Lately we've been driving this 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. This beautiful Deep Water Blue JK belongs to Jeep and is loaded with factory options, but what makes it unique is that it's fitted with an army of Authentic Mopar Accessories, Mopar Performance Parts and general aftermarket products.
We used the rig as a photography support vehicle/pack mule at the big King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley and it was a blast to drive and wheel. The first thing you probably notice are the 35x12.50-17 BFGoodrich MT/R tires on factory Jeep wheels. To fit this combo, a 2-inch lift kit and a set of 1.5-inch wheel spacers were added. To compensate for the larger diameter meats, a set of 4.88:1 gears were installed. Other exterior mods include black door-entry guards and a locking fuel cap.
Up front, there's an off-road bumper, Warn 9.5ti winch, and a set of off-road lights. Underneath, the diff cover has been upgraded and a skidplate has been added.
Out back is a Mopar off-road bumper, chrome exhaust tip, and like the front, there's a new diff cover.
The inside of the rig is very cool. There are Katzkin two-tone leather seats (with heated seat kit!), a Kicker 10-inch subwoofer with 200-watt amp, slush mats, and grab handles/coat hooks.
Off-highway, the Unlimited Rubicon's premium capabilities were enhanced by the bigger meats and the increase in ground clearance they create. We dug the improved lighting the off-road lights created at night, and having the winch and beefy bumpers with built-in recovery points was awesome. On-road, the JK was very easy to drive and the overall ride was great. We loved the leather seating and the heated seat kit was very welcome on the cool desert mornings.
Overall, our time with the JK has been very enjoyable. It's a rig that is at mega capable both on the pavement and in the dirt. We'll have a full report on the JK in the July issue of Four Wheeler.