It’s Alive! Creating the Monsterous Franken-Jeep

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Jeep build transforms a trashed Wrangler JKU into a custom off-roading, rock-crawling beast!

In this video by Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek, we watch a trashed Jeep Wrangler get modded out and built into a tough and capable off-roader. The build, aptly named “Franken-Jeep,” employs some very clever ideas to make it come to life.

Genadek shows us what he had to work with. And it’s rough. The Wrangler had a totaled back end, no rear fenders, seats that wouldn’t adjust, and it was filled with a lot of junk.

Franken-Jeep + Jeep wrangler JKU

The crew takes the Jeep to Custom Offsets to do the build. Here, they first have to strip the Jeep down. They remove the Jeep steps. And the plan is to do some suspension updates and a few other mods.

But the main focus in this video is installing off-road RBP Body Armor.

While the work is being done, they do a great job of explaining how to do the modifications with the inserts. They add a log for the bumper during this process. And a rubber ducky, because, why not?

The process shows how issues come up with any build, especially one with a pretty thrashed Jeep. But diligence and a little ingenuity really saves the day.

And the finished product is worth it. They have created a rugged off-road Wrangler that looks awesome and has some serious chops. And all things considered, it was not an expensive build.

And the best part, of course, is showing that monster Franken-Jeep doing what it does best. Getting dirty, crawling, mud, snow…it’s off-road heaven.


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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive while riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications. The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected].

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