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Jeep Wrangler XPLORE

Each year at the Moab Easter, besides all the amazing concept cars Chrysler brings along, aftermarket companies also reveal unique productions.

Check out the new XPLORE Adventure Series Jeep Wrangler by Venchurs. It is apparently a one-off and will soon be auctioned-off to benefit the National Park Foundation. But you can order the package form Chrysler dealerships, and it includes four stages of upgrades fro your Wrangler.

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Jeep Wrangler Accessories are a great way to upgrade your Wrangler

Visually, it features matte dark green paint and Mopar and ARB accessories.The options depending on the stage include Xplore/Method Racing aluminum wheels in black or machined-finish, Bilstein 5100 Series shocks, Mopar cat-back exhaust and Xplore aluminum badges and floormats, BF Goodrich off-road tires, expedition quality ARB roof racks, rock-rails, roof-top tents, bumpers, tire carriers, Warn winches and IPF lighting; all available as mix-and-match accessories.

Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush

2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari:

Blue Crush! Now that’s a weird name. But the car itself is such a stunner.It looks like one of those extreme off-roaders they race in Iceland, mixed with inspirations from the King of the Hammers race in the deserts of California, the Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush combines high-speed off-road racing and rock-crawling capability.

Power comes from a Mopar 426 cubic-inch HEMI with 540 horsepower. The all-aluminum V-8 is paired with a 545RFE performance transmission and a gear-drive transfercase.

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To help the suspension keep up with the engine, Mopar added a high-speed, performance off-road suspension system with internal bypass shocks, front stabilizer bar and full hydro-steering. Gigantic 39-inch tires are turned with the help of custom driveshafts. The Wrangler Blue Crush also features a baja-style full cage, race seats, fuel cell and short aluminum

Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence

2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari:

Finally a proper pickup truck version of the Wrangler!  Not sure if they will put it into production or not, but the car has received a very warm welcome form the fans already.

Taking cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980’s, Mopar has designed a kit for do-it-yourselfers that converts a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup truck.

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The bed length is 50 inches and the width between wheel wells is 44 inches. The team created body panels to cover the second-row entrance and removed all of the interior parts behind the front seats—transforming the vehicle into a two-seater with just enough room for gear inside, and a pickup style bed to be used for outside cargo.

The JK-8 drivetrain is fitted with a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, both spun with 4.88 gears. Linking the axles to the frame is a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit and 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires make the connection to the ground. A fresh coat of yellow paint and Mopar’s off-road bumpers for the front and rear were utilized along with a new fuel door and slush mats. The JK-8 kit includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.

Jeep Wrangler Renegade

2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari:

Renegade is a familiar name  for Jeep fans, and here’s the latest 2011 version of this awesome 4×4 vehicle. Well, in concept form!

This new  Wrangler Renegade is the all-new 475 horsepower, 6.4-liter HEMI™ V-8 from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering team.

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Just like the old Jeep Renegade of 1972, which was offered with a V-8, Jeep and Mopar mated the HEMI to a 6-speed manual transmission feeding a Dynatrac prepped ProRock 44 front axle and ProRock 60 rear axle, both equipped with ARB air lockers and 4.10 gears. To clear the 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials mounted on AEV Pintler wheels, an AEV/Nth Degree 4-inch suspension lift was installed.

Mopar added a heat dissipating hood and a new winch-mount front bumper. Other Mopar accessories include: fuel door, sill guards, bikini top, rock rails, slush mats and a half-door kit. Interior  modifications include Katzkin seat trim kit sourced from the Mopar catalog and the exterior was finished in a black and gold paint scheme that recalls the early 1970’s CJ5 Renegade model.

Jeep Cherokee Overland

2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari:

The next Moad Safari Concept Jeep is based on the mighty Cherokee. This car is built for adventures and is inspired by wildlife in design. The template is a built-for-export 2011 Jeep Cherokee (Jeep Liberty in the U.S.) equipped with a 2.8-liter CRD 4-cylinder turbo diesel and Selec-Trac II 4×4 system.

To blend in with the wildlife,  the car gets a unique classic zebra safari pattern paint scheme.

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ARB offered their steel roof rack, awning, compact refrigerator and prototype rock rails to set the Overland’s mood.  To increase off-road capability, an ARB 3-inch suspension lift and Old Man Emu shocks clear the way for Mickey Thompson 265/75-R16 MTZ tires mounted on steel wheels. Traction is increased with the addition of an ARB air locker in the rear differential and on-board air compressor.

Mopar provided a host of underbody protection including skid plates for the front suspension, transmission and transfer case. Additional items from the Mopar catalog include front and rear tow hooks, slush mats, cargo tray liner, sill guards and sport pedal kit.