How to Build a $110,000 'Full Metal Jacket' Jeep
Ever since Starwood Motors’ “Full Metal Jacket” Jeep Wrangler Unlimited collided with the Internet, it has been the stuff of legend. Sporting gargantuan size, off-road capability, and knee-quaking visuals, the FMJ Wrangler is in a league of its own but Starwood will build you one … for a price. In a recent Autofluence feature, the guys walk through the steps taken in turning an ordinary Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into quite possibly the most bellicose non-military Jeep in the world. And it’s extensive. RELATED: Check out the plucky 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition
The transformation from Jeep JK to Jeep ‘OMG’ takes around 100 man-hours. When it’s complete apparently there isn’t much left untouched. Straight from the factory, each Jeep gets a frame-off full disassembly; body panels are sanded down and repainted with a kevlar-based coating.
Underneath, its guts are gone through with a fine-tooth comb. The Full Metal Jacket sits on new Currie Rock Jock Dana 60 axles in the front and rear, affixed with air lockers, extended-length Rubicon Express control arm upgrade kits, and Synergy Suspension shocks at all four corners. The wheels? Those are 40-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers.
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However, the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 stays, good for 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, as does its standard five-speed automatic.
On the outside, Starwood adorns the Full Metal Jacket Jeep with Smittybilt front and rear bumpers, fenders and rock sliders, in addition to its extensive array of lights. The most pronounced of which include a 50-inch Rigid LED light bar mounted over the windscreen and a 10-inch bar bolted above the front bumper. A Warn 1,000 lb. winch also lives out front, just in case you encounter some terrain you can't crawl over.
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That aforementioned price? Yup, about $110,000 – not a slight figure no matter how you cut it. For those among you looking for something a bit less insane though highly tricked out, Starwood stocks some more affordable options. Current inventory shows customized Wranglers from around $35,000 all the way up to $90,000.
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