Our Five Favorite Jeep Wranglers at the 2014 SEMA Show
The Jeep Wrangler is the quintessential off-road vehicle. With its small body, wide stance, and solid axles at both ends the Wrangler lends itself to all sorts of adventures. Even the from the factory it can be optioned in countless varieties, including both two-door and four-door Unlimited models, and the tough Rubicon trim level. Add to that the truly endless array of aftermarket options and it can become difficult to tell the Baja buggies with Jeep like grills from the Wrangler Rubicons with pickup beds. Here are our five favorite modified Jeep Wranglers from this year's SEMA show.
5. Road Armor
While this rig is more show than go, it does cater to our inner 10-year old. Door hinges used as gun mounts are just another reminder of why we love SEMA. With next to zero actual defensive protection, this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited may never see the battlefield, but we could see it swapping the firearms for paintball guns and having a massively good time.
4. Rhino Linings
Out of fantasy and back to the realities of corrosion. The Rhino Linings Trail Reaper Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features the company's famous bed liner sprayed on strategic areas prone to abuse. Of course the front bumper is wearing the tough stuff, along with the inner wheel wells. This Wrangler might not have a pickup bed, but the backside still received the Rhino Lining treatment. Oddly enough, this was one of few Jeeps at the SEMA show that didn't have bed liner sprayed over the entire body.
While it may look like someone parked their mobile apartment on the show floor, this is actually a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited modified by Smittybilt. It features a full length rack system that serves as the base for the company's Roof Top Tent. For protection, SRC Gen2 bumpers are mounted front and rear, as well as XRC skid plates. Rubicon Express 4.5-inch Extreme Duty long arm suspension keeps this rig riding high, while G2 Axle and Gear keep the tires turning with their Core 44 axles and Core Lockers. Pro Comp is at all four corners with 37-inch Xtreme A/T tires and there's even a Smittybilt XRC Gen2 winch. In other words, everything needed to get this mobile campsite wherever you want to take it.
While the Hummer started life in the military and turned civilian, this Jeep from Jankel is doing just the opposite. This Thrasher model takes the Jeep Wrangler back to the battlefield, with heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, skid plates, rock rails, fender flares, a tire carrier, and a 2.5-inch lift with 35-inch tires. But Jankel takes things even further for their militarized Jeeps. With armor designed to stop bullets and shed IED blasts, the company's special Jeep Wranglers made for the United Nations take trail protection to another level.
With a look this clean, a blown V-6 engine, and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler, tires we can only imagine how much fun it would be to actually get this thing dirty. That may seem like sacrilege for a Jeep Wrangler this clean, but after all it does have Warn winches front and rear. Not to mention with a shape that simple, it can't be too hard to hose mud off after playing outside. Either way, this is one great looking machine.