and the Mopar Underground Design Team Showcase Their
Customized Jeeps at Moab Jeep Safari 2008
Auburn Hills, Mich., Apr 9, 2008
- Mopar® and the Mopar Underground
team showcased their customized Jeep® vehicles and Dodge trucks at
Moab Jeep Safari 2008 in March.
engineering has been coming to Moab for years. Mopar is at Moab
to test, evaluate and prove the authenticity of our Mopar Performance
Parts for Jeep vehicles and Dodge trucks on the most grueling off-road
trails in Moab," said Simon Boag, President - Service &
Parts/Mopar, Chrysler LLC. Mopar is Chrysler LLC's original equipment
parts manufacturer and supplier.
Boag added, "We
wanted our core off-road customers to talk about their
vehicle usage so we can address their unmet needs and identify emerging
product trends to better support their off-road adventures. Mopar
prepped several vehicles for Moab Jeep Safari to gauge consumer
feedback and reaction."
Ralph Gilles, Vice President of Jeep/Truck & CFM
Design, Chrysler LLC, the Mopar Underground design team has been
customizing production vehicles since its creation in 2002. The Mopar
Underground design team creates vehicle concepts meant to develop
performance parts, accessories and customization as well as new vehicle
concepts. In fact, the first-generation SRT4 was born from this team's
team which changes frequently has been developing SEMA
concepts for more than five years. It's the usual 'enthusiast' suspects
from our union shops [plastic, paint, metal and wood], Product Design
Office, SRT and Mopar Performance Parts and engineering," said Gilles.
"We try to push
the boundaries of conventional thinking—customizing
with no limits to creative expression and freedom, just the power to
imagine. We want to build customized concept vehicles that flex the
potential in our platforms, show that Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles
are indeed designed for customization and keep the Mopar spirit and
passion alive," said Gilles.
- The 2007 Jeep Wrangler was named one of the most
accessory-friendly vehicles by SEMA members
- According to a Foresight Research report conducted last year
[commissioned by SEMA's Research and Information Center], more than
1,700 full-size truck owners revealed that 50 percent had spent or
planned to spend $500 or more on accessories—with a high of 63 percent
for Dodge Ram owners (most likely to accessorize). And 20 percent of
that group said they bought their trucks at a particular dealership
because of the availability of accessories
Jeep® Wrangler "Rubicon®
of Jeep's most capable off-road machine. Taking full
advantage of the 4:1 ratio Rock-Trac transfer case and Tru-Lok-equipped
Dana 44 axles, the JK Rubicon King utilizes massive BF Goodrich 37 x
12.50-17 TA Krawler tires mounted on Hutchinson beadlock wheels from
Mopar. Superlift Suspension provided the 4-in. lift for extra ground
clearance. Warn-supplied the new 9.0 RC Rock Crawling Winch. Featuring
a six-speed transmission, power is provided by the 3.8-liter V-6 engine
under the hood.
include relocation of the spare tire where the back
seat used to reside, fender flares and grille trimmed for extreme
clearance, trick lighting, military spec tow shackles and radio delete
plate. Other features include American Expedition vehicle's new
heat-reduction hood and rear corner guards.
The "JK Rubicon
King" premiered at the 2006 SEMA Show and traversed the
trails at Moab Jeep Safari 2007.
Built from the military version
of the all new Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep
Wrangler JT showcases just how flexible this new platform can be.
Revealed at the Moab Jeep Safari 2007, the JT dominated the steep
climbs and descents on the slopes of the Hell's Revenge trail. Its 4x4
capability was established as it negotiated the slick hot tubs and
waterfalls - at times, almost completely vertical to the ground.
the new 116-in. wheelbase platform for the Wrangler
Unlimited, the design team managed to create a very nimble, trail-savvy
Jeep with a 5-ft. pickup bed and an easy-to-handle removable hardtop.
Power is provided by its 3.8-liter V-6 engine.
