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Oj Simpson trial, Bill Clintons rendezvous with Monica Lewinsky, The Power Rangers, Saved By The Bell, Waynes World and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Feeling Nostalgic yet? I know we are! The 90s were a great time for pop culture and cinematic adventures.

Films like Jurassic Park created by Steven Spielberg changed the filmmaking landscape for good. Spielberg proved that Computer Generated Images (CGI) had a spot in filmmaking for years to come diminishing the noticeable differences between CGI and reality on the big screen. The sight of a CGI Dinasours slamming their feet down gave chillis throughout movie theaters across the globe. It was a statement film for the 90s and a foresight of technology to come.

You may ask how this all ties in with a remanufactured tire company likeTreadWright. Well, recently we sought ways to help us relive 90s without smelling like teen spirit, and it led us to Kris Peters who transformed his Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara into a beefed up version of the Jurassic Park Vehicles. After Interviewing Kris, we have found what it takes to make the transformation for people trying to relive the good ole days in fashion.

The base vehicle is a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport with a 4.0L and automatic transmission. You can find this on Craigslist or AutoTrader, but be sure the vehicle is in somewhat good condition if possible.

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We asked builder Kris Peters what made him decide to take on such an epic build and below is his response.

Builder Kris Peters- I have always been a fan of the films and owning one of the vehicles has always been a dream of mine. In 2015 when the latest movie Jurassic World was released and the kids went to the old park and found the old jeeps I fell in love with them again. The next day I tracked down a Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara on craigslist, went to Chicago to buy it and started the conversion process which took me about six months. Earlier this year I began working on my second Jurassic vehicle build, the 1999 Jeep Cherokee made to look like one of the Ford Explorers from the film.

We asked builder Kris Peters what challenges he faced when taking on such an extraordinary build and here is his response.

Builder Kris Peters- Finding the right colors for the green and yellow was actually a bit harder than you might think. There are a few replica builders for the Ford Explorers but most of them are wrapped and not painted. I reached out to a friend in Orlando who built a very accurate replica explorer and he actually sent me paint samples which I had scanned and custom made at a local shop. Also laying out the stripes also proved difficult. I tried to use a projector but the quality was poor. I actually went and converted the digital wrap file to black and white and printed off an entire Ford Explorer slightly scaled down to fit the Cherokee. The whole thing was on 8.5×11 sheets of paper which I then taped together and then cut the stripes out and masked them on the Jeep, that part was the most time-consuming.

Kris and his Jurassic Park Jeep build have been the epitome of the child inside all of us. Exactly what we were looking for when we went on a mission to revisit our inner 90s. His iconic build turns heads everywhere it goes and offers an escape back to when things were a little less fast paced.  Many of 90s hits have subsided to father time, but for now, Kris and his Jurassic Park Jeep are revitalizing the 90s for decades refusing to go extinct.

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2-door convertibleSUVor 4-door convertibleSUV

2.0L(I4) (268 HP) withmild hybridsystem (North America, Europe)

3.0LV6 (Europe, future-North America)

3.6LPentastarVVT gasoline V6 (285 HP) (North America)

6-speedmanual transmissionor850RE 8-speedautomatic transmission

96.8 inches/2460mm (2-door), 118.4 inches/3008mm (4-door)

166.8 inches/4237mm (2-door), 188.4 inches/4786mm (4-door)

TheJeep Wrangler (JL)is the fourth generation of the. Unveiled at the 2017Los Angeles Auto Showon November 29, 2017, production of the vehicle began in November 2017.[3]The JL became available to the public in January 2018.

The fourth-generationWrangler 2-doorandWrangler Unlimited 4-door[4]feature an exterior design that is reminiscent of the 1997-2006Wrangler (TJ), with a raked front grille with seven vertical slots and round headlamps that integrate into the front grille.[5]The designers have moved the traditionalJeeplogo off the grille.

The JL is available inSport,Sport S,Sahara, andRubicontrim levels, with all being available in either two-door or four-doorbodystyles, except for the Sahara, which is available on Wrangler 4-door only.

All Wrangler JL models are exclusivelyfour-wheel drive. Options available on all JL models include an anti-spin reardifferential. The Wrangler has retained abody-on-frameconstruction. The JL is designed to be more comfortable on-road.[6]

The Wrangler two-door is 2.5 inches longer overall than before, while the Wrangler four-door has grown by 3.5 inches.[7]

The Wrangler is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon trim levels:

The Sport is the entry level trim with push-button start, manual windows, cloth seats and seventeen-inch steel wheels. Single-zone manual air conditioning remains optional on two-door models and is standard on four-door models. The JL has a 41.4-degreeapproach angleon its base model.[8]

The Sport S adds more features to the Sport, such as power door locks, power windows, keyless entry, air conditioning and seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The optional Cold Weather Group is apackagethat includes heated front seats and steering wheel.

