2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari: Wrangler Stitch is the Pork Chop successor

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 20, 2013

If you didn’t like the Wrangler Mopar Recon, Jeep has something else for you folks prepared for the 2013 Moab East Jeep Safari, the Wrangler Stitch. This is the first follow-up vehicle of the light weight Pork Chop. The new Jeep Wrangler Stitch is based on the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon and as expected it has been lightened to a parse 3,000-lb. curb weight.

This means that the vehicle has a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. According to the official press release, Jeep designers managed to shave weight where ever possible: on the frame, axles, body and interior. For those who are seeking comfort you’d better forget about this vehicle as the Wrangler Stitch has no audio system, heating or air conditioning components as these were removed.

Furthermore, the front seats were replaced with brand new ones borrowed from the new 2013 SRT Viper. The rear seats were completely removed. Sections of the body have been cut out, the doors have been removed, and the hood is a custom carbon fiber version of the one found on the Jeep Wrangler 10th Anniversary Rubicon. Jeep also replaced the roll cage with a chrome moly unit, and the Full-Traction lower control arms, floor pan and GenRight fuel tank are made of aluminum. The frame and axles were also modified to remove weight.

The manufacturer managed to add more off-road hardware consisting of a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar exhaust kit, Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires on lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels, custom DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears and ARB front and rear lockers, King shocks with pneumatic bump stops and Tom Woods drive shafts.

Regarding the design, the Wrangler Stitch comes with a windshield that has been chopped two inches, a clear yellow vinyl soft top, black leather SRT Viper seats and center console with a yellow instrument panel and seat backs, Truck-Lite LED headlamps and the previously mentioned carbon fiber hood. The Black body panels are now wrapped in a unique, see-through silver architectural fabric.

Press Release

Jeep Wrangler Stitch

One of the past Easter Jeep Safari concepts still loved today by enthusiasts is the light weight Pork Chop. For this year's Safari, Jeep has created its first follow-up vehicle with the new Jeep Wrangler Stitch. Based on the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon, the Stitch has been lightened to a parse 3,000-lb. curb weight, giving it a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Jeep designers shaved weight where ever possible: the frame, axles, body and interior. The audio system and all heating and air conditioning components have been removed. The front seats are taken from the new 2013 SRT Viper and the rear seats have been removed. Sections of the body have been cut out, the doors have been removed, and the hood is a custom carbon fiber version of the one found on the Jeep Wrangler 10th Anniversary Rubicon. The standard roll cage has been replaced with a chrome moly unit, and the Full-Traction lower control arms, floor pan and GenRight fuel tank are made of aluminum. Even the frame and axles were modified to remove weight.

Off-road hardware consists of a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar exhaust kit, Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires on lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels, custom DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears and ARB front and rear lockers, King shocks with pneumatic bump stops and Tom Woods drive shafts .

Unique design details include a windshield that has been chopped two inches, a clear yellow vinyl soft top, black leather SRT Viper seats and center console with a yellow instrument panel and seat backs, Truck-Lite LED headlamps and the previously mentioned carbon fiber hood. The black body panels are wrapped in a unique, see-through silver architectural fabric that hides the cut panels at some angles, and makes them visible at others.

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