Alana and I took a day trip down to check out the Unlimited Offroad Expo again this year. This makes our second year in a row. This year seemed to have more participation as a whole, but less large vendors or manufacturers…. Anyway, here are the few notables from our visit.
The first is for you audiophiles… beyond the fancy lights, there seemed to be several of these replacement overhead sound systems around. While many of them were geared more toward the side-by-sides, there were a few for Jeeps. While I would love some better tunes in Lil Punkin’ (Dirty is fine as-is), giving up the open sky is a deal breaker for us. I just wish there was a maker of a decent factory sound bar replacement. Still, we thought some of you may like this.
Our next stop was over at the Jeep area where they had some of their recent concepts on display.
We were a fan of the ShortCut concept from the pictures we had already seen, but, honestly, it was only better in person.
We grabbed a few pictures of the grille up close (which we like a lot)…. rumor has it that this is a preview of the upcoming JL grille 😛
We hadn’t really noticed the fenders before, but really like them. I would love to see either Mopar or an aftermarket version available for the JK.
Same goes for the tailgate and taillights!
Speaking of great concepts…. how can we leave out the Crew Chief? Seriously, Jeep was on fire this year with these two!
We then stumbled on to a small booth from a company I had not heard of, Off Road Only. They had a few products that caught my eye.
The first was this Currie Antirock type swaybar. with the added caveat that it has a quick disconnect feature similar to a Rubicon one with an EVO no limits. One simple action where the Jeep does not have to be level to both disconnect and connect. Sadly, my excitement was extinguished when I saw the price tag…. $800! 😯
This picture also shows their “Tru-Turn” tie rod system that is a bolt on adder to not only allow you to run a straight tie rod, but also raise it about an inch.
I was also kinda digging on this taillight conversion. While I don’t care for the black plastic, a coat of color match paint and this might be something I would try!
….and that’s about it… sure there was more, but these were the only real things of note. This show continues to grow, and with it being so close it’s hard not to visit, but we would’ve rather been in the woods somewhere. 😉