SEMA Preview: Mopar Jeep Lower Forty

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2009

Describing the Jeep "Lower Forty" as extreme would be correct. The Mopar design team equipped the two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with massive 40-inch x 13.5-inch tires mounted on Mopar's 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels. The tuner added aggressive wheels and tires without using a suspension lift. Mopar had aimed to achieve added ground clearance without significantly altering the car's center of gravity.

Large chunks of body metal were removed to provide room for 40-inch meats. In particular, three inches are chopped from the windshield frame and a 10-degree rake is added. Custom front and rear fender flares are 1-inch wider and are located 4 inches higher than a stock Jeep Wrangler.

Completing the exterior design is a new one-piece carbon-fiber hood with a Jeep CJ-like power dome and an all-new drop-down tailgate stamped with the "Jeep" logo.

The interior is very interesting as well; an all-new roll cage is seen to be integrated into the body tub and tied directly into the frame rails. The cargo floor holds the spare tire and a custom cargo rack, supplied by Poly Performance, holds extra gear. The vehicle was given a fresh coat of Red Eye No. 3 paint, a custom color developed by Mopar.

There's a lot going on in its interior, just like on the Mopar Dodge Ram Bianco and the Mopar Dodge Challenger 1320. Among other modifications, there are the color-matched center console and instrument panel and the covering of the seats with Mopar's Katzkin leather package in a two-tone scheme.

Instead of a carpet, we find a durable, spray-in truck-bed liner. Rugged Mopar floor mats are also provided. Mechanical upgrades were lifted from the Mopar catalog. Powering the Jeep "Lower Forty" is an all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission. Powertrain installations were done by Burnsville Off-Road using an AEV 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 conversion kit.

Press Release

Jeep Lower Forty Mopar

The Jeep "Lower Forty" takes the Jeep Wrangler platform to a new extreme. The vehicle is equipped with massive 40-inch x 13.5-inch tires mounted on Mopar's 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels. Mopar added aggressive wheels and tires to a stock, two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon without the use of a suspension lift. The team's goal was to achieve added ground clearance without dramatically altering the vehicle's center of gravity. The team removed copious amounts of body metal in order to provide room for 40-inch meats. Three inches are chopped from the windshield frame and a 10-degree rake is added.

Custom front and rear fender flares are 1-inch wider and are located 4 inches higher than a stock Jeep Wrangler. A new one-piece carbon-fiber hood with a Jeep CJ-like power dome and an all-new drop-down tailgate stamped with the "Jeep" logo are added to complete the exterior design.

On the interior, an all-new roll cage is neatly integrated into the body tub and tied directly into the frame rails. A custom made bikini top from Bestop keeps drivers in the shade. The spare tire is relocated to the cargo floor and a custom cargo rack, supplied by Poly Performance, holds extra gear. Once all body modifications were completed, the exterior received a fresh coat of Red Eye No. 3 paint, a custom color developed by Mopar.

Custom touches throughout the interior include a color-matched center console and instrument panel. Seats are re-covered with Mopar's Katzkin leather package in a two-tone scheme. Replacing the carpet is a durable, spray-in truck-bed liner. Rugged Mopar floor mats complete the theme.

Mechanical upgrades came directly out of the Mopar catalog. The Jeep "Lower Forty" features an all-new 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a Getrag 238 six-speed manual transmission. Powertrain installations were handled by Burnsville Off-Road using an AEV 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 conversion kit.

The Mopar-supplied Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 60 rear axle, fitted with 5.38 gears and ARB air lockers, were assembled by Dynatrac and revalved Bilstein shocks maintain vehicle stability on rough terrain.

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