2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited - Resurrection JK

    A Modest Build Turns Mighty for Morocco

    Christian LeePhotographer, Writer

    Having admired many of the custom-built 4x4s completed by Rebel Off Road in Laguna Hills, California, Maurice Riquier of Marrakesh, Morocco, looked no further when it came time to lift his 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. A small lift to clear larger tires was the plan, but things quickly took a different shape. As fast as the Rebel Off Road crew could get the parts installed, Maurice would add another to the ever-expanding list. While a few of the upgrades might seem unnecessary to some, we’ll remind you Maurice’s local ’wheeling spot is the Sahara desert. A place that quickly becomes desolate and the nearest help is far, far away.

    As the buildup of Maurice’s JK came to a close, we caught up with Jason Armstrong of Rebel Off Road to get a closer look at this ready-for-adventure machine during the rig’s final shakedown run. The JK handles great on the road with plenty of power to turn the hefty 40-inch treads through just about anything on the trail. It’s a well-built JK that’s ready for whatever Maurice can throw at it–especially the Sahara desert. Check the photos and captions for the parts details, it’s an impressive list.

    Vehicle: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
    Owner/Hometown: Maurice Riquier/Marrakesh, Morocco
    Engine: 3.6L V-6
    Induction: RIPP Mods Gen 2 Stage 2 Supercharger
    Transmission: Five-speed automatic
    Transfer Case/Low-range Ratio: NVG241OR Rock-Trac/4:1
    Front End: Rebel Spec Currie Rock Jock Dana 60
    Rear End: Custom Width Rebel Spec Currie 40 Spline Rock Jock Axle
    Ring-and-Pinion: 5.38
    Front Differential: ARB
    Rear Differential: ARB
    Suspension: Recon Complete Coilover Conversion System
    Tires: 40x13.50R17 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrain
    Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8.5 Raceline Monster with beadlocks