Introducing Project Wrangler

Gear Jun 30, 2016

The thing about owning a Jeep — Specifically a Wrangler — is once you start working on one you never really finish.

I wish I’d known that before I purchased mine earlier this year. Honestly it wouldn’t have stopped me. I was hell bent on owning a Wrangler.

It’s not that it’s always breaking down, it isn’t a Land Rover after all. Just kidding you Land Rover folks. It turns out that Jeeps are only slightly more reliable than Land Rovers. If I had to guess that’s only because more Jeeps go off road than Range Rovers.

A vehicle like this is kind of a blank slate. You can customize and personalize it to match your tastes, your need and your lifestyle.

This series of posts will catalogue the various changes I make to modify my vehicle.

Here lies my biggest dilemma. On the road, I see a lot of Jeeps out there that are kitted out with 35-inch-plus tires and four-inch lift kits.  For some people that’s what they need to feel confident going out in to the bush. Others like myself take a more modest approach. There’s no right and wrong. If it works for you that’s all that matters.

Personally I don’t need a overly built vehicle. I need something that will get me to and from work even in the worst weather conditions. I also want something that can get me from point A to point B where ever that may be.

My goal is to build a vehicle capable of taking me wherever I want without making too many compromises to it’s drivability.

I love the freedom of driving off the beaten path. That kind of independence inspiring confidence is why I bought this vehicle in the first place.

Off-road lights and light bars sure look cool, and I could argue their practicality all day, but the fact of the matter, offroading is a hobby and unfortunately for me one that I don’t get to indulge in very often.

I plan to revisit Moab early next year. Until then I’ll have to make due with the bevy of ill-maintained forest roads that dot southern Minnesota. Unfortunately for me, there aren’t many off-road trails or parks in my neck of the woods.

Most of the trails in my area are limited to ATV and Motorcycle traffic.

The point is I don’t get to go wheeling much and when I do I have to plan for it. So why go nuts?

Project Wranger will serve as an update log as I make changes to the Jeep, both big and little. I’ll link to where I got the parts and why I chose that one in particular.

Stay tuned for next weeks Project Wrangler update, I’m sure it’ll be enlightening.


Tobias Mann

Hi, I'm Tobias. Thanks for checking out Adventure Bent. This project is no longer maintained, but I'm still writing. You can check out my latest adventures at

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