Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build Progress 2

Test fitting the Warn Zeon 10-S and AEV Front bumper

The build of my Africa-bound JK Rubicon is really coming along, with progress in a lot of different areas. The engine bay of the JK was never designed for an inline 6, so we're short on length, one of the biggest challenges of this conversion.  We've had to move the radiator forward a couple of inches, and changed over to the fan and shroud from … [Read more...]

Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build Progress

Mercedes OM606 sitting in the JK engine bay for a test fit

The build on my Africa-bound 2007 JKUR continues, with work well underway on the diesel swap. The engine I've chosen is a Mercedes OM606 3.0 Turbo Diesel, making around 245 ft-lb and 175 HP Using the injection pump from an earlier Mercedes engine, the 606 is completely mechanical. Out with the old: And in with the (almost) … [Read more...]

Africa Jeep JK Wrangler Build – Phase 1

Building lightweight cabinets with square aluminum tubing and corner connectors

After dreaming and planning for literally years, I have started the build on my Africa Jeep 2007 JK Unlimited Rubicon to travel around Africa for two years, focusing on the interior “camper.” I removed the back seat and all rear carpet and trim, then installed sound and heat insulation on the entire tub. To finish the floor I glued in a sheet of … [Read more...]

Around Africa in a Diesel JKUR

Planning the route, the Jeep and logistics

Later this year I’m setting out in my ’07 Unlimited Rubicon to circumnavigate the entire African continent. I will explore roughly 30 African countries and cover 80,000 miles over the course of 2 years, plus or minus. Driving a Jeep Wrangler TJ 40,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina on the Pan-American Highway in 2007-09 taught me more than I … [Read more...]

Girls’ Jeep Ride – JPFreek Field Reporter


We received a fantastic JPFreek Field Reporter submission from Tammy Ruh about an annual event that she created to share her love of Jeeps with a new generation and the way that "her" girls thanked her after this year's trip. This is exactly the kind of thing JPFreek is all about — you don't have to be going out to wheel the hardest trails in some … [Read more...]

Sedona: Barlow Style – Field Reporter

The Happy Jeep (for a day) Couple

JPFreek Field Reporter submitted story, by Amir Louka [Editor's note: We thought this take by a first-time Jeep driver was a riot. Remember, we were all there once! Amir's story won our Field Reporter contest for April and will receive a $50 gift card from for the Jeep he's certain to buy now.] I always prefer the window seat. … [Read more...]

Latest JPFreek Field Reporter Winner!

Kyle McCarty Snowy LJ - JPFreek Field Reporter

This time around, we were so taken with the photo that Kyle McCarty sent of his LJ in the snow that we had to give him the win for the next Field Reporter Program award! Kyle will receive a $50 gift card from ExtremeTerrain to help him take his LJ to the next level and hopefully send in more awesome photos like this! Congrats Kyle! Thanks … [Read more...]

Project LJPFreek goes to EJS 2015


Our running story on taking Project LJPFreek from Michigan to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari 2015 — 1500 miles to the biggest Jeep party in the world! Specs on where we started: '05 LJ with 88k miles GR8TOPS Safari Cab hard top 4.5" total lift 315/75 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs Stock drivetrain What we've added: Magnum Powers … [Read more...]

Just Follow the Power – Field Reporter

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JPFreek Field Reporter submitted story, by James “Bearded" Alumbaugh I can’t drive to Moab, don’t hit the Rubicon trail and I'm not going to make the King of Hammers. As much as I would love to visit these Jeep “dream destinations”, it's just not in the cards for me right now. However, I do manage to see some interesting locations that many do not … [Read more...]