Jp Magazine Favorite Jeep of 2015 SEMA Show - Update with Video!
There were hundreds, but we had to pick a favorite, and this is the Jeep that kept us coming back for one more look
Picking 10 of our favorite Jeeps from the hundreds that crammed the hallways, lobbies, and huge buildings of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the November 2015 SEMA Show was hard enough and became an agonizing process (you’ll soon see the result of that monumental task in another article). However, narrowing it down to a single most favorite was even more difficult. But hey, somebody’s got to do it.
You may not agree with our choice, but this is the one among all the incredible builds we saw that kept us coming back for another look more than any other. It’s not too wild, it’s not too gaudy, it’s more than just mildly modified, and yet it’s still recognizable as a Jeep. Almost.
The green Jeep buggy we found in the Nitro Gear & Axle booth is full of cool equipment, modifications, and gear. It borders on being a racecar, but has four comfortable PRP seats. And believe it or not, it’s street legal as evidenced by the license plate attached to the custom roll cage. As a matter of fact, the guys told us they take it to lunch every once in a while.
The rig gets power from an all-aluminum GM-based 6.0L V8 stuffed full of Mast Motorsports goodies, and that power gets sent on down to the drivetrain through a 4L60 with a billet torque convertor. From there the energy goes to an Advance Adapters Atlas transfer case with a 3.80:1 low range ratio.
The front axle consists of a Spidertrax housing and knuckles, PSC full hydro ram steering setup, and a Nitro billet aluminum third member filled with a Nitro 10-inch “9310” 5.43:1 ring and pinion set and a Detroit Locker. Out back you’ll see another Spidertrax housing, Nitro billet aluminum third member with Nitro 10-inch “9310” 5.43:1 gears, but with a Nitro spool. The suspension system is a front and rear double triangulated 4-link with custom Nitro engraved links and King IBP 2.5-inch coilover shocks.
Inside this lovely green beast of a Jeep buggy, there is a custom aluminum dash with Race Pak gauges, a Mojave heater, PRP heated race seats, and an aircraft-grade plexiglass windshield. A custom-built fully integrated roll cage surrounds all four occupants.
The rig is outfitted with a Warn 9.0RC winch and Factor 55 Pro Link, Rigid Industries LED light bar, and custom green Rigid Industries rock lights. A Power Tank air supply system is mounted to the cage in the rear. Custom one-off double-beadlock aluminum wheels and 40-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers work for rolling stock.
Like we said, you may not agree with our choice, but we had to pick a single most favorite Jeep of the 2015 SEMA Show, and this one kept us coming back for just one last look. If you have a different choice, check out our Jeeps of the 2015 SEMA Show and show us which one you would have picked as your favorite.