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OJ: The Ultimate Orange Jeep Part 5

We Wrap Up Our Wacky Which-Way Wrangler

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

The Ultimate Adventure is over for 2012, and the Orange Jeep is getting cleaned up for a year’s worth of shows and trail rides. However, we still need to show you how we finished up the project.

If you’re showing up late to the party here is a 30-second recap: We went to the Jeep factory in Toledo and saw our orange ’12 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon, the Off-Roadster, built on the assembly line. We then went to Zone Offroad and added a 4-inch long-arm suspension and 35-inch Nitto tires. We went wheeling in Moab. We added a front Synergy winch bumper with a Warn winch and GenRight front aluminum fenders. We then went to Hazzard Fabworx and cut the Jeep in half. We grafted the front framerails and the body of a junkyard JK onto the back of the Orange Jeep to give it a front and rear grille and hood section. We added Spidertrax axles with front and rear steering to go with the front and rear grilles and hoods. (Read all about it in the Aug.-Nov. ’12 issues.)

In addition to all the work being done, halfway through the buildup, Hazzard Fabwox moved its entire operation into a new larger facility. Though still in Spokane, the company now shares space with Off-Road Power Products, who happens to be the official retailer of the UA.

This month we’ll button up this wild ride and show you a few items we brought along on the trip. For more info on the UA or to apply to come along on next year’s trip, visit www.4wheeloffroad.com/ua13_app.

How’d It Do?
And with that, the Jeep left for the trip. We added a few other items, such as a Bestop BikiniTop to keep our domes from getting sunburned, custom mud flaps, and new 40-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers. We’ll tell you more about the tires in our upcoming tire issue, so stay tuned.

All in all the Jeep did great on the trip. We only had to dig out our Matco tools once, and that was when a steering hose on the front worked loose and we had to tighten it. The electronically controlled transmission was acting up now and then, but we feel that is partly due to the custom tone rings we built. We even had a custom AEV ProCal tuner to try and fix it, but we are still working to sort it out for good. However, it never stopped wheeling, and the new Pentastar V-6 has plenty of power for the tires and gearing we chose.

The Jeep is fun to drive, rallies on the road with ease, and clambers over rocks and through ruts like a billy goat. The looks may not appeal to everyone, but you can’t deny the vehicle works, and works well off-road.