The guys at Hauk Designs were one of the many who were eagerly anticipating the release of the completely redesigned Wrangler JL. Kenny Hauk, of Hauk Designs, got his hands on one just six weeks before the biggest annual Jeep event in the country - Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT. The challenge was on to design and fabricate a complete line of hardcore off-road capable parts befitting the new platform in just a few short weeks.
Kenny wanted the best of both worlds - a fun comfortable highway driver that can tackle the absolute toughest terrain on the planet. Opting to name this initial JL “Crimson Hauk,” Kenny and his crew were on a mission to beat the clock in order to debut it at Easter Jeep Safari. “We love red! And it was the first one we could get our hands on,” he says. “The JL Rubicon came with color-matched fenders and top. We decided to replicate the look with body color skins on our Hauk Offroad high-clearance fenders. We added the body-color-matched Hauk bumpers for a clean look.”
Kenny started by rough sketching the designs and then Vianna Hauk, the shop’s CAD designer, created DXF cut files to make prototype parts. Kenny and Josh Long, his lead fabricator, worked around the clock forming and welding the prototypes. After all the changes and adjustments were made to the prototypes, finished parts could then be cut, formed, welded and coated. “I am really proud of the complete package we created. We want our products to scream quality without overshadowing the vehicle. It is exactly what we set out to accomplish.”