With rich history dating back to 1940, just prior to America’s full-scale entry into World War II, the go-anywhere, do-anything Jeep (a derivation of GP = “General Purpose”) is undoubtedly one of the most important and successful motor vehicles ever produced. When Allied victory was all but assured in 1944, Willys-Overland began development of the CJ “Civilian Jeep,” in preparation for a postwar return to civilian auto production. A constant presence in an ever-changing world, the CJ was relentlessly developed, improved, and virtually perfected through successive generations under four corporate parents, ranging from Willys through Kaiser, American Motors (AMC), and ultimately in 1987, Chrysler.
Developed and initially sold under AMC, just prior to Chrysler’s 1987 acquisition of the company, the redesigned Wrangler YJ marked a revolution with new styling and enhanced on-road performance while retaining the Jeep’s legendary off-road capabilities. While only mildly restyled, the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ was comprehensively updated where it counted – underneath, delivering better riding characteristics, lower noise, and greater passenger comfort.
While the TJ was a quantum leap in terms of sophistication from the original CJ, the JK-series Jeep Wrangler debuted for 2007 as a complete redesign. Featuring an adventurous presence, the new JK carried a taller, longer, and wider body design more consistent with classic Jeeps on a new longer-wheelbase chassis. Designed to be even more comfortable than the outgoing TJ, the new Jeep Wrangler JK ushered in leading-edge safety features normally found on regular passenger cars, including stability control and traction control. For the first time, a new four-door Jeep model was available and quickly proved to be the lineup’s best seller. The JK also drew plenty of critical praise from magazine road testers, with Motor Trend’s First Drive review stating, “…the new Jeep JK appears to be a stirringly successful upgrade – a safer, more civilized, more user-friendly Wrangler that still oozes the legendary, military-bred confidence and prowess of its forebears. For that, the Jeep crew deserves a Patton the back.”
Interestingly, the new JK Wrangler also rewrote automotive history as the first generation of Jeeps designed and built without any parts and components of AMC heritage. While the JK combined a powerful new 3.6-liter V-6 engine and the choice of a new six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic, some owners demand more of a good thing. The awesome 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport offered here is a perfect case in point, with the original V-6 swapped in favor of a Chrysler 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine delivering 550 HP – nearly 300 more ponies than stock!
Far more than an engine swap, this Wrangler’s comprehensive upgrades deliver an amazing all-around experience. Among them are 4.88:1 gears front and rear, a custom SRT dual exhaust system, Wilwood 6-piston disc brakes, and trail-busting Nitto tires on Fuel wheels. Stump-pulling 4.88:1 gears front and rear deliver the power. Chassis enhancements include a 4.5-inch Rubicon Express lift kit, dual-piston shocks, and Fox steering gear. Updated bumpers and Smittybilt XRC body armor protect the front and rear of the Jeep. Other highlights include an XRC winch, heavy-duty spare tire mount, JK crusher fenders with vented inner liners, and brilliant LED light bars. A 500- watt stereo system delivers additional entertainment on demand. Accompanied by a clean AutoCheck vehicle-history report, this 2017 Jeep Wrangler is a three-owner, original Arizona vehicle from new. It sounds and runs awesomely, according to the current owner, who further states the engine swap has been proven over 5,000 miles of use at the time of writing, without issue. Contact us today to get full details, make viewing arrangements, and get ready to dominate any road or trail you choose!