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HaterMakr: Jeep JK Unlimited Sport

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Dale Martin

Robert Castellanos’ love of Jeeps goes back to 1995 when he first started driving. Having always loved the rugged looks of a Jeep, he persuaded his parents to help get him his first – a 1995 YJ he called Little Big Foot – complete with a lift and aftermarket tires and rims.

From then on, he was hooked, mentioning that Jeeps now run in his blood. Already five Jeeps deep, Castellanos has taken up the @5jeeplife on IG, where he posts pictures of all his rigs, including his latest one – a 2015 Jeep JKU Sport that joins his 1997 TJ, 2004 Jeep LJ, 1980 Jeep CJ and two-door 2010 Jeep JK.

Jeep JK Unlimited Rear

With an affinity toward two-door Jeeps, Castellanos decided on a four-door one to add his niece’s car seat in the back, as he’s priming her to also share in his love for Jeeps. “This particular Jeep was chosen because of the color Anvil,” he describes. It’s mostly used to go to meets and shows, or just to cruise around and make some noise out here in the streets of Miami. I wanted this build to be one of baddest mall crawlers in South Beach, where it’s all about good looking trucks and Jeeps. I wanted a head turner.”

Jeep JK Unlimited Rear LCD TV

As soon as he purchased the new Jeep, it was already in the shop a week later awaiting its transformation. With intentions to make it a show queen mall crawler, Castellanos knew he needed to go all out, estimating that all the mods total to about $60K. “All my other builds are Rock Crawlers, except for my CJ, which is a mud machine,” he admits. “But this one is mostly all pavement because of its beauty.” To make it, he chose all the latest and greatest mods and linked up with his local shop, Champion 4x4, to help create his dream build. “Also helping me make sure it was a real mall crawler, my good friend Carlos Gonzalez from Specialty Forged, hooked me up with a set of 24x14 SF003 wheels in a brushed finish,” he details. His friend Tony from Monster Mobile Installs helped him with the Inspired Engineering lights to make the Jeep a “show stopper.” Richard Acosta from Ultimate Collision made sure all the new accessories matched the original Anvil color, which Castellanos says was a mission since the original color has three different shades in it.

Jeep JK Unlimited Rear

“The only challenge I really had was getting things done,” he says. “As you bring a new project to life, carrying out those new ideas takes a long time, which is why it took me a year to finish this build. Shops here in Miami are busy, so we were mostly getting things done at night.”

Happy with the way things turned out, Castellanos says there’s nothing else he needs to add to it. “I couldn’t ask for more on this build. It’s been a dream Jeep of mine and I now keep it in a warehouse so she doesn’t get wet or dirty. I only take her out when days are good.” And although the response on social media has been admiring, he does admit that he occasionally gets a few people bashing on how it’s a mall crawler and not a “real” Jeep. “But what they don’t understand is that I have other Jeeps that are more than capable and that I intentionally put this one together to be a mall crawler.”


3.6L engine turbocharged by Prodigy Performance Custom
Transmission torque converter by Prodigy Performance Custom
Diablo Sport tuner
Dual battery set up by Genesis Offroad
2 Qty Premier Battery AGM Group 34
G2 Axle & Gear 4.88 ratios
Poison Spyder front and rear differential cover
Baer Brakes Pro Brake System
Artec Industries Axle Trusses

Wheels & Tires
24X14 Specialty Forged SF003 brush polished wheels
40X15.50R24 Toyo Open Country M/T tires

EVO DD PRO 6” long arm with King coilovers
Currie Enterprises Antirock front and rear sway bars

Anvil Gray exterior color
DV8 fastback hardtop
Jeep 10th Anniversary hood   MetalCloak Overland System fenders and rock sliders
DV8 front and rear inner fender liners
VPR 4x4 front and rear bumpers
Front Rally Model VPR bumper
Warn Industries winch
Factor 55 Flatlink
Monster Hooks
Rugged Ridge hood latches
Color-matched door handles
AMI antenna
Badge Glow Light
Swag Offroad tailgate cover

Seats and modifications done by Davy Interiors
Rear bench seat removed and replaced w/ JK front buckets by MasterCraft Seats
Guard Dawg push button alarm
Billet front and rear grab handles by Carolina Metal Masters
Rugged Ridge interior trim panels
VPR floor mats

Audio installed by Audio Logic, including 32” LCD TV in rear w/ PlayStation console and Karaoke
Custom center console
Kenwood DDX9902S 2-Din Monitor receiver
All Components are Hertz and Audison all digital components
(4) 12” Hertz subwoofers with Plexi Glass and all LED blue interior Lighting
Dynamat dampened interior

Inspired Engineering 50” LED light bar
Inspired Engineering RGB rock lights
Rock Sliding Engineering light bar bracket
Oracle rim lights
HID Projectors
In Pro Carwear rear LED tail lights

Ultimate Collision
Champion 4x4
Specialty Forged
Inspired Engineering

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