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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The ‘JK Crew’ is a Jeep Wrangler Cranked Up to 11


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For Jeep fans, buying a new Jeep Wrangler is essentially like buying the world’s biggest LEGO set. Once it’s in your garage you’ve got a seemingly infinite number of aftermarket ways to make it unique.
Ask custom shop Bruiser Conversions how they’d spec-up their Jeep to the nth degree, and well… you wouldn’t have to wait long for an answer. The Florida-based specialists created this monster—nicknamed ‘JK Crew’—and it’s one of the wildest Jeep Wranglers you’re bound to come across. In fact, there doesn’t appear to be much of the original Wrangler that went untouched.


To start off the build, Bruiser began by extending a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s frame, to which it spliced on a retro-styled pickup bed. With its tucked-in rear end and oversized rear fenders, it’s a look you certainly don’t find everyday… and surely quite a good one.
Underneath, Bruiser ripped out all of the Jeep’s standard suspension and running gear, replacing it with a largely custom setup. The JK Crew now sits upon burly Dana 60 and Sterling 10.5 axles, coupled with OX differential lockers, and all held in place with heavy duty shocks and links.

Making contact with terra firma are a set of four massive 44-inch Pitbull Rocker Radial tires, wrapped around huge 20-inch beadlock wheels. Medium sized boulders, you’ve met your match.


Riding high above the ground, the Wrangler comes dressed with plenty of trail gear, including custom tube doors, GenRight bumpers, Rigid Industries LED lights, a Warn winch, custom hard and soft tops, and even a Mopar hood. But it’s what lies under that bonnet that makes this rig a real trail star.

Bruiser outfitted the Wrangler with a 3.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine, which summons a colossal 485 lb.-ft. of torque in its current tune. That diesel grunt is then shuffled to all four wheels through a heavy duty Allison 1000 automatic transmission and Atlas transfer case. No Corvette LS engines or Mopar Hemi V8s to be seen here, but the firm does install those as well.

Like it? The firm says its diesel engine conversions are strictly for off-road use, so you wouldn’t be able to take this behemoth out for a night on the town. Then again, I’m not sure streets are wide enough anyway.