The Sport and Sport S come withDana 30axles in front andDana 35axles in the rear.[9]Order the Anti-Spin rear differential and it comes with a Dana 44 M220 instead of the dana 35

Jeep considers the Sahara trim version as its luxury level as it offers upgraded interior configurations.[10]The four-door-only Sahara adds more luxury features to the JL, such as eighteen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with gray-painted accents, color-keyed fender flares, optionalLEDfront headlamps withdaytime running lamps(DRLs), and premium cloth seating surfaces. Touch sensors located on all door handles for Sahara equipped with Remote Proximity Keyless Entry option.

Additional options include leather-trimmed heated seating surfaces, a stitched vinyl dashboard, and Keyless Enter-n-Go. The Sahara, when equipped with leather-trimmed seats, features a stitched vinyl dashboard panel reminiscent to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2).

The Sahara comes equipped with Dana 30 axles in the front, and Dana 35 in the rear. The Sahara has an optional Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with full-time four-wheel-drive available.[11]

The Rubicon is the top trim level, featuring the most capable off-road equipment. The JL has a 44-degree approach angle on its two-door Rubicon edition. Ground clearance measures 10.8 inches for the Rubicon. Water fording depth measures 30 inches.

Rubicon models get theRock-Tracsystem with an enhanced NV241 ORtransfer caseas standard.[12]The Rubicon will also feature an electroniclocking differential, which allows the driver to lock either the rear differential only or both the front and rear differentials via a toggle switch located in the center of the instrument panel. It has aDana 44M210 axle in the front, and for the rear there is a Dana 44 M220 axle (4.10 axle ratio).[13]The Tru-Lok electriclockerscan be engaged on the fly at up to 30 mph in 4WD low-range.

The Rubicon adds off-road features to the Sport S, such as 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 off-road tires, seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with gray-painted accents, electronic-locking front and rear axles, dashboard-mounted auxiliary switches, towing package, keyless entry, power windows, and premium cloth seating surfaces. Touch sensors located on all door handles for Rubicon equipped with Remote Proximity Keyless Entry option.

Additional options include LED front headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRLs), polished aluminum-alloy wheels with black-painted pockets, Keyless Enter-n-Go, a steel front bumper, leather-trimmed heated seating surfaces, and color-keyed fender flares. The Rubicon offers a color-keyed dashboard panel.

The 3.6LPentastarVVT V6 gasoline engine still remains available from the existing Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited (4-door), and is standard on all models, though has been redesigned for improved fuel economy. The engine features anAisinD478 six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, with an 850RETorquefliteeight-speedautomatic transmissionbeing optional. The automatic transmission made its debut in the 2018Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2), replacing the older Torqueflite 845RE unit. The eight-speed automatic unit will feature a traditional shifter. The engine performance is unchanged from the previous model at 285hp (213kW; 289PS) and 260lb⋅ft (353N⋅m). This is only offered on Wrangler models sold inNorth America.

A 2.0Lturbochargedfour-cylinder (Inline-4Chrysler Hurricane engineis available on all models. Paired exclusively with the 850RE Torqueflite eight-speed automatic transmission, the new engine features amild hybridsystem branded as eTorque for improved fuel economy and off-road performance, and produces 270hp (201kW; 274PS) and 295lb⋅ft (400N⋅m) combined. This is the only gasoline engine offered in Europe. In North America, this engine will have late availability, and all Wranglers will launch with the existing 3.6L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine.

Jeep has announced that a 3.0LEcoDieselV6 turbodiesel engine, built byVM Motoriwill become available in 2019the same engine is available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) and theRam 1500.[14]It will produce approximately 260hp (194kW; 264PS) and 442lb⋅ft (599N⋅m). This is for the European market. The rest of the world except for North America will get a 2.2l 4 cylinder turbo diesel. North America will not get a diesel Wrangler right now.

Jeep has also announced that aplug-in hybridelectric vehicle will be released in 2020.

The front windshield can now easily be folded down, or completely removed, and is made ofaluminum, as are some of the body panels (some body panels are still made ofsteel), as well as the hard roof, to make it easier to remove. The doors are also made of aluminum, making them easier to take off.

A labeled and fitted storage area for roof, doors, and windshield screws is located in the rear cargo area, and a tool kit that stores in a fitted area in the upper portion of the center console, is provided with a manual that depicts how to remove each exterior component from the vehicle, as well as the specific tool from the kit that is required to do so.

