ARB Off Road Icons Project Jeep Wrangler TJ Update

Update to the ARB Off Road Icons Jeep Wrangler TJ Build

Thanks to our friends in the 4 wheel drive industry, the ARB Off Road Icons Jeep Wrangler TJ is built. How did we build the Jeep Wrangler TJ? Watch the two part vehicle feature video below.

Part 1

Part 2

Thank you to our friends who donated product:

  • G2 Axles – Front Dana 44 Axle Housing
  • Currie Enterprises – Currectlync steering linkage
  • Bestop – New soft top
  • Tom Wood – Rear driveshaft
  • Advanced Adapters – Slip Yoke Eliminator
  • Mickey Thompson – Wheels and Tires
  • Bedrug – New complete carpet kit
  • Warn – Winch
  • Magnaflow – Full Exhaust System

Never heard of the ARB Off Road Icon’s project? Here is the story – To celebrate ARB’s 40th birthday, the ARB Off Road Icons project was launched. Fans in Australia were given the chance to vote for the 4 most iconic 4x4s in Australia. What were the results? The Toyota 40 Series Land Cruiser, Nissan GQ Patrol, 5th Gen Toyota HiLux and a Land Rover Defender.

After the vehicles were chosen by the voters, the marketing team set out to find the 4 iconic vehicles to purchase, restore and outfit them with the full ARB product line in preparation for touring the Australian 4×4 show circuit and lastly crossing the iconic Simpson Desert!

Of course the USA office didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so we opened up the polls in the USA for everyone to vote for their iconic 4×4. With the results in, the Jeep Wrangler TJ was the clear winner and we set out and purchased a red 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ. The Wrangler will also be restored, outfitted and will attend 4×4 events around the USA and then shipped to Australia next spring to take part in the trip across the Simpson Desert with the 4 iconic vehicles of Australia.

The Jeep Wrangler is a compact SUV that was designed to uphold the historic legacy of the Jeep brand, while offering a fun, ‘go-anywhere’ vehicle that was well received by enthusiasts and the everyday public.

While Jeep Wranglers and their CJ predecessors never presumed to be luxury vehicles, the TJ generation was a big advancement with additions like coil sprung suspension, safety air bags and a redesigned interior that brought this 4×4 up to modern standards. The 4.0L was the most popular engine choice, having been used by Jeep from 1987 through to 2006, pushing out around 189 hp.

Changes to the TJ’s chassis, suspension and axles greatly improved the Wrangler’s off road capability. The solid front and rear axles, coupled with the highly articulating Quadra-Link suspension setup, allow these vehicles to flex and crawl over almost any obstacle.

To learn more about the ARB Off Road Icons project, please visit http://icons.arb.com.au

ARB Finishes Strong at the 2016 King of the Hammers Race – 100% of King of the Hammers Finishers Chose ARB Air Lockers Over Every Other Selectable Differential Locker

Jason Scherer finishes the 2016 King of the Hammers race in 2nd place.

Jason Scherer finishes the 2016 King of the Hammers race in 2nd place.

100% of King of the Hammers Finishers chose ARB Air Lockers over every other selectable differential locker

This past week was the 10th annual King of the Hammers race, considered one the toughest single day off-road races in the world. Drivers race against the clock in highly modified off-road vehicles specifically designed, engineered and setup to tackle the high speed desert driving and rock crawling challenges of the course.

Brad Lovell celebrates after finishing 1st over and in class during the 2016 Every Man Challenge Race.

Brad Lovell celebrates after finishing 1st overall and in class during the 2016 Every Man Challenge Race.

On Thursday 108 vehicles entered the Every Man Challenge to have only 37 competitors survive. Taking 1st place overall and in the Legends class was ARB sponsored team Brad and Roger Lovell in their ARB Air Locker equipped Legends car. Close behind, Jessi Combs and co-driver Martin Castro finished 3rd overall taking first place in the Modified class, also running an ARB Air Locker.

Jason Scherer navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Jason Scherer navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

The 176 mile 2016 King of the Hammers race kicked off on Friday and would claim 79 of the 110 competitors with 16 of the 31 finalists utilizing ARB Air Lockers to get them home.

Eric Miller navigates Jackhammer and would later go on to win the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Erik Miller navigates Jackhammer and would later go on to win the 2016 King of the Hammers.

ARB Intensity LED sponsored driver, Erik Miller took first place, winning his 2nd King of the Hammers title. Close behind, longtime ARB Air Locker sponsored driver Jason Scherer drove to a strong 2nd place after qualifying 1st and battling overheating issues throughout the race.

Shannon Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Shannon Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Fan favorite, Shannon Campbell, finished the race 4th in his ARB Air Locker sponsored car after spending over an hour fixing a broken axle shaft during the start of the 3rd lap.

Bailey Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Bailey Campbell navigates Jackhammer during the 2016 King of the Hammers.

Only 19 minutes later, daughter of Shannon, Bailey Campbell would cross the finish line in 5th place to become the first women and one of the youngest drivers to ever finish the King of the Hammers race.

Congratulations to all the ARB sponsored and equipped drivers!

ARB Sponsored Driver Results:
1st – Erik Miller
2nd – Jason Scherer
4th – Shannon Campbell
5th – Bailey Campbell
15th – Wayland Campbell

 

Watch Jason Scherer qualify 1st for the 2016 King of the Hammers race: