Half the fun of going off-roading are the people you get to hang out with. We’ve been on some pretty epic adventures with some amazing people and seldom do we leave disappointed. Here are five Jeep crews that we wouldn’t hesitate to go wheeling with.
There are professionals and there are amateurs. Then there is a class of people that have no business being where they are and we would put this guy in that category. Maybe his paint job had something to do with it… but this is an example of how not to climb the Escalator on Hell’s Revenge in Moab, Utah.
The brands have created six new vehicles – all featuring a host of Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories – for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Now in its 46th year and taking place March 31 – April 8, the Easter Jeep Safari will be attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of wheeling on some of the country’s most renowned and challenging trails. Mopar also announced the creation of an off-road division that will create Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.
“We’re delighted to showcase six new vehicles to our loyal Jeep fans at this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Jeep Safari has long been a great way for Jeep to connect with its core audience. We look forward to spending the week demonstrating our latest potential production and customization ideas and gathering instant feedback from the most knowledgeable 4×4 enthusiasts in the world.”
To create these new vehicles, Jeep teamed with Mopar, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and offers more than 1,000 accessories and performance parts for Jeep vehicles.
“Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “This year, Mopar is pushing the envelope in this arena by offering our customers new Pro 60 portal axles and a new HEMI conversion kit, which we will showcase in these new vehicles. In addition, to further maximize our presence in the off-road market, we are creating a Mopar Off-Road division to develop Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.”
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Mopar JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.
Check out Off-Road.com’s story on the JK-8 Install at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari.
“Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are some of our most accessorized vehicles,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our new Mopar JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization. And it’s yet another example of how Mopar will continue to support our brands with innovative features.”
Prior to the introduction of the JK-8 kit, Mopar introduced numerous industry-first features including in-vehicle Wi-Fi, off-road camper trailers, vehicle-information apps and an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS). Most recently, the brand introduced its Ram Runner off-road desert-racer kit.
Mopar first revealed its JK-8 kit at this year’s Moab Jeep Safari. The kit takes cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980’s. Major components include a spacious 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides constructed from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, Freedom Panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead.
This year’s Easter Jeep Safari kicks off this week, and Warn winches started things in style by introducing the media to some new product while also following that up with a trail ride on Cliff Hanger in Moab, Utah.
Off-Road TV personality Jessi Combs was also along for the ride, kicking off the video with a little introduction about the event.
Before the trail action, Warn introduced the group to its new line of winches. The new line of winches is designed as an entry level line that still provides a high-quality winch, and it includes the VR8000, the VR10,000 and the VR 12,000.
Check out the video of Jeepin’ action on Cliffhanger below:
For those looking for a cool off-road camper trailer to match their Jeep, the new Jeep Trail and Extreme Trail Campers sold through Mopar will be available in August at authorized Jeep dealers. We actually provided images of the new trailer during the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari event that Mopar hosted back in April.
Check out a photo gallery of those vehicles here.
According to the press release from Jeep, the new campers are really designed to match the off-road attitude of the Jeep product. “The Jeep brand is widely known for providing its customers with a sense of freedom and adventure, with a mix of vehicles to take them wherever they want to go,” said Mike Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Thanks to our friends at Mopar, the Jeep experience may now be taken to a new level. Families may hook up an off-road Jeep camper to their capable Jeep vehicle and enjoy an ultimate outdoor adventure that no other manufacturer can offer.”