Lamborghini might be building a luxury SUV, but it won’t help you much when the terrain gets REALLY ugly. Specialty vehicle outfitter, VWerks, has built the ultimate Jeep for for the stars of Sons of Guns, Red Jacket. What makes it ultimate? Hang on to your hat – here we go.
Start with a stock Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (it’s the 4-door version). Next, hack off the rear cab and turn it into a mini pickup truck with a JK-8 conversion kit. This gives you a 50-inch bed that’s 44 inches wide (between the wheel wells). It harkens back to the early 1980s, when Jeep took its CJ-7, stretched the wheelbase and added a short bed and called it the CJ-8 (a.k.a. Scrambler).
Then, add some brawn in the form of a 4-inch lift kit and 1-inch body lift, highlighted by massive 40-inch tires on 17-inch Hutcheson Beadlock rims. Throw some Dana 44 axles under it. After that, bolt on most of the VWerks catalog available to consumers. This includes rock rails (bars protecting the body of the Jeep, mounted below the doorframe); a VWerks front bumper with a Warn 9500 winch (held together with welds clean enough to be put in a museum); VWerks rear bumper and rear differential cover; and a custom hood with cowl induction.
Finally, throw in details like a Katzkin leather package for the interior, a Kicker sound system, custom floormats, modified box sides and a spray-in bedliner.
So how much does all that cost? Oh – about $115,000. That does include a $40,000 custom paint job, however. So if you want to build one like it, just not as blinged out, plan on spending about 75 grand.
Small price to pay for the ultimate offroad rig…