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Video of the Day: You Can Already do an LS-Swap to your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL!!!

Video of the Day: You Can Already do an LS-Swap to your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL!!!

Are you ready to put 450 horsepower on the JL Wrangler?

The Jeep Wrangler is arguably one of Ameria’s most iconic contributions to the auto industry. Its go-anywhere capability is second-to-none, and the launch of the new-generation JL Wrangler in 2017 was seen as the start of the next chapter of the SUV’s long and storied history. The JL Wrangler’s arrival also opened the doors for tuning companies to start working on programs for the off-roader. It certainly didn’t take long for one company to do it because Bruiser Conversions has already performed a successful engine swap on the Wrangler.

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Someone Swapped A V-10 Into A 2005 Jeep Wrangler!

Someone Swapped A V-10 Into A 2005 Jeep Wrangler!

It’s all yours for $52,000 on eBay

The venerable Jeep Wrangler is no stranger to engine swaps. Folks have been shoving bigger engines behind its grille ever since the U.S. Military defeated the Axis powers in 1945. The small-block Chevrolet V-8 is the standard go-to engine, but small block Fords and even other Mopar engines are a common sight. But, it’s a certifiable rarity to see a Wrangler with the 8.3-liter V-10 from the Viper and 2004 – 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SRT10.

Nevertheless, that’s exactly what’s for sale right now on eBay.

The project started with a low-mileage 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. That generation is known as the TJ, but since it’s a long-wheelbase Unlimited version, it’s called the LJ. So, this LJ with 22,500 miles had its 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder, four-speed automatic transmission, and two-speed transfer case removed and replaced with, well, “beefier” components. The transmission is now a 48RE automatic from a Ram heavy-duty and the T-case is a modified RockTrac unit from a Wrangler Rubicon. The front axle is a good ole Ford nine-inch, while the rear axle is a stout Dana 60. Both have 35-spline axle shafts.

The suspension is a long-arm kit from Superlift that accompanies by a one-inch body lift that helps with clearance of the big V-10 under the hood. A set of 20-inch six-spoke, Pro Comp wheels and 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ all-terrain tires hide Viper-sized front brakes and upgraded rear disc brakes.

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2017 Jeep Compass By Mopar

2017 Jeep Compass By Mopar

Jeep launches lineup of Mopar accessories for the Compass

Jeep has a long history with vehicle customization and personalization going back to the first CJ Jeeps produced after WWII. These days, instead of plows, seeders, and hay rakes, Jeep customers are looking for aftermarket equipment designed for improved off-road capabilities, everyday usability, and curb-size appearance. Mopar has been there for much of Jeep’s history but is now enjoying a renaissance in popularity thanks to a wide selection of dealer add-on parts. These accessories are able to be wrapped inside vehicle financing and are covered under warranty.

Mopar’s latest batch of parts fits Jeep’s newest product – the 2017 Jeep Compass. This two-row crossover slots between the Renegade and Cherokee, both in size and price. Its sleek, modern looks are arguably more attractive than the Cherokee, while still harking back to Jeep’s glory days.

To showcase Mopar’s new line of more than 90 Compass accessories, Jeep created this one-off demo model with a bevy of upgrades. Pietro Gorlier, the head of Mopar, said this regarding the new lineup of parts:

“Owners can put their unique stamp on the all-new Jeep Compass right at launch with a full line of authentic Jeep accessories. Mopar celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, and we continue to deliver products that remain true to the DNA of each brand and the personality of each vehicle. With a full line of accessories available at launch, we’re ready to do that for 2017 Jeep Compass owners.”

The wide selection of Mopar parts and accessories give Jeep owners many direction possibilities. From simple window shades and floor mats to larger wheels and rock rails, the Mopar catalog gives plenty of choices.

Mopar’s list of highlighted products is below.

