Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PAG's Project Jeep JK Wrangler Exposed

By now, many people have seen and experienced Performance Automotive Group's Project Jeep JK. This 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler has gone through numerous changes and upgrades, all to develop and test an abundance of Trail Master Suspension, Performance Accessories and OR-Fab products in extreme off-road situations. In its current condition, the Project JK has a variety of components that make it unstoppable on the trail, yet very comfortable and easy to handle.

One of the most notable upgrades to the Jeep, is the Trail Master prototype Long-Arm Suspension. This suspension kit is not yet released, but it provides superior axle control with smooth articulation and operation under the most extreme conditions. It's been designed to give the JK traction with a quiet ride, while lifting the vehicle about five inches. The prototype Long-Arm Suspension also uses Trail Master's Flex-Joints, that provide smoother operation and longer life over standard Heim-joints or urethane bushings. The suspension is still undergoing further testing before it will be released but while its in the JK, it was paired up with a set of Fox reservoir shocks that also help keep the ride smooth when the JK is crawling over large obstacles or making a road-trip on the highway.

The prototype Long-Arm suspension supports front and rear Currie Rock Jock 60 axles. These axles feature a high-pinion assembly that's used to provide the maximum ground clearance possible in a JK. Inside the housings are a pair of 35-spline axles that are attached to ARB air-lockers and Spyntech free-spinning hubs that turn a set of 5:38 gears. With the added ride height, the Project JK easily fits a set of BFGoodrich 38x13.5x17 inch M/T KM2 tires under Bushwacker fender flares. The tires are mounted to a set of Raceline 17x8-inch beadlock wheels and to make it easy to turn and get precise control over the large tires, a PSC ram-assist steering system is used.

Under the hood, the JK's 3.8 liter V6 is augmented with a RIPP Supercharger system that provides nearly 100 extra horsepower to help power the JK up steep inclines and over large rocks with a touch of the throttle. An MBRP Stainless steel exhaust system also ensures that there's plenty of flow to maintain the engine's performance levels.

While the JK's engine and suspension performance keep it steady enough to avoid getting any "trail rash" the OR-Fab products that were designed for the Jeep JK offer an added measure of insurance. These include Jeep JK Rock Slider bars, Body Armor and the popular Stinger front bumper made from 3/16-inch steel plate, and features a 45-degree front hoop made from .120 wall steel tubing. A Warn PowerPlant winch also adds some insurance to get the JK out of any situation and to aid other Jeeps that may need a helping hand on the trial.

The rear of the Project JK is protected with OR-Fab's rear Steel Plate bumper that's also made from 3/16-inch steel plate and features two, reinforced D-ring mounts. On top of it, OR-Fab's Spare Tire Carrier secures the 38-inch diameter spare tire without any vibration problems, due to the carriers unique inner fender reinforcement structure. 

To date, Project JK has been through the toughest trails in Moab, Utah, the Rubicon Trail, Big Bear, California and others. It's also been displayed at a variety of shows across the country, including Jeep Jamboree's, Jeep Beach in Daytona, Florida and many others. Expect to see the Jeep at a variety of future shows this year, including the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on any of the JK's Trail Master, Performance Accessories or OR-Fab products, visit
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PAG's Project Jeep JK has been turned into an extreme
rock crawling vehicle with an abundance of Trail Master,
OR-Fab, Performance Accessories and other aftermarket

The Project JK began by outfitting it with OR-Fab bumpers and
removing the factory axles.

The JK now uses a set of front and rear Currie Rock Jock 60
axles, outfitted with ARB air-lockers Spyntec hubs and a
PSC ram-assist steering system.

Fox reservoir shocks are also used to smooth out the ride and
an MBRP stainless steel exhaust system allows the engine to
breathe freely.

The Trail Master Long-Arm suspenison is still in the prototype
stage, but it will be released soon. It's designed to provide smooth
operation during articulation and limit axle movement to ensure
maximum traction with five-inches of lift.

A variety of OR-Fab products were also developed on the JK.
These include the Body Armor, Rock Slider Rails, Bumpers and
Spare Tire Carrier.

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