All roof systems are new for 2018. The interior roll bar has been redesigned to accommodate the new roof systems. The JL will offer three roof options[15]:

is a soft canvas roof, and is the standard roof option on all models. This roof has been fully redesigned, and is now easier to remove. The rear and side windows easily lift out, and the previousVelcroandzipperenclosures have been deleted. Once the rear and side windows have been removed (they can be stowed inside of the vehicle behind the rear seats), the driver is able to unlatch the roof latches, and drop the roof back, where it will stow behind the rear seats (a similar system to that of many soft top roadsters, such as theMazda MX-5 Miata). There is a lever that allows the driver to lock the roof in place in the down position so the roof will not flap when the vehicle is in motion. In addition, the Sunrider soft top is now available in either black or tan, whereas it was only available in black on theWrangler (JK).

is a color-keyed, hard metal roof. Like its predecessor, the Freedom Top hardtop is a three-piece system, with two removable roof panels in the front of the vehicle, allowing the driver to remove the panels without having to remove the entire roof. The roof has been redesigned to allow the driver to easily lift and remove the roof, as it is now made of lighter aluminum. The hardtop option remains available in black or body color.

is a soft canvas panel that is power-retractable, and is the first of its kind on any Wrangler. The driver simply presses a switch located inside of the vehicle, and the roof folds back. The system is similar to that of the 2008-2012Jeep Liberty (KK). The roof can be operated at up to 60MPH, or 96.5kmh.

There are three updatedinfotainment systems(Uconnect 3 5.0BT, Uconnect 4 7.0, and Uconnect 4C 8.4N). The different Uconnect infotainment systems supply 5-inch, 7-inch, or 8.4-inch displays.[16]

The base Sport and upgraded Sport S both feature the standard Uconnect 3 5.0BT system, while the uplevel Sahara and Rubicon both feature the Uconnect 4 7.0 system withApple CarPlayandAndroid Auto, which is also optional on the upgraded Sport S, when equipped with the Electronic Infotainment Group. The Uconnect 4C 8.4N system is only available on the uplevel Sahara and Rubicon models, when equipped with the Electronic Infotainment II standard on all models aside from the base Sport, where it is available as a standalone option.

An eight-speaker audio system, with dashboard and rear sound bar mounted speakers is standard on all models, whereas an optional nine-speakerAlpinepremium amplified audio system that adds an all-weathersubwoofer, is a standalone option on all models, also included with the Electronic Infotainment Group and Infotainment II Group on Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon models.

All three infotainment systems include a fully integrated and federally mandated rear-view backup camera as standard equipment. The camera is mounted to the spare tire, and can be removed if the tire is removed.

Rear passengers now get a 115V AC household-style power outlet, as well as rearUSBcharging ports on Wrangler 4-door models.

The interior design was inspired by the 1954-1983Jeep CJ-5and 1987-1995Wrangler (YJ)models. The power window controls remain in the center of the instrument panel, and the front woofers remain in the lower corners of the instrument panel. There is a new three-spoke,retro-inspired steering wheel, and a color instrument cluster display screen is available on upper-level trims. The majority of the interiorswitchgearin the JL is unique to the JL, except for some parts which are shared with otherChryslerproducts.

Safety improvements include standard side-impact airbags and strengthenedB-pillars.

LEDfront headlamps and rear tail lamps are available, as aredaytime running lamps(DRLs) on the front fenders. Ablind spot monitoris built directly into the taillight housing. The rear spare tire has been moved down to increase rear visibility.

Safety ratingsdata is currently not available for the 2018 Wrangler JL.

The Wrangler JL line will be complemented by a mid-sizepickup truck, which was scheduled to debut in late 2018 as an early 2019model yearvehicle. Jeep is considering to name their JL-based pickup truck the JeepScrambler(codenamed JT), as a tribute to the 1981-1985Jeep CJ8Scrambler. The truck will be Jeeps first since the discontinuation of theJeep Cherokee (XJ)-basedJeep Comanchein 1992. Aftermarket pickup conversions of the previous Wrangler generations (TJ and JK), such as theAEV Brute modelsbyAmerican Expedition Vehicleswere available for purchase until recently, and have been since 2007, as the JK-basedJeep J8was introduced. Introduction of the Wrangler JL-based pick-up is now slated for April 2019.[17]

On December 13th, 2017, Jeep unveiled pricing for the 2018 Wrangler 2-door and Wrangler 4-door. On sale in January, 2018, base pricing for each trim level (without options) is as follows[18]:

Production of the Wrangler 4-door began in November of 2017, while two-door Wrangler production will commence in early 2018. As with its predecessors, the JL is produced at JeepsToledo ComplexinToledo, Ohio, and also was produced alongside its predecessor, theWrangler JK, which remained in production until April 27, 2018. The simultaneous sales was to ensure that dealerships could meet demand. The 2018 Wrangler JK was virtually unchanged from the 2017 model, and a WRANGLER JK decal on the front fenders distinguished the outgoing model from its successor.[19]The plant which produced the JK will temporarily close as it receives a retooling for the upcoming Wrangler-based Jeep Scrambler.

