Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.
The Super Trucks JK isn’t bashful. On display in American Force’s booth at the 2013 SEMA Show, this 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is flashy, fast and above all else, its extremely capable. Built by Matt Bolen and Brad Spearing at their shop in Naples, FL this project JK dubbed “Prodigy” showed up at SEMA with mixed reviews. While some show goers wanted to bash the massive 24×14 wheels and overall excessiveness on this Jeep, its no mall crawler. While I’m sure the Jeep could cruise the local shopping plaza with easy, this Jeep was built with an array of proved offroad parts that Brad and his dad plan to use out on the trail, in the mud, and on the rocks. While the styling may be a bit over the top, this isn’t a case of form without function.
When Super Trucks picked up this Jeep, it was brand spankin’ new right off the showroom floor. The guys wasted no time stripping it down to the frame as threw aside the stock suspension and axles, scrapped the fenders, bumpers and more in preparation for the bolt-on brawn. A BDS 4-link long arm suspension was installed to help improve the handing and articulation on this JK. Rather than go with the standard coil-and-shock setup, the guys opted for a set of Fox Racing 2.5 remote coilovers set to 8” of lift at all four corners that went in with the help of Rebel Offroad coilover conversion brackets. Fox 2.0 bumpstops, BDS adjustable trackbars, Hellwig swaybars, JKS sector shaft brace and Currie correctlync steering finish out the suspension and steering mods. Being in American Force’s booth, wheels and tires had to set this Jeep apart. So a set of 24×14 American Force forged masters were used with colored accents were mounted on 40×15.50×24 Toyo M/Ts.
While there’s been a trend, an expensive trend at that to swap in a Hemi on the JKs, the new 3.6L Pentastar produces a healthy about of power right out of the gate. Add a RIPP Supercharger like the one Super Trucks installed and the Jeep screams. Tune it with a Diablo trinity programmer and Magnaflow exhaust and the guys have north of 350hp at a fraction of the cost of the Hemi swap. Backing up the engine an upgraded trans cooler was added to help cool the stock 5-speed automatic along with the stock t-case that sending power through Tom Woods driveshafts to both axles. For axles, Currie Enterprises was given a call for a set of 70” front and rear RockJock 60s with 5.38 gears, Eaton e-lockers, and Currie 30 front/35 rear spline axleshafts. Stopping power comes from Wilwood 4-piston big brakes up front and EBC drilled/slotted rotors with ceramic pads in the rear.
The exterior of this JK received a similar level of attention as the drivetrain with the entire body getting sprayed in a 2-tone white/silver LineX bedliner finish. Candy red accents can be found throughout the Jeep to accentuate the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail put in. Up front the stock bumper was swapped for a Wurx Industries bumper along with a Warn zeon 10.5k winch and Factor 55 prolink. A Royalty Core rc-1 grill replaces the traditional 7-slot grill and hints at the RIPP system under the hood. Rugged Ridge hood latches secure the hood to the Smittybilt xrc fenders that open up the wheelwells to accomodate the larger tires. An Off Camber Fabrication roof rack was installed up top for extra storage as well as Amp Research steps to make the climb into this beast a bit easier. Out back a Wurx rear bumper was installed and mounts the fullsize spare. For lighting, the guys from Super Trucks pulled out all the stops with Trucklite LED headlights, Recon LED taillights, twin windshield mounted 50” Wurx LED lightbars, a hood mounted 30” Wurx lightbar, and (8) Wurx 2×2” lights mounted around the vehicle.
While many may see this Jeep as over-the-top, its a promotional Jeep and it draws everyone’s attention. Matt and Brad have big plans for this Jeep as they continue to build it, tune it and wheel it. Keep an eye out for this Jeep on the trail or at offroad events around the Southeastern US.