Chrysler has revealed nine “Moparized” concept vehicles at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. The original announcement mentioned just four cars, and a fifth one was rumoured shortly after, but now we get nearly twice that.
Let’s begin with the Mopar Ram Runner. This is the rumoured fifth car, the long travel suspension version of the Ram 1500. If it were to become a reality, it would compete with the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Like the Raptor, it’s essentially a road going Baja truck. It comes with long travel suspension (Up to 14 inches of travel), 35-inch off-road tires, a tubular Baja bumper coupled with a skid plate, housing four LED off-road lights, a six-point roll cage and a space in the bed for a spare tire. While the car won’t go into production, the suspension is a prototype of a full suspension kit that Mopar will offer later this year.
Next up is the Ram Power Wagon. This is one of the four originally announced vehicles. The car uses a unique 120-inch wheelbase, on which a regular cab and step-side box are placed. That box is occupied by a spare tire. The Power Wagon uses the rear link-coil suspension of the Ram 1500 for more axle articulation. Ground clearance has been increased by using a four-inch lift kit and 40-inch tires. The body is protected by Rock-Slide Engineering sill guards and custom front and rear bumpers. Power comes from a 5.7L HEMI V8, hooked up to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Then we have the Jeep Wrangler J7, also one of the vehicles which was originally announced. The J7 “is designed to have the basic appeal of military-issued vehicles.” It is based off a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Carpets, fog lamps, alloy wheels and the stereo system have all been removed. Mopar then proceeded to add front and rear steel bumpers, helicopter hooks, a heavy-duty tailgate and steel wheels. To make sure it’s capable off-road, they gave it a 2-inch suspension lift and 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. Powering the J7 is a 3.8L v6 mated to a four-speed automatic.
3 down, 6 to go, so here’s the fourth car: the Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss. As with the Wrangler J7 and Ram Power Wagon, this was one of four originally announced vehicles. Mopar built this to showcase Mopar off-road products in the brand’s trail catalog. Changes include a half-door kit, sun bonnet, front and rear off-road bumpers, a winch, rear-tire carrier, AEV hood, 3-inch lift kit, beadlock wheels, a leather seat trim kit, slush mats and a Kicker audio system. It will be powered by the same 3.8L V6 as the J7, using the same four-speed automatic transmission.
Fifth on our list is the Jeep Patriot Extreme, the last car on this list which was included in the original announcement. I don’t know if it was by accident or not, but most of the details on this car were available at the original announcement. Nonetheless, I’ll recap and add on any new details from this press release. The Patriot Extreme is a Patriot equipped with Trail-Rated off-road package, a 2-inch Rocky Road Outfitters suspension lift, TJ ‘Moab’ 16-inch wheels, and BF Goodrich KM2 tires. The front and rear fascias receive custom rock rails for additional protection. For the finishing touches, Mopar threw on a Kicker audio system, heavy-duty slush mats, and a roof-mounted snowboard carrier. The Patriot Extreme will be powered by a 2.4L I4, hooked up to a CVT transmission, with a 19.1:1 first gear crawl ratio.
Next on this list is the Jeep Nukizer 715. This is an all-purpose truck that pays homage to the Kaiser M-715 truck. It was created using the underpinnings of the military-only Jeep J8. The J8 was converted into a pickup body style and given a new, carbon fibre front end, as well as a unique soft top from Bestop. Also, the vehicle’s size was increased slightly by lengthening the wheelbase. Mopar then went on to upgrade the drivetrain. The car gets Dynatrac Pro-Rock Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles, as well as ARB Airlocker differentials, and the turbo on the engine, a J8-specific 2.8-litre turbo diesel I4, has received a reprogrammed controller for more boost. Fuel is supplied from a custom fuel tank, mounted to the rear cross member. Other changes include 38-inch BF Goodrich tires, Jeep Wrangler rock rails and off-road bumpers, a winch, air compressor, Terraflex dual-rate front sway bar, and a Garmin GPS unit.
Up next is the Mopar ImMortal. It’s based on the Jeep Wrangler. The ImMortal’s main feature is special portal axles. Chrysler claims they are “military-grade”. They provide 5 inches of lift and contain a 1.5 gear reduction. When combined with the 4:1 transfer case, this results in an impressive 100:1 crawl ratio. Other changes include enormous 42-inch tires, a 2-inch lift kit, peformance body armour, a heat reduction hood, custom driveshafts, a 5.7L HEMI V8 conversion, off-road front and rear bumpers and hydraulic steering assist.
The info on the last two cars is quite minimal. They weren’t mentioned in the press release at all. Info was only available in the descriptions of their respective pictures. Nonetheless, let’s get on with them, starting with The General. This is a car intended for rock-climbing, with features including a 4.5-inch performance lift kit, flat fender kit, beadlocks and front and rear off-road bumpers and rock rails. It also gets a Mopar half-door kit for improved visibility.
