Who says kids today aren't getting a good education?
SEMA has a wonderful habit of partnering with high school auto shop programs across the US to introduce students to automotive customization. SEMA's programs provide a hands on experience while directly connecting with aftermarket companies unlike anything available to students otherwise. This 2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport was modified by the students of C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, and is one of five such Jeeps that SEMA is auctioning on Bringatrailer this week at no reserve. The proceeds from the sales will then be reinvested back into the SEMA program to fund more vehicles for the program.
Jeep aftermarket parts to the tune of nearly $16,000 were donated to the school for the students to use. The Wrangler still has its original 4.0L 6-cylinder engine, albeit now with an overhaul of its wear items and fresh oils. For the rest of the Jeep, the highlights look like this after a bunch of replacement of wear items: Rancho 3.5" suspension lift, 1.25" body lift, 1" engine mount lift and transmission lowering blocks, 35" tires on 20" wheels, heavy-duty tailgate hinges to support bigger spare, Rancho adjustable sway bar links, stainless steel cat-back exhaust, cold air induction kit, all LED lighting front and rear, Rock Ridge bumpers and rock guards, 10,500 winch mounted on front, T-Rex rock guard grill, fender flares, and a Sony Bluetooth radio with USB ports. The Wrangler has also been painted, including the frame and roll bar, with Omni paint and has Covercraft seat covers to match the new color scheme.
That's just touching on what's gone into this exceptional build and, as you can see from the pictures, almost nothing has gone untouched by the students with the guidance and instruction of their auto shop instructors. SEMA aims for the expansion of the program will reach across thousands of high school automotive shop class students throughout the US, and that's something we can get behind.