Mapping Crew - Texas
JP began his off-road adventures as a "Toyota guy", then later crossed the dark side when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Describing himself as a 'heavy overlander / moderate crawler', he enjoys everything from long beach runs, to the mountains of Colorado, to the rocks of Moab.
Originally conceived as a custom order vehicle in August of 2015, the overall approach for “Ms. Elsa Hard Rok”; a tank green Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition, was to build a solid wheeling vehicle; capable of both crawling and overland runs, that would also provide the reliability and comfort necessary for long distance runs and daily driving commuting.
During the ensuing weeks of her manufacture build, plans were put in place with her doctor, to immediately implement her first round build immediately upon arrival. On October 1st 2015, she arrived – one of the very first 2016 models in Houston – and was quickly swept away for her first build.
Round 1 included a Synergy 3” lift, fully adjustable King 2.5” shocks with remote reservoirs, Synergy HD drag link, full Rock Hard 4x4 skids, AEV tire carrier, Maximus 3 front bumper kit with a Warn Zeon 10k winch, Poly Performance 1310 front drive shaft, and 35” BFG KM2s on Method “The Standard” rims. Over the following several months, additional armor was installed including AEV diff covers, Warrior license plate bracket Poison Spyder body armor and an Arizona Driveshaft 1310 rear drive shaft. Other ad-hoc upgrades included CB communications and a factory OEM rear camera integration.
Elsa quickly earned her name after several of her initial runs when she brought extraordinarily cold temperatures – all well below freezing – to the runs she attended… including a blizzard to the Big Bend region of southern Texas. With her runs going farther and farther from home, her lighting was upgraded to include JW Speaker 8700 J headlights, JW Speaker 6145 J fog lights, a-pillar mounted Rigid Industries D2 LEDs and IPD 900XS Xtreme Sport series lights.
Round 2a build included several components in preparation heavy wheeling on (the upcoming) 37” shoes. In June of 2016, Synergy LCA mount gussets and skids were installed, as well as a Motobilt front axle truss, Synergy inner C gussets, Synergy HD ball joints, RCV front axle shafts, Ten Factory chromoly read axle shafts and Motive Gear 4.88 gears. Round 2b was completed the overall effort in December 2016, when she took on her MCE narrow width fenders and 37” BFG KM2s.
Round 3 of her build included additional armor and hardening including a King steering stabilizer, Synergy HD tie rod, PSC big bore XD steering box, Rock Hard 4x4 sport cage and TBM high performance brake calipers and rotors.
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Matagorda BeachMatagorda, Texas