Chrysler "Skunkwerks" Builds the Rubicon King
Oct 30, 2006
With the annual SEMA show just a few days away, pictures of various show vehicles are starting to pop up. One of the more eye-catching vehicles we've seen so far is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon King from the "Chrysler Skunkwerks." The Skunkwerks is a special projects division and the lucky people who work there get to build the rigs that us four wheelers can only dream of.
The Jeep JK Rubicon King is a purpose-built rockcrawler stripped of all creature comforts. “Basically, the vehicle is stripped of everything you don’t need. It’s stripped down for rock crawling. They even took the radio out,” said Mark Allen, senior manager of Jeep Truck Design Studio. In addition there is no rear seat and in it’s place is the spare tire mount. Suspension components are supplied by Superlift and achieve 4” of extra lift which allow fitment of the 37x12.5x17 BFGoodrich Krawler TA’s. Wheels are VERY TRICK custom Mopar – Hutchinson beadlocks, with wider fender flares to keep things street legal. An interesting feature is the American Expeditions heat reduction hood which is vented to help keep the motor cool. On the drivetrain side, parts have been carried over from the earlier Rubicons with the 4:1 ratio Rock-Trac transfer case and Tru-Lok equipped Dana 44 axles.
If you are lucky enough to attend SEMA this week, check it out at the Chrysler display. Failing that, show up at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab next year. They're promising to trail debut it then. But for now feast your eyes on these photos!
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