One of my favorite times of the year is seeing what kind of crazy creations the mopar underground team comes up with for the Easter Jeep Safari.Much as they’ve done in the last few years; the team took a classic Jeep and updated it with modern aftermarket parts as well as available restoration parts to create a new classic. This year’s new old concept is the Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept vehicle.The Wagoneer’s off-road capability has been bolstered courtesy of a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs, and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires.
Next is a series of highly modified JL Wranglers, first off is a 4 door unlimited made into a long wheelbase 2 door, here known as Sandstorm.
With a half cab and the rear doors closed off (similar to the JK8 concept and kit for the JK Wrangler), the Sandstorm boasts a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine, 6 speed manual transmission, Dynatrac 60 axles with lockers and 5.68 gear ratio, 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires.
Next is the Jeep 4SPEED concept, is the newest in a line of lightweight Wrangler concepts and features the new 2.0 Litre turbo charged engine, Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ratio and 18-inch lightweight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
Next is the Nacho Jeep, a rolling catalogue of Mopar parts and accessories for the new JL Wrangler. The cool thing about the Nacho Jeep is that you could build one just like this directly from your dealer and mopar parts. This 2 door JL features a 2 inch lift and 37 inch tires… for comparison my 97 TJ clears 33 inch tires with a 4 inch lift.
The Jeep Jeepster concept takes visual queues from the 1966 Jeep Jeepster. A 2 door JL with a 2.5 inch lift and 37 inch BFGs. The Jeepster has a custom roll cage and custom hardtop to give it that retro look.
Starting as a Wrangler Sahara, the J-Wagon is painted a conceptual Warm Neutral Grey with warm-tinted glass, and complemented with subtle Brass Monkey touches throughout the exterior. The J-Wagon features a version of the JPP hood designed with a cutout kit to work with the available snorkel, an appropriate choice for the sealed-cabin style of the vehicle. The hood latch is Brass Monkey and further embellished with a black Willys logo.
Finally the Renegade based B-Ute concept, the Jeep B-Ute’s exterior features unique front and rear fascias and upper grille area, a hood with heat extractors, and wider flares. Jeep Performance Parts featured on the B-Ute concept include a 1.5-inch lift kit, a roof rack and rock rails. The Jeep B-Ute’s off-road capabilities are increased by using 17-inch wheels with a 30-millimeter offset, wrapped in BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires.