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Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos: Dale Martin
JK8s are increasingly popular builds in the off-road customization scene. Not only do they provide the ruggedness of a Jeep, but they also offer the look and convenience of a truck, combing for a two-for-one custom! When Rigid Industries challenged Tim Mills of Custom Motor Concepts for a unique build to have in their booth at SEMA 2015, he knew it had to be a JK8 from the start. “We had to come up with something that would stand out amongst all of the different show vehicles that would be present at SEMA,” he describes. “My idea was to simply build a vehicle that would be more comfortable out in the elements than it was in a show setting. This vehicle was built to be used and abused.”

Thus PRIM8TE JK8 was born. For the design of the build, he pulled features and details from previous creations (mainly trucks and Land Cruisers) and combined them for an insane JK8. The custom bed rack was actually designed back in 2009 for a truck he was building and it’s something he says hasn’t been done before in the Jeep world. To create precision formed and fitted parts for the Jeep, Mills and his crew used OEM CAD computer software to get everything just right.

Mills is not a fan of “trailer queens,” so he spec’d out the Jeep as if he were building it as his personal ride, choosing parts that not only looked good, but with function in mind. “It’s a vehicle that you could drive cross-country, beat on it off-road, live out of it for a week and then drive it back home,” he details.

More than pleased with the result, he was able to use and abuse it on terrain ranging from the Nevada desert to Moab, Utah and even the Rocky Mountains of Colorado – performing “exceptionally well” at all locations. When it’s not being used out on the trails, the JK8 is used for promotional efforts at car shows and events and running everyday errands.


2011 Jeep JK8 - Rigid Industries SEMA Build

Rigid LED Lighting (over $20k in lights alone)

Rigid Pods in Front Bumper (tied into OEM Fog Lights)

Rigid 20" Dual Beam (White/Amber) in Rigid Replacement Grille

(6) Rigid Round Spot Lights mounted above windshield

(4) Rigid 10" Scene Lights mounted on sides of bed rack

(2) Rigid 10" E-series Lights mounted on rear of bed rack

(2) Rigid Dually XLs mounted on inner rear tire gate

(2) Rigid Dually D2s mounted in rear bumper (tied into reversing lights)

(6) Rigid Amber Rock Lights mounted under vehicle

(4) Rigid Bed Lights mounted inside of bed rack

Trucklite LED Replacement Headlights (Low and High Beam)

RIPP Stage 2 Supercharger with Intercooler

G2/Rock Jock Dana 60 axles

ARB Air Lockers front and rear

35 Spline shafts

Warn Premium Lockouts (35 spline)

Custom cast center sections (hi-pinion)

5.13 Gears

ATX Aluminum Beadlock Wheels (6x total)

40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers (6x total)

Custom 1350 High Angle Drivelines front and rear

PSC Hydraulic Assist Steering

Rock Krawler 5.5" Long Arm Suspension

3-link front and rear

2.625" Remote Reservoir Coilovers

Custom spring rates for added vehicle weight

All suspension has been powder coated to match accessories

A.D.D. Offroad Front and Rear Bumpers

Bumpers have been tucked/trimmed

Powdercoated to match

Metalcloak Aluminum Fender Flares

Powder coated to match

Body color center sections

Warn 9.5 CT-S Winch in front

Synthetic Rope

Factor 55 Hook Replacement

Warn 3,000lb winch on bed rack

For raising/lowering rear tire gate

Custom Bed Rack

All DOM Tubing

Rear gate is power operated to open/close

Fully integrated LED lighting

Integrated Rotopax Mounts

- (2) Rotopax Fuel Cans

- (2) Rotopax Storage Cans

- (2) Rotopax Water Cans

Smittybilt Roof Top Tent

Carries 2x spare 40" wheels and tires

Viair Onboard Air System

Dual Compressors

Single Air Tank

Smittybilt Fridge/Freezer

Mounted in rear

Smittybilt Generator

Mounted in rear

Wireless remote operated

Custom A-Pillar Light Rack

Holds 6x LED Spotlights

DOM Tubing

sPOD Wiring Solution (6x switches)

All accessories were wired up by a professional

Dual Odyssey PC1350 Batteries

Dual Battery Tray Underhood

Roadwire Leather Upholstery

Color Matched (Black with Tan stitching)

Double DIN Navigation Head Unit

AEV Snorkel

Smoothed and painted gloss black

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