Certain vehicles tend to attract a certain kind of owner and when it comes to Jeeps, those owners don’t often view stock as an option. This idea rings true with Christy Justice and her 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport S. For most, buying a new vehicle that comes standard with an upgraded wheel and tire package might suffice to keep the customization-filled catalogs and temptation of aftermarket modifications at bay, but Christy felt differently.
Not long after purchase, a 2.50” Rough Country spacer lift quickly found its way onto the Jeep along with a new set of 17” Fuel Enduro wheels wrapped in 35×12.50 Dick Cepek Extreme Country Mud tires. These additions provided the clearance and grip necessary for Justice to hit some serious trails. Problem was, the spacers only made it possible to fit the larger rubber. Off-road articulation wasn’t improved upon with the budget boost so, like a true Jeeper, Christy has a new MetalCloak 3.50” lift kit with Fox shocks due for doorstep delivery later this week.
The added lift, aftermarket wheels, and larger tires, just got the party started for Justice. She wanted to further enhance the aggressiveness of her JKU’s exterior appearance so Christy decked out the front end with a Razer bull bar, 22” LED light bar, and two LED pods. For additional visibility, six rock lights were mounted to the Wrangler’s belly in order to keep a clear eye on what’s happening underneath the Jeep after the sun has set. Christy improved her departure angle with an ACE Engineering rear bumper delete, added a tub-mounted ACE tire carrier to handle the full-size 35” spare, and rounded out the treatment with a pair of front ACE inner fenders. To protect her Unlimited’s vulnerable rocker panels off-road, Justice mentioned that a set of ACE rock sliders are also in transit and should be arriving soon.
Having such an extensive list of modifications outside it would hardly be possible to leave the interior bone stock. Protecting the Jeep’s front and rear seats are Bartact Tactical seat covers which not only look cool, but also allow for the attachment of MOLLE pouches. It’s hard enough to heave your carcass inside of a stock Wrangler, but with 35’s it can become even tougher. Entrance to the interior of the Jeep has been made easier thanks to Bartact grab handles and a custom console was also fabricated to allow full control over the Jeep’s extensive array of lighting. Under-hood performance wasn’t left untouched either. To enhance the flow of air into the engine, Christy installed a cold air intake. A Flowmaster Outlaw Axle-back system handles exhaust duties and adds some much needed bravado to the sound of the 3.6L JKU. Lingering in the future is a 3.6L supercharger kit. Justice said that she is holding off on this upgrade until her factory warranty has run out, but we’ll see if she can wait that long.
Although Christy has come to the conclusion that her Jeep build will never truly be complete, she is enjoying her rig to the fullest in its current state. Not just for show, Justice can regularly be found out in the country and on the trails properly putting her Wrangler through its paces. With several more mods guaranteed to be on the way and miles of mud in her future, be sure to give Christy a friendly Jeep wave the next time you see her plowing down the road or crawling through a creek.
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