MC CUSTOMS: ACES HIGH JEEPS
Thursday, 02 June 2016 21:14

MC CUSTOMS: ACES HIGH JEEPS

Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Solomon Lunger
Jhulio Tadeo of Miami’s MC Customs has been seeing more and more customer requests for upfitted Jeeps. His latest creations are a set of customized JKUs for two of his more well-known clients – MLB players Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners and Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals.


Felix Hernandez

For Felix Hernandez, Tadeo went with a black with red accents color scheme and dressed it to the nines for Hernandez’s wife. As a gift for his significant other, he requested that Tadeo focus on the engine and music and requested the color combo, as well as a bit of personalization, which is why it displays her SMH initials everywhere. As a regular to MC Customs, Hernandez trusts Tadeo and his team completely, giving him free reign on the look of all his rides. And although it’s a gift for his wife, Tadeo mentions that Hernandez is often seen driving the 2014 Jeep in the MIA. This Jeep was originally done two years ago, but it came back to MC Customs for a Hemi replacement and a 4” lift, in addition to other small mods. “It took about 90 days to finish because of the engine upgrade and intricate details on the undercarriage,” Tadeo explains, adding that his top mods are the engine and Smittybuilt Body Armor kit. “He loved it! He loves when I do my thing with his whips!”



Suspension
Teraflex 4” Long FlexArm suspension lift, powder coated red Performance
5.7L Hemi engine swap 



Wheels/Tires
22" Vellano Forged VKU Concave Wheels
35X12.50R22 Fuel Gripper M/T Tires 





Body/Exterior 
Fab Fours Lifestyle Front Winch Bumper
Fab Fours Jeep JK Rear Bumper w/ Tire Carrier
Smittybilt XRC Armor Front Fenders JK
Smittybilt XRC Armor Corner Guards JK
AEV Heat Reduction Hood
Custom Mesh Grille
Electric Side Step



Recovery
Westin T-Max Winch
Factor 55 Winch Thimble



Lighting
Rigid Industries 50” LED Light Bar
Xtreme LED Solutions 21.5” Hood LED Light Bar
Xtreme LED Solutions 3” Square LED Lights
JW Speaker Headlights





Interior 
Full custom two-tone black and red leather interior, with headrest embroidery and color-matched red interior accents 



Sound 
Full audio upgrade with full range system, including three (3) 12" JL subwoofers 


Yordano Ventura

When Yordano Ventura signed a new 5-year contract with the Royals before the 2015 season began, he went out and treated himself to a new 2016 Jeep JK. Not too long after, he and his Kansas City Royals went on to win the 2015 World Series. To represent for his team, Ventura asked Tadeo for a blue and white color scheme, in addition to a massive sound system and custom logos so that everyone knew whose Jeep it was when he drove it in his hometown in the Dominican Republic. Also a long time customer of MC Customs,  he let Tadeo and the team work their magic on the rest. “I loved the timing of Ventura’s build,” Tadeo admits. “KC white and blue then wins the World Series…It was like a good luck charm. I believe in that kind of stuff.” Amazed at the end result, Ventura will definitely be back for more builds, according to Tadeo. “These Jeep builds are getting easier, but we like to build them differently and always incorporate new products,” he mentions. “They get easier because now we’re more familiar with the Jeep platform and the various companies who make parts for them. But as new products come to market, it complicates things a little bit because you then have to learn the product and its capabilities.”



Suspension
Teraflex short arm 3" lift kit, color-matched electric blue with front and rear differential covers



Wheels/Tires 
24" Vellano Forged VM31 Monoblock Wheels
LT315/50R24 Nitto Terra Grappler Tires



Body/Exterior 
Fab Fours Lifestyle Front Winch Bumper
Fab Fours Jeep JK Rear Bumper w/ Tire Carrier
Smittybilt XRC Armor Front Fenders JK
Smittybilt XRC Armor Corner Guards JK
Custom grille with custom-designed logo on grille and doors
Rugged Ridge Performance Vented Hood
Electric Side Step



Recovery
Smittybilt XRC 9500 Winch
Factor 55 Winch Thimble



Lights
Xtreme LED Solutions 50” LED Light Bar
Xtreme LED Solutions 21.5” Hood LED Light Bar
Xtreme LED Solutions 3” Square LED Lights
LED Halo Headlights



Interior 
Full white and blue interior, with painted accents 



Sound 
Ten (10) 8" Beyma subs for maximum exterior sound, as well as matching mids and tweeters
Four (4) Arc Audio XDI V2 Amplifiers