Turnkey Jeeping: "Unique Rides" Takes on the Wrangler
Every auto enthusiast wants to make their ride stand out from the pack, but not everyone has the skillset to make it happen on their own. Thankfully, there are ways of getting a vehicle all-your-own without needing to put in the sweat equity. One man that has made a name for himself in personalizing virtually every type of ride is Will Castro. Currently, the talented car builder and TV personality is launching his second season of "Unique Rides," which airs on the Velocity Channel.
While most of you may know "Unique Rides" for pumping out one-of-kind Lamborghinis and high-end cars for celebrities, the shop has expanded its portfolio into more rugged territory with the Unique Special Edition by Will Castro Designs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We got an exclusive look at the turnkey Unique Special, and as you would expect, this 2016 Sahara is far beyond your run-of-the-mill Wrangler.
For starters, the stock 3.6L V6 received a significant power jump thanks to supercharger from ProCharger. The new grille is from DV8 Off-Road, which is complemented by a set of Oracle Lighting headlights.
The added power meant the JK would have no trouble turning over the 35x12.50R20 Nitto Ridge Grapplers. The dynamic on- and off-road tread set was paired with an equally impactful set of 20-inch wheels from Grid Off-Road.
To clear the new wheels and ensure the Wrangler had the right performance and comfort for every terrain, a 3-inch lift from ICON Vehicle Dynamics was installed. This particular system is the Stage 2 kit from ICON, which fits the Jeep with dual rate coils springs and JK-specific remote-reservoir ICON shocks.
Body protection comes by way of set of DV8 bumpers and rock sliders. The touches of red accents run throughout the inside and out of the Sahara.
Speaking of the interior, it was set off with custom leather seats from Alea Leathers and floor mats from Rugged Ridge. Of course, it needed a boost in sound and technology, so a JBL Legend CP100 was added.
(Photos: Jon Hwang and Ali Mansour)