Modified 2017 Jeep Wrangler Looks Ready for Action

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JK Wrangler Unlimited sports a variety of off-road upgrades and an eye-popping interior.

The Jeep Wrangler is a relatively simple vehicle, especially in these times of dual-clutch transmissions, torque-vectoring differentials, and semi-autonomous cars. It’s a two-box, body-on-frame design with four-wheel drive and a lever for controlling the transfer case. No multi-terrain system, no adaptive cruise control. Just grunt and ground clearance. That simplicity also applies to its looks. It’s handsome without help.

However, that doesn’t mean mods ruin the Wrangler’s appearance. For instance, take a look at this 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that’ll be crossing the auction block in Oklahoma City sometime between February 23rd and 24th. It definitely looks aftermarket, but in an attractive way.

It features custom bumpers at both ends. The front is beefed up with a bull bar and winch. The seemingly stock Pentastar V6 sits under an aggressive, vented hood. LED light bars up front and on top provide extra illumination.

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Of course, whoever previously owned this rig didn’t forget about the suspension, wheels, or tires. They lifted it, added an off-road suspension, put in a steering stabilizer, threw on some running boards with assist steps, and installed 20-inch wheels wrapped in aftermarket rubber (35-inch mud tires according to the official description).

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There are only two pictures of the interior, which clearly show the cool diamond-stitched red leather seats. They contrast nicely with the all-business, Grey Frost Kevlar exterior. What we can’t see is the navigation system, backup camera, or 3,200 miles on the odometer listed in the vehicle description.

This JKU looks great right now all shiny and new, but we can’t help hoping that’s its next owner gives it a nice outdoor bath as soon as they possibly can. After all, Jeeps look even better with some dirt and mud on them, especially Wranglers.

Photos: Leake Auction Company

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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