomfield, IN 47424
812-384-4441
Spidertrax Off-Road
Longmont, CO 80503
800-286-0898
www.spidertrax.com
Warn Industries
Clackamas, OR 97015
800-543-9276
www.warn.com
Poison Spyder Customs
Banning, CA 92220
951-849-5911
www.poisonspyder.com
Truck-Lite
Falconer, NY 14733
800-562-5012
www.truck-lite.com
Jeep
877-426-5337
www.jeep.com
Bubba Rope
Casselberry, FL 32707
877.499.8494
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888-998-ZONE
www.zoneoffroad.com
Ansani Designs
480/584-6292
www.ansanidesigns.com
Synergy Manufacturing
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-242-0397
www.synergymfg.com
Hazzard Fabworx
509-995-1176
Off-Road Power Products
866-379-8685
www.offroadpowerproducts.com
Lee Power Steering
818-768-0371
www.lee-powersteering.com
Northern Tool & Equipment
Burnsville, MN 55306
800-221-0516
www.northertool.com
True Hi-9
218-236-8864
Cole Chrysler Jeep
San Luis Obispo, CA
Designer Decal
800-622-6333
Engel
561-743-7419
Herculiner Truck Bed Liners
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800-792-2980
Shamrock Machining
509-534-3031

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