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Thursday, 29 June 2017 02:38

AZRAEL - 2016 Jeep Wrangler

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos: Phil Gordon
Bryan Lin of The Motorsports Authority in Conway, AR understands the complicated process that comes with building a custom ride. His past builds included everything from street cars to trucks, but this was Lin’s first serious Jeep build - something he’s been wanting to tackle since a teenager.

Exterior image of Rugged White

“Since I was 16, I’ve always wanted a Jeep,” he says. “And with the popularity of customizing Jeeps, I knew it would be a challenge to design and build one that was different. Like all my builds, the vehicle had to look good, yet be capable for everyday use. Since it’s a Jeep, it also had to be very capable when off-road.”

Lin had originally decided that this build was going to be a bit more of a laid back, daily driven style project, but that quickly changed when it was asked to be the featured vehicle at SEMA for BedRug. “The build that started out simple was now being re-designed and taken to a SEMA level,” Lin adds.

The platform is a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara JK in Hydro Blue, with Lin nicknaming it Project Azrael after the Angel of Death. “It originally was called Project Azul, but some people felt that it was kind of plain. The Archangel’s responsibility is to assist those who are making the transition from physical life to spirit life, ensuring that the transition process is effortless. Azrael is tough; not a bringer of death, but a comforter in dark times, which Jeep owners know. Driving a Jeep can bring a sense of happiness.” What solidified his quest in finding the right name was the fact that Azrael’s listed as a Blue Blood Angel [in the Blue Bloods book series].

With a history working with several companies, Lin already knew what brands he wanted for the build. Aside from the BedRug products for the cab floor and their BedTred for the trunk/rear door, Lin went with the Fab Four’s Grumper since it was made to fit a Warn winch as well as their fender system. The suspension on the Sahara is a powder coated ReadyLift Super Flex suspension with Fox shocks which was paired with XD Series RS3 wheels with color-matched blue accents and Toyo Open Country M/Ts to set off its stance. The color is continued throughout the interior using Roadwire baby blue double diamond stitch with dark gray and suede for the leather seats. To finish out the open feel of a Jeep, Lin added Rugged Ridge tube doors and other Rugged Ridge accessories. Sony made sure the Jeep rocked and Rigid Industries made sure the trails stayed lit.

“I love it,” Lin says. “It was fun to design. The build was definitely easier than previous builds, which to me was a success. Part of the stresses from previous SEMA Show builds were the delay of products, but this year they all arrived early or on time. There were no late nights or weekends and products fit without major modifications or changes. Typically, builds would have many components still laid out on the floor before D-Day.”

For the most part, responses have been great on the result, however, Lin does admit that The Grumper seems to be a love it or hate it product. Since Azrael was built for show and trails, Lin is looking forward to testing its capabilities during the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.

GEAR: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara JK

    Wheels & Tires
  • 20x10 XD Series RS3 wheels w/ Blue Star and Simulated Bead Lock
  • 37X13.50 R20 Toyo Open Country M/T tires

  • Performance
  • G2 Dana 30 front truss kit and diff cover
  • G2 Dana 44 Rear truss kit and diff cover
  • ARB Dana 44 locking differential
  • ARB Dana 30 locking differential
  • G2 JK 4.88 gears
  • MagnaFlow Rock Crawler exhaust
  • Powerstop Brakes/Rotors
  • Mishimoto Race Thermostat
  • SuperChips Traildash2

  • Suspension
  • ReadyLift 4” SuperFlex suspension
  • ReadyLift rear heavy duty track bar
  • Fox Shocks Upgrade
  • Teraflex HD Drag Link Kit
  • Teraflex Swaybar Quick Connect
  • Teraflex Heavy Duty Tie Rod
  • Teraflex Steering Stabilizer relocation kit

  • Exterior
  • Fab Fours Grumper
  • Fab Fours Crash Bar Cover, Roof Rack, Rear Bumper Carrier, Off-The-Door Tire Carrier, 3rd Brake Light, Hi Lift Mount, Front/Rear Fenders, Inner Fender, Front/Rear Fender Flare
  • n-Fab Rock Rails
  • n-Fab detachable steps
  • RK Sport Hood
  • Rugged Ridge Tube Doors
  • Rugged Ridge Mirror Quick Release Kit
  • Rugged Ridge Eclipse Sunshade
  • Warn Platinum Zeon 10-S winch

  • Interior
  • Roadwire Leather - dark gray leather w/ dark gray suede and baby blue diamond stitch
  • Bedrug Cab Floor
  • Bedrug Hardtop Insulation
  • BedTred trunk, rear door cover
  • US Speedo Aqua Gauges

  • Lighting
  • Rigid Industries 50” Blue Radiance, Blue Radiance Pods, A Series Blue and White lights, D-SS Side Shooter w/ blue cover, windshield and A Pillar mounts
  • Rugged Ridge LED taillights

  • Sound
  • Sony Marine MEX-M100BT
  • Sony GS 6.5” front and rear speakers
  • Sony GS 8” Subwoofer
  • Sony GS Amplifier
  • Backup Camera and mirror
  • AMI Stubby Antenna
  • Optima Yellow Top

  • Communications
  • Rugged Ridge CB Radio kit
  • Firestik Firefly CB antenna
  • Cobra 29 LX CB Radio

  • Accessories
  • Monster Hooks Shackles
  • Infinite Rule Security Shackle Locks
  • Factor 55 Fairlead
  • Factor 55 Ultra Link
  • Rotopax FuelPax
  • Smittybilt Limb Riser
  • Hi-lift Jack
  • AMI Door Handles
  • Front and Rear Grab Bars
  • Rugged Ridge Locking gas door
  • Rugged Ridge A Pillar pod with switches
  • Fire extinguisher w/ mount
  • Hornblasters Conductor’s Special w/ Viair Compressor
  • LED Safety Whip
  • Ride Controller RC8

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