It's inspired by the company founder's 1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ.
For over 30 years (over 70 if you count the original CJ Jeep), the Jeep Wrangler has had a reputation for being a tough and highly capable off-roader. Introduced for the 2018 model year, the current-generation JL Wrangler offers more engine options, improved capability, and a more modern exterior and interior. Soon, it will also be offered with an electrified powertrain. But some enthusiasts still prefer the styling of the original Wrangler YJ.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Quadratec, the world's largest independent aftermarket Jeep tuner, has unveiled a new one-of-a-kind "YJL" Wrangler that combines the off-road capability of the modern JL generation with the retro styling of the YJ generation from the 1980s and 1990s. Based on a Wrangler Sahara JL, the unique build is inspired by a 1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara owned by the company's founder, Ted Wentz II.
At the front, the custom off-roader is fitted with a redesigned fascia inspired by the YJ incorporating a smaller grille and reshaped headlights. A period-correct rear bumper with bumperettes contributes to the retro look. In addition to the retro makeover, Quadratec has fitted new performance components that enhance the off-roader's capability. As part of the conversion, Quadratec's custom Wrangler is fitted with a Teraflex RT4 longarm suspension lift kit and Falcon 3.5 adapt shocks that raise the ride height by 3.5 inches for superior performance on rugged terrain. Burly 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tires mounted on paint-matched Quadratec CJ retro wheels also enhance its capability.
To make the retro-inspired Wrangler ready to tackle the toughest trails, the tuner has also installed QRC side armor guards and tubular doors with custom paint, along with flared fenders built from 11-gauge aluminum. A MasterTop Bimini Top protects the off-roader from the elements, while LED projector-beam headlights and six-inch round LED auxiliary lights provide improved illumination.
"It is very fulfilling to see a modern version of my father's Jeep but with the spirit of the original," said Quadratec CEO Ted Wentz III. "We shared so many great times in that YJ and I even learned to drive in it. Back then I could never have imagined we could create something today that not only takes me back to my youth but showcases what we, and our valued partners, can do for our customers."
Inside, the retro off-roader features a nine-inch touchscreen display for the audio and navigation system, smartphone compatibility and an off-road mode displaying tire pressure, an inclinometer, and trail maps. Occupants sit in custom Corbeau Trailcat seats paired with Overland Outfitters' Seatback Bags as a throwback to the Wrangler YJ, while all-weather floor liners protect the floor from dirt and debris. Special-edition Quadratec 30th Anniversary cups commemorate the tuner's anniversary.
Pricing and availability of the retro-inspired Wrangler have yet to be announced.