(from Jeep Press
Release) Six New “Moparized” Jeep® Vehicles Ready for 45th
Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari
April 7, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Each year, thousands of
diehard off-road enthusiasts descend upon Moab, Utah, for the Easter
Jeep Safari and a week of fun on some of the country’s best and most
rugged trails. Jeep® and Mopar are marking the occasion by returning
to the annual event – which takes place April 16-24 – with six new
“The annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides us a perfect
opportunity to interact with our most loyal fans in a true Jeep
setting,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler
Group LLC. “We are able to demonstrate and test new potential Jeep
production and customization ideas at our away-from-home proving
ground, while getting instant feedback from our customers.”
More than 30 percent of the people who are in the market for a new
vehicle are influenced by the breadth and availability of
aftermarket accessories and Mopar comes to the party with a vast
selection of accessories that will fit a variety of lifestyles.
“From full engine packages to slush mats, Mopar has everything for
the avid off-roader,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and Chief
Executive Officer – Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and
customer-care brand. “In fact, Mopar covers the spectrum with more
than 280,000 proven quality-tested parts and accessories that allow
customers to personalize their Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat
Over the past decade, a
dedicated group of engineers, designers and fabricators from Mopar
and Jeep have customized more than two dozen vehicles and a host of
off-road parts and accessories, and showcased them to the enthusiast
crowds in Moab.
“Moparized” Jeep vehicles for the
2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep Wrangler ’Pork
The primary focus in the development of ‘Pork Chop’ was to increase
Jeep Wrangler’s off-road fun and performance even more through
extensive weight savings. The project started with a new 2011 Jeep
Wrangler Sport. Weight savings began with removal of a long list of
items, including: doors, top, tailgate, bumpers, carpet and sway
Body modifications began with removing the rear tailgate hinges and
latches and creating a custom surround. The inner fender panels were
reshaped and the taillamps relocated closer together. A custom roll
cage was crafted and the windshield height was reduced two inches.
Hanson Bumpers provided a set of unique aluminum bumpers and QMC
contributed their prototype aluminum/carbon fiber hood, held in
place with Drake aluminum hood latches.
Mopar added an aluminum cold-air intake kit, lightweight
fender-flares, slush mats and mirror re-location brackets.
The interior was updated with bright red lightweight Sparco ‘Chrono
Road’ reclining bucket seats. Gale Banks added a unique set of long
tube headers and dual-exhaust with an integrated H-pipe to replace
the stock system. Further weight savings was recognized courtesy of
a Gen-Right-fabricated, prototype rear-mounted 20-gallon fuel tank
and aluminum skid plate.
A smaller evaporation canister for the emissions system was borrowed
from a 2012 Fiat 500. The massive weight savings actually lifted the
suspension, which was combined with a moderate Mopar lift to clear
Mickey Thompson 35-inch Baja Claw radials mounted on lightweight
17x8 E-T Vintage V wheels. The suspension includes Bilstein 2-inch
shocks with reservoirs and TeraFlex air bumps at all four corners.
Dynatrac Axles designed lightweight ProRock 44 front & rear axles
fitted with 4.88 gears, ARB air lockers and prototype aluminum
differential covers. The axles are located with unique aluminum
control arms provided by Full Traction.
The result is a weight savings of more than 850 lbs., and even more
open-air Jeep Wrangler fun.
Jeep Compass Canyon
For 2011, the team has built up its first Jeep Compass. The project
began with a new 2011 model equipped with Freedom Drive II
drivetrain. The Compass Canyon features a 2-1/8-inch lift kit
provided by Rocky Road Suspension, making room for Mickey Thompson
Baja ATZ 225/75-R16 tires with 16-inch alloy wheels from a Jeep
To gain additional wheel articulation, front and rear sway bars were
removed. Select items from the Mopar catalog include a cold-air
induction kit, cat-back exhaust system, slush mats and a sport pedal
To protect the underbody, the team installed an extensive set of
front and rear skid bars, sill guards and longitudinal skid plates
to fend off the harsh rocks on the trails of Moab.
Jeep Cherokee Overland
The mission for the Jeep Cherokee Overland was to create a small,
light adventure platform alternative. 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 4x4 system.
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
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.
To blend in with the wildlife, an update of the classic zebra safari
pattern paint scheme is added to the exterior.
Jeep Wrangler Renegade
At the heart of the Jeep 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. Harkening back to the 1972
Jeep Renegade, 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.
Warn provided their all-new 9.5 CTi series winch and AEV finished
off the Renegade with their rear bumper/spare tire carrier combo.
The interior was treated to a 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 Wrangler JK-8 Independence
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. 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
General 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 Blue Crush
Inspired by 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. At the core is 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
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 bumpers.
“Moparized” Ram Truck
Mopar Ram Runner
The available Mopar Ram
Runner kit was inspired by high-speed desert off-road racing. The
rigors of off-road racing require large tires, additional ground
clearance and a sophisticated suspension system capable of
withstanding tremendous impact. These features are combined with the
proven HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 into a package that is stable at speed and
rock-solid in the corners. Inspired by trophy trucks, steel front
fenders and rear bed-sides are replaced with fiberglass layered in
the Liquid Metal Mopar racing scheme. The high-clearance wheel wells
allow tremendous suspension articulation with zero tire-to-body
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Ram and Mopar will
sponsor the 2011 TORC short-course off-road racing series and bring
a significant on- and off-track presence to each round of the
championship. Ram will become the official vehicle of TORC with the
Mopar Ram Runner pacing all of the series’ events.
Jeep and Mopar at the Moab Easter
Jeep and Mopar will have
a large display in the center of downtown Moab during the Easter
Jeep Safari with these and a number of other customized vehicles on
exhibition, including the previously introduced Jeep Grand Cherokee
Off-road Edition, Jeep Wrangler Mayhem, Jeep Wrangler Immortal,
Mopar Camper Trailer, Jeep Wrangler Tan Man, Jeep Wrangler “The
General” and a fully dressed military version of the Jeep Wrangler
J-8 with turret and passenger mounted-machine guns.
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LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. Mopar distributes
approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90
countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for
Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat vehicles. Mopar parts are unique
in that they are engineered and tested with the same teams that
create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep,
Dodge, Ram and Fiat vehicles – a direct connection that no other
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