Yep, you read it right... We Built a Jeep! And it's Bad F$%#*NG Ass!
As Summer 2016 approached we decided it was the perfect time to build a vehicle that has been on the cards for a very long time now. With annual visits to USA, particularly in Southern California, Texas and Nevada for the SEMA convention in Vegas lifted trucks and massive Jeeps are everywhere! But, over here in Australia that's a completely different story and the desire to build one of these monster Jeep Wranglers to show the Aussies was continuing to grow on us...
The MODE "Nightcrawler" as we chose to name it was built from the ground up in only 10 business days, completely stripped down to a bare shell, painted and re assembled into the beast you see here. The idea of the Night Crawler was to create an urban assault vehicle that is also extremely capable off road, an idea that we really nailed!
The Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited features an array of aftermarket parts but we think the most obvious and impressive modification is the 22x12 -44 Offset FUEL Nutz Wheels wrapped in 37x13.5R22 Gladiator X-Comp Mud Terrain Tyres. To make fitment of such enormous wheels possible a custom "MODE-Spec" lift kit was installed. Synergy 6.25" Front and 4.5" Rear Lift kit with FOX remote res shocks, FOX Steering Damper, Synergy and Teraflex geometry correction parts where installed to get things sitting just right.
Poison Spyder Brawler Bars, Bash Plates, Bushwacker Flares, Rubicon 10th Anniversary Vented Hood, Mopar Fuel Door, Angry Grille, Spare Tyre Delete Plate, Mirrors, Door Handles, Roof, Hinges and more were all smoothed out and painted or powder coated gloss black to keep the clean theme going on.
The Jeep was then fitted with all new lighting front to rear, including Head Lights, Fog Lights, Markers, 52" LED Light Bar, Hidden Rear Flood Lights and more. Mopar Interior goodies and a complete replacement stereo for the inside with subwoofer mounted in OE location.
Onto the more serious stuff, Swaybar Disconnects and Dana 44 Diffs were installed and geared to suit the 37's along with 32-Spline Chromoly axles and E-Lockers for those moments when even a Jeep like this needs some extra traction.
To wrap it up, this Jeep is no 'Show Pony', as with all our builds they may look pretty but they are also built to be capable and perform. After some testing, the Night Crawler has easily (We mean very, very easily) out performed every single domestic offered 4x4 ute in Australia without flicking the diff locks on! Yes, that includes the ever popular Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-Max, etc. in exceptionally modified form with lockers, lift kits, body lifts, 33's and 35's etc. None of them could keep up with the Jeep and yes, we wheel it on the 22x12's as pictured!
As for Nissan Patrols on 35's and up, they seem to be able to keep up with the Jeep on some terrain, but the Jeeps approach angle and ground clearance is really quite exceptional!
Images by TNW Photography
Complete Specs & Modifications List:
JEEP Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport, Gloss Black
3.6L Pentastar V6 Auto
Engine & Driveline:
Cold Air Intake System
ECU and TCU Tune to suit Diffs, Gearing & Tyres
Recalibration for 37" Tyres
Dana 44 Diffs geared to suit 37" Tyres
Teraflex High Angle CV's
FOX Racing 2.0 Remote Res Shock Absorbers
FOX Racing 2.0 Steering Damper
Synergy 6.25" Front, 4.5" Rear Lift Kit
Synergy Flex Springs
Synergy Control Arms Front
Synergy Control Arms Rear
Synergy Track Bar Relocation Kit Front
Synergy Steering Damper Flip Kit
Synergy Adjustable Drag Link
Synergy Bump Stops Front
Synergy Bump Stops Rear
Swaybar Quick Disconnects
Teraflex Track Bar Relocation Kit Rear
Wheels & Tyres:
22x12 -44 FUEL Nutz Wheels in Machined Silver Face with Black
37x13.5R22 Gladiator X-Comp Mud Terrain Tyres
Body & Exterior:
Completely Colour Coded Gloss Black
Poison Spyder Brawler Bar with Stinger
Poison Spyder Bash Plate
Custom Rear Bar
MOPAR Fuel Door
Bushwacker Flat Flares
Jeep Rubicon 10th Anniversary Hood
Spare Tire Delete Plate
All new LED Lighting
Black HID Headlights
Black LED Turn Signals
52" LED Light Bar with Flood & Spot Beam
Interior & Tech:
Mopar Interior add on's
7" Screen with Apple Carplay
Alpine Type-R Stereo with Sub in factory location