Jeeps of SEMA 2016
The annual SEMA Show is a hot bed for new products and over-the-top vehicle builds. It’s the ultimate car show and has always provided a certain level of prestige for those lucky enough to have a personal vehicle on display. While a large majority of the vehicles are company owned, none are your run-of-the-mill company car. We’ve shown you an assortment of the wild rides that graced the 2016 SEMA Show, and now we are turning our attention to the Jeeps that were on hand.
Despite having over 50 Jeeps in our gallery, we know there were plenty that we missed. Here are some of our favorites from the show.
Hungry for a functional Jeep Wrangler? Well, Mel Wade of EVO Manufacturing has something that might satisfy your appetite. He calls it Spicy Chicken.
It’s a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited decked out with Dynatrac’s latest ProRock XD60 front axle; ProRock 80 rear; EVO MFG long-arm with bolt-on coilovers; EVO MFG bumpers, ‘cage, doors and tire carrier; 17-inch KMC Machete Crawl beadlocks; and 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers. While the anodized gold accents might give it that show vibe, it was by far one of the most trail-ready JKs at SEMA.
How do you make a Willys built in 1498 stand out in a crowd of heavily modified modern Jeeps? Well, you could drop in a 5.3L V8 and couple that LS with a Turbonetics 82mm turbo.
They call it the One Eye Willys — fitting name given the turbo takes place of the headlight on the passenger side.
We’re pretty sure with that powerplant, wheelbase and nitrous, the Willys is part terrifying and land rocket. Either way, we dig it.
Big Wheels, Bigger Rubber
One trend that seems to be moving over from the truck market to the Jeep side is the big wheels with big tires setup.
We’re talking 22- and 24-inch wheels and 40-inch-tall tires. Only a handful of tire manufacturers, such as Nitto, can accommodate this big of a combo.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is an actual Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK with a Jeep Cherokee XJ front end cleverly grafted onto the front of it.
Greg Henderson of Unofficial Use Only built it for the one-touch retractable soft top manufacturer MyTop. One of the most incredible aspects of the conversion is that it’s all steel. The level of craftsmanship is OE quality. We’ll have more on this setup soon.