- 4-in. suspension lift provided by Superlift
- 35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires
- Rear bumper and tire carrier from Mopar
- Front bumper from Mopar
- Warn 9500ti winch
The Wrangler JT
is painted Hearing Aid Beige. The JK JT premiered at
Moab Jeep Safari 2007 and was shown at the 2007 SEMA Show.
Jeep® Grand Cherokee "Grand
Canyon" features 33-inch tires and a 4-in. lift. Power comes
from a 3.0-liter V-6 CRD engine under the hood. The "Grand Canyon"
premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2006.
II" features 33-inch BFG MT KM2 tires (on 17x17.5
wheels) and a 2-in. suspension lift from Superlift. Power comes from
the 3.7-liter V-6 engine under the hood. It features an ARB rear locker
with an onboard air inflation compressor. It also has custom-fabricated
rock rails and front fascia skid plate as well as a Mopar brush guard
and Borla cat-back exhaust. The "Liberator II" premiered at Moab Jeep
Jeep® Wrangler "JKL"
110-in. wheelbase features 37-inch tires and a 4-in. lift.
Power comes from the 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine under the hood. The
"JKL" premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.
already off-road benchmark Jeep Wrangler to a whole new
level, this Wrangler represents the best of the best of what Jeep has
to offer. The interior of the "50K JK" features custom Katzkin leather
seating from Mopar, GPS navigation system and satellite radio.
Plenty of power
and traction comes with the 3.0-liter CRD diesel engine
under the hood that pushes 230 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.
There are Tru-Lok-equipped Dana 44 axles underneath. Performance
suspension lift allows clearance for 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires
mounted on custom 18-inch aluminum wheels supplied by Taneisya.
The exterior features a Warn 9.5ti
winch mounted on an American
Expedition front bumper. A full-size spare is carried by a rear bumper
from Mopar Performance Parts. Sprayed in Rolex Silver paint, it looks
like a billion bucks.
The JK Unlimited
Rubicon premiered at the 2006 SEMA Show.
The interior of
the Jeep Wrangler All-access has been upgraded with
premium materials and paint. To give it "trail and off-road"
credibility, the designers vamped it up with Mopar Performance Parts
including a Rubicon Express 4-in. suspension lift, front and rear
bumper with tire carrier, rock rails, cold air intake and a Warn 9500ti
winch. American Expedition Vehicles supplied its new Pintler sheels.
Power comes from
the 3.8-liter V-6 engine. Painted "Surf Blue," the
"All-access" also features 35-in. BFG Mud Terrain tires. The
"All-access" premiered at the 2007 SEMA Show.
Jeep® Wrangler "J8 Sarge"
Wrangler "J8 Sarge" is a military version of the new JK
platform built as a non-combat military support vehicle. Built from the
116-inch wheelbase version, the "J8 Sarge" is offered in either
two-door or four-door configurations. Special J8-only structural
upgrades in the body and chassis combine to increase the GVWR rating to
The platform can
be configured as a light-troop carrier, ambulance or
cargo truck. Other notable features include the Dana 60 rear axle
mounted on leaf springs, larger front-disc brakes and exclusive J8-only
17 x 8 steel wheels with a larger 5 x 5.5-inch bolt pattern. The rear
differential is equipped with Trac-Lok limited slip device (the front
is the VM 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine
producing 158 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. It's mated to a
five-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel-drive system is the
Command-Trac with both high and low-range gearing.
unique to the "J8 Sarge" are heavy-duty steel bumpers
each equipped with two forged military-spec 'helicopter hooks' (rated
at 1.5 GVWR each), a hood-mounted air intake snorkel, dual rear-mounted
battery boxes and heavy-duty spring hood latches.
The "J8 Sarge"
has been upgraded with 1.25-inch Superlift front coil
spacers, BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires and custom cargo top. It's
painted olive drab with military markings.
