Jeep’s Moparized off-road “Pork Chop” – based on the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport – will debut at the 45th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari which runs April 16th through April 24th. The highly modified Pork Chop was subjected to an extreme crash diet for this event. This involved shedding doors, top, tailgate, bumpers, carpet and sway bars and attaching a Gen-Right-fabricated, prototype rear-mounted 20-gallon fuel tank, all of which resulted in a staggering weight loss of more than 850lbs. If you fancy a tricked out toad vehicle for your motorhome the ‘Pork Chop’ certainly bears consideration.
Body modifications included removal of the rear tailgate hinges and latches and the creation of a custom surround. The inner fender panels were reshaped and the tail lamps relocated closer together. A bespoke roll cage was then added and the windshield height reduced by two inches. A custom set of Hanson aluminum bumpers and a QMC prototype aluminum/carbon fiber hood – with Drake aluminum hood latches – was also fitted. Mopar – Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand – then finished the exterior mods by attaching an aluminum cold-air intake kit, lightweight fender-flares and slush mats.
The interior of the “Pork Chop” was updated with bright red lightweight Sparco ‘Chrono Road’ reclining bucket seats. A set of long tube headers and dual-exhaust with an integrated H-pipe from Gale Banks replaced the stock system.
A smaller evaporation canister for the emissions system was borrowed from a 2012 Fiat 500. The massive weight savings actually lifted the suspension, which was combined with a moderate Mopar lift to clear Mickey Thompson 35-inch Baja Claw radials mounted on lightweight 17×8 E-T Vintage V wheels. The suspension includes Bilstein 2-inch shocks with reservoirs and TeraFlex air bumps at all four corners. Dynatrac Axles designed lightweight ProRock 44 front & rear axles fitted with 4.88 gears, ARB air lockers and prototype aluminum differential covers.
You can check out the “Pork Chop” at the 45th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Jeep and Mopar will have a large display in the center of downtown Moab during the Easter Jeep Safari. The display will include a number of customized vehicles including the previously introduced Jeep Grand Cherokee Off-road Edition, Jeep Wrangler Mayhem, Jeep Wrangler Immortal, Mopar Camper Trailer, Jeep Wrangler Tan Man, Jeep Wrangler “The General” and a fully dressed military version of the Jeep Wrangler J-8 with turret and passenger mounted-machine guns. Presumably the latter is to be used for crowd control.
Easter Jeep Safari: Registration Information Additional Information: Moab Tourism Website Source: Chrysler Group LLC