Near-stock Wrangler Unlimited Completes 53,000-mile Trip Around Africa
It took nearly three years, but adventurer Dan Grec drove his Wrangler Unlimited through 35 countries along Africa’s coasts.
Many Jeep Wranglers lead hard lives. Their owners love them so much that they often drive their rigs on a daily basis. That alone adds a certain amount of wear and tear. Many of those owners also go wheeling in their Wranglers, which often ends with a part being broken or a fender being dented. Adventurer Dan Grec’s 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has probably had one of the roughest existences of any JK. He recently got back from driving it down and up the west and east sides of Africa – all 53,726 miles of them.
Where did the man behind the site The Rode Chose Me start his ultimate test of Jeep durability? According to the FCA North America video above, at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan back in 2016.
After that, “I shipped my Wrangler across the Atlantic into Europe. I drove down and caught a ferry to Morocco. And then I drove for about a year and a half down the west coast of Africa, through about 15 or 17 countries,” Grec said. Once he reached the east coast, he kept going up until he hit Egypt.
It’s clear Grec’s Jeep has a lot of mods on it, but it’s not completely aftermarket. According to him, “This Wrangler is very stock driveline-wise. Stock engine, stock Rubicon axles and driveline, but what it does have is a lot of camping modifications.” Those range from solar panels to a dual-battery set-up to a fridge to a roof-mounted pop-up tent. Custom interior cabinets hold small, important items. To get him over rough terrain, Grec’s JK has a 2.5-inch lift and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 34-inch all-terrain tires.
Grec no doubt encountered difficulties during his 999 days in Africa, but his Wrangler didn’t cause any of them. “It never once let me down. It never once left me stranded on the side of the road.”
Where will Grec go next? He’s not sure yet. But wherever he decides to go, we have no doubt his Wrangler will be ready to get him there.