To keep the sheetmetal only mildly damaged and assist in the few times the Jeep has had to self-recover are home-built bumpers front and rear, tire carrier, gas tank skid and 0.250” wall rocker replacements. A Smittybilt XRC 9500 winch lives in the front bumper, and all of this additional suspension and armor is supported by 0.250” uni-frame plating front to rear.
This Jeep has taken my family on many Southwestern adventures so far. Rubicon Trail, Ocotillo, nearly every trail in Shaver Lake and Big Bear’s extensive OHV trail systems, to long-distance camping on the Mojave trail and all over Northern Arizona. It’s been the dedicated recovery vehicle in Glamis, CA and serves as a fun changeup for a regular commute to work. This Jeep gets used, both on the street and off-road, and while a new JL would definitely make things more comfortable to and from trails, this green chunk of mostly straight sheetmetal has proven to be more capable on the trail and is special to the family. The $50k MSRP, plus mods, is also a major contributing factor. Scratching up bubbling clearcoat? Meh. Scratching up brand new $50k vehicle clearcoat? Cue apoplectic frothing.