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2012 Jeep Wrangler JK Hell Hog

2012 Jeep Wrangler JK Hell Hog

The first Hellcat-powered Wrangler is a 6x6

It’s hard to find something more American than a Jeep Wrangler and FCA’s Hellcat Hemi V-8. Combining them together just might be the most patriotic and macho thing ever done. Adding on a tandem axle setup beneath a cargo bed – now that’s just mind-blowing.

That’s just what Wild Boar Off Road did with this 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the heart of a crashed 2015 Dodge Challenger. The transplant may have cost the life of one car, but it has given new thunder to this custom creation. This Hellcat engine swap is a first for the Wrangler JK, so Wild Boar contacted the guys at Dakota Customs who not only fabricated the engine mounts, but also reworked the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8’s ECU specifically for the Jeep, along with bulletproofing the JK’s five-speed automatic transmission to handle the Hemi’s 650 pound-feet of torque.

Not only was the drivetrain and running gear upgraded, the body received an immense amount of attention, getting a conversion that resembles the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6. Even the Jeep’s roof rack has similar-looking support beams in the rear.

Best of all, Wild Boar is taking orders. Yep, supply the right amount of cash, and the California-based upfitter will create a custom JK to your specifications. There’s no telling how much a build like this cost, but it seems completely plausible it exceeds $100,000. There’s plenty more information, though, so keep reading for the full scoop.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep JK Wrangler By Dakota Customs.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Project Trail Force

2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Project Trail Force

Ever wish you had a fully built Jeep Wrangler Rubicon but don’t have the scratch to buy one? Yeah, me too. Well off-road outfitter Extreme Terrain has partnered up with Barricade, another off-road parts supplier, in a give-away contest for this decked out, 2015 Wrangler.

The Jeep will be given away to the contest winner at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas in front of thousands of jealous onlookers.

But this Wrangler isn’t some pig with lipstick – no, this thing is filled to the brim with some of the best off-road equipment on the market. Everything from the wheels and tires, its suspension system and bumpers, down to the supercharger V-6 has been upgraded for trail duty. Perhaps that’s why the project is called “Trail Force.”

Since this Jeep has too many parts to list in a simple news story, we’ve elected to work up a full review. Click “continue reading” for the full run-down.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Project Trail Force.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Riptide

2015 Jeep Renegade Riptide

If the SEMA Auto Show ever had a name-game award to give to the most appropriately named concept in attendance, the Jeep Renegade Riptide ought to be in the running. Specifically styled for surfing trips in the summer, the Renegade Riptide doesn’t shortchange you with a fancy name and nothing to back it up. It even looks a lot more practical than similar concepts we’ve seen in the past. Remember the 2009 Kial Soulster? How about the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Beach Battle Cruiser or the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Oakley Surf?

The Renegade Riptide is packaged similarly to those other concepts. The only difference is that I can actually see the Renegade Riptide being sold in Jeep dealerships sooner than later. It’s the perfect look for the diminutive Renegade too, especially since the model is still trying to carve a niche within the Jeep lineup. The Wrangler has its corner, as does the Grand Cherokee and by extension, the Cherokee. That leaves the small crossover Renegade to own the young, up-and-coming market. The Renegade Riptide perfectly showcases that with a combination of stylish looks and useful, new equipment.

I’m a big fan of this model because it clearly knows what it is and doesn’t try to do anything that might run contrary to its identity. The Renegade is a hip, small crossover targeted for the beach-going crowd. No more is that evident than with the Renegade Riptide, which Jeep will proudly display at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Renegade Riptide.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Frostbite

2015 Jeep Renegade Frostbite

Jeep is bringing a pair of Renegade crossovers to the 2014 SEMA Auto Show with every intention of showcasing the vehicle’s potential as a crossover for all seasons, and now it’s time to check out the wintry cool appeal of the Renegade Frostbite. In a lot of ways, the Renegade Frostbite is presented as a winter wonderland sidekick, complete with plenty of white and blue shades to remind us of crossover’s massive potential for adventure.