A debut television advertisement for the 2018 Wrangler JL, entitled Jeep Jurassic, first aired duringSuper Bowl LII. The ad is areenactmentof the classicTyrannosaurus Rexchase scene from the 1993 movieJurassic Park. However, instead of a 1992Wrangler (YJ)Sahara Edition,Jeff Goldblum, who played Ian Malcom in the movie, drives a silver two-door 2018 Wrangler JL Rubicon with red accents. The commercial ends with Goldblum seated in the drivers seat of the aforementioned Jeep in a showroom, where a Jeep saleswoman asks if he would like to take the JL for a test drive, to which Goldblum replies that he has.[20]

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Build your own 2017 Jeep Wrangler Willysheeler

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Build your own: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler

While still three weeks from the start of summer, it arrived in practical terms with the Memorial Day weekend. And while the country will have worked through its collective hangover (from too much food, drink and shopping) and gotten back to work, its worth remembering what automotively got us here, preserving both democracy and personal freedoms. The CJ-inspiredJeep Wranglergot us here, and in its Willys Wheeler guise the spirit of America rolls on.

As the many spy pics have shown,FCAsJeep division is working hard to replace its currentWranglerwithin the next few months. With that, we say goodbye to 10 model years of Wrangling with the current model. And that decade has been a good one forJeep. Despite the economic downturn between 2008 and 2010, Jeep and Jeep Wrangler sales have been consistent bright spots for FCA, along with of course Ram trucksand, uh, Ram trucks.

With a new Wrangler around the bend, its worth taking a look at the existing model. And knowing an all-new example is coming, what would be the reason if shopping to consider whats ondealerlots now? Despite the numerous areas of improvement the new model will deliver (in efficiency, refinement and safety) , theres something to be said for a vehicle 10 years into its production cycle. While this is wholly anecdotal, for every step forward a manufacturer makes with anew vehicle, the added tech and necessary complexity seem to mandate two steps back. In anAudi A4, tech would seem a good thing, while in a Wrangler, this Jeep enthusiast would see it as a mixed blessing.

Almost 80 years into its evolution (the initial Jeep concept came together in the summer of 1940) little has changed in the Jeeps essential mission. A body-on-frame architecture transports a driver and up to three passengers over paved and unpaved surfaces with credible confidence and a modicum of security. Live axles front and rear enhance the Wranglers off-road capability, but compromise its on-road behavior. And while a significantly wider track mitigates rollovers, the Wrangler is decades removed from state-of-the-art when discussing safety or handling.

Currently theres but one engine available in the States, a 3.6 liter normally-aspirated V6 producing 285 horsepower at a youll-rarely-get-there 6,400 rpm. Connected to either a six-speed manual or ($1,400) five-speed automatic, the engine moves the 4,000-pound (loaded) Wrangler with measured confidence. You and your passengers wont be delighted with its performance, but neither will it fall demonstrably short of expectations. The upcoming Wrangler isrumoredto offer a four-cylinder turbocharged drivetrain, and while that should promise more efficiency, it does so at the expense of simplicity. If youre 300 miles from the nearest mechanic, theres a lot to be said for simplicity.

AlthoughFiatChrysler isnt taking the dramatic step with aluminum alloy panelsFordhas taken with the spec of its F-Series pickup, there is talk of aluminum displacing some steel on the new Wrangler. If that substitution materializes, the fuel savings could be real, while therepaircosts andinsurancerates will probably go up. We like the idea of a more efficient – and perhaps more tossable Jeep, but not if its significantly more expensive to maintain and insure.

With upgrades in almost every aspect of the 2018 Wrangler, its hard not to like the concept of a new one, as well as its (inevitable) execution. But if, as you venture off into your real or imagined wilderness, you place a premium on both going out and getting back, theres a lot to like about a model with 10 years of production and a ton ofaftermarketsupport.

The Wrangler Willys Wheeler, pictured at top, offers the spirit of the original (inset) with an almost-of-this-century execution. And for under $35K in two-door form, its worth a look and a drive. There are few better ways of working through a hangover than to go Jeepin.

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