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Mopar® and the Mopar Underground Design Team Showcase Their Customized Jeeps at Moab Jeep Safari 2008

Mopar and the Mopar Underground design team brought more than 10 specialty customized Jeep® vehicles and Dodge trucks to 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.

"Jeep 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."

Overseen by 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 style initiative.

"Our diverse 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.

Vehicle Customization Industry

The Jeep® Wrangler 'Rubicon® King' was developed by the Mopar® Underground design team. Featuring a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, the 'Rubicon King' premiered at the 2006 SEMA Show.Jeep® Wrangler "Rubicon® King"

An amplification 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.

Custom features 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.

Jeep® Wrangler JT

The Jeep® Wrangler JT was developed by the Mopar® Underground design team. The JT’s 4x4 capability was established as it negotiated the slick tubs and waterfalls at Moab Jeep Safari 2008Built 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.

Beginning with 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.

Off-road enhancements include:
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.

The Jeep® Grand Cherokee “Grand Canyon” was developed by the Mopar® Underground design team. With power coming from its 3.0-liter V-6 CRD engine, the 'Grand Canyon' premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2006.Jeep® Grand Cherokee "Grand Canyon"

The "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.

Jeep® Liberty "Liberator II"

The "Liberator 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 Safari 2008.

The Jeep® Wrangler 'JKL' was developed by the Mopar® Underground design team. Featuring a 110-in. wheelbase with 37-inch tires and a 4-in. lift, the 'JKL' premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.Jeep® Wrangler "JKL"

The "JKL's" 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.

Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon®

Takes the 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 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon® was developed by the Mopar® Underground design team. Sprayed in Rolex Silver paint, the '50K JK' premiered at the 2006 SEMA Show.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.

Jeep® Wrangler "All-access"

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.

The Jeep® Wrangler 'J8 Sarge' was developed by the Mopar® Underground design team. The 'J8 Sarge' features Dana 60 rear axles. It's painted olive drab with military markings. It premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.Jeep® Wrangler "J8 Sarge"

The Jeep 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 7,400 pounds.

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 open).

The powertrain 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.

Other features 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 2008.

The 2005 Jeep® Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon® Diesel Engine Project Vehicle from Mopar® Performance Parts was built to explore the feasibility of integrating a diesel engine kit into a TJ vehicle system. The TJ prototype vehicle premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.2005 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.

The prototype 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.

Though what's 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.

2007 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon®

The 2007 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon® from Mopar features Mopar's new long-arm 4.5-in. lift kit for 2007–2008 JKs. The comprehensive suspension delivers the highest ride quality of any comparable height lift kit for the JK. It's designed to create enough under-vehicle space for massive 37-in. tires to operate inside the JK's fender openings.The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is proof of what happens when you use the right combination of Authentic Jeep Accessories and Mopar Performance Parts.
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Painted Detonator Yellow, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon premiered at the 2007 SEMA Show.

70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler 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.

Originally used 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.

Today, 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.

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