We’ve assembled an incredible list of modified machines for the inaugural Custom 4X4 Of The Year award.
When Jason Storace managed to get hold of one of only 30 10th Anniversary Rubicon Unlimited Jeeps, he had some pretty serious plans for it. “There were only 18 coming into the country, and I got the only one in this colour with a manual gearbox” he said.
Already a serious bit of off-road kit, with super-low 4:1 gearing teamed with a live axle suspension set-up, long-travel coil springs, electronic front swaybar disconnect and heavy duty Dana 44 locking differentials, Jason’s wild Wrangler is pretty much unstoppable. It also has an additional 1.5in of ground clearance, MOPAR rock sliders and extra underbody skid-plate protection with an AEV rear diff slider.
“I want to say thank you to the all the guys at Double Black Off Road, as well as at JeepKonection who were terrific in helping me set up” said Jason.
Jason fitted an AEV 2.5in lift kit as well as DualSport 2.5in XT suspension. The rear end was beefed up with King Springs. Jason added a front steel bar courtesy of Rock-Slide Engineering which houses a pair of seven-inch LED driving lights with four LED light bars mounted to a Smittybilt light rack above the windscreen.
To really beef up the look, Jason fitted 35in Pro Comp muddies on 17in AEV alloy wheels. For touring, he fitted a James Baroud Explorer Evolution tent with custom shade mounted on a three-quarter-length rack.
In addition, the rack supports an Eezi-Awn Manta 270 swing-out awning. Jason also has a TeraFlex picnic table on the tailgate, an 80-litre Waeco in the back on a custom-made slide, and an Adventure Trailers upper storage shelf in the rear, meaning that he can set his camp up in less than five minutes.
There’s a Thumper 105Ah battery in the back with charging kit. The interior was left mostly untouched aside from a Uniden UHF and mount for his phone, complementing the Alpine premium sound system.
Despite all his mods, Jason isn’t finished: “The dream mod would probably be the 6.4-litre Hellcat V8 conversion.”
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