The Arctic theme is clearly evident and Jeep creatively played around with it by adding a lot of essential winter upgrades that deserve a showcase booth at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

Far more important than just holding a spot at SEMA, the Renegade Frostbite is the perfect aftermarket introduction to the Renegade crossover. If customers didn’t know how fun the Renegade is and how it can be easily adapted to any situation, the Frostbite concept provides the appropriate showcase of its capabilities at the biggest aftermarket show in the world.

Sure, the Renegade is still the newest Jeep, but it won’t be long before we see it headed to snowy mountains, all packed and ready to go.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Renegade Frostbite.

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited by Vilner

2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited by Vilner

While we admittedly enjoy the aesthetic spectacle that comes with an exterior tune-up, what really gets our juices flowing is when an aftermarket company can turn an interior cabin straight into one you normally would find in a luxury car. One of the best in the business at doing that is Vilner and recently, the Bulgarian aftermarket company took up the task of dressing up a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. And the results are glorious.

First of all, pay no mind to what you believe a Wrangler stands for. Sure, it’s an off-road SUV, and one of the best at that. But it’s also more than that; it can also be turned into it’s own luxury ride, and that’s where Vilner comes into the picture.

With generous helpings of Alcantara and leather appointments, Vilner was able to turn the interior of the Wrangler Sahara Unlimited into a two-tone blend of red and black, the likes of which you normally don’t see in an off-road SUV. From there, Vilner also painted the metal components found on the roof in black while also adding chrome treatment on the steering wheel, doors, and air outlets.

Outside, the Bulgarian specialist was also nice enough to toss in some new duds, including new LED headlights, rear turn signals and fog lights, more chrome finishes on the mirrors, grilles, door handles and tank cap, and a new set of 20-inch gloss-black rims.

Finally, Vilner gave the Wrangler a modest performance tune, ratcheting up the output from the vehicle’s 2.8-liter diesel engine to 261 horsepower and 412 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice bump from the standard 200 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque numbers of the off-road SUV.

Click past the jump to read more about Vilner’s work on the Wrangler Sahara Unlimited

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MOPAR Goes All Out For SEMA With 20+ Concepts

MOPAR Goes All Out For SEMA With 20+ Concepts

If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster, it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors some hot Fiat 500’s a Mopar Ram 1500 and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300.

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II

2013 Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II

Just like the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept II, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II is a follow up on an earlier concept Jeep revealed last year.

We all remember the original Sand Trooper that caught a lot of eyes at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. This time, the Sand Trooper II is headed to the Easter Moab Safari and it comes chock-full with new accessories and upgrades, thanks to Mopar.

Chrysler’s in-house aftermarket company really did a number on this Wrangler, complete with a new satin black grille, a hood lock, a Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood, and LED off-road lights and headlamps.

Catch your breath because Mopar’s not done yet.

It also installed front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road “Shorty” modified bumpers, a Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier, a trailer-tow hitch receiver, black tail-lamp guards and locking fuel door, a Jeep Performance Parts badge, and last but most definitely not least, a set of enormous 40-inch prototype forged bead-lock wheels.

The interior also features its share of new components, although not as extensive as the exterior upgrades. Most of the modifications feature storage compartments and that includes: a center-console locking storage, locking below-floor storage box and a trunk storage box. There are also leather seats, Mopar slush mats, a Trailside winch kit, black door-sill guards, sun visors and a rear back-up camera display.

Finally, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II carries the same powertrain as its predecessor: a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that produces an output of 375 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 04/02/13: More photos of the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II have been released. Browse through the fresh batch in the gallery below!

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2013 Jeep Wrangler CJ300 Matte Pearl Platinum by Kahn Design

2013 Jeep Wrangler CJ300 Matte Pearl Platinum by Kahn Design

Just four days into the New Year, Kahn Design has announced a sweet CJ300 Matte Pearl Platinum Edition based on the Jeep Wrangler.

The exterior kit includes a new front grille, new headlamps, Kahn enamel wing shields, side and rear panels. The tuner is also offering an optional quad exhaust system and a new set of 9-by-20-inch wheels available in smoked black. Also added in are brake calipers finished in copper.

