One-Week Jeep Build: Jp Week to Wheelin’ #week2wheelin2017

    One-Week Jeep Build

    Stuart A. BourdonPhotographer, Writer

    We were on a mission. It was called Jp Week to Wheelin’. The concept was based on the idea that it would be challenging and fun to rebuild a beat-up and tired Jeep in a week, do it live with almost hourly social media and online video updates and daily video wrap-ups covering our wins and losses each day, and then a closing video episode in which we take our newly rebuilt Jeep and go wheelin’ to show off its brand-new equipment.

    Here’s what we did. It occurred to us that due to the recent introduction of the new Jeep JL Wrangler a large number of used Jeep Wrangler JKs will be soon be on the market. We just happen to have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK that had been built up over a period of years, ridden hard for nearly a decade, and then put out to pasture. Much like you might find for sale, the forgotten rig needed a complete rebuild to return it to its former glory and off-road capability. We were bound and determined to do just that—to create a roadster-style Jeep with rockcrawling capabilities, as well as comfortable highway manners.

    Sounds easy, right? Well, sort of. There were multiple obstacles to overcome working with somebody else’s project, and that included our fair share of broken, corroded, or missing-part low points from which we pulled together and rose above. However, we had excellent sponsors involved who helped us with all sorts of great parts and accessories for the rapid transformation of a 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK, from junkyard dog to leader of the pack. We had the use of our well-stocked tech center with a lift and all the tools we needed for wrenching and fabricating. And we had a crew of consummate professionals turning tools to get the job done right.

    Follow along as we take you on a highlight tour of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK’s transformation. What did it feel like Saturday as we wheeled our creation in some local canyons? It was the culmination of five long days (and some nights) and the thrill of knowing that it all worked very well and looked good doing it. You can also see all the details in the six daily wrap up videos available for your viewing pleasure on jpmagazine.com and fourwheeler.com. And there will be more Week to Wheelin’ builds, so stay tuned! What would you like to see?

    In less than a week, we rebuilt the forgotten rig and restored it to its former glory and off-road capability, and we did it all live online and on social media. The new rig rides on Shelby by Drake CS25 Jeep 5-spoke 17x9 wheels and Falken Wildpeak 37x12.50R17LT tires. Inner fenders are from Rusty's Off Road. And yes, those are MOPAR half-doors.

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