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KILROY WAS HERE

Written by Dick DeLoach PHOTOS: Brian McGee

Omix-ADA is an industry leading manufacturer of more than 16,000 high-quality Jeep, truck and off-road accessories

- including Rugged Ridge and Alloy USA brands, and complete Jeep styling packages - used its Off Road Success Center at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, as the venue to build its vision of what a modern military Jeep might look like. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, dubbed “Kilroy,” is homage to the iconic graffiti “Kilroy Was Here,” drawn on walls throughout the world by American G.I.s during World War II, and a tribute to the legendary Jeeps that aided G.I.s throughout the war.

Using a stock Commando Green four-door Jeep as its canvas, students from technical colleges across the country, under the guidance of Omix-ADA employees, completed the build in just a few days in SEMA’s Upper South Hall, while thousands of attendees watched it progress. “We needed to create a unique Jeep that required very little fabrication or additional modification of the components since this was being built on-site, over the course of three days in the middle of an active trade show,” says Patrick Bennett, product development manager at Omix-ADA.

“Most of the accessories on the Jeep are off-the-shelf items that we offer for the JK; everything from the wheels, suspension, skid plates, front and rear bumpers, to the hood, new fender flares and seat covers are all available from our catalog.”

Henk Van Dongen, director of marketing at Omix-ADA adds, “The build not only allowed us to showcase what we could do with our new products, but having an interactive effort at the SEMA Show gave us an opportunity to network with, and get the next generation involved in the off-road hobby and aftermarket industry.”

The final design was settled on after reviewing elements of historic Jeeps in Omix-ADA’s Atlanta-area collection and tied in with the patriotic theme of their booth at the 2013 SEMA Show.


GEAR: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon "Kilroy"

Engine
  • Heavy Duty Off-Road Axle-Back Exhaust System
  • Reusable Air Filter
Suspension, Steering, Brakes & Driveline
  • 4-Inch Lift Kit with Shocks, Ring and Pinion Set, 5.13 Ratio (Front & Rear)
  • Front & Rear Disc Brake Rotor Set, Drilled and Slotted
  • Inverted Drag Link, Adjustable Track bar, Drop Pitman Arm, Steering Stabilizer
  • Front & Rear Driveshaft
  • Heavy Duty Differential Cover
Exterior Parts
  • Exo-Top for 4-Door Wrangler
  • Performance Vented Hood & Aluminum Hood Catches
  • Hurricane Flat Fender Flare Kit (Front & Rear)
  • XHD Modular Snorkel
  • Spartan Grille & Star Insert
  • Tail Light & Turn Signal Euro Guards
  • Black Left & Right Door Mirrors
Lighting Parts
  • Smoke LED Tail Light set
  • Round LED Driving Lights (mounted in front bumper and on hood mount)
  • Hood Light Bar
  • 3.5 Inch Round, Amber LED Light Covers
  • Textured Black Windshield Mount Light Bar
  • Light Bar Lowering Kit
  • 7-Inch Round HID Off Road Lights with Painted Covers
Front & Rear Bumper Parts & Accessories
  • All Terrain Modular Front Bumper
  • All Terrain Stubby Front Bumper Ends
  • All Terrain Double X Striker Mini-Stinger
  • Winch Plate
  • Aluminum XHD Rear Bumper Pods
  • XHD Gen II Swing and Lock Tire Carrier
  • Off-Road Jack Mounting Bracket
  • Off-Road Jack Handle Retainer Straps
Recovery Parts & Accessories
  • Performance 10,500 lbs Off-Road Winch w/ Synthetic Rope
  • Winch Cable Stopper
  • Hi-Lift Off-Road Jack & Axe
Skid Plates & Underbody Parts
  • RRC Rocker Guards
  • Evaporator Tank Skid Plate
  • Heavy Duty Transfer Case Skid Plate
  • Lower Control Arm Skid Plate Kit
  • Engine and Transmission Skid Plate
  • Steering Component Skid Plate
  • Frame Brace Kit
Wheels, Tires & Accessories
  • Drakon 20x9-Inch Wheels & Lug Nuts
  • Dick Cepek 37x12.50R20 tires
Interior Parts & Accessories
  • Dash Multi-Mount System w/ Phone Holder
  • Front & Rear Black Floor Liners
  • Black Cargo Liner
  • Black A-Pillar 4 Switch Pod Kit
  • Black Rear Seat Organizer
  • Neoprene Front Seat Protector Vests
  • Neoprene Rear Seat Cover
  • Seat Back Trail Bag
  • Black Front Headrest Grab Handles
  • Black Rear Side Grab Handles
  • Black Sun Visor Organizers

Sources
Omix-ADA | Omix-ADA.com

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