Eight months have passed since we first started CarCulture.ae and this is our very first off road feature. It’s something we had wanted to get into from the start but due to the size of our team and limited knowledge we have been a little restricted. So when Iztok from Ramy Automotive hit us up on Instagram about the possibility of covering Fahad’s Jeep Wrangler (one of their customer's cars) we took off on our first trip into the desert.
Jeep JK Wrangler
Jeep JK Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler has long been the unsung hero of the desert in the GCC, ever since the YJ was released with the fuel injected straight 4.0 six back in the early 90’s. Their short wheel base and torquey engine meant that they were very versatile (even in stock form) for use in the desert. The YJ was followed by the TJ which featured the same fuel injected 4.0 and the same wheel base length updated interior and reworked suspension.
Jeep JK Wrangler
Jeep JK Wrangler
It wasn’t until the JK (released back in 2008) that Jeep decided to completely change the Wrangler's dynamics. However, it didn’t start well, originally launched with a 3.8 engine it was far too underpowered for the newer longer and heavier chassis. In 2012 though, Jeep released a new JK with a smaller but much more powerful engine - the 3.6 Pentastar. This once again, made the stock Wrangler more than capable of handling the dunes of the GCC.
Jeep JK Wrangler
Jeep JK Wrangler
Even though a stock JK can perform fairly well in some of the most demanding areas of the GCC, Fahad like any avid Off Roader has built his JK to withstand some of harshest terrain. Not content with the stock 3.6’s output, Fahad had Ramy installed a Sprintex Supercharger, giving him roughly 50% more power over stock.
Jeep JK Wrangler
Jeep JK Wrangler

A 2.5inch Teraflex lift kit gives enough clearance for the huge 35inch General Grabber AT2 tires which are mounted to Method Beadlock wheels. The shocks have been replaced with King’s, and to complete the suspension set up Fahad has chosen Teraflex upper and lower control arms.

Protection comes in vital when in the desert, therefore Fahad has chosen to go with front differential reinforcement, an EVO rear bumper and Poison spider Front Bumper (which not only looks good but offer strong recovery points).

Jeep JK Wrangler
Jeep JK Wrangler
The Nemesis Fenders are a cosmetic mod and also offer extra clearance for the 35inch tires. A rugged ridge hood helps complete the aggressive front end which also features Rigid Industries LED lights to help in the desert when the sun disappears.
Jeep JK Wrangler
Jeep JK Wrangler

Other performance upgrades include an AFE air filter and a Magnaflow Catback which gives this JK a distinctive growl which can be heard above the whine of the Sprintex Supercharger.

We would like to thank Fahad for taking us on our first Off Road adventure and also to Iztok for introducing us to Fahad. We are hoping to be back in the sand shortly, after all its what this country is built on.

Photos by Robert Lintescu and words by Daniel Price.