The interior has also received a bespoke touch and features front and rear seats in black leather with orange inserts and carbon-fiber center stripe, a new dashboard center console in body color, speedo and rev counter fascia in orange and gear shifters wrapped in orange.

As usual, the tuner is offering each customer the possibility to express his or her own desire by offering a wide choice of colors and materials for the interior.

The new Jeep Wrangler CJ300 Matte Pearl Platinum by Kahn Design will make its debut on January 10th, 2013 at the annual Auto Sport Show at the N.E.C arena in Birmingham, UK.

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Chelsea Truck Company CJ300 Expedition by Kahn Design

2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Chelsea Truck Company CJ300 Expedition by Kahn Design

If we got a nickel for every time British tuning company Kahn Design came out with a program, we’d already have enough money to buy...well, probably one of their tuning packages.

Known for being one of the finest aftermarket companies around, Kahn Design is no slouch when it comes to quantity of programs released. After all, it was only two months ago when they presented a program for the Jeep Wrangler called the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 Expedition Vehicle.

Not content with just one option for its customers, Kahn Design has returned with new vigor to present another program for the rough and tough American utility vehicle. This time, though, they’re calling it the Sahara Chelsea Truck Company CJ300 Expedition.

Extremely long name notwithstanding, the Sahara CJ300 Expedition comes chalk full of new goodies as per Kahn Design. The most noticeable is the choice of a Bright Yellow body finish that we reckon would stick out like a sore thumb when it’s out running around the trails and woods. But if you can take the body color as is, you’ll be pleased to know that Kahn did yet another fabulous job upgrading the Wrangler’s digs.

The horizontal LED daytime running lights is a Kahn Design specialty, as are the carbon side wing blades, the xenon crosshair headlamps, the smoked side repeaters, the stainless steel door entry sill plates, the mud flaps, and of course, the 20" Kahn RS wheels fitted into the all-utility vehicle. The British tuner even threw in a Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover and stainless steel cross air exhausts for good measure.

All told, the Wrangler Sahara Chelsea Truck Company CJ300 Expedition is everything Kahn Design represents: meticulously built with an eye towards improved looks and performance.

Or in other words: another winning product from a winning tuning company.

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half

We’ve seen some pretty zany graphics done on a lot of cars over the years. What we haven’t seen before is a zipper. Yeah, a zipper.

Somehow, though, Jeep and Mopar managed to do that to a Grand Cherokee. It’s called the Cherokee Half & Half and as the name evidently suggests, it’s so named because of the dual identity Jeep and Mopar wanted to convey to the SUV. Hence, the use of an actual oversized Mopar zipper attached to the front bumper. SEMA would be so proud.

On one half of the Grand Cherokee is actually a perfectly fine, albeit non-customized Deep Cherry Pearl Coat Grand Cherokee Laredo. As for the other half of the SUV, that’s where Mopar used a plethora of its own accessories to illustrate a "before-and-after" look to the Grand Cherokee. Even the wheels are of different sizes with the regular model boasting of 17" wheels whereas the Moparized side was fitted with 20" chrome wheels.

This odd example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was also translated in other parts of the exterior, including chrome on the mesh-grille insert, tube steps, mirror caps, a hood air deflector and fog lamp bezels. The SUV also has a trailer hitch with a wiring harness, front tow hooks, a bright license plate frame, roof rack cross bows and, and a luggage carrier - or half of it, as we should say.

Moving to the interior, one half is normal and the other part comes dressed with Mopar goodies, including a premium Katzkin Tuscany Leather interior, logo door-sill guards, a bright pedal kit, all-weather mats, a cargo tray, and a cargo net.

Talking about weird aftermarket projects, this one’s definitely on top of that list.

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper

2012 Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper

Jeep will be showing up to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show with a very cool Wrangler Sand Trooper Concept developed in cooperation with Mopar. This concept is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 375 HP and 410 lb-ft. of torque.

The Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper is painted in a very cool Dune-in-Matte tan color combined with numerous matte-black elements on the front and rear off-road bumpers, grille, fuel-filler door, tail lamp guards, and black door-sill guards. The concept doesn’t feature a top, but comes with Mopar half-doors to show off its exclusivity. The tuner also added in a new set of matte-black wheels wrapped in massive 42" Super Swamper Bogger tires. Additional exterior parts include a skid plate, Warn winch, LED off-road lights, rock rails, and trailer-tow hitch receiver.

The interior package starts with some very cool premium black Katzkin leather seats, while the list of accessories include a rearview camera, Mopar prototype CB radio, all-weather slush mats, hood lock, and a locking trailside winch kit.

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Mopar teases its line-up for SEMA

Mopar teases its line-up for SEMA

If you want to take a break from all the Paris Auto Show-related news, check out some of the new details we dug up on the next big auto show of the year: SEMA. Mopar has unveiled a series of teaser images for their upcoming line-up, which will be presented in Las Vegas from Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to Friday, November 2, 2012. These images only show five different vehicles, but the company has promised that more than 20 Moparized Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, and SRT vehicles will be at the show.

The teaser images show a widebody Fiat 500, a custom RAM pickup, an updated Dodge Charger,
a heavily modified Jeep, and - our favorite - a very nicely updated Dodge Dart. With its growing list of Mopar-first features, including Electronic Vehicle Tracking Systems (EVTS), Wireless charging, Vehicle-information apps, and Electronic owner manuals, we’re psyched to see what Chrysler’s service, parts, and customer-care brand has to offer at this year’s SEMA Auto Show.

"At Mopar, we always look forward to the SEMA season," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "The show is an opportunity for us to inspire owners to customize their vehicles, and it’s the perfect place to showcase our vast portfolio of quality-tested performance parts and accessories."

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Chelsea Truck CJ300 Expedition Vehicle by Kahn Design

2012 Jeep Wrangler Chelsea Truck CJ300 Expedition Vehicle by Kahn Design

If auto tuning was an actual Olympic event, British tuner Kahn Design would probably be the odds-on favorite to win the most gold medals by sheer quantity of programs alone. Don’t sleep on these guys though, because they’ve got top-class quality covered too.

For their latest offering, Azfal Kahn and his team decided to go the utilitarian route by releasing a new program for the Jeep Wrangler, called the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 Expedition Vehicle.

The most distinguishable element of the program for the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 is its military green paint finish, which pretty much gives away the underlying purpose of the vehicle. Moreover, a lot of intricate modifications were given to the Wrangler to ensure that it keeps true to its new looks, including the smoked headlights and indicators to go with LED daytime running lights. The front grille was also abjectly modified to give the Wrangler’s front profile a more menacing look while also getting some technical boost thanks to new openings on the valance and grille area, providing better airflow to the radiator, intercooler and brakes. etc. Over at the back, Kahn Design added a new enamel tailgate, cross hair exhausts in stainless steel, and a new 20" smoked black Kahn RS spare wheel.

Moving inside, the British tuner added heated perforated leather seats with matching stitching, aluminum pedals, and a red speedometer and rev counter fascia to complete the aesthetic overhaul for this off-road menace.

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery"

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery"

We still have to wait a long time before the 2012 SEMA Auto Show officially starts, but there are already a few vehicles getting prepped for their big day. One of these models is a ruggedly eccentric Wrangler Crush Recovery designed by famed Jeep builder, Dave Doetsch.

His project is based on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, the most capable off-road vehicle on the market. The new Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery" was outfitted with more than 60 of the latest products from OMIX’s family. These products include Alloy USA’s high-strength chromoly axle shafts, Rugged Ridge XHD modular aluminum bumpers, and new half doors for the Jeep. Topping off the accessories is an Orange Crush exterior paint finish, which is where the name of the project comes from.

Before its official launch in SEMA, the Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery" will be unveiled to selected customers at the 2012 Airpark Jeep Jamboree in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 13, 2012.

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