Remember my piece on “Rides For The Coming Zombie Apocalypse”? Taylor’s 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited definitely fits the requirements, and I have to admit that I’d take this over my own FJ Cruiser as the ultimate end-of-the-world ride. His Rubicon will get you anywhere you need to go; more importantly, it will get you back home again and he’s only at Stage 1 of his build. So what does Stage 1 include? Read on to find out and to see more pics.
Under the AEV Heat Reduction hood, Taylor’s Rubicon gets a RippMods blower and a cat-back exhaust. The truck dyno’d at 245 horsepower and 246 ft lb of torque, a significant improvement over the stock motor, which is good for just 202 horsepower and 237 ft lb of torque. His Jeep got a 2” lift courtesy of an Old Man Emu kit, and now rides on ATX Mojave wheels shod with 33” mud tires. Up front, the Rubicon got an ARB steel bumper and an 8,000 pound Warn winch, which helps to ensure that Taylor is the guy pulling other off-roaders out of the mud. Out back, an Expedition One bumper with a swing away tire carrier ensures maximum ground clearance and durability.
With the exception of painting the AEV hood, Taylor’s done all the work on the truck himself. He estimates that the supercharger was the most involved project, but even that only took two days of wrenching. He’s in the process of building Stage II now, which will include a 4.5” lift from AEV, a Dynatrac Pro-Rock 60 rear and a Pro-Rock 44 front axle (with air lockers), an ARB on-board compressor and 37” tires. That should get the job done, no matter where that job ends up being.
Taylor, thanks for the pics and I can’t wait to see what Stage II looks like.