SEMA 2014: The Trail Reaper Is On Location In Rhino Lining’s Booth

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One of the really cool project vehicles built this year was on display in Rhino Linings booth. Rhino Linings decided it would be cool to have fans select the parts for the ultimate JK.

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Lead courtesy of Doetch Offroad

Rhino Linings basically let fans choose from a bunch of different parts and one by one they built the JK. The company that actually put the JK together is Doetsch Offroad. If you aren’t familiar with them, their motto is “Saving moms from minivans since 2001.” While that may not tell you they are a pretty renown shop, it does tell you everything you need to know about their personality.

We had Dave Doetsch walk us around the vehicle that 23,000 plus (yep, that is how many entry forms were received) people wanted to build.

The JK is sitting on a TeraFlex 6 inch long arm kit, which completely gets rid of all factory suspension. With the body away from the axle, a set of Interco Super Swamper SS16 40×14.5R20s are mounted on TIS 20 inch wheels. To ensure the truck still rides smooth, a set of Doetsch Tech 2.0 shocks were installed.

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Above the wheels; a set of Bushwacker fender flares were mounted and coated with Rhino Linings. The front and rear JCR Offroad bumpers were, also, coated. Mounted in the front bumper is a Warn 10-S winch to ensure the JK can get where ever it wants. Making sure that it can do that day or night, a full assortment of Rigid Industries LED lights were added. In addition, the headlights were swapped out for Truck-lite LED headlights.

There are a number of electronics installed in the JK and this creates a large electrical demand. To control the power used and ensure the JK never experiences an issue, Doetsch installed a sPOD and an Odyssey HD battery.

To get inside the cab, Rugged Ridge half doors were installed. Once opened, the Katzkin Alligator leather seats pop as well as the Drake Off Road pistol shifter. What was hard to see was the camo top by Gear Shade, but that makes since because the top matches the Active Grafix‘s wrap that goes round the exterior. With the Jeep this well camouflaged, you cannot risk running out of fuel. No one would ever see you to help you out. So, a Daystar auxiliary fuel storage tank was installed in the spare tire mount.

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If you did happen to get lost and need help, perhaps the Rockford Fosgate stereo could signal to people driving around you that you needed help. Depending on how far out you go, even that may take a while. So a Grizzly Cooler was, also, installed.

IMG_2096Not wanting to dive too far into the engine and run the risk of getting into problems on the trail, the air intake was upgraded to an Airaid and a Gibson Performance cat back exhaust system was installed. In addition, a Bully Dog tuner was added to give the JK a little more pep. The gears were, also, upgraded to Alloy USA 5:13’s.

The last two items to be added to the JK were a set of Surprise Straps and a Hi-Lift extreme jack were added just in case.

All said and done, the feedback has been great and everyone seems to really like the Jeep that Rhino linings’ customers decided to build. What do you think?

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Chad Westfall

With diesel running through his veins from childhood, Chad has more than a decade of experience in the automotive industry. From editorial work to wrenching, there isn’t much he hasn't conquered head-on. When he’s not writing and shooting trucks and tech, you’ll find him in the shop working on turning the ideas floating around in his head into reality.
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