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New 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Is Incredibly Capable, but Even More Now

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Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

There is no denying that racecars are cool. They are loud and fast and turn heads. As the reigning King of the Hammers champion, Jason Scherer knows a thing or two about racecars. The same features that make these cars so cool can also make them somewhat of a challenge for day-to-day use though. Fortunately, Scherer has sponsors like Starwood Motors, Fox, and BFGoodrich, and friends like WFO Concepts and Rage 4th, to help him build a daily driver that is still a legit wheeler. Oh, and did we mention that they did it in under a week?

Starwood Motors is a Jeep dealer and customizer in Texas, and Jason Scherer is a lifelong Jeep fan, so starting with a brand new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JL made perfect sense. Scherer introduced Tyler McQuarrie from Starwood to Trevor Huiskens of WFO Concepts to help increase Starwood Motors’ West Coast presence. Huiskens and his crew took care of the rest, transforming the stock Wrangler into a custom rock slayer that Jason’s wife can still comfortably drive down the freeway with their children in the back and one finger on the steering wheel.

Tech Specs

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
>Drivetrain
Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V-6
Transmission: ZF 845RE 8-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP241 Rocktrac with 4:1 low range
Front Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 60 with 5.13 gears and Eaton E-Locker
Rear Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 80 with 5.13 gears and Eaton E-Locker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Rubicon Express coils, Fox 2 1/2-inch remote reservoir shocks with DSC adjusters, WFO long arm (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.5R17 BFGoodrich Krawler KX on 17x9 Method forged beadlock rims
Steering: Yeti drag link and tie rod, factory electronic power steering
Lighting: 20-inch Rigid Industries lightbar and Rigid Industries Dually LEDs in front bumper; flush-mount Rigid Industries LED lights in rear bumper
Other Stuff: ARB twin air compressor, custom Rage 4th bumpers, ARB fridge-freezer