RoamR‘s Classic Jeep Commando Is the Ultimate Adventure Rig

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Do-it-all Jeep has a 4.3-liter V6, beadlock Trail Ready wheels and knobby Nitto Grappler tires. 

These days, the vast majority of hardcore Jeep builds you’ll see are based on JK or JL gen Wranglers. And that makes a lot of sense given how robust the aftermarket is for these machines. But we still have a lot of love for the classics. So when we came across this gorgeous 1973 Jeep Commando built by RoamR and featured in this video from TrailRecon, it was quite literally love at first sight.

Using a Slantback 6 Commando wasn’t the crew’s first idea for the build, as they explain. “This was birthed out of the idea of wanting to do a CJ6,” RoamR says. “So after investigating that a little further, though we love CJ6s, it was really about the space. We wanted to have room for the family.” And after doing some research, the team realized that the Commando would afford them room for the kids and a reasonable wheelbase with great bones.

Jeep Commando

The company’s love for the CJ6 necessitated swapping the front end over, however. The whole thing is covered in a softer version of Rhino lining, which is both tough and awesome in appearance. Modern LED lighting adorns the entire exterior, along with a repop Warn winch that adds a cool retro touch. A 1990 model GM 4.3-liter V6 provides the power to turn beadlock Trail Ready wheels and knobby Nitto Grappler tires.

Jeep Commando

In terms of suspension, RoamR ditched the original leaf springs in favor of a full custom setup. They went with a coil spring and Falcon shock duo, which reportedly offers up great performance both on and off-road. The crew also adapted a Terraflex Alpine suspension built for a JK Jeep Wrangler for use in the Commando.

Jeep Commando

Overall, RoamR’s classic Jeep build is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a while. And we hope to see more old school builds in the future.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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