Big-block TJ Jeep Wrangler Laughs in the Face of Danger

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Does this LSX-powered TJ on giant tractor tires have what it takes to get to the end of a hardcore Louisiana mud bog?

The town of Zwolle, Louisiana recently hosted the Zwolle St. Jude Fall Festival, a family-friendly event full of games, live music, food, arts and crafts, and what you see here: a mud bog. Proceeds benefited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participants didn’t need to show up with a certain brand of vehicle. They just needed to bring one with plenty of grunt and grip. This TJ Jeep Wrangler, aka Depth Finder, has plenty of both.

According to the Youtube channel ROCKWELL OFFROAD, this killer Jeep, nicknamed “Depth Finder,” is “the baddest jeep in the world!!” That’s debatable and depends on your preferences, but we’re sure we can all agree that Depth Finder’s stats are impressive. It’s got an absolutely massive 7.7-liter LSX V8 that produces nearly 1,000 horsepower under its hood, so there’s plenty of grunt on tap. That’s pushed through a two-speed Powerglide automatic and to a set of monstrous tractor tires that are almost 70 inches in diameter. Grip? Check. LSX-Powered TJ Jeep Wrangler Mudder

Depth Finder’s driver needs every bit of power and every inch of tread depth for the festival’s mud bog. It’s deep, but it doesn’t hold any sympathy for the wheelman’s ego or pride. He and a buddy rocket into the muddy water, sending up a huge spray of brown muck. The pair almost makes it to the end. Near the finish line, Depth Finder’s back end digs in. After that, Depth Finder just spins its giant wheels in reverse in an attempt to get somewhere, even if it’s back the wrong way. The driver eventually succeeds in moving backward and takes another shot at the hardest part of the bog. He gets a little further down the course than he did with his first attempt. LSX-Powered TJ Jeep Wrangler Mudder

The driver rolls his window down, revealing that he’s just as filthy as his rig. The mud in his eyes doesn’t prevent him from seeing a way out, though. By riding the edge of the bog and carefully applying throttle, he’s able to claw his way out of the pit.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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