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Old 04-13-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Mopar Underground unveils two new Jeep off-road concepts


While not intended for production, some of the ideas presented on the concepts may influence future Mopar products


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Mopar, Chrysler's affiliated tuning and accessories arm, has a special group within its ranks called Mopar Underground - late last year we reported on one of the division’s more memorable projects, a V10-powered Dodge Challenger. Now, Mopar Underground has brought us some new concepts, this time taking on two cars from the Jeep brand and transforming them into new off-road concepts.

The first concept, the Jeep Lower Forty, is based on the Jeep Wrangler platform but makes use of giant tires and wheels to give it more visual impact. Speaking with Edmunds, A Chrysler spokesman stated that "the Mopar Underground crew added the aggressive wheels and tires to a stock, two-door Wrangler Rubicon without the use of a suspension lift."

Ultimately, the "team's goal was to achieve added ground clearance without altering the vehicle's center of gravity. To accomplish that feat, the team trimmed copious amounts of the body and fenders to provide the needed tire clearance. Once achieved, the team used a saw to remove 3in of height from the windshield frame and increased the rake by 10 degrees." Powered by the famous 5.7L Hemi V8 engine, the car also features a carbon-fiber hood and a custom exterior paint color.

The second concept, called the Jeep Grand Canyon II, was built with a greater focus on luxury. Based on the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, the car's rear seats have been removed and replaced with a rubber floor to facilitate camping. There is also a two-man tent and an awning fixed to the cargo rack, while an upgraded suspension system and other off-road specialty items help the vehicle get to those tough-to-reach camp spots.

Unfortunately for us, the concepts will definitely not be heading for production as Chrysler explained that the vehicles show consumers what its designers think of during their free time and some of the ideas may influence a range of future Mopar accessories and upgrades
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Wtf is that stupid thing supposed to be?
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:07 PM   #3
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MOAB, Utah — The Mopar Underground design team is at it again, offering up such fantasy vehicles as the Jeep Lower Forty and the Jeep Grand Canyon II. The concepts, which made their debut this week at the Moab Jeep Safari 2009, are not bound for production.

"It's a fun exercise," said Chrysler spokesman Scott Brown on Tuesday in a phone conversation with Inside Line. "It shows consumers what we stay up at night thinking about."
The concepts will be used to help develop Mopar's performance parts and accessories.

The "extreme" Jeep Lower Forty is spun off the Jeep Wrangler platform, Chrysler said, with the addition of oversized tires and wheels.

"The Mopar Underground crew added the aggressive wheels and tires to a stock, two-door Wrangler Rubicon without the use of a suspension lift," said Chrysler in a statement. "The team's goal was to achieve added ground clearance without altering the vehicle's center of gravity. To accomplish that feat, the team trimmed copious amounts of the body and fenders to provide the needed tire clearance. Once achieved, the team used a saw to chop out 3 inches of height from the windshield frame and increased the rake by 10 degrees."

Other details include a new one-piece carbon-fiber hood, a drop-down tailgate and Red Eye No. 3 exterior paint, a custom color.

The Jeep Lower Forty is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 mated to a Getrag six-speed manual transmission.
The Jeep Grand Canyon II, which is spun off the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, is described as "the most luxurious off-road vehicle built to date by the Mopar Underground team."

"To improve traction for rock crawling, a set of 285/70R17 tires were mounted on a set of Wrangler Rubicon wheels and fitted with a Superlift 4-inch suspension system," noted Chrysler. "Off-road protection was provided with an ARB high-clearance front bumper and Mopar heavy-duty rock rails."

The Mopar Jeep Wrangler Overland is a camper's dream. The rear seats are replaced with a flat rubberized floor. Mounted to the cargo rack are a two-person tent and an awning.
Inside Line says: Mopar Underground has some fun with its newest creations. But you'll never get your hands on them. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent












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Old 04-13-2009, 04:14 PM   #4
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Forward thinking that will help them boost they market share and pull out of their endless capital depreciation.




oh sorry , is this bizzarro world ?
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It's cool in that "It's my secondary vehicle" sort of way.
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So they cut away parts of the chassis to fit bigger wheels and tires? Yeah, that's full hillbilly.
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So they cut away parts of the chassis to fit bigger wheels and tires? Yeah, that's full hillbilly.
They didn't say 'frame', so I don't see an issue.
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This thing looks legit.
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So they cut away parts of the chassis to fit bigger wheels and tires? Yeah, that's full hillbilly.
That is actually the proper way to increase capability for most off-road situations. Tire size dictates minimum ground clearance. A "lift-kit" allows greater tire size, but compromises almost every other aspect of performance.
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That is fantastic. Smaller rims with those tires and it's perfect.
I'll take one with a diesel thanks.
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