2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - Lucky ’13: Part 2

    First Dirt Foray - Straight from the Shop to the Trail

    Kevin BlumerPhotographer, Writer

    There’s a technical term for “fear of the number 13.” It’s triskaidekaphobia. Yes, that’s a real word. Some people will go to great lengths to avoid what’s after 12 and before 14. If you’ve been to Las Vegas, you might have noticed several hi-rise buildings don’t have a 13th floor. There’s no 13th stall at the Santa Anita horseracing park. That’s triskaidekaphobia for you!

    We don’t suffer from that ailment. Twenty-thirteen was one of the best years yet for the Jeep Wrangler. Equipped with a Pentastar V-6 under the hood, a super-low first gear in the smooth-shifting automatic transmission, and 4:1 low range gears in the transfer case, the Rubicon Unlimited model makes a perfect platform for Jeepers who need a rig that can handle the banalities of everyday life as well as play on the weekend trails.

    Last month, we followed along as Lucky ’13 was pulled into the Currie Enterprises shop and transformed using nothing more than off-the-shelf parts. Yes, there was a little drilling and tapping involved. A couple brackets needed to be welded in place, but custom metal fabrication wasn’t required.

    After we left, the Currie crew added more upgrades in the form of new rolling stock, improved shocks, and heavy-duty Currie JK-specific Dana 44 front and rear axle housings. The whole package used proven parts and followed a proven formula. John Currie and marketing manager Brian Shephard didn’t sweat a drop when they took Lucky ’13 straight from the shop to the dirt.

    There’s no reason to fear the number 13 when it comes to Jeeps. Quite the opposite. Lucky ’13 has given us an infectious case of triskaidekaphilia.

    Vehicle: 2013 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
    Owner/Hometown: Currie Enterprises/Corona, California
    Engine: Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar V-6, 285hp, 260lb-ft torque
    Exhaust: aFe Y-pipe added to facilitate front droop travel via added driveshaft clearance
    Transmission: Stock five-speed automatic
    Transfer Case/Low Range Ratio: NVG241OR/4:1
    Front End: Dana 44 with Currie heavy-duty housing
    Rear End: Dana 44 with Currie heavy-duty housing
    Ring-and-Pinion: 5.13 to 1
    Front Differential: Factory E-locker
    Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
    Suspension: Currie Rock Jock 4-inch lift system, King smooth-body shocks
    Tires: 37x12.50R17 Falken WildPeak A/T
    Wheels/Offset: 17x9-inch American Eagle Series 186 with OMF beadlocks/-8mm

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