We Build a TJ Wrangler From Stock to Trail-Capable in a Week!

Week to Wheelin’—4-Wheel & Off-Road

Christian HazelWriterStuart A. BourdonPhotographerAnthony SoosPhotographer

It’s a fun concept: Transform a dead-stock vehicle from nothing into a total slayer in a brief, predetermined amount of time. Motor Trend Group’s street performance titles call it Week to Wicked, but we here at the off-road side of the company call it Week to Wheelin’. So far we’ve done two of them. Last year we did a Jp magazine edition of Week to Wheelin’ with a Jeep Wrangler JK. This year it was our turn at 4-Wheel & Off-Road.

JL Wranglers are worth their weight in gold, and even JKs are really expensive. But TJs are just about right. You can pick up a TJ and build it pretty close to what we did here for not much more than the entry price of a newer JK Rubicon Wrangler. And the aftermarket is still flooded with awesome TJ parts.

We hit up our show sponsors for some great product to prove our point. Check the captions for the build highlights, but don’t forget that this is an online program, with five highlight videos on the Motor Trend YouTube channel, where you can watch us do the actual work. Also, all of our daily updates, which went live at the end of each build date, can be found on fourwheeler.com. So go ahead, crack your favorite beverage, and watch us take a well-worn 1997 Wrangler from zero to off-road hero in a week.

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