The Easter Jeep Safari brings thousands of off-road enthusiasts together for nine days of fun in Moab, UT. This year Mopar brought three unique trucks that show its heritage and off-road capabilities. Although the event primarilly features Jeep vehicles, Mopar included two versions of its Ram truck that are as functional as they are stylish.
Jeep Nukizer 715
The Jeep Nukizer 715 is influenced by the legendary Kaiser M-715 military vehicle. Mopar began with a military-spec Jeep J8 four-door. The wheelbase was increased eight inches to accomodate an AEV Brute pickup box, an aftermarket bed built for a Jeep TJ. The front end was created in carbon fiber to replicate the M-715, with the signature forward slant. Bestop stepped in and produced a one-off soft top drawing stylish from the original. Jeep Wrangler rock rails and custom bumpers were added to protect the body.
Power comes from the same J8 2.8-liter turbo diesel inline 4-cylinder engine that powers the military version, along with a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine control unit was programmed to increase boost for more power. Fuel is stored in a custom tank built by Gen-Right.
The Nukizer is equipped with an Atlas II transfer case and Tom Woods custom driveshafts. Power is put to the ground through Dynatrac Pro-Rock axles, a Dana 44 in front and Dana 60 in the back. Both axles feature 5:38 gears and ARB Airlockers. Wheels are 17-inch Hutchinson beadlocks wrapped in 38x14.50 Goodrich KM2 Mud tires.
Should the tires fail to get the 4500 pound Jeep out of a tricky situation, a Warn 9.5XP winch winch is mounted up front complete with Master Pull synthetic winch line. An onboard Warn air compressor finishes out the package.
The Mopar PowerWagon truck is based on the popular Ram Power Wagon, an off-road equipped version of the Dodge Ram pickup. The Mopar version rides on a short 120-inch wheelbase with a regular cab and a step-side bed. The truck was given a 4-inch suspension lift to clear 40x14.50 BF Goodrich KM2 Mud Terrain tires mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels. Rock-Slide Engineering rock guards protect the sides of the truck and custom bumpers were added both front and rear. A spare tire is mounted in the bed. The paint is unique black and white two-tone accented by lime green stripes. The PowerWagon is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and five-speed automatic transmission.
Mopar Ram Runner
The 4x4 trophy truck-style Ram Runner is capable of extreme off-road duty. The Baja-inspired truck showcases the latest in off-road desert racing equipment, including a prototype suspension package to be available through Mopar later this year.
The suspension features 6061 T6 billet aluminum upper control arms and 4130 chromed moly steel lower control arms. The arms incorporate high-angle ball joints for maximum travel. High-angle CV joints are attached to plunging, splined axles carved from 300 M tool steel. Tie rods are a full 1-inch diameter. Variable-rate coils and three-inch diameter internal bypass shocks by Fox Racing allow 14 inches of wheel travel.
The truck is equipped with fiberglass front fenders and rear bed sides to clear 35x12.50x17 General Grabber Competition tires. Four LED off-road lights are mounted on a tubular Baja-style front bumper along with an aluminum skid plate. Inside the cab, a six-point roll cage protects the driver.