The Jeep J8 is
manufactured in a Chrysler LLC joint-venture facility in
Cairo. There are currently no plans to offer the J8 for retail sale in
the North American market. The "J8 Sarge" premiered at Moab Jeep Safari
2005 Jeep® Wrangler (TJ)
Rubicon® Diesel Engine Project
Vehicle from Mopar
The 2005 Jeep
Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon Diesel Engine Project Vehicle from
Mopar was built to explore the feasibility of integrating a diesel
engine kit into a TJ vehicle system. Developed by Jeep
enthusiasts/engineers who work at Mopar Performance Parts, the TJ
features a custom diesel crate engine adaptation.
vehicle demonstrates that Mopar listens to its off-road
enthusiasts. And this is not a show vehicle—Jeep enthusiasts will see
this "engineering mule" driven and tested on Moab's trails.
under the hood is not production intent, the 2.8-liter
I-4 T1 VM diesel engine packs 120 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. It has
an AISIN five-speed manual transmission. It features 35-inch B. F.
Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires and a 4-inch lift to support its 523
pounds of weight.
- Tru-lock Rubicon 4.10 ratio axles
- NV 241 OR transfer case
- 3-inch Black Diamond suspension
- High-line hood and fender kit from AEV
The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is
proof of what happens when you use
the right combination of Authentic Jeep Accessories and Mopar
- 00PM4311 Jeep Windshield Decal
- 82207271 Off Road Lamps - Windshield Mount
- 82210556AB Off Road Lamps - Windshield Mounting Kit
- 82210507 Off Road Lamps - Windshield Wiring Kit
- 82209740 Off-Road Bumper - Front
- 82209916AB Off-Road Bumper - Rear
- 82210485 Spare Tire Carrier
- 82210401 Steering Linkage Skid Plate
- 82209880AB Fog Lamps
- 82210549 Wiring Harness
- 82209325AB Winch
- 82210256 Tow Hooks
- 82210557 Driver's Auxiliary Mirror Kit
- Katzkin Leather Seats
- 82210106 Door Sill Entry Guards - Black
- 82210166 Slush Mats
- 82210558AC Chrome Grille
- 82210316 Hood Cover
- 82210270 Taillamp Guards - Black
- 82210609 Fuel Filler Door - Black
- 82209912 Soft Top Boot
- 82207660AB Grab Handles
- 82210208AC Trail Guide™ Navigation System
- 82210613 Interior Trim Appliqué Kit - Carbon Fiber Design
- 82210575AC Rock Rails
- 82210464 Hood Lock
- 77060021 Cold Air Intake Kit
- P5153858 Cat Back Exhaust System (3.8L, 2-Door)
- 77KICK10 Mopar/KICKER® Front Speaker Upgrade
- 77KICK10 Mopar/KICKER® Rear Speaker Upgrade
- 77KICK24 Mopar/KICKER® 200 Watt Subwoofer
- P5155075 4.5-inch Lift Kit: Sway Bar Disconnect Kit, Spring Kit
(Front/Rear), Drive Shaft Kit (Front/Rear w/Yokes), Bilstein Shocks
(Front/Rear), Brake Line Kit (Front/Rear) and Control Arms
- 250 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque
- Walker Evans Wheels
- Goodyear 37 x 12.5 x 17 tires
Detonator Yellow, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon premiered at
the 2007 SEMA Show.
Years of Mopar
bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts
manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing
enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation
(CMPC) in 1929.
in the 1920s, Mopar (a simple contraction of the words
MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in
1937. It was also widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar
brand made its mark in the 1960s - the muscle car era. The Chrysler
Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth "package cars" equipped
with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of "Special
Parts" for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts
division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling
for both road and racing use.
Chrysler's Global Service and Parts division is responsible for
the manufacturing and distribution of nearly 250,000 authentic Mopar
replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep and
Dodge vehicles sold around the world. To assure quality, reliability
and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict
adherence to Chrysler engineering standards.