Lastly, we have the Mopar XJ Stroker. This is the only car here based on a model which is now out of production, being based on the 2001 Jeep XJ. The stock engine was replaced with a 4.7L I6 Stroker engine. Then Mopar replaced the doors with tube doors, and added front and rear bumpers and rock rails. You can also see custom fenders, larger tires, a spotlight and a winch in the picture, but it isn’t mentioned in the description.
So there you have it. Nine “Moparized” vehicles, most of which look pretty awesome to me.
Chrysler Group LLC Reveals “Moparized” Jeep® and Ram Truck Vehicles at Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Mighty Mopar® Machines Arrive in Moab
Auburn Hills, Mich. , Mar 31, 2010 – Chrysler Group LLC arrived with truckloads of head-turning, “Moparized” Jeep® and Ram Truck vehicles to showcase at the 44th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.
“Our customized production vehicles show how Mopar can accessorize Jeep and Ram vehicles that are on the road today while our image vehicles showcase directions we could take in the future,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and Chief Executive Officer – Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC. “We will gauge reaction to these vehicles. And as we develop our next generation of new Mopar parts and accessories, we will listen closely to this dedicated group of hard-core off-road enthusiasts.”
The Mopar design team is a small group of dedicated engineers, designers and fabricators who are led by Mark Allen, Chief Designer – Head of Jeep Design Studio, Chrysler Group LLC. The Mopar design team has been customizing production vehicles since 2002 and has introduced nearly 20 concept vehicles to enthusiast crowds at the Moab Jeep Safari.
The Mopar off-road engineering team is led by Keith Montone, Manager – Mopar Jeep and Ram Off-road Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. This experienced group of vehicle engineers is dedicated to providing Jeep and Ram customers with the best off-road parts and accessories. The team has introduced many new parts and played a key role in developing the first aftermarket lift kits available from an automotive manufacturer.
“Moab is a proving ground for us to test our vehicles on extreme trails alongside our customers,” said Allen. “We will take all of the feedback we get from our customers right back to the design studio with us.”
Following are six “Moparized” image vehicles that will be shown in Moab:
Jeep Wrangler J7
Built off of a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Wrangler J7 is designed to have the basic appeal of military-issued vehicles. The Mopar team removed standard content including carpet, fog lamps, alloy wheels and the stereo system before adding front and rear steel bumpers, ‘helicopter hooks’, a heavy-duty tailgate and steel wheels. Off-road capability is increased with a Mopar 2-inch suspension lift and 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. The unique Mustard Plug exterior paint is highlighted with Jeep Wrangler J7 graphics.
Engine: 3.8-liter V6
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Overall height: 74.3 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 116 inches
Weight: 4,482 lbs.
Tires: 35-12.50R/17 M/T Baja Claw radial
Jeep Patriot Extreme
The Mopar team started with a Sunburst Orange Jeep Patriot model equipped with the Trail-Rated off-road package and added a 2-inch Rocky Road Outfitters suspension lift, TJ ‘Moab’ 16-inch wheels, and BF Goodrich KM2 tires. Additional protection is added to the front and rear fascias with custom rock rails. Mopar added heavy-duty slush mats, Kicker audio and a roof-mounted snowboard carrier.
Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT I-4
Transmission: CVT2L with 19.1:1 first-gear crawl ratio
Overall height: 66.9 inches
Overall width: 69.8 inches
Wheelbase: 103.7 inches
Weight: 3,332 lbs.
Tires: 225-75R/16 BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain
Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss
The Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss was built to showcase Mopar off-road products in the brand’s trail catalog. The Trail Boss is a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that is built for serious off-road duty. The vehicle features a half-door kit, sun bonnet, front and rear AEV off-road bumpers, a Warn 9.5ti winch, rear-tire carrier, AEV hood, 3-inch lift kit, Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlock wheels, Katzkin leather seat trim kit, slush mats and a Kicker audio system.
Engine: 3.8-liter V6
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Overall height: 74.4 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 95.4 inches
Weight: 4,350 pounds
Tires: 35-12.50R/17 M/T Baja Claw radial
Jeep Nukizer 715
The Jeep Nukizer 715 is an all-purpose truck that pays homage to the beloved military-only Kaiser M-715 truck. With a military-issue Jeep J8 four-door, the Mopar team converted the vehicle into a pickup body style by adding an aftermarket AEV Brute pickup box built for a TJ. To increase the size of the vehicle, the wheelbase is stretched to 124 inches from 116 inches. Enforcing the brand’s iconic M-715 is a new front clip produced in carbon fiber that re-creates the characteristic forward slant of the M-715 truck. To top it off, Bestop provided a unique soft top which artfully captures all of the quirks of the original.
Drivetrain upgrades include beefy Dynatrac Pro-Rock Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles filled with 5:38 gears and ARB Airlocker differentials. Power is distributed by an Atlas II transfer case spinning custom driveshafts from Tom Woods. To keep the military look, tires are 38-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrains mounted on Hutchinson beadlock wheels.
The powerplant remains a J8-specific 2.8-liter turbo diesel I-4 that has been treated to a re-programmed controller for more boost. Fuel is supplied from a custom Gen-Right tank made specifically for this vehicle and mounts to the rear cross member.
