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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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EngineEngine 3.6LV-6
MPGMPG 16 City / 21 Hwy
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2012 Wrangler Unlimited Overview

After their rented 2007 Hummer H3 failed them during the brutal Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco, Amy Lerner and her sister Tricia Reina were on a quest to find the most capable production off-roader for their next competition - they chose a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Their next mission was to find a company with the competence to configure it to win. After poring over Internet forums and perusing countless magazines for an outfitter who could meet their demanding requirements, they sent their bright orange JK ("Crush" is the official color) to American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for some modifications. The Michigan-based team at AEV kept the Jeep's 3.6-liter V6 and automatic transmission stock, but replaced the hood with a tall AEV Heat Reduction Hood and added an AEV Snorkel Kit for water crossings (it serves double-duty as its raised height helps to keep the air intake out of the kicked-up dust on the trail). Front and rear off-road bumpers were bolted in place, and AEV skid plates were added to provide additional undercarriage protection. A pair of IPF-900 off-road lights improve visibility, while a 10.2-gallon AEV Fuel Caddy (located behind the exterior spare) added some range. The suspension was upgraded with a 3.5-inch lift kit with Bilstein remote reservoir shocks, and 35-inch Falken Wildpeak A/T tires (LT285/70R17) were mounted at all four corners on AEV's beadlock wheels. Team Lerner Reina returned to Morocco to finish the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles last year. In September, they traveled to Western Australia's outback to race in the extreme Australasian Safari, where their AEV Wrangler was the only production-based vehicle to finish. They were the fastest female team, and the winner of Production Class A1.2. A win in the Dakar Challenge earned them a spot in the 2014 Dakar Rally. We caught up with Amy Lerner in Southern California, days after the team's dirt-covered Jeep was uncrated after its journey back to the States. And rather than admire the truck stationary, we headed up to the Rowher Flats off-road area north of the LA Basin to play in the dirt. Driving Notes The team chose the four-door Unlimited model, instead of the shorter wheelbase (and more maneuverable) two-door, because they needed the additional interior space for hundreds of pounds of gear and spares, including a second backup wheel/tire combo. A mesh cage just aft of the front seats kept the team separate from loose items, and the beefy aftermarket roll bar may be unbolted and removed for civilian duty. Safety took priority in the passenger cabin. As a result, both Amy and Tricia ride in Sparco bucket seats, mounted on sliders, with RPM five-point harnesses. Nearly all of the stock controls (and air conditioning) have been retained, but a few new switches have been installed for the auxiliary lighting. Terra Trip 303 GPS-based rally computers mounted on the passenger dash provided precise distance, speed and timing information. The all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 was new for 2012, and it provided a nice …
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2012 Wrangler Unlimited Overview

After their rented 2007 Hummer H3 failed them during the brutal Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco, Amy Lerner and her sister Tricia Reina were on a quest to find the most capable production off-roader for their next competition - they chose a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Their next mission was to find a company with the competence to configure it to win. After poring over Internet forums and perusing countless magazines for an outfitter who could meet their demanding requirements, they sent their bright orange JK ("Crush" is the official color) to American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for some modifications. The Michigan-based team at AEV kept the Jeep's 3.6-liter V6 and automatic transmission stock, but replaced the hood with a tall AEV Heat Reduction Hood and added an AEV Snorkel Kit for water crossings (it serves double-duty as its raised height helps to keep the air intake out of the kicked-up dust on the trail). Front and rear off-road bumpers were bolted in place, and AEV skid plates were added to provide additional undercarriage protection. A pair of IPF-900 off-road lights improve visibility, while a 10.2-gallon AEV Fuel Caddy (located behind the exterior spare) added some range. The suspension was upgraded with a 3.5-inch lift kit with Bilstein remote reservoir shocks, and 35-inch Falken Wildpeak A/T tires (LT285/70R17) were mounted at all four corners on AEV's beadlock wheels. Team Lerner Reina returned to Morocco to finish the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles last year. In September, they traveled to Western Australia's outback to race in the extreme Australasian Safari, where their AEV Wrangler was the only production-based vehicle to finish. They were the fastest female team, and the winner of Production Class A1.2. A win in the Dakar Challenge earned them a spot in the 2014 Dakar Rally. We caught up with Amy Lerner in Southern California, days after the team's dirt-covered Jeep was uncrated after its journey back to the States. And rather than admire the truck stationary, we headed up to the Rowher Flats off-road area north of the LA Basin to play in the dirt. Driving Notes The team chose the four-door Unlimited model, instead of the shorter wheelbase (and more maneuverable) two-door, because they needed the additional interior space for hundreds of pounds of gear and spares, including a second backup wheel/tire combo. A mesh cage just aft of the front seats kept the team separate from loose items, and the beefy aftermarket roll bar may be unbolted and removed for civilian duty. Safety took priority in the passenger cabin. As a result, both Amy and Tricia ride in Sparco bucket seats, mounted on sliders, with RPM five-point harnesses. Nearly all of the stock controls (and air conditioning) have been retained, but a few new switches have been installed for the auxiliary lighting. Terra Trip 303 GPS-based rally computers mounted on the passenger dash provided precise distance, speed and timing information. The all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 was new for 2012, and it provided a nice …Hide Full Review