What would you do with a Jeep Wrangler that was the length of a pickup? We recently asked ourselves this question as we unloaded a Brute double cab kit from AEV Conversions. Our first inclination was to prep it for serious off roading; so we paired it with a 2014 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon to take advantage of the hardcore 241Rocktrac transfercase.
If you’re not familiar with the Jeep JK Brute kit, it stretches the JK’s original frame 23″ for a total wheelbase of 139″, and adds an injection molded composite bed to the standard JK double cab. Designed to be an overlander’s dream, the Brute double cab draws its inspiration from the Land Rover Defender 130.
Jeep Wrangler Brute Double Cab Specs
With the Bushwacker Brute, we stayed true to the overland theme, and added these necessary upgrades for long term overlanding:
- Bushwacker Flat Flares
- Full Traction 4″ short arm suspension lift
- Falken 37″ Wild Peak A/T tires
- Ultra 198-7973B Wheels
- PIAA pillar & fog lights
- Hanson Off Road JK full size fender bar
- Mile Marker winch
But that is just the start, there are so many more factors to consider when planning an overland build. Perhaps the most important being fuel consumption and storage; if you own a Wrangler then you know that MPG can be an issue on long treks. That’s why it’s important to consider gas saving tips, as well as how much fuel you should take on a trip.
Fortunately we can make use of the Brute double cab’s bed to store a seemingly ridiculous amount of jerry cans or Rotopax. But how should you charge all those electronic accessories and batteries? It’d be a waste to use valuable fuel to charge something as simple as a battery.
First thing is to determine what needs to be charged, which can include: flashlights, emergency radios, hand held walkie-talkies, mobile phones, computers, cameras, and much more.
That’s why it’s good to consider solar panel technology when outfitting your vehicle for an overland expedition. It’s easy to see from a Google search that there are countless kits for portable solar equipment, but if you have a roof space then you might consider a large or small laminate solar array – these can adhere anywhere on the vehicle without the need to drill or fabricate a mount.
In all, the idea is to remain as sustainable as possible while in extremely remote areas. What other needs do you foresee needing on an overland trip? Tell us below!