For body protection, Mopar added Jeep Wrangler rock rails and off-road bumpers. Other features include a Warn 9.5XP low-profile winch equipped with a Master Pull synthetic winch line, Warn air compressor, Terraflex dual-rate front sway bar and Garmin GPS Map 640 navigation unit.
Engine: 2.8-liter turbo diesel I-4
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Overall height: 75.2 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 124 inches
Weight: 4,500 pounds
Tires: 38 x 14.50-R17 BF Goodrich KM2
The mighty Ram Power Wagon is the full-size pickup truck of choice in a range of off-road situations. For Mopar’s Ram PowerWagon image vehicle, the team mated a unique 120-inch wheelbase chassis to a regular cab and step-side box. Axle articulation is greatly increased by utilizing the rear link-coil suspension of the Ram 1500. To gain additional ground clearance, Mopar added a new 4-inch suspension lift and 40-inch tires. Body protection comes from Rock-Slide Engineering-supplied sill guards, and custom front and rear bumpers. The spare tire is re-located to the cargo box. For visual impact, the team used a menacing two-tone black-on-white look, inspired by the wild paint schemes of Power Wagons in the 1970s.
Engine: 5.7-liter HEMI V8
Transmission: five-speed automatic
Overall height: 81.5 inches
Overall width: 83.5 inches
Wheelbase: 120 inches
Weight: 6,500 pounds
Tires: 40-14.5R/17 BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain
For the ultimate in rock-crawling capability, “The General” features a custom Mopar 4.5-inch performance lift kit installed on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. A new flat fender kit and Mopar/Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks allow tire pressure to be safely lowered for extreme driving conditions. Front and rear off-road bumpers and rock rails offer serious protection while the Mopar half-door kit provides improved visibility. The hood and rear spare tire carrier feature custom Mopar graphics splashed across the Mopar Blue exterior.
Engine: 3.7-liter V6
Transmission: 42 RLE
Overall Height: 80 inches
Overall Width: 77 inches
Wheelbase: 94.5 inches
Weight: 4,000 lbs
Tires: 37-inch Goodyear MTR’s
Following are select “Moparized” production vehicles that will be shown in Moab:
Mopar Ram Runner
This is a new kind of Ram. Inspired by Baja-style desert racing, this 4×4 is unlike any other in captivity. The rigors of off-road racing require large tires, plenty of ground clearance, extreme durability and a sophisticated suspension system capable of withstanding tremendous impact. These features are combined into a package that is stable at speed and rock-solid in the corners. To achieve this kind of handling, a low center of gravity and long wheel travel are paramount.
The Mopar Ram Runner has the look and feel of thoroughbred desert racer. Inspired by trophy trucks, steel front fenders and rear bed-sides are replaced with fiberglass, allowing tremendous suspension articulation with zero interference.
Prototype of full suspension that Mopar will offer later this year
35-inch x 12.5-inch x 17-inch DOT-approved General Grabber Competition tires
Three-inch diameter internal bypass Fox shocks provide front and rear motion control
6061 T6, billet aluminum upper A-arms contain rebuild-able, high-angle ball joints that permit a massive 14 inches of wheel travel
High-angle CV joints are combined with plunging, splined axles made of 300 M tool steel and 1.00-inch diameter high-angle tie rods
4130 chromed moly steel lower control arms
Variable-rate coils support bed loads while special control arms provide 14 inches of wheel travel
Custom tubular Baja bumper and aluminum skid plate combination that housed four high-powered, LED off-road lights
A six-point roll cage finalizes the package while a special tubular tire carrier keeps a spare handy in the bed while maximizing load space
The Mopar ImMortal is a Jeep Wrangler featuring portal axles, a 5.7-liter HEMI and off-road bumpers. Military-grade portal axle ends are engineered to mate to Mopar’s Pro Rock and Power Wagon performance axles and adapted to fit the suspension. Portal axle ends provide 5 inches of lift and contain a 1.5 gear reduction. Combined with the 4:1 transfer case, the result is a hard-core 100:1 crawl ratio. The Mopar ImMortal is sheathed in Jeep performance body armor for intense protection.
Prototype Mopar portal axle assemblies
42 x 14.5 x 17LT Goodyear MTR tires
Mopar Jeep Wrangler 4:1 Rock Trac transfer case
Mopar Jeep Wrangler 2-inch lift kit
Mopar Performance body armor
Mopar AEV heat-reduction hood
Mopar half-door kit
Mopar sun bonnet
Mopar Jeep Wrangler seat covers
Paint – Viper Snakeskin Green Pearlcoat
Tom Woods custom drive shafts
AEV 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 conversion
Off-road front and rear bumpers
Hydraulic steering assist
Katzkin leather seats
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.
Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles is available at www.mopar.com.
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts maker, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960’s – the muscle-car era. The former 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, in order to enhance speed and handling for vehicles both on the road or at the track.
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