Pair of Wild Jeep Wranglers Destined for 2009 SEMA Show

The Mopar workshop has been busy over the last few months. The Chrysler specialty division will be showcasing two customized Jeeps Wranglers at the SEMA show next month.

The more conservative of the two is the Overland Wrangler, which modifies a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon into a mobile base camp. In order to provide the most room for cargo, Mopar ripped out the rear seats, and mounted the fold-out tent and awning on the Wrangler's roof (it also prevents any unwanted visits at night from critters).

More extreme is the Lower Forty Wrangler, which was previewed at Moab earlier this year. Designers fitted the Wrangler with giant fender flares, a necessity to clear the giant 20-inch forged wheels and 40-inch off-road tires. Mopar decided not to raise the truck from its factory ride height to keep the vehicle's center of gravity low. The frame has been fitted with an integrated roll cage, and the spare tire has been relocated to the cargo floor. Mopar sprayed the Lower Forty with its own redeye no.3 paint. The stock V-6 engine was replaced by with a 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi powerplant, while front and rear axles were replaced with beefier housings and brawny 5.38 gearing.

Both Mopar Jeeps will roll onto the SEMA show floor in Las Vegas come November 3.

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