This is one of the coolest JKs I've ever seen! This "Lower Forty" was shown to Jeep enthusiasts in Moab this week by Jeep's MOPAR Underground vehicles division, built by Burnsville Offroad, and Four Wheeler reported it on their Blog. Check it out!
Here's what they said about it:
"This is 'Lower Forty,' and this JK was created to improve ground clearance without altering the center of gravity. This was not easy, but the result is this outstanding vehicle. It's rolling on 40x13.50-20 tires mounted on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. A significant amount of the body and fenders were trimmed to provide the room for the tires. It has custom fender flares, a one-piece carbon fiber hood, drop-down tailgate, custom rollcage, 5.7L Hemi engine, Getrag 238 6-speed manual transmission, and Dynatrac-prepped Mopar axles with ARB Air Lockers. We drove it and it was awesome! It was incredibly stable, and mega-powerful. After spending a significant amount of time behind the wheel, Holman says it is the most buttoned-down experiment to ever come out of Jeep design."
Great looking design study. One could easily get that look on the current JK with a shortened w/s frame and tweaking of a full cage to match, looks very possible. Aftermarket flares and suspension would allow you to fit at least 38" tires and still be street worthy.
The ground clearance is more Than the Military Hummer! I,also like the raked back windshield, but i would like it taller for better visibility with a top,so i can see the top of the hill or mountain and the sky. Now they must build a unlimited model!!!!,
I would also like to see a J8 military model, with all of that ground clearance, with add on packages like, a ante land mine package,a deep water fording package, a side armor package ,a weapons package, and so on.
Every year, the off-road faithful gather for the annual Jeep Safari. This year's was held in the Moab Desert, held out of the limelight while all eyes – including Chrysler's and our own – were focused on the New York Auto Show. So while Jeep itself was unveiling the new Grand Cherokee, Chrysler's Skunkwerks division, Mopar Unlimited – the same crew responsible for most of the company's SEMA show cars – brought out a pair of concept trucks for its most hard-core enthusiasts.
The first, called the Grand Canyon II, is based on the outgoing Grand Cherokee Overland, upgraded with some extra luxurious touches. Little information is available on that concept truck, but the real excitement factor was in the Jeep Lower Forty concept (above). Based on the Wrangler, the truck is immediately characterized by its oversized tires, which required a fair bit of hack-sawing of the bodywork by the Mopar crew but no suspension mods, leaving the center of gravity in tack while increasing the ground clearance. Under the hood lies a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with six-speed manual transmission, capped by a custom carbon-fiber hood and a windscreen cut down by 3 inches and raked back 10 degrees. The concept was painted a special shade of red called Red Eye No. 3.
Unfortunately, there's little information available on either concept truck beyond what the team at Inside Line was able to get ahold of, which is a little surprising for a company steered by a guy named Press. So in the meantime we'll just have to suffice with these initial details.
"Burnsville Offroad was to install a 5.7 hemi with a 6 speed manual transmission into their latest custom 2 door JK. Chryslers Mopar Underground division took a 2 door JK and with a lot of rework on the sheet metal and with a custom hood and flares installed 40 inch Mickey Thompson Claws on this JK with no suspension lift. At the same time the windshield frame was raked and chopped along with a custom rollcage to further lower the stance. It’s a cool looking jeep that will also be very capable on the trail once we are done with it. We will be installing a reworked 5.7 hemi that has hi flow heads and a larger camshaft. The install will also include Dynatrac prepped J8 axles with ARB airlockers and 5.38 gears. The 1350 driveshafts were built by Tom Woods. We installed the larger J8 brakes to help stop those 40 inch tires. The arb switches were installed in a Daystar switch panel. The install was very straightforward for us and we had no issues. The jeep was ready for its transport last Wednesday night and we look forward to seeing it wheel next week in Moab. I will post trail pics next week as I get them.