The Full Metal Jacket Jeep Will Make You Love The Smell of Fresh Dirt in the Morning December 08, 2014
There definitely aren’t many jeeps like this one and I really wish it was mine, but the Full Metal Jacket Jeep is beautiful in its ruggedness and makes for quite the tough ride.
This conversion was done by the guys at Starwood Motors, the folks known for some pretty amazing Jeeps as well as just about anything else that’s worth converting. For this build they chose to focus on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and basically made an adult-sized BigWheels that’s a lot more fun to drive than any I ever had as a kid.
Starting off, the Jeep was given a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 for an upgrade to 285hp, which cuts nearly 3 seconds off the stock Jeep’s 0-60 time. From here the exterior is upgraded with Smittybilt SRC Stinger front and rear bumpers as well as XRC body armor for the fenders, rear corner guards, and rock guards. The entire body is lined with a Kevlar covering for added security and safety, too. Next they installed a Warn Zeon 10,000 lb winch with a spool of 94-feet of Kevlar/nylon braided rope.
Moving down the Jeep there are a set of 22’ off-road XD Bomb wheels wrapped in 40” Nitto Mud Grappler tires. TO make room for these beasts there was a decent amount of suspension work done to the FMJ Jeep in the way of a Rubicon Express long arm suspension system that Starwood describes as “bulletproof.” To make the Jeep go, there’s a Curry G2 Rock Jock Dana 60 rear and front high pinion big nearing axle assembly along with air locking differentials with an on-board compressor to handle them.
Moving inside the Jeep there’s just as many changes. First, there are Procar seats with black leather and Alcantara Daytona-style inserts, next, the floor itself is lined with Kevlar. You’ll find a Kenwood touchscreen navigation and DVD player in the dash that are linked to front and rear cameras, a lock box under the seat to protect all your valuables and even two dry chemical fire extinguishers!
There are so many details in this Jeep that it’s impossible to list them all. All the lighting has been upgraded to LED lights, there are two lightbars added to the top and front of the Jeep as well as LED pillar lights. The doors have been replaced with netted half-doors and the roof is now a net that looks great but doesn’t provide all that much rain protection.
The Jeep took Starwood over 100 hours to complete and they even estimate that it used up 80 pounds of sweat in the making. This Jeep can actually be yours, as long as you have $109,888 squirrelled away for just such a use. If you don’t then you’re like the rest of us that just get to admire it. Check out some more pictures below and try not to fall in love with it too much.