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PROJECT JSPEC - 2016 JEEP WRANGLER JKU

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by: Dale Martin

Austin O’Krinsky of Extreme Offroad in Katy, Texas, is making custom rigs a family affair after helping his brother Jordan design a kick ass build worthy of the Extreme Offroad badge.


random images of jeep wrangler including external, wheel and grill

When BDS Suspension needed a badass Jeep for their SEMA build last year, Austin knew his brother’s JK would be the perfect specimen for the transformation.


random images of jeep wrangler including front interior, and audio system

BDS needed a Jeep to showcase their JKS line of new products for the Jeep platform,” Austin recaps. “They not only wanted a Jeep that looked nice when at shows, but was also 100% capable of anything you threw at it off-road so to impress hardcore Jeep fanatics enough not to think it was just a ‘mall crawler.

Aptly named “Project Jspec” after the JKS line of BDS products, the build started off with a brainstorming session with Extreme Offroad and BDS before letting the prominent Texas shop work their magic on the Jeep. With JKS products in the spotlight, Austin went with mods that complemented the Jeep and matched the overall look and function the team was going for, including a few new products like the FOX coil over conversion for the front suspension.

rear external image of jeep wrangler

“Other highlights of the Jeep include the custom Kicker sound system and JCR bumpers and fenders that really complete the Wrangler’s overall look,” Austin mentions. “In the end, we did everything we wanted, which resulted in a ton of attention for not only looking good, but also working well. We tested it out in the desert before the show and it couldn’t have run better!”

The overall build took a total of two months to complete with minor hiccups, including waiting until days before it had to leave to SEMA to get all the new one-off parts for the suspension from JKS! But as a seasoned builder, Austin didn’t let that stop him from creating a show-worthy Jeep his brother would love and JKS would be happy to show off at the biggest automotive aftermarket show in the world.

close up shot of jeep wranglers' rear bumper

Now Austin’s brother Jordan enjoys the Jeep on the regular, occasionally lending it to Austin to show off at his shop and local events throughout the year.


Gear: 2016 Jeep Wrangler JKU
    Wheels & Tires
  • 17x8.5 SOTA Offroad S.S.D. Wheels w/ring
  • 37X12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
  • Suspension
  • 3.5” JKS Jspec suspension system
  • Front Fox coilover conversion 2.5 resi with DSC adjuster
  • Dual rate rear coils with Fox 2.5 resi shocks with CDC adjuster
  • Front and rear adjustable track bars
  • Adjustable front and rear upper and lower short arms
  • Flex connect sway bar links
  • Track bar reinforcement welded on brackets
  • Lower arm support gussets

  • Exterior
  • All custom paint and powdercoat done by Extreme Offroad
  • JCR Offroad Mauler Stubby front bumper
  • JCR Offroad Mauler Stubby rear bumper with tire carrier
  • JCR Offroad Mauler Narrow fender flares with inner fender kit
  • JCR Offroad Rock Sliders
  • Royalty Core RCJK full replacement grille
  • RK Sport Ram air hood

  • Lighting
  • (2) 50” Heise Dual Row LED light bar
  • (1) 22” Heise Single Row LED light bar
  • (2) 3” 6 LED light cube
  • Recon LED projector headlights and LED taillights

  • Accessories
  • Rhino-Racks Pioneer Elevation roof rack
  • Warn Zeon 10S Platinum winch
  • Factor 55 flatlink
  • Monster hooks and shackles

  • Performance
  • AFE intake
  • Magnaflow Performance Series dual exit cat-back exhaust
  • Superchips Flashpaq performance tuner
  • ARB front and rear differential covers
  • G2 Axle 5:13:1 gears

  • Interior
  • Roadwire leather seats in red
  • Custom gold painted interior accents

  • Audio
  • JVC KW-V820BT receiver
  • (2) Kicker IQ amplifiers
  • (2) Kicker L7 subwoofers
  • Shuriken power cell
  • Custom-built enclosure and amp rack

Sources
Extreme Offroad & Performance | extremekaty.com ● JKS Manufacturing | jksmfg.com